A Wise Woman Considers

A wise woman carefully considers what God wants for her life. ConnieAlbers.com

When I read about the Proverbs 31 woman I see a life well lived. For many women, they interpret this passage as something that must be done all in one day or season.  Truth is, this describes a woman’s life in totality… not a day.

Let’s begin by defining “consider.”

: to think about carefully in order to make a wise choice or decision

: to take into account to gaze on reflectively

: come to judge or classify

There are, however, key principles a wise woman practices on a daily basis.  She… (more…)

Virtual Classes

Homeschool students can benefit from virtual classes. Find out if online courses are right for your homeschooler. ConnieAlbers.com

Parents who choose to homeschool their children may not realize all the opportunities they have at their disposal. One of the options our family took advantage of was the world of virtual classes, also known as online classes.

When I began our homeschooling journey, my children were young and the lessons were easy to complete. Math could be learned in the kitchen while we baked cookies or in the driveway using sidewalk chalk. Over the years the dynamics changed as my kids grew and I began seeing unique skills, talents and passions emerge that required careful consideration as to what would be the best type of classes for them.

I found many of these needs could be met through online learning. While I could list many reasons to enroll your child in online classes, for me it really boiled down to three:

  1. Peace of mind when I wasn’t comfortable teaching certain subjects.
  2. A different learning environment for my children.
  3. Gave me more time to work with other children who needed me.

The desire to continue homeschooling meant being creative and finding solutions to ever-changing demands. As my children got older there were certain classes I did not feel capable of teaching, like calculus or chemistry, so I searched for options. This search led me to Florida Virtual School. They provided the security of knowing my child would get the teaching needed to achieve our educational goals without me having to figure it out. This was especially helpful with my older son, who was considering pursuing a degree in engineering. The upper-level math classes were outside my comfort zone, but they were a must for this type of career choice. I didn’t want my weakness to hold my child back from learning something that was their strength. Thankfully it doesn’t have to!

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Uniquely Female

You are uniquely female. Discover God's truth about femininity, modesty, and motherhood. ConnieAlbers.com

Women (like yourself, I presume) have always had to juggle many titles and positions.  The various roles we must fill, if not guarded and balanced, can cause us to lose a sense of who we are at our core: uniquely female.  Moms who choose to homeschool, a unique role indeed, often run a greater risk of allowing themselves to be defined by what they do and at times are subjected to scrutiny by peers, friends, and even family.

During the different seasons of my life, there have been five things that have helped ensure I remain the woman I was created to be:

  • Be Intentional

Get to know and understand yourself. Whether you are a wife, mother, homeschooler, volunteer, or business owner, there are certain expectations (job descriptions, if you will) required of you.  Although the expectations may be well-founded, problems arise when you realize those expectations might not be what you’re all about.  For example: my children, now adults, were recently surprised to learn I do not enjoy cooking. They had no idea! Creating food that could win awards is not something I aspired to. But feeding my family nutritious meals and creating memories required cooking, so I was happy to do it. I was working toward the goal of building a family. Meals times are a big part of that.

Knowing who you really are is the beginning of staying true to yourself. You must discover what you do well and build on that base.  Every woman has been given strengths and talents unlike anyone else. Your strengths and talents fit perfectly with the life you get to live and the people you are doing life with. (more…)

Homeschooling: Recipe for Success

The recipe for homeschooling success looks different for every family. Find your perfect recipe to make your homeschool journey a success. ConnieAlbers.com

Many homeschool moms struggle with the fear that only a certified teacher is “qualified” to execute the task of teaching their children. I have known many women who have educated their children quite successfully without having a teaching degree.  The three ingredients needed for success are simple: a desire to learn, a willingness to work, and the determination to stick with it.

Moms seem to forget just how many subjects are taught on a daily basis.  By this point, you’ve taught your child to eat, play, and speak without being a nutritionist, PE major, or speech pathologist.

To teach successfully you must have the commitment to learn.  At first, it may seem like you’re drinking from a fire hose; and that’s okay because you are! A good place to start is talking to other homeschool moms, visiting the library for relevant information, and getting connecting with homeschooling groups for support. They are all great resources which will get you on the right path. With all the new information and decisions you will be making, having a place to organize it will provide a sense of order, whether it is a physical notebook, Evernote, or whatever works for you. (more…)