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Live Video: Under SC Option 3 Homeschooling: How to skip grade levels with the required 180 days of homeschooling

Great question came in from Sherita K. about homeschooling under Option 3 laws in South Carolina.

How to skip grade levels with the required 180 days of homeschooling?

Join me as we talk through this topic.

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Serving You and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry

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.

Ten ‘thieves’ that robs your homeschooling day that’s in progress (Part 1)

It’s one thing to be diligent in keeping your children focused and on task.

But sometimes…just sometimes……

Homeschooling parents have a hard time staying focused and on task as well.

Hey….be honest!

I’ve struggled with that too.

(Shhhh….sometimes it’s a struggle even now.)

I’m constantly having to set some boundaries for my homeschooling day.

There’s just so much that is vying for my attention.

These ‘seemingly’ important things just don’t understand that ‘Homeschooling Is In Progress’ so back off.

Back off from trying to steal and rob my attention.

The truth is that there are clear BOUNDARIES that we need to set – that we MUST set to ward off these robbers and thieves of our homeschooing day that’s in progress.

Check the list below and check it twice.

It will let you know if you are notty or nice.

If you indeed allow these things 10 ‘thieves’ to rob you of your homescholing day that’s in progress then set the boundaries for these homeschooling thieves.

Look for that list tomorrow! (‘Thieves’ that robs your homeschooling – Setting Boundaires'(Part 2)

1. Facebook/Live video taping/social media
2. telephone
3. texting
4. food/snacking
5. the friend that must come over to chat
6. chores
7. business work
8. animals/pets
9. television

10. reading blog posts

Oh…this list is by no means exhaustive. There are really about 10 more things to add to this list. But these generally are the main culprits.

So what is a homeschooling parent to do that’s being robbed blind?

Check in tomorrow to find out what you need to do to set some boundaries and what those boundaries should be.

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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.

The Homeschool Dreamcatcher

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Homeschooling parents have dreams!

And as the nature of a dream is – it indeed drives us and motivates us onward.

The above statement is GREATLY different then having a dream of what YOU desire your child to do, study or become in life.

What I am saying is this…..

Your dream of wanting, planning, desiring to homeschool YOUR child is what drives and motivates You.

Those things motivates me too!

Personally my husband’s and my dream in homeschooling our children has always been because of these THREE things and these THREE things only.

1. We wanted to be in control of what influences our children had daily and what was ‘downloaded’ into their hearts and minds.

2. We wanted to make sure our ‘brown-skinned’ children would not only get a fair education but THE BEST education each of their ‘brown little faces’ deserved. And at the pace they can take it all in.

3. We wanted to make sure our Christian faith – being followers of Jesus Christ, obeying His Word and living for Him was of the utmost focus and importance.

Those above THREE reasons….MY/OUR DREAM, seeing those happen year after year is what has kept us driven, focused and motivated!

Now, in all honesty there was a time where WE PERSONALLY had dreams that we wanted them to follow. Things we wanted them to do with their lives.

*Go to college
*Get married
*Serve Jesus fully and completely

And you know what? We can dream all we want about these things but they are not within our control nor planning.

The other dreams are within my control.
But the other dreams of what we would like them to do, be and how to live…. well I had to soberly realize that just couldn’t be my dream. I can pray for those to happen. But they aren’t robots and do have a will of their own.

So after the Lord spoke clearly to my heart about this fact, I ultimately had to die to that dream.

Yet continue to live with the dream that I could definitely control.
Homeschooling my children!

CAN control that.
What is your dream for homeschooling? Does it drive  you? Does it motivate you?

If not, breath life into it.

Consider the opposite occurring of what you initially wished wouldn’t happen had you decided not to homeschool or stick with it.

Hard pill to swallow because it leaves us with a responsibility.
A responsibility to the initial conviction we had before the going got tough.
A responsibility to the initial conviction we had before we started fantasizing about free-time, me-time, down-time. (I’m preaching to the choir here.)

