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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “Make the Most of Your Next Homeschool Convention”

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:53


Mimi Rothschild Brings You “Make the Most of Your Next Homeschool Convention”
Author: Janice Campbell

The homeschool convention is almost here! Are you ready?

Whether it is your first convention or your fifteenth, the annual homeschool convention can be an overwhelming event. With dozens of workshops, over 100 vendors, and thousands of new and used books, it can be a challenge to know what to do first. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your convention experience.

Before the Convention


In order to maximize your time and money, start planning well before the day of the convention. Pre-registering online is amazingly convenient, and it will save valuable time when you arrive at convention. Members of the sponsoring organization often receive a generous discount on full registration, and pre-registering by the early-bird deadline can save even more. That is extra money to spend on something that will make your homeschooling easier!


First, know why you are going to convention. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to:

•Find out about homeschooling in general?
•Learn techniques for teaching toddlers or teens?
•Gain encouragement for educating your special-needs child?
•Get a hands-on preview of new curriculum?
•Stretch your dollars by buying used curriculum?
•Hear encouraging truths from veteran homeschoolers?
•Make a few dollars by selling your used books?
•Give back to your homeschool organization by volunteering for a few hours?
•Save shipping costs by purchasing your textbooks?
•Attend an inspiring graduation ceremony?
You can do all this and more at the convention if you plan your time wisely! If you spend time thinking through your goals for the coming year, and deciding what you need from the convention before you go, you are well on your way to making the most of this exciting weekend.

Make Your Lists

The sponsoring organization maintains a list of workshops and vendors on its website, and the preliminary workshop descriptions are usually included in the latest issue of the newsletter. Use these resources to plan your time at the convention. As you study the workshop schedule, you will begin to see workshops that you absolutely want to attend. Check them off on the preliminary program, and begin to prioritize.

Inevitably, there will be more than one workshop per session that you would like to attend. This is not a problem! Virtually all the workshops are recorded, and you may purchase tapes or CDs at convention and listen at your convenience later. This way, if you decide to spend all your time in the curriculum hall or the used book sale, you will not miss out on all the encouraging and informative workshops that are scheduled.

Plan for Children and Teens

While convention weekend is a wonderful opportunity for some special “couple time,” the convention is family-friendly if you prefer to bring everyone. A glance at the program will reveal many workshops that are of special interest to teens. These teen-track workshops may include topics such as “Technology and Computers,” “Creation vs. Evolution,” “College Options,” and many more.

Children ages 5-12 may have the opportunity to enroll in a special children’s program, where they can enjoy skits, songs, stories, and crafts focused on the development of good character qualities. The children’s program usually runs for the entire convention, except for meals, for which your children may join you to talk about all the things they’ve learned.

Read Ahead

If you are new to homeschooling, or are entering a new phase of home education, such as high school, you may want to do some reading before you arrive at the convention. You may wish to order books such as The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell, For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauley, or 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy. There are many other wonderful resources available, and whatever you read will help you prepare for the convention, as well as for the coming school year. Ask a veteran homeschooler for her recommendations, and she’ll probably be happy to share some of her favorites.

Make a List

If you write your shopping list on a business size or 7×9″ envelope, you will be able to place all your receipts in the envelope as you make purchases. You can jot notes about what you see on the back of the envelope, and keep a running total of what you spend on the inside of the flap. Just be careful not to lose your envelope!

At the Convention

When you arrive at the convention, you’ll receive a program booklet and a bag of literature from vendors. The program will contain a map of the convention hall, speaker and graduate profiles, listing of vendors, and a final schedule of workshops. It pays to sit down for a few minutes to get acquainted with this valuable resource. First, check the workshops you want to attend and verify the time and location. Second, locate the bathrooms, concession stands, bag drops, and other conveniences, and locate the booths of vendors or speakers you particularly wish to visit. Now you are ready to plan your day!

As a point of courtesy, if you spend a lot of time with an author or vendor who patiently answers your questions, please remember that it would be very rude to go across the aisle to save a couple of dollars on the same curriculum from a vendor who has not given so generously of his or her time. Most authors and vendors are at the convention, not only because they truly want to help other homeschooling families, but also because they need to make a living.

If This Is Your First Convention

If this is your first convention and you are able to come more than one day (I highly recommend coming for the whole time, if at all possible), don’t buy anything until the last few hours you are there. Use your first day, or first few hours, to attend the introductory workshop sessions offered for new homeschoolers, then browse the curriculum hall, picking up catalogs and brochures. If you know you have a bag full of information, and will be able to order anything you see later, after you have had time to make a careful decision, you will not feel pressured to decide too quickly on anything you see.

