Tuesday, August 5

Newbie Journey: Preparing to Homeschool

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Preparing to Homeschool.

My family just decide we would homeschool earlier this summer. I never thought I would homeschool even though I thought about it when my kids were infants. I guess one can say the Lord led me to homeschool because of a few reasons, the number one being that my kids private school which I was paying high tuition for them to attend didn't live up to their mission. As an advance degree holder I didn't feel my sons were being prepared for college. I'm preparing them at home and the school is contradicting our desire for our children.

As a Christian, classroom teacher and product of religious education, I was shock and angry with how education is being watered down, even in private schools. Many private schools are now so hungry for tuition that they are quietly lowering their standards. Some seasoned teachers lack appropriate degrees and were not even Christian School certified. I personally feel that in this day and age no one teaching elementary students in a classroom environment should not be educationally prepared. There are too many issues in the classroom without Christians being prepared for their profession. Would you go to a doctor who wanted to operate on your heart and you found out he failed the his medical exam?

I am pro education, I don't have a problem with traditional education in theory. However, when it doesn't work as a parent I need options so here I am homeschooling. I feel I can just do it my self. Some of the P.T.A. members of my kids former school were angry that I didn't stick around but change takes a long time.
I just wasn't willing to use my child's education while they try to get themselves together. Now I am rushing and planning because I need to have all these things ready for my kids first day of homeschool. I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I am also sick of some of my Christian associates telling a hundred reason why home schooling is wrong and how my children will not thrive. How they won't be able to socialize. Really people! Maybe 30 years ago homeschooling was more isolated. In my few months of researching I have found out that over 4,000 kids in my area are homeschooled. There are over 50 co ops on every religion, interest or teaching style. You rather me pay money for them to learn nothing? Sometimes you just have to just ignore foolishness.

My teaching style is similar to Marva Collins (famous classical educator from Chicago) and Charlotte Mason. It basically means I am a traditional educator who believes students should read and explain their understanding of the material. My children are college bound so I want them prepared with mastery of the basics.

I am using a mixture of co op classes, tutorial center classes and internet courses. I will also teach a class at two different co ops so my kids can go there free. My personality is I can't stay in the house. If you have used any of the material below, please share how it worked for your family. Here is the curriculum I am planning to use:

Bible: Case for Christ, Bible Memory Verse  (Dad does devotionals)
Reading: Living books that includes mulitcultural biographies
Grammar: Shurley English
Latin: Latin for Children
History: Story of the World
Science: Apologia Physics & Chemistry for Kids
Math:  Internet based and reinforced with Teaching Textbooks
Foreign Language: ASL Sign Language
Physical Education: Tennis, Basketball, Karate & Fencing

High School:
Latin Alive
World Literature/Reading: Classical Fiction
Grammar: IEW Easy Grammar, Writing Text
World History: Story of the World
Math: Algebra ll  Internet Program & Teaching textbooks
Science: Apologia Physics
Elective: Economics .5, Guitar .5 - Co op
Foreign Language: Spanish ll Co -op
Physical Education: Tennis-Co op
SAT PREP/Career Development - Co op

I am still playing around with some subjects so its not yet set in stone. I have to also get my teaching area together without spending too much money.

I am a newbie to homeschool. If your
a newbie too, please email me or lets chat, I would like to know about your journey.

Wednesday, July 16

How to Deal With Difficulties

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea.  Let's talk about ... How to Deal With Difficulties.

A teacher once said to me "what doesn't kill you, will make you stronger." Of course that is not a biblical statement. I think that may even be a song she was quoting. T

he truth is that everyone at one time or the other will find themselves faced with some hardship. It can
 me a relationship, financial or work related. The point is really, how will you handle it? The word
reminds us difficulties isn't a new thing:

Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward -2John1:8 ESV

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.-Romans 5-8 ESV

Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? -Amos 3:3

 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.-John 17:17

I don't know what your facing today. But I know who to go to who can solve any problem under the sun.
Why waste your time worrying, Just stop! and pray about it. Give the Lord a chance to solve your problems.

Let it go.