A responsibility to the initial conviction we had before we felt our efforts weren’t good enough in order to continue.

Put that self-talk in check.

Often the self-talk is what deters us from our original DREAM!
Cancel the negative self-talk.
Write a new script.
And speak that to yourself.
Let it began with your initial reason, ‘Why You Decided to Homeschool.’
Then began to DREAM again.

Allow it to drive you and motivate YOU anew!

Andalé.  (Spanish word for ‘forward’)

I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS. COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED!

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Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/director/administrator

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, Toastmaster and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Where is your homeschooling heart?

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As followers of Christ Matthew 6:19-21 exhorts us well.

We often relate this scripture to having our heart long and greatly desire the things of the world, riches, money or the like.

However, our treasure can be whatever we choose to put our heart’s energy, focus and drive on. This can be something that is good or something that is of no benefit.

The homeschooling morning nugget for us this morning, today and throughout our hoomeschooling journey is to ‘Treasure the gift of homeschooling.’

As it IS a gift.

Matthew 6:19-21 NIV

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and wehre thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Treasure means to ‘keep carefully, cherish, dote over, prize, value greatly, love, be devoted to.”

Is this how you feel about your homeschooling?

If not, reposition your thoughts.

Reposition your heart.

Reevaluate your treasure.

Once you do then you will find a priceless loot of great value that will satisfy your until the end of your homeschooling jourey.

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Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, entrepreneur, mad’am farmer, Toastmaster and follower of Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

The homeschooling ‘path’ with holes, broken pieces and incomplete parts. Oh my!

As home educators we are our HARDEST critic.

Often times this is true of most hard working people in general.

There is no doubt that those who educate their own children at home are some of the hardest workers there are.

We are juggling MANY things from day to day.

Often times with a baby on the hip, phone in the hand, children at the kitchen table asking questions, keeping up with the household budget, cleaning house, figuring out the food option for the next meal AND doing it all while remaining in the right spirit. Ha!!

Having to juggle so much we can often feel like there are holes, broken pieces and incomplete parts in our homeschool efforts.

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However, I know one thing to be true. With your Option 3 Accountability Association director’s help, following the Option 3 laws and remaining diligent at the task no matter what the path looks like never ever doubt the successful end. Because it is indeed there.

I’ve graduated two children with a third on the way towards graduation in 2017. They have been my prize efforts at homeschooling.

The oldest went on to do well as a dual enrollment student. She now is a violin teacher and a Nanny for family where she helps tutor the children (homeschooling).

My son, the second oldest, scored unbelievably well on the ASVAB test required to enter the military. He was my HARDEST student ever! Omgee!! He really made me want to pull out my hair…..every day. But he now will be a corpman (medical nurse) in the military. I thought for sure he had a lot of holes in his education. He scored unbelievably well. Woohoo!!

Then the child to graduate the end of this year…..my easiest thus far to educate. Self motivated. Will search out how to learn what she needs to learn. Easy Peasy. And THANK THE LORD for a bit of respite. She is heading out of state to college with her violin performance college education ‘almost’ totally paid for. We are waiting on a few other things to pan out for more scholarship $$. Her academic scholarship is the largest part of her award. Ahhh, let me say that again. Her academic scholarship is the largest part of her award. This is due to how well she scored on her ACT. Which has something to do with….her home education. 🙂

All these years, I worried.

I doubted myself.

I didn’t see a successful end.

I was assured that we weren’t measuring up in our homeschooling.

I was driving myself mad.

But alas……..the successful end is indeed here.

My encouragement to you homschooling Mom/Dad/Grandma/Granddad is to keep moving forward. Though the bridge of ‘learning’ may appear unstable and unable to support any ‘weight’, I can guarantee you that your efforts are paying off, will pay off and the end results will be the proof in the pudding.

Please don’t get me wrong. You can’t HOPE for success if you aren’t putting in the effort. And effort often comes with all of the things I afore mentioned .

Worrying.

