Catch Up

I haven’t updated this blog since my post on Chris Klicka, the day he was hospitalized in Colorado Springs, during the HSLDA Leaders Conference.


The lack of posts hasn’t been because things have been dull here, or because I had no more updates on Chris, or because I had nothing education related to post. Health and Life Skills have been emphasized and I’ve been posting on that on my ‘from me’ blog. I’ve also updated on Chris over there, and today posted on his homecoming. Today he sees Jesus face to face. I also was tempted to rename my ‘from me’ blog – Never a Dull Moment. Life has been busy at Me and My House.


I hope you’ve been following my musings and random ramblings over at ‘from me’. If not, click on over there and catch up. There are several new posts on nutrition, health helps, homemaking, and new RECIPES! Don’t forget to bookmark and/or subscribe to the ‘from me’ blog. If I’m not posting here, most likely I am there. And it’s all related.


And don’t miss the upcoming, ultimate health and life skills class for you and your teens.

Freedom & Simplicity™ of Good for You-Naturally!™ Seminar

an full-day seminar on health through nutrition from a biblical perspective –
(that you can give school credits for)

Sat. November 7th, 9:30-5:30
in North Platte, NE

for more info click the title or here

See you there!

Add a Little Class Friday

A new feature is coming to Lifestyle Education through Discipleship™ musings. “Add a Little Class” Friday will (Lord willing) be a regular feature on teaching the “classier” subjects, literature and the fine arts. We will look at life-changing literature, poetry, music, and art – all for the glory of God. I’ll try to get a graphic designed by next week, and will begin then, unless I find time later today to write a post.


Off the Computer and Into the Kitchen

So just what are we studying and where is my thinking these days, that so few posts are making it to this blog? November was indeed a slim month for all but announcements.

So, first THANK YOU to all who took advantage of our Bounty of L.E.D. We hope and pray you are enjoying all your new resources and being blessed by them. Please let us know.

Next, what’s been happening in L.E.D. and why it hasn’t led to new information here for you.

The first component of L.E.D. is Lifestyle. Sometimes we have pretty structured lessons and follow through a real book, and dig, and research in the Word for principles and ideas – the Biblical view of what we are learning through the book. This is what we’ve been doing this month – minus the book. 🙂 Our first topic this year was book heavy. This one is not.

I have no less to share with you, but we are in the “hands-on” life application aspect of learning, which is keeping me off the computer more than usual, and in the kitchen.

Our science-y topics tend to do that – get us into the physical world more, and more active. Life requires balance! We need both – book learning and hands-on, experiential learning.

This past month has led to many experiments. We have studied, mainly from me teaching from all my past research (compiled for seminars I’ve done) and then taking the children to the Word to find the Biblical view, and then putting it into action through real life experiments.

One experiment the children all enjoyed was our taste testing of various not-milks. We discovered what the properties of the various kinds were and what the best combinations were, and developed our favorite recipe.

We also did not enjoy experimenting with a new recipe dd tried for a salad. She picked a new one that sounded good, and followed the instructions, but didn’t take into account “our” tastes. She was the first to taste it, and wasn’t pleased. I helped her present it nicely, but no one was impressed. I explained to her that in things like that, with a lot of different spices, you should add a bit at a time and taste as you go. She is continuing to try new ones, taking into account what she has learned.

Another ds is ongoing experimenting with various combinations for fresh juices. Many of them ones I’ve had and enjoyed before, but the children aren’t as familiar with. It is helping get him out of the rut of the same ol’ thing everyday.

They are also learning much of the science (true knowledge) and politics of health in today’s world. As tends to happen with us, we are not documenting (leaving a paper trail) as well as I’d like (looking with hindsight). There are many things they could have done to make this show their learning. Instead, I’m hoping it becomes real and alive to them, and they will live it! all the days of their lives.

If you’d like to read more – about our taste test, and best recipe – or other ideas we’ve looked at, take a hop over to my from me blog and browse through. If you are wanting more L.E.D. info to help you in your teaching, hop down to a post I made at the end of October on this blog. Even if you’ve read it, re-read it again. It is the foundation of Freedom & Simplicity™ of Lifestyle Education through Discipleship.


L.E.D. Food?

I don’t believe good nutrition is based on “food products”. So why am about to recommend a food “product”? … See my from me blog to see why.

What does this have to do with L.E.D.? This is our “off-week” (in between topical studies) and I am refreshing the children – and expanding their understanding – on nutrition.


