July 2, 2014 Edition 

Teaching the Only Child             

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Hey Mama,


Homeschooling one child? Here's some advice from TOS magazine:


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Are you facing trials right now?

Trials will come and go. Some last longer than others, and some are so painful you cannot breathe. It's easy to ask, "WHY, God?" But really, does He owe us an answer? He's given us one already, and it's in His word. There are a vast number of passages that discuss trials and enduring until the end. When we give Him glory even during the hard times, we are passing the test at that time. Yes, He's allowed to give us those tests and trials; we are to rejoice in them. They hurt, but believe it or not, these build character and make us more like Him. I want to be like my Father, and you do, too, Mama, even if the pain is great.

Job 2:10
But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Accept the good. Rejoice in it. Endure the trials, too, and praise HIS holy name during it all. Your children are watching. Model this to them, as hard as it may be. Yes, life is hard. Being a Christian is not a fluffy walk with Big Santa in the sky. No, you have a loving Father who has His hand on your head. I want Him smiling on me. Obedience is where our heart should be, Mama. Keep walking. He will never leave you.


~ gena

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The Familyman 
Can I just say up front to all of you moms homeschooling an only child--stop apologizing for having one child. You don't need to do that, and it bothers me that we in the homeschooling world have made you or anyone else feel the need to apologize for the number of children you have.


Moms come up to me all the time and apologize for having one child or two or NINE!!! There is nothing spiritual about the number of children in your quiver.


That said I also know there is a lot of pressure on only child homeschoolers. The pressure at first comes from others' questions, such as: "Shouldn't you have him/her with other children? He needs interaction with kids his age. It's not good to be at home all day long by himself ..."


What's worse is that those outside voices become inside voices and you begin to replay those comments in spite of the conviction that you believe you should homeschool your child.


Listen to me, Mom. If you believe you should homeschool your only child, THEN homeschool your child. I really believe that only children benefit from being homeschooled. After all, we want our children to know how to interact with and get contentment with their future family. The best place to learn all that is in YOUR HOME!!!


Experts tell us to get them out of the home and into the world. But your child needs to see how he fits into the family and that a family is a family no matter how many children there are and what better place to learn that than at HOME.


So, I'll let the other experts on this page tell you how to homeschool your only child. I'll just reiterate what I said earlier, "Homeschool your only child!!"


And even if you feel like you need to keep up a good appearance, fight the urge and ... be real!




Is Your Teen a Poet?  


If you have a teenager that likes to write poetry, TOS would like to publish his/her poem in the 2015 Annual Print Book (Big Book). 


We are looking for poems that are 300 words or less about any of the following topics:

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Please send your submissions to Heather at HMader@TheOldSchoolhouse.com by July 5, 2014. We will be selecting 10 poems. So have your teen get his/her pen and paper out and possibly get published in the next TOS Big Book!  

Relational Homeschooling    
Diana Waring
Are you enjoying the delights of summer yet? If not, let me encourage you to GO OUTSIDE!! 

Laugh, play, rest, and refresh. Doesn't that sound like FUN? It is actually so good for what ails you (and me) that I think I will take my own advice ...


Diana's yard

Now, onto today's topic: Homeschooling the Only Child. Having been an only child, I have some strong opinions on this subject, from the viewpoint of the student.


First, you need to create an environment for your child where learning is delightful. Believe it or not, the very best method for this is not found in a curriculum. Instead, it is found in your heart. If you ever experienced being in a classroom where the teacher liked you, really liked you, you know what I am talking about. When you walk in the door and the teacher's eyes light up, when she gives you a sense that you are smart and able to learn, when you know that she is cheering you on (rather than looking to undermine your efforts), learning is transformed into a highly enjoyable endeavor with loads of success.


You might call it being "Teacher's Pet." Make your only child (or each of your children, for that matter!), your very own Teacher's Pet--with all of the positive benefits that implies.


Second, take the time to learn about the eight intelligences! An only child may be quite happy being on his own (if he has a strong intrapersonal intelligence) or, conversely, he may prefer to be with people (if he has a strong interpersonal intelligence). He may be thrilled to go outside (naturalist intelligence) or play an instrument (musical intelligence). He may be highly skilled with words (linguistic intelligence) or with numbers (math-logical intelligence). He might be a mover and leaper (bodily-kinesthetic intelligence) or painter and designer (spatial intelligence). He will be a unique combination of these eight intelligences, in varying strengths (and weaknesses).


If you become familiar with these different kinds of "smart," it will help you immensely in navigating the waters of homeschooling with an only child!


Remember, stay relational!




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Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation


We've all heard the term "Intelligent Design" in reference to creationism, but Jay Schabacker uses the term "Purposeful Design" to go one step further. It takes the concept of Intelligent Design and emphasizes the personal aspects of the way God created everything in our universe. His book, Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation, is a gorgeous book that not only tells the wonders of God's creation but shows the beauty and majesty of the world around us. The 94 page book retails for $18.95. (. . .)


This book is divided into seven chapters, each dealing specifically with a single day of creation. The chapters are packed with examples of how God's design for our world is perfectly arranged so that life can exist the way we know it. For instance, in Chapter 4, we find that the 23.5 degree tilt of the earth's spin axis allows us to have seasons the way we know them. In addition, several examples are given to show how the earth orbits the sun in a precise and repeatable way. The sunrise and sunset times for a specific day and a specific location are constant from year to year, only varying by two or three minutes. The builders of Stonehenge arranged the rocks so that the sunrise would shine through a specific hole in the site on the Summer Solstice (and only on that day). (. . .)


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