Doubting yourself.

Not seeing the end result to be clear.

And just plain ole’ not feeling as if you measure up.

BUT…..keep in the back of your mind that you can look upon the path  without the feeling of it paralyzing you.

Look at the path but keep your eyes beyond the path…..because there is the SUCCESS of homeschooling awaiting.

Never ever doubt it!

Because….It’s there!

(Be sure to share these words of encouragement with your fellow homeschooling friends. It just may be the words they need to hear today.)

 

Serving You and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry,

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, entrepreneur, mad’am farmer, Toastmaster and follower of Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Raising Homeschool ‘Smart-alecs’

Smart-alecs.

Yes, if you have children (well of course you do if you are homeschooling) then you know that they are soooo smart.

Smarter then you.

I mean even from Kindergarten.

And YOU are the one whose teaching them their numbers. Right?

As long as I live I will never forget when I was teaching my now 16 year old daughter when she was 4 years old how to add. She looked at me when we were done and she boldly declared with a look of ‘oh my goodness Mom’ on her face, “I already knew how to do that.”

Uhhhmmm….”No, you didn’t. I just taught you.” I thought to myself.

Staring at her as if she had three eyes I couldn’t believe that she really thought she already knew how to add.

After homeschooling for 16 years you can imagine how often I have heard one of my children at distinct moments of their schooling career proclaim, “I knew that.”

Hmmmm……

So the question begs an answer.

If you know everything why in the world am I having to homeschool YOU?  pRaY-tElL!

Well, let’s flip the switch.

What our children LEARN after they KNOW IT ALL is what matters!!

The reality of this was so profound to me after homeschooling for about eight years.

A friend that I was fellowshipping with in his house church mentioned about teaching his boys how to be life long learners. That their learning didn’t stop after homeschooling but he’s teaching them to always be in a posture of learning.

Ok….this made so much sense. I’m not sure why I didn’t think like this.

However, from that conversation with him my academic eyes were opened.

As my children progressed through their schooling years I realized that the investment that I was making was that of teaching them how to learn.

How to be learners.

Continuous learners.

All their lives.

Grant it. I’ve imparted a lot of book knowledge to each of them and am still in the thick of doing so.

They certainly may believe that they know it “all.”

You know the “all” I’m talking about. The kind where you feel you “cant tell them ‘nothin.”

But reality and realization of it is that they truly do learn AFTER they know it all.

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Real life is the best instructor.

And the truth of the matter is that each of our children will be instructed well.

After they….you know…… know it all. 🙂

It’s my heartfelt conviction that we must do our best to help our children understand this fact.

  1. They must always be learning.
  2. Have a hunger for learning AND
  3. Life will keep teaching them after home instruction is done.

What that means for us as home educators is that we can’t feel that we must dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t.’

We will not get it all done in their schooling careers.

We will miss some things in our instruction to them.

I’m not just speaking academically.

I’m speaking in life generally.

I’m still catching a few things here and there that I missed instructing my children on.

Various…….Life-skills.

But….they will learn them. They will survive. I truly believe the Lord will fill in the blanks.

Or at least He will allow ‘life’ to do so for them.

And it’s okay.

After all aren’t You and I still learning? Are we not continuing to be learners?

Why of course we are.

It’s a perpetual reality from generation to generation.

We all are ‘smart-alecs’ that are still learning after we know it all.

(smile)

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Serving You and  Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/administrator/director

Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, entrepreneur, mad’am farmer, Toastmaster and follower of Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

 

In your homeschooling are you growing like a lobster? (video included)

I have home schooling families mention to me that homeschooling is somewhat stressing.

Probably ‘self-induced’ stress.

Never the less, whatever the case is….STRESS can provide some great benefits for you personally. But are you ready for them?

Most of us run from pressure when it comes to things that aren’t comfortable.

Things that are challenging.

Things that don’t feel good.

Well……I have some news for you.

You need to change your thought process as it relates to stress.

