Home School Start Up Workshop

by Julia Monday, February 2, 2015

Home School Start Up Workshop

March 7, 2014      9 am – 3 pm      in Eagle Mountain

 

Price Includes:

a 6 hour hands On Intensive Workshop

our exclusive Homeschool Startup Kit

Lunch

 

The Workshop:

-Assess where you and your children are. 

-Create a Powerful Homeschool Vision 

-Map Your Journey

-Plan family rhythms that work for your family

-Create your Home School records and paper trail that is not dependent on Workbooks and Worksheets.

 

Also, innovative ideas on implementing:

“Inspire, Require.”

“You, not them.”

Time Management

Simplifying Homeschool, Less is more. 

Utilizing the Classics 

Developmental Phases of Learning 

Ideas for teaching multiple children

And more…

All for Only $169

ORDER HERE

 

 

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Winter HomeSchool Conference Sale!

by DonnaG Friday, January 30, 2015

10 % OFF Home School Conference Sale!!! Sale runs 31 January through 7 February 2015!

Discount Code: WINTER


Overview of Donna's Presentation at the Winter Homeschool Conference

Saturday, 31 January 2015, in Ogden, Utah

Five Foundational Systems


1. First Steps- For those starting out or restarting their home school journey.  Royal Academe 4Moms2Go Article: "Well Furnished Mind Education Bundle."

2. The EDGE- What do I do with my Little Children? Blog Post: Give Your Child the EDGE in Life

3. The Bicycle Approach- Homeschooling children of different levels, or just one child. (no bicycle needed) Blog Post: Moving Forward with the Bicycle Approach to Homeschooling

Power of an Hour: Gateway to a Classical Education.

4. Lady of the Manor- How to Ditch the Stress and Invite Calm in Managing the Home and Training Children to Work. Moor House Academy 4Moms2Go Articles
"How I Ditched the Stress and Invited the Calm,"
"How to Have a Clean Home School," and
"Creating a Beautiful Home with Zones."

5. Victory- Living in Victory Life Every Day Blog Articles about being a Victory Lady.

Enjoy!

How to Get into the Productivity Zone

by DonnaG Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are you feeling lost in the demands of life? Do you feel invisible? Do you feel like you have no time? Have you ever tried “cluster-thinking,” or “cluster-brainstorming?” Let’s do a cluster of areas we want to focus on for our lives. This is not an exercise to overwhelm, this is an exercise to bring clarity and focus to our lives. Take a moment and draw out your life. What are the big things that press on you?  Home?  Husband? Each child? Callings? Put a circle for each area of demands or areas that you are actively managing. Now make spokes out from each circle and list the things you feel you need to do there. Some of those will have spokes and yet small circles extending.


Now do this again, but this time cluster where you actually spend your time.

Look at both charts. Are you there?  Did you include yourself? Too often we are overwhelmed and see all the things we do and need to do.  When we really get in a crisis pattern and are overwhelmed, we do not see ourselves. But how do we break this cycle?  <more>

Have you read "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey? He includes a Time Management Matrix of four quadrants:
1. Important and Urgent / 2. Important, but not Urgent
3. Not Important, but Urgent/ 4. Not Important and Not Urgent


1. The Important/Urgent
(This is an area we need to manage.)

These are probably areas you listed in your first cluster showing all the areas you want to focus on. Here are the deadlines, the crisis, and pressing problems. For homeschool moms it is often the constant battle between running a home and homeschooling their children. When they are homeschooling they are feeling guilty because they are not cleaning, so they drop the homeschooling when the home presses on them enough then they feel guilty they are not homeschooling. If they have little ones a home business, or both, life can become a 3 to 4 ring circus of suffocating demands. In this area are our daily fire-fights and some things that we could delegate to someone else. This is crisis living at its worst!


