Why Did I Decide To Homeschool?

I decided to homeschool when my oldest son was in daycare, and he missed several days due to multiple illnessess. For example, asthma and seasonal allergies.My husband and I were spending a lot of money on daycare for days that he could not attend, as a result, we saw a red flag to how his early childhood education experience may not be benefical.

While I was working on my Masters degree in Education and waiting the arrival of our second son, my husband and I made the discussion of homeschooling because of the positive impact I could have utilizing my education for our children.

My knowledge and skills in education are applied to effectively adapt the curriculum to my son’s learning styles.

For example, the oldest is more visual with his learning and the youngest requires a more hands on approach. I could not pass up this opportunity to educate my own.

I enjoy educating my sons, I may have said this before in my previous blog “The Flexible Homeschooler” I can decide what

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Please, No More Chores!!!

When it comes to my two sons’ completing their chores, I always hear the following words.

“Mom, do I have to take out the trash?”

Or, “Mom, do I have to wash the dishes?”

“Mom, do I have to mow the lawn?”

Can you imagine having your children complain about completing their chores before the work is done?

This is my dilemma.

My children are responsible for completing chores: cleaning the dishes, taking out the trash, cleaning their room, or mowing the lawn.

These are a few chores that my children must complete on a daily and weekly basis. I have a difficult time getting them to perform their daily chores.

As motivation, my children receive an allowance every week for completing their chores. Although an allowance is included, I continue to have issues with them remembering to complete their chores.

Does your child complete his or her chores without a reminder or complaint?

Does your child receive an allowance for completing his or her chores?

Or How do you reward your child for a job well done?

Like my kids, I was not excited to complete my weekly chores every

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My Homeschool Journey

Eight years of homeschooling, I do not regret my decisions at all. I enjoy spending time with my two sons on a daily basis from baking dishes to exploring new places and learning new information together.

Homeschooling is amazing for my family. It creates a strong family bond, and I can instill my beliefs and values into my children.

In addition, I can include my children interests in the lessons.

For example, my youngest son’s interest is lions. I can teach a science lesson about lions and their habitats and locations. Not only is my son learning science but he is learning geography (location), this is how I combine two subjects into one lesson.

Besides the joys of spending time with my family, adding lessons based on my children’s interest, homeschooling allows me an opportunity to teach

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Having Fun with Back to Home School

The best part of going back to school when I was young was getting new school supplies. Yes, just about everyone can say they liked that part but usually they mean the back pack and clothes. Maybe even a fun trapper keeper. Me, I was all about the new pens and pencils and notebooks and the ideas and things I could put in them.

When I first started homeschooling my kids, I was sad because I thought

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Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year

If you have begun your 2020-2021 school year, I hope that it is off to a great start. I have not begun my 2020-2021 school year, I am in the purchasing curriculum and planning process stages.

This year, I decided to continue with combining my sons’ history and science. In other words, I use one curriculum for history to teach both of my sons’.

Also, I use one science curriculum to teach both them. I started this about two years ago. My sons love it!!!

I like it too because it saves me money on having to purchase an individual science and history curriculum for both of them.

Since both of my sons use the same science and history curriculum, I have to purchase one additional book

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The Flexible Homeschooler

Hi there!

I hope you are staying safe during this pandemic.

Wow!!

2020 has begun with a unique start from how our kids participate in sports and other activities to how we enter and exit stores. Our lives have changed during the pandemic.

As homeschool families, we are use to

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Enjoy Time Together

It’s the end of June, and my time as a blog writer is coming to an end (at least temporarily). I have enjoyed writing to you guys each week sharing the things that have come into my heart. 

I won’t lie. It has been a challenge juggling all my mommy/wifey duties and doing this each week. However, it has been such a pleasure to have the chance to do something I love…something I miss. 

Thank you all for reading or commenting on my posts. I really pray that something was shared this past year that sincerely blessed you.

This has been a year of many challenges, changes, and unique opportunities for all of us. We have seen things change in ways we never thought we’d see. We have had to change the way we look at the world and question if things will ever be the same again.

As we move into the last part of this year, I pray that you all can find peace and joy in your homes and most importantly with your families. I had the chance to spend a recent Friday night out and about with my hubby and children, and we had a fabulous time.

We drove to an Amish restaurant about 40 minutes away and had one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Our little ones were good (for their ages lol) which made the meal even more enjoyable.

On our way back, we ran across a special little hidden gem which is very unique to South Carolina. We stopped at a place I read about in an article a year or two ago. It’s called God’s Acre Healing Springs. We spent some time learning the history of the Springs, tasted the water, and enjoyed the fireflies at dusk.

We didn’t go far away or do anything expensive. We didn’t have to plan a huge road trip or anything like that. We just spent time together enjoying each other’s company.

That’s what the remainder of this year needs to be for all of us. It needs to be a time filled with reinforcing family bonds and making positive meaningful connections. Just making the most of the time we have together right now. 

We don’t have to run to sandy beaches across the world or visit cities full of strangers to have a good time. If all you have is your family, a picnic lunch, or a local attraction, you already have more than enough. 

“Jehovah bless thee and keep thee;

Jehovah cause His face to shine upon thee, and favour thee;

Jehovah lift up His countenance upon thee, and appoint for thee — peace.

And they have put My name upon the sons of Israel, and I — I do bless them.”

Numbers 6:24-27 YLT

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Naja Coles

I’m most importantly a follower of Christ by who’s blood we believe there is salvation. We believe in biblical Truth only. Being led by the Spirit of God, we seek to raise our family by that Truth. I am a wife of 8 years, and mom to 8 wonderful children ages 7 years-1 year. We have been homeschooling for 2 years officially (7 if you include preschool). I enjoy music, gardening, and learning to live a healthy, non-toxic lifestyle. 

Matthew 4:17 “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

A Look at Math: Fractions

Am I the only one who cringes when I see math problems that include fractions? Even in recipes, I can sometimes stumble when I am trying to increase the recipe by 1/3 and the recipe calls for 3/4ths a cup of something. It seems simple but I am terrified when faced by fractions.

Why? I was not taught how to properly handle fractions.

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When I was in school, we were taught to find the decimal

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Fun Food for Summer

Summer is here and outdoor grilling season is upon us. If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a new and tasty dish for friends and family to enjoy at each bbq. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for you to try that I know will be a crowd pleaser. 

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My Go-Tos for Summer Time

Typically our summers are full of fun, travel, and time spent with others. We thoroughly enjoy driving to historical locations and exploring all the old landmarks there. We spend a lot of time traveling to see family in various states, often spending a long weekend with them seeing the local sights. We also really enjoy hosting cookouts for our friends and family as well, sharing food and laughter. This summer seems to be shaping up into a very different kind of summer though.

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We are still under social restrictions.

We still are being told to stay six feet apart from others.

We are told to keep gatherings to a minimum and to a

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