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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.

    New Semester New Hope

    New Semester New Hope

    New Semester New Hope

    In “New Semester New Hope,” Episode, #127, Meredith Curtis welcomes you to a new year and a new semester. You can change direction, do something fun, try out new curriculum! It’s time to hope for a brighter tomorrow! Things don’t have to stay the same or get worse—with Christ there is always a chance for a new beginning. Forget what is behind and press on toward the goal!



     



     











     

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    Last year started out with high hopes! The economy was booming! Our family was healthy and happy. Who knew that 4 months later one of my daughters would be fighting for her life, Covid-19 would keep us from attending our son’s wedding, and a dear friend would die. 2020 was not a great year for me.



    So, am I full of doom and gloom about 2021? Well, honestly, I am a little nervous about some things, but I am still full of hope. No matter what happens, Jesus is still on the throne! I trust Him.



    Why does hope matter?

    Hope

    Faith, hope, love last forever.



    Hope does not disappoint



    Hope motivates us to action



    Hope brightens our mood



    Hope brings joy to those around us



    Hope is contagious.



    Our teens need hope.

    Where is Our Hope Fixed

    Our hope is in a person, not fate, not luck, not our abilities, not karma,



    Where is do we place our hope?



    Our hope is in the One that will never change.



    God is faithful. He will complete what He has begun.



    The Lord cares about your homeschooling.

    New Year

    Cultures all around the world celebrate a New Year. There is promise and an opportunity to make changes.



    New Blessings



    New Problems



    New Solutions



    New Opportunities

    New Semester

    New Semester



    Can you stop and evaluate and make changes? Yes!



    Changing schedules



    Changing furniture around



    Organizing the homeschool room

    Changing Curriculum

     



    Couldn’t buy my textbook at a homeschool convention because of months in book.



    Most important thing is the teacher and student, not curriculum. Here’s why.



    Having said that, sometimes you do need a new curriculum.



    Algebra II

    Consider Living Books

     



    Christmas conversation about Economics



    Enjoying literature with book club.



    Life skill courses are a blast.

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    Our one-credit high school courses use conversational text, living books, hands-on learning, and projects that prepare teens for real life! Enjoy!

    • 26 min
    Investigate the Mystery of Christmas

    Investigate the Mystery of Christmas

    Investigate the Mystery of Christmas

    In “Investigate the Mystery of Christmas,” Episode, #126, Meredith Curtis calls you to put on your detective hat and solve a mystery with her! Meredith takes you on a tour of the Old Testament looking for clues that point to a spectacular event in Bethlehem! Are you ready to investigate the Mystery of Mysteries?



     



     











     



     

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    Have you ever read a cozy mystery?



    You match wits with a detective to figure out who did the dastardly deed?



    There is a mystery in the Old Testament. It includes a dastardly deed in a Garden and a hero who makes a plan to save the day! He leaves clues throughout the centuries to raise the expectation level of those who need to be rescued.

    The Snake Clue (Seed of a Woman)

    Clue: Genesis 3:15



    Mystery Revealed: Galatians 4:4

    The Genealogy Clue (Descendant of Abraham)

    Clue: Genesis 12:3



    Mystery Revealed: Galatians 3:16

    The Second Genealogy Clue (Tribe of Judah)

    Clue: Genesis 49:10



    Mystery Revealed: Matthew 1:1

    The Descendant Clues (Descendant of David)

    Clue: Psalm 132:11 & Jeremiah 23:5-6



    Mystery Revealed: Romans 1:1-3

    The Deity Clue (Son of God)

    Clue: Proverbs 30:4



    Mystery Revealed: Matthew 3:17

    The Name Clues (Called Jehovah God)

    Clue: Jeremiah 23:5-6 & Isaiah 9:6



    Mystery Revealed: John 8:24 & John 8:58

    The Miracle Birth Clue (Born of a Virgin)

    Clue: Isaiah 7:14



    Mystery Revealed: Luke 1:34-35

    The Hometown Clue (Born in Bethlehem)

    Clue: Micah 5:2



    Mystery Revealed: Luke 2:4-6

    The Ministry location Clue (Minister in Galilee)

    Clue: Isaiah 9:1-2



    Mystery Revealed: Matthew 4:13

    The Miracles Clue (Jesus’ Miracles)

    Clue: Isaiah 35:5-6



    Mystery Revealed: John 11:47

    The Resurrection Clue (Resurrection from the Dead)

    Clue: Psalm 16:10



    Mystery Revealed: Acts 13:35-37

    The Gold Medal Victory Clue (Victory Over Death)

    Clue: Isaiah 25:8



    Mystery Revealed: Hebrew 2:14 & John 19:30

    The Priest Clue (A Priest like Melchizedek)

    Clue: Psalm 110:4



    Mystery Revealed: Hebrews 5:5-6

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    11 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts

    11 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts

    11 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts

    In “11 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts,” Episode #125, Meredith Curtis gives you remarkable evidence that giving books for Christmas and birthday presents is a super idea and a lifetime investment in those you love. Meredith inspires you to give books and then gives a host of book gift suggestions! Get ready to rock Christmas this year with all kinds of literature, living books, and picture books.



