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Activity Days for Homeschool Groups and Families by Marcia Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

I know there are several MATCH members that are involved in homeschool groups. This book is an awesome help to get more activities in your group and how to do it. I don’t believe I have ever seen so many activities listed in a book with all the helpful information that you will need to make it a success.

Marcia Washburn is one of our writers for Fireside Helps and she has done a wonderful job with this book! She first tells you all about what an Activity Day is and why your students need these days and how to organize them.

The next section is a list of ideas for Activity Days and exactly how to do them. A few of the days listed are:

  • Character Lessons
  • Exploring Your Senses
  • Math Day
  • Pioneer Crafts

There are 20 days covered in this section.

The third section is about Long-Term Activity Days. There are 8 different ones in this section. A couple of these days are:

  • Bible Quizzing
  • Special interest Groups

The last section of the book is a great resource help section. She has compiled places to get help for the different days and even has addresses and phone numbers.

This is a terrific book for anyone that is involved in homeschool groups or thinking about starting one. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at http://marciawashburn.com. Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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Encouragement For Homeschool Moms by Marcia Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

I have had the privilege to be asked to review the Management For Moms Series by Marcia Washburn. This book is one in that series.

If you are a mom, you have gone through those exciting and wonderful times that you are so happy to be a mom. But if you are a mom, you have gone through those down times and discouraging times that you wonder a lot of whys things happen. This is a wonderful book to help encourage you and remind you how awesome YOU are!

Marcia reminds us that we are special to our Creator and how to keep going even when things look dark.

While reading this 55 page book, I shed some tears. It really spoke to me and reminded me that I was special to God and as the first sentence of the first chapter says, “You are God’s first choice as the mother of your children.” Wow, it doesn’t matter if they are ours by birth or by other means, He chose ME.

You will find help and encouragement as you read through this wonderful book! The chapter titles are even wonderful!

  1. The Ideal Homeschool Mother
  2. God Knows Who You Are
  3. Homeschooling Through Difficult Times
  4. Special Days
  5. Caring for His Temple
  6. In His Image: Creativity for Christians
  7. Keep on Walkin’
  8. Just Pedal

Marcia has a special loving way about her writings. She is a positive person and shows us that no matter what we as Mother’s are going through, God picked us for our children. She even reminds us that we need to take a few minutes just for ourselves. “Caring for your body is a part of your spiritual service to the Lord.

MATCH highly recommends this book! To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at http://marciawashburn.com. Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

 

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Managing Your Children by Marcia K. Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

Here is another Management for Moms Series! This is an awesome series and would be wonderful to use in your own home and then pass on to your children as they start their own.

In this book Mrs. Washburn uses examples of gardening to show how we need to nurture our children. We as Christians need to have encouragement and help from those that are older and have been through this part of life. She uses scripture to help show how God wants us to bring up our families.

  1. Protecting our children
    • Physical protection
    • Spiritual protection
    • Verbal protection
    • Speak the truth
    • Character protection
    • Financial protection
  2. Discipleship modeling
    • Self-discipline
    • Unity
    • Defining obedience
    • Telling the truth to your child
    • Winking at sin
    • Boundaries
    • Prepare for Battle
    • Assemble your own parenting manual
    • Using your parenting manual
    • 10 quick tips for creative correction
  3. Training your staff
    • Teach them how to do the job well
    • Birthday chores
    • Personal chores for preschoolers
    • Household chores for preschoolers
    • Personal chores for school age children
    • Household chores for school age children
    • Household chores for young adults
    • Quick ideas
  4. Table Manners
    • Table setting
    • Table manners
  5. Bumps, bangs, and bruises
    • Be prepared
    • Childhood “owies”
    • Illness
    • Chronic conditions
  6. Traveling with children
    • Making travel affordable
    • Where to go
    • Preparation
    • Enjoying the journey
  7. Travel tips
    • General trips
    • Airline tips
    • General packing list
    • Items to keep with you
    • For the children

This book is full of encouragement and helps that I can’t say enough about. Our children are precious and need us to bring them up to be able to face this sin filled world and this wonderful 98 page book will help you along this journey!

