Homeschool Tools for Tomorrow Healthy Imagination

Homeschool Tools for Tomorrow Healthy Imagination

Imagination

Perhaps the most important tool in a young adult’s toolbox is imagination.  Imagining where your career might take you enables you to play out future scenarios without expending significant resources.  Game-changing innovations are often the by-product of a healthy imagination.  So how do you sharpen and direct your imagination?  Read. This. Post. Slowly. It’s meant to be an opportunity to let your imagination relax and stretch before running wild.

Actively Feed Your Imagination

First, actively feed your imagination. Look for new things to learn, places to explore, and people to meet.  Intentionally learn something new so you go to bed smarter each day.  For example, let’s say your home town has an old museum that you have driven by a hundred times. You wouldn’t be caught dead visiting there because it’s just not cool. That stuffy old museum has existed as long as you can remember. It’s a fixture on the street corner that neither you nor your friends would ever dream of visiting. However, at one time, something historically remarkable occurred which motivated thought leaders of the day to catalog and memorialize that event.  The museum has elements that were innovative and creative and still demonstrate exceptional imagination.  Even though something is “old,” what might you learn from the work of the past?

Converse with Others

Feeding your imagination requires you to experience new things routinely, and conversations with others is a great place to start. Begin by touring that old museum or seeking out conversations with people who are diverse from your traditional domain.  An intentional conversation with an elderly person who tells you their “story” forces your mind to see the world through a lens of yesterday. Conversely, spending a little time with a research scientist working to bring a new technology to market will cause you to imagine future scenarios and applications for their work.  Take time to feed your imagination.

Exercise Your Imagination

Second, exercise your imagination. Try this little exercise…  With the stage lights to the theater of your mind burning hot, the amp cranked, your cell phone off (and in another room), your gaming console in sleep mode and your headphones put away, pause and explore the picture out the window before you.  What do you see? Your car parked in the driveway? Trees in the background? The sidewalk in front of your house? The neighbor kids playing in the front yard? Same picture, different day, right?

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Now… With your imagination in stretch mode and the theater of your mind prepared for showtime, think back to the day you bought your car. Remember the excitement and freedom you felt that day?  Think about where that little four-wheeled freedom maker might take you next. What about the trees? Consider the picture of the people who planted those trees so many years ago. What was their story? Why did they plant in that spot? Where are they today? How long have those trees been there?

Let’s explore the sidewalk for a minute.  The sidewalk in your picture was formed naturally right after Noah’s flood, right? Ehm… cough, no! Somebody took time to measure, dig, form and pour the concrete for that sidewalk – probably on a hot summer day. How many people helped pour that concrete? Because it’s old, it’s likely the concrete was mixed by hand in a wheelbarrow.  Maybe a dad used the “sidewalk project” as an opportunity to teach his sons the value of hard work.  Imagine a couple boys, one on each handle of that heavy wheelbarrow, clumsily pushing the heavy load from the mixing location to the wooden forms of the sidewalk.  They’re staggering and stumbling as they practice synchronized wheelbarrow pushing (a future Olympic sport!).  They pour the concrete while dad smiles.  Well done, boys.

How’d you do?  Was that stretch?  Might you set a reminder on your phone to do this for three times a day for five minutes?

What Did You Fail to Imagine?

Think back to our sidewalk and what you failed to imagine. Rewind those images of the dad and his boys pouring concrete.  In your haste to get through the movie of that dad and his boys, what did you fail to imagine? What color were the boys’ shoes? Did they have their shirts on? Were dad’s helpers all boys? Was one significantly older than the other? The scene was set to cause you to think the boys were small, yet their age was never stated.  Maybe they’re older and working in their dad’s concrete business. Did you fail to imagine the length of the sidewalk they’re pouring?  Did you fail to imagine how the concrete might be decorated?

What’s Limiting You?

As you consider decisions before you – academic choices, career options, or choosing a mate – pause and ponder what is limiting your decisions.  Are the limits placed upon your decisions self-induced?  Are you limiting your imagination through biases, prejudices (not talking about racial prejudices) and clichés due to your upbringing or cultural surroundings?  Or, heaven forbid, are the limits due to a lazy imagination because you couldn’t put down your smart phone?

Everything you see in your world is connected to a story.  The person you passed on the sidewalk, the kid boarding the school bus, even the mug you’re sipping coffee from has a story! It’s these stories which feed and stretch your imagination.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat

Remember: repeat three times a day for five minutes.

Valuable List of Homeschool Freebies!

Valuable List of Homeschool Freebies!

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Blended Learning- It just makes Cents!

Blended Learning- It just makes Cents!

Blended Learning is every savvy homeschoolers secret weapon. Blended learning is a homeschool wave of the future, which I hope you are taking advantage of!

What exactly IS blended learning?

  • Digitally delivered course work
  • Experienced in real time
  • On-going interaction between student and instructor

Live on-line classes. Boy- howdy! This means that you can take advantage of someone’s expertise from a different time zone, culture, place and language. The world, is literally, at your fingertips!

