Home Education is only for Brave Souls

What can wise, discerning parents do, when confronted with well-meaning individuals who incorrectly figure that home education is a recent-times phenomenon?

Smile, first. Patiently, calmly respond, in Love (real, Yeshua-like Ahavah, which means Love, in Hebrew),

… realizing you have learned that not only was Benjamin Franklin taught at home, but also, George Washington, Sir Isaac Newton, John Quincy Adams, as well as Marie Curie, Thomas A. Edison and Johann Sebastian Bach, among many, many others, whose names most all of you would know, because they have accomplished so much good.

Think about this, if you did not know the few people I named *were* taught at home, for all or part of their entire education. And, do your own research, by using your favorite search engine to ask it about whichever well-known individual you wonder about. You might be delightfully surprised! ( grin )

Shalom!

 

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Helpful Homesteading Ideas…for Income

Schedule For Succession
( This article is really helpful!, with Good Advice on how to figure out the best plant species and varieties to plant, in order to yield the best crops … IF you plan to sell your veggies, your fruits, etc., you have grown on your land. )

https://homestead.motherearthnews.com/schedule-for-succession/

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Making The Most of Your Space
( This is a helpful article!  If you happen to, also, live on a piece of land sizeable enough to “farm,” even on a small scale, and IF your land is also one that has been farmed, for generations, as the article-writer’s land is, you will really appreciate what she shares, in this article, about some ways she’s found that “work” for her! )

https://homestead.motherearthnews.com/making-the-most-of-your-space/

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How to Use Skill-Teaching As An Income On The Homestead
( This article looks like a great one to inspire many of you, maybe, to think about Other Ways You Can Earn a Decent Income through sharing what you are, and have been, learning while you have been homesteading / farming! Check this out! )

https://homestead.motherearthnews.com/teaching-as-an-income-ze0z1705zjsar/

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5 Easy to Grow Plants to Sell on Your Homestead
( This article might save you, and me, quite a lot, through all that is shared … from one who knows first-hand! )

https://homestead.motherearthnews.com/5-easy-to-grow-plants-to-sell-on-your-homestead/

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Sometimes, I think I save “the best” for last.  Do you?  Here is another great article that should bless your heart, my friends!  Enjoy!

How to Buy Farmland, Even If You Think You Can’t
( As I read through this article, I see a bunch of very helpful ideas shared!  You’ll love this one, IF you have been thinking about homesteading, but have not yet bought land to “do it” on!  This one is well worth your time to read!  I know it was well worth my time!  And, I’ve gained some great ideas I can use! and share! — on twit’r and on face-m-up-book, & elsewhere online )

https://homestead.motherearthnews.com/how-to-buy-farmland/

Shalom, to you, my friends!

Are You Hurting?

Below are several links to websites that offer encouragement & help for any of us whose hearts and lives are sensing enough hurt to alert us that we DO need to do *something* about it:

https://setapart.net/category/hope-when-it-hurts/
Set Apart — Hope on the Road Less Traveled

( below is a specific blog post, on a site by Stephanie Orefice )
https://stephanieorefice.net/2015/04/10/trusting-god-when-your-heart-hurts/
Trusting God When Your Heart Hurts

( below is a devotional post, by the author, Tracie Miles )
https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2017/10/11/it-takes-more-than-time-to-heal-a-broken-heart
It Takes More Than Time To Heal A Broken Heart

( this is an article by Rachel Coulter, who is a contributor on the site “desiring God”
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/worshiping-with-a-broken-heart
Worshiping with a Broken Heart

( a blog post on the Dawson McAllister Network “The Hope Line” site )
https://www.thehopeline.com/35-getting-over-a-broken-heart-part-4
Getting Over a Broken Heart — 6 Steps to Healing

( a site with posts that share quotes “To encourage you to keep going. To remind you to be strong.” )
http://lessonslearnedinlife.com/
* Note:  This site seems to share general encouragement, as well as relationship encouragement / advice.

Friends,
please share your own *favorite* sites, and blog posts, that you have felt encouraged and helped by!  Leave us a comment.

