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Homeschool Planning that allows for life to happen

Busy homeschool moms everywhere…I have an amazing product to introduce you to today. I know so many of you are overwhelmed with the usual tasks of homemaking and homeschool, so trying to keep track of records and grading can some times take a backseat to the necessary tasks of the day. And life often happens and we can fall off the planning wagon…but isn’t that part of homeschooling? Letting life sometimes interrupt our plans and teach us?

Homeschool moms plates are full and I am going to show you a way to relieve some of those full plates today!

Spend time with your family, not your homeschool planner. (Yes!!)

The Flexible Homeschool App is a web-based application for planning and tracking your family’s homeschool. And here is the part that I love—> It is structured enough yet flexible to allow for life to happen.

That is definitely me…I have struggled many times to stick to any type of planning application that is too rigid. I end up quitting because life always gets in the way and I wind up feeling defeated because we can’t stay on track! The Flexible Homeschool app certainly relieves that pressure and lets us moms focus on the most important things, while also staying organized as we track and plan.

The Flexible  Homeschool App allows you to:
  • Plan with timeframes, not rigid dates and times
  • Handle each child’s pace
  • Spontaneously break from school without extra effort
  • Not let work pile up or become overdue
  • Record what you actually did, when you did it, and how long it took you to do it.
  • Created beautifully formatted, customizable, and printable reports for your records
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I just returned from speaking at the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Arkansas this weekend and it was a blessed time! I cherish these trips and the opportunities to speak to so many families that are investing in their families by homeschooling their children.

As I  spoke to families of all walks on their journey, one thing became so clear. Everyone wants to do the best job they can. Everyone wants that perfect curriculum or setup. Everyone wants to succeed. And that is a good thing!

And as I walked the vendor halls with so many amazing resources and so many different choices, I was however struck how we need to be so very careful to not measure our success in those externals. It is all about the eternals.

I truly believe the most important book you can teach in your homeschool is the Bible. Without it, everything else is for naught. You children’s core should be shaped by God’s truths.

So while curriculum and resources and all that stuff are important, do not let it take place of the truly important.

The Bible teaches your children who God is, who they are in Christ, godly wisdom, moral laws, and more. It will shape them with God as their center. It is without a doubt, the most important book in your homeschool.

I have seen the Bible and God transform my life. I know without a doubt that my life is built upon the truths found in that book…which is more than a book…it is living Truth.

I must pass that down to the next generation. They must be equipped in this world that is so upside down, with the absolute truths of God’s Word. There really is no better way to equip them for life, than to follow God.

Once they are following Him and His truths, they will be ready for all that comes their way in life.

Academics are important, but life isn’t live based on them alone. And I believe when we are following God, they will naturally fall into place because we will want to do well, work hard, and be a good steward of our learning.

God alone is what we live for. And when we forget that and start to live for the temporary things of this world, we will struggle to keep our focus.

So remember, above anything you can do, teach your child who God is, and teach from His Word. You can’t go wrong.

My new e-course is NOW available! Join many others who have signed up to make the Bible the foundation of their homeschool!

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I have heard from many parents lately that have said they don’t feel equipped to teach the Bible to their children. They think they don’t know enough of the Bible or about the Bible, so they aren’t comfortable teaching it to their children.

Rest assured, if that is you, I want to encourage you today.

If you have a Bible, you are equipped. God is the One who wrote it, and He is our Master Teacher. Trust the One who wrote the words to teach you.

I am not a biblical scholar or a theologian, yet I love God’s Word. And that is what I want to pass on to my children.

We do not have to have a degree in the Bible to teach it to our children. In fact, what a beautiful thing to learn together!

I believe that God equips where He calls. And He definitely commands us in the Bible to teach His Word. So we must trust Him.

And in this day and age with an abundant amount of resources available to us, we can find ways to study the Bible like never before. 

Some of my favorites:

*affiliate links

Blue Letter Bible

KeyWord Study Bible

Life Application Study Bible

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary

This is not by any means a comprehensive list, but some of my top resources. We also love to include sermons, videos, podcasts, and more. Just always make sure they are reputable and solid in teaching. The abundance of information also means the abundance of fluff or “junk”- be discerning!

Do not be intimated by the Bible. It is God’s very own words to us. He wants to teach us. Go to Him, and lead your children to Him. You will be transformed by His Spirit!

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Training Up the Next Generation in Truth!
Building a firm foundation in your family, with the Bible at the center.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

3 John 4 NKJV

There is nothing that will equip your children more for life than to know God’s Word and to walk in the Truth. This course will walk you through how we used the Bible as our main textbook in our homeschool for an entire year. It was the MOST amazing year ever.

Yet, even if you don’t want to solely teach from the Bible, it is still imperative to teach with the Bible as the center of your family and your homeschool. Join me as we discover the most amazing resource we have as families- the Bible.

This is not intended to be a curriculum, but a guide.

This course includes unlimited access to over 85 minutes worth of videos detailing how we used the Bible for each subject to teach our children for one year, printable downloads to help you keep track of your resources and records, sample weeks, and extra resources PLUS free membership to a private member-only Facebook group to continue the encouragement and connect with others!  I will also continue to share resources and videos to answer questions and be available to you as you walk this journey!

