Vintage Homeschool Moms preserves the best of the past while blessing future generations with the fruit that comes from putting God first and using experience as a teacher. Tune in with a chance to ask your own questions during the live events. You host, Felice Gerwitz, is a Christian wife, mother, and educator-turned-homeschool-mom in 1986. She began homeschooling as a trial and never looked back. The topics will range from home education, child rearing, enterprising moms , SAHM (Stay at Home Moms), WAHM (Work at Home Moms), and so much more. Best yet, design your own show! Drop Felice a note and let her know what you’d like to hear.
Classroom Creativity – Key To Education
Classroom Creativity - Key To Education ~ Episode 448
Classroom creativity is so much more than arts and crafts, yet with so many subjects to cover classroom creativity may be the last thing you as a parent think is important, especially in the home. Today along with my special guest, Chad Stewart we will learn that it is important to overall education.
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Today we are going to focus on the topic of Creativity my guest, today I want to introduce you to Chad Stewart also known to his readers as CR Stewart, the author of what is soon going to be a series of books you will want to collect for your home library. Visit Britfield.com as well as BritfieldInstitute.org
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Our nation is in a crisis, and the lack of creativity is one of the areas that schools have failed our children. Schools not only do not give opportunities and most destroy the real love of learning. The importance of children who are encouraged to be creative, independent, and who are nurtured to learn fits in perfectly to the homeschool model.
He shared a Ted Talk on Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson. One of the most played Ted Talks of all time.
* Creativity is the single most important subject.
* Employers look for people who are creative.
* Introducing children to various experiences is key.
* Creativity is important for leaders, inventors, brainstorming, figuring out a crisis with options and ideas, and thinking outside of the box.
[Listen to the audio for the full broadcast.]
Currently, there are two books in the Britfield series with book three soon to be published. The exciting goal is to have seven books and seven movies upon completion of the series. The books take place in different countries, the first in England, and the second in France. [Chad shared all the books and countries they will cover on the podcast.] These are wholesome and engaging stories for the entire family.
About Chad Stewart: A prolific writer, highly respected producer, creativity specialist, international consultant, and prominent speaker. Founder of the prestigious Devonfield L.L.C., a comprehensive company dedicated to the highest quality in film production, publishing, and education, Stewart’s areas of expertise are writing film and media production, global strategy, and international marketing.
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Greatest Homeschool Tips
Greatest Homeschool Tips - Episode 447
What are the greatest homeschool tips of all time? Well, wait until you hear from veteran homeschool mom, author and speaker, Felice Gerwitz. In this session, she shares some of her best homeschooling tips from over thirty years of homeschooling.
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This film is sure to change hearts and point people to the true father in heaven. It is a story of parenting and how faith can really make changes for the better in people's lives. I teared up just watching the trailer and you will too! The links to the movie trailer are on the show notes page - you can find more information about local airing on the website as well as streaming in the near future. This is not to be missed.
In my years of homeschooling I purchased many different programs on getting your homeschool organized or homeschooling from the first letter of the alphabet to the last, or comprehensive this or that, and found after the first few pages that it was not for me. I learned that I had to know what I could and could not do well and focus on my strengths and that is where we will get started. I cover homeschooling, family, and even touch on extended family, faith, and relationships. You should look into your homeschool laws for your state to be sure you are compliant. Here are the HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense) homeschool laws by state.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but it is meant to give you some 25 tangible tips that you can do starting today.
* You - Parent: You are in charge. You and your husband are the only two people whose decisions and choices matter in your homeschool journey. If you both agree or agree to disagree, then that is the law of the land (or your household). Stand firm and do not let anyone and I mean anyone (even me) change your mind.
* Each Other: Relationships matter. You and your spouse started together and should end your homeschool journey together. This happens if you A. Value each other. B. Appreciate Each Other C. Encourage Each Other D. Love each Other E. Take Care of Each Other and F. ALL of the Above.
* Faith Matters: A family that is focused on personal gain instead of everlasting gain will do so much better. Faith brings a family together and leaves a legacy for your children. Films such as Show Me The Father is an excellent example.
* Your Kids: You kids are not in charge. Not even close. And, your kids are not your friends. You are the parent and God gave you these kids for a purpose. (It may be a little fuzzy right now, but you'll figure it out at some point.) Kids are wonderful, a blessing but need to listen.