Trust the Lord to make things better. Do I need to remind you that He has the power in hands to solve your issues. Once you truly release your issues to him, then you too can sing "Its a Beautiful Day," by Jamie Grace.

Its so very important that we not dwell on things we can not change. We have to realize that we do not control our life. We have to understand that some things are all in the WILL of the Lord. You can choose how you will deal with things when difficulties arise.

Every time I play the song in my car, my kids scream "Not again!" This is my little reminder that things will and can get better.Take a moment and listen to the video above. I know it will put a smile on your face.
Like does for me.

I think about the following when I listen to parts of the song:

Wake Up And Smile -  Sisters, its easy to be mad about nothing. Its harder to wake up and look in the mirror and smile at yourself.

Strong in the Face - I don't want to be strong in the face, I want my heart to be strong.

Your My Refuge I Can't Wait To Get To-  The Lord is my place of rest.

Your Sunshine Shines on My Face- I feel a peace when I release my issues to the Lord;

I'm About to Get My Worship On- I give the Lord all the praise and honor.

When Trouble Seems to Rain on My dreams- I don't worry, I trust the journey the Lord has for me.

In You I am Free- Amen! We have to all learn to LET IT GO!

Won't Let A Day Go By- I make time to thank the Lord, even ahead of the blessings.

Its A Beautiful Day- It reminds me of the promises of the Lord.

I Don't Got Room for Doubts- Trust and doubt don't go together.

Your Amazing Grace- I don't deserve anything but He give me grace.

I Am About to Sing a Brand New Song- I can't continue to operate like I don't the Lord.

I love the song because the words speak to my heart. I hope it will speak to yours too. How do you deal
with Difficulties in your life? Please post a comment.

Monday, July 14

Top 5 Books Christian Divas Are Reading

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Top 5 Books Christian Divas Are Reading. What are you reading this summer? Are you reading any good Christian Fiction?

I don't know about you but I love to read in the summer especially on the beach.
I will spend 8 hours and just read. I get very angry when the book I chose is terrible because 
the environment is right, the sun is right and all I need is for the book to be good. I love to read fictions on the beach but that is my thing. I especially love Historical Christian Fiction which are few and far between. Let me be honest finding a good Christian book is hard to find period. Some writers are just awful and their characters stereotypical Christians. You know I hated scary Christians and I hate books where the main characters are these weird scary people.

I tend to go by recommendations as to what book to check out first. Sometimes I buy books and put them on my shelf and then I discover them years later, lol. Here are a few books my social media pals told me were great or they are reading. I took an inform poll and tried to narrow down my list.

1. Then Came Hope

The Civil War is over. She wants to get far away from her cruel former mistress, but the world beyond the plantation is a frightening, unknown wilderness. He has fought the good fight in Union blue; now he must fight his way home through a hostile, defeated South. Delia was born a slave and then physically and emotionally battered all of her seventeen years. Finally free, she strikes out on her own, making friends with a little band of former slaves and a handsome black soldier, Ezra Johns.

Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel


This book the choice Jezebel had to make between the gods of her homeland or the God of the land she ruled.  The love of her husband or the revenge she craved. Her decision could bring her all she desired...or destroy it for eternity.

Sins of the Mother

3. Forever an Ex

Three Los Angeles women who've helped each other overcome heartbreak 
are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into 
the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray's bestselling novel 
The Ex Files.

 But old wounds are reopened when her ex-husband appears with his fiancĂ©e--
a woman! And all of Sheridan's insecurities and doubts come rushing back.
 Kendall's former husband is now married to Kendall's sister, Sabrina. 
And though Kendall has refused to interact with either one in the last seven years, 
she's forced to reunite with Sabrina when their father is diagnosed with cancer. 
Asia has done her best to move away from her married boyfriend, a former star 
with the LA Lakers. But when they share a kiss, old desires are rekindled and 
Asia decides that it's time for her and Bobby Johnson to get back together again.

