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Hear from teens, homeschooling parents, homeschool grads, and singles who are just like you. They love the Lord, resist temptation, sometimes blow it, struggle with relationships, and are pressing on to see Jesus face to face! Great discussions that will stretch you to live Christian lives.

    6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly

    6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly

    6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly

    In “6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly” episode #116, Meredith Curtis gives practical ways to cultivate a culture that welcomes families with special needs. Parents, children, and teachers can all work together to be welcoming and supportive. Since our homeschool co-ops are filled with special needs children, often that we are unaware of, this is an important topic as homeschooling continues to grow exponentially.



     



     



     











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    As we are coming out of the Covid-19 Lockdown, we have become more health conscious. How can we stay healthy? Boost our immune system? Avoid getting sick? Well, the answers are very simple and old-fashioned. You might think your listening to your Grandma when I share these things. However, they work and I will explain why.

    Sleep

    Sometimes special needs are obvious—a young boy in a wheelchair or a severely autistic little girl. Other times, we don’t realize that Johnny is diabetic or Suzi has dyslexia. Because we often gather only a few times a month, we often don’t know all the details of special needs.



    I’m not saying that families can’t keep special needs private, but I want to lay out some ways that homeschooling co-ops can be special needs-friendly and cultivate an environment where ALL students, parents, and teachers thrive.

    What is a Homeschool Co-op?

    For those who are new to homeschooling, a homeschool co-op is a group of homeschooling families that come together to share their expertise in teaching courses and are blessed by other families who do the same.



    Examples.

    Cultivate a Culture of Truth and Kindness

    Truth: All people are value because they are made in the image of God. God has a special purpose for each person, regardless of their challenges. (Psalm 139, Eph. 2:10)



    Kindness is a heart issue.



    Good manners is on the outside.



    Model. Teach. Inspire. Praise. Devotional Times. Address bad behavior.

    Address Special Needs at Information Meeting

    Mention special needs at that first information meeting at the start of every homeschool co-op year. Share that you value all families, including special needs families. Share any ways you are set up to meet the needs of special needs families. Make those families feel welcome.

    Ask Teachers About Alternatives for Special Needs Students in Their Classes

    When they fill out forms to teach.



    E.G. Laura give oral tests in biology. Pastor Mike extending deadlines. Allowing audio books.

    Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference

    I’m speaking at the first-ever Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference, to be held July 21! One of the keynote speakers is Temple Grandin, a world-famous autism advocate! So excited to encourage and inspire parents homeschooling their special needs children/teens! Just $22!



    Meredith’s talks.



    Participants will receive LIFETIME access to all the sessions and keynotes, plus coupons, printables, and freebies in the digital swag bag, and access to a private media group.







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    10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy

    10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy

    10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy

    In “10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy” episode #115, Meredith Curtis shares easy ways to maintain good health and avoid getting sick. These tips are simple and time tested. Meredith explains how sleep, nutrition, exercise, fresh air, sunshine, hygiene habits, handwashing, and staying dry work to keep you healthy. She also gives tips to help you make changes in your lifestyle and shows you how to talk to your family so that everyone can be on the same page.



     



     



     













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    As we are coming out of the Covid-19 Lockdown, we have become more health conscious. How can we stay healthy? Boost our immune system? Avoid getting sick? Well, the answers are very simple and old-fashioned. You might think your listening to your Grandma when I share these things. However, they work and I will explain why.

    Sleep

    Get plenty of sleep. Add an extra hour or two if you can. You see, when your body is fighting germs--and that's why our immune system is here for--it works super hard and needs more sleep. Our body is fighting germs all the time and most of the time our immune system wins! If others are sick around you, inside there is a battle going on to stay healthy. Help the war against flu germs by getting plenty of rest.



    Nutrition & Water



    Protein, carbohydrates, and fats



    Minerals and vitamins



    Water

    Fruits & Vegetables

    Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Full of antioxidants and nutrients, these super foods nourish our immune system and give them the stamina and tools to fight germs so we don't get sick.

