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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.

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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.

    Special Replay: Summertime Rainy Day Activities

    Special Replay: Summertime Rainy Day Activities

    Best Summertime Rainy Day Activities

    Are you ready for some fun rainy day activities? Unless you live in a frigid place there will be a time that rainy day activities will come in handy. I guess it if is winter change it to “snow day” activities! Here we have some fun ideas that will help you entertain children with the least amount of tears!



    This month it is all about making memories and keeping some last minute plans in place for those unexpected events is so helpful. In my early years as a mom and homeschooler, I subscribed to different mailed sets – one was a kit to do with your kids and it involved crafts and things to build. However, I found that while some of the ideas were great many were not anything that interested my children. So I started and proceeded to lose lists! Sound familiar.



    Rainy Day Activities



    Now that I’m so much older I have a wealth of experience and information at fingertips! I know what works and what does not, and it is amazing how these old ideas still work well. I’m happy to share my ideas with you—and you can keep these handy and we plan for your own rainy day activities.



    I know, I know – kids are all different, and what makes one kid excited can leave the rest yawning, so I add a few little ideas to the list of my favorites and that enforcing good character qualities in our children through every-day events.



    My children all struggle, we all struggle with different things such as patience, sharing “our” things, waiting for others who are slower, perfectionism, doing things we don’t want to do.



    At times I would plan out fun things to do only to have kids say they don’t want to participate! Talk about a fun-damper, right? So… instead we want to set up the kids for success and keep our sanity by planning out even their reactions!



    Before we do anything, especially with little children I remind them of the rules.



    * We are thankful for everything and everyone.

    * We will be grateful

    * We will share and be happy for others

    * We won’t touch anything until given permission



    Quick opinion on rules: I grew up as a teacher in the era of coloring without lines and classrooms without walls – this permissive atmosphere cause kids to be confused about what was expected and certainly did not encourage the creativity and “free thinking” it was meant to instill and allow. Yet, I continued to use this type of methodology in my parenting. It made parenting at times very difficult because I had little kids that were “exploring” and loving their surrounds but certainly not listening to anything I had to say. I learned to change my methods and teach them some rules of what I expected and wonder of wonders, they learned to obey and listen! Life was much happier.



    An overview of rules allows kids to know what is expected when we played games or before we left the house – even in the car, I made sure to go over what I expected. I didn’t want to be embarrassed on our outings and my kids were sure to get excited when they saw friends or shelves full of fun things to pull off in the store! I think shopping carts are probably an invention by a mom to keep kids contained while shopping!



    Kids will still enjoy themselves and believe me rules will not starve creativity! I met a lady recently who works with parents, she is a parenting expert and helps moms and dads learn how to parent -- there is even a certification for this! For many of us this is probably not surprising and I’m sure it is much needed.



    So, as we look forward to rainy day activities be sure to let the kids know – we will have fun, but we do have some rules we want to follow.

    Are you ready for these tried and true ideas for 10 fun rainy day activities?

    • 27 min
    Fun Summer Projects For Families

    Fun Summer Projects For Families

    Fun Summer Projects– Episode 430

    Are you ready to launch some fun summer projects - what about ones that are a bit unusual but teach? It is a time when you can give your child time to explore or direct your children in an organized way. Depending on the ages of your children the amount of direction may be less focused for the older ones.



    How do you spell summer? F-U-N Summer Projects!



    Do you want good books written for homeschool moms by homeschool moms? Look no further and check out my products and classes at MediaAngels.com and MediaAngels.com/books and the products in my online store now available for shipping – and stay tuned, I will soon have information about Creation Kids Classes as well as the Creation Camp for kids I hope to offer. The notebooks are available in digital form for you to use for your own children on the website, but more is coming. If you don’t want to miss out be sure you are signed up for our mailing list where new character planners are still be created each month. This month’s topic happens to be Enthusiasm. When you miss the free planner, you can purchase it in our store.

    Fun Summer Projects For Families

    One of my goals as a homeschool mom was to give my children time to think and create on their own. I really believe that children don’t have time to really think. School is typically made up of reading the information or have it read to you – then answer the questions. Kids often ask, “What is the right answer?” Giving the children time to explore when they are younger in a directed way (to keep them out of trouble) is a good idea.



    When they were younger I gave them tools such as measuring cups and other household items that they could play with, pouring water in and out, and measuring. I gave my young son a box of rubber bands (and yes he made a mess with them and I kept finding them stuffed under cushions and other unlikely places for weeks after), but he loved the texture of the rubber and lined them up and put them into buckets and boxes. As the children get older the items can become more involved.



