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At the end of the Old Testament, there are many books written by prophets. These can be classified into Major and Minor Prophets. In this minor prophets Bible lesson printable pack, children will enjoy learning about the 12 Minor Prophets. Just because they are called Minor Prophets, doesn’t mean they are less important. In fact, there are many lessons that can be learned through reading and studying the books of the Minor Prophets.

This Minor Prophet Bible lesson printable pack contains over 50 pages of fun activities and study worksheets on each of the twelve minor prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Those these 12 men taught at different times to different people, they had one thing in common. They were all faithful men, that were chosen by God to speak His message to those who desperately needed to hear it. 

The general activities in this Minor Prophets Bible lesson printable pack all revolve around the Minor Prophets and include:

  • Word Search – Find the Names of the Minor Prophets
  • Cut and Paste the names of the Minor Prophets in the correct order
  • Alphabetical Order – Write the names of the Minor Prophets in alphabetical order
  • Unscramble the names of the Minor Prophets
  • Fill in the Names
  • Mazes – Find the letters as you go through the maze and create a word
  • Old Testament Book Order
  • Whale and Sheep Dot-to-Dot and Tracing Pages
  • How Many Words can you make
  • My Favorite Bible Verse
  • Who Said it?

These activities can be done before, after or even in between completing the Minor Prophets Bible lesson activities. These activities are aimed at children of all ages, as they can work at their own level and pace.

For each of the 12 Minor Prophets, it is recommended to read the book from the Bible before completing the activities. The three pages of activities for each specific prophet include an overview of the book, followed by writing a verse, then answering questions about thoughts and events that happened in the book and lastly, a page where children can illustrate the story.

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Dear tired homeschool mom, 

Are you feeling burned out with homeschooling lately? Has the excitement you once had become lost in the mundane tasks of your days? Maybe you’re starting to doubt whether you’re cut out for this gig. Or perhaps motherhood itself has worn you down and you’ve lost your joy.    

Well, you’re not alone.

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Homeschool moms have so much that we are juggling on a daily basis: homeschooling, parenting, homemaking, our marriage, friendship, extended family, church family, ministry, and maybe even additional work on the side! We are sometimes anxious and stressed about everything from behavior or learning challenges in our kids to nurturing our marriage or getting the house decluttered

It’s enough to leave anyone overwhelmed. And things aren’t always easy, either! We might struggle with disappointment and frustration when we realize we’re doing the same things over and over with seemingly little progress. We get burned out trying to be superwoman and neglecting self-care. After all, how can we really find rest!? The to-do list is never-ending and there are always expectations to meet. Right?

Yes, it is challenging, but it’s joyful, too! 

And it’s completely worth the effort. 

We all know this. 

… or do we? 

The truth is, sometimes homeschool moms get so burned out that they stop believing the truth of those statements. They are tempted to give up and give in, even in spite their convictions or desires for their family. There are many reasons this can happen, such as special circumstances, a particularly challenging season of life, chronic illness, or something else out of our control. 

But there’s ONE big pitfall that I am seeing over and over again. It’s pushing moms to bail out on homeschooling for all the wrong reasons, and in some extreme cases, even bailing on their families entirely.  So, why are homeschool moms giving up? 

  Why Homeschool Moms are Giving Up

I am a homeschooling mom of 6. Homeschooling is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and I’m the first person to extol the virtues of homeschooling to anyone who will listen. But… let’s admit it. Just like parenting, homeschooling is really hard, too. All worthwhile things are. 

As Christian homeschool moms, we are discipling and instructing our children to know and love God and prepare them for the work He calls them to. There is no other task more important or more rewarding. But it’s no cake walk! It would be foolish to pretend it was. 

Much like following Jesus, parenting our children and homeschooling them are worthwhile goals with immeasurable value. But imperfect parents raising imperfect children makes for a messy life! And since we are doing important Kingdom work in our homes, we should fully expect opposition and spiritual battle as well. 

