How To Shape Your Thinking About Your Homeschool

Do you remember reading about Molly and how she struggled during the school year? What happened next with Molly after she developed a vision for her homeschool? Molly felt positive and a sense of accomplishment after going through simple steps to create a vision for her homeschool. However, she discovered that she still needed to shape her thinking about the future of her homeschool. Feeling that she was now on a solid path to help Read more about How To Shape Your Thinking About Your Homeschool[…]

On Western Thinking…

What does this have anything to do with the life of a Christian and education? What is western thinking any way? *West* indicates direction. West of where?… Asia!   To me, this is fascinating stuff! It helps explain ancient history and also many things about the Christian faith today (i.e. church history). Asia is the Continent of Origins… Have you considered that Asia is the Continent of Origins? I’m not in on the secret original Read more about On Western Thinking…[…]

When the *Great Pretend* Breaks Friendships… and More…

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus our Messiah, I have been debating with myself about this post. Boy was I relieved when I read the post, About Santa, Seriously at the Common Room blog. I am so thankful that someone had the courage to post on this topic. The subject weighs heavily on my heart as our family has sadly been on the receiving end of a couple of broken friendships over Santa with the Read more about When the *Great Pretend* Breaks Friendships… and More…[…]

You CAN do it! The Principle Approach Homeschool

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of furthering your own [re]education?  I know I did! After all, I’m a wife, a mother and I have a home to manage full-time! You know all about it because you live a busy and productive life, too. With all that our home-life ministries/careers call us to do, how can we possibly manage to further our own education (let alone re-educate ourselves)?! Well, today I have it impressed Read more about You CAN do it! The Principle Approach Homeschool[…]

You CAN do it! The Principle Approach Homeschool

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of furthering your own [re]education?  I know I did! After all, I’m a wife, a mother and I have a home to manage full-time! You know all about it because you live a busy and productive life, too. With all that our home-life ministries/careers call us to do, how can we possibly manage to further our own education (let alone re-educate ourselves)?! Well, today I have it impressed Read more about You CAN do it! The Principle Approach Homeschool[…]

Quarterly Keepsake!

Does your family get excited when they complete another quarter? Ours does… and we like to do a fun little something with each quarter that we finish. ©Principled Academy 2013 I also enjoy including a special insert for my children’s notebooks! Yes, we discuss things at our weekly family meeting and we meet quarterly to go over their book reports. But this is different! This is a special notebook-keepsake acknowledging that they have diligently applied Read more about Quarterly Keepsake![…]

Quarterly Keepsake!

Does your family get excited when they complete another quarter? Ours does… and we like to do a fun little something with each quarter that we finish. ©Principled Academy 2013 I also enjoy including a special insert for my children’s notebooks! Yes, we discuss things at our weekly family meeting and we meet quarterly to go over their book reports. But this is different! This is a special notebook-keepsake acknowledging that they have diligently applied Read more about Quarterly Keepsake![…]

How to be a Teacher and a Mentor

How often do you allow yourself to *veer* off your lesson plans to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading? Remember, God (YHVH) does not use a curriculum with us in life; He leads us with His Word and His Holy Spirit. Will we be teachable and set a teachable example for our children? It’s what the Principle Approach® method of teaching and learning is about… being led by the Holy Spirit.  What does He want you Read more about How to be a Teacher and a Mentor[…]

How to be a Teacher and a Mentor

How often do you allow yourself to *veer* off your lesson plans to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading? Remember, God (YHVH) does not use a curriculum with us in life; He leads us with His Word and His Holy Spirit. Will we be teachable and set a teachable example for our children? It’s what the Principle Approach® method of teaching and learning is about… being led by the Holy Spirit.  What does He want you Read more about How to be a Teacher and a Mentor[…]

Purim Party! ~Homeschool Co-op

While we are not Jewish, we find that Purim is a cause for Christians to celebrate too! Providentially, God chose Jesus Christ to be born through the Jewish line. The prophets foretold of a coming Savior but as time passed an enemy of the Jews rose up. Haman’s plot, if successful, would have killed all of the Jews. If that happened, how would we have Jesus Christ (Yeshua) our Savior?!! God was working behind the Read more about Purim Party! ~Homeschool Co-op[…]

