Raising Children With a Strong Spiritual Foundation (+Free Resources!)

Raising Children with a Strong Spiritual Foundation - New book + FREE Resources! | RaisingArrows.net

Raising children is hard work.  There are so many things to consider, analyze, learn, and look for.  But, as Christians, we are not left to our own devices.  We have God’s Holy Word, and a spiritual power like none other to guide us through the raising of these precious little ones!

Raising Children with a Strong Spiritual Foundation (new book + FREE resources!)| RaisingArrows.net

Dr. Tony Evans has just released a brand new book, Raising Kingdom Kids, that helps to walk you through raising children who gain true wisdom and knowledge in the Lord Jesus.  Some of the practical spiritual advice included in this book are:

  • Create an atmosphere where your kids can maintain their identity in Jesus Christ despite the society around them.
  • Help you grow in confidence as you discover your worth as a parent on God’s Word and not on your kids’ actions.
  • Experience the freedom that comes from influencing your children, rather than the futility of trying to control them.
  • Gain new strength as you view the daily duties of parenting from a kingdom perspective.
  • Trade reactive parenting for intentional parenting and marvel at the freedom this brings.

The book is available for pre-order (find out more HERE) and if you pre-order by September 1, you receive some wonderful FREE resources!  (who doesn’t love free stuff!?!)

FREE RESOURCES – $80 value!

Kingdom Woman audio book ($20 value)

Kingdom Man/Kingdom Woman Devotional Sampler—20 Daily Devotions ($7 value)

Kingdom Family, a previously unaired and unreleased message from Dr. Tony Evans ($12 value)

One Family Under God, a Bible study by Dr. Tony Evans ($15 value)

Biblical Manhood, a Focus on the Family broadcast with Dr. Tony Evans ($9 value)

Biblical Womanhood, a Focus on the Family broadcast with Dr. Tony Evans ($9 value)

Courageous Parenting, a Focus on the Family broadcast with Dr. Tony Evans ($9 value)

30 Days to Financial Victory booklet ($3 value)

To get these resources, simply pre-order your copy of Raising Kingdom Kids (<—link tells you where you can do this), and then enter your information HERE.

If you have a moment, watch the book trailer below (or click through to the blog to see it if you are reading via email).  Great message!  Love how Dr. Evans talks about “Cotton Candy” parenting.  It’s time to change how we view our parenting, friends!

Don’t Forget Tonight’s FREE Homeschooling Workshop

I wanted to remind you that tonight, July 29, Kerry Beck will be presenting her Approaches to Christian Homeschooling online workshop.  I’m sure you’ll learn something, whether you are new to homeschooling or experienced teaching your kids.

{FREE WORKSHOP} Approaches to Homeschooling - HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

This is a FREE workshop you can listen to in the convenience of your own home.  All of the methods will be discussed from a decidedly Biblical point of view.  They will include:

  1. Classical
  2. Charlotte Mason
  3. Unit Studies
  4. Biblical Principles
  5. Traditional-Textbook
  6. Unschooling-Resource Rich
  7. Christian Leadership

Here are just a few secrets she’ll be revealing…

  • Simple techniques to match your approach with your family’s values & goals
  • One method to develop a LOVE OF LEARNING
  • 4 R’s of Notebooking with the Principle Approach
  • How to Use your Homeschool to Raise Christian Leaders
  • 3 Stages of the Classical Approach
  • How to be on the same page as your spouse
  • 4 R’s of a Successful Charlotte Mason Homeschool
  • How to watch the 7 workshops from earlier this year
  • How to Make your Homeschool relate to Real Life

Bottom Line …On this 60-minute online workshop, you’ll discover more about how to give your kids a SUPERIOR education so they have a firm Christian foundation.

It’s happening TONIGHT Tuesday, July 29th at 9:00PM (Eastern Time) especially for Raising Arrows readers!

SIGN UP HERE

Not only will you be able to hear Kerry talking about how to have a Christian homeschool, but you’ll also get to SEE and WATCH it happening in real time on your computer screen, complete with real examples! Don’t miss out!

And don’t miss the special content that ONLY the LIVE ATTENDEES will be able to take advantage of.  This will NOT be available to those who listen to the replay. Make sure you are there!

