“All your children will be taught of the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace,” (Isaiah 54:13).

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Field Trip: Walk On, The Rosa Parks Story

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks weaves together music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted.”

The play dispels myths about Parks and her protest as it paints a portrait of complex
woman who had to find reconciliation within herself in order to become an effective Civil Right leader.

Exciting and inspirational, Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks shows how the determination of one individual made all the difference in the struggle for freedom and equality in the United States

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks from Mad River Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, January 29, 2016

CCC Museum Field Trip


On the heels of the "Roaring Twenties" and following the market crash of 1929, the Great Depression engulfed America and flowed unchecked across our Land.  Economic hard times were everywhere.  Many Americans became homeless.  Families were split up; forced to live apart.  Children became orphans.  There was little gainful employment.  To help ease the unemployment situation, one of the first things President Franklin Roosevelt did in office, was to establish the Civilian Conservation Corp, the CCC.  He did this with a stroke of a pen on March 31, 1933.

The purpose of this CCC program was to put unemployed young men to work in useful, needed conservation projects around the country.  The plan was swiftly put in motion.  Within 3 months, over 275,000 enrollees and supervisors were signed up across the nation and began work on critical conservation projects planned by foresters, or, as the case might have been, park service rangers, soil conservationists and extension educators.  

In the 9 years from 1933 until the CCC program phase-out in 1942, there were over 3 million enrollees and more than 1,600 camps throughout the country.  Many CCC projects included fire-fighting, tree-planting, road-building, development of parks, forests and erosion control of farm land...Conservation projects quite evident, as we travel the land, today.  The good works of the CCC in one state could be mirrored by the many achievements of the CCC in any state. 
For more educational resources on the CCC click the link:  http://www.wva-ccc-legacy.org/educational_opportunities.html


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Why Do I Keep Comparing?

Have you ever noticed how thoughts can creep up on you? 

It's not like I've ever woken up in the morning and thought "Wow,  today is the perfect day to covet!" 

That's not how it works. 

Our thoughts wander, little by little, to places they shouldn't be.

Ronnie & I both had very good jobs B.C. (before children).  And to be honest, we were not frugal back then- we liked new things, we like eating out, and that was fine.   Fast forward 7 years & 3 kids later and things are a little different.  I don't work full time at a demanding (and well paying) job.  I am a full time wife, mother, teacher, and homemaker. 

And I know I'm right where God wants me at this time in life. 

Yet, I still have to remind myself that it's not about shiny new toys like campers or iPads - my items of covet this weekend. 

So I come home.  I ask God to forgive my poor attitude.  I pray to desire Him more than these temporary things.  And I remember that I am here "for such a time as this".  I am here to be the best daughter of the King, wife to my husband and mother to our children, that I can be - with God's help.   

And that's a pretty great "thing".

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, October 26, 2015

What about Socialization?


If you’ve been homeschooling for a while or are just now considering it as an option—chances are you’ve encountered the dreaded question from concerned friends and family. You guessed it:
What about socialization?
What About Socialization? - By Lorrie Young
When asked this question there’s still a part of me that is tempted to press my hands against my face with a surprised gasp and say, “Well, gee I never thought of that!” But more than likely I begin spouting off my long list of all the things we do to provide our kids social opportunities;  Co-op, sport teams, Sunday school, play dates, field trips, clubs, and volunteer opportunities. I suppose my insecurities feed into this in order to prove to the naysayers that our kids aren’t like those stereotyped, backward—can’t have a conversation, make eye contact, get dressed or be in a group without crying– kids!
Socialization is accomplished by providing opportunities for our kids to interact with others.
However, training our children to have good social skills requires so much more!
  • Good social skills require training in a variety of settings, environments and interactions with all kinds of people.
So you might ask, Are social environments such as extended family gatherings, errand running in the community, sports teams, organized classes, clubs and co-ops necessary for our children to learn social skills? I’d say, ABSOULTELY! This doesn’t mean they need to be overly involved, but we have to admit, it’s awfully hard to learn how to interact with others if we aren’t allowing our kids the opportunity to interact with others. Many times teachers, coaches and relatives have a different relationship with our child that offers a fresh perspective or keen insight. We as homeschoolers would be foolish not to take advantage of these outside relationships. However, this is only the first step for parents. The training process that comes next is the most crucial step.
  • Good social skills aren’t caught. They are taught.
We’d like to think providing opportunities for our children to interact with others will automatically teach them how to take turns, play nice and listen attentively. Unfortunately, these social skills must be taught after observing our children, correcting bad behaviors and training good ones.
  • Good Social skills require intuitive parents knowing their child’s personality and bent.
For instance I have three very chatty children. They are the first to throw their hand up to answer questions or volunteer, interrupt an adult to share their knowledge, and talk without taking a breath. Consequently, my husband and I are often teaching them about taking turns, practicing asking questions, and looking for ways to include others in conversations.
Yet my very close friend struggles with a shy child that can’t seem to make eye contact, stay in a conversation or speak up for herself.
While the concerns we have as mothers are different, we must realize our kids have areas that need training. And while an introverted child may always be shy, they don’t have to be rude. And while and extroverted child may never be quiet, they don’t have to be disrespectful.
  • Good social skills aren’t acquired by any certain type of education choice or lack of education choice. 
This is just a simple observation noted by the fact that there are plenty of well educated (public, private and yes homeschooled) geniuses that can’t carry on a conversation to save their lives. And conversely many uneducated friendly, well-mannered and respectable people who anyone would be glad to have around.
  • Good Social skills are a cornerstone and foundation for all humans.
When taught good social skills consistently, our children will be a blessing to our families, their employers, co-workers, spouses, neighbors and friends. Most importantly good social skills pave the way to sharing God’s love with others.
I think we should all be encouraged that our education choices have very little do to with whether our children grow up with the ability to interact socially with others. Yet, as parents we also must press on not only to provide opportunities for our children to interact with others, but to roll up our sleeves and consistency train, correct and encourage good social skills.
How about you? I’d love to hear your thoughts! What social skills are important to your family? How do you practically train your kids? Do you provide opportunities for interactions or do you tend to be cautious of the influence of outsiders?
Lorrie Young – Encouragement
Lorrie is a former nurse turned homeschooling mom of three under the age of 8. She adamantly declares the two best decisions she has ever made were accepting the Lord as her Savior, and marrying her best friend and husband Ben. She is passionate about writing, family, flowers and Jesus. She primarily spends her time managing the homefront, but in her spare moments you might find her scouring garage sales for good deals, reading a book on the porch or enjoying a long walk with a friend.  She is the leader of the Women’s Ministry at her local church, and she blogs about her life, and the lessons God has taught her along the way at  Life and Lessons Learned.