Geography Camp

One of the best things that we’ve incorporated into our homeschool is camp weeks. During this time, we delve into one particular subject matter. Last week, we started Geography camp. It’s such a fun way to learn! Each day, we learn about two states. We locate them on the map; as well as read and watch short documentaries about each state. We learn when they became a part of the U.S.A.: as well as their nickname, flag, bird, flower and terrain. We also learn other interesting facts; and points of interest to visit. Besides geography camp, we have continued reading through the book of 1 Kings, playing outside in the snow, going to work with Papa, practicing the piano and drums, arts & crafts, building things, learning to dance (specifically doing the moonwalk), assembling puzzles, experimenting, playing various games on Starfall and ABCya and so much more. How’s school going for you and your family?

Thank you for visiting! Have an excellent rest of your week and I’ll see you again soon!

Yonka

YHWH Jireh

YHWH/God is ALWAYS speaking to us. He speaks through dreams, visions, nature, people, numbers, and every day things. This morning I was standing in my kitchen, when I heard all of these birds. They were so loud, that I went outside to see what was going on. When I looked up, a group of about thirty or more birds were all sitting in the branches of one of the trees in my back yard. They were just all sitting there squawking. I observed for a few moments; and then went back into the house. I said: “Father, what was that about?” I went upstairs to get my bible; and He lead me to 1 Kings 17:4You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there; as well as Luke 12:24Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in houses or barns, but God feeds them. And you are worth much more than crows.

In that moment, I felt God reminding me that He will always provide for and take care of me. Earlier in the morning, a friend of mine stopped by unexpectedly and gave me two big bags of clothes and boots for my daughters. During the afternoon, my sister stopped by unexpectedly and dropped of a bunch of hats, watches, shoes, clothes, fruits and snacks for our household. I look at YHWH/God, and all I can do and just praise Him. My heart is filled with gratitude, because of His faithfulness to His word. Nearly five years ago, He told me to stop working, to trust Him and that He would provide for me. He has been oh, SO very faithful. I could go on and on about how He has provided above and beyond anything that I’ve asked or imagined, but there isn’t enough space on this blog. I’m at a place in my life where I just trust God. I truly believe that He can not mismanage my life. How about you? Do you trust Him? How has He provided for you?

Yonka

A Child’s Prayer for Leaders & Nation

1 Timothy 2:1 – 2 (TPT) – Most of all, I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God. Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. 2 And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. 

Proverbs 21:1 (TPT) – It’s as easy for God to steer a king’s heart for his purposes as it is for him to direct the course of a stream.

Job 12:23 (AMP) – “He makes nations great, and He destroys them; He enlarges nations, and leads them away [captive].

A Child’s Prayer of Praise & Thanksgiving

Psalm 100:4 -5 (TPT)  – You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to Him and affectionately bless His beautiful name! 5 For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you. He’s so loving that it will amaze you— so kind that it will astound you! And He is famous for His faithfulness toward all. Everyone knows our God can be trusted, for He keeps His promises to every generation!

A Quick Get-Away for Mom & Dad

My husband and I love being with our children. We take them nearly everywhere we go; however, there are times when we leave them with their grandparents. This past week was one of those times. We dropped them off on Thursday and then had such a fun date night! We went to dinner at a nice seafood restaurant that we had not visited before. We then spent a couple hours at an exclusive place; where there were only a handful of other members. We played old school music and danced until our hearts were content. It was such a blast! The next morning, we got up and flew out to Nantucket. We had just gotten our plane back after not having it for a few months; due it being upgraded. It was a bright and sunny day; however, it was COLD (10 degrees when we left; and 18 when we returned). The flight was smooth and beautiful. I’m often awed by how artistic God is. Being in the sky and looking down at the land and water is so beautiful and inspiring to me. I enjoyed looking at the snow-sprinkled mountains, the beautiful lakes and ocean; as well as the islands in MA and landscape. I will share some pictures below; but if you’re interested in seeing my vlog with the beautiful scenery, hop on over to the Excellent Woman YouTube channel; when I upload it later on this week. God bless you! Have an excellent week and I’ll see you again real soon!

Yonka

A Child’s Prayer of Salvation

Last year I wrote a series of 8 children’s poems; as a result of thinking about the faithless prayers that I prayed as a young kid. It is my heart’s desire to teach my children and others, how to pray according to the word of God….or effectual and fervent prayers. When I was a kid, I remember my siblings and I praying: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” The problem with this prayer is that it’s inconsistent with what the word of God says. Isaiah 26:3 (CSB) says: You will keep in perfect peace the mind [that is] dependent [on You], for it is trusting in You. Remember that our souls are made up of our minds, will and emotions): so He has us covered.  In Psalm 91:16, God declares that He will reward His followers with long lifePsalm 118:17 says that we shall live and not die. The infamous prayer/poem mentioned above sounds good; but it’s full of unbelief and therefore, ineffective.

