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QUARANTINE Pizza & COMFORT Food

pizzaLast week a friend of mine posted a picture of a delicious batch of treats she called Quarantine Brownies. Using whatever she had in her pantry, she created a batch of yummy brownies.  I was so inspired that when our neighbor gave us bags and bags of frozen homemade pizza dough, the Italian in me set out to put our own little twist on my friend’s idea.

I made a big pot of red gravy ( that’s marinara or red sauce for you non- southerners) and grilled up some Italian sausage ( yes, my hubby makes his own when he has time). As a family, we proceeded to knead and flatten our pizza doughs and add whatever toppings we could find to each pizza. They were delicious!  In case you are wondering, my pizza had red onions, canned artichoke hearts, Dole pineapple chunks, fresh basil from our yard, a few capers, left-over eggplant and some bell peppers.

Untitled DesignThanks to my friend Marsha, my family now has a new family tradition that revolves around cooking, eating and breaking bread together!  They don’t call homemade meals or mama’s recipes comfort food for nothing. The smell of certain foods or the way food is prepared in a certain way can bring us a sense of peace. The nostalgia and memories of eating together as a family can bring comfort to our souls, ease our stress, and fill our hearts.

Growing up, our supper time was very loud and today our dinner time with extended family can get a little crazy. But these uninterrupted family meals are essential! Our kids love and need these memories and traditions that are created around the dinner table.  During these “quarantine days”, it is a perfect time to catch up on those family dinners, to get reconnected while breaking bread together, and to create some new memories and traditions around the dinner table.

For more ideas and practical tips on how to create traditions around the dinner table and how to curb the chaos that comes with cooking ( and cleaning) while trying to homeschool, check out our New Podcast #2 Essential to Homeschooling.  ( You can also find us on spotify and itunes.)

Let us know what you think! Post a comment at our IG page @coffeewithcarrieconsultant or share this blog or podcast with a friend who can use some encouragement.
Bon appétit!

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LISTEN ONLINE

2 chronicales 20Let’s address the elephant in the room!  Everyone’s way of life has been abruptly turned upside down and our homeschooling “norm” has just turned, well,  unnormal!  Where we live, we have been asked to stay home as many establishments, places, and venues have been shut down.  Our homeschool classes and park days have been canceled.  While everything is going virtual,  our ability to interact and connect with others has drastically been reduced or completely eliminated.  For many of us, our main life-line to the outside world right now is through the internet.

Since we had to cancel our  Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms, which was supposed to be this coming weekend, we thought it would be a great time to share online one of our sessions:  The 10 Essentials to Homeschooling!  You might be surprised at what the Ten Essentials are.

We cover the 1st Essential in our 1st podcast.  Coffee with Carrie is now LIVE!  Yep, the girl who hates attention but loves to talk about all things homeschooling, now has a podcast.  Brew a pot of coffee, relax, and join me for our first episode.

coffee carrie pod cast imageIf you are up to listening, you can access the podcast in a variety of ways.

PODCAST:  Buzzsprout and Spotify.  We should be on itunes and iheart radio soon.

WEBSITE:  Link is on the homepage

INSTAGRAM:  Link is in bio

 

We pray you will be blessed.  If you are, we would love it if you leave a comment, share with a friend, follow our IG, and subscribe to our website.

I know these times are troubling but I also know our God is in control! In these uncharted times, we can pray “I do not know what to do but I will keep my eyes on you [God}” 2 Chronicles 20:12 Our hope is always in Jesus!

Please know our family is diligently praying for you, your families, and our country.

Carrie De Francisco

 

POSTPONED!

Due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to postpone our Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms this March (2020).PostponedGod-willing, we will reschedule for this summer! We are working on dates now with the venue.  Updates and announcements can be found here at our website, Coffeewithcarrie.org, or at our IG account @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.  Check back often!

We will be praying for you, your family, and your homeschooling journey! See you in the summer!

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Soul Food: Family Devotions

soul food chickenI am a southern girl!  I was born and raised in New Orleans, Lousiana, and I attended Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, so to say I love me some good southern soul food is an understatement.  My mama made the best fried chicken east of the Mississippi River, and my aunt’s pot of Monday Red Beans and Rice made my tummy smile.  Southern Soul Food is so good even the comedian, Tim Hawkins, said Cracker Barrel’s biscuits are “slap your mama good!”  If you are from the south, you understand that cliche; it’s no hyperbole!