* Discipline is Key To Your Sanity: If you have kids that won't go to bed and talk back when they are little the nightmare is just starting if you are going to homeschool them. You have to have consequences for your actions. Think about it, make a plan, and beyond all else? Follow through.
* Others - Extended Family - Friends - Neighbors: Have opinions, and they have right to their opinions but you do not, and I repeat do not have to A. Listen B. Follow Their Advice C. Feel Guilty D. All of the Above. Refer back to point one. You are the parents.
* Key to Homeschooling 101: Do not try to duplicate traditional school in the home. It is set to fail, especially if you have multiple ages and grades.
* Lifestyle: Homeschooling is more than what you do, it is who you are in the sense that you are focused on the most important people in your life and the education of their hearts, their minds, and their souls. It is the greatest job you will ever have.
* Not About You: Yeah, I said it - homeschooling is not what the kids are or are not doing.
Get More Done
Get More Done - Episode 446
Get more done in a schedule that is already packed? Are you kidding me? Well, friends - this is the goal and in this podcast, I will explain how you can do more in less time. (Sorry I can't grant you more time, but I can help you with the time that you have.) Please join me and bring a friend!
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Tear jerk alert! This is a snapshot of ordinary and extraordinary people and the effect that parents have on their children. I teared up just watching the trailer and you will too! The links to the movie trailer are on the show notes page - you can find more information about local airing on the website as well as streaming in the near future. This is not to be missed.
Okay friends here we go, it's time to get more done without stressing ourselves out and it begins with a pep-talk and motivation. Think back to a time when you really wanted something and had a goal. Do you have that picture in your mind? Was it...
* To lose weight?
* Get a new job?
* Get married and have kids?
Well, if you are listening to Vintage Homeschool Moms my guess is that you achieved goal number three anyway! You are married with kids and wondering, "What happened to all of my time." and "Thank you Lord for my blessings." All kidding aside what needs to get done? We can probably put this in a series of five things with a ton of subcategories.
What are the things you need to get done? Listing them here - we will go over these later.
* Faith and Relationships.
* BONUS - YOU - taking care of you.
How are you going to get more done when you really sub-categorize this list you will be exhausted and need a nap! Well, we will tackle that in a bit, but first ... the test. Yes, there is a short series of questions you need to answer and I promise this will help you with productivity!
You need at least thirty minutes to an hour to do this activity but I'm going to lay it all out for you in way less time. I'm giving you information that has super helped me and it has increased my productivity to way beyond what I thought I could do.
So where we go - and you have to really answer these questions honestly for this to work!
* What are the distractors in your life?
* Are you motivated to get more done? Why or why not.
* What is holding you back from accomplishing more?
* Are your goals unrealistic?
* Do you have help or can you enlist (trade) help with others?
So, spend some time really answering these questions, and then the ideal would be to come back to this audio. So, you have looked over these questions and given them some serious thought, and I want to break them down quickly for you.
What are the distractors in your life?
Problem: Kids, health, a messy home, too much to do without a plan, relatives, neighbors, spouse...
Solution: By identifying the problem you can figure out a solution. Some days all we are meant to do is thread water. Other days we can be super productive and it counts for two days. Look at the distractions and take care of them - from the most important to the least. Don't look at the entire room that is a mess, tackle one thing... for me it is the things on the floor, I can't handle that...or opened cupboards. Once things are picked up from the floor (and this is where kids can help - dump into a laundry basket and then deliver them into their rooms -you can make it a game for the little ones), I feel refreshed and can tackle the next thing.
Are you motivated to get more done? Why or why not.
Special Replay: The Best Homeschool Year Ever
Let's Talk About making this The Best Homeschool Year Ever!
Lunch with Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz
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* Commit year to prayer
* Kick off with enthusiasm “We’re going to learn about ….”
* Organize all your books, supplies, etc so they are easy to access
* Schedule -- General and for each student
* Begin with prayer - what does the Lord want you to focus on this year.
* Look at each child's strength's and weaknesses - let's work on building up the weakness
* Goal vs. Plan - how to make it all work together in the time you have.
* Plan ahead. Make sure you have a backup plan.
