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Homeschool Organizing

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We are 5 weeks into homeschooling for the year and we quickly realized we were not quite organized enough!  Lets just say I have been on Pinterest a little to much!  I feel like I should defend myself a little…I was exploring Pinterest while I was sitting and nursing the baby.  I was multi-tasking! ;)

Above you will see my Pampered Chef carousel that I received for our wedding.   I haven’t used it in years and am so glad I didn’t throw it away, it makes a wonderful, marker/color pencil caddy!

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This was a $25 flea market find that holds all our pre-school toys and puzzles (that they are supposed to play with while the big ones are in school) Sometimes this happens!

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This back door shoe holder holds all our school supplies that previously were scattered out in about 10 different places all over the house.  This little goodie cost around $6.  I hung it on the under stairs closet door.  The same little closet that holds our roll-away school cart.  Whew! All organized for $31!

 

Word Fun and Laminator Obsessions

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A friend at church gave us some letter tiles and I finally got around to making some placemats for the kiddos to use!  Have I ever told you about my obsession with my laminator?  Well, I am in love!  I use it for everything, it is an absolute must for any homeschooler.  I have already burnt the motor up in one and purchased another :)

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These are pretty self-explanatory.  I just cut out some shapes, and vowels (use your creativity) and lightly glued them to cardstock.  Then I laminated them.

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Let the word building begin!!!

Our Little Homeschool Cart

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Life is a classroom, and we love to learn all the time.  That being said, I don’t want our home to “look” like a classroom all the time.  Our designated school area is our kitchen table (for the most part) and I really don’t want to be looking at books and papers while we are eating.  Last year each kid had a milk carton file holder that I put all their books, workbooks, and supplies in and this worked really well.  We have one side of the refrigerator dedicated to our character first weekly picture and our maps and charts, and they can quickly be removed if need be.  We just needed to address these plastic crates everywhere!  I really didn’t want a shelf out for them to sit on, an Don didn’t have time to make one, so I resorted to Amazon.  There I found this nifty little cart that fit our crates perfectly!  I now have a shelf to put my stuff on and the kids have a place for their books.  It holds up to 500 lbs. so I am expecting it to last well too.  The best part, I can roll it into our storage room on Thursday and we don’t have to look at school all weekend!!!

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I purchased the Seville Classics Heavy-Duty Commercial-Grade Utility Cart from Amazon.com.  Sams Club also has a cart that is this same brand, and cheaper, but it is lighter weight, I have one for my sewing machine that I purchased there. It says it will hold 500 lbs. too but it is flimsier. I am super excited!  Today completes our first week of school, and our cart did not disappoint!!!

What the Bible Says About Homeschooling

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I  bet you thought the Bible had nothing to say on the subject of homeschooling!  Some may bring to mind the verse about training them up.  If you are an average Sunday morning Christian you might have heard the one in Deuteronomy.  If you are a real student of the WORD, however, you will find many more.  The following is by no means exhaustive, you’ll find many more scriptures supporting the parental role in discipline and education, if you look.

WARNING: The Bible is often found offensive.  Its sharp, people, and it cuts. 

(Deut.6:6-7) And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

How can parents fulfill this command if they send their children away to the government schools?  It may make a person to feel better to say that they do teach their children the principles of God when they are at home.  But what about those thousands and thousands of hours when they are in a classroom being taught someone else’s ideals.

(Matt. 5:13-16) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Children are extremely vulnerable to outside influence. They need deep roots, formed in the home, before they’re ready to take on the world.  This is one of those verses Christians use as an excuse to sent their kids to public schools.  Notice is says we ARE salt and light, not that we are TO BE salt and light to others.

(Psalm 14:1)The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good.

(Prov.1:7)The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

There are plenty teachers proclaiming to be Christians, but you don’t have to look too far to see others with an agenda.  We don’t want our children to be discipled by fools.

(2 Cor. 10:5) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

Public schools certainly exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.  We are commanded to take every thought captive – which includes all subjects.

(Psalm 127:1)Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Who is the better watchmen, momma and daddy or a stranger?

(Exodus 20:12) Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Government schools dishonor parents and by example teach children to as well. You can’t be given a Tylenol without parental consent, but you can be given birth control and be advised about an abortion.  They even tell you what your kids should be eating.  You stupid parents don’t even know how to feed your kids.   They are a ward of the state, don’t get me started on the summer and after school “food programs”!

(Proverbs 1:8) My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother

The father and mother are doing the teaching.  No one else is mentioned in Scripture as having that role.

