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HoY: 31 Days of Homeschooling for Us – Day 6!

Homeschoolers_of_YAHUAHGood morning and Shalom to all the homeschooling believers in YAHUAH and YAHUSHA!

 

Day 6 – Getting Back to Normal

We are working on getting back into the swing of things, as the Appointed Times of YAHUAH are over!  While I am greatful to get back to some sort of consistancy, I am a little sad to see them go..

The fall Appointed Times for 2014 all fell on within our school week, so it was bit of a challenge to try to keep a normal school pace, prepare, and rest at the same time.  But I tried somethings different this year. 

I let the kids do Appointed Time related projects for the last four weeks!  I created some simple worksheets for the kids which they enjoyed (I’ll post them next year!)  We made tents out of clay and created a little village from all the tents, paper, leaves from the Dollar Store.  We made Yom Teru’ah & Sukkoth posters and flags, we baked and baked.  We played games.  We laughed,  We read the scriptures.  We colored.  We rested. 

We were able to still have the required 4.5 hours of school but only 3 days a week and my grand school plan was pushed aside.

I enjoyed our kids more during this time than I have in a while.  It was very hard for me not complete my daily check list, but it was also a relief at the same time.

Now we have curriculum that does need to be completed and subjects that must be covered, but some how I am going to find more ways to enjoy homeschooling.

One day while we were out grocery shopping, a woman approached me and asked me if we homeschooled.  I replied yes and she said, “Enjoy it goes so fast and know that if He allowed you to homeschool, you are doing the right thing.”

So, if you are homeschooling, I hope today you will find joy in this wonderful time we have with our kids.  It is a privilege and an honor to be able to see every moment with them first hand.  Praise YAHUAH!

 

Great Links of the Day:

Today’s links come from: 

Spelling City – This is a great resource to use for spelling!

Real Food Made Easy – if you are considering going gluten or grain free this post is very encouraging!

HoY: 31 Days of Homeschooling for Us – Day 5!

Homeschoolers_of_YAHUAHGood morning and Shalom to all the homeschooling believers in YAHUAH and YAHUSHA!

It’s been a few days since I have posted but we are starting again.

Day 5: Drawing a Line

This school year 2014-2015 I thought it would be good to take the younger kids to story time at the library.  So one day we went.  The first two stories were okay but honestly the kids were bored.  Why because we already have circle time which includes story time nearly every day, so this was just with other kids most of the, younger.  Toward the end of the first story I started feeling like I was wasting my time, but still I tried to find something positive in our time.

Then came the third story.  It was about a magic tree.  Within less than probably 15 seconds of hearing the title, I gather the kids and quietly made our exit.  I didn’t care what any one thought.  I didn’t care about the stares.  I did care about one thing:

“Do not learn the ways of the gentiles…” YirmeYahu (Jer) 10:2

At our home we don’t read books about magic, witchcraft, pagan holidays and so forth, so why would I allow the kids to sit and hear a story at the library, just so they can participate in an activity with other kids?  We don’t.  We won’t.

Without explaining anything to the kids, they knew why we left.

“Magic is against YAHUAH,” our five year old said.

“Yes, it is.” I replied.

When we made it home, I looked over a calendar for a program I have been wanting the older kids to participate in.    “Holiday Day Party” and “Halloween decorations” were on the calendar for the next few months, along with activities that were on the Sabbath.  Now we could have allowed the kids to participate the meetings that did not appear to be pagan, however since we would not know exactly what was going to be done, we decided that they did not need to participate in such programs at all.  There is no need to allow the world and all that is against YAHUAH to influence the kids just so that they can “participate” with other kids.

“And you shall guard to do as YAHUAH your Elohim has commanded you – do not turn aside, to the right or the left.” Debarim (Deu) 5:32  and chapter 6 in it’s entirety are awesome reminds of what we are to be doing, especially when it comes to educating our children.  When we have workbooks and curriculum at home, we are able to correct and/change the information.  But in a public setting we do not have the control.  We only retain control by not participating.

This is when we drew the line.  We enjoy visits to the library and eventually hope to find activities they can participate in.  But we will always put YAHUAH’s ways before everything else.

Great Links of the Day:

Today’s links come from:

FreeHomeschoolDeals – Almost everyday I find at least one free resource from this site.

Dr. Mercola – info you need to know about vaccines.

Hodgepodge – we learned about using pastels from this site, plus there are free tutorials!

HoY: 31 Days of Homeschooling for Us – Day 4!

Homeschoolers_of_YAHUAHGood morning and Shalom to all the homeschooling believers in YAHUAH and YAHUSHA!

Today is the Sabbath Day – the Seventh Day Sabbath and you have worked hard all week.  YAHUAH set aside this day for us to rest, so please put aside your worries and rest today.

RemembertoRest

Great Link of the Day:

Today’s link comes from ColorMeGood.com – which has some great coloring pages for free!

31 Days of Homeschooling for Us-Day 3: Homeschooling & the Appointed Times of YAHUAH

Day 3: Homeschooling & the Appointed Times of YAHUAH

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Good morning and Shalom to all the homeschooling believers in YAHUAH and YAHUSHA!