Take all the literature you have gathered back to your hotel, or out to lunch if you are there for only a day, and look through it. Focus on things that fit your needs now – elementary curriculum if you have young children, high school curriculum if you have teens. Get acquainted with some of the things that are available, so that when you return to the curriculum hall, you can go directly to the items that seem most interesting or useful to you. Write down questions you would like to ask different vendors, and do not forget that the homeschool organization probably has a table is staffed with veteran homeschoolers who would be happy to answer questions for you. Remember that you do not have to make any quick decisions, but that you may order virtually anything, including workshop tapes, after the convention.

If You Are A Veteran Homeschooler

If you have been homeschooling for years, but have not been to the convention in a while, prepare to be astonished and delighted by the amazing array of high-quality curriculum options that are available. You will find many resources for the high-school years, as well as a great deal of information on helping your student make the transition to college, the military, or a career. There are encouraging new books and resources, as well as workshops and vendors that can answer many of the questions you may have as your students grow older.

Veteran homeschoolers are probably also aware of the many opportunities available for volunteer service at the convention. The convention takes place only with the help of the many volunteers – both new and veteran homeschoolers – who donate a bit of their time to make it happen. You may choose to help in the exhibit hall, graduation, security, hospitality, registration, publicity, used curriculum sale, or as an office volunteer or speaker host. As a special thank-you, volunteers often receive special privileges such as first admission to the used curriculum shopping area, or a free workshop recording.

After the Convention

When you reach home after the convention, you will have much to digest. Make time to read the books and catalogs you bring home, and listen to the workshop tapes you have purchased. As you put all you have learned into practice, you will be thankful you took time to learn more about home education. Your new knowledge will help you experience joy in the journey!

Janice Campbell, author of Get a Jump Start on College! A Practical Guide for Teens, Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler’s Guide to High School Paperwork, and the Excellence in Literature series, has been writing and speaking in central Virginia since the late 1980’s. She homeschooled her four sons from kindergarten into college, using the principles she now shares in her books, her blog, workshops, and her free e-newsletter. Sign up for it today.

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You "God Has Trouble With His Children Too"

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 10:07

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “God Has Trouble With His Children Too”
by Shannon Brendlinger


Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.-Ephesians 6:1

There have been times at night that I would pray over one of my four children. One reason would be because I had a confrontation of some sort with them that day, another would be because I felt they had disobeyed God in someway. The prayers I have for them come deep from in my heart more, than anything I pray for. I felt I was being a “bad” mother and I would pray for guidance and forgiveness in the way I handled a situation with them. The bible says in James 1:9, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” I find it hard to become slow to anger when my child has given me nothing but attitude that day! Slow to speak…well, does, Get…to…your…room…now, through clenched teeth count? Listening is not on the top of my head when my thirteen old is trying to explain why she should get her belly button pierced! I thought all the Sunday school and youth programs would tell them that, God does not want them to put in any holes in their body?

Psalm 22:10 says,” From birth I was cast upon you; from my mothers womb you have been my God. When our children are first born they are born with no sense of what others around them need; they are selfish but God was still with them because he knew they had to be taught by their mother and father. He gave us many directions in the bible for showing our children the way to him. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” –Deuteronomy 6:5-8. The only thing is he gave them free will just has he has given us our free will. We can only do as much as we can and pray that God will open their hearts and show them the way. We also have to pray they will want to be shown the path of righteousness. Jesus said in Mark 10:14, “let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. All Jesus was asking for was to; let them come to him, to not hinder any of their efforts. He was not saying, “You parents better make sure your kids come to me or it is your entire fault!” No, he just wants us to let them know they have that choice and what the choice of coming to him means.

When my oldest was born I was not an active Christian. I believed there was a God and he had a son who died on the cross for our sins. I tried to go to church and thought it was the most boring thing ever. I was only seventeen when my oldest was born. I was still a child with no direction and a bad attitude. My parents did not bring me up in a Godly home; it was far from it. I swore a lot, I did not have respect for my self or others. All in all I was heading hand in hand with Satan down his pleasurable path for me. I was also taking someone along; my daughter. A little over three years and a lot of bad moves I was also taking my second child right with me.
It was not until my third child and a marriage later that God opened my eyes and started showing me the right path, the path that lead to Jesus. Slowly I became closer to the Lord and I learned more than I ever knew about being a child of God. I faded away and I came back strong and faded again and came back even stronger. My fourth child is now three-years-old and I am back on the righteous path. I am a stronger more mature Christian than I ever was and I know I am growing everyday but there was that time when God had trouble with me too. Sometimes I step off the right path now but he is there so softly guide me back. I am his child and he knows that I am not perfect and knows I will not be without sin until the day he comes back for me. He gave me his son so my sins can be washed away and he gave me the bible so I try not to have so many to be washed away.