2. Important, but Not Urgent
 (The Zone of victory.)
This tends to get pushed to the back burner. Here is where you carve out time and prevent the life from becoming a constant battle of guilt and crisis. This is where we bring focus to our lives, magnifying our callings as wives, mothers, and things God is calling us to do, but doing so in wisdom and order. This quadrant is the quadrant of planning, building relationships, prevention, wholesome recreational activities, personal development, and learning. This area is the key to overcoming and preventing the crisis living of quadrant one. It is where we bring simplicity, harmony, and victory to our lives.

3. Not Important, but Urgent
(We need to avoid these.)
This area includes things that have an illusion of importance, such as faking ourselves out with busy work, maybe not our problem, and often pressing matters that have little impact. Sometimes these are phone calls, some mail, some meetings, or trendy popular activities. Are we "thickly involved in thin things?" We need to min
imize stress.


4. Not Important and  Not Urgent
(Wasteful, trivial, and escape)
This area of low stress and is where we go to escape by being entertained. If this is used wisely, (rarely) this can reduce stress. If not used wisely, this can become a roadblock to growth and productivity. This is a place of internet surfing, gaming, trivia, time wasters, busy work, etc.

Come to the Winter Conference learn how to claim quadrant two, refocus, gain clarity, and how to live in victory, through the Five Foundational Systems of Becoming a Homeschool Rockstar.

We invite you to drop by our table; we would love to meet to you!

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Winter Homeschool Conference 2015 Coming This Weekend!

by DonnaG Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Winter Homeschool Conference at Weber State University in Ogden Utah is this weekend. The last chance to pre-order your tickets will end by midnight Wednesday night. The at the door tickets will be $10 more. Register here.

Come by our booth! Donna will be presenting in room 4048 at 4:40-5:30.  Donna will be presenting on:

 

Five Foundational Systems of Becoming a Homeschool Rock Star!

First Steps- For those starting out or restarting their home school journey.
The EDGE- What do I do with my Little Children?
The Bicycle Approach- Homeschooling children of different levels, or just one child. (no bicycle needed)
Lady of the Manor- How to Ditch the Stress and Invite Calm in Managing the Home and Training Children to Work.

Victory- Living in Victory Life Every Day!

January 2015 Home School Conference Sale

by DonnaG Friday, January 16, 2015

20 % OFF Home School Conference Sale!!! This sale runs 16-20 January!

Five Foundational Systems

First Steps- For those starting out or restarting their home school journey.
In our store: 4Moms2Go Article Well Furnished Mind Education Bundle

The EDGE- What do I do with my Little Children?

Blog Post: The EDGE

The Bicycle Approach- Homeschooling children of different levels, or just one child.  (no bicycle needed)

Blog Post: The Bicycle Approach
In our Store: Power of an Hour: Gateway to a Classical Education

Lady of the Manor- How to Ditch the Stress and Invite Calm in Managing the Home and Training Children to Work.
In Our Store: 4Moms2Go Articles
How I Ditched the Stress and Invited the Calm
How to Have a Clean Home School
Creating a Beautiful Home with Zones

Victory- Living in Victory Life Every Day

Blog Articles about being a Victory Lady

Home Schooling through the Christmas Season

by DonnaG Thursday, November 20, 2014

We often come across questions on Facebook, Yahoo, or even through email that we feel would best answered on the blog, because we feel so many can benefit from the answer. This question was on a Facebook Homeschool group today:

Homeschool Question: "I've been toying with the idea of taking December 'off'. Does anyone else do this? I want to have FUN! I want to bake, sew, serve...do all the things we never seem to have time for. I'm scared to let go! Maybe we'll at least do math everyday. Anyone else here take December off?"

First, you do not have to give up homeschool to enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Try Power of an Hour. And since the Power of an hour is an only an hour, it is a thread that can run through the year as a spiritual- intellectual devotional! It is scripture, classic, and focused learning. This is just one hour! Then you can do all you want to do, and it can be school too! Read Full Post...