Homeschool Home Ec

Homemaking seems to be a subject that is either forgotten as valid credits, or “school-ized” into a boring “subject, by many home educators. We need to learn how to avoid both extremes. I think the key is in 2 simple sheets of documentation. Mom producing a Learning Map/Course of Study (list of objectives with check off boxes) for the student, and Youth producing a Tracking Sheet (of completed tasks/projects). As a teaching Mom, I have a set of objectives that my husband and I want our children to learn. We don’t believe in a child-centered learning that ONLY follows their own self-induced interests. There are many interesting and valuable things for them to learn, that they may not know about yet, nor realize that they’d enjoy or need.

I also find that my Youth really like to know what is expected of them and what it takes to complete something. They don’t like just being told to “work on what you want/ or the subject I give you and report back what you learn/ or chart the hours it took you.” They like to know that “these are the necessary components of this topic, here are some resources that I’ve found valuable in learning about this topic, now take them, add what you find, figure out how to best apply it in your life, and then let me know what you discover, AND I’ll be right here to give any assistance you need.” Some topics have a lot more “necessary components” than others, some are more “free”.

In Homemaking there are many components that I feel are necessary for our children to learn. Our girls will one day be keepers of their own homes. It is necessary before they marry that they know how to properly manage all the aspects of the home. These aren’t the things that are learned in a semester of “book learning”. These are skills that are acquired, through training and practice throughout their Youth years.

The areas that we have divided Homemaking into are: Food Preparation, Shopping, and Storage; Sewing, Wardrobe, and Clothing Care; Home Management – Organizing and Cleaning; Repair and Maintenance; Decorating, Refurbishing, and Remodeling; and Hospitality and Ministry. In addition, some of our “Health” topics dovetail with our Homemaking topics and are really a part of proper homemaking; Nutrition and Exercise, Health and Dis-ease Care, Safety and First Aid, Human Development, and Personal Appearance Care. Other Practical Arts/ Life Skills (that count as “credits” elsewhere, are also a part of Homemaking, such as Home Finances. For each of these topics I have a Course of Study (list of objectives) designed as a Learning Map for my children to follow as they walk through their formal study, Youth years. Most of the time we don’t set aside a specific season for each topic. We just allow Life to direct. Although, at those times that Life dictates, I do set aside specific times for training specific skills.

Each week our Youth are asked to complete a Tracking Sheet for Family Living/Homemaking (in addition to other Tracking Sheets) that lists the week’s dates, any reading or other resources/training they used, what projects they worked on, and a summary of what they did/learned. They have Tracking Sheets for every area of Learning, and are to list ANY and ALL activities, reading, or other tasks they have done on the appropriate Tracking Sheet. (In addition to the Tracking Sheets, Topical Journals (Notebooks) are kept of those Topics that require further documentation.) These Tracking Sheets can then be cross-referenced to their Learning Maps for each topic to check off any objectives completed. As Learning Maps are completely “checked off”, they become records of Credits Earned, without specifically setting aside a Season for each Topic.

Some practical examples. We began this year with me needing a season of sewing. I took the opportunity, that Life directed, to teach some specific skills to my daughters, and they each completed a couple of projects. They now have the skills needed to go on with further objectives without much more specific training. From there we turned to many household projects that needed done. Our 16 year old, Ashli, helped her dad install a dishwasher (including plumbing and wiring). (He’d just had shoulder surgery, so she did most of it, at his direction.) Not a specific objective that I had listed, but definite Repair and Maintenance skills. She then helped me prime and paint a room, (I’m 6 1/2 months pregnant, so again, she did most of it, with training from me and my husband,) put up a wallpaper border, and hung pictures and decorations; Decorating/ Refurbishing skills. She has also, in the last 6 weeks, learned further Clothing Care skills, and Food Preparation skills (although these Topics are basically considered “complete” by now). All without taking a “course” in any of the above.

Although we believe that some Topics are best studied in a Season of concentration of them, Homemaking is not usually one of those areas. What I believed would be a longer Season of sewing, with many projects done and skills learned, turned into short training sessions (for the girls) and a couple of needed items completed. I really wanted to get more done, not for Ashli’s “credits” but for our real Life needs. But it turned out that other Life projects took precedence once we completed the necessities in the sewing area. BTW, I learned MUCH during that time through very concentrated learning. I’ve been wanting to learn to design patterns from scratch for some years, and worked on that, to design the things I needed, for the time that the girls worked on their projects.

I don’t know where we will go next in the area of Homemaking. We have so many projects since we are remodeling our home. Perhaps more in that area, or perhaps another Life directed area. You never know when a need for further Hospitality training will rise. As Ashli nears the end of her formal mom-directed training stage of her life, we will make a point to see that all remaining areas of objectives are covered. Sometimes that takes mom and dad re-evaluating whether the still uncompleted areas are really necessary or not. If they are, it may require a specific Season set aside for training in them. It’s all a part of giving our children a Living, rather than static, education.