Homeschool moms will face many challenges, including:

  • Fatigue  
  • Discouragement 
  • Doubt 
  • Anxiety  
  • Loneliness 
  • Criticism 
  • Feelings of Failure 
  • Feelings of being unappreciated 

When we’re faced with these challenges, will we keep our hope in Christ, leaning on the Lord for strength and direction and growing in faith? Or will we slip into discontent or even defeat when trials come? 

How we handle the trials of life really matters. The question isn’t whether the trials will come, its when. And, more importantly, how will we handle them when they arrive! 

Discontent is a real and dangerous pitfall for the homeschool mom. It is especially dangerous because nobody is really talking about it. I’m not talking about the kind of holy discontent that looks heavenward and longs for perfection in Christ. Or the normal frustration over a bad day or week. Instead, it’s the discontent that leads us to suspect we got the short end of the stick. 

You see, the world shouts that everything is all about our happiness, our recognition, and our satisfaction, ease, and success. It tells us we are entitled. That we deserve better. 

As Christians we know the truth. We know that, yes, God wants us to be happy and satisfied. He wants us to take sufficient care of ourselves so that we can serve Him well and He gives us all we need for godly living. He is a Good Father like that! 

But in His goodness, for our own sake and for His glory, He is far, far more interested in our holiness than in our happiness. It’s not about us and God never promised that the work He called us to would be easy.

We know these things as followers of Christ, and yet even dedicated Christian homeschool moms are not immune to the messages the world is shouting! Those messages can come in a seemingly innocent form, but if we let them, they will sneak in and take root in our hearts. 

The real danger isn’t in occasionally being discouraged by the trials of life. The danger comes when we begin entertaining the ideas that the world is shouting at us instead of putting them in their place. We become what James calls the “double minded man, unstable in all his ways.“ And it will take its toll.  

Sadly, I’ve seen homeschool moms get to a point of burnout and feeling like this life isn’t what it was cracked up to be. Weighed down by their burdens and unmet expectations, they give in. They are lured to the world’s call and a root of bitterness is allowed to grow. 

Friends, when we nurture that bitterness and discontent instead of confessing and repenting of it, it can wreak great havoc in our lives. It can even destroy our families. 

So where do we go from here? Well, I say it’s time for a little reality check.

What You Need to Know in Order to Run the Race Well

Contrary to what Pinterest or Instagram posts would have you believe, this life of raising children for the Lord isn’t all perfect relationships, pristine homes, and stock photos of smiling families. (News flash, right?) This is real life full of real people who are all deeply flawed. But there is beauty, joy, and Jesus there, too. 

Here’s what you need to know if you’re going to run the race well.

#1: It will be hard.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 

Perhaps you are just starting out as a homeschooling mom and have great ideals about what homeschool and family life should look like. And I want to be clear: that’s a good thing! The Lord gives us vision and encouragement for a reason. However, we also need to know that trails will come.  

  • Faithfully following God is hard 
  • Marriage is hard
  • Parenting is hard
  • Managing a household is hard. (Can I get an amen?)
  • Homeschooling is hard 

There will be difficulties in your life as a homeschool mom such as conflicts, disappointments, hurts, and frustrations. You might hit a dry spot in your spiritual life, struggle with intimacy in your marriage, have a child who is chronically lying and you don’t know what to do, trouble staying consistent in your homeschool or a learning challenge that’s stumped you. Perhaps you have a hard time connecting with a community, feel like you’re drowning in housework, have a chronic illness, or are dealing with a job loss. 

These are trials. They are hard.  But they are also incredible opportunities!

Make no mistake: the trials will come! So it’s important that we are alert and expect them. When we know trials are coming we are less likely to be caught off guard by them. It’s like riding waves in the ocean. When you know the waves are coming you can respond and adjust in a way that gets you through them and even brings joy! But if you’re not facing the waves and don’t expect them, they pretty much just knock you flat.  

How we think about the trials of life has more of an impact on our ability to thrive than the trials themselves. Little trials and big trials – they are coming our way. As difficult as they can be, they are actually incredible opportunities. The challenges homeschool moms face each day provide precious opportunities to draw closer to God and experience the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It’s hard, but it’s worth it. 

So that’s point number 1: It will be hard. Expect it and look for the opportunities to draw closer to God. 

