Friday, May 22, 2015

How to End Your Home School Year Strong When You Think You Just Can't Do It Anymore



This year had been a really crazy year for our family. We had a new little precious baby, were packed ready for a move that never took place, changed some of our diets due to sensitivities, dealt with all kinds of work & business changes (for myself and my husband), took on a few outside short term activities for some of the kids and still homeschooled our large family through it all.

And isn't that just like life to throw in a few curb balls in there along the way? Yes, I am sure many of you have had to deal with many things this last year, good and bad and here we are--many of us at the end of the year. But don't throw in the towel just yet! We can finish this thing strong, I promise you.

And here are a few ways to help with that:

1. Pray for wisdom- ask God for wisdom to finish the year strong and for Him to direct and order the last few weeks/days that are left for you this school year. He knows what we need before we even need it, He knows our days to the smallest detail of your homeschool day. We can trust Him to show us the way.

2. Simplify the last few days or weeks - Ask yourself what really matters--what really needs to get done? Will we cover it next year? For example, I went over some of the younger kids math books and had them focus on learning the main concepts they were taught instead of doing all the repetitious practice problems. I checked the math book they were going into next year and pleasantly found out that they are right on target (in fact, actually ahead!) and the whole time I though we were "falling behind". Don't let the thinking that you are falling behind pressure you and make you feel guilty. I think that homeschool moms never feel like they are doing enough and we don't need that extra burden on us. We just need to plow ahead and make sure we are even if we got a bit off track.

3. Reschedule - Are you looking at your schedule thinking that you are not ever going to end the school year because you planned too much or you have too much book at the end of the year? Towards the end of a year I might double up on lessons but have them do less "busy" work so we can move forward. Remember that not even public school teachers do everything in a book and don't finish everything. Our books are just a tool and we do not need to become slaves to them! I get really serious and change everything that was on the agenda and getting rid of what is not necessary and scheduling in what is.

4. Encourage - My son, Josiah (who is eight and one of the twins), finished a third of his math workbook in 2 days this past week.  I was so surprised! It just goes to show that they can learn quickly when they are ready and motivated. I took him out for ice cream and praised him for his efforts that went beyond and above what I asked. All the other children took note and got busy trying to finish up quickly. Don't forget to encourage all the rest (I like to point all the new things they learned this year and how well they have done) because I find that helps them to stay motivated and stay focused. Praise can go a long way so don't forget to praise abundantly.

5. Keep Perspective - there is light at the end of the tunnel and the end is approaching. That is something to celebrate! Keep focused on finishing but don't stress yourself out. Just do what matters and know that they have another whole year to learn where they left off.

It doesn't have to be complicated and try to keep in mind that the children are always learning all through the year. I do have another senior that I am graduating so I am making sure that she is squeezing in those last important things in (like her thesis paper) before she is done. My older children all work independently so I only had to readjust and tweak some of their schedules.

The important thing to remember is not to be afraid to change things up. Remember that this is your school and your kids and you can do what you like. We have the freedom to finish the way we want to and we definitely can finish strong with the Lord's help.


And before I go--I know that homeschool moms are always love getting new free curriculum so be sure to enter this super homeschool curriculum giveaway, it ends today!







What is the biggest challenge you have trying to end your homeschool year?












Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wise Woman Linkup!


A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

Don't forget about what is coming next week---the BIGGEST HOMESCHOOL SALE OF THE YEAR! Enter the giveaway below to enter to win a bundle by clicking HERE or the image below. Pssst....if you click through you will also find a coupon code to use during the sale!





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Giveaway Winners!



We have been so busy around here and are just now getting the chance to post all the winners from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Giveaway. I have reached out to some of you already so please, if you are a winner, please contact us so we can get your prize out to you!

And the winners are....*drumroll*

Kindle Fire HD - Caro Nadeau

Fruitful Vine Creations - Carolyn Serban

Essential Oils - CJ Walker

Lilla Rose - Chantel Poisel

Mary & Martha - Grace Snider

Joyful Aprons - April Landry

Girl and Her Goats - Pamela Bove

Kids Character - Tammy Jones

Wise Woman Consulting - Amanda T.

Every Day is a Gift - Tammy Cordery

Old House Mercantile - Kathy McNiel



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Monday, May 18, 2015

A House Divided Cannot Stand




And if a house is divided against itself, 
that house will not be able to stand.


~Mark 3:25


You might remember this verse in the Bible where Jesus is casting out demons and He rebukes His accusers when they say that He gets his power from Satan. 

But today I want us to think about the principle of this verse and how it can apply to us today in our homes and marriages. 

We all know how important it is to have a strong home built on a strong foundation. But what if your home is divided?

THE PROBLEM

Your home can be divided in many ways. One of the many ways homes are divided is when the wife and the husband are not getting along. There is arguing and strife, and the roles are no longer respected. The wife is not submitting to the husband and always finding something wrong with him. The husband has stopped loving his wife and shows it in more ways than one. 

The sad part of it all is that when there is not unity at the helm often times things can trickle down to the children and cause dissension there too. Children will watch their parents argue and soon begin bickering among themselves. Shortly after that you might even find a lashing out towards parents as well. 

GOD HAS ORDERED THE HOME

God has ordered our homes and gave us guidelines to follow so that there may be peace and that we may bring glory to Him as we obey Him. It is so important that our homes do bring Him glory because God wants all area of our lives to be in submission to Him. It is easy to hide the messy behind closed doors to our friends and our neighbors,  but we need to remember that God has grace and mercy on us as sinners, and all of us (at one time or another) are imperfect in this area. We can all get off track---but the important thing is to get back on track with what His Word says.