I knew it would be hard on my oldest child, to just throw her into a life she was not familiar with. I knew she would feel hurt and confused. I stopped a lot of things I once let her do and there were many times she cried and looked at me like I was from another planet. She lead a unholy life until the age of eight or nine and then she was confused when I would change from week to week or month to month on what I expected from her and the rest of my family. Then when she was twelve I changed “big time” and started showing my family the way of God. I did a total 360 on them and have been, for the most part, steady now. Jeanette Lockerbie from the “Women’s Devotional Bible” wrote, “Our children-and we ourselves-are never safer, or more blessed, than in the place of God’s appointment” meaning, we are right where God wants us to be. No matter what the situation, God has his plans for us and our children, all wrote out in his book of ours and our children’s lives.

He knows the troubles we have with our children because he has the same troubles from us. He gives us the same lessons from the bible that we teach to our kids too. “Listen to your father, who gave you life and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him. May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!”-Proverbs 23:22-25. Proverbs 31:6 says, “Train a child in the way we should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” All we can do is show our children the rights way, pray they take it and thank God when they finally do!

Christian mothers and fathers all over the world have some trouble with their kids rebelling against Gods word. They want to listen to inappropriate music; they want to wear clothing that is to revealing or mark their bodies with holes (besides the ears) and tattoo’s. Some of us parent’s even have to unfortunately, deal with drug or alcohol use. We get down on our knees every night and pray for God to change them. We beg and plead, cry and even scream to him, why does my child have to do these sinful things? Titus 2:7-8 states, “In everything set them (children) a good example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned.” Ephesians 6:4 says, “Father’s do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training of the Lord.” Exasperate means: to irritate or anger. God is slow to anger at us, so should we be to our children also. When they fall down we need to pick them back up, just as Jesus does for us. We need to show them the right way, just as God shows us. We need to forgive them, just as the Lord has forgiven us.

3 John: 4 says, “I have to greater joy than to hear my children are walking in the truth.” If you as a parent are walking in Gods truth and you show it day by day your children will catch on. It might not be until they have made some wrong choices but one day they will understand the truth that you are walking in and they will walk right beside you. Until then keep praying for them and loving them just the way God made them and the way he loves you.

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Mimi Rothschild Looks at "Character Education in the Public School"?

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 16:30


Mimi Rothschild Looks at “Character Education in the Public School”?
by Sarah McBroom