Also, don’t miss a chance to WIN Kerry’s ebook:

She’ll announce the winner during the webinar tonight!  You can enter her blog contest to win her new edition of Approaches to Christian Homeschooling right HERE!

See you tonight!

Confused By Homeschooling Methods?

{FREE WORKSHOP} Approaches to Homeschooling - HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

I have something really exciting for you coming next Tuesday!  I wanted to do this earlier, but I was too sick to even think about planning this, but now that I’m better, Kerry has agreed to put together one of her FREE WEBINARS just for Raising Arrows readers!

Here are the details!

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7 Approaches to Christian Homeschooling
July 29, 2014

6pm Pacific | 7pm Mountain | 8pm Central | 9pm Eastern
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During this webinar, Kerry will reveal tips & strategies to help you choose the best homeschooling approach for your family.  She’ll be sharing tips that you can take and use IMMEDIATELY after the workshop!  BUT, most importantly… she will reveal how you can match your family’s needs, personality & goals with the right method of homeschooling.

Not only will you be able to HEAR Kerry, but you’ll also SEE and WATCH it happening in real time on your computer screen, complete with real examples! (And it doesn’t matter what connection speed you have or even if you have a PC or Mac.)

This is a great way for you to really get a grasp of the different Christian homeschooling methods and which ones fit your family best, and how you can implement them now!

Kerry has only 200 spots for my readers, so SIGN UP NOW so you don’t miss this FREE webinar!

P.S. – Kerry has something VERY special cooked up for those who attend the online workshop LIVE. It will be worth your while to be on this workshop I guarantee it!

P.S.S. Remember there are 2 things you should do right now and they are FREE:

1. Register for next Tuesday’s workshop: CLICK HERE

2. Enter Kerry’s blog contest to win her ebook!  CLICK HERE

Take {Some of} the Work Out of Choosing Homeschool Curriculum

Take {Some of} the Work Out of Choosing Homeschool Curriculum - tips for choosing products right for you and your family | RaisingArrows.netI’m going into my 13th year of homeschooling.  I’d like to say it just gets easier and easier, but that would be a lie.  This homeschool mom gig is hard work.

But I love it!
(Read my post on What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Homeschooling)

One thing that makes it hard work is the planning and agonizing over what curriculum to use…every year.  Yes, every year.

Sure, there are some subjects that you can easily figure out what you’ll be using.  Perhaps you use a totally boxed curriculum and never stray from that, but there’s a chance even with a boxed curriculum, you’ll want to add something else in because frankly, there is SOOOO much good stuff out there these days.

Let me get one thing straight before we go any further with this discussion:

Your homeschool curriculum won’t save your children,
so your hard work isn’t about finding the perfect curriculum.

Even so, I find myself torn every year as I learn about new homeschool books, listen to friends talk about what they use, go to conventions, and scour sales like the Build Your Bundle Sale going on this week.

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

It’s hard work deciding what really fits your family, what really fits your budget, and what really fits in your bookshelves!  (The good thing about the sale above is that it is digital and your don’t have to fit them in your bookshelves!)

Today, I want to give you a few tips on how to go about choosing curriculum that works for you and your family.  These tips won’t take all the hard work out of your homeschool planning, but they will help!

Let me start by walking you through some of the sales in the Build Your Bundle sale that caught my eye so you can see how I make curriculum choices that work for our homeschool.

The first bundle that jumped out at me was the Middle School Bundle:
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

The main reason it caught my eye is because we own one of the A Child’s Geography and it is PHENOMENAL!  I was so excited to see all of them in this set!  There were a lot of other great resources in there as well, but my eye automatically went to those books.

So, RULE #1 – If something has worked in the past and was enjoyed by everyone – DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL!  Chances are one product from a publisher/series you love will equal several well-loved products from them.

Another Bundle that caught my eye was the Charlotte Mason Bundle:
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

Deep in my heart, I WANT to be a Charlotte Mason homeschool mom.  Ever since Pocketful of Pinecones and Lessons At Blackberry Inn by Karen Andreola made my heart sing, I’ve been fascinated by a Charlotte Mason education.  But, alas, I don’t seem to be able to implement a lot of it.  {I talk about how you can tweak CM for the large family in my ebook Large Family Homeschooling – which just so happens to be in the Mom Bundle of this sale along with my scheduling ebook. ;) )  I need a lot of hand-holding with Charlotte Mason.  I need materials that don’t assume I know what I’m doing.