  #2: You are not enough.

 “In him we live and move and have our being” Acts 17:28 

That’s a bit jarring to read, isn’t it? But it’s true.

See, these days, we are either bombarded with comparison and messages telling us about all the ways that we just don’t measure up to some invisible standard, or we are inflated with meaningless platitudes that we are powerful, good enough on our own, and don’t need anyone else to be complete or to succeed in life. 

But they’re wrong. Both of these perspectives are unbiblical and they can lead us astray. The truth is in the Scripture: Our true identity, value, and worth are found in Christ alone. Our life itself is sustained by the Lord and we rely on Him every day to accomplish what he asks us to do.  

The truth is we cannot find true fulfillment and satisfaction in anything but Christ. Not in homeschooling, or work, or marriage, or parenting, or being a SAHM or a WAHM… If we try, we are setting ourselves up for failure and disappointment. If you look for fulfillment in your relationships, accomplishments, circumstances, or possessions, you are looking in all the wrong places and are in danger of not only falling into the pitfall of discontentment, but falling away from God.  

The bottom line for #2 is that we are not enough and we don’t have to be, because He is! We can’t accomplish what God has asked us to do on our own strength. We must rely on the Lord! And we won’t find lasting satisfaction or fulfillment in anything but Christ. 

When we realize this and lean fully into it, we will have a truly full and satisfied life.  

#3: You will need to surrender.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

We all like to make plans. Heaven knows that homeschool mamas definitely like to make plans! But we have to hold those plans loosely and surrender them to God. 

That goes for homeschooling as well as our family life and even our personal dreams and desires.  We can lay our desires at God’s feet, trusting that in His great love and in the power of His sovereignty, He will determine what is truly best for us. And we can pray that He will embed in our hearts desires that are in line with His will and bring Him glory.

Do we trust Him with our desires and expectations? Really? When trials and discouragement come our way, do we trust the Lord with our lives and hearts right where He has planted us? The truth is that things never really turn out the way we plan, but we can surrender that to God, setting aside any fear of the future or concern for our care because we know that He will care for us.  

So #3: Do not hold tight to your plans and dreams. Surrender them to God. What He has planned is always far better in the end. 

#4 You will have to die.

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25  

 If we really want a full, meaningful, satisfying life, we’ll need to die. Instead of clinging to our agenda, we die to self and fully trust God. When we do that, no matter where He has called us to serve, we are better able to connect with people in a genuine way, have meaningful lives, and bear much fruit. 

We need to put our discontent and self-focus to death, taking up our cross and following Jesus. Then we are able to freely give of ourselves to our family without bitterness and resentment.  When we truly die to self,  contentment and fulfillment become welcome friends and we can rest in a place of confidence in who we are in Christ. It’s a beautiful place to be! 

The Keys to True Happiness and Satisfaction 

If you want true happiness and satisfaction as a homeschool mom and stay the course well, then capture those discontent thoughts for Christ and hold them up to the light of scripture! Do not nurture worldly ideas and discontent. Do not allow a root of bitterness to take hold!

Instead, expect the trials and look for joyful opportunities to glorify God. Lean on the Lord and find your satisfaction in Christ alone. Surrender your will and expectations to God, trusting Him to care for your needs and continue working on your heart. Die to self and live freely in Christ. He is trustworthy!

Also Guard Your Heart

And if I might add one more thing here, because this is so important: Guard your heart and mind against what is not of God. 

Pray for wisdom and guidance when you consider what books or blogs to read, movies to watch, or even browsing social media: Watch for things that breed discontent in your heart or blast worldly messages into your ear. Sometimes it can be subtle. 

The messages we consume every day DO have an effect, whether we see it right away or not. Instead, saturate your life with the truth of God’s Word. Read it, display it, listen to it, sing it. Preach it back to yourself and preach it to your kids! Fill your days with prayers and praises. There is no better guard against the pitfall of discontent than the Word of God and the habit of prayer. They are the sword and shield in your battle. 

I hope this encouraged you, dear homeschool mom! May you grow strong and confident in your identity in Christ, resisting the stronghold of discouragement and instead trusting in the Lord for all things. 