We are taking advantage of this amazing opportunity at True North Homeschool Academy. Our Hebrew teacher and Hebrew History, Conversation and Culture teacher is a Rabbi, editor and actor, who lives in Israel with his wife and kids. Our Latin I and Classics teacher is a Classics major, who is also working towards a Master’s degree in the upper Midwest. Our Spanish teacher lives in Tex-Mex country, along with one of our English teachers and our Math teachers reside in two different states, both of them working in the tech industry. I could go on, but you get the idea; these are exciting times!

Homeschooling has always been possible anywhere, anytime, but being able to access quality classes from any subject area at the push of a button hasn’t always been so easy.

Some might say the cost is too high. But don’t think for a moment that sending your kids to public school exempts you from shelling out money, think again.  I’ve heard about crazy fees and supply lists that add up quickly regardless of if your kid attends public or private school; not to mention the plethora of fund raisers kids are expected to participate in. Let’s face it, (and this coming from the never pay full price queen), education costs either time or money and oftentimes both.

But, seriously, let’s break down the cost so that we can be clear about what you are getting. A live on-line class, with an expert and dedicated teacher at True North Homeschool Academy, tests, assessment and final grade costs $330. That’s 32 weeks of Dedication for $10.31 per week.

For the cost of 2 Starbucks a week you can have quality instruction taking place in the privacy of your home, for literally pennies on the private tutoring dollar (believe me, I know of what I speak- a few years ago I was paying $45 per hour for high school level math tutoring and hoping each week that the tutor actually showed up)!

In my economy, a weekly 60 minute class- taught by a teacher that KNOWS their subject matter. The first law of teacher, y’all, is that the teacher knows their material, and while I’m not disparaging local co-ops, we’ve had our fair share of Chemistry classes among other things “taught” by moms, such as myself, that know literally nothing about chemistry.

Furthermore, our classes are small, which means personalized attention. We have, literally, decades of experience in the homeschool world, which means that no matter what circumstance you are coming from, we’ve probably already encountered it.

$10.31 per hour class. That’s not just a good deal. That’s a great deal!

 

 

The Race

The Race

We are getting ready to celebrate the graduation of our fourth kiddo. He is 6’2″, blond, happy, Godly, talented, and kind. The past 12 years of homeschooling have gone by as fast as the speed of light; during the course of his childhood we’ve graduated older siblings, had a house fire and massive re-model project, buried grandparents, had health issues, had adult children in the home, and  had both parents working.  We’ve started co-ops, class-days, tutored, brought TeenPact to our area, and started businesses. It’s been busy.

And now that he’s graduating it has struck me how fast the time has gone by. It’s been a good run. We’ve read so many books, listened to books on tape, watched movies, memorized Latin, written and read papers, worked on presentations, done a boatload of plays, memorized a ton, done math,  read even more history, drawn, gardened, eaten, celebrated, grieved, sought God and done more of the same.

He’s launching-just like True North Homeschool Academy, into an future that we don’t know yet. But he is as prepared as we know how to humanly prepare him. Again, much like True North. We have laid a firm foundation and have prayerfully considered the future. We plan and prepare, buying food for the party, putting together a picture montage and transcript. We’ll celebrate all that he, and we, have accomplished and thank-God for the past season, while we look to the season to come.

Our son, just like True North Homeschool Academy, is venturing into new territory. We are confident that God has and will continue to guide our steps. We have prepared diligently, have amazing teachers, awesome courses and decades of experience at the ready to assist you in creating the kind of amazing homeschooling experience we’ve had with our kids as we’ve homeschooled them.

We’d love to walk alongside you as you homeschool! Let us know if you’d like more information about courses, teachers or coaching!

 

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Latin, Math & Music- the Universal Languages

Latin, Math & Music- the Universal Languages

Latin, Math and Music are the three universal languages. In other words, they transcend the culture barrier and speak to people  Music regardless of what language they were raised with.

Math, because it is symbolic and defines shapes, space, time, volume and concepts. You don’t need to share a language to share the beauty and simplicity of math. But you do need math to cook, build, create, shop, and so much more.

Music because it is evocative, but also keeps time, allowing us to understand something basic or complex with emotion, cadence and rhythm. Music allows us to respond to each other and the universe despite ability, age, reason or language. We all have

Latin because it is the basis of Western Civilization and the root of so many romance languages. The Ancient world was governed by it and to understand culture (Western Culture) it is so helpful and beneficial to understand the language that captures that culture. We’ve used Henle Latin for the past couple of years and we are always laughing about the Gauls feature heavily- being killed, floating down the river, found in forests and trees. It’s funny now, thousands of years later and also because I am not in fact, a Gaul. But we talk about how Rome was a military culture and brought order and uniformity to a pagan society.

Simplify! 

As homeschoolers, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amazing resources and curricula that abounds. It’s a plethora of riches! But if you feel lost and burdened by how much you could do, take heart and simplify! If you only did Math, Music and Latin, you would have highly educated kids who have the universal languages at their fingertips!

My last kid at home has passed me up in Latin, and Music and soon, Math as well. That’s part of what my point with homeschooling would be, though, that I work myself out of a job. She’ll be taking Algebra II, Latin II and Music Theory this year through True North Homeschool Academy. Super excited about having her sit under the tutelage of George McBride, Gus Henebry and Deborah Leaverton. Meanwhile, I’ll focus on teaching her subjects I love and have a bit more acumen in- World Literature and Christian Psychology.

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