Purim Party! ~Homeschool Co-op

While we are not Jewish, we find that Purim is a cause for Christians to celebrate too! Providentially, God chose Jesus Christ to be born through the Jewish line. The prophets foretold of a coming Savior but as time passed an enemy of the Jews rose up. Haman’s plot, if successful, would have killed all of the Jews. If that happened, how would we have Jesus Christ (Yeshua) our Savior?!! God was working behind the Read more about Purim Party! ~Homeschool Co-op[…]

Cowfolk of Faith! What’s in Your Closet? :)

Do you have some cowboys n’ cowgirls in your family, too? Sometimes our kids enjoy wearing western wear. Then there are other days when our kids don’t care to wear traditional cowfolk attire. So, thanks to some family members, our kids have some of these wonderful t-shirts declaring that they are Cowboys n’ Cowgirls of Faith!  I appreciate the modest attire, the principle idea behind the shirts, and that they come in varied sizes so Read more about Cowfolk of Faith! What’s in Your Closet? 🙂[…]

Cowfolk of Faith! What’s in Your Closet? :)

Do you have some cowboys n’ cowgirls in your family, too? Sometimes our kids enjoy wearing western wear. Then there are other days when our kids don’t care to wear traditional cowfolk attire. So, thanks to some family members, our kids have some of these wonderful t-shirts declaring that they are Cowboys n’ Cowgirls of Faith!  I appreciate the modest attire, the principle idea behind the shirts, and that they come in varied sizes so Read more about Cowfolk of Faith! What’s in Your Closet? 🙂[…]

Purim! What’s There for Christians to Celebrate?

Purim is coming up February 23rd! This is not one of the Lord’s Feasts (Leviticus 23) commanded for believers to celebrate. However, as I learn about Purim and reflect on the book of Esther, I think there is cause for Christians to celebrate as well! Bible Principle: Jeremiah 23:5-6 5 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute Read more about Purim! What’s There for Christians to Celebrate?[…]

Purim! What’s There for Christians to Celebrate?

Purim is coming up February 23rd! This is not one of the Lord’s Feasts (Leviticus 23) commanded for believers to celebrate. However, as I learn about Purim and reflect on the book of Esther, I think there is cause for Christians to celebrate as well! Bible Principle: Jeremiah 23:5-6 5 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute Read more about Purim! What’s There for Christians to Celebrate?[…]

DIY Inspirational Mugs!

©Principled Academy 2013   It all started as a project for a recent girls’ club in our homeschool co-op. One of my daughters did a word study for the word drink, and she decided on this verse for the devotion and craft: 13 “Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I Read more about DIY Inspirational Mugs![…]

Half-Year Review

It’s that time again for me to sit down with each of our children and positively review how things are going with their learning. These things are actually addressed on a weekly basis at our Sunday night family meetings. However, the quarterly overview gives them a broader picture about what they have each accomplished. © Principled Academy   I love the criteria offered in the Noah Plan curricula! It helps for the kids to have Read more about Half-Year Review[…]

Half-Year Review

It’s that time again for me to sit down with each of our children and positively review how things are going with their learning. These things are actually addressed on a weekly basis at our Sunday night family meetings. However, the quarterly overview gives them a broader picture about what they have each accomplished. © Principled Academy   I love the criteria offered in the Noah Plan curricula! It helps for the kids to have Read more about Half-Year Review[…]

Sparkle Like a Shoe!

Lately, our younger daughters have began to complain about each other… over petty things. As I prayed about this, the word transform came to mind. I’m God’s project… continually being transformed by Him… as are our children. Exactly how does one teach this concept to a preschooler and a kindergartner? Well, the answer came to me in the store down the shoe isle. See, we were shoe shopping and our girls wanted sparkly shoes. All Read more about Sparkle Like a Shoe![…]

Sparkle Like a Shoe!