JOIN ME!

~Karen DeBeus

Simply Living for Him and Bible Based Homeschooling

See the Course Now!

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As we approach the end of this journey for our oldest child, I have learned that homeschooling is more than books. Homeschooling is more than tests. Our kids are more than a curriculum.

From the early years on, I pored over curriculum catalogs, dreamed big dreams of what our days would look like, spent hours researching the best methods, and ultimately life proved much different than those early dreams.

Homeschooling is a way of life, and education is not limited to the quantification of a test grade. My kids have learned far beyond walls of a classroom.

That time we bought a house, sold our house, and then it all fell through? They learned about some real life there- mortgages, inspections, attorney reviews. All things I never knew about until I was an adult!



Those times learning how to raise animals here on our little hobby farm- building coops and barn stalls, planting and harvesting a garden, milking goats? Not just skills that involved science and math, but skills you can’t just learn about in a book. Caring for living creatures, showing compassion, responsibility, and dedication.

The times that we walked through deep sorrow and grief as tragedy struck in lives close to us? Difficult times, but life lessons for sure. Attending funerals, handling grief, being there for friends, and dealing with emotions as they drove us to our Savior’s arms. Lessons that can never be taught in a book.

The joys, the excitement, the highs…all experiences that must be lived. Not taught in a book.

Relationships that have been built. Bonds that have formed. Our family is a so tight-knit and close, all because we have lived each day together.

So while I remember those early years of thinking I need that perfect curriculum, that perfect set up, that perfect room, that perfect method. I see that the only perfect was really the life God was creating for us to live…and the learning as we went. Experience has after all been, the best teacher.

Read about our journey in my best-selling books: Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram- Ideal Homeschool Listen to my podcast here
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I am scanning the web for some ideas for Bible-based lessons for Thanksgiving.

Here are some I have found today:

We Gather Together: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns
30 Scripture Readings on Thanksgiving (Year Long Bible Reading Series)
My Thanksgiving Prayer
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
30 Scripture Readings for Thanksgiving & 30 Scripture Readings for Christmas: Two Months of Scripture Readings for the Holidays

These are FREE:

FREE Bible Lesson about the Pilgrims- (I am going to do this activity!)

harvest Blessing Mix Snack with Lesson (adorable)

FREE Thanksgiving Bible Crafts from Christian Preschool Printables

JoyfulHeart.com has some Bible-based articles and such

BibleFun Zone has FREE printables

Be Thankful lesson from Homeschooled-Kids.com

Bible-Printables.com has a variety of coloring pages

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I was given tickets to the performance of Jesus in exchange for this review

Sight and Sound Theatres- Where the Bible Really Does Come to Life!

I was recently given tickets to attend Sight and Sound Theatres production of Jesus in Lancaster, PA. This was our third show at Sight and Sound, and it was even more spectacular than the others. I don’t even know how that is possible!

Sight and Sound Theatre is known for its jaw-dropping sets and animals and stage that semi-surrounds the theater. In past shows, we have watched in awe as the whale in Jonah floated over the audience. We marveled at the animals that were on stage and brought up and down the aisles in others shows, truly immersing the audience in the experience. And most of all, with each show, we have experienced the Bible literally come to life and heard the Gospel in ways that touched our hearts because of the live production and telling of the Scriptures.

And Jesus. Wow, this show did not disappoint. I feel like I need to see it again and again because there is just so much to take in.

From the moment the show started I just knew this was going to be more than I imagined. The use of digital backdrops combined with enormous moving sets that surround the theater is magnificent. They literally made the boat rocking through high waves in the sea as Jesus actually walked on water. Towns and temples larger than life filled the stage. You feel like you are truly there. Soldiers on horseback, camels through the aisles, birds flying overhead. It’s indescribable.

It will blow your mind to see these Bible stories in action. You must experience it to grasp the magnitude of these shows!

Teaching our children the Bible is an integral part of our family. And being able to take them to shows at Sight and Sound adds so much to our love of the His Word. After each show, we have been able to discuss so much of the Bible from what we experienced in the show. It is the perfect Bible-based field trip!

If you are in the area of Lancaster, PA or Branson, MO you will definitely not want to miss a show at Sight and Sound Theatre. Head over to their website today for more info and to see the Bible come to life for yourself!

https://www.sight-sound.com/



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For years I have put my hair up with the standard ponytail holder. It ends up with looking kind of childish or just messy. Yes, I often sport a “messy bun” around the house!

Well today, I am pleased to introduce you today to Sue Ellen from Lilla Rose! She has generously sent me a product for review! You can see my LIVE video using it here:

I really love this clip. For someone with medium length hair, it is just perfect. I always want to get my hair out of the way when I’m working outside, homeschooling, cooking, or just working around the house, and this is a fashionable way to do so!

I am also thrilled about this headband. This is something I probably wouldn’t have purchased because I wouldn’t think it would work for me, but I absolutely love it. It’s so pretty and adds a gorgeous touch to an everyday hairstyle. I highly recommend it!

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