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movies to see …

The True Story behind the movie Glory:

https://communitytable.parade.com/54012/brianpalmer/the-true-story-behind-the-movie-glory/

The write-up about Glory:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097441/

History-based Films for High Schoolers

 

Wyatt Earp was an interesting man, who lived a life that, as did all people during that time in American history, was full of heartache, suffering and close family ties, as well as triumph, opportunities to help others by showing courage and determination to try to do the right thing (regarding “the law”).  After recently viewing the 1994 movie “Wyatt Earp,” I realized that a number of events depicted in it were done well enough (i.e., depicted pretty close to what “the real story” of his life seems to show really happened) to recommend it to others.
Below are several of my recommendations, if you or someone in your family have an interest in learning about the lives of either Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday.  John Henry “Doc” Holliday was a key figure and a close, loyal friend to Wyatt Earp.  So, his life story, after he met Wyatt Earp, is tied to Wyatt’s.

I do highly recommend you parents do your due diligence in researching (in some cases, you may want to view the movies before allowing some of your children to view it) what scenes you are willing for your children, including those in high school, to see.  The language (and what is shown) can get rather nasty & immoral, folks!

I am quite conservative, in my thinking, so (for me) I can only recommend mine see a movie like “Wyatt Earp” … after they are 18.  Some of you may think that very limiting! Yet, I am responsible for what my children see that I personally recommend to them, for whatever reason I may choose (in my case, regarding a movie of this sort, it would be for educational purposes). And, I am the one who will have to give an answer to my heavenly Father for anything (including, but not limited to, movies) I may recommend to my children to listen to, or to read, or to see.  So, I take this seriously! And, I trust you do, also (if you are a parent, reading this blog).

** Wyatt Earp **

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyatt_Earp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyatt_Earp_(film)

** John Henry “Doc” Holliday **

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_Holliday

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombstone_(film)

 

Obviously, both men are in both of these movies.
There are so many other movies that try to tell at least some part of Wyatt Earp’s life story, that I decided to only share links to these two, here.  You will easily find links to the other movies, yourself.  I’ll leave that to you.

In the process of viewing the film “Wyatt Earp,” I learned quite a lot.  It inspired me to go on the web & read what I could find, to learn more facts about his real life story.  In the process, I also read a good bit about “Doc” Holliday’s life.  He lived to the age of 36.  You will learn why, if you do not already know why he died so young.  He was not shot to death.  Neither was Wyatt.

Enjoy learning about these men!  I liked how some of their business / earnings choices, one might call them, … were (or maybe only seemed to me, to be this way) actually just a way to earn a decent income, since (in the southwestern U.S.) there were not a lot of ways to earn enough income to support a family.  Wyatt became “a law man” partly because he thought men should obey the law.  He filled that role, as “a law man,” for much of his life.

So, his other business enterprises were not considered to be illegal in the towns where they were, but some facets of them were wanted, some might even say “needed,” in those “wild west” towns.

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#WyattEarp, #wildwest, #lawmenoftheoldwest, #gamblers, #DocHolliday, #gunfightattheOKCorral, #OKCorral, #gunfighters,

What have Y O U been learning?

This blog has shared, over the years, a number of educational links.  I hope to continue doing that, in the coming days.
Today, I hope (instead) to point you to a couple of sites that I consider to be educational, yet someone else may consider some of them to be comical.
You may leave me a comment as to whether or not you consider the information shared to be comical.   …or educational.  Deal?

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shared, on his you-tube channel, at:  standupmaths

and

This one is also shared, on his you-tube channel, at:  standupmaths

Enjoy learning all you can, today!
Tomorrow, you’ll have more you can find to discover and learn from!  Shalom ….
Psalm 112

Thoughts from Along the Roadside’s Journey

Have you recently been in a situation in which you had a real need … involving either a bicycle, or a motorcycle, or a car, or a pickup, or any motorized machine, including a lawnmower, … or tractor, …
and you were left thinking:

 Thank You, YHVH (Yahweh) my Elohim, for Loving me today (or tonight), and making a way for someone to come alongside me, in my need, and give me a much-needed helping hand!

and, while I am thanking You, Father so Faithful to Provide, Protect and Pick-us-up, just because we are Your beloved children, …

… may I ask You?:  Why is it that so many other human beings can drive by, see that (in the case of some, as an example) an automobile hood is open, meaning someone is in need, … and yet, no one stops to ask if help is needed … ???