~ Tauna

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Teaching kids the value of honesty and integrity is one of the most an amazing gifts we can give them. Dishonesty can ruin their relationships and lead to much hardship in their lives. That is why it is important for us to teach kids honesty and model it for our little ones.

The Bible is God’s Word and the best resource to help you to teach kids honesty with a biblical worldview. This Honesty Printable Pack is a helpful introduction to teaching your kids about honesty or a fun supplement to your own character studies. I hope you enjoy it!

 “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” – James E. Faust

Teach Kids Honesty Printable Pack

In this 80-page honesty printable pack, you will find many activities for a variety of ages that helps teach kids honesty. First, for the younger children, you will find:

  • Size Sequencing Cards– As they place them in order from smallest to biggest or vice versa, you can talk with them about the different ways they can show generosity to others.
  • Puzzles– Using the same pictures as the Size Sequencing Cards, these 3-part puzzles are so much fun.
  • Honesty Word Search– Learn new words relating to being honesty and then find then in the word search. You can also look these words up in the dictionary for extra learning.

For the older children, you will find:

  • Writing Pages– These pages allow the children to write a few sentences about each way they can be honest, what this attribute means to them or ways they can show this to others.
  • The story of Ananias and Sapphira– This story can be read to all the family. There are a couple of question and answer pages about this story which will make the older children dig deeper into God’s Word.

For a variety of ages, you will find:

  • I am being Honest when… Cards– A great way to learn how to be honest, with talk as well as with actions. They will also be inspired and encouraged to make a positive difference in their corner of the world.
  • Am I being honest when… – Examples of events that happen in real life which children will read and then decide if the action completed was honest or not.
  • Being Honest Bible Verse Cards– These are great Bible Verses that the whole family will enjoy learning and memorizing together.
  • Flashcards– These flashcards represent some acts of being honest and can be used for games such as memory/fish, and for handwriting practice. They are also a great way to help younger children learn some ways they can show they are honest.
  • Bible Verses Copywork– These are the same Bible Verses as the Bible Verse Cards. There are two types of lines, one for the younger children and one for the older ones to copy these inspiring verses.
  • Honesty Posters – These posters are great printed out on white cardstock and laminated.
  • Honest or Dishonest – A fun cut and paste activity.

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Every year when Father’s Day rolls around, moms are searching online and in stores for a fun and meaningful gift that their kids can give their dad. We’ve definitely had our share of hand print crafts, picture frames, candy bar baskets, and the like. But I also like to give my husband something from me. 

Sometimes moms might say, hey, my husband not MY dad, right? So I should keep the focus on having my kids do something for their dad and save the rest for birthdays, anniversaries, etc., don’t you think? 

I totally get that. It makes sense! But I have a slightly different perspective. Here’s why I think that yes, you should pamper your husband on Father’s Day:

  • Father’s Day is a fantastic chance to honor the man who has invested so much time, energy, and heart into family. In a society that would more likely bash men than honor them, this is sorely needed. 
  • We mom oftentimes set the tone in our homes, cultivating a family environment where we always honor and cherish each another, especially in those God-given roles of Dad and Mom. Our example of treating our husbands well will be noticed by our children. 
  • Any chance to build up and pour into our marriage is time well spent. A nurturing and Christ-centered marriage is the center of a healthy Christian family. Why miss an opportunity to invest in it? 

You know what? Sometimes dads and husbands need pampering too! Father’s Day is a perfect time to make him feel special. 

Now, how you celebrate the dads in your life will vary depending on what he loves. If your husband is like mine, “pampering” will not be on his radar. It may even make him smirk a little. But let me tell you, ladies, if you pamper your husband anyway, he will LOVE it! Dads work hard at being fathers, husbands, and providers for their families. They need some pampering even if they don’t know it yet. 

Ways to Pamper Your Husband

Have the Kids Make or Save Up to Buy Something Special – Share a family activity, present the hand print crafts, new tool box, or whatever you already love to do to celebrate your husband on this special day.  

