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Homeschooling and Fresh Starts

Hello everyone!  I know, long time no post.  I went on a two week RV trip that was AWESOME (more info on that here) and have recently just been getting ready for the new school year.  There are a lot of changes happening in my life this school year, the biggest of which being that I am starting high school and, for the first time ever, being homeschooled.  Homeschooling is something a lot of people don’t know very much about, and when I tell people that homeschooling is my plan for high school, I usually get one of three responses:

  1. The person gets very excited because they or someone they know has had experience with homeschooling and they absolutely love it.  They tell you that it is such an adventure and you are going to have an amazing year.  Then they give you a bunch of co-op and online course recommendations and maybe even some free textbooks.
  2. The person says, “Wow!  That’s really cool!”, and you can tell that they are honestly being sincere.  They admit to not knowing much about homeschooling, but they are interested in learning more.  “So does that mean you get to do school in your pajamas?!?” Yep, that’s right my friend.
  3. This is the person who has untrue stereotypes about homeschoolers tattooed in their brain.  They say, “Oh!” and fake smile when you tell them your high school plans, but you know they are really thinking, “This girl is going to turn into an unsocial nerd who sits around at home with no concept of the real world!!”  Ok fine maybe it’s not that extreme, but it’s obvious they think it’s weird.  They might even try and “politely” voice their opinions on homeschooling.

I for one am very excited about starting homeschooling and getting a fresh start this school year.  I am going to continue blogging, but I am not going to have a set posting schedule.  The content on my blog this year might be a little different, because I really want to just be myself and share my opinions and beliefs on things.  I’m going to post when I feel inspired to do so and when I feel passionately about something, not because I feel like I have to.  Yes, there will probably still be book reviews and school advice, but I also want to start posting about what I think of homeschooling and my thoughts and beliefs about faith.  Bear in mind that my thoughts on things might be different from some of yours.  They might be exactly the same as yours.  That’s OK.  One of my pet peeves is when people share their opinion and act like they are right and everyone who doesn’t think the same as them are wrong.  That is not what I am here to do.  I am here to tell you guys what I believe so you can get to know me better and maybe think about things in a way you never have before.  I want to encourage others with Bible verses and encourage you in your faith.  So, there you have it.  My little spiel is now over.  **takes a bow**

If you know someone who would enjoy this blog, please please please let them know about it!  I love getting new readers!

Comment below topics or post ideas you want to see me write about!  Until next time, Au revoir.

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How To Be Well Prepared For Tests

Hey guys!  I thought I would do another school related post today, since I haven’t done one in a while.  Taking tests at school is something we all have to do, whether we like it or not.  I don’t know about you, but a lot of the time I want to get good grades on my tests, but I don’t want to have to do extra work to prepare for them.  Sound familiar?  Unfortunately, we can’t just magically ace all our tests (wouldn’t that be amazing), we have to be confident in the material and show that we’ve learned something.  But what if you’re nervous that there will be something on the test you aren’t prepared for?  You want to study, but you don’t know where to start?  Here are some ideas to get you going:

1.  Ask Questions.                                                                                                                                                    If you are unsure how to do that math problem, or you don’t know what phenotype means in science class (a personal question I have), your teacher is there for you to ask them questions.  They won’t think you’re dumb if you ask them something, they will only think better of you for having the integrity and courage to do so.  If you don’t feel comfortable asking in front of the whole class, ask the teacher personally before you leave.  Chances are you won’t do well on the test if you have unanswered questions beforehand.

2.  Do The Homework.                                                                                                                                          This one seems pretty obvious and straightforward, but its the pure truth: if you don’t do the homework the teacher gives you, how will you know everything you need to know?  Teachers do not give homework to torture the students- it is a way for you to learn more and get more practice doing the material.

3.  Repetition Is A Good Way To Stick Things In Your Brain.                                                                       Flashcards or something of the sort are very helpful for me when it comes to tests.  When I need to know vocabulary words, I make digital flashcards on Quizlet, a free app that is SO helpful for studying.  You can take mini tests, match the word and definition in a matching game, or use the flashcards they make for you.  Also having someone like your mom or dad quiz you is great practice.

4.  Don’t Procrastinate Or Cram Five Minutes Before Class.                                                                       I have done this before, and believe me, you may remember a few of the things you crammed in your brain two minutes prior to the test, but being well prepared the night before will produce much better results.  Don’t wait until the day of the test to go over the review or ask others for their notes.  Study the night before, get some good sleep, and be ready and prepared when you arrive at school.

I hope these tips can be helpful for you in the future.  Comment below some of your strategies for doing your best on tests!

 

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What Does The Bible Say About Education?

The Bible is a great place to go if you want to learn more about a certain subject and what God says about it.  That is exactly what we are going to be chatting about this week!  Let’s see what the Bible has to say about school and education:

Proverbs 16:16, “How much better to get wisdom than gold!  To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

Learning and knowledge are both so much more valuable than material things!  You can have knowledge with you wherever you go and put it to good use in countless situations, whether it be taking a school test or ordering off a menu in a far away country (Glad you took that language class now, huh?).

James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

When God talks about “knowledge”, “education”, or “wisdom”, He  doesn’t mean just academic knowledge, He also means spiritual and Bible knowledge.  In God’s eyes it is so important to read the Bible each day and gain further understanding of Him, as well as what you learn in school.  If you ask Him to deepen your relationship with Him, He will gladly and generously answer that prayer.

2 Peter 1:5, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge.”

Heighten your faith by practicing things like love, peace, and kindness and learn more about these things to live for God.  Knowing more about the world will help you to appreciate God for making it.  The outcome of having a deeper faith in Christ will be wanting to be more like Him, and the outcome of that will be wanting to be know more about Him.

So, to summarize:

-Knowledge is important                                                                                                                                       -If you want to know more about God, He will generously give you knowledge (a.k.a. His Word the Bible).                                                                                                                                                         -When you have a relationship with God, fill it with knowledge and understanding, as well as growth in Godliness.

From the Bible we can know that knowledge is really important to God. So, keep going to school!  Keep learning, reading, and praying.  Comment below on your favorite Bible verse and maybe it will make an appearance in an upcoming post! (You never know).