    Stay Dry

    Wear snugly water-resistant coats in the winter, especially if it's raining or snowing. You see germs thrive in warm moist places. You might get wet outside and come into a warm house where now the moisture is warm--perfect for germs to reproduce. If you get wet, change clothes or better yet, shower and change clothes.



    In the summer, take showers as needed to wash away sweat that often contains dirt and germs.

    Workout

    Exercise regularly. Exercise speeds up our blood flow to help carry germs away and out of the body for good!



    * Stretching

    * Cardio

    * Resistance

    * Balance



    Fresh Air & Sunshine

    Get out in the fresh air and sunshine. Staying inside means recirculated air which is filled with germs that recirculate with the air. If you can't get outside, open a window for a few minutes. Sunshine acts like bleach, disinfecting the surfaces it touches--a great way to say goodbye to germs!



    Vitamin D

    Recirculated Air vs. Fresh Air

    Clean Your House & Clothes



    Target the most "germy" surfaces in your house and keep them clean. Sinks, counters, toilets, and door handles are covered with germs. Clean these surfaces regularly. I also wipe them down with bleach wipes twice a day if the flu is going around.

    Wash your clothes and wear clean clothes. Change your sheets regularly.

    Happy Habits



    Make it a family rule to cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough. Use a tissue or your hand. If you use your hand, though, wash it afterward. Get thick, sturdy soft tissues to keep on hand so that people will use them.



    And the hands-down most important way you can avoid the flu is...tada!

    Handwashing

    Wash your hands! The number one way to avoid germs is to wash your ha...

    • 28 min
    Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan

    Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan

    Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan

    In “Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan” episode #114, Meredith Curtis shares easy ways to plan ahead and take advantage of educational opportunities for your teens to get every high school credit possible and make sure the core classes are completed by graduation. Meredith explains that education is a gift and helps you define what gift you want to give your teen, when you should start planning, and how to make and keep the plan flexible. Breathe easier through the high school years with a plan that is purposeful, proactive, and easy to tweak.



     



     













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    You can homeschool high school! Really! You can do it!



    I decided to make a 5-year plan instead of a 4-year plan for high school from 8th-12th grade.



    * some courses you can use on their transcripts from 8th grade so I thought it would be good to include that in our plan

    * gives us more time and flexibility to get everything done we want to accomplish



    What Do You Want to Give Your Children?

    Education is a gift.



    Gift of a Christ-centered, well-rounded education that will bear good fruit in their lives for years to come.



    Think of things you want to teach your teen in high school that will bless them in years to come.



    Make a list of your dreams for your son or daughter.



    What gift of education do you want to give them?



    My list for each child includes things that are the same and things that are unique for each child.



    * Read Communist Manifesto in high school so that they can understand the socialist agenda in American universities and colleges

    * Study worldviews so that they can recognize the different worldviews that are predominate in our culture

    * Memorize God's Word, applying it to all of lifeRead classic books that have changed the world

    * Use Bible study tools

    * Make and live on a budget

    * Understand physics, chemistry, and oceanography

    * Grow in their gifting of: ​  (fill in the blank)



    Don’t just shove a bunch of classes at them. Choose courses that will benefit them for life and lay a solid educational foundation if they will be going on to college.

    What Does Your Teen Want to Learn?

    Now it's your teen's turn.



    What do they want to learn in high school?



    Some of them may have a career goal in mind.



    Others may have a dream of playing sports at a particular college.

    When Should You Start Planning?

    Summer before 7th or 8th grade



    Build confidence by:



    Reading a few books on homeschooling the high school student

    Talk to other moms who have (or are!) successfully homeschooling teenagers. Other homeschooling moms can lead you by the hand and help you through the questions and decisions.

    Make It Flexible



    I sit down and make a five-year flexible plan for each child. This way you can take advantage of opportunities as they arise.



    Realize that your plan will change over the years, but it is good to have a rough idea of what you want to accomplish.

    What is Your Goal?

    I keep a folder for each child's homeschool plan on my computer with a high school plan file. Each year, I adapt the plan as opportunities arise for them to take var...

    • 24 min
    7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum

    7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum

    7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum

    In “7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum” episode #113, Meredith Curtis shares practical ways to plan ahead and take advantage of opportunities so you can save money on homeschool curriculum. We all want to save money! Yet, we want to give the best to our children. You can do both! Learn how today!