So, Rule #2 is - Make sure the materials you buy HELP you accomplish the homeschooling goals you have rather than HINDER.

Now, let’s talk homeschool conventions and talking with friends for a moment…

Rule #3 – Listen and learn, but give yourself time to research and pray.

In other words, DON’T BE IMPULSIVE!  There’s time to make a decision.  I promise.  Yes, the sale will end.  Yes, the convention will be over.  Yes, you would like to get free shipping from Rainbow Resource.  But good decisions need a little breathing room – even if you load up your online cart and let it set overnight to “sleep on it.”  (That’s what I’m doing ;) )

Rule #4 – Overanalyzing will make you crazy.  As my father-in-law likes to say,

“There’s no such thing as a good deal.  Just some deals are better than others.”

Agonizing over curriculum will make you a crazy person.  You are never going to find the perfect curriculum, so do what you need to do to prepare, but then just make a decision and go with it.  If it doesn’t work, it’s ok…no, really, it is.  I can tell you all sorts of stories of curriculum that worked for us, then didn’t work for us, and then a few kids later, worked again!  It will get used or you can sell it or you can bless someone else with it.  It’s not all a big loss.

I think a few of you might need a big ((HUG)) right about now. :)

And finally, Rule #5 – Be mom.  I cannot preach this enough.  You are mom first, homeschool mom second.  Look for curriculum that helps you be mom.  You’re not looking for stuff that meets arbitrary standards or looks good on paper.  You need things that meet God’s standard – which is that you LOVE YOUR CHILDREN.  Choose things that make your heart sing.  Choose things that speak to your children.  Choose things that educate without ripping out the essence of childhood.  You will never be sorry when you choose to be mom.

Now, go and have a great homeschool year!

Build Your Homeschooling Bundle YOUR Way!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

TODAY is the day!  The day a unique bundle sale launches and you can start building your own bundle of homeschooling goodies or choose from a specific set of resources that have already been pre-selected to fit your needs.  This is a great way to stock up on exactly what you need for the upcoming school year at a fraction of the cost!

Read on to learn more and start building YOUR bundle today -

BUT HURRY!
This is a ONE WEEK ONLY SALE!
(July 21-28)

The bundles are definitely worth your money!  They include AMAZING homeschooling products such as:

Learning Language Arts Through Literature
A Child’s Geography
Character Concepts
Picture Smart Bible
Math Mammoth
and more!

There are SO many incredible products to choose from, all bundled up in grades/themes OR you can “Build Your Own!  (You’ll find 2 of my ebooks in the Mom Bundle!)

The “Build Your Own” bundles offer you the opportunity to select a certain number of products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up to 80% off! We have MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top 100 Picks! When you purchase a combination of any 2 “Build Your Own” bundles, you will get the 3rd one at 50% off!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Buy more & save more! Purchase 2 “build your
own” bundles and get the 3rd one 50% off! See
site for details.

You will also find the following pre-assembled bundles with saving up
to 92% off retail:
Tot/Pre-K Bundle, K-3 Bundle, 4-6 Elementary Bundle,
Middle School Bundle, High School Bundle, Charlotte Mason Bundle, & the
Homeschooling/Homemaking Mom Bundle!

Charlotte Mason Style Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $377.35 - On Sale for ONLY $49.00 - One Week Only! Elementary Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $220.35 - On Sale for ONLY $39.00 - One Week Only! Middle School Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $361.77 - On Sale for ONLY $59.00 - One Week Only!
High School Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $381.68 - On Sale for ONLY $69.00 - One Week Only! K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $187.13 - On Sale for ONLY $39.00 - One Week Only! K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $171.37 - On Sale for ONLY $29.00 - One Week Only!
K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $118.19 - On Sale for ONLY $10.00 - One Week Only!  Homeschooling Curriculum - You Choose What to Buy - Save up to 80% - One Week Only!  Homeschooling Resources, Curriculum & More - Save up to 60% - One Week Only!

There are also tons of FREEBIES and RESOURCES just for buying a bundle! Don’t miss all the great deals this week!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!