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Math The Easy Way
Math The Easy Way - Episode 435
Are you ready for math the easy way? Enjoy my special guest Pat Murray – he’s been a math teacher and coach for more than thirty-six years.
And would you believe that Over that time, the programs and courses Pat and his company developed have helped students and families numbering in the tens and hundreds of thousands in more than seventy-two countries. So no matter where you live this information is accessible!
Pat and his beautiful wife Maree live in Sydney Australia, have 10 children, and 7 grandchildren – soon to be 8 (next month).
So, we are going to delve into seven of the most valuable tips for teaching math to kids –of all ages. I was amazed that your math programs have one low cost for a year, per family and it covers grades 1 through high school which is amazing and only a man with a big family understands what a blessing that is to parents with many children….
* Short concise explanations – clarity is important.
* Immediate practice – get them to practice it quickly and feedback.
* Rote learning memorizing, times tables, important facts. [Great examples given on the audio!]
* The sequence can make a difference. Start with the easiest stuff first, encourage success.
* Discovery and inquiring learning that is taught first by example.
* Puzzles and problem solving – a fun activity. Build interest.
* Parents – avoid frustration. Kids will avoid help, due.
Pat shares a mathematical trick – kids can learn as a parent to impress their kids.
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Four-Hour School Day
Four Hour School Day ~ Episode 434
Have you considered a four hour school day? Well if not, my guest today will share how she trimmed the fat of her school day. How did she do this? Listen to find out.
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Why take all day when you can finish your school day in a way that is great for mom, dad and the kids.
This was a great interview and I hope you listen to the entire podcast - here is a nutshell version of our chat! Much more is on the interview. Durenda has some great insights on homeschooling!
Durenda shares about the beginning of her homeschool journey. [For details listen to the audio] She says, “…we always just tell people we were selfish, we did not want to share our kids with anybody else, especially not for that many hours a week. And we felt like there were some things we really wanted our kids to have. We, we wanted first of all time with them because we wanted to disciple them. And we know that that takes time and we didn't feel like we could do the kind of job we wanted to by sending them away all day, five days a week. And then the other thing is we really wanted our kids to have a childhood.
Some of the key points:
* giving them time and space to play and grow and develop at their own pace.
* A combination of directed learning and self-directed learning.
God was calling us to do it. He was going to give us what we needed to do that. And I tell parents all the time, you have to understand that your role in your child's life can't be underestimated. You have a very, very significant role in their lives. You know, God ordained the family. That was his idea.
* In the book, the Four Hour School Day, there is a challenge to parents. After laying out the plan I hope to broaden their view of what education is. And this book is for people who are thinking about homeschooling on the fence or already homeschooling and
* There is such a strong thread of growing a strong, healthy family. And that's at the end of the day, that is one of the biggest blessings of homeschooling. And we've found this with our own kids. I spent a lot of time along the way, learning conflict resolution so that I could teach it to my children along the way because I wanted them to not only be friends. I want them to understand how important relationships are, how important family relationships are. And so we, I really made a concerted effort to nurture sibling relationships. And that means taking time along the way to nurture those relationships.
* Homeschooling and family… this is really training ground. It's, it's sometimes the hardest place to do it because you feel safe there. And so you tend to not behave yourself as much and you take each other for granted. And so we were always working on that, you know, is that how you would treat a friend or is that how you would want to be treated in that situation? And so just all of that just has ended up affecting our children in so many positive ways. Not only are they best friends, they also know what it looks like when they, when they're working with other people on jobs, in their careers.
The author of the Four Hour School Day:
I always tell parents to be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods. So the mission statement would be about your ultimate goals. And then,
A Super Mentor
Felice has a big heart for others and her passion shows in her podcasts. She follows the guide of the Lord on her topics. Even on the hard topics you can hear her love for those that will listen and she prays that the Lord will use each one where it is needed. I love Felice and look forward to gleaning from her and her knowledge.
I liked the wisdom these women were able to give to us younger moms about homeschooling, letting go and letting God, and I much appreciated them sharing their story of where their children are now. Listening felt like having a mentor.
This was the first homeschool podcast I listened to. Love Felice and really enjoy the seasoned perspective she offers. I also enjoy the insight she provides from having a daughter that homeschools. We are second generation homeschoolers and I found this very useful.