Category Archives: Encouragement

How is a student to know his/her strengths, skills and likes?

Homeschool students come in all sorts of flavors.

Those who know clearly from birth what they’d like to do with their lives.

Those who know they want to do something specific with their lives but just aren’t clear on what it is.

Those who have no clue about nothing and are enjoying being a student, staying home and chilling. (They do eventually figure it out but maybe later on down the road)

The reality is that each of our children, as well as we as parents, are given gifts, skills strengths, talents and abilities that are entrusted to us by God-Yahweh.

Often, these treasures aren’t tapped into or thought on until they are well into their adulthood.

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Well…what if you have a way to *help* discover these beautiful seeds of blessings that the Lord has given to each of them while they are seeking direction for their future?

Here is a resource I’d like to share with the homeschooling community that may help, could provide direction or provide some consideration.

Cliff Strengths Test may be a great help for our homeschooling high school students.

This test is often given to students while in college.

But why wait……this may be key to helping our students hone in their God-given talents  and strengths sooner than later which in turn could put them on a direct course for their life.

There is a small fee to take the test if you’d care to have your student do so.

The website (link below) will direct you as needed.

Click on the link to the website >>>> Strengths Quest Test

Also…..<<clearing my throat>> I am not receiving any compensation nor kickback for sharing this test.

My college daughter who attends a private Christian college recently completed the test and it is SPOT on correct. To the ‘T.’

So I thought I’d share it this resource with YOU! 🙂

This is suggestive. I don’t promise you anything. But offer you a resource to try at your own risk. 🙂

Share results or thoughts if you choose to allow your student to take part in this Strengtsh Quest Test. 🙂 I love to hear about it!

(Share this post with a friend. They may just be *hoping and praying* for a resource for their high school student during these formative years of preparation into adulthood.)

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, Racial Unity activist and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

We’ve got high hopes. We’ve got high in the sky homeschool hopes.

Seventeen years of homeschooling. Seventeen years!

And as of this post, another homeschooling year is now upon us.

As always….. I have high hopes.

High in the sky homeschool hopes.

I will say that months and months has gone by as I pondered and thought of what the year will look like.

Which courses I desire to complete for the new year. Will I have a structured schedule or not. Books or not. Curriculum focuses or unschooling feel. Morning schooling or afternoon schooling. The length of time I desire to spend the day in schooling.

Ohhhhh….the things I consider every. single. year.

The day after Labor day is when our family generally starts our homeschooling year.

This has been the schedule for us since we moved to South Carolina from Virginia 12 years ago. I’ve had this same schooling schedule all my years through school as well. Start after Labor Day.

It’s a habit hard to break.

Right about now my children start to get the itch to get back to homeschooling. The break is long enough for them.

Yesterday, my 13 year old begged me to let her start her math.

“But I’m not ready for all that just yet,”, I wined.” (Bad Mom right? But I’m not ready!)

Today again, she lamented, “Please Mom can I get started with my school work.”

I pushed back and jerked out, “Later, I’ll show you.”

Again, she pleaded with me, “Mom, when can you show me my Math work.”

Uugghhhh…..finally, I sat down and walked her through how we will use Khan Academy for her Pre-Algebra math and Virtual Homeschool Group for her science.

Uhhhmmm……..”Happy Much,” was the look I gave her. I was in a bit of disgust with her excitement.

But I’m not ready. Next week is almost here. I still wanna play with snap chat! (I do have a life outside of all my *business-professional-racial justice-side of me.*

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Excitedly she perked up and blurted out, “Tomorrow I can get up early and do my math, right? It probably would be best.”

“Yeah, I guess.” Sulkenly I begroaned.

Moms, see……I’ve not got all the details laid out yet. I only sketch some thoughts on paper this morning while I was in a meeting.

My high hopes is to create a detailed schedule so-that-every-minute-of-our-schooling-is timed-and-I-know-who-I’m-doing-what-with-at-what-time-while-the-other-is-doing-another-subject.

