Sunday, 7 August 2016

Last Day of the All Canadian Bundle Sale

I don't get behind a lot of stuff.

 I don't get into sales and bundles and super deals and "the top ten ways to improve your homeschool" stuff.  But I'm behind this sale (click HERE) because there is so much value in it.   Particularly if you are planning on Canadian studies in the next year or two.  Families will benefit so very much from the diversity of Canadian content and homeschool support.

My deepest thanks to Lisa at The Canadian Homeschooler for all her effort and encouragement and support for all of us so committed to home education here in Canada.

We need to hold each other up, my friends.  None of us producing homeschool materials, whether it's support, encouragement, curriculum, printables, website or blogs - are doing this with "business" on our minds.  We do it for the same reason we homeschool in the first place.

Out of love and commitment to a way of life that we hope to share with others.  Love, friendship, commitment.  It's a gift of love, all of these homeschool moms just out there doing what we do.

Hold each other up, build up our families and our communities.  Build good people and do our part in our small corner to change the culture.  That's what we do.
This bundle is just a little part of the picture.

Sale ends midnight, Monday.  Blessings to you all.


Saturday, 6 August 2016

What Matters Most

Not all the books and resources in the Canadian Bundle are Canadian content.  Like mine, for example. But I am a Canadian author, so that counts too.

Just so you know what you are in for, one of the books in the Homeschooling, simplified series included in the book Homeschooling, simplified: what matters most.  I've included an excerpt here, to provide some context of what the book holds.

"The climate of the relationship between two people is tantamount to the success of the relationship.  We shouldn't expect to get through family life without difficulty, but we need to be willing to work through difficulties.  In the sharing and expanding of ideas and information, good relationships are crucial. Really, imparting our ideals to our children is far more about our ability to get along  than it is about how firmly we hold to the ideals.  Certainly in a homeschooling context, children learn better without strife.

Two things are in order to accomplish the goals of this book.  One, to determine why it matters to
get along, and two, to offer some tools that will meet that end.  Here are a few things I'd like to take a look at in this little book:

  • why relationships matter
  • how learning is fostered in an environment of joy
  • providing some tools for establishing good relationship habits
  • learning how to simplify our life so we can stay focused on the relationship
  • discipline, punishment and how they differ"



Summer Motivators - Mornings

Some people are morning people.  Some are not.  I have both in my household.

I feel blessed to be a morning person, but I have had to learn how to live with the other type. AND I have noted that the beginning of the day, started with a little order, changes everything.

It changes mood, productivity, relationships.  You may think I am overstating the fact, but no.

I think not.

Even a morning person doesn't want to wake up with the counter scattered with food dried onto dishes and a sticky floor.  What a delight to wake up in the morning with a clean counter, dishes out, knowing what you are all going to eat for breakfast.

It's not as hard as you think, oh my dears.

Preparation is best when done the night before.  You can even start in the afternoon.  If today is a washout, start on tomorrow.  Forget today.  Read to the kids.  When they are happy and playing, think about what to have for breakfast tomorrow.  While you are making dinner, be thinking about what you can do to make clean up easier.  While dinner clean up is happening, throw the leftovers in a casserole dish.  Right after dinner clean up, put out the breakfast stuff.  The counter will probably stay cleaner that way.

Certainly, because it looks so welcoming for the morning, if any after dinner mess occurs (like the Bedtime institution in our house), we are more inclined to clean it up, so we can maintain the anticipation of that smooth morning.  Grind the coffee, get out the French press.

If you don't use a French press, I think you should.  I have quite strong opinions about coffee.  Generally I only drink one up a day, but I would prefer that it was perfect.  In fact, I'd rather not drink sub-standard coffee.  My favourite, Kicking Horse.  Grizzly Claw or Three Sisters or sometimes Kick Ass.  But usually Grizzly Claw.  French press.

Good Morning takes on a whole new meaning.

Next Post Up:  the importance of socks.