What is wrong with the (American) younger-than-50-year-old people, these days?!?

Please, do not tell me “the young people these days are selfish.”  That would mean they have no decent, Elohim-fearing (aka God-fearing) parents or grandparents, or aunts or uncles, cousins, friends, etc.
For me, that is no excuse, friends.  (grin)

I will only accept a response, from a *thinking* human being, similar to this:
The younger generation (than folks who are over the age of 50) have no understanding of what it means to treat another human being as they expect to, and want to, and hope to, be treated, themselves!
i.e. —  The younger generation assumes far too much.  For example, they wrongly assume that they will always have some type of electronic device to be able to use to waste time while not thinking about their personal responsibilities that concern another important-to-them human being, …

… they also wrongly assume they have some right to food, entertainment, free time (to use as they please, with no regard for other human beings, to whom they do owe a debt of love, kindness and responsibility, with a positive, and servant-minded, attitude from the heart (yes, I did say that!), …

… they also wrongly assume they have some right to clothes of their own choice, but bought only with money someone else earned (parents, for example), … and in the styles they wrongly assume are acceptable … to a peer group, rather than the styles totally accepted by their own parents, grandparents, and those to whom they are responsible to report to, … for reasons The Creator knows, …

… they also wrongly assume they have some right to their own personal choice of how to use what they consider to be their free time.  There is no basis in reality for this one! (along with all the others), …

… they also wrongly assume they get to choose which music, reading material, movies or tv series, or … video games, and which video-game player(s), … as well as radio stations, … they should get to listen to, interact with, or participate in and with, … on a regular basis, for as many minutes or hours, or days, they think is reasonable, though it is not considered reasonable by The Creator Who carefully designed each of their minds and souls to be used only for activities, and thought processes, which would benefit each of those human beings, …

 

… as it is quite late, I will continue writing this at another oment in time, … hoping it’s completion may benefit you and those whom you know, and love, who tend to think even a little like the ones whom I am using words to describe, after a rather ridiculous experience, this week, involving a real need I was a part of, yet … no one would stop to “give any time or attention” to what the need was, … except those who were too far away to be able to offer assistance.  So sad!  This younger generation may be on the brink of being destroyed, simply because they cannot (read “will not”) bring themselves to the point of caring enough, or taking their attention off of themselves long enough, to take any significant action toward reaching out to a fellow human being who is in real need.  They think they have the right NOT to care or give, to serve or reach out, … unless the one in real need is a friend or a personal family member, and … too often, the younger generation gives *help* begrudgingly.
Prove me wrong!

Yes, I know my own children would NOT do what I observed going on, in someone’s time of real need.  They’d better not!!  Yet, the ones in the immediate vicinity of where a real need occurred, this week, acted only in a selfish manner, even looking over at the person, close enough for the human being in need to see the face of at least one drive, who was looking directly at the person in real need, … yet no care, no concern, no recognition of the *need to stop* ever led the younger person to *take any positive or helpful action,* which would have greatly helped the one in need.  Ya know?

What in the world …?!?
I am horribly ashamed of the ones who were near enough, who drove by, who never slowed down, who appeared to completely ignore, who did not even ask “do you need any help, … sir (or ma’am)?” …!!
How could they ever figure that an All-Mighty One (Elohim, El Shaddai), The Creator Who is also The Judge (of every human being who ever lived on His earth), would consider them as “special,” or “beloved,” if they choose, freely, to ignore another human being, … yet, IF they were *the one in real need,* they would expect, even demand, that another human being SHOULD come over and freely offer *help* to THEM …!!!