When my son was a toddler, he was your typical squirrely little boy (and then some)!  He also had a nasty habit of eating everything, and I mean everything.  We would try to do school and he would eat the markers, the crayons, the chalk, the pens, anything he could get his hands on.  When we tried to do morning devotions, he interrupted in any way he could.  Sometimes on purpose but most times just because he was that curious or that active.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne day when my son was buckled into his little chair at the table, his hands were busy and his mouth was full. I noticed I had his undivided attention!  I read from our Bible storybook and watched in amazement as my son listened.  It was the best family devotion we had ever (well at least since my son became an over-active toddler)!  From that day forward, instead of doing our devotions as our first lesson of the day, I did them during breakfast time.  I started calling it our Soul Food Time because I was feeding their hearts, minds, AND tummies all at the same time.

For our family, meal times, particularly breakfast, are our best family times.  This is why for our family, we do devotions and Bible study in the morning at breakfast.  However, we have friends that do devotions during their morning basket time or at dinner time so dad can participate too.  It doesn’t really matter when you have your family devotion or Bible study; it’s just important to do devotions and dig into God’s Word as a family on a daily basis.

When we first started homeschooling, I would save devotions for later when we had more time, but we never seemed to have enough time.  The enemy saw to that!  So I stopped saving devotions for later and put them first thing in our day.  “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33).  God is faithful.  I noticed that when I made the time and gave bible study priority, God multiplied our time.  Somehow the other things got done too.

soul food logo place settingWhy do we study the Bible and share God’s Word with our children?  Well, we want them to know God’s Word, but studying God’s Word is not just about gaining information but about transformation.  “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:36).  We need to make a choice.  What is more important in our homeschooling?  Do we want our kids to go to Harvard or Heaven?  The reason most of us homeschool is so we can teach the Word of God, learn subjects with a biblical worldview, and help our children come to a saving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.  We want them to love the Lord (not the world and all of its empty promises) with their whole mind, heart, body, and soul.  Academics are important, but for most homeschoolers they not first on the list.

When we read the Bible with our children, we want God’s Word to get into their heads, their hearts, and their hands.  We want them to know God’s Word so they can recognize truth from lies.  We want them to have a head knowledge of God’s Word so they can recognize the counterfeit.  This is why memorizing God’s Word is a fun, easy, and important thing to do with our kids.

We also read God’s Word with our children so it penetrates their hearts.  We read and study the Bible to change hearts and to transform hearts.  We want to change the way our children see the world.  We want them to see people, events, laws, etc from God’s perspective.  We want them to see people the way God sees them.  We want God’s Word to convict their hearts, to help them obey, to change, to repent.  Over 70% of Christian students leave the faith after their first year of college.  Consistent family devotions and Bible reading will help revert this trend.

fran costa rica dancingHowever, our ultimate goal of sharing God’s Word with our children is to get God’s Word into their hands.  We want our kids to be so moved by the Word and by the Spirit that they take action!  We want them to not only be hearers of God’s Word but doers of God’s Word.  In Matthew 9:36, Jesus saw the crowds, their hunger for food and for the truth.  Jesus was moved to the core.  He was moved with compassion.  He was compelled to do something about their physical and spiritual hunger.  Ultimately, we want our children to have the same reaction.  Knowledge puffs up but James 2 reminds us to show our faith by our works.  “Faith apart from works is dead,”  We not only want our kids to talk the talk but to walk the walk.

I have found the best way to make Soul Food Time impactful is to keep it simple!  We never used a fancy or expensive Bible curriculum.  For most seasons of our homeschooling, we only used the Bible and the “Three Question Method.”  During breakfast time, I would read from one of our illustrated children’s Bible and then I would ask the kids three questions:  (1) What was the passage about? (2) What can we learn from it? (3)  How can we apply it today?  That’s it.  These three simple questions help the passage get into their heads (knowledge of the story), into their hearts (truths from the story) and into their hands (put into action).

dk bibleWe used DK Illustrated Family Bible when the kids were younger.  It is a 2-page spread with illustrations and pictures as well a great mixture of actual bible verses and story-telling. Let’s say you read the story of Gideon from Judges 6-7.  After reading the 2-page illustrated story of Gideon, I would ask my kids what is the story about, who is in it, where does it take place, when does it take place, and what is happening and why?  If there were facts I needed to fill in, I would then take some time to share it with them. Before the kids got up during my personal quiet time each morning, I tried to read the same passage we would read later as a family from my Bible.  This way I was prepared to share information that wasn’t mentioned in the children’s Bible or to try and answer their questions about the story.