As an relatively new educator, I have discovered that part of the problem in our schools today is that our students lack character. They have not been taught at home as so many of us were in our childhoods. The task has come to us to teach these children character and morals. Our society has become so desensitized that no one thinks anything about the fact that these kids have no character. Good solid Christians hide in their homes because they are afraid to go out. Children who have stable home lives are afraid to go out anytime. It is a sad state that we have come to in our soceity today.
As a Christian educator in a public school, I find it hard to teach character without teaching about the relationship with Jesus Christ that goes along with it. However, I have learned that this is what must happen and even though I cannot speak about my faith and about Christ, I make sure that my actions speak about it every day. These character traits that we need to teach our students will not only help them in their work as students, but someday out in the workforce or in their homes, I hope that they will remember the things that they have been taught. The seed is planted and I pray that someday it will take root and grow.
In the 1940’s the top ten discipline problems in schools were: talking out of turn, chewing gum, making noise, running in the hall, cutting in lines, dress code violations and littering. Jump ahead fifty years and in the 1990’s the top problems were: drugs, alcohol, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery and assault. Today some of the top problems are shootings, sexual harassment and abuse, pregnancy, and new and worse drugs. What has happened in last sixty years to our children and what can we do about it in our public schools?
There are four things that schools can do to promote educational success. Successful schools eliminate automatic promotion and administer standards. They evaluate teachers yearly. A school should not necessarily give a teacher an extended contract. So many teachers when the trial period is over, knowing that they cannot be automatically fired, do not teach as well as they once did. Knowing that a poor evaluation can lead to termination is good and helps a teacher keep his focus over the years as he continues to teach. There is a disciplined learning environment. Everyone is treated the same regardless of race, color or creed. Successful schools reject relativism and teach the values that built our nation, and promote character. This helps children develop successful habits.
So what are the teacher’s responsibilities the classroom and with students? A teacher must act as a caregiver and mentor. It is important to love and nurture kids. It is important to help them succeed. Once they begin to succeed, they will want to continue that success and will look for the teacher for help in order to do so. It is important to take transgressions seriously but lovingly. The transgression must be important to the adult in order for it to be important to the student. This is how you get students to care about moral values.
Mentoring is a form of loving. A teacher must love troubled kids to death. They must be reached before they can be taught. Some ways to accomplish this are as follows. It must be private. There must be time for the teacher and the student to have a discussion in private away from others students and staff. Developing a realtionship with this student is important as well. However, you want to avoid the student being seen as teacher’s pet. As you build this relationship, the student will begin to trust and maybe be able to tell you the root of the problem. At this point, you can work together on solutions to the problem. The student must be told what the consequences are and how the behavior will hurt themselves and others. Follow up is the most important. Sometimes it takes time to get through to a student. Written communication can be helpful as well as journaling on the part of the student.
A moral classroom community is important to the success of the whole school. In a classroom community students know each other. They respect, affirm and care for each other. They feel that they are part of a group. It is good to get students to partner up and work together projects. It is also good if the students work with different partners from time to time. It is also good to change the seating arrangement from time to time, so that students have to sit next to someone new. This is the way they get to know each other. As a classroom becomes other focused, they develop patience, understanding and empathy.
There are several ways to develop a group identity in the classroom and to make students feel a part of what is going on. Traditions are an important part of many families. Traditions in the classroom can become important as well. Class meetings, a class song, symbols, and a coat of arms are good examples of class traditions that can be done together as a class. Teacher intervention on behalf of a child is an excellent way to help a child feel included and loved.
Responsibility to and for the group helps to promote a healthy classroom. Establish goals and rules and consequences as a group. This helps promote interdependence which is dependence on self and on each other. Problem solving is another way to promote this interdependence. In coping with a crisis it might be good to hold a class meeting, ask for a confession from the perpetrator and then ask the class to forgive him or her.
Teachers are responsible for the moral discipline in a classroom. They are to project a clear sense of their moral authority. It is their right and duty to teach respect and responsibility and to hold the students accountable. Approach discipline as a way to develop a good moral community in the classroom. Consequences should be used educationally. This helps a student appreciates a rule’s purpose and make amends and improves behavior. It is important to care for and respect the student. Find the cause of the problem and find a solution that will help the student to become successful and responsible in the classroom.
Rule setting can be a daunting task. It is sometimes helpful to get input from all of the students and to make a list of rules from the lists that were made as a group. Sometimes only doing this with unruly classes is a good idea. This helps these students to think about what is respectful and how to be responsible in the classroom. If a teacher has some rules that must be followed without exception, this is okay too. It helps the teacher to enforce their right to teach and student’s right to learn.
Treat enforcement of consequences as teachable moments.
If you are working on consequences as a group, be aware that students will set harsher consequences than adults. This helps them develop moral reasoning. Consenting to consequences beforehand is easy way to get them to look at what they did and to take responsibility for their actions. It is important to develop a relationship with a hostile student. This is not easy, but it is well worth it and can be helpful in disciplining and teaching him. Some consequences are fixed meaning they are the same every time. Some can be variable meaning that the punishment fits the crime. It is important to have a balance in the classroom. This helps a student learn why behavior is wrong and how to make up for it.
In an individual conference a student receives individual discipline and instruction. This type of discipline helps a teacher to look for the root of the problem and explain to the student why the behavior was unacceptable. There is also time to develop a plan to prevent recurrence.
Class meetings are a great way to get to know students and them to get to know you and each other. They can brainstorm together ways to solve problems in the classroom. This then can be carried out into the hallway and to other classrooms. If the students have the skills, they can make an impact on the whole school.
Homework helps to improve grades in lower and average students. If the school day ends and the homework is not in, the student should be made to stay after school until the work is done. One day a week anyone who does not have all work in must stay after school and get the work done. This means no after school activities for that day. This type of discipline has been known to have great success. Students do not want to have to miss their after school activities, whether it be band, sports, drama etc. Quizzes should be based on homework. Pop quizzes are especially important because a student has to always finish the work in order to be prepared.
It is important for the principal to model moral and academic leadership. He must have a vision for the school. It is helpful to have organized clubs, and other organized activities during lunchtime. This helps cut down on discipline during this time of day. Older students can help supervise activities and can help with younger students. This helps to promote school wide community. Also helping to promote school wide community are extracurricular activities, good sportsmanship and school assemblies. There are jobs that students can do together in the school. For example, they can beautify the bathrooms, clean the cafeteria, help in the office or in other classrooms, they can help on the school paper or in the school store if one is available.
As you can see, these ideas can be very helpful. However, it is important that you model your faith along with these values. Teaching values without faith is not a very wise thing to do. Howver, in our post Christian society, sometimes the only thing you can do, is to be a good role model in this area. Sometimes actions do speak louder than words and this is an important concept to consider as you prepare for another school year.

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Mimi Rothschild Shares "School At Home? A Day in the Life"

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 22 April 2010 07:57


School At Home? A Day in the Life
by Angela Allen

When people ask me what I do for a living I reply, “I’m a stay-at-home mom, and I home school my ten year old son.” Some people look at me as if I’m from another planet, some people say, “That’s great, but what do you do all day?”