My high hopes is to start our schooling day after 1 p.m.! Yes, after 1 p.m.  You read correctly. And end the date at 4 p.m. Yes, 4 p.m.!!! That’s only 3 hours. Yes, but a lot will get done. Enough will. Well, what I’ve planned will get done. 🙂

I have realized that as I’m so close to 45 years of age my body does not get going well until around 10ish a.m. By the time I have my quiet time, shower, get all dolled up for the day (that only includes getting dressed, putting my locs in a pony tail and putting on essential oils), check for important social media or email messages it’s close to 11 a.m. Then we need to clean a bit then it’s lunch. So 1 p.m. is feeling and looking SOOOOO good right now.

All are happy about that idea of starting in the afternoon EXCEPT my rising 8th grader. Ugghhhh!! As mentioned, she wants to get started early in the morning.

‘Well….ok little darlin’. Go right ahead! Geesh. (Lol!!)

What will my younger four do during the morning hours you ask?

Well, no worries. I have it all planned out. I mean. Pretty much.

They will have work they can get done without me.

Quite time reading, journaling, writing and mapping.

Ok…..let me reel this all back in.

My point is that I have HIGH HOPES for my homeschooling year for 2017-2018.

I will have my nice little schedule all in place. My new chore list will be in place.

My resources for schooling will be in place.

My children will know their chores to do each day, their work that needs to be completed and the time frame in which it will be expected to be completed.

BUT…..

As a seasoned homeschooler I know that I may have to change, adjust and bend just a bit because we homeschool in the middle of REAL LIFE.

Yes! Real life!!!

And all of my beautiful well planned out homeschooling year may not go as I …. uuhhhmmmm…. planned.

If you don’t know yet….. I’m going to tell you NOW!

Learn to bend. Learn to be flexible. Learn to recognize when a plan isn’t coming together. Learn when you may need to tweek just a bit. And learn when you need to put your heels down in the ground and stay focused to make your schedule work as you planned.

Yeah….all that sounds easy….peasy. Right?

Of course!!

Give yourself grace as needed. I am.

I’m homeschooling FIVE children this year!

I’m lathering on the grace like chocolate lathered all over delicious Krispy Kreme donuts.…which I don’t eat by the way.

But you get what I’m saying.

I’ll be homeschooling with high hopes. High in the sky hopes that all will flow beautifully. But if it doesn’t on that particular day….. I’m going to give myself grace.

Do what we definitely can do and pick up the next day and ensure we hit 180 days or beyond as we get all of the planned work done.

If we keep this fLeXiBiLiTy in view then we will make it successfully to the goal.

Be sure to set your goal(s). Or else you’ll never know if you’ve reached them.

If you need help or have questions along the journey……

I’m just a call, text or email away.

This homeschooling Option 3 director with high in the sky homeschooling hopes is right in the thick of it too. 🙂

2017-2018 homeschooling year…..‘WE GOT YOU!!’

(Be sure to share this blog post with a homeschooling friend. It may be JUST the encouragement they need today.)

Serving Your and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, Racial Unity activist and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

 

 

 

The thrills of tight rope walking….I mean, homeschooling.

It’s that time of year!!!

For many, their 2017-2018 homeschooling year has begun.

For others, they are preparing to get started in a week or so.

For people like me who are use to living in Virginia and school starting after Labor Day, we have a few more weeks of planning, thinking and enjoying the summer as we approach fall.

This year I’ve had a record number of new families join UCHU-AA.

I look forward to speaking with each of you by phone in the coming weeks during my care calls.

The returning families that I have the pleasure to serve another year under Option 3 AA – Thank you! Here’s to another smooth sailing year!

Members of my association I want you to know that I pray for my families. Each and every one.

I believe that each person I have the wonderful privilege to serve is divinely positioned for that year, for that season.

In other words, you are NOT with UCHU-AA by accident. 🙂

My words of encouragement for you today…

Part of my job is to provide legal accountability as well as help you navigate your ‘walk across the tight rope.’

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Many families I’ve spoken to have have expressed different levels of uncertainty regarding homeshooling.

As always, I encourage them in the fact that, THEY CAN DO IT!

They CAN make it across the tight rope.

Well, let me explain.

Here are some facts about walking a tight rope. It’s much like homeschooling.