Then I would ask what do we learn from Gideon?  Are there any promises, commands or warnings in this story?  Are there any examples to follow (or not to follow)?  What do you think is the main lesson of this story or why do you think God put this story in the Bible? Did you learn anything new?  Did anything surprise you or confuse you?  What attributes of God do we see in this story?  I was always amazed at how simple yet deep their answers were.  The less I spoke, the more the Holy Spirit spoke to them.

Finally, I would ask them how could we apply what we learned TODAY?  We would talk about our day’s schedule, what we were doing, where we were going, and who we might encounter.  Was there an ongoing problem my daughter was facing that she could apply Gideon’s actions or prayers to?  Was there a weakness or challenge my son was working on that he could use Gideon’s responses or actions?  Was there someone they could share the story of Gideon with that day to encourage or help them?  Then I would pray specifically for each child before we closed our Bible.  “Father God, Joseph often feels like the weakest and smallest kid on his team.  He often feels like he can’t do much and is bullied for it.  Help him to see that like Gideon, God has chosen him to do big and mighty things.  Even though he is small, God sees him as strong.  Give him God confidence today as he practices and help him to overcome the taunts and mean comments if they are spoken to him today.  Help him to be a Gideon for you at home, on the baseball field, in classes, and with his friend. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

There were some years we used a devotional.  There is no need to make it complicated or too hard.  Here are some of our favorites:

  1. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name (ages 3-8) by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
  2. The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes (ages 3-8) by Kenneth Taylor
  3. God’s Amazing Creatures & Me:  Devotions for Boys and Girls Ages 6-10 by Helen Haidle
  4. The One Year Devos for Animal Lovers:  Cool Things Animals Show Us about Our Creator by Dandi Mackall
  5. Window on the World by Daphne Spraggett
  6. Hero Tales:  A Family Treasury of True Stories From the Lives of Christian Heroes by Dave & Neta Jackson (Vol. I, II, III, & IV)
  7. Simple Truths:  A Journaling Devotional for Teen Girls by Therin  Fenner
  8. The One Year Sports Devotions for Kids by Jesse Florea et all
  9. A Year With Aslan:  Daily Reflections from the Narnia Series by C. S. Lewis and Julia Roller.
  10. The Story of Christmas:  Story Book Set & Advent Calendar by Mary Packard
  11. The ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel
  12. Benjamin’s Box:  A Resurrection Story by Melody Carlson

When the kids got older and could read and understand the Bible on their own, we still did Family Devotions together, but I encouraged my tweens and teens to develop their own habit of personal quiet time with the Lord.  It has been a process and it hasn’t always been easy but now I see the fruits in my eldest who is an adult.   Being consistent, flexible, and showing through my own example have reaped eternal rewards.  I taught each of them how to do inductive studies and character studies by reading and digging into the Book of Esther and Book of Ruth with my daughter and by reading and studying the Book of Daniel and the Book of Jonah with my son.  I also let them read books such as Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris and Shaken by Tim Tebow as devotionals too.

Bible and coffeeThe most important thing to do when developing your own Soul Food time is to be consistent.  Read God’s Word somehow every day.  God’s Word never comes back void.  I always tell new homeschooling moms and discouraged homeschooling moms, “If all you did today was read from THE good book (the Bible) and from A good book (read aloud time), then you had a pretty good day!”

May God richly bless you and keep you and shine His face upon you as you read His Word for His glory,

Carrie

To learn more about the 10 Essentials to Homeschooling, check out our 10 Part Podcast Series.  You can find us on buzzsprout, spotify, and itunes.

 

The 10 ESSENTIALS to HOMESCHOOLING

st louis cathdrealOne of my first job interviews was located in the heart of New Orleans.  I have a horrible sense of direction, and I get turned around very easily.  Back then I didn’t have WAZE, googlemaps or cellphones, so I couldn’t ask Siri or call my dad if I got lost.

Before leaving for the interview, my dad told me to park somewhere on Canal Street, look up and locate the St. Louis Cathedral Steeple, and then just walk in that direction.  He told me, “You can’t get lost if you follow the cross.”

My dad’s directions are still my motto today.  I can’t get lost if I just follow the cross.

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Gameology

SONY DSCGameology is the best way to get through the winter blues and break through the “February Wall.”  What is Gameology?