It is my sincere hope that all parents teach their children how to pray effectively. This week’s Children’s poem is a Prayer of Salvation.

Please feel free to download this poem and share with other families. As always, God bless you, have an excellent week and I’ll see you again real soon!

Yonka

8 Resources for Homeschooling

I’m Yonka and I have a multi-level homeschool (8,7,5 & 3). We’re more accurately God-Lead Unschoolers. I believe that God has placed gifts and talents in our kids, and He reveals it to us and through our children. My children have never attended a formal school; and we’ve been on this journey for five years. They’ve taken music, art and extra-curricular classes in various venues. We utilize the word of God, daily life experiences, our local library, museums, the Y, traveling experiences, and many other things to grow and learn holistically. I describe us as an unschooling family of six learning through daily experiences, whether on land, water or in the air.

I do have daily plans for my children. As a group, we pray, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the National Anthem, declare Psalm 91, the Lord’s prayer, and our personal school declaration. We also read scripture, and other books together; as well as discuss what we read. We typically go outside for free play, and on a walk to explore. Some days we go to the park. The kids do their workbooks individually; as well as read and review their words. The kids have a number of choices. You can get a copy of my weekly planning sheet by clicking on the image below.

I plan each week; so I write the date above each day. I fill in the name of each of my children in the colored boxes across the top. I complete the group activities that we will do for each day; and then write/type their individual activities for each day of the week. You can print off multiple sheets and keep them in a binder for easy access. The kids can choose whatever it is that they’d like to work on; but I choose activities around their focus. For example, my oldest son is really into math; so he does math every day. I select sight and vocabulary words for his level; as well as place books out that will pique his interest for his individual reading each day. The formal part of school doesn’t take long….maybe three hours tops; and they are free to explore and do the things that are of interest to them. Right now my boys are online every day searching for an investment property. They’ve found a couple; so my husband will make an appointment for them to go and see the properties. They’ve already met with a banker, lawyer and accountant. When they find the right property, they will partner with my husband and purchase it. You can watch the short vids here and here, of my husband prepping them for their meetings.

Besides the planner being a helpful resource, we also use the following resources in our homeschool:

Bible for everything.

ABCya for various subject and grade level games.

Homeschool pop for a plethora of topics. Their goal is to make exciting videos for school age kids.

PragerU for politics, short history lessons and current & relevant topics.

Acts & Facts Science Journal from The Institute of Creation Research

Understanding the Biblical Mazzaroth is astronomy from a biblical perspective.

Brain Quest Workbooks for age/grade appropriate worksheets. My kids really enjoy these workbooks. The pages are fun and inviting, easy to navigate and easy to understand and explain.

Local places like the library, art museum, children’s museum, Y, science museum, state history museum, college, theater, grocery stores, post office, park, hiking trails, the lake, beach, marina, airport and every where our imaginations take us.

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this information helpful. God bless you and I’ll see you on the next post!

Yonka

A Child’s Prayer of Forgiveness

Last year I wrote and posted a series of eight children’s poems. This year, I have given them a nice background and made them available for download. The prayers are short and an excellent tool for teaching children to pray according to God’s word. Print the prayers out, teach them to your children and please share with other families with children.

Mark 11:25 (NKJV)And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

Matthew 5:44 -45 (TPT)However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them. 45 For that will reveal your identity as children of your heavenly Father. He is kind to all by bringing the sunrise to warm and rainfall to refresh whether a person does what is good or evil. 

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God’s Goodness

Marriage is like a life long course in selflessness and servitude. You put aside your own desires, in favor of those of your spouse and children. From what I can tell, it’s a beautiful thing. You go in as this person who you think you are; but with each passing day, week, month, year….you become so much more. You really don’t realize how much of a worm you were; until you look back, and see how much you’ve evolved into the beautiful butterfly that you are today.

The most beautiful thing about marriage, is that it’s an institution between God, husband and wife. God is the foundation and center of it all. He’s where our needs and desires get met. He is where the wisdom comes from on what to do daily….how to treat your spouse…..how to care for and instruct your children…..when and how to rest. He is the great gift giver; which means that our spouses and children are good and perfect gifts, and we are to steward them well.

