The Token System

When I first started homeschooling last year, it became clear that I was going to have to be very creative in coming up with different ways to help motivate our boys, Jonathan and Jacob, to want to do their schoolwork each day. I learned about the ‘Token System’ from a friend and thought it would be a fun incentive for them to work towards every day.

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My Upstream Learner

This year we embarked on our second year of homeschooling, and I am slowly feeling more confident and settled in with this new way of life. This was a tough decision for my husband, Jason, and me, and was definitely something we did not take lightly.

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Why I Chose A PSP Over Charter School

I often get asked why I chose a PSP over a Charter, and every time my heart speeds up just a tad before I answer. You see, this topic can be a touchy one, and opinions can be strong about it. I have multiple friends who chose Charter and love it because it has worked best for their families. I still adore these friends, value their opinions, and am still amazed at the work they do in their lives for the Lord. That choice was right for them.  My decision to go with a PSP had everything to do with the convictions the Lord laid on my heart regarding my family. This is my truth, my answer to that often asked question.

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Ways To Discipline Your Kids

Our families were asked in an open forum town hall meeting how they discipline their kids, and here are their answers.

  1. In the case of a temper tantrum, stop everything, sit with your child, and let them know this behavior is not OK and will not be tolerated.  Resume your activity once they are finished.

  2. Get eye to eye with your child and speak with them.

  3. Disobedience=losing toys and privileges

  4. Using God’s word as a positive affirmation of what we are to do and not do.

  5. Pray with your child.

  6. Immediately remove your child from whatever they’re doing.

  7. Let your yes be yes and your no be no!

  8. Use the book Wise Words for Moms as a guide for teaching and disciplining your kids.

  9. Show them their need for Christ.

  10. Use the book My ABC Bible Verses-Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts.

  11. Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. Proverbs 13:24

Why Is Private Homeschooling Still A Good Idea?

  • In our world grade is based on mastery, not age

  • We are perfectly equipped to educate our kids

  • You can’t serve two masters

  • Take time off for family crisis

  • We can pray with our kids throughout the day

  • Our right to intervene for medical reasons is preserved with private homeschooling

  • We can have an IEP that is not dictated and enforced by the State but instead by God

  • Public education subjects can be a waste of time. We are to redeem the time wisely Ephesians 5:16

  • Private homeschoolers are not part of government data collection

  • We as parents can limit outside influences over our kids

  • The public school takes away our choices

  • Private homeschooling is a discipleship program for our kids

  • We can teach from a biblical world view

  • Our kids are with the us-the best place to be!

  • Teaching our kids is our God-given right.

  • Kids aren’t sick as much as when they are in a classroom with other kids.

  • Deuteronomy 4:4-6

  • Time to work on character building

  • To develop a love of learning in our kids-not teach them to memorize facts.

  • We have control over where our kids are

  • Deuteronomy 6: 6-9 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”