It is the art of learning through games.   It is an art I have spent many years perfecting!  Yes, I admit it.  I am a game-a-holic!  And I am proud to say through my example my daughter is a game-a-holic too!  When our family started a new unit, we played a game to introduce the topic.  When we needed help remembering information, we played a game.  When we were overwhelmed and overworked, we played games.  When I needed a break (or the kids needed a break), we played games.  While in the car, we played games. While on vacation, we played games.  While waiting at the doctor’s office,  we played games.  When math facts were killing us, we played games. When biology and chemistry terms baffled us, we played games.  During election season, we played games.  During the world series season, we played games.  Before and after historical field trips, we played games.  I think you get the picture.  Any time I could use game time as an excuse to put the books away, I did!

Did you know it takes 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain UNLESS it is done through play?  If a person is learning through play or games, then it only takes 10-20 repetitions!  So you see, science backs me up too!  Playing is our brain’s favorite way to learn.  Playing games is a great way to learn, review and reinforce concepts, skills, and facts.  It is scientifically proven!  There is so little time and so many games to play!

At our special weekend for homeschooling moms in March, we will be sharing how to  travel around the world through books, games, field trips, and family vacations.   In our morning session, “Passport to Learning,” we will focus on our all-time favorite games we used throughout the years to learn about geography, cultures, and countries around the world.  Since we have so many favorite games and so little time in our morning session, I wanted to share some of our favorite math, science, history, grammar, writing, and art games with you in this post!

TURN MATH TEARS INTO TRIUMPHS

Let’s get one thing straight before we start:  Not all students will memorize their math facts!  While this act comes easily to many, it is downright impossible for some.  So don’t beat yourself up (or your child) if he still can’t recall quickly and correctly the answer to 6 x 8 !  However, you can play card, dice, and board games to help teach, review and reinforce those pesky math facts and down-right mind-blowing algebraic concepts.

Addition & Multiplication Fact Card Games:  Check out our “12 Days of Christmas” article.  We explain 12 different card and dice games you can play.  Also, my Math FUNdamentals:  Using Games to Teach Math book is out of print, but we are working on a 2nd edition and hope to publish with Amazon in 2021.  All of the games listed below can be played with the whole family.  Each game can also be adapted for younger players or for advanced students.

  1. Quick Pix Multiplication– Fast-paced multiplication fact recall gameI
  2. Quick Pix Math– Same game but with addition facts
  3. Sequence Dice Game–  best addition and strategy game on the market!
  4. Over and Out Card Game– super fun game of adding, subtracting, mental math and doubling
  5. Farkle– hilarious game with lots of adding
  6. Shut the Box– adding, subtracting, and simple order of operations
  7. Uncle Wiggly Game:  game of counting and place value!  Don’t forget to read the tales of Uncle Wiggly!
  8. 24 Card Came– adding, subtracting, and multiplication fun
  9. Zeus on the Loose– Don’t let the name full you!  It is math game with a mythology twist!
  10. Totally Tut- Again, don’t let the name full you!  It is math operations game with an Egyptian pyramid theme.
  11. Sushi Go!  Super fun party game with lots of math addition in the scoring78877n-sequence-dice-game
  12. Absolute Zero Card Game– great for older kids
  13. Equate -math verison of Scrabble
  14. Pizza Fraction Fun Game– Don’t forget to have fun learning fractions too!
  15. ANY Board Game with dice!  Kids are adding every time they roll and move!  Our favorite is Parchessi!
  16. ANY -Opoly Game!  Kids are learning about all kinds of topics while practicing their money skills!  Our family favorite is Dog-opoly!

*** Don’t forget logic is a big part of mathematical thinking!  Add these “must have”
strategy and logic games to your math playtime:  Chess, Clue, Guess Who, Battleship, Mastermind, Logic Links, Set, & Ticket to Ride

SEEK SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE

Where to begin??  There are so many scientific fields to investigate!  See our “Textbook and Stress-Free Science” article for some of the best science games out there.  In the list below, I share a few new ones on the market and some old classics not mentioned in the science article.game oplogy

  1. Treking the National Parks:  Great way to learn about our national parks and the animals that live in them.
  2. Amazing Animal Trivia Game:  mix between memory and trivia
  3. Guess in 10:  animal card version of 20 questions
  4. Qurious Space:  fast-paced space trivia game
  5. The Invention Game– hilarious guessing game about real patents that were never mass- produced
  6. Totally Gross:  Game of Science– be prepared for some silly science shenanigans!
  7. Rock On!  Geology Game of Rocks & Minerals:  bingo-type game to learn rock cycle

 

BECOME A HISTORIAN

Since we will share our favorite geography games at our special weekend for homeschooling moms in March, this list will focus more on history games you can play.  Shhhh!  Don’t tell your kids they are doing school work!  These games are so fun and jam-packed with information, you may never want to use a history book again!

