Things To Do Each Day


So much of real life is happening that I don’t have time to post any inspiring or deep and meaningful posts. Instead, I’ll post some things I try to do each day. These are also things I encourage my children to do each day.

What about you? What are some important things that you do daily?
Smiles, hugs and positive, warm words.
Some Scripture reading.
Good books.
Some discussion
Some copy work.
Some ideas to ponder
Free time
Positive work
A work of servanthood…

People will learn what they need to know, when they need to know it.


People will learn what they need to know, when they need to know it.



People WILL learn what they need to know, when they need to know it.

People will learn WHAT they need to know, when they need to know it.

People will learn what THEY NEED to know, when they need to know it.

People will learn what they need to know, WHEN they need to know it.

People WILL learn WHAT THEY NEED to know, WHEN they need to know it.

What an interesting statement. It’s one of those statements that can encapsulate an educational philosophy…not totally define it but summarise, supplement and complement one’s own philosophy of education.

Kitchen Duties


Meal times can be a wonderful family event…but they can also be messy. (Surely I’m not the only one who has messy meal times?) Do you teach your children how to clean up after the family meal. I believe it is an important skill to learn. There is quite a bit involved from hygiene to sequencing and organisation skills. My eldest daughter is able to go into a full blown messy kitchen that has been used to prepare a four course meal for 10 in, and get in ship-shape in less than an hour. She has an organisational system that works for her! Yet, it isn’t the system that I taught her. She developed this system after learning how to do it my way, but after that I left her alone to tackle it for herself…she developed her own system from there. I’m not fussed! She can do the task cheerfully and quickly and thoroughly- I have no problem with that!

We have a duty roster for meal time clean up. There is a pre-meal cleanup, a table and floor clean and a general post meal kitchen duty. One child is alloted a duty although it is now open to a little trading if someone isn’t well or has been at work all day.…

Moving house sometime…again


I spent the first 18 years of my life in one town, one house. Very secure and stable. I married my dear husband and have moved around ever since!

In the last 6 years we have moved house 4 times…and we’re off again! Some might say that it doesn’t really count if you’re only moving 10 kms away but when you are a homeshcooling family (books and computers), it really does count!

All the moves are unsettling to the older children. There’s no easy way to say it. I’d like to not complain but it is hard on them. They want to put down some roots, which can be important in knowing one’s identity. Instead, they’ll have to change school (my 14yod attends school), make new friends yet again, find a new church and youth group, and get a new part time job. We’ve only been in this house for 12 months. My girls do a fantastic job of handling all this, each in their own way, but it would be nice to be in one place for a few years.

We have always tried to find positives in each move, even though at times this has been hard. Doing this though has been a great teacher- our children have learned to look for the positives in situations…even situations that are out of our control.…

Christian Labels


Who likes those Mac/PC ads? Oh, when they air and we’re all watching tv the children and John all turn the volume up so we can have a giggle. um, er belly laugh. Even though we don’t own a Mac, the reason we don’t own a Mac is a financial one.

Anyway, has put together a series of parodies, based on these characters and they’re quite good. Oh some may find them offensive but those who are either ‘in the trenches’ or have worked in ministry, or those who have simply been a believer long enough to see the changing tides of the appearance of Christianity might see the irony in the subtle humour. These kind of things are meant to be exaggerated. There is more to being a Christian than looking like one. It is less about how we dress and how big our Christian library is and more about how we live…how we love and serve other’s who are not able to return that kindness or those who do not know His grace. Around our country we can see many people who identify themselves as ‘Christian’ yet they live to please themselves. Have you ever asked yourself what would you do if you were on the way to church and there was a car broken down on the side of the road?…

Teach Children to Plan with Index Cards


What is it about children that they always want the opposite?

My girls always wanted to be independent in everything when they were young. Of course, as the 16yodd gets older, she is becoming more aware that independence comes with responsibility but that’s a growing process. Yet the boys aren’t in any hurry to be independent. I’m not overly fussed about this as they will have a lifetime of responsibility as they mature. However, it is my duty to train them toward maturity and responsibility and independence.

One of the ways I use to train is the area of academics or lessons. Maybe it is my method or maybe it is something else but having self directed learning boys has not been easy for me- they seem to struggle with it. We used to have learning journals, where they would record the things they had done each day, but these would only get filled in for a day or so before they’d lose interest or lose the journal! It ended up being my responsibility, which defeats the purpose of the exercise.

‘Miss A’ is very self directed and motivated with her softball and fitness. I offer little bits and pieces where I can.…