So, when the tables are turned,
and when you happen to notice, even out of the corner of your eye,
some human being who appears to be in *real need,*
what will you do?

I leave that to you, to answer, in your own mind and soul, friends.

Shalom Shalom,
the Threads of Silver author

… one who has been there, and if something, somehow, prevents me

from stopping to assist anyone, alongside any road, … I immediately being

praying for the one in real need, … and ask that someone else, who is kind,

honest & honorable, and upright, will come by a s a p, to provide the needed

assistance, to the one in need, … because I have been there.  Right?  Of course right!
(grin)

A Site We Highly Recommend… For The Hurting

 

our PURPOSE at *Listen To The Heart Of The Hurting*

We are a group of believers in Yeshua haMashiach, who believe that, if you’ve been made a victim by an abuser, a user or a hateful or bitter work associate or boss, neighbor or relative, or even a friend, you need one who’ll *really listen* to you! That is what we are here for!

We intend to *be there* for you!

We intend to *Pray with you.* … if you are willing to contact us and share with us a way to contact you.

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Disclaimer:
We are not an official ministry.
We are not a 501-c(3).

We are a group in development toward becoming a fully-operational non-profit which seeks to listen to your story, and
we would verify any necessary information, while also seeking to share with you as many ways, and other organizations, which we know to be able, and ready, to assist you in ways we cannot.
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We exist as an educational entity that will publish helpful, advice-type information to help you with, and on behalf of you.
We hope to work with you, both in person and online, through video and audio formats, to help your story (if you choose to make it public, through us) “get out there” where others can benefit from seeing where you are at, and the progress you are making toward *the freedom in your soul* you seek to attain, and
We trust, in the future, we’ll be enabled through donations and through other funding we are seeking, to continue to assist you, while producing information that will be disseminated through various means, through livestream type webinars and also video conferencing, to
continue supporting your efforts to help others find *the real freedom they seek,* as well.
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We also hope to share with you all available information which has no cost associated with that information:  that is, articles, books, blog posts, and more, including flyers, and brochures, or booklets/pamphlets, that other appropriate organizations have produced and want to provide for you.

We also hope to connect you with active helpers who are available for you to contact and stay in touch with, who can help you on another level that we are unable to provide you with, through our staff and any volunteers who offer to assist us in helping you with the needs you have, for emotional and mental support, comfort and assurance.

One of our main goals is for you to gain the confidence you need, to make it not only through this day, or this week, but … to propel you through the coming decade!
We all need someone to hold our hand while we are walking through a deep, dark wilderness or forest of sorts, … one who will guide us along, who knows The Way to get through and into The Light past the end of the tunnel many of us have felt, or are now feeling, we are in, due to past life experiences.
oh my!
I’ve been there!!

Kathy
Founder and CEO of
Listen To The Heart Of The Hurting
… a non-profit organization
meant to help younger and older ladies
navigate through the challenges of life
in America in the 21st century

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~*~  Our Purpose, at *Listen To The Heart Of The Hurting* is to listen to your story!  ~*~

We will pray with you, when we are at an event during which we, or just one of us, speaks, to share *our* (her) story.

We will laugh, cry and chat together, about whatever is on your mind, regarding anything you have been through, that has left you with scars … of thought, of emotional pain, or mental anguish or negative thought patterns, … or an attitude toward certain types of people which is directly linked to life experiences, in your past, recent or further back in time, ….

We want your story to be told!  and heard!

We want you to be the one who gets to tell your story!

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We will, however, not put up with fakes, or those who just want to rant on and on with no real desire to be helped to find the roots of “what went on” and “where you can get to” … because there IS a Goal,
there IS a reason WHY this happened to you, and
there IS a Way To Find The Healing and Freedom you sooo desire to find and Experience!
oh my!  yes!

So, leave us a comment, below, dear friend!
We will respond as soon as possible, hopefully within the next 48 hours, or less.  okay?