  1. The Constitution Quest Game:  learn about the 3 branches of governmentIMG_0902
  2. Hail to the Chief:  learn about the electoral college and presidential trivia
  3. Monopoly America Special Edition:  take a trip down American memory lane.  Even the pieces are patriotic
  4. Our America Board Game: tons of trivia facts
  5. Oregon Trail Game: They finally created a card game from the classic computer simulation!
  6. Made for Trade:  great for colonial history (and economics)
  7. Castle Keep:  Medieval strategy
  8. Medieval Alliance:  beautiful board and playing cards
  9. Medieval Memory Game:  learn about important persons and structures medieval-alliance-game.jpg
  10. Senet:  classic Egyptian game, a little bit of math and a lot of Egyptian fun
  11. Ancient History Go Fish Game:  learn about important persons and ancient structures
  12. Feilong:  The China Game– awesome way to learn about ancient China
  13. Any Professor Noggins Games!

 

GRAMMAR GAMES

In our article, “The Perfect Writing Curriculum,” we shared some of our favorite word games to help build vocabulary and a love of language.  Click here to read it.  There are also the classic spelling games like Scrabble, Boggle and Mad Libs that should be on every homeschooling shelf!  The list below is full of grammar and writing games.  These games are so addictive, I bet the whole family will want to spend all day playing them!tall-tales-game-giveaway.jpg

  1. Tall Tales Story Telling Board Game:  create and spin a tall tale while playing!
  2. Once Upon A Time:  cooperative family game of writing fairytales
  3. Create A Story Board Game:  Draw character, setting, and conflict cards to create the best (or craziest) story
  4. The Plays the Thing:  Super fun game to learn about Shakespeare and three of his balderdash_game-13596.jpg
    plays.  No prior knowledge of Shakespeare needed to play!
  5. Apples to Apples:  Did you know this family favorite is full of adjectives and nouns!
  6. Read My List:  quick thinking, fast-paced game to build vocabulary
  7. Balderdash!    Hilarious game of vocabulary and definitions!  (Did you know Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare, and Roald Dahl make up hundreds of words now used in the English language?

MUSIC AND ART GAMES:

  1.  Lord of Chords: Wow!  Expensive but beautifully done.  Full of music puns and clever way to learn simple and complex music theory.
  2. Art History Games:  Go Fish for Art Renaissance Card Game, Impressionist Artists Go Fish,  Van Gogh and Friends Go Fish Card Game, & American Ditto Art Game

 

Coming in a future post, “Soul Food,” we will share some of our favorite Bible games too!

So that, my friend, is Gameology in a nut-shell!  We hope your family will love playing these games as much as we did!

God bless,

Carrie

**If you would like to learn more about using games, literature, and fieldtrips to teach geography, history (and just about everything else), join us at our 3rd annual special weekend for homeschooling moms on March 27th and 28th.  In our morning session, “Passport to Learning,” we will share tons of ideas of how to incorporate traveling, games, and literature into your homeschooling!

For more information, click HERE.

To register, click HERE.

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Skip College?

cap and gownIt is hard to believe that my eldest is a college graduate with a BS in Psychology and a minor in music.  She finished her studies just shy of her 21st birthday and is now working to save money for grad school, studying for the GRE, leading classes for homeschool students,  planning her next international travel adventure, and for added fun auditioning at local community theatres.

My daughter never stepped into a traditional brick and mortar classroom until her first day of dual enrollment college classes at the local community college during her junior year of high school.  She homeschooled from Kindergarten all the way to high school graduation.  She was accepted into every college she applied to, earned scholarships, performed well on the SAT and ACT tests and passed the CHSPE at the ripe old age of 15.

Why do I share all of this?  It is my prayer that it will ease your fears.  Yes, you can successfully homeschool your child, even through the high school years.  And yes, your student will be well prepared for sophisticated academic pursuits at the college level – IF he or she decides to go to college and IF it is God’s plan for her to attend a four-year university!

Statistically speaking, homeschoolers perform on average or above average on standardized college entrance exams and are accepted into top-tier universities at the same rate as traditional students.  They also have the same or better university graduation rate as their traditionally schooled peers.  It is clear home education prepares students for college.