     



     











     



     

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    Think about your favorite Christmas present.



    Do you still have it? Probably not.



    Yet, I have read Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, and Anne of Green Gables numerous times and they’re still on my bookshelf.



    Let me inspire you with 11 reasons books make great gifts a give as Christmas and birthdays presents.



     

    Books Are Not Expensive

    Books are much cheaper than a bicycle, PlayStation, or designer sneakers.



     

    Books Are Easy to Buy Online

    Online bookstores are everywhere! Many have free shipping if you spend a small amount of money. My favorite online bookstores:



    * Great Christian Books

    * Lifeway

    * Media Angels

    * Master Books

    * Our Books At Amazon



    You can even find used bookstores online that let you know what condition the book is in. This allows you to give a “like new” used book as a Christmas present.



    My favorite used bookstores:



    * Thrift Books

    * Bright Light Books



    You can buy E-books for people, too. Besides Kindle on Amazon, you can shop here at our store, Powerline Productions.



     

    Books Are Easy to Wrap

    I love how easy books are to wrap!



     

    Books Can Be Read Over & Over Again

    Books are reusable. You can read them again and again and again.



     

    Books Are Always The Right Size

    Forget about returning something because it doesn’t fit. Books are always the right size.



    Keep in mind larger print for children and older folks, speaking of size.



     

    There Are An Endless Variety Of Options

    There are so many possibilities when it comes to books. Purchase a book about a hobby, a biography of someone admired, an inspirational book to offer hope, a how-to book for the do-it-yourselfer, historical fiction for the history buff, travel books for the traveler, classic novel for the literature-love, and I could go on and on and on. There are endless possibilities when it comes to books.



    And don’t forget picture books. Everyone loves a well-written beautifully illustrated picture book. Oh, and picture books for adults are called “coffee table books.”



     

    Books Last A Lifetime

    If you take good care of a book and store it properly on a sturdy bookshelf, books last a lifetime.



     

    Books Take You On Adventures

    • 16 min
    Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study

    Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study

    Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study

    In “Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study,” Episode, #124, Meredith Curtis gives you step-by-step instructions to create your own unit study after she shares how unit studies refresh your family for the month of December. Breakaway from the routine with a unit study so you can celebrate Christmas all month long, create memories, make gifts, decorate, and prepare for the holidays while you learn! If you want a Christmas educational and wonder-filled adventure for your family, you will love this podcast!



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    Christmas is a busy time for the homeschool Mom. May I suggest a lighter schedule or even a complete change of pace?



    There are two different tracks you can take.



    * Count Christmas activities and preparations as school.

    * Do a Christmas Unit Study



     

    Count Christmas Activities as school



    * Handwriting (address or sign Christmas cards)

    * Home Ec (bake Christmas cookies)

    * Art (make Christmas presents)

    * Music (go Christmas caroling)

    * Geography (celebrate traditions from other countries)

    * History (listen to older family members tell stories)

    * Writing (write the family Christmas letter)



     

    Do a Christmas Unit Study



    * Subject of unit study focuses on Christmas

    * The Christmas hustle/bustle is part of school



     

    Our Favorite Christmas Unit Studies



    * Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America

    * Celebrate Christmas with Anne of Green Gables

    * Celebrate Christmas around the World

    * Celebrate Christmas in Victorian England (except we couldn’t find a goose)

    * Celebrate the First Christmas

    * Celebrate Christmas in Florida

    * Celebrate Christmas in Mexico



     



    So many treasured memories of crafting, cooking, decorating, shopping, wrapping presents, and throwing parties.

    Choose a Topic



    * What sounds fun?

    * Age and interest level of children?

    * Ability to read, write, and research

    * What sounds Christmasy?

    * What are some things that we’ve always wanted to do at Christmas?

    * What are some things we just have to do at Christmas?

    * What are some things we’d like to learn about Christmas (or another topic)?

    * What makes everyone say, “WOW! That sounds fun!”



     

    Center Unit Studies on Good Books that you Read Aloud

    Nothing is more Christmasy than snuggling up together and listening to a good book.  There are many good Christmas read alouds, but it doesn’t have to be a Christmas book.



    NO ONE is TOO old for a beautifully illustrated well-written picture book.



     



    Example of Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study



    Picture Book each day



    Singing Christmas carols each day



    Devotion, cookie baking, and activities match up!