Have the Children Praise Their Dad – Take video of your kids answering a short questionnaire about their dad, such as what his favortite thing to do is, who he admires, what he likes to eat, etc. End it with them saying what they love most about their dad. Take that same video every year and you have a treasure! You can get in on it too! Write a letter (or talk into the camera) telling him why he is a great father and recounting all the things he has done that year to prove it. 

Feed Him Well – I know my husband loves a good meal. Put together something special yourself or with your family, or even take him out to a restaurant he loves! Personally, mine would be super happy with steak and potatoes, but a jaunt out to a new burger place or something fun would be just as appreciated. 

Give Him a Sweet Treat – Make a special dessert for your husband! Mine really loves chocolate fondue, so I’ve made this recipe for him on special occasions. You could also do cheesecake, brownies, or anything else that you don’t often have at home but know he’d love. 

Set Up a Treasure Hunt – Find a good distraction for your husband. Kids are good for that, as is working the grill or making a quick run to the store. Or maybe send him out for a game of catch or basketball with the oldest. Then gather the kids and scramble to hide clues to a fun treasure hunt that lead him to his gifts! It would be a fun project and I’m sure your kids would enjoy putting together those clues. 

Gift Him with a Surprise From You – Give your husband a gift that shows him how much you see and appreciate the father and husband he is. If possible, make it something that is an investment of your time and energy instead of just something you hand over and call it done. It communicates so much more! 

A while back we learned about a tasteful couples’ massage course we could take online. I have used that to learn how to give my husband a great back massage that relaxes him, which is really nice because his shoulders are always so tense from work. Almond oil is my favorite for massage.

That meaningful touch is also so good, ladies, because sometimes we forget that our spouses need physical connection, too. I’m not saying it has to end in the bedroom (yes, I went there, but it’s an important – and fun – part of marriage, too). But it is a way to pamper our husband and show them they are worth our time and attention. 

A Freebie Deal for Your Father’s Day Plans

Since they know we enjoy their courses, Melt reached out to me to offer you a special Father’s Day deal you definitely don’t want to miss.

Get Melt’s MasterClass for FREE for 30 days when you buy the Melt massage oil, which is a high quality Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil that you can use for the massage as well as an excellent carrier oil for essential oils, DIY colognes and perfumes, facial moisturizer, and more. (Almond oil is my favorite for this sort of thing – I use it to massage my kids, too, and make my facial moisturizer from it.)

*** Please Note: To get the free month, you will need to enter your credit card details – although it won’t be charged. After your free month it’s $9.95 p/m. Which is still a cheap monthly date night! But if you decide not to continue you can totally cancel at anytime – even during the freebie period before your card is ever charged. ***

The Melt massage oil is a GREAT value for the price, especially considering it’s a big 16oz bottle of premium grade almond oil with no preservatives or additives and comes with a smaller travel bottle and a pump, not to mention the free 30 days of Melt MasterClass! The deal ends June 16th, so snag it now. 

Wondering about what’s in the Melt MasterClass? 

  • You’ll learn 17 massage techniques and 3 back rub routines from beginner to advanced techniques.
  • There’s no nudity or awkward moments – it’s been filmed tastefully. I’ve watched it, I’ve used it.
  • Denis spent 8 years in live workshops teaching couples how to massage before he filmed these techniques. 
  • It’s really easy to do, I’ve used Melt myself and I just bought my own oil bottle on Amazon too! 

Click here to buy the oil and claim your free Melt MasterClass access. After you’ve enjoyed the oil and course for 30 days, it will be $9.95 to continue your access, although you can cancel during the free trial if you want. 

I hope you enjoy the course and almond oil! 

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You’d think that staying home all day and homeschooling would mean I have all the time in the world to do the things I want to do. 

*Homeschool moms everywhere just spit out their coffee.*

But the reality is, we are busy busy busy mamas who are managing households, training hearts and minds, educating our kids, and more! It’s like several full time jobs packed into one 24-hour time slot each day. Homeschooling moms who have found their groove are like ninjas at prioritizing and getting the most important things done. But sometimes, things still fall through the cracks.