But dare I say not all high school students need to go to college!  Yes, I said it and I’m sticking by it!  I hate the expression, “He’s just not college material.”   The implication is that the student isn’t smart enough to succeed in college.  Hog wash!  I think the more accurate expression is “He doesn’t need college material to succeed!”  Not all students need college degrees.  Not all students need a college education to succeed in life and in the workforce.  If your child wants to be a doctor, an engineer, a therapist, a lawyer, an accountant or a teacher, then yes, a degree and certification are necessary, therefore, college is in his future!  However, in today’s modern workforce and in the age of information, many jobs, skills, and careers can be learned via internships, apprenticeships, internet, or trade schools.  Experts also predict that many of the jobs our students will possess have not even been invented yet!

disney-traditions.jpgAh, I hear you saying, “My son at least needs a degree of some kind just to get his foot in the door of any company or job.”  Dare I say, this is no longer true.  Mega companies like Apple, Google, and IBM no longer require a degree for higher- level and higher- paying jobs.  Then there are companies like Nordstroms, Disney, Home Depot, and Lowes that allow employees hired at entry- level positions to move up to the highest ranks of their companies, withOUT a degree.   Don’t forget about companies like Starbucks and Chick-fi-La that encourage their employees to train for manager positions and then encourage them to own their own IMG_6586franchises in the future.  In today’s market, creative and hard- working individuals who have an entrepreneurial spirit can build a portfolio, invent a new app, start a new company, publish their own book, produce their own album, or get paid just for using social media.  Some of the world’s greatest thinkers and inventors dropped out of college or skipped college altogether to pursue their dreams and passions or to develop a business model they started during their high school years.

Dare I say it again- Not all high schoolers need to go to college!  It takes just as much courage to NOT attend college in order to pursue a passion or to start a new business as it takes to attend college and pursue a college degree.  If your student needs a degree or wants to attend college, then go for it!  My daughter loved college so much she intends to pursue a master’s degree and perhaps even her Phd.  But her calling requires a degree (or two).  If your student wants to pursue an acting career, a sports career, a writing career or even an art career, consider skipping college.  If your student has no idea what he wants to do, or he has tons of ideas of what he wants to do, then consider skipping a four -year university.  Attend community college to save money and explore options.  Attend a trade school to learn a dying art or to get certified in welding, woodworking, or mechanics.  Find a mentor or an expert in a field for your son or daughter to train under.  Then encourage your teen to work his/her way up the ladder.  Not going to college does not limit their career possibilities; it might just make the possibilities endless!

skip collegeIf one of the main reasons you decided to homeschool was to instill in your child a love of learning, then one option might be to allow that child to use his ability to learn and to use his natural curiosity in the workforce instead of on a college campus.  If you are still not convinced it is ok to say “It’s okay to skip college” then I highly recommend you read the book Skip College:  Launch Your Career Without Debt, Distractions or a Degree by Connor Boyack.  You will be pleasantly surprised.  Boyack does not speak poorly of college. He actually spends the first few chapters discussing how important it is to determine IF college is something you want or need to do.  Then he spends the rest of the book speaking to the person who has decided to skip college.  The book is full of logical reasons to skip college and great ideas on how to succeed in the workplace without a college degree.

Where is God calling your teen to go?  What is God calling your teen to do?  Pray, pray and pray some more!  Then begin exploring other options for your teen who may want to skip college.  If your teen is ready, willing and able to step onto the campus for the academic rigor of a four -year university, then be assured your decision to homeschool high school will give him all of the tools he needs to get accepted and to succeed in college.  If, however, you feel God is leading your high schooler on a different track, one that does not necessarily involve the traditional college experience, take heart.  God designed your teen.  He knows his strengths.  He ignited those passions in his heart.   Be open to the fact that God’s plan for your teen’s life may not look like the plan you had envisioned.  Listen to your teen’s heart.  Listen to the soft whispers of the Holy Spirit.  Rest assured your decision to homeschool high school will also give him all of the tools he needs to follow his passions, learn important skills, and succeed in the workplace.  Perhaps skipping college is just what God is calling your teen to.

God bless,

Carrie

**For more information on how to homeschool the high school years to prepare your teen for either college or the workforce, attend our special weekend for homeschooling moms on March 27th and 28th. On Friday evening, our first session is “How to Homeschool High School.”  Our panel of homeschool graduates will share their high school journeys, what they did (traditional and non-traditional) to meet the CA requirements, what they are doing now in the workforce and/or on the college campuses, and how homeschooling through high school helped each of them achieve their personal, academic and spiritual goals.  Dads and teens are invited to attend Friday night’s session.  Special Guests- Carolyn and Martin Forte.**

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