YHVH (Yahweh) your Maker and Redeemer says:  “… I have loved you with an everlasting Love!  Therefore, have I drawn you” (unto Myself). — Jeremiah 31:3

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21st-century Home Education, my version

Home Education, on its own, can be quite a daunting task to take upon oneself, …especially if you are a single dad or a single mom!
On the other hand, which might just turn out to be your Maker’s Hand (Yeshua, His Right Hand  … a type of the name “benyamin,” which means “son [ben] of the right hand [yamin]”), …
… if you are, in truth, a true child of The All-Mighty One, YHWH, then you are destined to have children who will “do exploits.”  ! !

Now, if you have chosen to educate them as much as possible at your place where your family resides, then make the most of it, by getting to know your neighbors, for one thing!
You may find, by doing this, that your Maker has gone before you to arrange for you to dwell, on earth, next door (so to speak) to a number of very gifted people, … gifted in areas of knowledge, or ability, that are the areas in which “you” are gifted, let’s say.
Got it?

YHWH is so far ahead of us parents!
And, He has arranged for you to meet up with others, who may not live next door to you, but who live near enough that your children can gain valuable skills by associating with these folks!  yay!
God (YHWH) has done it again, by setting this up for you and your children, so you can see He has been at work, setting all of these “learning situations” up, for centuries (understatement)!  ha ha  (the joke is on you and on me, my friends!)

Use everything you can observe with your human eyes, even tree branches you and your children can see from a window, …
… or an animal you both can view in its natural habitat, … a turkey if you live in the countryside, … or a deer, or a hawk, or an owl, or a groundhog, or a beaver, or a skunk, or an armadillo (we saw plenty of those while in Texas!), or a snapping turtle, or a “regular” turtle (I forget the variety; time to go to the encyclopedia, to look it up by its “turtle variety” — ha ha) that is large enough to see clearly while you are driving slowly down a country lane, … or any of a long list of birds that dwell near you, … or a coyote, or a black bear (we live near the Cherokee National Forest; I don’t see those from my house window, but am aware they were seen by others across a country road and up a hillside, by others who lived on the same road I used to live on!  The neighbors, there, told us “there is a bear family” that’s lived in that large hill for years!  But, they never bother anybody!” — wow!!), or a cougar, or … well, you get the idea….
Take photos of the ones you can see.  Let your children take time to draw them.  Discuss what each of you can look up (in reference books) and learn about each animal / bird you observe from where you live, or from where you may venture to, on a given day, while running errands, let’s say.
Do scientific studies on the ones you’ve observed:  set aside one notebook, or binder with paper in it, for sketches (quick drawings), and written notes, and for samples, if your family prefers to collect leaves, flowers, herbs / plants, tree bark (don’t tell the tree huggers nearby!  They might turn you in to the greenie police!  ha ha), or small pebbles, small rocks, etc.  (you get the idea)  { Yes, I know nobody can “save” a rock or a stick inside a binder or notebook.  You know where you’d prefer to “save” or “store” those! }
Analyze your specimens.  ( I like that word!  Do you? )
Decide what you want your children, depending on their ages, to do:   chemical analyzing?   biological analyzing?    structural analyzing?    metabolic / molecular analyzing?  — Decide how specific you want those “analyses” (sp?) to be.  Then, tell your children what kind of written info, and what kind of verbal / audio info, you’d like them to use to prove the extend of their studies they will do, on each specimen.

And, this is only what you might do, with regard to “Science.”  woohoo!
There are many more things you could do.   But, others have written much about that!
I will merely mention “some stuff (what I’ve mentioned),” here.  (( smile ))
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Now, let’s tackle “English.”
Because others, once again, have shared volumes about what they’ve done to educate their children about the “school subject” most call “English,” I will (once again) only share “some stuff” that I prefer to do, with regard to us (my children and I) learning it, and … trying to learn it very well.

English is a large topic to try to study, even while your children have four years to learn what they can, to master it, … in high school, … while preparing for college / university, …or while preparing for real life, as some call it.  ( ha ha )
At this point, I will digress:  Real Life.  That is a term that others, who simply have no idea what home education is, try to “use” against us, … as if we, as parents, are not old enough to realize the difference between “classroom life” and “real life.”  Of course, what those same people will tell you to your face, seriously!, is something like this:
Don’t you realize your children won’t be prepared for “real life,” if you teach them at home?