Lately, our younger daughters have began to complain about each other… over petty things. As I prayed about this, the word transform came to mind. I’m God’s project… continually being transformed by Him… as are our children. Exactly how does one teach this concept to a preschooler and a kindergartner? Well, the answer came to me in the store down the shoe isle. See, we were shoe shopping and our girls wanted sparkly shoes. All Read more about Sparkle Like a Shoe![…]

New Year’s Resolutions

I have only two.To shama.To do. Shama is the Hebrew word meaning to hear. Source  I like to plan, but do you know that my plans most often times don’t go exactly how I’d like them to? Can you relate? You wanna know a lesson I have learned?  “Do not boast about tomorrow,For you do not know what a day may bring forth.” ~ Proverbs 27:1 NKJV “My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways Read more about New Year’s Resolutions[…]

New Year’s Resolutions

I have only two.To shama.To do. Shama is the Hebrew word meaning to hear. Source  I like to plan, but do you know that my plans most often times don’t go exactly how I’d like them to? Can you relate? You wanna know a lesson I have learned?  “Do not boast about tomorrow,For you do not know what a day may bring forth.” ~ Proverbs 27:1 NKJV “My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways Read more about New Year’s Resolutions[…]

The Darkest Nights- Expectant Light!

Truth. It begins with God Himself. These are the darkest nights of the year. We have learned that most logically, Christ was conceived around this time of year… around the Feast of Dedication. Mary was most likely just pregnant with the Light of this world… not giving birth to (Jesus) Yeshua. During the darkest of nights the pure and true light of the world… truth… was in the womb awaiting to be birthed nine months Read more about The Darkest Nights- Expectant Light![…]

The Darkest Nights- Expectant Light!

Truth. It begins with God Himself. These are the darkest nights of the year. We have learned that most logically, Christ was conceived around this time of year… around the Feast of Dedication. Mary was most likely just pregnant with the Light of this world… not giving birth to (Jesus) Yeshua. During the darkest of nights the pure and true light of the world… truth… was in the womb awaiting to be birthed nine months Read more about The Darkest Nights- Expectant Light![…]

Hanukkah at Home

Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for dedication. If you have been following my posts, you’ll know that this is our family’s first year celebrating this anniversary and learning how it pertains to the New Testament church. This is a little surprise that awaited the kids for part of their breakfast. © Principled Academy Special Little Touches: © Principled Academy © Principled Academy © Principled Academy  I found Hanukkah themed coloring pages here. The Feast of Read more about Hanukkah at Home[…]

Hanukkah at Home

Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for dedication. If you have been following my posts, you’ll know that this is our family’s first year celebrating this anniversary and learning how it pertains to the New Testament church. This is a little surprise that awaited the kids for part of their breakfast. © Principled Academy Special Little Touches: © Principled Academy © Principled Academy © Principled Academy  I found Hanukkah themed coloring pages here. The Feast of Read more about Hanukkah at Home[…]

Simple Hanukkah Party- Homeschool Co-op

When I say simple… I mean preparations for decor, games and snacks. By no means are the lessons to be found in this celebration simple. I can testify that the lessons cause personal deep reflection which leads to personal re-dedication and a preparation of my heart. I may share some of these personal thoughts soon. © Principled AcademyBalloons and a table runner were pretty much the only decorations for this year.It’s what we had time Read more about Simple Hanukkah Party- Homeschool Co-op[…]

Simple Hanukkah Party- Homeschool Co-op

When I say simple… I mean preparations for decor, games and snacks. By no means are the lessons to be found in this celebration simple. I can testify that the lessons cause personal deep reflection which leads to personal re-dedication and a preparation of my heart. I may share some of these personal thoughts soon. © Principled AcademyBalloons and a table runner were pretty much the only decorations for this year.It’s what we had time Read more about Simple Hanukkah Party- Homeschool Co-op[…]

The Gift of Reading

I have a secret project I am doing. If you promise not to say anything to my family, I’ll let you in on my little secret. 🙂  Okay. Here it goes… Our children love to read! They also love to learn! And… they all enjoy gifts! I am thankful that each of our readers know that reading is a gift. And to springboard off of that knowledge, I’m creating a family reading gift basket. My Read more about The Gift of Reading[…]

The Gift of Reading

I have a secret project I am doing. If you promise not to say anything to my family, I’ll let you in on my little secret. 🙂  Okay. Here it goes… Our children love to read! They also love to learn! And… they all enjoy gifts! I am thankful that each of our readers know that reading is a gift. And to springboard off of that knowledge, I’m creating a family reading gift basket. My Read more about The Gift of Reading[…]

Eight Days! Celebrate!

