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July 17, 2013
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Mercy Every Minute   

The Wuehler Family

We have talked a lot about kids learning through the summer. So I thought I'd give you, the teacher, something to think about. Summer is an opportunity to step back and look at your homeschooling with a fresh perspective.  


Repent and Return

Did you forget that it is your obedience and not your ability that God rewards? Now is the time to repent for your lack of desire to be obedient, your lack of courage to continue, or your lack of vision for what is eternally important, and return to the assignment God has given you in training up His children for His glory.  


Review and Reevaluate

What areas were problem areas before the summer? How can I resolve those problems before we start again? What are the gifts the Lord has given each child and how can we help them use that gift? What did I want to teach last year that I didn't get to teach? What kind of schedule would help me follow through? Take these next few weeks to assess and get organized for starting again. Don't lose heart; you were made for this!  


Resolution and Courage

We all get tired. But we all need to put weary feelings aside and really be intentional about keeping our resolve to homeschool. Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines the word "resolution" like this:   


RESOLUTION: . . . Fixed purpose or determination of mind; as a resolution to reform our lives; a resolution to undertake an expedition. The effect of fixed purpose; firmness, steadiness or constancy in execution, implying courage. (


We also need new courage. Courage to remain fixed in purpose, determined in our minds, and resolute to follow through in execution. Let's look at the definition for courage as well:


COURAGE: . . . Bravery . . . that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; valor; boldness; resolution. It is a constituent part of fortitude; but fortitude implies patience to bear continued suffering. (


Homeschooling often requires courage to stand against our own minds that tell us we are failing; courage to fight against "depression of spirits" and courage to bear through difficulties to the end. The only way to find this kind of courage is to dig ourselves out of our own thinking and become buried deep in the Word of God. There are over 100 verses in the Bible about courage. Here are just two:


"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD." Psalm 31:24


"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." Deuteronomy 31:6


Let's resolve to take courage as we joyfully plan the year ahead,




PS. Do you have the jitters because your child is starting high school this next year? Email me at and I will send you a free E-Book on homeschooling high school. Do you know someone who is ready to quit homeschooling? Have them read: "I'm Done With Homeschooling! When You're Ready to Send the Kids Away"


Free samples! Active fun in the summer sun is important for young children's physical, cognitive and social development. The book/DVD set Active Play! Fun Physical Activities for Young Children has 52 enjoyable, developmentally appropriate physical activities to play with your children and neighbors! Get free sample physical activities at:
The Familyman 

Finally, it's hot and sunny here in northern Indiana . . . praise the Lord for air-conditioning.


I don't mean to be hard on the good people of The Homeschool Minute™, but I'm getting a little tired of talking about learning in the summer. So I'm going off trail (again). I guess if you squint your eyes and stretch your imagination, my thoughts on summer boredom kind of look like the topic . . . a little.


Actually, I was talking today with my wife at lunch when she said to me, "I don't know what to do with the kids; they seem bored out of their skulls."


I was almost ready for the comment, because I was thinking the same thing as I saw them roam around the house. I know I should have said something understanding like, "You're right; maybe we can brainstorm about things they could do," but I didn't. Instead, I jumped right up on the table and said, "That's okay; just let them figure it out."


I've thought about this quite a bit and stand amazed at the idea that moms feel they should provide constructive things for their kids to do so they won't be bored. I'm telling you mom, that's a losing battle and one that never ends.


"Thanks, Mom for the great idea about the Play-doh, but now I'm done . . . and I'm bored."


My theory is that you let your kids get so bored that they finally do something until they're not bored. I know I did as a kid. I slinked around the house until I decided I needed to build a tree house, play with GI Joes, or was assigned a chore from my dad (never underestimate the power of summer chores).


My advice on the summer boredom dilemma is to let your children be bored and figure it out for themselves . . . or give them chores. Now go and enjoy doing whatever it is you enjoy doing.


Good day, don't think about school, and be real,


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Looking for ideas for back to school or educational apps? Check out the latest directories in the July issue of TOS magazine. Find additional homeschool resources in the TOS 2013 Print Annual Book directories for freebies, toys, online learning, homeschool businesses, special needs, and more!

Raising Real Men   
Hal and Melanie Young

"Mama, can I kayak to the end of the cove?"


My heart sank. I'd been through this four times before with each of his older brothers, but it didn't help. To go to the end of the cove meant he'd be out of sight. If he had trouble, we wouldn't be there to help. I would just as soon he didn't, but one of the most important parts of raising boys is learning to let them stand on their own, learning to let go.


Summer is a great time to start letting them take those baby steps on the way to independence. It's too bad the world has changed so much that the joyous freedom we had to explore all over this end of the county really isn't possible anymore. Nowadays, we have to look for opportunities for our children to stretch themselves, to try out new skills, to enjoy liberty. Sometimes, a boy just needs, like Pooh, to go on "an expotition."


"Okay. You know you have to wear a life jacket--and don't dawdle." It only takes about twenty minutes to paddle down there and back, but twenty minutes can seem like a very long time to a parent. Really, there wasn't much to worry about. He was an excellent swimmer, wearing a good life vest. We drill the boys again and again here along the bank how to maneuver in the kayak, how to get out safely if it flips, and how to turn it back over and get back in. He'd even been to the end of the cove with his brothers.   


There's something special, though, about kayaking alone. We'd experienced it, too. You're right down there next to the water, slipping quickly and quietly along, listening to the birds, and seeing the fish jump right next to you. It's a joy and it was time to let this son have that pleasure.


Before long, we saw him zipping back down the lake with a huge smile on his face. He felt like a man, able to do something a little risky all by himself safely. That's important.


You might find those challenges for your son in building a tree house, or using power tools, or mowing by himself. Summer is a great time to look around for ways to help your boys start to be men--and that's some of the most profitable summer learning they can do!


Have a great summer,

Hal & Melanie


PS. Nine to twelve years old is a pretty challenging time with boys. That's why one of the most popular things we do is our Boot Camp 9-12: Getting Geared Up for the Teen Years webinar series. It's interactive, practical, and so much fun! Click here to register for our next session starting in August!



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Yup, Christmas is only a few months away, and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is eager to publish your inspiring, educational, and FUN articles, recipes, family traditions, and unit studies related to the upcoming holiday season, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. What are your favorite family traditions? How does your family delve into learning about where Bethlehem is, why Joseph and Mary had to travel there, and what happened on the night when our Savior was born? What new recipes will you try for the first time during the holiday season? Could you share with our readers your secrets about buying (or making) the very best gifts for your family--and staying within the budget? What are your favorite holiday songs, and why? How do you celebrate Christmas where you live? How do you put Christmas ornaments on a . . . palm tree? How does your family honor Christ on Christmas morning?

We want to hear your ideas, ways to bless and delight the readers of our November/December 2013 issue with educational and "cool" ideas. Inspired? Then send your idea to Gena Suarez and help us celebrate in style!


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