One of the things that started falling through the cracks for me a few years in was correcting homeschool assignments. As we added more kids to our little brood, it became increasingly difficult to get the assignments corrected right away. And as the older kids advanced in levels, that became a problem.

My child would get their assignment done and I’d say “ok buddy, set it here and I’ll correct it when I’m done with <feeding the baby, doing the dishes, helping your sister with her math, etc.>” Sometimes I’d forget to do it. Sometimes a handful of days would creep by, and then when I finally remembered to sit down to check things out, I realized they were misunderstanding a key concept and we’d have to backtrack a bit, much to our mutual frustration. 

From talking with other homeschool moms, this is a common problem. We’ve since nixed it and I’m here to share my top tips on keeping up with correcting homeschool assignments!

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1) Correcting Homeschool Assignments As You Go

For younger kids especially, it’s easier to sit with them and correct their work as they go or right after they’re done. (In a conversational and encouraging way, not a “ZAP! that’s wrong” kind of way.)

I often sit with all my younger kids at the table and bounce around helping them and correcting homeschool assignments one as they need it. We get the work done faster and it’s all corrected and discussed before we’re done. 

2) Establish a Checkpoint After Each Assignment is Completed

Try having your kids bring you their assignment and correct it with you right away. It will take some time to develop this habit but eventually it can become a helpful routine. (Doling out an M&M each time helps… just sayin’.)

The downside is that with a busy household they might have to wait there until you’re free or you might have to stop whatever else you’re dealing with at the time. The risk is that you forget and they wander off, or you are just unable to help them right then and they have to move on without you. 

3) Choose a Certain Time Each Day for Correcting Homeschool Assignments

For a while, I had the routine of sitting down with a cup of tea after the kids went to bed and correcting any work for the day as well as preparing for the next day. It was glorious. This worked pretty well for a while until a) I just really wanted to reclaim that particular time of day to do other things, and b) our curriculum choices changed and I no longer require prep work time, so it’s not as motivating/necessary to do this after the kids go to bed. 

Other times you could choose are first thing in the morning (correcting the previous day’s work), at the end of whatever group learning time you do, after lunch, etc. Pick an event that happens every day without fail and anchor that correcting task to it!

(Check out my pajama-clad Incrediboy begging to do two lessons in Teaching Textbooks. Lol!) 

4) Pick One Day a Week for Correcting and Planning

Many moms have a weekly planning time where they like to catch up on correcting homeschool assignments, see what needs to be covered for the next week, and prepare their materials. Saturday or Sunday evening are common times for that kind of activity. 

In our case, I don’t do weekly planning (my planning system includes quarterly planning instead). So again, I am less likely to be consistent with weekly correcting. But if you want to try that, I suggest setting an alarm or calendar event each week to help you make it happen! 

5) Teach Your Children to Correct Their Own Work

Many times, you can provide your older child with a checklist or a teacher’s manual / answer sheet and they can learn to correct their work themselves after they’ve finished an assignment. You may want to instruct them that they are responsible for mastering the material and that you’ll be correcting quizzes and tests.

Should you choose to go there, it can actually be a great way to help kids grow their responsibility wings. It also provides potential low-risk learning opportunities where they can experience the biblical principles behind honesty and diligence, as well as the consequences for cutting corners or trying to cheat the system.

6) Enlist Others to Correct Their Work

In a similar way, you can delegate the correcting task to others. If you have several older kids, they can use the teacher’s manual to correct objective things like each other’s math or spelling. (I would steer clear of things like writing assignments because of the emotions/competition that may come into play.) Or have your spouse or a grandparent take on a weekly task of correcting and reviewing work for you. 

7) Use Self-Correcting Curriculum Options

As a large family mom, especially with kids in the upper elementary and middle school ranges, it can be really valuable to find good online curriculum that corrects the work for me. 

You can find such programs for various subjects, match was the one we struggled with most. Now we use Teaching Textbooks online and it’s never a problem! 

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How Teaching Textbooks Helps Me Keep Up 

Teaching Textbooks is a fantastic option for independent learning. The instruction is well done, the lessons are interactive, and the kids really enjoy them. That’s a win! 

