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by Andria Bolden            Character:

This has been a fun year exploring life skills with you and your family. Let’s do a little review: I want you to know how much God does love you. Also, know that God created you so very specifically on purpose and for joy: His and yours and others, too. Protect that Light and let it shine. Tell others that they have a beautiful Light in them as well—they are special and loved, too. God wants your heart and life but He isn’t going to just take it. It is your choice and gift to give to Him. With that gift, God is going to multiply your talents, efforts, and fruits when applied to the mission He has for you. He wants to bless you and your life. 

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by Andria Bolden         Your Faith Walk


Today we are going to talk about life on a new level. Previously we looked at how you are changing and different and how exciting that can be as a teen and preteen. As you grow and become more aware of life around you, things look different. That happens with our faith, too. 

by Andria Bolden     February Blog: Finding purpose in life...and what that does to self-image, -worth,

-confidence, and –esteem?


If you were to talk to your teen or pre-teen about their purpose in life, it would go something like this:


When you look back, it wasn’t so long ago that life was about Legos and dolls. It might have been princess crowns and glitter glue or frogs and MineCraft. But life is suddenly different now, isn’t it? And so are you. You all are taller, prettier, shapelier or handsome, wiser, interested in new things, able to reason so much more and observe a deeper level of what is happening around you. You are at a very different life stage now, aren’t you? 

By Andria Bolden

This month, let’s talk about Obedience and Submission with our teens and pre-teens. Give them this to read and then discuss together or have a conversation that goes like this:                


Summary of Lesson: Oh boy! This was a packed, heavy lesson. Not on natural consequences of obedience or disobedience but the condition of the heart. No longer children with direct consequences, these girls with a will of their own need to create the habit of obedience as a life-long character trait. Ask them why!

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For January’s SHBC Blog Post, I am going to go over the life skill of personal safety. I would like to thank Officer Nightingale for his collaboration! While uncomfortable, even disturbing, I hope you have these necessary conversations with your children. Take it a step further to do self-defense classes together and get a DNA kit from the sheriff’s office to have on file. My resources for this month are all Boundaries books by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

What's for Dinner?!

It’s 4:30 and a kid asks, “Hey Mom, what’s for dinner?!”  Does this make you panic?  Is your fridge bare or every bit of meat in the deep freeze?  Do you call your husband to bring home take-out AGAIN??  

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Andria's December Blog

This may be an appropriate month to talk about self-care and how we treat our ‘temples’ as there are plenty of opportunities to practice either abusing it with tons of holiday treats or treat it well with some God-given self-control.

If you were going to address personal self-care with your teen or preteen, it could be a conversation something like this:

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Memorize, Memorize, Memorize

Can you sing all 50 states? Or a silly pronoun song from 4th grade? I know in my 40 year old brain I should not have space for this, but I do. Why, because I was encouraged to memorize it.

Noun, Verb, Adjective -  First things first

What do you need them to learn? 

Mentoring – by Andria Bolden October 13, 2016

Hi SHBC Homeschool Community,

I wanted to pass along another life skill for the month of October. This month I want to touch on the topic of mentors for your teen and pre-teens. A discussion about having mentors might go something like this:

You might ask: ‘What is a mentor and why would I want this for my life?’

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Project Based Learning - by Heather Zell October 11, 2016

Public schools rely heavily on assessing children by using standardized tests.      We all probably remember the dreaded bubble sheets growing up!  While there may be some merit for testing our homeschool children (in particular once they reach high school level), we as homeschoolers have so much flexibility to let our children show other ways they understand a topic. This is where project based learning can really shine! Doing projects promotes a deeper understanding, gives children real life skills, and is just much more enjoyable!!

Thinking outside the workbook - September 30, 2016

You’re wondering what I am supposed to do now. You may even question your own schooling. The most beautiful thing about homeschooling….reclaiming and redeeming our education!
I’m listing a few items but this is not an exhaustive list.