Our children are as little flowers in the garden and as Mrs. Washburn will explain, we need to water, protect and groom them for the future so they can bloom brighter than any other flower in their midst. No things won’t ever be perfect, but with the help of our Lord we are able to guide our little seedlings so they can grow and bloom.

As mentioned above she also gives helps for traveling with our children and making life fun. All families need that time away to enjoy and regroup. She has made lists to help make these trips cheap and enjoyable and the packing to go as easily as possible.

This is a terrific book and would also be good to teach your children, too. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at http://marciawashburn.com. Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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Managing Your Homeschool by Marcia K. Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

This is part of the Management for Moms Series. This is a terrific series that every mom needs to have in her library. This is an awesome book to help you in keeping your homeschool running smoothly.

She starts out telling how to plan for your school year. To make your school year run smoother, there needs to be some pre-planning and getting everyone on the same page.

How to handle your school day and how things are done? The second chapter is awesome and very helpful.

  • Setting Priorities
  • Handling Assignments

Do you misplace things? Don’t know what to do with things? There is a whole chapter dealing with this!

  • Fileables
  • Non-Fileables
  • Make your job easier

Then comes the Paper Monster chapter!! If you are like me, I keep almost every single thing that my kids do!! Then you have all the other paper things that come in the mail. She goes through each type of paper that you might possibly have and what you should do with it. Yes, we in MO need to have a portfolio, but does that mean keep EVERYTHING?

Do you get to mid year and not know what to do? She goes through this in depth. Not just with schooling but even in maintaining the house. She shows us how to not let things get in the way and bog us down. Love this section!!!

The next section is a MIGHTY section for us homeschoolers!!! Keeping the HOME in Homeschooling: Dealing with extra-curricular. Wow!!! Again, Wow!!! I know we want to give our children the very best and every advantage possible. But do you see yourself coming and going at the same time? She goes through and helps you see how to not spend all your time pushing here and there and outside of the home. Remember what is IMPORTANT!!!

What makes successful homeschooling?

  1. Keep the heart in homeschooing
  2. Keep your priorities straight
  3. Keep on learning
  4. Become a student of your child
  5. Seek support
  6. Realize that every homeschool will look different
  7. Enjoy the journey
  8. Trust God for the results

She also goes in how important it is to know how to teach your child. Don’t just teach like a school teacher. Don’t just throw the books at them. But learn how others have done it and things didn’t work or how they succeeded. Remember that even those that something didn’t work, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Research and know what your child needs.

Another thing I love about this book is that she talks to the “Homeschool Vet”. When our last child is finished, does that mean that we are put out to pasture? What called us to homeshooling in the first place? She shows us how we can continue our calling but in a different way.

This is a terrific book and would also be good to teach your children, too. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at http://marciawashburn.com. Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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Managing Your Finances by Marcia K. Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

Another super book in the Management for Moms Series. Again, this book can be used not only as a personal help book but to teach your children for their future!

Most homeshool families live on a single income and a lot of families consist of 3 or more children. This can put a strain on a family and on a marriage. This book helps you handle your financial part of your life by Biblical foundation.

Mrs. Washburn compares our financial life to a house.

  1. The Foundation – Live Biblically
  2. Walls – Live Thoughtfully
  3. Roof – Live debt free
  4. Interiors – Live simply
  5. The Front Door – Live hospitably

Each part of the house is critical and so is each part of our financial life. Money is the root of all evil, but we need it to make it through life. Just so it isn’t the center of why we live.

One of the chapters she has you make a family notebook. This will hold all of your vital records and information so you can find anything that you need down the road.

Are you interested in starting your own business or a side business? She has that covered in this book, also. She covers questions to ask before starting your business. So many jump in without considering all sides of having a home business.

She also covers how to keep your household going while running your own business. Just like juggling home life and homeschool, you are adding a 3rd thing to your life.

  • Managing Ourselves
  • Managing Your Business
  • Managing Your Money
  • Managing Your Children
  • Practical Tips for Managing Your Home

The last part of the book is Shari’s Frugal Forty. This 40 ways that Shari McMinn lives by to make her life more frugal. If we would all live more like Marcia and Shari our world would be so much better!!

This is a terrific book and would also be good to teach your children, too. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at http://marciawashburn.com. Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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