A home in disorder or divided, that is up in arms against each other,  does not bring Him glory. We need to start with ourselves and ask ourselves how did we get to this place and get away from God's Word? Is there a pattern in our lives that is sinful that we have been allowing into our homes?

THE CRACK IN THE FOUNDATION

So often we let sinful ways into our lives and more often than not it begins with our thinking. We want to do things our way, we are prideful, we are self-centered. We want to control and then we act on it. A godly friend of mine used to say--"The battle begins in the mind." We need to take captive every though to Jesus Christ and align it with His word if we desire to have strong homes that flourish. 




I think about the foolish man who house was built on sand versus the wise man who build his built his house upon the rock. When the storms come and the rain comes crashing down--which will be standing? Now, let me ask you--will yours be standing?

SIX STEPS TO A STRONGER HOME

So, dear friend, if you have a home that has been divided against itself take steps today to resolve these issues immediately. Often times it begins with ourselves. Ask yourself:

1. How have I sinned? - Yes, you. Not your husband, not your children. Get yourself right with God first and ask Him humbly to show you the errors of your ways. So often we are too busy pointing our finger to not notice the three that are pointing right back at us. 

2. Do I need to ask for forgiveness? -This can be hard but it is a necessity. Just do it! We can break free of old sinful patterns in our lives when we do this. It helps free us up for walking unhindered in our relationships and with the Lord. 

3. Do I need to forgive? Maybe you are holding on to unforgiveness and somewhere the root of bitterness has crept it's way into your life. Forgiveness is a must. 

4. Do I need to repent and change how I have been living to make my home a home that can bring God glory? It is not enough to ask for forgiveness but true repentance will bring change. Worldly repentance will not. Take purposeful steps to prevent the same cycle of sin from happening again. 

5. What steps do I need to take immediately to bring restoration in my family (with my spouse, children, parents, etc.)? These steps will be different for each person. My thought for you is to pray over what it will be. Ask for the Lord for wisdom and He will give it to you. Seek your pastor or a biblical counselor for advice if you do not know where to begin. 

6. What can I do to ensure that my home is not divided against itself in the future? Keep your home  and yourself God-centered. Be the example and set the pace towards peace and unity there.Pray over your home and remember that a humble and teachable spirit will go a long way. Meditate on God's Word if you struggle with certain sins. For example, if you struggle with anger you could memorize verses like "The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God."


Let's build strong homes today
 to bring God glory
 and not let Satan get a foothold
 in our marriages and our children!












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Friday, May 15, 2015

Homeschool Books Bundle Giveaway!

Are you a homeschooling mom?

Chances are that if you are a homeschooling mom, then you are always on the lookout for free books for your children. If that is true, then you will definitely want to hear about this special giveaway!

The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale is almost here and to celebrate the upcoming sale, they are doing a pre-sale giveaway for 3 bundles of your choice AND offering you a special coupon code.

Enter to win 3 bundles of your choice!



Enter this giveaway for a chance to win any 3 of 19 individual bundles. We cannot tell you what products are in the bundles just yet, but just know, THEY are AMAZING!

There are several individual bundles, priced starting at $10. The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale will consist of the following bundles, plus, of course, the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!! These bundles are full of products from popular publishers!

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

Grab a Coupon Code



You can receive a coupon code, just for giving us your email address! Refer friends for additional savings.  Enter your email address to get a coupon code you can use when the 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale starts!



The Build Your Bundle Sale is ONE-WEEK ONLY - May 25th - June 1st 2015.


Don't miss the BIGGEST homeschooling sale of the year. When you enter the giveaway OR enter your email for a coupon code, we will be sure to send you a reminder email so you do not forget.



Hope you win!










The Secret to Teaching Children



"Before you can teach children, 

you must get

 the silver key of kindness 

to unlock their hearts,

 and so secure their attention."







 ~C.H. Spurgeon,
Prince of Preachers





Thursday, May 14, 2015

TWO DAYS ONLY: NEW Lilla Rose Color Line PLUS Free Shipping (on Orders & Consultant Kits) and 10% Off!




It's that time again and I know everyone always wants to know when Lilla Rose is having a FREE shipping sale!

 They are celebrating the release of their brand spankin' new COLOR LINE! So exciting--just take a peek!



The sale is for 10% off and FREE shipping on all orders of $40+!




And it is just for two days only!



Colors include:

Kiwi Lime
Purple Orchid
Sunkissed Yellow
Pink Rose
Blue Turqoise


Now there is truly something for everyone! And I don't believe I had a chance to share the flexi of the month called Grace.





If you'd like to try a flexiclip but are not sure what size you are, watch this easy video to help you.

If you would are looking for a work at home opportunity, feel free to read about how to join our team. They have been such a blessing to our family and they have a wonderful offer right now of free shipping on any consultant kits when you sign up. 





So it is a great time to join!





WISE WOMAN HOT TIP


You can buy three and get one FREE if you are a new customer to Lilla Rose! Be sure to purchase through our website (must say June Fuentes on the site) and limit one coupon per household. Just email me at lrwisewomanbuilds@gmail.com and we will send out your free coupon to you. Easy peasy!




So what are you waiting for? This free shipping sale only comes around so often so be sure you don't miss it!



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Enjoy!