“At times I question the wisdom of my chosen path, and ask “What is my purpose?” And I am reminded through quite poignant moments, such as when my son gives me a big hug and says, “ I love you mom,” and my purpose is made clear when we have days such as in the following description.

It’s 8:00 Monday morning. I am awakened by the pathetic moans of our eleven month old Jack Russell Terrier, “T-Bone.” Yes, he looks just like Wishbone off of the TV series. I try to ignore him but he is adamant about being taken out right now!

I drag myself out of bed, bundle up quickly, and slosh out with my dog into the snow-covered terrain at a whopping 7 degrees. With sleep in my eyes, hair mussed, and quickly turning into an ice cube, I long for that warm, cozy place that I had to vacate so promptly.

T-Bone finishes his doggie business, and we trek back inside, without the much needed aid of snow-shoes, to begin the day. I am pleasantly surprised when Billy hands me a home-made card made out of construction paper, consisting of a poem likening my eyes to the stars, and my being to that of an angel.

My eyes well up with tears as I smile and give him a bear-hug, my heart soaring to that same sky that holds those stars. He then asks if we can make pancakes, and if he can flip them over.

Of course, while we are performing this seemingly mundane task, little does he suspect that he is “doing school.” As he does the measuring he’s learning (math concepts). He mentions how all the ingredients mixed together make a different substance. (Chemistry)?

We discuss how people might have made pancakes in the “olden days,” which would be (History) in my book.

There is the whole process of cooking, eating, and cleaning, which I consider (Home-economics and life skills), such as manners and table etiquette. After that, we proceed to our daily hygiene ritual, and have a discussion about cavities. An impromptu lesson on (Dental health) I would say.

After I finish my shower, and I’m ready to “seize the day,” I walk into his room to announce math drill time, only to find him sprawled across the floor, drawing pirates from an art book, and happily tapping his foot to the beat of a Mozart Symphony in his CD player. He asks me if we can read our book first, “please?”

Looking into those big brown pleading eyes, what am I to do? So I throw my carefully planned agenda to the side as we curl up by the fireplace to take an adventure with Robert Louis Stevenson to “Treasure Island.”

Two hours later, I glance at the clock, and realize it is lunch time. While Billy takes T-Bone out, I warm up some home-made veggie soup which my husband has made the previous afternoon.

While eating, we discuss the finer points of piracy, which leads us to the closet afterwards, to change ourselves into said pirates. Long John Silver, and One-Eyed Pete no less. (Art, drama, history)? We make a ship out of an empty storage box and dub it the “Hispaniola,” complete with an old white sheet for the sail and a skull and cross bones drawn on with a black magic marker.

With our weathered map marked with an X , and singed around the edges, we sail the high seas in search of the hidden treasure.
We are fast set upon by hungry sharks. Ahoy, mate! (Vocabulary).

We row over to the nearest Island, where we find, to our delight, a set of old encyclopedias. We quickly search for an article about sharks and how to escape without incident. (Reading, vocabulary, dictionary skills, science).

“But look in the telescope mom, I mean Pete, there’s a ship on the horizon and it’s headed this way. It’s a British Man O’ War!” We quickly board the Hispaniola and escape unscathed.
We finally make it to the X on the map, and what do we discover? A treasure chest filled with chocolate covered doubloons and a 1950 edition of the movie “Treasure Island.”

We sail over to the closest home theatre, set anchor, and plunk ourselves down on the nearest sandbar. After a while, we hear a noise.

“It’s coming from the east.” I say, and point toward the back door, (Geography). Billy jumps up, one hand full of chocolate coins and the other with a plastic cutlass, yelling “Dad, you scurvy land lubber!” as he drags him off to see the Hispaniola, recounting the exploits of Long John and Pete.

“Shiver me Timbers!” My husband exclaims, looking over his shoulder at me, sitting replete in my white ruffled shirt and newspaper pirate hat. He smiles, but not in the least bit surprised to come home to one of our daily (school at home) adventures.

Do I have doubts and misgivings? Yes. Do I fear failure sometimes? Yes. Will my son remember that, or his adventures through time? Time will only tell, and I wouldn’t trade this adventure for anything in the world.