Stand By Me, SouledOut Sisters Series #1   -     By: Neta Jackson
4. Stand By Me 
Avis Douglas and her husband, Peter, have dreamed of selling his software business 
to finance a two year mission effort in South Africa. But when the economy crashes, 
they're suddenly faced with the real possibility of bankruptcy.
When one of the co-pastors of SouledOut Community Church passes away suddenly,
 Avis and Peter are asked to step in and assist with the leadership of the church in the 
interim, but that creates an all-black leadership, fanning some subtle racial issues in their
 multi-cultural church. As tensions mount, they wrestle with returning to a traditional church 
where things would be easier.

5. In the Field if Grace

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel
 with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide 
enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.

But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, 

she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. 
Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to 
the foreign woman with the haunted eyes.

Tuesday, July 8

Kim Fields & Lisa Whelcher Are Back, For Better or For Worse

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about For Better or For Worse. 

For Better or For Worse, is a new

Hallmark Original Movies starring television childhood darlings Kim Fields and Lisa Whelchel. You should remember or have hear of the show The Facts of Life. The show is based on the novel of the same name by best-selling author Diann Hunt.

Surprisely, both actress are Christians and have managed to stay working in the fickle world of Hollywood. Kim Fields moved on to several television shows over the years and now she is a well respected Director and Producer. Lisa Whelchel went on to become an author, homeschool advocate and Moms Conference creator.

I hope everyone will make time to watch the show because this is the first time in many years that the two actress will work together. Enjoy the preview and tell me what you think.

According to Hallmark, the Movie - For Better or For Worse

Opposites attract when Wendy (Lisa Whelchel), a wedding coordinator, and Marco (Antonio Cupo), a divorce attorney, find their lives suddenly intertwined. Wendy is finally settling into the single life after struggling with the death of her husband. After a difficult season of grief, she's taken over the family business of coordinating the town's most beautiful and memorable weddings with the help of her friend and co-worker Roseanne (Kim Fields). Wendy's business and values are challenged, however, when the charming and incredibly irritating Marco opens shop as a divorce attorney right next to her wedding chapel. Although Wendy will stop at nothing to promote her marriage business over Marco's divorce business, she must form an alliance with Marco after her son Collin (Edward Ruttle) announces his unexpected engagement to Marco's daughter Sophia (Alicia Josipovic). As Wendy grows closer to Marco, she begins to realize that if she shields herself from the pain of love lost, she may prevent herself from experiencing true love in the future. Will Wendy open up to a second chance at love?

Saturday July 19

Monday, July 7

I Am Second: Kay Robertson

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...I am second: Kay Robertson.
It is so amazing how The Lord gives us just what we need when we are faced with different challenges.

When you are going through difficulty it's often hard to positive and trust The Lord that he still has your back despite the current situation.

 I hope you will be inspired by Kay Robertson's testimony. She learned so much being a poor, young mom with three kids and an alcoholic husband. She learned to be steadfast in her prayers.

I am Second® - Kay Robertson - YouTube


Wednesday, July 2

Whose Running Your Life?

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Whose Running Your Life?

Do you have people in your life who are trying to control your life? If you get angry because you are not getting your way, you need to stop and check yourself. How would those close to you describe you? Would those close to you say you are angry, spoiled, big brat, always cussing or something just s mad?

Well, have you ever thought that you may be a controller or manipulator. You act out because you are not in control of the person or situation. Deep down you are a fearful person who may be a little insecure.I am not saying your a bad person but if you are doing this you just have to change and start pleasing the Lord.

Can you tell if someone is trying to control or manipulate you or your life? Yes you can tell. Look for some of these signs:

1. THE PERSON IS CLOSE TO YOU IN PROXIMITY (spouse, family member, friend, coworker or boss) Those close to use seem to be the main people who try to control our lives. Remember Adam & Eve, Sarah & Hagar, or Peter & Jesus but that doesn't make it right.

Many controllers and manipulators will try to make threats towards you are try to guilt you out. If the person makes a treat they make you feel that they will punish you. If you do not do what they want. These people will also use guilt often. Delilah told Samson, "IF you LOVED me, you would..." that is the oldest statement used to make a person feel they are not being loyal. Let us not forget, many controllers and manipulators will give you the silent treatment and wait for you to worry and fret about what is wrong with them. If you deal with this type of person you have to realize they are dealing with a lot of mess in their head.

