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Homeschool Inspiration Today

"Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."  - Raymond Chandler 

Life Lessons From The Philippines - Teaching Compassion & Generosity

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I recently shared on MUMmedia about my husband's recent mission trip to the Philippines. Stories, photos and videos of his trip always challenge and inspire us as a family. Last year the lesson was about simplifying our lives but this year I felt it was the importance of teaching my children compassion and generosity.

I shared how a Filipino pastor and friend was given the opportunity to travel to Australia for the first time. As we welcomed him into our home I was overwhelmed when I saw my house through the eyes of someone from the developing world.I noticed things I don't usually notice. I have two fridges in my kitchen. I have a music room and office complete with two computers and three guitars. My children have a play/school room. I have photo frames and ornaments that probably cost more than a Filipino pastor earns in a month. I discussed poverty vs riches and the importance of teaching children compassion and how sometimes these experiences are the wake-up calls we nee…

Story Of The World - Teaching History

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After reading the well trained mind I'm inspired! I'm finding myself drawn to a classical style of homeschooling with plenty of time for free-learning and creativity. I love the strong literature focus of the classical style so I decided to follow some of the recommendations which include the grammar workbooks called first language lessons and the introduction of history even for the younger kids.

The history curriculum is called the story of the world. Susan Wise Bauer explains that history is the most absorbing and enthralling story you can tell a young child because it's true!


I ordered volume 1: Ancient times which is designed as a child's first introduction to history. I bought the narrative and the workbook.

We completed the first lesson over two days this week. It was an introduction to the idea of history and activities centered around finding out their own history and the history of our family.

So...to teach the kids about their own history we got out their b…