Homeschool Workshop ~ Charlotte Mason/Classical

Kathy Hoeweler, one of the assessors who shared at PEACH’s January meeting, along with Loa Sholder, is offering a workshop on March 1, 2014.  Feel free to pass this information to other homeschool families.  The details:


Learn to infuse the best of Charlotte Mason’s Principles and the Stages of Learning into your learning lifestyle!

Does your homeschool journey need a breath of fresh air?  Learn to let go of your public school paradigm with guidance and inspiration from some of the best and most trusted educational philosophies.  We’ll set the stage by sharing Charlotte Mason’s principles as well as look at the classical approach to the 3 stages of learning and will touch on who God created your child to be.  The workshop will then be devoted to sharing these methods in a “learn by doing” lifestyle as we look at what and how to teach various subjects.  These will include reading (spelling, dictation and copywork, too), nature, art and history.  We’ll talk about habit and how to “schedule” what you have learned.  There will also be time for Q and A.

When:  March 1, 2014.  Setting is limited to 40 attendees.  Pre-registration is a must.  The conference will be from 9-12:30.  Sign in and pick up materials at 8:30.  We will start promptly at 9 AM.  Please plan to be seated before then.

Where:  LJB, Inc. 2500 Newmark Drive, Miamisburg, OH 45342.  LJB is conveniently located between Lyons Road and SR 741 in Miamisburg behind the Dayton Mall.  Look for the red circle with the initials “L J B” in white.  There is plenty of free parking.

Who:  Kathy Hoeweler is a certified teacher who had to totally change her educational paradigm when she began to homeschool 20+ years ago.  Charlotte Mason was the spark that ignited a journey of learning as a lifestyle.  Kathy is married to Tim.  They will celebrate their 30th anniversary March 31st.  They have 4 children, 2 of whom are homeschool graduates.  Their journey has also included adopting and homeschooling children with special needs.  Kathy values the time she spends with Moms (and sometimes, Dads, too) completing narrative assessments.  Folks appreciate her out of the box thinking.

Loa Sholder has three teenagers and is looking forward to her oldest child graduating from learning at home this spring.  It hasn’t always been a smooth journey, her oldest child didn’t learn to read until 4th grade and her daughter was also diagnosed with double-deficit dyslexia a few years later.  Today she is a reading tutor with specialized training in remediating dyslexia and has helped teach numerous children how to unlock the world of print.  Loa and her husband, Kevin, live in WashingtonTownship.

Cost:  $20 includes the workshop, snacks, materials and door prizes.  Checks must be received by Saturday, February 22nd.  A confirmation e-mail will be sent.

Please make checks payable to:

Kathy Hoeweler
3086 Lytle Road
Waynesville, Ohio45068.

Include your printed name, cell phone number and e-mail address.  If you have not received your confirmation e-mail within 5 days of sending your check please send an e-mail to Kathy.

We hope you’ll join us!

Teaching them to “Hold that Thought”

I believe that God has a great sense of humor, as He gave me my most energetic, challenging, “master-of-disaster”, last-born child when I was nearly too old to run and catch her. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of life and homeschooling prevents me from seeing the joy that my 8 year old Abigail Joy brings to our lives.

As a relative “newbie” to homeschooling, I love when I get an occasional email from “Sizzle Life” that make me smile, and remind me of the special gift God gave me with my “sizzler”.

I first heard Carol Barnier at a Convention a few years ago. Her first question “Who has a child who falls off their chair EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. ?” was spot on my life. I’ve since followed her witty writing style and inspiring advice through her books at the Library and on her blog:

Her latest email/blog post had some great ideas on teaching your child to “Hold That Thought” and wanted to pass on to you. I hope to try a few of them with my live-wire.


Denise Simons

The Lord is My Shepherd

I’m reading The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives by Ravi Zacharias.  I came across this elaboration on Psalm 23 and thought it might encourage you all today too.

The Lord is my Shepherd–that’s relationship!

I shall not be in want–that’s supply!

He makes me lie down in green pastures–that’s rest!

He leads me beside quiet waters–that’s refreshment!

He restores my soul–that’s healing!

He guides me in the paths of righteousness–that’s guidance!

For His name’s sake–that’s purpose!

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death–that’s testing!

I will fear no evil–that’s protection!

For You are with me–that’s faithfulness!

Your rod and the staff, they comfort me–that’s discipline!

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies–that’s hope!

You anoint my head with oil–that’s consecration!

My cup overflows–that’s abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life–that’s blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord–that’s security!

Forever–that’s eternity!

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Zacharias goes on to say, “This broad but specific, sweeping but individual, assurance came from the pen of a man after God’s own heart. Only when you see this pattern for yourself can you see the breadth of God’s care for the cosmic scene and his personal care for your life. ” p. 51

Praise Him, Praise Him

We know that life is often difficult. We encounter trials, we suffer and we struggle with sin.  We understand that we are fighting a spiritual battle. How do we prepare for the battle?

I’m working through a Bible study and today there was a list of ideas of how to praise Him before going into battle.  You may be thinking that it’s strange to praise Him, but really that’s what He wants from us. Praise and thanksgiving…

So here’s some ideas:

  • find a quiet place to pour out your heart to Him. Spend time in solitary worship, sing to Him, praise Him and make your heart glad in Him.
  • study through the hymns and make a regular practice of singing hymns and praise songs
  • learn to use every temptation from the evil one as a stimulus to turn your heart toward Him.
  • Practice worshiping the Lord when you are hit with bad news. Over time, let it become an automatic response to instantly worship the Lord.
  • know your struggle times and have a pre-plan in place
  • count your blessings, read His promises
  • listen to music that lifts your heart up in praise to God.

You will find strength to obey God when you worship Him.

I love that last line…I will find strength to obey Him when I worship Him! Yahoo! So, like the little children’s song says “Praise Him, Praise Him, all you little children.”

Leave a comment and share with us how you praise Him and the difference this has made in your life.

Homeschooling through the Hard Days

I’m not sure about you, but the winter was hard on us. Our family entered the Christmas season with the gift that keeps on giving–the stomach flu. Really, all 5 of us got it, slowly and painfully. It seemed from there, we didn’t ever get healthy all at the same time.  Our oldest daughter especially has been fighting an ongoing battle with headaches, low grade fevers, body aches, fatigue and generally not feeling well. Our middle daughter had a seizure from a fever and had to be taken to the hospital. Even with all these health problems, I realize that we are not unique. Families have far more difficult problems that they are facing. As a homeschooler, how do you handle hard days?

Well, I thought I’d share how I handle them partly to let you know,

  1. you are not alone, and
  2. as a testimony to God’s goodness, faithfulness and provision.

First, I have to say that I did not always handle these bad days very well. Sickness and fatigue can wear down a person.  Discouragement can set in and spread to the rest of the family like an infection.

Through the hard days, I quickly readily gradually learned that God is the only One who can be my constant companion. Yes, my hunny is there to support and encourage and my friends can offer to bring a meal or run an errand, but when it comes down to it…only God can be there with me ALL the time.

I’ve also had to adjust my expectations for the academic side of homeschooling. With hard times comes a realization that the plans I made, the goals I sighted, are probably not going to come to fruition.  Leaning on the wisdom God promises and the experience of seasoned homeschool moms, I have re-evaluated and set new goals. It is a difficult balance–character and academics. I want to teach my children perseverance and diligence, at the same time acknowledging that hard days take a toll on all of us.

Overall, God’s gentle shepherding–leading me, teaching me and loving me has been the greatest lesson that I continue to learn during the hard days.

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