Jesus recognized when Peter was trying to manipulate him. Awh! You need to stop and think about those in your life who have been using you as a "doormat" for years. If you continue to allow someone to take over and control your life, guess what!?! The Lord did tell you to allow others to walk over you. However if you continue this road, I want to remind you--this is a sin. It is more likely called IDOLATRY.

The Lord wants us to please HIM. Letting people control YOUR life is not pleasing to the Lord. The Lord despite all his power never tries to control our life, he give us FREE will. Why do you think that you have to be in control or let others control you?

 Does it have to do with your lack of trust?

Are you really trusting the Lord? It is not about you and your talents or ability. You have to TRUST that the Lords is in control and things will end up according to HIS will.

Let's cut to the chase, if you are trying to be controlling or manipulating, let me let you know that you are practicing WITCHCRAFT!

If you are struggling with being a controlling sister, guess what? The Lord can help you deal with your little issue. Before you go blog hoppin.

STOP! Let's pray about your controlling issue.

Sunday, June 29

Stop Putting it Off

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Stop Putting it Off.

“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15 NLT

Now you know that this verse is talking about Procrastination. Well my question to you today is having you been procrastinating in any area of your life? Why don't you understand yourself. You know your dreams and desires. You know what you need to do to achieve your goals but you don't.

STOP! And Pray. Ask the Lord to reveal to you what is really going on. Is it fear, self-doubt, lack of education, lack of money, etc.? You know all that doesn't really matter because if you TRUST the LORD. He will work all that stuff out.

Aren't you tired of DREAMING?  Aren't you tired of all the excuses? Aren't you tired off looking at your beautiful vision board with nothing accomplished? Aren't you tired of being tired?

When are you going to STOP saying: "I will get to it tomorrow!

Have you ever thought that maybe you are deceiving yourself about achieving your goals? The reality is your putting things off making excuses for your sin. Yes, Procrastination is truly a sin. If the Lord gives you the idea, vision, and ability then you can be obedient and just do it.

Start trusting the Lord and make some efforts. Yes, It will look impossible but you already know that everything is possible for the Lord. He is our great I AM. Stop putting off your destiny and start walking in FAITH.

Do you want to share about what needs to change in your life?

Thursday, June 19

Out of Control Life: Michelle Aguilar

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Michelle Aguilar --I Am Second.
What is it that you are trying to control in life. What are some of your dreams and desires. Is your goals in line with the Lord's goal for your life? If you are a Christian you have to realize that the Lord doesn't equate success by the world's standard. There is no such thing as name it and claim it or get rich quick. The Lord is just not going to bless all of us with millions of dollars. He may give you the gift of motherhood, marriage, singleness or something else.

Peace, Joy, Happiness is a priceless thing most millionaires wish they could experience. I always remember one of Michael Jackson's friends saying all he wanted and was willing to pay for was a good night sleep. We forget stress, torment, and unhappiness can cause many people from not being able to sleep at night. All the man wanted was peace.

I am getting ready for a VISION BOARD check in. Check out my previous posts. I conduct Christian Vision Parties where we pray about the Lords desire for our life. We pray and ask the Lord what is it that is stopping us from moving forward. It is normally issues that have to do with unconfessed sins and unresolved issues. We go back and examine our boards and the ladies talk about their issues their success, what is holding them back, their fears, etc. Michelle's testimony reminds me to remind you that ultimately the Lord is in control of all that is happening in our life. We have to be ready and be willing to grow from whatever he places in our path of success.

How about you, Are you feeling like your life is out of control?

Tuesday, June 10

Lord, You Want Me to Homeschool?

“The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.”


Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about when the Lord calls, do you answer? My call this spring ... To Homeschool?

I thought I was expanding my blog business; however, the Lord gave me a U-turn moment, lol.

I have always admired homeschooling families from afar, I just never thought I would get the call. You may not realize that I have spent years advancing my education by obtaining my degrees.

