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Coping with the Unexpected on Your Homeschool Journey

Coping with the Unexpected on Your Homeschool Journey {Danika Cooley at ThinkingKidsBlog.org}

Recently, I drove my van on just two wheels for the very first time.

The Lord was good to me, and the van didn’t roll.  It seems that a young man, stopped in the middle lane of a highway, decided to turn left while reading a map.  That was a problem — you see, I was already driving along in the left-hand turn lane.  Thankfully, my children weren’t in the van at the time of impact.  My life was derailed by an unexpected event that left me with a sprained neck, back and foot, and a van that needed a little TLC.

When I first started homeschooling, I would read homeschool forums across the internet, desperate for advice and camaraderie.  One of the most common questions I’d see was “What do we do if someone gets sick?”

It’s a fair question, I think. Continue reading

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Hurrying the Kids Through Life…

Quit Interrupting My Teaching with All Your Learning!    Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling

Do you ever find yourself watching the clock during your homeschool?

Urging your kids to hurry along with their math, history or writing?

Do you check off each class as you go?

Do their incessant questions ever make you groan inwardly?

Are your kids interrupting your teaching with all their learning?

I’m sharing about my own inner struggle today over at Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling.  I’d love to have you come join the conversation.

~ Danika Cooley

Danika Cooley is a children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr.; Upper Room Ministries’ Pockets and Devozine; CBH Ministries’ Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey. Her work also appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.


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Blessed Assurance ~ Fanny Crosby: The Blind Girl’s Song by Lucille Travis

Fanny Crosby The Blind Girl's Song by Lucille Travis  {review by Danika Cooley}

As a child, one of my favorite hymns was most certainly Blessed Assurance.  I would stand in church (or in the kitchen with my broom) and belt out:

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.” Continue reading


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Guest April McGowan: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back ~ Homeschooling Through Chronic Illness

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back {April McGowan, Author of the novel Jasmine}

I met my friend April at a writer’s conference last year and immediately connected with her.  She’s witty, down-to-earth, and always encouraging.  I admire April’s Christian walk and her family is charming.  We started exchanging manuscripts in the fall and I learned that April is also an amazing writer with a unique voice. 

April’s new book Jasmine releases digitally today, and as a printed book in September.  Personally, I can’t wait to read it. 

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Our family has been homeschooling for fifteen years (I count my daughter’s first year of life, because we knew all along we were going to homeschool her). When we started down this road, our family was in what we considered to be fairly good health. But, as the years went on, we were clobbered with more and more serious health conditions. My family suffers from life-threatening environmental and food allergies, as well as Celiac disease for my son. And then two years ago, after my seventh bout of pneumonia, I was diagnosed with CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency)—a genetic disease that gets worse as I grow older. I can’t fight off colds or infections. Not quite the boy in the bubble syndrome, but similar. Continue reading


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I’m Guest Posting at Hip Homeschool Moms Today!

I'm Guest Posting at Hip Homeschool Moms Today!

If there is anything I’ve learned about homeschooling in the past three years, it is that I’m not going to come out of our homeschool adventure the same person I started as.  God uses all circumstances in my life to grow my character and to bring glory to Himself, and homeschooling is no different!

Today, I’m guest posting over at Hip Homeschool Moms on Ten Ways Homeschooling Has Changed Me.  I would be honored if you would hop over there and take a look.

Also (and certainly more important), I would appreciate it if you would join me in prayer for those in the path of the Black Forest fire just outside of Colorado Springs, CO.  As of this morning, 379 homes had burned and the fire is still uncontrolled.  You can find updates at The Gazette.  Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family has also posted an update and a request for prayer, as Focus on the Family is in the path of the blaze.  Thank you for joining me in praying for rain, for the firefighters, for the people of Black Forest and Colorado Springs, and for God’s hand of protection on the ministries that make their home there.

 

~ Danika Cooley

Danika Cooley is a children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr., and Thriving Family; Upper Room Ministries’ Pockets and Devozine; CBH Ministries’ Keys for Kids; and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey. Her work also appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.


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Join Two Virtual Libraries on Christian Homeschooling & Parenting

Parenting for Jesus - A Library for Christian Parenting ResourcesI love the exchange of ideas.  Advice, criticisms, books, and media… I want to think about what I’m doing and how I’m doing it.  I want to be intentional about the way I live.  That’s one of the reasons I started Thinking Kids.  I wanted to be able share great books and ideas I came across.

Recently, I’ve found that Pinterest is a really great way to keep track of those ideas in a visual, organized way.  Honestly, I wouldn’t have joined if one of my very favorite editors hadn’t invited me.  Now that I’m in, though, I’m hooked.  I have boards organized by homeschooling subject, children’s book boards by reading level, curriculum boards by grade, and boards on Marriage for Jesus, Living for Jesus.  I even belong to group boards where many people pin articles pertaining to a given subject.

I’ve been thinking that it would be fun to invite you – my friends here from Thinking Kids – to participate in contributing to two growing Pinterest boards: Parenting for Jesus, and Homeschooling for Jesus.  They’re libraries, if you will, on Christian parenting and homeschooling.

I want to personally invite you to participate in this library project.  Continue reading


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Scheduling Your Homeschool ~ Free Printable Schedule and Links to Ideas

Scheduling Your Homeschool - Tips and Tricks {Danika Cooley at Thinking Kids}I frequently get asked about my homeschool schedule.  The truth is, I meticulously schedule and plan each summer.

Then during the school year… I rearrange everything. Continue reading