The Bicycle Approach to Homeschool

by DonnaG Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Keep Pedaling and Moving Forward!

When parents begin to homeschool, many look for a curriculum as a vehicle to help move their children towards being educated. Maybe the vehicle is not just a curriculum, but taking other things into account that impact children's character, work ethic, brain development, core body balance, executive function, socialization and more.

The Wheel Guides You
*  Family Work and Basic Habits, because without this spoke, most children rarely develop the work ethic to do tough work of scholarly learning.

* The Gateway (about 1 hour). This is a Spiritual/Intellectual Devotional or cottage school approach. Power of an Hour: Gateway to a Classical Education:
1) Bible Study
2) Classic Read Aloud and Discussion
3) Focused Learning. This expands their horizons and gives them food for thought.

* Daily Walk, Fresh Air, and Play Hard! Walk, run, climb, spin, slide, swing, brachiate, balance, and crawl. This helps build brain tissue, right and left brain integration, and a healthy central core body strength. All of this builds health, attention span, and focus.

* Socialization, graciousness, and refinement begins in the home. Parents lead and teach by example. Comeliness, hospitality, table manners, inside voices, showing gratitude, civility, kindness, compassion, repentance, forgiveness, respect, and grace.

The Rear Wheel Rotations are the Power that Propels you Forward

Rotations are all happening at the same time. Each rotation session begins short and expands with attention span as they grow n attention. Begin with the youngest, giving attention and focus for whatever they need, and all the others are in independent learning for the first round. Then rotate to the next oldest and have the oldest child rotate to be with the youngest.

* Mentoring—This is one-on-one whatever they need, such as, coaching and encouragement, discussion, perhaps a lesson in personal learning skills, help with a math concept, help with goal setting, trouble shooting challenges, listening, singing, knitting, or whatever they needed.

* Recess- Once you had been available with the youngest, work your way up to the next oldest and rotated the oldest child to work with the youngest. This is recess, playing with the little ones, singing with them, building, playing, whatever they need.

* Independent Learning- While mentoring one child and another child is having recess with those in core phase (those not transitioning yet, generally under 6) and the rest are in independent learning time doing transcription, reading, memorizing, working on projects, etc.

Using these two wheels will get you a long way towards an education for a whole life!

Give Your Child an EDGE in Life!

by DonnaG Thursday, October 2, 2014

 

Many parents struggle with what are the best options for their preschool aged children.

Consider that age three is when children develop trust. They need to be with mom, not with others, no matter how awesome the program is. Boys typically develop later than girls. Most boys are not "developmentally ready" for kindergarten at age five.


Preschool is unnecessary for healthy child development. Early academics are not how to give children the EDGE.

Read to them. Take walks with them. Invite them to help you in the kitchen, sort and fold laundry, and clean together.

Avoid the need to "entertain."
Rather, think of giving them the EDGE!

Edify your child through prayer, faith based songs, Bible verse memorization, and Bible stories.

Develop their heart and brain, with family work, family play, service, habits, as well as, lots of running, climbing, crawling, jumping, spinning, sliding, brachiating, and balancing to integrate the brain.
Grow your child, through healthy diet, exercise, sunshine, and rest.
Engage your child's heart, mind, and imagination through shared stories, family history stories, nursery rhymes, singing children's songs / folk songs, visiting museums, going to the zoo, exploring the world around your child, gardening, handwork/crafts and experimenting on new knowledge.

If you are planning to homeschool they won't need kindergarten either. It is not required in 36 out of 50 states (that is 64% of the states). Kindergarten was meant as a transition underprivileged children from mom into public school classroom experience. If they are homeschooled they do not need a preschool class, nor do they need a kindergarten curriculum.

This EDGE is what advantaged children used to get before people started doing academic preschools or for those who homeschool, who do school at home, younger and younger. Giving your children this EDGE will give your children a social and intellectual advantage, their peers will be missing out.