     



     

    End Unit Study with a Party & Giving Gifts to Family & Friends



    * Caroling Party for C C w C

    * Tea for C C in C A

    • 17 min
    3 Ways to Inspire Your Family with Christian Super-Heroes

    3 Ways to Inspire Your Family with Christian Super-Heroes

    3 Ways to Inspire Your Family with Christian Super-Heroes 

    In “3 Ways to Inspire Your Family with Christian Super-Heroes,” Episode, #123, Meredith Curtis reveals creative ways to teach church history in a way that will inspire your family to draw closer to the Lord. She likes to introduce her children to super-heroes—real ones—not from Marvel—but from the pages of history! God has had His heroes through the ages—not perfect men and women—but folks who were willing to surrender to His will and power. This great cloud of witnesses has poured out their lives to see the Gospel extended to the ends of the earth and believers grow to maturity. They have endured shame, trials, despair, and all kinds of troubles, yet remained faithful. Their example is an inspiration for us today! Introduce them to your children through biographies, movies, and Heroes-for-Jesus parties. After all, church history should be fun!



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    Today’s heroes and where their power comes from.



    God’s Super-Heroes.

    How To Introduce Your Children to Church History

    Give them heroes!

    Biographies

    Well-written, interesting. Find the story.



    Biographies



    * Example: Heroes Then and Now series by Janet & Geoff Benge (older children to adults)

    * Example for Younger Children: Lightkeeper series for boys and girls/ 10 boys who…



    Biographies within a story



    * Example: Torchlighter series



    Picture Books



    * Voice of the Martyrs picture book series with St. Valentine, St. Patrick, William Tyndale, Richard Wurmbrand, and St. Nicholas.

    * Church History ABCs



    Movies

    Movies can be inspirational, but not always accurate. Example of The Inn of the Sixth Happiness about Gladys Aylward, missionary to China who works as a foot inspector to end foot binding and leads 100 children to safety. Still it is a warm, inspiring movie.



    Chariots of Fire is an amazingly accurate portrayal of Eric Liddell, devout Christian, missionary, and Olympic gold medalist.



    Luther, produced in 2003, is our favorite movie about Martin Luther.



    Polycarp, another favorite produced in 2015 by Henline Productions, takes place in 2nd century Smyrna where Christians are facing intense persecution.



    Amazing Grace, produced in 2006, is the story of William Wilberforce, a godly MP (member of Parliament) who led the way to get rid of slavery in the British Empire.



    The Torchlighters Christian Heroes series is excellent with cartoons on a wide variety of Christian heroes like William Booth, John Bunyan, William Tyndale, Jim Eliot, Amy Carmichael, Perpetua, Samuel Morris, Harriet Tubman, Saint Patrick, and many more. There is so much depth to these movies that you will learn a ton while you watch them with your children.

    Heroes for Jesus Parties

    Fun way to introduce children and teens to Christian heroes



    Children meet them and play games.



    Teens dress up and give monologue.



    Stations/Heroes dressed up/monologue/answer questions/game



    For complete instructions with over 40 Christian heroes with monologue/bio, game to play, recipes, and costume ideas, purchase Celebrate ...

    • 20 min
    Build Your House on the Rock

    Build Your House on the Rock

    Build Your House on the Rock

    In “Build Your House on the Rock,” Episode, #122, Meredith Curtis shares how we can survive the storms of life with the rock-solid Word of God! Meredith relates Matthew 7:24-27 to parenting and homeschooling, giving insights and practical tips for various ages and seasons of life. If you want to thrive in your Christian life and pass the baton of faith to your children, you will love this podcast!



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    Show Notes

    Every family goes through storms. Is your family going through a storm right now or is everything smooth sailing?

    Let Jesus Do the Building

    Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it (Psalm 127:1)



    Jesus said to build our house on the rock, but He also tells us that the Lord needs to build our house. So, building starts with surrender.

    Accept Reality: Life is Full of Good Times & Bad Times

    He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45 NASB).



    I'm sorry to tell you that storms will come. You might face a job loss or rebellious child.



    When bad times come, it doesn't mean God is against you. It's just part of living in a fallen world.

    Be Proactive in Trusting God

    In Matthew 6:25-33, Jesus reminds us to not worry, but instead trust God. Usually our worries are about finances, health, or children, making us feel so anxious.



    1. Seek the Kingdom of God first in all areas (spend time with the Lord, tithe, share the Gospel, pray for missionaries, build up other believers, etc.)

    2. Pray for all your needs and pour your worries out to Him (casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you--I Peter 5:7).

    Put God’s Word Into Practice

    God's Word is true! We can trust it! We can unwrap all the promises in His Word and enjoy them! We can walk in biblical principles because they are designed to bless us.



    We discover who Jesus is in the Bible. And reading His Word helps build us closer to Him. As we pour our worries out to Jesus, our relationship with Him is strengthened.



    Beyond reading the Bible with our children and teaching them to obey, we want them to grow up knowing that Jesus is alive! He loves them! He cares about them! His ways are good! As they pray about their own worries and let Jesus build in their lives, a strong faith grows and grows.



    It is this relationship with Jesus that is the strength of a Christian home, allowing us to stand firm when the storms come.

    Create Memorial Stones

    God commanded the Israelites to leave memorial stones at the Jordan River to remind them of God’s faithfulness.



    Create ways to remember how God got you through!

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