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You "Overcoming Your Homeschooling Fears"

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 13:37

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “Overcoming Your Homeschooling Fears”
by JT M

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (KJB). Overcoming your fears of homeschooling is the first step in making one of the most important decisions of your life as well as your child’s life. The opportunity to homeschool your children is not only a blessing but it is a privilege. It is well understood that not everyone is able to home school, but for those that do, the chance should be seized upon. No one loves your child more than you do, therefore you are the one that can make the greatest impact on his or her life. It is your reasonability to ensure your child’s development and what better way to guarantee your child’s maximum potential than your personal involvement.
Some fear their child will not acquire the best education. When you homeschool you can closely monitor his or her pace of development and allow him or her to do their very best. Too many times in public schools they focus on the “middle of the road” students (due largely to the vast number of students in overcrowded classrooms) henceforth, some children are held back while others are given “social promotions”. Homeschool gives your child the advantage of moving on in a subject if they are advanced or taking the time to grasp the subject completely before moving on making certain they have the skills necessary to achieve the goals they have for their lives.
Some fear they are not qualified to educate. In most cases, no one is more qualified to educate your child than you. There are so many good curriculums available now that lays everything out for you that the argument of being under qualified is now null and void.
Some fear the social development of their child. This is somewhat understandable considering the fact that they will need dexterity in interacting with others when they become adults. Again, with all of the positive community sports programs, clubs, and other sources of social interaction such as Churches, the argument is minimal at best. This the greatest gateway to have an impact on his or her life, to instill in them the morals and values that are so needed to become a productive member of society.
So I urge you to have courage in your decision of homeschooling your child. Consider this statement: Courage is not the absence of fear but rather it is going on in spite of fear.
I have found a wealth of information that can guide you every step of the way in your exciting journey of your child’s superior education.

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Written by Mimi Rothschild
Tuesday, 20 April 2010 13:14

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by Suellen Fry

As he sat down adjusting himself in my lap
He reached up with his small hand
His fingers slowly
The crevices on my forehead
He smiled
And his body melted into my lap
With his cheek
Making a resting place
Upon my breast

Wasn’t it “The Little Prince” who said that everything that was important was invisible to the naked eye? For while I am sure this might be true, I think I saw a glimpse of this little princes’ wisdom this afternoon all in the comfort of my own home.

As I was working on my computer and my 8 year old son was comfortably tucked in his cozy comforter watching an array of cartoons, it occurred to me how old I was. Now I don’t mean that I suddenly woke up from being in a trance. I mean it really hit me-“clunk” right on my head-I’m really 50. Not 41, not 45, and not even 49 any longer. I was only five years away from getting a discount on my meals. I was a mere five years away from being”A senior citizen.” As a matter of fact: I now qualified for some advantages that I couldn’t qualify for last year. I was now eligible to become an official member of AARP. Gee; why didn’t that seem very exciting to me? Why wasn’t I feeling like I was among the privileged now? I didn’t “feel” 50. And…most folks have even told me I sure didn’t look like your typical 50 year old.

Then why was it bothering me? What was my ultimate alternative? I looked over at my son and said”Ya know,if I could be 30 and still have you that would be great!”For some reason this got his attention. He quickly jumped up from the comforter that draped his body and replied,” Now why would you want to go and do that mom?” “Oh I don’t know, maybe because I’d be younger and I wouldn’t have all these wrinkles”, I responded with a touch of sarcasm in my voice. Now we all know how smart our children are…right? Sometimes when we can’t see past our noses, they show up just in time to point us in the right direction. So you know what he said next?

“Mom, you don’t want to be 30 again.” “Why not”, I asked , wondering what words of wisdom were about to emerge from his mouth. “Mom… I love your wrinkles and if you were 30 then you wouldn’t have the wisdom you have now.” And plus…I love old people, they are so much smarter and wiser”, he added. I was left speechless for a moment. I couldn’t believe my little guy had so much wisdom to offer..ME. Wasn’t I supposed to be the wise one here?. After giving him a huge hug and a big sloppy kiss, I thanked him for being so sweet and trying to make his aging mom feel better. “It’s just the truth mom, that’s all”, he contorted.

While we are busy in our thoughts of absurdity…our children are our bricks of solidity. When we worry about superficial things, like wrinkles in my instance: the Lord will use the minds of our children to chime in a graceful word of wisdom or two. And…just when we think we know everything we need to know : the Lord will get our attention. Did he get my attention today? You bet He did! While I was busy wishing I could climb into a time machine and turn back my wrinkles…The Lord was busy trying to show me that wisdom gained was a much better quality. You know what they say? Out of the mouths of babes, right? So today while my insane thoughts scrambled
at the idea of how the world views beauty, I took the advice of an 8 year old boy and…God! I sat there for a few minutes and reflected. I had a couple of quiet minutes with my Father. As I prayed, I humbly inclined; Dear God: can I have some wisdom to go with my wrinkles?
Maybe “The Little Prince” was right. What is important aren’t the things we can see, but the things we can’t.

Proverbs 16:31

The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You "Dealing with Daily Interruptions"

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Monday, 19 April 2010 07:35

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Mimi Rothschild Brings You “Dealing with Daily Interruptions”
Author: Charmaine Wistad

Interruptions in our school day – are they simply a fact of life that we have to put up with or are there things we can do to control them? I believe the answer for both questions is: “yes”. In many ways, interruptions are just a fact of life: the baby gets sick, the insurance man stops by or a glass of juice gets spilled. These kinds of interruptions are usually unavoidable. However, there are many interruptions in our day that can be avoided. Let’s look at some of them – along with some possible solutions.