(Proverbs 9:10) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Government schools lack the fear of the LORD, therefore cannot properly translate wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

(Proverbs 13:20)He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

How do you spell foolish companions? P-E-E-R-S

(Proverbs 22:6) Train up a child in the way he should go:  and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

What do you think the schools are Training them up for?

(Jeremiah 10:2a) thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen…

What part of “Learn not the way of the heathen,” do you not understand?

(1 Tim. 3:4) one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity

If men are not successfully training their own children to follow God they are not eligible for ministerial leadership. Church leaders should be the example for the rest of the Body by taking responsibility for their own households.

 

and a few more, for good measure…

(Matthew 12:30 and Luke 11:23) He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

(Matthew 18:5-6) And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

(2 Cor. 6:13-18)Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

But as for me and my household, we shall serve the LORD!!!!

Missouri Homeschooling Information

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Since our recent move to Missouri, I thought I needed to add some Missouri Informational sites about homeschooling.

And for our friends in Arkansas check out www.arkansashomeschool.org/

No matter what state you live in, I recommend a membership to Home School Legal Defense Association.

It is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.  http://www.hslda.org

Also, If you have any questions, and want to talk on a more personal level, feel free to contact me :)

MISSOURI HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES

Associations

Families for Home Education
FHE is the Lobbying Group for all home educators in the state of Missouri. Affiliated with HSLDA.

Events

Homeschooler-friendly events Missouri Homeschool Group

Field Trips

Missouri Field Trips
Educational places to visit in Missouri.

Legal Information

Missouri Education Code
AN A TO Z RESOURCE
Not intended as legal advice. For your information only.

Lobbyist Updates 
Families for Home Education reports regularly on any new legislation that may affect homeschoolers in Missouri.

Missouri Homeschoolers’ daily log sheets
Printable log sheets to keep track of daily educational activities for Missouri homeschoolers.

Online

Missouri Homeschool Group

A Place where you can post and read about fun, interesting, and educational things for homeschool families to do in Missouri.

The Homeschool Hookup (Missouri)
A place for Christian homeschooling parents or those considering homeschooling to meet other homeschool families, ask questions and share information.

Homeschooling Kids Who Can
This group is dedicated to supporting parents in Missouri who are home educating children with physical or learning disabilities.

Missouri Homeschool
This is a list for all homeschooling families in the state of Missouri (especially Christian based education homeschooling)   Or those in Missouri thinking about homeschooling. This list is for support and ideas for our home schools and raising our children in the way God directs us.

Missouri Homeschool Moms
The purpose of this group is to encourage and fellowship with other homeschooling moms. A place to ask for advice and help with family & homeschooling issues. Please read the group guidelines when you join AND Introduce yourself.

Missouri Homeschoolers
This group is for homeschoolers in the state of Missouri to support each other and meet other families close by. Feel free to introduce yourself, post questions, field trip ideas, craft/project ideas, any events or activities that you know are happening in Missouri, questions/advice from other homeschoolers, buying/selling curriculum, funny stories,-pretty much anything pertaining to homeschooling or what you think might entertain us homeschooling parents.

Missouri Schoolhouse Rock
Parents everywhere need support, but when you homeschool your kids, seems like we always need more. This is a group for Missouri homeschoolers to visit, share ideas, or just get some moral support.

Southwest Missouri Home Educators
A place for homeschoolers in the Southwest Missouri area to discuss homeschooling, plan park days, plan or inform of upcoming educational opportunities, buy and sell items of interest to other homeschoolers, and otherwise network with other homeschoolers in specific areas.

Publications

First Things First: A Guide for Missouri Home Educators
First Things First is a book you can purchase to help assist you in your compliance with our state’s law.

Resources

Bright Flight – Missouri Higher Education Academic
This merit-based program encourages top-ranked high school seniors to attend approved Missouri postsecondary schools. Individuals who have completed a home-school program or who have obtained a certificate of high school equivalence by passing the General Educational Development (GED) exam may be considered for the scholarship program.

Christian Home Educators Fellowship
Our mission is to encourage and equip families to fulfill God’s commandment to train up godly children.

Missouri Association of Teaching Christian Homes
MATCH is organized for the purpose of providing service and support to home educators and support groups within Missouri.

If you decide to homeschool I recommend you check out Homeschool Legal Defense Association’s Page and get your membership!

Missouri Department of Conservation – Discover Nature
Get your students outside and into nature!

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“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” — 1 John 5:14-15 Listen to chapter Public Domain. Powered by BibleGateway.com.
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