How in the world could I justify staying home? It not really my plan is it? I have been living a frugal life for some time so I do not have the debt many of my peers seem to have. I have no school loan. Our cars are paid off and my house is almost paid off. I just thought I was saving my money for some fun vacations, but the Lord had HIS plan. My job is to be obedient. I tried to make excuses as to why this wouldn't work.

I am the only mom in my area Homeschooling.  According to Urban Intellectuals.com, 100,000 African American families in the U.S.A. home school their children so I am in no way the first person to do this, lol.

My child needs to socialize with his peers. My area has several Co ops of every type. Many offer P.E., art, miusic, field trips, and academic classes. I was surprise that their were such variety. I still haven't figured it all out but since my son is interested in the medical field I need a Co op that will emphasize hands-on science.

I am going feel out of touch with adults. Moms have to stay at most Co ops, you don't just drop your child off. Homeschoolers are very organized. If you want there are many organizations to get involve with.
You can also find many homeschoolers online. The Lord led me to websites below,  they may not all be Christians; however, the Lord showed me it can be done.

The Blessed Heritage Chronicles   http://blessedheritagechronicles.com
Domestic Serenity  http://www.domesticserenity.org
Pursuing What is Excellence  http://www.kelanellums.com/
A Academy of Our Own   http://anacademyofourown.blogspot.com
Mommy The Teacher   http://www.mommytheteacher.com
Chocolate Covered Boy Joy  http://chocolatecoveredboyjoy.blogspot.com
Hip Hop Homeschoolers  http://hiphophomeschoolers.wordpress.com/
LaToya Edwards Circle  https://plus.google.com/+LaToyaEdwards/posts

"Why in the world would you homeschool?" many asked me. The Lord had to remind me of how I have been feeling this past year even thought my child is a straight A student. I felt he wasn't being challenged academically even though he has been on the HEADMASTER List 4 times. I felt that he was starting to become bored.

My other issue is most Christian Schools do not have a gifted or advance class in elementary school. I have been thinking of ways to supplement his education but that if often costly. I asked the Lord to show me how I could give my child a $25,000 - $30,000 preparatory education at home. Most of the wonderful preparatory schools in my area do not use the traditional public school model of education, mmm.

Am I equip for this job? The Lord had to remind me that he has already equip me for the journey. He equips all of us before he ask us to move. The Lord reminded me of my Masters Thesis on Learning Styles. He reminded me of all the books I have read over the years on education. He reminded me of the difference in education I noticed as a child coming to America. He reminded me of all my life experiences. Then I came up with classical education. I didn't even realize that I taught for 10 years at a classical education private school because everyone interpret classical education differently.

What guide will I use?
Our family have decide to begin homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason/Marva Collins method. These two educators both believed in the classical model with a twist.

Charlotte Mason grew up in a certain time where she was not exposed to cultural diversity. I love the fact she wants us to use living book and not TWADDLE. I think this method is also cost effective.

Charlotte Mason may not have known about Classical African descendant artists but I will incorporate diversity in my program. If she would have been more exposed I think she would have included artist such as trumpeter John Blanke  who served England's King Henry VII and VIII, or violinist Le Chevalier de Saint-George who was also a volunteer in the French Revolution. She may not have read the Three Musketeer or the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I think Charlotte Mason real curriculum would be more diverse because in her real life she financed many African American artist from the Harlem Renaissance. It was said in many newspapers of the time that she was curious about the spiritual closeness African Americans seem to have with the Lord.

Marva Collins figured out how to incorporate classical education for children of color. She started Westside Preparatory School. Her method is classical and she modifies the Socratic Methods for elementary students. I love her books, she makes it plain. Students who were labeled as special education in public school she worked with and they excelled in her schools  I never got a chance to take one of her training programs; but I am amazed how the majority of her students went on to achieve in higher education. She is all about expanding the logic of students, especially African American. If you haven't heard of her methods read:
  • Marva Collins' Way, by Marva Collins with Civia Tamarkin
  • The Marva Collins method; a manual for educating and motivating your child by Marva Collins
Problems I anticipate?
I am a frugualnista so why do I keep making excuses? The cost of the curriculum can get expensive but I made it work as a classroom teacher. I may have to purchase things for Math and Science the rest I should be okay since the Charlotte Mason/ Marva Collins methods are not big on workbooks.