     



     









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    Show Notes

    We all want to save money! Yet, we want to give the best to our children.



    You can do both! Learn how today!

    Plan Ahead

    The further you plan ahead, the more opportunity you will have to take advantage of money-saving opportunities.



    I like to think 1-3 years ahead with curriculum. It doesn’t mean I’m locked in to it, but it does help to keep my eye out for something that is coming ahead.

    Explore Curriculum You Like

    I keep a notebook of curriculum, homeschool resources, and living books that I’m interested in purchasing. Then I try to see them in person at other homeschooling family’s homes or at homeschool conventions. I like to see and touch.



    Is it attractive to me? To my children?



    Does it look easy to use?



    Is it from a Christian worldview?



    Is it full of content that will expand my children’s knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

    E-book or Print Version

    As a publisher, I publish most of my books, curricula, and Bible studies in print and E-book format. It’s just smart because each family is unique in what they need and want.



    However, some things (like lapbooks) I only sell as E-books.



    Families don’t need to print the directions to put the lapbook together; they can just read it on their electronic device, but each family member will need to print the booklet pages so it’s just easier to have an E-book to print from. It’s not always easy to make copies from a print book.

    Use Freebies to Explore Curriculum or a Publisher

    Speaking of E-books, when it’s time to explore curriculum, I keep my eyes out for publishers who give away freebies. You can get a feel for a publisher from their freebies and samples.



    Many writers and publishers offer free newsletters that have monthly freebies.



    My company, Powerline Productions offers a monthly freebie for subscribers. You can sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/9221394dfca7/plpnewsletter



    Our host network, Ultimate Homeschool Podcast offers a freebie each month if you sign up for their newsletter. Sign up here: https://ultimateradioshow.com/sign-up/



    Homeschool Freebie has  been around a long time and offers incredible freebies. You have to sign up on their mailing list: https://homeschoolfreebie.com/



    How about your favorite publisher? Are you on their mailing list?



    Here are some other places I go to look for Freebies:



    Homeschool Giveaways: https://homeschoolgiveaways.com/



    Homeschool Family Freebies & Giveaways Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/homeschoolfamily



    Homeschool Deals & Freebies Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/97859293949



    Don’t forget you are gathering information to decide what curriculum to use with your children.

    • 34 min
    Motherhood Perfection Syndrome Myth Busters

    Motherhood Perfection Syndrome Myth Busters

    Motherhood Perfection Syndrome Myth Busters

    In “Motherhood Perfection Syndrome Myth Busters?” episode #112, Meredith Curtis exposes lies moms believe that define who they are with a false narrative. For each lie, Meredith reveals the truth that brings freedom! Moms don’t have to struggle under the weight of constantly striving but never measuring up. In Christ, there is grace to walk out your calling with poise, grace, and dignity. Be encouraged as you listen to this podcast!



     



     









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    Show Notes

    Motherhood has a way of shaping and defining us. It reveals the virtues and flaws in our character. It forces us to run to Jesus for help, wisdom, and strength.



    I talk to so many mothers who feel discouraged and weary. They long to be perfect mothers and often believe lies about themselves, their children, and their ability to parent.



    Jesus has overcome the lies of the enemy!



    With those truths in mind, let's examine some of the lies that have weighed you down and hindered your ability to mother the precious treasures God has given you.

    I’m the Wrong Person to Raise this Child

    Yes, every Mom has wondered if God made a mistake. Maybe the child is brilliant and you are just average in intelligence. Maybe the child is musically gifted and you can't even clap in time with music. Maybe the child is so strong-willed and you are weary from disciplining him.



    ​God chose you!



    Two examples from Scripture that I want to share with you: Abraham and Esther.



    The Lord also chose you to raise this child.

    I’m Ruining My Kids

    All Moms feel this way at some point. They may be struggling with anger or sadness and taking it out on the children.



    The sad truth is that you will blow it and make many mistakes.



    Here's another truth: It's not all about you. God is bigger than your flaws and shortcomings. He will actually pour out grace in your weakness and turn everything around for good. Even though you will never be a perfect Mom, you will not ruin your children if you look to Jesus. Even the hurts can open our child's eyes to see that they need a perfect parent.



