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

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

You Shall Decree A Thing

I remember when I was pregnant with my first child; and a lady told my husband and I that children don’t come with a manual. As my relationship with God has developed; I clearly see how very wrong she was. Not only has God given us a manual for how to raise our children; but also how to live our lives. The bible and our daily communication with Him, provides very precise instruction. One of the ways that He has instructed us is in Deuteronomy 30:19 (erv); which states: “Today I am giving you a choice of two ways. And I ask heaven and earth to be witnesses of your choice. You can choose life or death. The first choice will bring a blessing. The other choice will bring a curse. So choose life! Then you and your children will live. Proverbs 18:21 (amp)says: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words. Job 22:28 (amp) says: “You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways. I’m pretty sure many parents want the absolute best for their children. I sure do, which is why I speak the following declarations over my children; and I am very selective with my words. Please print the declarations below and speak them over your children daily. Your faith and the consistency of your words will chart the course of life for them.

Until next time,

Yonka

Blog Update

Hello Everyone!

I trust all is well! I’ve been praying and thinking about the direction of this blog; and have shifted focus just a little. In the past, I’ve posted primarily about fitness and wellness, homeschool/unschool, as well as faith. I will continue to post about fitness and wellness on both of my Good Thing Fitness blog and YouTube channel. Please do subscribe and share! This year, there will be more of a focus on faith, family/unschool and finances. I want YHWH/God to be at the center of everything that I do; because He alone is the source of every blessing in my life. I have faith in Him; because He pursued and fiercely loved me at the most difficult time in my life; and He has been faithful to His covenant with me. I have a family because of Him. When it looked like I would never have children, He proved otherwise. I am financially blessed, because of the principles of His word; and because He honored (and still is honoring) by desire to be a kingdom philanthropist.

So as this year gets underway, I speak a blessing over all of you, from Deuteronomy 30:8 & 9:

May you obey the Lord and follow after Him; and He make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Yonka

December Unschooling Adventures

Happy New Year Everyone! December was a fun-filled month. We did our regular-ish routine for the first two weeks; and then dropped everything for the last two weeks to just hang out, play in the snow, build ginger bread houses, bake and eat treats, watch ELF, Home Alone and The Grinch over and over and over again. It was glorious! Our awesome neighbors Ms. Mare and Rohan left anonymous gifts on our porch each day for 12 days. We weren’t exactly sure who the thoughtful and generous person(s) were at first; but we narrowed it down either Ms. Mare or the kind gentleman who leaves gifts, games and toys on our porch for the kid from time to time. The kids were SO delighted and totally enjoyed it! So thanks Ms. Mare and Rohan! You can check out our video here.

For each kid, I ordered Brain Quest workbooks for the new year. They were all so excited and started working in them as soon as we got them. While I am big on learning experiences and allowing my children to pursue their interests; I do think that workbooks have a place in our unschooling experience. Early last year, my husband and I made the switch to God-lead unschooling after 4 years of homeschooling; and haven’t looked back. It was one of the greatest and most liberating decisions we’ve ever made. Gone was the frustration of kids having to learn certain things at certain times. After asking the Father for guidance, He gave us the following scriptures: Isaiah 54:13 (MSG): All your children will have God for their teacher— what a mentor for your children! as well as: John 7:15 (MSG): The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: “How does he know so much without being schooled?”

I’ve found that God takes care of whatever we entrust Him with. As I thought on my children’s learning and growth over the past year; I am floored by it all. My boys boys found and mastered an aircraft simulator game. They build the coolest things out of legos, gears, blocks and magnatiles….everything from little animals to robots and cities. My eight year young is reading so much better; and his math ability is amazing. My seven year young is SO funny! He keeps me laughing! His reading has also improved. He is an animal expert in his own right; and he loves all things science. My five year young has a work ethic like I’ve never seen on a kid. She’s so very eloquent and catches on to concepts very quickly. She is the mastermind behind many of the daily kid operations in our home. My three year young likes numbers and money. She’s all about counting. I’m still amazed at how much her vocabulary has picked up and some of the phrases that she uses. She and I were having a conversation one day and she said: “Mommy, that’s reedikeous!” I laughed and asked her where did she learn that expression? She proceeded to tell me about the Peppa Pig episode that she learned it from.

The things that I’m really pleased about is that the kids know and recite the pledge of allegiance daily; as well as the Star-Spangled Banner. I think patriotism is a must. God loves our country and so should we. They also know Psalm 91 very well. I thank God that He lead us to learn this chapter; because by the time the virus had come around, it was already ingrained in us that NO evil shall befall us; and neither shall any plague (coronavirus) come near us. I heard about children being afraid about the virus and my heart went out to them; but I am so grateful to God that the fear never entered our hearts or minds.

So we started back our daily routine today; and we were all so refreshed and excited! I’m looking forward to the learning and growth this year. I realized that we didn’t travel like we had planned last year; but this year, I’m believing God to go to all of the places that we missed last year; and even more! What is your unschooling/homeschooling plan for this year?

Yonka

Prayer for finances

On Mondays, I will post a prayer and declaration for the week. This week, the prayer is over finances; while the declaration is based on Deuteronomy 28:11 & 12. It’s as follows: “Everything I put my hands to prosper.” You can watch the video or read the prayer. I believe in speaking the word of God over my life because the following is stated in His word:

Psalm 138:2 (MEV) – I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name
    for Your lovingkindness and for Your truth; for You have exalted Your word
    above all Your name.

Psalm 89:34 (NKJV) – My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.

Isaiah 43:26 (MEV) – Put Me in remembrance; let us plead together;
    state your cause, that you may be justified.

Proverbs 18:21 (AMP) – Death and life are…

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