I am leaning toward Mason Nature Study and may just use the program below. I have only found  http://memoriapress.com/curriculum/science/book-insects

Grades 4+
Book of Insects
Brett Vaden & Laura Bateman

If the Lord have called you to homeschooling, how has the transition been for you? How do you keep your curriculum cost down?

Tuesday, June 3

15 Family Summer Bucket List Activities

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Family Summer Bucket List Activities.

Summer is around the corner. If you don't write down your plans and ideas the summer will be over. I am making my list and checking it twice. Take a few moments and make your list for your own family. What are some things you want your children to experience? What do you want to experience? What are things you have said for your years you and the family is going to do?

I want my family to . . .

1. Great summer reading. I am a EDUCATOR so reading is very important to me. I have made my children read one classic literature, one fun and one biography every summer. I just require one book a month. At the end of the summer they have to give the family a speech. My children work and make money but like most American children they enjoy being consumers. However as a self-employed, stay at home mom I have some concern about their college finance, I really been eyeing... 

Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze

2. Gardening with my sons. I don't have a green thumb but I have this fantasy of this garden where I have broccoli, spinach, corn and snow peas. I don't want or like tomatos they grow too much. I always try to garden in pots since I live in a fabulous small house. 

3. Make homemade ice cream. I plan to step up our American sundaes. I'm an island girl with memories of homemade grape nuts, avocado, rum and raisin ice cream. I plan to teach my kids this summer. If someone has a Caribbean recipe for rice pudding that you make in the refrigerator please, please, please email me the recipe.

4. Fish fly on my new deck. My deck is being built by family members...I think this is summer two, lol. Isn't that awful. We are dreaming of a big fish fly.

5. Decorate our homeschool room. I love all things creative so we are working on our over the top homeschool room that I plan to create for under $200.00. My issue is I was a secular and Christian school teacher as well as an art teacher for over 15 years so I books galore. I have been trying to decide if I need to find some old crates or build my own book case out of wood. I don't want to throw away my books because I plan to donate them to a library after my last child graduates from high school.

6. Bike riding by water. We need to take our bike riding out of the neighborhood and go 
for a 3- mile journey.

7. Listen to a concert at the park. I want to get my blanket and pack a basket and listen to a concert at the park. I always say I am going to do it but never make the time to do it.

8. Visit our state capital like a tourist. I think sometimes you don't appreciate where you live because you see it with a different eye.

9. Go fishing as family. We are anglers and love spending time on the water. Its just forces you to slow down.

10. Video Night Marathon. We will have a family night of videos. A real all- night showdown. My sons love it because I think they love to beat me but its their parents participating in their hobbies. Think of a way to overdose on something your kids love. Play barbie all night, movie night, etc.

11. Take my boys to a traditional Japanese restaurant. I want my boys to experience a restaurant where they take off their shoes and sit on the floor  etc.. I think we don't encourage boys to have new experiences and they grow up to be so boring and their wives can't get them to do anything.

12. Finish my book. I plan to complete my ebook and actually get it published on amazon.

13. Complete my closet. I have been working on my clothes closet for about a year. I want to add a chandelier in my closet. Why should movie stars have all the fun with their closets. I need to just finish what II have started and decide on a great color.

14. Homeschool Activities Finalize. I don't just want to stay in the house and homeschool. I was told everyone has this dream in the beginning but when they get started they seem to never leave the house. I don't want to be that homeschooler. The point of me homeschooling is my belief in the School Without Walls. I have found some cool programs in my area. I had to join about 7 homeschool support groups to get the information but we will only be active in about two.

I didn't realize how segregated many homeschoolers groups are. I just thought Christians were a little more inclusive. I've had to be creative and I am even trying to start a playgroup. Our science co op will have kids of different religion which is a first for my child because he has always gone to Christian Schools. The program is taught my homeschool moms with advance Science degrees and its hands on. 

15.  Find a Homeschool Mom Support Group. I need to find a Christian Homeschool moms groups that includes bible study and other activities since I will not be under an umbrella school.

How about your family, what do you want to do this summer?