While your children's peers are not building the brain and core body balance, because they are in developmentally inappropriate activities in school, your children will be developing attention span, focus, executive function and frontal lobe growth. So, give your child the EDGE, you will be glad you did!

"Not Back to School Summit" RA Specials

by Julia Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In correlation with Donna Goff's last HECOA Presentation at the "Not Back to School Summit" we are running specials through the end of the month. If you didn't attend them live you can view them in the Summit archive for FREE for a few days after the presentation is given. 

As explained HERE, We have decided to extend all the FREEBIES and DISCOUNTS that are in conjunction to Donna Goff's HECOA presentations through the end of the month: 

 

FREE How to Have a Clean Homeschool (4Moms2Go Article) 

 

20% OFF Book of Centuries (Binder Packet)

A Book of Centuries is a time line in a binder, spanning Centuries and Continents. The parent, family, or individual student can compile this book, over a period of years. The Book of Centuries becomes like an encyclopedia created by the Aspiring Scholar. There are 50 pages with cover page, title page, "How to" page, and 47 pages of grid with dates across the top and land masses down the side. That way, one can see in a given time period what was happening elsewhere in the world.

 

20% OFF Book of Nations (Binder Packet) 

The Book of Nations is a binder prepared by a mother, family, or individual student, to accompany the study of physical and political geography, a place for drawings of flags, maps and other knowledge the scholar might want to remember from their studies. The 13 Pages of Content Includes: "How To" Instructions, 195 Nations of the World and Nation Capitals, 50 States and State Capitals, Nations by Continent, Glossary of Physical Geography Terms, Helpful Links & Helpful Resources.

 

20% OFF The Hope Chest Journey Vision Binder

This is a 21 page e-download. Print and create! The Hope Chest Journey Vision Binder Packet comes with: easy instructions for designing and creating the binder, a title page convenience with a quote for each topic division, content pages with introductory information on each topic. Binders are great for: organizing information for quick retrieval, having the  of portability, not having to recreate the wheel, with flexibility to expand and contract.

 

20% OFF Aspiring Scholar Portfolio

This is a tracking system for the aspiring scholar to track their studies. This is required for those who desire transcripts, and for those who have to demonstrate what they are studying.

 

20% OFF Personal Scholar Portfolio

This is a tracking system for the advanced scholar to track their studies. This is required for those who desire transcripts, and for those who have to demonstrate what they are studying.


20% OFF Family Scholar Portfolio

The Family Scholar Portfolio is designed for families and family scholars to track their learning activities and to assist them in setting and tracking learning goals through: victory charts, books read as a family, field trips, activity tracking and more. This helps parents and children in evaluating, setting family goals and rhythms, and tracking progress. The Aspiring Scholar Portfolio builds on the Family Scholar notebook.

 

For those who have not yet taken advantage of the other HECOA specials this month you still have time.

Presentation 1 (First Steps and New Beginnings) associated Freebies and Discounts

Presentation 2 (The Power of an Hour) associated Freebies and Discounts

Presentation 3 (The Hope Chest Journey) associated Freebies and Discounts

"Not Back to School Summit" RA Specials (Week 2)

by DonnaG Monday, September 15, 2014

Today in correlation with the presentation that our very own Donna Goffs HECOA Presentation today (If you cant attend live you can view it in the Summit archive for FREE for 48 hours after the presentation is given.) we are offering both a FREEBIES and Discounts good through the end of the month!

FREE The Hope Chest Journey: Rediscovering the Lost Arts of Queenship (4Moms2Go Article) 

FREE The Tool Box Journey: A Path to Raising Men of Valor (4Moms2Go Article) 



20% OFF ALL of the Principle Theme Bundles (Our Classics Correlated Unit Studies)


20% OFF ALL of the Lost Arts e-books


(Bundled prices are already discounted 10% and this 20% discount is on top of the already discounted price.)

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