Perhaps one of the biggest interruptions is the telephone. For this interruption, answering machines and Caller I.D. can be very helpful, making it possible to only answer the most critical calls. If friends or relatives are calling, explain to them that you will not be available during certain times of the day and ask them not to call during those times. The goal is to set appropriate limits, not to become totally isolated.

Lack of a schedule in the homeschool can also bring many unwanted interruptions. Don’t be afraid to set goals for the day and stick to them. In order to stay on task and accomplish our goals for each day, I had to think of that time in the same way I would an outside job. If I were working an outside job, I wouldn’t be using my time at work to talk on the phone with friends, go to non-related meetings and appointments or do household chores or crafts. In the same way, during the hours that I had scheduled for school time, I did not allow for time with friends and relatives, appointments, meetings or housework – unless it was directly related to our school goals.

Some interruptions can be used in a positive way to build character in your children. For instance, dealing with toddlers and preschoolers, while teaching the older ones, will bring many character building opportunities. The toddlers and preschoolers can learn that certain behavior is expected at certain times and that they need to wait their turn, not interrupt and sit or play quietly for a period of time. Likewise, the older children can learn to cultivate patience and the ability to stay on task – even with some interruptions. Neither of these will happen overnight and will take training from you – but they are worth the effort

Here are some tips for dealing with infants, toddlers and preschoolers while you teach the older ones:

•Baby’s nap time is a good time to focus on older students. Adjust the school schedule to take advantage of nap times.
•Set aside special “school” toys that the toddler or preschooler is allowed to play with only during school time.
•Find something similar to what the older children are doing for the little ones to do at the same time. For instance, if the older children are writing, give the little ones paper, crayons and an “assignment”. If it’s math time, give the little ones their own manipulatives to sort, count and stack.
•Have older children take turns reading or playing with the younger ones so that you can direct your attention elsewhere for a time.
•Invest in some good audio story CDs (or get them from your library) and use them to occupy the toddlers and preschoolers for 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
Let’s face it; there will be interruptions during school days. Some you can control (the phone) and others you can’t (a sick child). Try to look at interruptions as opportunities to teach and model “real life” for your children. Handling interruptions with flexibility, as well as the ability to stay on task in spite of them, will teach your children important lessons for their lives well beyond their school years.

Charmaine Wistad has successfully homeschooled her own two children from pre-school through high school. Now she is turning her attention toward helping other homeschool moms. Through personal coaching, Charmaine helps homeschooling moms thrive… not just survive! Visit her website to try a complimentary no-obligation telephone coaching session.

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Mimi Rothschild asks “What Makes Christian Education Christian?”

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 15 April 2010 10:34

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Mimi Rothschild asks “What Makes Christian Education Christian?”
By Robin Sampson
In response to the moral deficiency, academic weakness and spiritually hostile atmosphere of the modern educational system, thousands of Christians have removed their children from public schools and, at great sacrifice of time and money, have pursued their children’s education under the banner of Christ.
Is it working? Is the homeschool movement fulfilling its goal? Homeschoolers are avoiding the public school agenda, but are they replacing it with the truly biblical way of learning? We know what to reject; do we know what to pursue in its place?
Education (and all human activity) must be defined in God’s terms. There is a danger revealed in Romans 1 for those seeking knowledge without God “. . . because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (21). They let their imaginations run wild and began worshiping things apart from what God had revealed of Himself. Their imaginings, Paul says, led them straight into idolatry.
We are challenged to search out God’s purpose and standards for education. It is not enough to simply borrow a curriculum of the western tradition and sprinkle it with Christian words. God, in this world, has appointed wisdom to be the structure, method and goal of our learning.
Wisdom is far above all of these. All other educational goals, even a good-paying job or socialization are casting a shadow of vanity. We must return to the biblical standards for education if there is ever to be a holy generation, set afire by truth, and inspired in our daily lives.
What Makes Christian Education Christian?
What is the real purpose of education? Why do Christian schools insist on using Greek and Roman standards for education? Does the Bible give a pattern of learning? What is wisdom, and what is the Christian community?
It may be difficult, at first, but it is essential that we compare our educational goals to God’s Word. Education affects every area of human experience. The way we see our world, the values we hold important, the skills we feel are necessary, our opinions of the past, present, and future—all are clearly affected by our education and our educational philosophies. Education is a process that forms one for life.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1–2).
Wisdom First
Man should begin his journey to obtain knowledge by first acquiring wisdom. By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. (Proverbs 24:3–4).
Wisdom comes from God’s word. Consistently Christian education (and this means consistently throughout education) must be built up, line upon line, from a foundation of Scripture. The tools of categorization, logical demonstration, and communication skills are to be used to identify systematically and put to proper use all things according to the interpretation given in the Word. All human skills and educational abilities are to be subjected to the authoritative revelation of Scripture. These must have but one foundation.
We cannot stand with one foot on the Bible and the other on human mystic tradition or we will be torn asunder. We must build foursquare on Scripture alone.
Suggested Memory Verses
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).
Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (Proverbs 24:14).
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom; though it cost all you have, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7).
Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. ( James 1:5)
My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect. They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling. Proverbs 3:21–24
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)