    In mothering, as we surrender to Him, he will love and train through us. You see, children don't need perfect parents, they need parents who look to Jesus.



    "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me" (II Corinthians 12:9 NASB).

    If I Love My Children, They Will Love Me Back & Meet My Emotional Needs

    Let me just be honest here. Your children don't know how to love, yet. They are learning to love from the way you love them unconditionally. Their emotions run hot and cold.



    You must be the stable one.



    Moms can't look for children to meet their emotional needs. Motherhood is a one-way street.



    Need some help in that department? I know someone who loved and loved and loved before His children finally loved Him back. He can love through you.



    "We love because he first loved us" (I John 4:19 NASB).

    I Can’t Control My Children without Raising my Voice

    It can feel that we have more power when our voice is loud, but it is really the opposite.



    If children don't obey immediately then give a gentle consequence. When you address disobedience quickly,

    • 36 min
    9 Creative Ways To Turn Covid-19 Into An Out-Of-The-Box Learning Adventure

    9 Creative Ways To Turn Covid-19 Into An Out-Of-The-Box Learning Adventure

    9 Creative Ways To Turn Covid-19 Into An Out-Of-The-Box Learning Adventure

    In “9 Creative Ways to Turn Covid-19 into an Out-of-the-Box Learning Adventure” episode #111, Meredith Curtis takes a look at how exciting it is to live through a time that you will be telling your grandchildren about. It’s a great teaching/learning opportunity. Meredith shares 9 creative ideas to explore, investigate, and research all aspects of Covid19 and have fun doing it!  Learn history the fun way!



     



     



     









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    Being World Changers, Raising World Changers!

     











    Show Notes

    Do you realize that we are living through a time that will be written about in history books?



    We will be telling stories from 2020 to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



    That is exciting stuff! So, I was thinking it would be awesome to use this time to have some out-of-the-box homeschool learning adventures. I came up with 9 ideas!

    Time Capsule

    Create a time capsule with the whole family. You can bury it in the back yard or tuck it away in a hidden place, agreeing to open it again in a certain number of years (10, 20, 30).



    Here are some things you might include:



    * Photos of family, pets, lockdown, grocery stores, streets

    * Journal of this time

    * Clippings from newspapers or magazines

    * artwork created by family members

    * recordings by family members

    * Letter from each family member to future self

    * Mask

    * Pair of Gloves

    * CDC Poster

    * Toy

    * DVD

    * Clothing



    Journal

    Keep a journal throughout the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. You don't have to write every day. Write about things that are happened in your home and current events.

    News Reporting

    Become a news reporter and family news team. Role play different key figures in the worldwide pandemic while one family member interviews them. Be sure to capture it all on videotape.

    Unit Study

    You can do a unit study on Covid-19. There is so much to cover!



    * Faith--passages on God's protection & healing (e.g. Psalm 91, Psalm 103), Churches streaming services, benevolence, national days of fasting & prayer

    * Anatomy--Respiratory System, Pneumonia

    * Health --handwashing, germs, social distancing, nutrition, healthy habits, vaccines

    * Machines--Ventilators

    * Business/Money --businesses that are stepping up--who are they and what are they doing

    * Economy--stock market, unemployment, stimulus package

    * Government--what state and local leaders and agencies are doing to fight Covid-19. How are Constitutional rights being protected, CDC, FDA

    * Careers--medical, trucking, grocery stores, banking,

    * Geography--countries and states unique experience with Covid-19

    * Art --Covid-19 Posters

    * Homemaking--sewing masks

    * Other--Army Corps of Engineers



    Scrapbook

    Make a scrapbook on Covid-19 with fancy scissors, cardstock, and stickers. Include lots of photos and news clippings. Be sure to include photos of you face-timing friends and relatives. And don't forget to write captions under all the photos.

    Picture Book

    Create a picture book for younger children that explains what the coronavirus is, how to stay healthy, what happened around the world, or how your family experienced the pandemic.

    Dictionary

    Create your own dictionary of Covid-19-related words like epidemic, pandemic,

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