The Fall Appointed Times of YAHUAH (Yom Teru’ah, Yom Kippur & Sukkoth) are usually between mid-September through the beginning of October. It can be very difficult to homeschool during this time, particularly if the Appointed Times are during the school week like this year!  During a regular school week we already have either a whole or half day off for our errands and sometimes a half day which is usually for field trips, the library and or the park.  Then we also have time to prepare for the weekly Sabbath on the sixth day of the week, which is a toned down day!  So adding another 1-2 days into the week for the Appointed Times means that we may homeschool less during these weeks.

This year I have considered maybe starting a new school year the week after the Appointed Times or doing a very short day instead (our days are typically 6.5-7 hours but only 4.5 is mandatory for the state of Georgia).   Yom Teru’ah and both festival days for Sukkoth all fell or will fall on the fourth day of the week, and Yom Kippur started last night (Thursday sunset through Friday sunset), this year; see The Appointed Times of YAHUAH.  And for me, I like to have the house in order before the Appointed Time(s) and/or weekly Sabbath(s) which means clothes are washed and put up, bathrooms cleaned, floors vacuumed/swept, our school room is in order, and food is prepared on the day before (if the Festival is a day that we can cook I on (Shemoth/Exd 12:16), I will cook some food the day before and some the day of).  Sometimes we take the entire day before off and sometimes just half a day.

For Yom Kippur we took the entire day off because not only did it began at sundown on Thursday, but we also had to prepare for the weekly Sabbath at the same time and run errands!  It was a busy day.  All praise be to YAHUAH for the strength to prepare our home and be done well before sunset Thursday!

This is where homeschooling year around is very beneficial because I can make up the days off and preparations days by adding a few days or week at the end of the school year while still giving us needed breaks throughout the year.  In the past though, we worked through our breaks which was very stressful.  Our school year is set up in 7 week quarters, 6 weeks of classes, 1 week off or make-up if absolutely necessary and every 14 weeks we take that week off regardless if we are behind.

Great Link of the Day:

Today’s link comes from YAHUSHA Our Salvation, our Ministry website and has a beautiful calendar that my husband and I created with the Appointed Times of YAHUAH on them; as well as a document that he worked on explaining and examining the Appointed Times of YAHUAH.  There is also the Homemaking Planner which includes pages for Appointed Time Planning.

I also have a very short activity for Yom Kippur which is very simple,  Write these words on a poster or sheet of paper and see how many new words you and your children can come up with.

Yom Kippur   Day of Atonement    YAHUSHA   Sunset    Afflict  your  Beings  Fast

Lastly here is a song I wrote a few years ago about Yom Kippur.  The main words are spoken (like hip hop i.e. rap), not necessarily sung.

He-Atoned-for-Me--Song

Homeschoolers of YAHUAH: 31 Days of Homeschooling for Us-Day 2!

Homeschoolers_of_YAHUAH31 Days of Homeschooling for US – Day 2!

Day 2: I Am Not Alone

The day starts off pretty normal but today is errand day, which includes some grocery shopping, a quick library trip and a trip to the park.  A day that I know has it’s challenges, the main one being that there are no other believers in YAHUAH and YAHUSHA who homeschool near us.  This is a part of this life that is hard to embrace, but today I try to push past it and do what needs to be done.

First I have three stores to go to, right now I have one down and I am on my way to the second when it starts, child melt down in the car.

“She hit me,” is what I hear screaming from the backseat.

“No I didn’t.  You hit me first.”

Back and forth it goes, until I step in and tell them both to apologize to each other.

We start through the store and here starts another melt down.  This time from the 1 year old who is refusing to be strapped into the shopping cart.  I am not detoured though.  I strap him in and go through the store anyway.

Okay we made it through two stores, when there is another argument in the van.

I want to scream and lose my temper but I don’t. Instead, I want to reach out to someone, to take time and see how someone else is doing, but how would I do that?  No one is here.  My husband is in a meeting (though I know he only a phone call away).  My mother who is several states away seems busy all the time.  And so I do the only thing I know to do…

I reach up.  I pull myself up through tears and remember that YAHUAH is here with me.  That He sees all that I am experiencing.  That He knows the silent prayers and pleas of my heart.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, nor be discouraged, for YAHUAH your Elohim is with you wherever you go.” Yehoshua 1:9

Later at the park, this is the hardest part my errand days – sometimes I don’t even want to go to the park.  Most of the moms here are in a mommy play-date-group and don’t interact with others.  There are few other moms but all of their children are toddlers and so there is the exchange of polite smiles but no words.  But it is apparent that we are the only homeschoolers as our children are clearly school aged.  A few times I have met another mother while at the park but for some reason unknown to me, a true connection is never made.  So I feel alone all over again.

So I reach up again.  This time I remember His words that I read last night:

Be blessed be YAHUAH, Because He has heard the voice of my prayers!  YAHUAH is my strength, and my shield; My heart has trusted in Him and I have been helped; Therefore my hearts exults, And with my song I thank Him.” Tehillim 28:7

And with that I lowly sing a song praising Him to our boys as I swing them.  YAHUAH is with me and I find encouragement, strength and joy in accepting that I am not truly alone in our homeschooling day.

Great Links of the Day:

Today I have two links to share:  The first is a wonderful recipe called Apple Walnut Muffins, this looks like a wonderful muffin to try.  The second is called Fall Inchies from That Artist Woman.  I enjoy learning how to do art from her.  I am not a natural art teacher but her posts are helpful.