Memorize Poetry: Toward the Love and Mastery of Language

In just a few minutes a day, and for almost no money, you can do one simple thing to provide your kids with an extraordinary home education: memorize poetry. Memory is a muscle that you strengthen with use, and there are so many possibilities for memory work that you may feel overwhelmed. We focus most of our memory efforts on learning Scripture and poetry by heart. Every Scripture verse your kids memorize bears within it, by the power of God, the possibility of a lifetime of fruit. I think memorizing poetry is one of the next best choices you can make. Poetry will form your kids into deep thinkers and excellent communicators.  It promises multiple benefits: developing powers of language, expression, and aesthetic appreciation in your kids. Poetry promises hours of enjoyment as well. Continue reading “Memorize Poetry: Toward the Love and Mastery of Language”

Multiply Time Using Intentional Conversations

Create space in your busy life to have intentional conversations with your children about their school work or the books they are reading.  Rather than endless chit chat about nothing, purposefully ask questions of your children. Taking just a few minutes each day while your hands are busy to engage your children’s minds will multiply your limited time as a homeschool mom. Continue reading “Multiply Time Using Intentional Conversations”

Why Homeschool Moms Should Always Schedule Nap Time

Homeschool moms should always schedule nap time into their days. Nap time is good for everyone from infant to teenager. Even over-worked moms need a break. You don’t have to actually nap, in fact we don’t nap at all anymore. Call it a reading time or quiet time. We call it rest time and we use it to read. When I told my kids the topic of this post they laughed saying it’s my favorite topic. My husband regularly teases me (in a sweet way) about my one hour off every afternoon.  But I endure it all because it is my favorite time of day and I am adamant about fitting it in. A one hour time block set aside to rest is an intentional component of our daily schedule – and I think you should try it too. Continue reading “Why Homeschool Moms Should Always Schedule Nap Time”