Homeschooling with Babies and Toddlers

December 3, 2013 | Posted in Classroom Help, Informative, Parenting | By

Written by Gena Suarez, Publisher of TOS



Homeschooling with babies and toddlers–now there’s a challenge. It’s especially difficult when you’re dealing with sleepless nights and sick days when the little ones just need their mama. But you can do it. The Lord gave you those beautiful children and called you to homeschool them, and He’ll help you with all the challenges you face.

These magazine articles can give you more advice than I can pass on in this column about practical ways to homeschool with littles:

3 Sanity Saving Strategies for Homeschooling with Toddlers – Terri Johnson

Homeschooling with Preschoolers – Deb Turner

Preschoolers to High Schoolers–All at Once – several articles on pages 148-168

You may want to read two free E-Books TOS published about homeschooling preschoolers, too. Visit the Schoolhouse Store and use the code preschool2013 to get them FREE!

I also want to talk to you about doubt. I heard you are doubting yourself again. Failure. Really? Let’s find out:    Read more →

A Life Style of Learning – 25 years later…

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Classroom Help, Parenting | By

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Developing a life-style of learning leads to life-long learning and lessons that stick with you for the rest of your life.Using the envelope system is a great way to help kids understand finances.

I still remember the day, some 25 years ago or so when my mom taught us the envelope system.  Every time we made some money, we’d set aside 10% for tithe and giving.  I don’t remember if I had a defined way to split up savings and spending money, except that I preferred the idea of saving for something special so most of my money went into that envelope.  I remember just talking with her about finances and going to Scripture together as we explored what God had to say about money.  Oh I felt so excited to have my VERY OWN money to drop in the offering bucket at church.  Since we needed something to hold our envelopes, each of us 3 girls were allowed to select a tin pencil box.  While I sort of seem girly now, I was quite the tomboy at that age and nothing would do except this sports themed tin.  It saw me through several years until I finally opened a bank account and started keeping money there.   And being an overly sentimental pack-rat {I can hear my friends snickering}, I realized that I still had it!    Read more →

A Stress-Free Advent Season

November 26, 2013 | Posted in Just For Fun, Parenting, Preschoolers, Projects | By

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Organize Advent Activities in Advance

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Advent is a special time for many families and the choices of how to celebrate and make this time meaningful are bursting up all over the internet as December 1st approaches. I shared our free Jesse Tree collection a couple of weeks ago, which is a great option for those of you looking for meaningful but simple.

We have used Truth in the Tinsel for the past two years and loved it. If you are looking for something new and haven’t done Truth in the Tinsel yet with your little ones, I highly recommend it! I even have a discount code for you {off of the eBook only, which is $7.99 regularly priced}. Use code: ONEPLUS to get 20% off!   Read more →

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