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Silver Lining

Acts 2:44 says, “All the believers were together. They shared everything they had.”   This is an excellent example for homeschooling support groups and co-ops.  We try to work ours this way. If we have a skill or a talent, we share it to benefit the others.

Check this out…Isn’t this cool?

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This is a picture of “Silver Lining”, a color guard group for homeschooling teen girls, practicing their tosses at the park.   Two of our new members used to do the band and color guard thing back in high school.  Now they are teaching  it to my daughter.

They have plans for performances and to march in parades.  They work their routines to popular Christian music.  See, I told you this was cool.

Here are some photos of the first public appearance of Silver Lining!

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This is Silver Lining performing at our homeschooling support groups Graduation/Achievement night.

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Concerned Teacher

Math lessons are the least of my homeschool concerns for this coming up homeschooling week.  Well, for that matter, neither is anything “common core” a big concern for this new week.  Nor is our homeschool group field trip.  So, what is it that concerns me about this week?  It’s this,  “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1)

 I’m concerned about how the judgement of  my teaching at the end of the week will turn out.  Will I have demonstrated Godly behavior?  Did I teach them Bible truths as we went about our day?  Was I slow to anger and quick to forgive?  Will my kids know without a doubt that I love them and think they are wonderful?  Did I encourage them?  Did I go about my work without grumbling or complaining?  Do they know their Savior better because of something this momma said or did?

These words haunt me as I plan for our school week, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42).

God help me.

And I’m praying that maybe, just maybe, the week will end with a judgement like this, “True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.” (Malachi 2:6)

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Keeping The Code

knightsI usually learn as much as the kids do in our homeschool. The “all things middle ages” that we have been researching this school year has been quite educational for me.  Recently, I realized that I want my sons (I have 4 of them) to be knights.  Not the modern ones such as Paul McCartney or Elton John, but the kind of knights from the middle ages.  Well, minus the jousting.

As a knight in training, a boy would start off as a page at 7 years old, (I have a 7 year old).  He would be responsible for some chores, he received an education and learned to read Latin. He was taught manners, and learned and practiced skills that would serve him later.  Not a bad start, huh?

At age 14, (I have a 14 year old, too),  the page became a squire. This was his time of apprenticeship with a trusted knight. Real one on one tutoring and hands-on studies happened here. Practical life skills and life or death lessons were learned.  Responsibilities were increased.

When the knight in training turned 21, (oh yeah, got one 21, too), he was ready to become a noble knight.  But first, before he was dubbed, he had to vow to keep The Code of Chivalry.  This is the real reason behind my wanting my boys to become knights.  These young men swore to protect the weak, fight wrong, seek justice, be loyal to friends, and be fair to all people.  They promised to be  true, gentle, faithful, and brave. They pledged to honor and respect women, to be generous, and to dare to do right.  I want my sons to develop the character needed to be able keep to this code.

I have daughters, too. One is my own, and one that we pretend is mine.  I do not want them to ever be helpless damsels in need of being rescued.  I want them to be well educated, trained, and practiced in their callings, too.  I think this Code applies to them as well.  And definitely should apply to their future husbands.

Here’s the link to the Code of Chivalry and everything else middle ages:   http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/knights-code-of-chivalry.htm

And here’s the link to free lapbooks on knights which includes a simplified knight’s code:  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/knights_lapbook.php and knight connections http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__middle_ages.php

And here’s a random pic that showed up on my Facebook newsfeed , seems to be appropriate.

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The Pen of POWER

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One of the most often used tools as a homeschooling mom is my red gel pen.  It is known around here as “The Pen of POWER” (that needs to be said with a fading echo on the word “power”).  With my trusted red gel pen I “X” out wrong math answers and missed spelling words.   With my red ink I circle, underline, and comment all over essays and reports.  I use this pen to record grades on their “PERMANENT RECORD”.

Sometimes I catch a look of dread as I am giving an assignment back to one of the kids as they notice the red all over.  They know they will have corrections to make. They are learning that it is better to do it right the first time.  Sometimes they may think that I’m being too critical with the grading.  But, I “X”, circle, underline and comment because I’m trying to be helpful.  I want to encourage them to try harder… to always do their best.  I want them to learn that when mistakes are made, they should try to fix them.  With my pen of power I help my kids share their ideas in ways that will be correct and easily understood.  It is with this pen that I help them to be the best students they can possibly  be.

In my old KJV, Christ’s spoken words are in red.  These red words correct me when I’m wrong.  These red words help me to learn what is correct and in a way that is easily understood. These red letters encourage me to try harder.  They give me the push I need to be the best I can possibly be. His words are never too critical, but always helpful and always spoken in love.

I want my red letters to be spoken in love whether they say “A+”, or “rewrite”, or “correct for half credit”.  My red gel pen truly does have power.   Spiderman said, “With great power, comes great responsibility”.  With my red gel pen I do have great responsibility…to train up my kids in the way they should go.

betty jo

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