For those of you who don’t know, my daughter is living and working in Japan. On the side, she’s been working on building her acting resume. She is convicted that the film industry has a real need for a Christian influence. Here she is in a commercial for Toyota!!
You can only see her for a tiny bit at about 1:98 in the video above. Here’s a screenshot:
O.K. That’s my little proud mama dance, lol.
I remember when I was homeschooling her and wondering what she would become and what she would do when she was grown up. I never dreamed she would live in Japan. I also never envisioned her in commercials (and other film work). I knew she had a purpose though, and that I was helping prepare her for it. It’s amazing to me that so many of the things I did back when I was homeschooling her, have helped in small ways to get her where she is now. We spent a lot of time learning about other cultures, and I believe God was beginning to prepare her heart for reaching other people. I also believe He was allowing her to explore and develop her gifts, like her love for languages and the arts, in ways she never would have been able to in a regular school setting.
I’m also glad He led her to attend our local jr. college, as NONE of her current opportunities would have unfolded via the previous college track we had planned on and hoped for, in the beginning. Who would have known she would get involved with Japanese students and a Japanese company in the middle of a cow town?! lol. I think it’s hilarious that she runs into good friends so often in Japan. She’s thousands of miles away in the middle of Tokyo eating lunch with friends she met in a dinky little nothing town here in the states at a dinky little nothing jr. college. Cue in the music to “It’s a Small World”, lol. You would be amazed at all the little perfect storms in her life that I don’t have time to get into right now. That’s God’s hand right there.
I’m so happy that she is getting to share her love of Christ with the Japanese, and of all the amazing things she is getting to do, as God throws so many doors wide open!
When you are working hard to teach your kids and fighting about math or stressing over which science program you are going to use, stop and remember that this time you have with them is fleeting. Your kids are going to grow up and move out and make their mark in the world, even though that may seem SO far away. It’s not. You are equipping them right this very moment for all of the things they are going to do. Let God lead you in the things you teach them, even if those things aren’t in the “usual” 4 year history cycle or whatever homeschool slave that’s driving you.
Don’t be afraid to do things a little differently or to spend time exploring interests that don’t always add up perfectly in your high school credits list, or that may not be in the current homeschool “vogue”. You just never know where it might lead and what impact it may have on your kids’s lives and the lives of the people they will touch in the future.
When my kids were little, we used to spend hours listening to radio programs in Asian languages just for fun. I had no idea why I did that, lol. Only now, I do. 😉 My daughter is reading and writing and speaking Japanese on a daily basis! What may have seemed like a waste of time (we weren’t actually LEARNING as we were just listening), may have helped her brain be more receptive to learning an Asian language.
It’s little goofy things like that, that added up and made a difference. Maybe your son likes to build paper models. Hey, that’s not school!! Or is it? Maybe someday he’s going to be an engineer. Maybe your daughter spends hours building little bead bracelets. Maybe someday her super developed motor skills will be enacted as her hands hover over someone’s heart in the middle of surgery. You just never know.
I’m so thankful for those precious years I had to teach my children. It’s exciting to see their lives unfold and to see that God’s hand was always working towards their futures, even when they were very small and I couldn’t see it in the day-to-day struggles.
Hang in there. It’s worth it.
It’s taken me a lot longer than usual to create the high school chemistry curriculum due to several unforeseen circumstances, but I’m almost finished now. I have some printables to make, and then I’ll post everything in the online store! Here’s a sneak peek of the banner graphics:
I haven’t seen any high school chemistry curriculum like this before, and I feel it fills a real need for students who would be better served by a non-traditional chemistry course. Keep an eye out for updates, as I’ll be posting more about it soon!
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In other news, my new high school chemistry program is coming along nicely and should be done by January. It’s based on “living books” with no textbook and no crazy traditional labs! Instead, students learn chemistry concepts through cooking real food (you know, the kind you want to EAT) in the kitchen! This curriculum is designed for students who don’t have (or don’t want to use, lol) the math skills for a traditional chemistry course, but still need to fulfill requirements, or want to explore chemistry in a more hands-on and real-life approach. As with all of my curricula, it’s chock-full of videos, activities, and great books that will help spark a LOVE for science. It’s also a great course for teens interested in the culinary arts. I’m really excited about this chemistry course, as there isn’t anything I’ve seen out there in the homeschool world like it. I’ll be sharing more in the next month!
My daughter sent this to me today. I’m glad we are homeschoolers!
You may not want to watch this with the kiddos around, as there is some mature content.
This is what was on my counter recently:Now we have a ton of Ziploc bags full of frozen grapes in the freezer (for snacks) and bags of raisins I made with my dehydrator! The raisins taste so much better than the ones you can buy in the store. They also have little, tiny, crunchy seeds left in them. After a bit of research, I learned that grapes seeds are quite good for you!!
My husband was also a sweetheart and processed the last of the plums and two fridge drawers full of peaches for me. I think we literally grow enough fruit now that 1-2 people could eat it all year-long. I’d probably get tired of it all, though! 😉
In other news, I’ve put up some printables in my website store in the new “printables category”:
I plan on adding things over time, between working on curricula. For now there are some excerpts that were adapted from the Science of Seasons Learn-and-Play Activities book and some items that are bundled in the Knowledge of Nature Curriculum. I’ll be creating lots of new goodies, for a variety of ages, as time goes on.
Now I’m off to work on the up-and-coming high school chemistry curriculum! Stay tuned (does anyone still use that phrase? lol) for updates!
I’m getting ready to work on a new curriculum for high schoolers. It’s going to be a non-traditional chemistry curriculum done the “Guest Hollow” way with lots of fun kitchen/cooking recipes instead of a chemistry set, a variety of really interesting books instead of a textbook, and lots of practical information that kids can use in their “real” lives, instead of just in a laboratory.
One of the books I plan on including is:
I’ll post more about it in a few weeks!
I plan on putting a testimonials page up on our website. If you have any experiences you’d like to share about using Guest Hollow, please let me know! Here is a comment from an email I received from Trista (who gave me permission to share). She is using our high school anatomy curriculum AND the botany curriculum at the same time with her daughter. She said her daughter is retaining things more than any other program they have tried. When I asked her what she thinks made a difference she said,
” I think it is between the repetition and your way of presenting things in so many different ways. She has a lot of learning problems and sometimes it seems as though we are merely going through the motions of “school”, but not with her Guest Hollow classes. Your classes are great for her. She doesn’t complain about doing them, even looks forward to them and seems to be retaining most of what is presented. The way the classes is set-up she never knows what to expect each day and becomes excited as she completes daily assignments.”
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I’ve just posted my new Knowledge of Nature curriculum in the online store!
Knowledge of Nature is designed for grades 1-4, but is adaptable up to grade 6.
Topics for this curriculum:
Topics for this curriculum are interrelated and cross-curricular. This makes a robust learning environment that helps build retention and interest!
I’ve scheduled in a variety of fascinating books and resources to make this human body curriculum informative, interesting and fun! I’ve also included some books that are add-ons for advanced or older students. Click on the image above to take a look!
Thank you to everyone for your continued support and encouragement as I stock the Guest Hollow store full of goodies like Knowledge of Nature!
I’ve got more curricula in the works, so keep checking in!
I am getting closer to finishing the Knowledge of Nature curriculum for 1st-4th graders (adaptable up to 6th grade if you want to include an older sibling)! Take a look at this sneak peek that shows some of the resources I’m scheduling for it. It’s a science based curriculum, but full enough to use as a “core” curriculum (think Sonlight style), with plenty of literature scheduled in, and even a touch of history, art, and more!