Do you have a budding writer or a reluctant composer in your home? Would you like a way to get your young author to the next level? A+ Education Solutions is offering a creative writing class Mondays, 12:30-1:30. Students in middle or high school may participate in person or online. Classes take place at A+ Education Solutions. Online classes are offered through this service. Students will learn from models of good writing to compose original work in various creative writing projects. Classes cost $15/student weekly and meet from Jan. 13-May 18, excluding March 30. Tuition is paid at the beginning of each month. Students need a composition notebook, and should expect to work an hour or two outside of class each week. For more information, call/text 502-438-4680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Heather Walton
For a few years I’ve had the tradition of picking a word for the year, a single word that could serve as inspiration and keep my priorities in check. This year my word is LESS. Why? Because I’m continually drawn to MORE, as is our entire society. But this year, I’m determined to try out the idea that LESS is MORE.
Here is my “Less-is More-List”:
- Less busyness. More intentionality.
- Less stuff. More open space.
- Less buying. More progress toward financial freedom.
- Less computer time. More relationship time.
- Less worrying. More appreciating.
- Less fragmentation of my time. More focus in areas where I’m called.
- Less medicine. More natural health.
- Less striving. More trusting.
- Less outside the home. More in the home.
- Less of me. More of the Lord.
Most moms, whether we homeschool or send our kids to a traditional school, whether we earn income in or out of the home or are primarily homemakers, whether we have a diploma or a doctorate, whether married or single, most of us moms second-guess ourselves. I want to do that less, and I want to enjoy the journey more.
By Heather Walton
January is traditionally a time of new beginnings, new resolutions, and for many, new vision. However, in the academic world, it’s not the beginning of the year, but rather the half-way point. Whether you approach this time of year as the beginning or the middle, it is an excellent time for reflection, assessment, and realignment.
Perhaps you aren’t as enthusiastic about your homeschool goals, curriculum, or routine as you were in August. Maybe you don’t homeschool at all … yet. Or, if you’re like me, you generally take this time of year to consider which things you’ve been doing you want to continue and which you’d like to change.
For example, in reflecting on my homeschool year, there are parts that I believe have gone very well, such as converting from some workbook-type activities to almost 100 percent reading real books and requiring narrations in all subjects (except math, though that may be coming). Another thing I am satisfied with is our “together time,” in which we sing a hymn or two, read Scripture, read classic literature, and do picture study.
However, I feel we could do better in a few areas. For instance, I have not incorporated composer study well into our “together time,” and I need to do a better job of keeping our environment tidy. As a result, I have developed a plan for the children and me to tidy as we go, attending to a few problem areas and regular chores at various times throughout the day. After all, education isn’t just about academics; if my children can’t keep an orderly house or understand that they need to contribute to the home, they won’t be prepared for life.
I am a homeschooling mom, but I don’t only homeschool my own children. I have two additional full-time students and one part-time student. As an educator by profession, I have been called to teach. I know not everyone who would like to homeschool is able to do so, so I enjoy being able to partner with families to educate their children according to a Biblical worldview. If you find yourself needing a full-time homeschool solution, I would be glad to discuss that with you.
If, on the other hand, you would simply like your middle or high school age student to meet with other students a couple mornings per week to discuss real books and do some hands-on learning in a group setting, check out New Day Academy, a cottage school program I’m starting Jan. 14. This program features Charlotte Mason philosophy and a Biblical Worldview. Students will have assigned readings from living books, and they will complete written narrations. We will meet on Tuesday and Thursday meetings for discussion and activities. Students may attend Tuesday or Thursday or both. The days compliment each other while being independent of one another. If you are interested in joining New Day Academy’s cottage program this school year, please let me know by Jan. 6. Those who enroll this year will have first option to enroll again in the fall.
January may be a great time for you and your family to make an educational change that will breathe energy into your homeschool and into your home.
For more information, contact Heather Walton, 502-438-4680, email@example.com, or complete the form below.