The Wondrous Cross - Meghan Verhoff  September 29, 2016

"When I survey the wondrous cross

on which the Prince of Glory died,

my richest gain I count but loss,

and pour contempt on all my pride.


Amazing love,

How can it be,

That Thou my God, shouldst die for me?

Love so amazing, so divine,

demands my soul, my life, my all."

The scripture this is taken from (or one of them) if from Philippians 3:7-8 "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 

Portfolio blog by Heather Zell September 4, 2016

Isn’t it wonderful to homeschool? We have so much freedom to choose the way we want to educate our children!  Ohio does have a few regulations that are required at the end of the school year that don’t need to be intimidating if you do a little planning ahead.

Does Grammar Matter? by Jennifer Early September 2, 2016

Does Grammar Matter?

 “A school child should be taught grammar for the same reason that a medical student should study anatomy.” EB White

Yes! Grammar does matter. It’s the foundation that needs to be strong.

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Meal Planning Blog #1 - Michelle Schuster - August 26, 2016

Greetings Fellow Home Schoolers!

I’m Michelle Schuster and this is my introductory post in a mini-series about meal planning.  With 3 growing boys (ages 13, 11, and 6), I sometimes think all I do is fix meals!  (And then the clean-up!  Don’t get me started!)  Do they ever stop eating??!!

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Making it Special by Carol Kinsey – August 20, 2016

The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time for kids all over the world. For our homeschooling family, we wanted our kids to feel the excitement of beginning a new school year. We took shopping trips and stocked up on pretty new folders, pencils, backpacks, and other school supplies. We even bought new clothes. School shopping was a tradition for me as a child and I wanted to pass it on to my own kids. Traditions are important. They create a family bond and build memories.

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Jennifer Hansen Blog August 20, 2016

How do you (or did you) make the new school year special for your homeschool/students? What traditions do you carry over from year to year? What's the most memorable experiences you had with your children (students) as you began a new homeschool year?

Megan's Blog - August 19, 2016

Megan’s Blog --- 

My children are 11, 9 and 7.  This will be our seventh year home schooling and at the start of every year I always panic and ask myself, "How will I do this?  How will I get this done?" Then the LORD'S presence washes over me and reminds me gently, yet firmly of who I am and Who I belong to.  

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Making or Breaking Habits to Achieve - August 17, 2016

A conversation with your tween/teen about habits, could go something like this:

 How do people achieve their dreams? What about you? First, you take the time to dream, and I would say this needs to happen with God. Next, a map is made to get from where you are to where you want to be (where you think God is leading you). That map is broken down into smaller chunks, called goals, and each goal should be achievable within three months. (If not, break them down further to make smaller goals.) To make these goals come to be, you will need to make a lists of tasks, or habits, which are steps to achieving these goals. You will constantly be checking your progress against your tasks list to make sure you are on track and moving forward. Making habits to achieve what you have set out to do takes self-discipline, focus, and drive.

We will look at purpose and goals later, but let’s specifically focus on habits today. Does this statement speak to you?

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Andria's Intro Blog - August 16, 2016

Andria's Intro Blog

Hi there homeschool community. I am Andria, mother of 3 (11, 8, 7), and entering our fifth year of homeschooling. Recently a mama-friend (with kids my kids’ ages) was diagnosed with breast cancer...of which all the women in my family have battled but one aunt and myself. It really hit home. Three questions came to mind as I imagined myself in her shoes facing mortality at this time in our mothering journey: Have I loved my kids enough to hold them? Have I shown them enough Jesus and taught them enough about Him and His forgiving, saving love for them to make a good choice for us all to spend eternity together? And, have a taught them enough life skills to survive, and (dare I say) survive well?

My hope is that, one, you are on a faith walk with your children. Two, I hope that you are prompted daily to let them know just how much you love them, God loves them, and how special they are. So three, this year I want to share with you about life skills as my contribution to this blog. 

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