Being a full time Stay At Home Wife & Mom (SAHWM) never entered my mind. I resisted it at first; but I’m glad I finally submitted to this treasure God had for me. I absolutely LOVE being with my children all day! They are so funny to me; and I just love how energetic and enthusiastic they are about the things that interest them. I love watching the interaction between all four of them; as well as how they interact with my husband and others. One of the greatest treasures is looking at things through their eyes. They are pureness, perpetual energy, brilliance and inquisitiveness all wrapped up into one. It’s such an honor to watch them grow holistically. My oldest son has had such discernment, ever since before he was able to talk. His spiritual eyes are open. Just last week, as I was sharing the KJV version of the Lord’s prayer that I learned as a kid, my son said: <Gasp!> “MOM!! I see the angels!” (as I was saying the prayer). My second son is very perceptive. Last week, we started reading the book of 1 Kings. As we read chapter 1, which happened to be on the day of inauguration, my second son said: “Mommy, Adonijah is Joe Biden and Solomon is President Trump.” I just admire how they so readily believe in God; and that He can do anything.

Being my husband’s wife is quite the adventure! Prior to meeting him, I never considered myself a morning person…..well at least not early morning. How did I end up with a person who got up EVERY morning at 4 am??????? In the beginning it was rough. My husband is Mr. Talkative and full of all of this energy and these great ideas in the mornings. I did not want to hear him or anyone else until after 9 am. Over time, I realized that getting up with him at 4 am was an opportunity. I could learn about everything on his mind…..no detail left out, if I got up with him. And so I did. Just when I got into the rhythm of getting up at 4, he started getting up at 2. Needless to say, part of my appreciation for being a SAHW is that I can go to bed, get up, and take naps at my leisure.

One of my favorite things about being my husband’s wife, is being a sounding board for him. One day he came home and asked my thoughts on a potentially lucrative business proposal that someone wanted him to invest in. After hearing about it, I said that it didn’t even align with who we were. He called the guy right away and declined the offer.

Though I never imagined that I’d ever be a full-time SAHWM, I am so glad that I am! I enjoy planning their meals and snacks, school days, and the challenge of keeping my home in order. I also enjoy making sure that my husband has good meals before he leaves and when he stops in during the day. I especially enjoy that God has taken such good care of me through it all. He makes sure that I have the help that I need. He makes sure that I get the breaks that I need. He makes sure that I have all that I need. I remember years ago when I saw 2 Corinthians 9:8 in bold black letters in a dream. I woke up and looked it up; and God has been true to His word without fail. When he said that He was able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) COME to me in abundance; He meant it….and nothing less.

Just within the last month or so, a kind stranger paid for my groceries. My sister bought my kids a bunch of new clothes and their favorite treats. My mom also blessed my children with some of their favorite things. My chef brought us a huge box of snacks; and baked us some of her most nutritious treats. I called my husband a couple days ago to ask for the psi of my tires. He showed up two minutes later; and filled all of my tires with air. That was such a blessing; because it has been very COLD here where we live. I recognize all of these things and people to be expressions of God’s love grace being poured out on my family and me. Still one of my most favorite things that God does is the multiple flower deliveries throughout the month. I am still so grateful to God’s nature. He is SO kind and loving to us. I only desired one bouquet of flowers; but God’s thoughts were exceedingly above my thoughts and imagination. He’s so precious; and every time I receive a new flower delivery, my heart overflows with gratitude all over again. God takes care of His children; and I believe He has such a special place in His heart for wives and mothers. If you are a Stay At Home Wife and or Mom, please share how God has treasured and taken care of you.

Today’s flower delivery

Weekly Unschool Post 1

So I’m trying my hand at blogging weekly about our unschool school experiences; as opposed to monthly. Last week, we did much of our routine; which includes the following:

  • Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Singing the Star Spangled Banner
  • Declaring Psalm 91
  • Our School Declaration
  • Reciting The Lord’s Prayer
  • Praying
  • Reading the Bible (we’re wrapping up 2 Samuel)
  • Working on individual assignments
  • Outdoor Play

That is the most formal part of our day. The kids spend most of the day, doing the things that interest them. The boys are still really into building forts, building with their legos, magnatiles, blocks, lincoln logs, megablocks, cardboard and whatever else. When they work in their workbooks, they get to choose what it is that they’d like to work on for the day. They also have a list of sight and vocabulary words that they learn each week. We do this because it tends to help with their reading; which they get to select…kind of. I put the books out that I know that will interest and challenge them; and they get to choose which book(s) from that selection.

So last week, my husband decided to get the boys more involved in business; so he wrote them each $10k promissory notes; so that they could purchase an investment property. The boys have been going online every day, looking for a property. He also took them to meet an attorney, accountant and banker; as well as to a closing on a property that we had just purchased. I’ll link the video of how he prepped them for the meetings; once they are posted on Monday and Tuesday.

Our school is mostly informal; so I’m always paying attention to teachable moments and recording conversations; because so many times, it shows their interest and growth. I caught a moment at the dining room table; when we reviewed etiquette. I’ll link that video as well, as soon as it’s uploaded.

So that was our week. Grandma and Papa Jim came over; as well as bonus Grandpa Lewis. According to the kids, those were the best days ever! How’s your homeschool going?

Yonka