As I continue learning about the Feast of Dedication, I am learning that there are two other names which may be used for it: Chanukkah: pronounced as Hanukkah and that’s the Hebrew word for *dedication.* The Festival of Lights: this may be because the pure oil (enough for one day) found remaining in the Holy Temple may have been extended by God for eight days. There doesn’t seem to be any historical evidence of this Read more about Eight Days! Celebrate![…]

Eight Days! Celebrate!

As I continue learning about the Feast of Dedication, I am learning that there are two other names which may be used for it: Chanukkah: pronounced as Hanukkah and that’s the Hebrew word for *dedication.* The Festival of Lights: this may be because the pure oil (enough for one day) found remaining in the Holy Temple may have been extended by God for eight days. There doesn’t seem to be any historical evidence of this Read more about Eight Days! Celebrate![…]

Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#3)

I have fallen behind on my posts in this mini-series, but I have not fallen behind in helping my kids honor their father with meals to go. (You can read posts one and two if you missed them.) Leading Idea  Preparing meals for Daddy is one way to honor him. Bible Principle “Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;” (Ephesians 2:6) Our other son made breakfast burritos (another quick and Read more about Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#3)[…]

Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#3)

I have fallen behind on my posts in this mini-series, but I have not fallen behind in helping my kids honor their father with meals to go. (You can read posts one and two if you missed them.) Leading Idea  Preparing meals for Daddy is one way to honor him. Bible Principle “Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;” (Ephesians 2:6) Our other son made breakfast burritos (another quick and Read more about Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#3)[…]

Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#2)

This is the second post in this mini-series (you can go here for the first post) on blessing Daddy with breakfasts and lunches for on the go.     My children are learning to apply, the Principle Approach® method of honoring their father by helping to prepare breakfasts and lunches for him. Leading Idea  Preparing meals for Daddy is one way to honor him. Bible Principle “Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment Read more about Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#2)[…]

Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#2)

This is the second post in this mini-series (you can go here for the first post) on blessing Daddy with breakfasts and lunches for on the go.     My children are learning to apply, the Principle Approach® method of honoring their father by helping to prepare breakfasts and lunches for him. Leading Idea  Preparing meals for Daddy is one way to honor him. Bible Principle “Honor your father and mother; which is the first commandment Read more about Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#2)[…]

Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#1)

One of my heart’s desires is to teach my children how to honor and bless their daddy. The good habit of applying Bible Principles daily in our lives easily allows for this to naturally happen in our day. You see, the Principle Approach® isn’t just about creating notebooks, reading from the Bible and having discussions. It’s about practicing and applying the principles in Scripture to all areas of life. It’s a lifestyle. It’s training. It Read more about Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#1)[…]

Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#1)

One of my heart’s desires is to teach my children how to honor and bless their daddy. The good habit of applying Bible Principles daily in our lives easily allows for this to naturally happen in our day. You see, the Principle Approach® isn’t just about creating notebooks, reading from the Bible and having discussions. It’s about practicing and applying the principles in Scripture to all areas of life. It’s a lifestyle. It’s training. It Read more about Blessing Daddy: Meals To Go Mini-Series (#1)[…]

Thanksgiving Day Prep- Part A

Are we off our rocker for getting ready for Thanksgiving Day? We don’t think so! I know… I know… everyone is getting ready for Halloween. We skip over Halloween because we had these questions: What’s the purpose of Halloween? What are the principles (origins) of it? How does this holiday have anything to do with God? How does it draw us closer to Him or honor Him? And the answers we came across in our Read more about Thanksgiving Day Prep- Part A[…]

Thanksgiving Day Prep- Part A

Are we off our rocker for getting ready for Thanksgiving Day? We don’t think so! I know… I know… everyone is getting ready for Halloween. We skip over Halloween because we had these questions: What’s the purpose of Halloween? What are the principles (origins) of it? How does this holiday have anything to do with God? How does it draw us closer to Him or honor Him? And the answers we came across in our Read more about Thanksgiving Day Prep- Part A[…]