    Recyclables become a great treasure trove for kids to build and create. These can be anything from plastics to glass. In an upper-level art class I took, we used small posters and then took glass, broke it, and used the flat pieces with clear glue to create a mosaic on top of it. The results were stunning. Clear glass or colored glass can be used. Paper towel rolls are great for creating different projects as well.



    We used maps to track our journey from home (southwest Florida) to Georgia one year. I used maps glued to file folders and the children placed their names on the folders. The kids could tack our journey using road signs as we crossed into different towns. It took us two days with lots of stops in between, but the kids didn’t ask me, “How much longer.”



    Another one of my homeschool goals was to teach using fun projects to do it. Teaching skills that are not often covered in school such as money management, planning, etc. Give the children a chance to add to the following list of ideas and you will be surprised at how many they come up with themselves.

    Here is a list of ideas for fun summer activities:



    * Bubbles: There are so many great things you can do with bubbles, such as making them from scratch (dish soap and water), to using your hands to create bubbles or pipe cleaners, even straws – be sure the kids are blowing out and not sucking in!

    * Drama: Do your kids like to act? They can do one-act plays and write their own script. It can be of a famous character or a favorite movie character.

    * Water tension: Float or sink? Give the children a bag full of items and have them divide them into the ones they think will float and those they think will sink...

    • 20 min
    Special Replay: Best Family Memories

    Special Replay: Best Family Memories

    Let's Talk About Creating the Best Family Memories

    One of my uncles has 14 siblings and whenever he showed me photos, aging and in black-and-white from the "old country" Italy, I always strained to find him mother in the group. She looked young, happy and so engaged! He always said, they were poor but they had love and she worked hard at making family memories. This stayed with me throughout my lifetime and is a very important part of my own family life and those of my children.

    • 34 min
    Being Present To Your Family

    Being Present To Your Family

    Being Present To Your Family - Episode 429

    When you talk to your kids do they hear you? What does being present mean, and how can you be present to your spouse and your kids in a way that impacts your relationship (in a good way). Join me for this discussion on the importance of listening and hearing what people are really saying.



    Do you want good books written for homeschool moms by homeschool moms? Look no further and check out my products and classes at MediaAngels.com and MediaAngels.com/books and the products in my online store now available for shipping – and stay tuned, I will soon have information about Creation Kids Classes as well as the Creation Camp for kids I hope to offer. The notebooks are available in digital form for you to use for your own children on the website, but more is coming. If you don’t want to miss out be sure you are signed up for our mailing list where new character planners are still be created each month. This month’s topic happens to be Enthusiasm. When you miss the free planner, you can purchase it in our store.



    What does it mean to be present? Think about this and if you can turn off this recording to take a moment to write down your thoughts do so now. Well, what did you say? As usual, I wish I was in a room or even across a table sipping an herbal tea and hearing your response. Being present (to me) means being totally focused on the person speaking. No distractions. No dinging from the phone that you just have to look at. Nothing but the person talking to you during that time matters. Does this sound like fiction? Maybe, but in the world in which we live we are pulled in so many different directions there is no time to make those lasting connections with friends...never mind family!



    I had a family member who was the most outgoing and jovial person in the world around friends. When this person was in a room with people not related to them they would light up, and be so personable and attentive. When around family the opposite was the result, the person was sullen and critical. Why is it that we hurt those we love the most? We can say that we don't want them making mistakes and they need to be corrected, and for each family the answer will be different.



    I want the best relations I can get with my kids and being present is just one way to do this. Being present means keeping promises and not making promises I can't keep. Being present means putting down or turning away from whatever I was doing when one of my children needs me. Being present means that nothing else is as important as that person. If you want to see a change in your relationship with your kids, well, watch out! Being present means all of these things and then some!



    How do you introduce the topic of being present to your family? A good place to start is a family meeting and if you don't have family meetings it may be a good time to begin. Family meetings are when the entire family (without digital devices - pen and paper are fine) gather around the table and talk about a list of concerns. Normally the parents are in charge of the topics, but the kids can add input if they do it ahead of time. Of course, use any method you want, but this has worked for us in the past. When my dad was alive - he lived with us the last 12 years of his life, he would join our family meetings and complain about things that bothered him. (Share the salt shaker situation.) I tell you this to show you that what we consider important (case in point with my dad) others may consider funny - or insignificant! But a family meeting is a great way to introduce the topic of being truly engaged in conversation with each other.



    Ground Rules For Being Present:



    * Don't abuse the privilege.

    * No negative body language.

    * Stay focused.