According to Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, “Times of stress are also times that are signals for growth. And if we use advertisity properly we can grow through adversity.”

Rabbi Twerski has some profound thoughts in this video as it relates to stress.

Then after viewing this video ask yourself, “Am I growing like a lobster?” 

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If not, then began to do so and see what your life, homeschooling and emtional state will be like for you. 🙂

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Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/administrator/director

Give up. It’s just not worth it.

At the start of my parenting journey I had the unspoken notion of  wanting to be that ‘perfect mom.’ Let alone being the ‘perfect wife.’

I will not bore you with the years of details of how I discovered that this is an absolutely absurd goal as well as an impossible feat to conquer.

Crash and burn. Worn out trying. Frustrated at the results. Epic mountain of failure. No self-confidence.

By child number three (of the four I birthed) I realized ‘perfection’ wasn’t my calling in life. Ha!

Sadly, the reality of my inability to be perfect in homeschooling came much later after discovering that I can’t be a perfect mother nor wife.

All the other Moms around whose children were striving for college scholarships, South Carolina’s Palmetto Fellows or involved in tons of extracurricular activities became my measuring stick. And trying to ‘measure up’ was driving me insane (ok…not literally). Ths mindset was taking the fun out of schooling the littles that I loved the most.

Basically because I was driven with ‘others homeschooling model.’

After doing this, that and the other in my homeschooling…..

After seeing our extracurrilar monthly expenditures almost equal to the amount of a monthly payment of 2017 Porsche….

After operating in an emotional deflation mode……

After seeing my 2nd oldest struggle to read until he was almost 10  years old…..

After realizing none of my children loved math like I did but science instead. Boohoohooo……

I figured I didn’t want that job any more. The job of ‘being pefect.’

What I did want was my freedom. My freedom to be what I needed to be as a homeschooling Mom to the children the Lord had called me to home educate.

I didn’t know at the time but what I wanted was to be authentic.

Authenticly me.

I’m not the craft-sy type of Mom.

I’m not the sports Mom.

I’m not the write out your lessons plan for the entire homeschooling  year type of Mom.

I’m not the super creative Mom.

Nope.

I could keep the list going but ….. I’m not going to do that. Ha!

Sometimes we do have to go beyond our limits and stretch ourselves. If we don’t then we don’t grow.

But what I am saying we have to do is be willing to give up being perfect so that we each can be authentic. And in being authentic I truly believe we then can soar in what we set out to do year after year in our homeschooling journey with our Beloveds.

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So….shun perfection.

Embrace authenticity.

And enjoy the homeschooling journey!

 

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/administrator/director

 

Monday’s Message: From Silence of Rape to Voice of Compassion

Maya Angelou is most famed for being articulate of speech,

a slayer of words and thought,

a mesmerizer with her pen.

All of this came as a result of a tragic event that took place in her life at the age of 7-1/2 years old.

Out of tragedy can come educational prowess.

Remember…..
Tragedy does not have to halt the learning process.
It can possibly birth an educational giant slumbering within.

**Thinking of a dear homeschooling family that has and is enduring some tough things right now.***

 

 

STILL I RISE

Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014

“You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.”

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/director/adminstrator

Monday’s Message:

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If anyone ever tells you that homeschooling is easy…..they are not being truthful.

The reality is that HOMESCHOOLING is challenging. It’s down right hard sometimes.

So the questions is, why do so many families “still” homeschool?

After all….

who signs up for “hard stuff?”

who volunteers for “added challenges to life?”

who decides to “take on the daunting?”

Yea….homeschoolers. That’s who!

We look at the resulting benefits and then decide….

It’s worth it!

The wisdom in homeschooling and in life is not to wish it was easier.

But pray that we become better!

Anything that is worth it may not necessarily come easy but in the process we should become better.

Don’t loose heart. You’ve joined the ranks along with many others who are triumphing in the homeschooling journey and/or have finished strong.

Here’s to becoming better!

 

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/director/administrator

 

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