  1. Walking a tight rope is not as easy as it appears. Just like homeschooling. But it’s doable.
  2. Tight rope walking is done across a wire with tension applied between two points. Much like homeschooling. The ‘wire of tension’ is the day in and day out of homeschooling. The two points in which this ‘tension’ is applied is at the first day you start and the finish line (Whatever the finish line is or you. Up to high school, graduation, finishing elementary).
  3. In tight rope walking the use of an umbrella, bar or something to help with balance is used. Likewise, for homeschoolers we use various types of support, books, videos, tutors etc. to help us balance along this journey towards success.
  4. Tight rope walking can and often will take you across some dangerous areas. Likewise, homeschooling promises to do the same.
  5. Tight rope walkers and homeschooling parents equally have a high percentage of making it to the other side safely. Yay!!!

As one that is afraid of heights (me)……I’ll take homeschooling ANY old day over tight rope walking.

If you are one who enjoys the thrill, the racing heart and exhilaration then homeschooling is definitely FOR YOU!!!

You’ll walk away with all of those ‘feels.’

So what do you have to loose? Enjoy homeschooling and don’t worry about the possibility of dying.

Tight rope walkers learn, practice and strategize in such a way they are pretty sure they aren’t going to die.

Parents/Guardians you can count on not dying as you homeschool. 🙂

I’ve not heard of that happening. Not once. <<wink>>

Serving You and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, Racial Unity activist and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Reading. Not a Punish. Coveted Privilege.

don't make reading a punishment

#UCHUHomeschoolMorningNugget

‘Don’t make reading a punishment. Make it a coveted privilege.”

Change the narrative. Words. Formative thoughts. Hidden history. Enlightenment. Insights. Empathy. View points of others. And more…..can be found in a book.
More books our children have to glean from the more their eyes and insights are opened.
Be sure to get connected with your local library summer reading program. Or with Pizza Hut’s BookIt program. Or Chipotle’s reading incentive program.
Read. Read. Read!
Include a variety of books. Include a variety of books that highlight various ethnicities.
#UCHU #UnitedChristianHomeschoolersUnlimited #AngelaJordanPerry #Homeschooling #HomeschoolInSouthCarolina #HomeEducators #SouthCarolina #SouthCarolinaHomeschooling #HomeschoolInSC
Serving You and Yours,
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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, President of Women’s Empowerment Toastmaster-Greenville and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

#UCHUHomeschoolMorningNugget How is your thinking going this homeschooling day?

 

Our homeschooling success often lies within our thinking!

How is your thinking going this homeschooling day?

Analyze it.

Take control of it. (if it’s negative)

Arrest it.

Modify it.

Now….Think based on Philippians 4:8!

Philippians 48

Serving You and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, President of Women’s Empowerment Toastmaster-Greenville and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Real, Raw, Realities of this Homeschooling Mom. Baring it all.

This late night I could not stop the racing of all the thousands of words flowing through my weary Momma brain.

It all started when I quickly ran back to the kitchen sink to turn off the water. I started filling up a pitcher of water. And it was overflowing in the sink.

I felt convicted to have this Clean. Fresh. Well water. be wasted into the drain.

Why?

Continue reading →

A “Powerful” Reminder.

Philippians 3.14.2

This is a “powerful” message to live out.

I pray the Lord finds those of us who Name His Name doing just what Leviticus 19:18 says.

 

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU Owner/Administrator/Director

When Your Homeschooling Heart is Overwhelmed (VIDEO)

As an encourager by nature my first inclination is to encourage others.

One thing I’ve learned years and years ago from the Lord is that when I am down, not *feeling* well, having a hard day or feeling out of sorts THAT if I encourage others then I will end up being encouraged.

Today was a very long day. But it was an AMAZING day all at the same time.

I had my homeschool academy orientation today. Three LONG hours of talking in a hot gym.

It was misreable. But it was great.

The students were AMAZING!

When I arrived home I was worn out. I was so spent.

But the Lord laid these two Scriptures on my heart and I thought I’d make a video of encouragement for EACH OF YOU!!!

Be encouraged. 🙂

Romans 1:12

“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.”

Psalms 61:2

From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

You were created to do what you are doing TODAY!