    • 18 min
    Special Replay: Inexpensive Graduation Ideas On The Cheap

    Special Replay: Inexpensive Graduation Ideas On The Cheap

    Inexpensive Graduation Ideas On The Cheap with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis

    We have inexpensive graduation ideas on the cheap - are you ready? Have you started your high school graduation party plans yet? No worries! We've got you covered. Inexpensive graduation ideas are our specialty. Meredith has graduated five children and Felice five and two from college, so between them, they have quite an arsenal of ideas that you can implement even if you waited until the last minute. Grab your notepad and listen in.



    Graduation Party Ideas Here 



    We enjoy hosting parties so it is no wonder that this podcast is a labor of love for both of us. With such large families, parties can be pricey so we want to be sure we that we can enjoy the fun without going over budget. Some of these ideas are often used for other parties and hosting friends. You can join in with other families to reduce the price.



    Be sure to share our show with your friends - and rate us on iTunes, GooglePlay, or your favorite podcast app.



    Show Notes: Inexpensive Graduation Ideas On The Cheap



    * Location: churches, park, church fellowship hall, party at home

    * Invitations - VistaPrint, at home computer

    * Food

    * Decorations

    * Personal Touch



    We discussed deciding on the type of graduation you want, planning the type of graduation early, and saving up money. Pray about the type of graduation that is right for you. Include your teens as well.



    More great ideas



    * Food -finger foods - fun: candy bars - ice cream with toppings

    * Open house - visiting times staggers friends

    * Photo booth with props for teens

    * Personal touch - poster boards, items important to the teen



     

    • 52 min
    Enthusiasm and Encouragement

    Enthusiasm and Encouragement

    Enthusiasm and Encouragement Episode 428

    If you lack enthusiasm and encouragement you are not alone. I believe the understatement of all time is that life is not what you planned. If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say? Are you anywhere near the person you use to be? The person that was fun, enthusiastic about life, and couldn't wait to get up in the morning? Well, it is time to reclaim that person, and if that does not describe the younger you, no worries, the new you will be even better.



    Check out my website at MediaAngels.com and MediaAngels.com/books and the products in my online store now available for shipping - and stay tuned, I will soon have information about Creation Kids Classes as well as the Creation Camp for kids I hope to offer. The notebooks are available in digital form for you to use for your own children on the website, but more is coming. If you don't want to miss out be sure you are signed up for our mailing list where new character planners are still be created each month. This month's topic happens to be Enthusiasm. When you miss the free planner, you can purchase it in our store.



    So, back to you! Are you ready to change and before you turn off this podcast hold on...there are no twelve steps to follow or even two or three, but there is one thing and I'll share that with you in just a minute. First, I want to talk to you about, well you. Moms especially are the ones that handle the management of a family. We are the ones who hold it together in a crisis, school the kids, and take care of the home and all that entails. In fact, we do more than most CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. And, we are supposed to do it with a smile.



    When I look at the reasons I often "lost it" for lack of a better descriptive word... meaning, I yelled at my children and often was upset with the way they handled everything from school work, to helping with chores--I found that the children's disobedience increased. It did not decrease. When I was upset they were upset and I often set the tone for what happened each day.



    Moms and Dads... because they play a role too, there is no class on how to be a good wife, husband, mother, father or balance work and home. There is no one perfect and definitive guide that gives each one of us every specific thing we need to do, a box to check off in order to find that happiness and family peace we all crave. And, even if there was, how much would you really embrace. If you read twelve points there are often six that you are thinking, "You have got to be kidding me, there is no way!" One of the reasons that many self-help books do not work is because if you are a thinker, and most of my audience is -- we think for ourselves, we are wired in such a way to do things as others want us to do them. We, or I anyway, want to do things my own way. Think about this, is there a book or even a friend who has tried to help you in some way.



    I remember as a young mom having a wonderful mother-in-law who kept a nice clean house, cooked meals from scratch and showered and had make-up on before her husband returned from...well, wherever he was because my father-in-law was retired by the time I married my husband. I had just finished two years of teaching and was staying home to raise my son. She had plenty of well-meaning and valuable advice to give me. But I am not a regimented person. If I had to follow her schedule that meant waking up each Monday with the thought that it was vacuuming and dusting day and I probably would want to roll over and stay in bed to avoid it. I cleaned, when I saw that it needed to be cleaned, and having a tiny house back then it was easy to do within an hour when the baby slept. I remember being miserable because I had no outside interaction after years of stimulation from friends,

    • 19 min

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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.

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Good show

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.

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amunc

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.

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