Double win? The lessons are corrected in the program and the kids get instant feedback so I don’t have to worry about correcting homeschool assignments for math! I can always log in and check how things are going overall or for each lesson in terms of corrections and grading. 

Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is definitely a great choices for our large family. Here are the things I love about it: 

  • Fully online curriculum that can be used on any device
  • Interactive and engaging lessons my kids enjoy
  • Well done instruction that doesn’t leave them scratching their heads
  • Self-grading with instant feedback
  • Constant review throughout each level
  • Great for busy moms who need independent learning solutions

Another thing that is SUPER important to me as a busy mom of many is curriculum that is flexible! Teaching Textbooks definitely fits the bill. With it, I can: 

  • Print textbook pages if I want them to write out and show their work. 
  • Print out grade books if needed for records (our state doesn’t require that but I know many do). 
  • Pause the account for up to three months for vacation time. 
  • In some cases they’ll allow a little more time for a child to complete a level. 
  • We can use it on any device including a laptop, iPad, etc. With a lot of kids doing lessons all day, that is very helpful! 

We used it all this past year and will be using it for my upcoming 4th and 6th grader again this year! Read my full review about Teaching Textbooks here. But here are a few things you NEED to know: 

  • Be sure to take the Placement Test to find out where your child should start. Although the entire program covers everything other math programs do, the pacing is a little different in the elementary years, so you want to make sure you know what level they should start at (it may not always correspond with their grade level. 
  • Sign up for the Free Trial – NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED! You get access to the complete program (any and all levels) up through lesson 15 with no time limit on when you have to use it by.
  • Group hug! There’s a large family discount! For families with 4-8 kiddos there is a price cap of $199.08. Definitely a bonus for this large family mama!

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One thing that it seems like moms all over the world struggle with is meal planning. Turns out, our families want to eat dinner every night. Go figure! While using a weekly meal planner consistently is challenging for sure, just winging it usually leads to stress, too much dining out, and less healthy foods. The problem is, meal planning is kind of a pain in the rear end. And even when we create the perfect plan, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to stick to it (or that our family will like all the new meals we’re doing). 

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I am often asked how I do meal planning for our large family and what my weekly meal planner looks like. Those questions seem to come in waves and lately I’ve been getting a ton of them: 

“You probably do massive freezer cooking sessions, right?” No.  

“I bet you have a whole month of meals planned, don’t you?” No. 

“Oh I know! You do that cool block schedule thing with Mexican Mondays, Italian Tuesdays, etc. and it makes your life so easy!” Yeah… no. 

“So, do you just wing it and live in chaos?” No. (Not usually. I mean, “chaos” is relative.) 

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with any of these things. I’ve certainly done them at various times and they have their benefits. But here are some things I discovered about myself. Maybe they’re true about you, too:

  • I don’t like spending a whole day cooking. It’s too stressful, too involved, and sucks up my WHOLE DAY! No, thank you. 
  • I don’t like setting myself up for failure. I hate building a detailed menu plan that falls apart when I don’t feel like Mexican that day (actually that may never have happened… I could live on Mexican food), or I forget to thaw the meat, or we ran out of cheese, or whatever. 
  • I need things to be super easy to implement and is sustainable. Meaning, I won’t get burned out and the meal plan works even when my brain is toast at the end of the day. 
  • I do, however, need to have some kind of a meal plan. Because children can’t eat popcorn for dinner every night (or so they tell me) and they blatantly refuse to forage with the chickens. 

So, how does this oh-so-busy, homeschooling mom of 6 do meal planning, then!?!?! How do I fill out that weekly meal planner each week? 

I’m so glad you asked!

In this post I’m going to go into the nitty-gritty details about how I do meal planning using my popular meal planning template, which you can download below.

My system uses this meal planning template, which is a part of my Proverbial Homemaker Planner, and 6 simple steps.

If I can do this, so can you. (Trust me.) 

1) Keep a Master List of Meals

The Master List is a trick I learned somewhere down the line. It’s simple but super effective. Basically, you build a list of meals ideas that already work for your family and add to it as you go. You could keep such a list on your phone, in a little notepad, or on the back of your meal planning sheet.

