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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