Oh!  Like I don’t have any idea how limited *I* was, by having to attend a public school (a pretty good one, at the time) during my middle school and my high school years?  And, by the way, also by having to attend …
( my parents’ choice; I had another choice I worked hard to convince them would have been a great idea!  oh well…  Will share that story another time, but hopefully, soon!  Keep tuning in, friends! )
… a state-sponsored university (in the same town where I had lived near to, for the past 6 years before I graduated and began attending that university)?
We, who are in our 30s, or 40s, or (in my case, nowadays) in our 50s, … simply do not have enough sense, as Christians, or as passionate believers in Yeshua The Promised Messiah of God / ELohim YHWH, … to recognize the difference between what our children are “learning” and what “real life” is??!
I tend to notice my “passionate side” turning on (ouch!), immediately.  … it automatically does that, actually, the moment someone voices that “real life” thing to me!  ouch!

Seriously, why do people listen to so many of the lies spouted out, on tv, of the mouths of (so-called) reporters ( journalists they are called  — I have to wonder what any of them might write in a personal journal, if they were to write in one, nowadays ), who simply went to a secular, state university, as I had to (due to an academic scholarship, okay?  duh), and took the required course (I did not like being limited to the “required courses!!”) and earned enough credits to be allowed to graduate … and be, once again, “free” to learn some “real life” stuff, as I call it.  duh

Well, if I manage to calm myself enough, at that point, once the other person (usually rather old) has voiced that “real life” statement of theirs, which I am so aware is just based on lies they have been propagandized by tv to “figure” is the “truth” about what home education must result in, …
… if I do manage to calm myself, I (then) respond with my scientific, factual side of myself sharing with that person (who is simply ignorant of the real facts about home education) the statistics that have, long ago, proven that colleges, universities, and employers, actually (hugely!) prefer to allow students who’ve been home educated (not by parents in those weird, unbalanced, even wicked family situations in which — the tv news has definitely propagandized this topic! — the student is either beaten and tied to a tree and left there for days! … and the parents tell the ‘news reporter’ or “the local authorities” that “they were” homeschooling him.  aagh!  Really?!  I’d like to get the opportunity to just put my hands around that mama’s neck and say to her, with plenty of anger coming through my face:  who do you think you are, to suddenly claim you have been homeschooling that young man, whom you treated that way!!???  aagh!  I’d really “lose it,” if I had the opportunity to talk with “that” mama!  And, what would I do with that dad, if there is one in a family like that one?  ouch!  I’d have several karate-type moves I’d prefer to use, on him!  But, I can sound awful, by admitting this!  These are things we may think about doing, but would never do!  I never would!  Just … trying to paint for you a picture of what can go through our human side of our minds, when hearing a news story about such an incident going on, in a neighboring state, like NC!  aagh!  Makes me want to either cry, or go to the racquetball court, or the tennis court, and hit a bunch of racquet balls real hard, for a while, until my emotions and my adrenalin “cool down,” big time!!  whooo.  Okay, now I feel better!  Anyone ever heard of the story Abraham Lincoln told, about the time when he wrote a letter [ he did this more than once, he said ] … and later, he threw it into the fireplace at his cabin, or house, … because he knew he’d better not give it to the person to whom it was written.  And, that was when he was a lawyer or was soon to become one, in Illinois!  … long, long ago….   oh well.  Look it up, some time!  That is the “idea” wihtin what I have ben sharing about a family that did that to a teenaged son, and it was put on the news, as if homeschooling families “do that” all the time.  I don’t think so!  Not the ones I’ve known since 1990 and 1991 !!  hello!  somebody needs to wake up!!  But, the news media, and the ones who own the media corporations that tell the reporters what to report and how to report it, … honestly, friends, somebody needs to shut them down!  And, there are plenty of other news sources, out there!  duh  I use the internet for the news I choose!  Hey, I think everyone should learn to use the web, so they can, finally, find where the “actual truth” version of newsy info is being shared!  duh