Special Thanks to for permission to reprint this article.
Robin Sampson is ahomeschool mom and author. For homeschool encouragement and tips visit Her books include include The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach, What Your Child Needs to Know When, Wisdom: An Internet-Linked Unit Study, A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays, and Ancient History: Adam to Messiah.

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Mimi Rothschild Asks: How to Teach Preschoolers to Memorize the Ten Commandments

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:20


How to Teach Preschoolers to Memorize the Ten Commandments
by Denise Oliveri

Children need to learn the Ten Commandments. It says in Deuteronomy 6:7 “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children and shalt talk of them.”

Preschoolers are very visual. They learn better by seeing things as well as being told. If you want them to memorize the Ten Commandments just saying them over and over is not going to do it effectively. You will need to create visual representations for them to remember them easier.

Flash Cards Help Teach the Ten Commandments

Create some flash cards for your preschoolers. On one side put one of the Ten Commandments. On the other side put a picture representation. Teach the preschoolers the picture representation and say the commandment that goes with it.

You shall have no other gods before Me. God should be Number One. Draw a 1st place ribbon.

You shall not make yourself any graven image. Do not bow down to anything or any one but God. Draw a person kneeling before a statue.

You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain. Do not use your lips to dishonor God. Draw some goofy looking lips.

Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Do not neglect the things of God. Draw a Bible.

Honor your Father and your Mother. Dads and moms are special people that God put in charge of you for teaching and to care for your physical and spiritual needs. Draw a picture of a mom and dad.

You shall not kill. This is wrong. Draw a cartoony bomb.

You shall not commit adultery. Adultery leaves a heart broken. Draw a heart ripped in two.

You shall not steal. Stealing is wrong. Draw a cartoon robber.

You shall not lie. Telling lies can lead to a very bad habit. Draw a “lying” number nine.

You shall not covet. Do not long for what others have, and forget the blessings that you have. Draw a fancy ring with a man reaching for it.

Singing Helps Teach the Ten Commandments

Another way to teach preschoolers to memorize the Ten Commandments is to sing them. If you know the well-known children’s counting song “Ten Little Indians,” put the music to the words of the Ten Commandments. Using this in combination with the flash cards, the preschoolers will memorize the Ten Commandments in no time.

An example of a verse would be: Hon-or your fath-er and your moth-er, Hon-or your fath-er and your moth-er, Hon-or your fath-er and your moth-er, This is com-mand-ment five.

Memorizing the Ten Commandments does not have to be tedious and difficult. Make it fun for the preschoolers and they will memorize them without even knowing it.

Make Learning the Ten Commandments Fun

Print out some coloring pages of the Ten Commandments and have the preschoolers color them. The time they spend coloring the picture will put that picture in their heads with the commandment attached to it. It may seem simple, but works very well with this age group. Perhaps that is why there are so many places to print free coloring pages on the web, eh?

Another method uses the child’s fingers:

#1 – Have no other gods (God is #1, hold up one finger)

#2 Do not worship idols (two fingers “bow down”)

#3 Do not misuse God’s name (three fingers over your mouth), etc.

Use your imagination. Preschoolers love finger games. This is a good way for them to memorize the Ten Commandments and in numerical order.

It is also important for preschoolers to learn the Ten Commandments and what they mean, not just memorizing them. You can put each commandment into an easy to understand format for a preschooler to understand. Have them repeat the meaning back to you. Making this into a rhyme works great, and easy for preschoolers to remember.

God gave us the Ten Commandments so we would live our lives growing closer to Him. They are an important part of knowing right from wrong. Preschoolers are at the perfect age to learn and practice right from wrong. With your role as a Sunday school teacher, you can accomplish this in a memorable and imaginative way.

Denise Oliveri is the owner of Preschool Sunday School Central ( The site provides preschool Sunday School teachers wtih valuable resources to help with Bible lesson planning. Join our eBook Club today for a new eBook each month.

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Mimi Rothschild's Free Online Homeschooling Christian Resources

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Saturday, 10 April 2010 22:24

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