Hi All,

This video is of me in my normal house wares and no make-up sharing an encouraging message for us homeschoolers. 🙂

Ephesians 2:10
We are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do……HOMESCHOOL!!!

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Perry

Wednesdays’ Words of Encouragement: Is It Time To Switch Gears? by Guest Blogger Hicunni Chandler

Hicunni's blog post. 10.8.14

Is It Time To Switch Gears?

Embracing Schedule Changes in Your Homeschool

By: Hicunni Chandler

“Switch it, change it, rearrange it”. I can’t remember where that chant came from. I am thinking it was from one of my cheerleading camps back in 19 blah blah. After all of those years,  that chant came to mind at 6:22 a.m., last Friday morning, when I was preparing to rearrange our homeschool schedule.

Clearly, I can’t be the only mom that has had to switch things around a bit after 45 days in school “Technically 36 because of the birthdays, vacations, and sick days. Of course, I could count some of the vacay days as field trips. Maybe count some of the sick days as Health Education. Rule number 455, do not eat_____ because it may make you sick or probably because your body will resist it.

Ok, so I didn’t count those extra days! It was close to 5:30 p.m. when I completed our schedule, after the confusion and interruptions.

I feel so accomplished, so liberated, so hoping that I won’t have to change this schedule until the next 45 days. Ha!

As of today, at this moment, you have my permission to switch gears! Yes! Can’t you hear the bells of freedom going off! I mean lets be realist, everything doesn’t always go according to plan, right? I know you are wondering what led to this change.

In the past we’ve had to change a schedule or two around because the curriculum or books that we purchased were not working for my children. You would think that after accumulating 2 suitcases of materials we would have this homeschooling thing all figured out. Homeschooling is life. Our children change, circumstances change, change changes, which all affect the approach we use to instruct our children.

The appropriate response is to be that progression monitor to identify what is working and what is not. If you have to create a new schedule, please don’t feel defeated or discouraged. I know you have spent x amount of dollars on that curriculum that “Ms. Working” purchased for her child, and it worked for them, but maybe you can resell it. The money that you lost, isn’t really a lost after all. Why? Look at it as a life experience; you can’t really put a price tag on that, can you?

This is our 4th year homeschooling, but this year is a little more structured. We have been working with an organization that created an Individual Cognitive Plan for our son, in which we combined the curriculum we already had with other materials. With the curriculum and in home therapy activities, instructing my daughter, and extracurricular activities, we have a full schedule.

I am happy to say, that as of this moment, the curriculum and other materials are working, however, the schedule that we follow seems too rushed. There was a time when I was ready to be done for the day. I am learning that school is more than just a check list. I want to make sure our kids are getting the most out of each lesson. So, what did I do?

I love making schedules and list. Do I always stay on task? No. However, since I read, well, I read some and skimmed the most important parts to apply, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode; I have been a better planner. Also, I do plan on finishing that book; I guess I am applying what I’ve learned as I read!

So, it took all day, with a few interruptions to switch and rearrange our schedule. We don’t want to be slaved to it, but to use it as a guide and allow more interruptions, if things come up. Most importantly, we have the “time” to spend on a particular lesson as we need to.

Ok, so you want to hear something funny? Well, on Saturday, the next day, when I looked at the time, it was 6:22 a.m.! Wow, the same time as the day before! I started thinking, Lord, maybe this is a sign. Ok, then I thought maybe it’s a scripture (Surely, none of you have ever had one of those “spiritual” moments, I’m being facetious). So I looked up Psalm 6:22…it doesn’t exist. I then went to the book of Proverbs, as it  reads:

Proverbs 6:22

22 When you walk about, [l]they will guide you;
When you sleep, [m]they will watch over you;
And when you awake, [n]they will talk to you.

If you read the verse before, it talks about binding the commandments of your father and teachings of your mother continually on your heart.

This may have been something random, but it created an “Aha” moment. What came to mind is our primary concern is to teach our children and instruct them in the ways of our Lord. We want them to have a foundation that they can carry out for the rest of their lives. Be free homeschooling moms!

Be free to switch gears and make the most out of the years that we have with our precious little learners.

hicunni

Hicunni (Hi-Key-Knee) Chandler

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