“Real life,” from what I’ve observed of it during my 58 years, … is more like this:
whatever you go through, during your own life.   And, that may include your attending some years ( 12 – 13 ) of your own life being subjected to what some may think of as “real life,” but you know it was spent in an unnatural, laboratory- (and-not-real-life) based situation with you in various classrooms with up to (in my case) 28 (and up to 100) other young people, or children, there who are within 12 months of your own age, usually.  And, the one teaching you all (that’s not a southern phrase; it comes from the man, most call Paul, in the apostolic writings of the first century) has been indoctrinated (ask one, a teacher who’ll be honest with you, about this fact) into a system that teaches him or her “herd management.”  That is actually what “they” call it!  (the former ones, who have been home educating their own children during the past two decades; those are the ones who told me this, friends!)  So, though The written Word of ELohim (God, to many of you, and to me, for much of my life) YHWH, states that our youth, our children, if we want them to learn wisdom that God wants them to learn and develop inside their own souls, … are not to associate closely with “only” those who are “their peers” (my wording; am not yet quoting the verse that states this, the verse I have in mind, specifically.  There are other verses; it is obvious from studying even a little of The written Word of God / ELohim that YHWH, the Maker of heaven and earth, never intended children, or young people, to be “educated” in an environment so unnatural as to place them in a building, duh, …
… and in a room with others who are within 12 months of their age, … only, …
… and being taught by a person who does not necessarily (but might) have much, or any, personal knowledge or understanding or wisdom that one has learned, and allowed to develop deep inside his or her being, the soul, … !!!
duh

With that in mind, I usually finish quoting the statistics I am aware of, from the most recent research that’s done, by employers, by college / university administrators, … regarding the comparison of how home-educated students “perform,” as they call it, academically, … and as to how these same students “perform” while on any job they endeavor to become employed at.  ( yes, for those who are English professors reading this, or teachers in high-school-level public or private schools, there are actually “some points” I will make, in what I write, … which over-use “…” as well as misuse “prepositions.”  I like it that way!  I am no longer in a system that tells me I can “never” do that!  ha ha Have those people ever read a newspaper, or magazine, article that’s so memorable (or a novel, especially one by a writer like Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain) simply because the author “did not” follow all “the rules” of American English use?   You all get the point!  The rest of you may now go on and read something written by someone else.  ( smile )

So, with English as the subject / topic I had hoped to focus on (see?  you all get it, but those who are grammar nazis … are thinkin’ about leavin’ me a comment, …right??!   ha ha  I understand!  I actually think like you all!), here are several thoughts that help me as I try to point my children in what I see as the right direction with regard to them mastering the English language, American style, as my (now no longer alive) British-born mom-in-law used to call it.  She said:  You (to her American-born son and family) do not speak English.  You speak American.   And, she was right!  I miss her stories that were from her childhood growing up in Gloucestershire!  oh my!  What stories she could tell!

  1.  use well-written literature, that you read to your children, as one of the main bases (pronounced:  bays-ees;  plural of basis) for any English (school subject) lesson you endeavor to teach to your children;
  2.  use the Bible, and read especially the poetry, and also the writings in the “books” of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, … as well as the remainder of the apostolic writings of the first century (first 100 years of A.D. or of C.E.).   You may choose to read “the stories” that were shared of what Yeshua (his mama called Him that; they spoke Hebrew and some Aramaic, most likely) did while on the earth;
  3.  use your well-used (I hope it is!) dictionary of your choice; play games like “dictionary,” a game in which everyone gets a small piece of paper, plus a pencil.  Then, the one person in the group who is holding the dictionary being used … gets to look up a word and read aloud each one he / she finds that he / she wants to use as “the word we will all try to define” on our pieces of paper.  This way, if everyone is honest, any word that anyone in the group already knows the actual, true definition of … is eliminated.  Then, that person reads another word, and you go through all that again, until … he / she finds a word that no one in the group knows the actual definition of.  yay!  Then, the “reader” or “word chooser” only reads the word, and spells it for anyone who needs it spelled out.  Then, next, each one writes down a definition they make up.  Now, the fun of this game is:  each person who writes such a clever definition that no one can tell if it actually might be the real one … gets 5 points, I think.  The “reader” or “chooser” also writes down one of the actual dictionary defintions, but a rather short one, probably, and one that he / she changes the wording of, so that it is much more creative, and sounds like one someone might make up.  This game is hilariously fun to play, if done among creative people.  Children have a blast playing it and actually, while enjoying the fun of it, they end up learning a number of words and their correct meanings.  yay!
  4.  use a set of Legos and Dominoes to help your children (young ones, usually) learn math with these.  Since many others have already taught you all about this method, I won’t go into it, unless a bunch of people leave me comments asking how these items can be used to help children learn mathematical concepts.  There are actually quite a few things one can learn while using Legos … or while playing with Dominoes, on a table at home;   … and that is a very nice to start!  (sorry!  had to use that line from the movie entitled Mary Poppins….)
  5.  use a set of marbles and a shooter marble, to help children learn concepts / principles of science.  You can use them with such learning tools as a toy that used to be called “Marble Works.”  I don’t keep up with companies that offer toys any more, since all my children are grown, or mostly grown.  But, … you all know, or can learn via youtube or through Aurora Lipper’s absolutely brilliant science program called Super-Charged Science.
    http://www.superchargedscience.com/
    Aurora, an actual rocket scientist who worked at NASA when she was 17 years old, and … has (well, she has a lot of degrees!) plenty of knowledge of Physics for you to choose to allow her to teach your children, with so much fun in her lessons that I could become convinced to attempt to finish a BS at a university in the field of Physics, if only She Was The Professor, there!  That’d be super-great!  But, she chooses, wisely, to home educate her own children!  So, she developed a wonderfully successful, and fun-filled science education program, that I have tried out, and it is fantastic!  You should go to the link, above, and check it out, for sure!!
  6.  use a local creek, stream, brook or pond, … or a river that is safe for your children to be in, at the edge of it, or to stand very close to, without your having a heart attack while your child is doing that, …
    … and do as many fun Chemistry, or Biology, or even Physics, experiments as your heart desires!  Oh my!  What fun to live near any one of these forms of flowing or moving water!  I love all my experiences around water, from when I was quite young, until recently!  There is something about water, and our heavenly Father’s creation of it, and what He has put into its components, that seem to greatly puzzle the evos … because they can’t seem to duplicate it, exactly.  That seems to frustrate many of them, terribly!  ha ha

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts about Life and The Right Relationships

Do you have a lot going on, lately?   Life seems to continue to keep us busy enough that, when we do get to rest, we feel like heaving a hearty sigh of relief!!

Have you been feeling overwhelmed with all the responsibilities “on your plate?”  I have been!  I have found one place where I’ve rediscovered Real Life ( and True Rest ).  …in The One Who IS our Rest and our Peace!

Life:  vibrancy

vitality

energy

enthusiasm

encouragement

inspiration

joy

hope

rest, knowing I am safe ….

We could also list some words that can be used to describe “Death.”  I won’t, at this time.  But, you may pause here and guess what those words might include, on a list of yours.

To me, Life includes sunshine ( that is deep inside my soul ).  It also includes clouds that can bring rain.  Life includes a feeling ( inside ) of Real Freedom, … from lack, from worry, from fear, and from oppression from outside sources.

Life includes not having to live up to anyone else’s unreasonable expectations and demands / requirements.  I am more than willing to live under and with Yah’s guidelines, “statutes,” principles, values, moral teachings, and all His instructions ( given in His written Word ) — all that apply to me — and also brought to my mind by way of His Holy ( Set-Apart ) Spirit.  I do see that people, on the other hand, can get rather unreasonable.  Some, more than others.

…  momentary interruption ….

Please bear with me!  I will continue sharing some thoughts about Relationships…  soon.

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