Start by listing off all the dinners that you already make that your family enjoys. (Most of them, anyway. With kids there’s always one who won’t like it, but that’s ok.) 

Divide your list into breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. You may start the meal planning routine with just dinners, but eventually you’ll love this so much you’ll want to expand it to the other meals, so might as well get the brainstorming started now. 

At the bottom, leave space for some notes. We’ll talk more about that later. 

2) Make a Loose Plan Every Week in Your Weekly Meal Planner

I like to do my meal plan weekly on Saturdays. You choose the number of weeks and a planning day that works best for you. One week is just about right for us (I used to do longer stretches and they tend to fall apart faster), and with the Master List going, I don’t really feel the need to plan two or more weeks ahead anyway. But, you do what works for you!

Here’s what you’ll need to put together a weekly meal plan: 

  • Your Master List (mine is on a note on my pone that syncs with my laptop)
  • Your family calendar (also on my phone)
  • Your Mix n Match Menu Planner meal planning template (choir of angels sings)
  • Your grocery list (there’s one available with the planner, or you could keep it separate. I keep mine… you guessed it… on my phone!)
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  • Peruse your Master List really quick just to get an idea of the dinners you could use.
  • Check for events on the calendar that might impact your dinners for the week. 
  • Get up and look inside the pantry, fridge, and freezers. (Actually do it! Let’s not delude ourselves into believing we remember what’s in there.)
  • On your Mix n Match Menu Planner, write down as many dinners as you can think of that would use mostly items you already have (they don’t have to be in any particular order), taking note on your grocery list of which items you’ll still need to buy. 
  • See how many dinner spots are let of your Mix n Match Menu planner and fill them in from your Master List. You may also want to skim your store’s web site to see what is on sale, but if you skip that step, I won’t tell anyone. 
  • If you’re feeling adventurous and energetic that week, hit up Pinterest or my recipe posts to add one “to try” meal to your menu. 
  • Write down any additional grocery items you’ll need to get for those dinners.
  • Now, if you’re ready for it, go through the same process for breakfast and lunch.
  • Be sure to add some healthy snack ingredients to your grocery list, too. We all know that the kids never stop being hungry.  

Using this process, you end up with 7 dinners, 7 lunches, and 7 breakfasts that you can use anytime during the week in whatever order you choose. Woot!

In the morning each day, decide which meals you want to make and circle them, crossing off whatever meals you made the day before. That’s it! Easy peasy lemon squeezie.

In this meal plan I use arrows to remind myself to cook enough of the chicken and rice dinner to re-use the ingredients for fried rice and cobb salad. I also re-purposee the extra dinner sausage for breakfast another day (if we eat it all, we just omit it), and to save some of the burrito beans for taco soup before mashing them. I also note to make a double batch (x 2) of the Taco soup for freezing. That will give me at least one more meal in the freezer for a future week!   Some extra fancy tips for your weekly meal planner: 
  • Pick one meal OR ingredient each week to double, triple, or quadruple, and freeze the remaining food in portion sizes. It could be quadrupling the twice baked potatoes or doubling up the Instant Pot refried beans. (My busy mom hack for bulk cooking! Woot!) 
  • Draw an arrow from any meal whose leftover ingredients can be used for another meal (I might make a fried rice lunch a day or two after a chicken and rice dinner, for example.)
  • Put a star next to any menu items that were a hit with your family and add them to your Master List.
  • Put a dot next to a menu item that needs to take the bench for a few rounds because it’s getting old, also noting in your Master List.
  • Put your grocery list in the order of the layout of your store so you don’t have to run around or miss anything.
  • Keep last week’s grocery list and just add/delete from it the following weeks. Pretty soon you’ll have a core set of items you always buy, making for more efficient shopping. 
  • Laminate your Mix n’ Match Menu Planner and post it on the fridge or slip it into your homemaking planner! (I use a wet erase fine tip marker and a baby wipe to clean it.) 
4) Have a Backup Plan in Case it All Goes South

I hear you right now. “This is all well and good, Tauna. But what about those days or weeks where everything falls apart, or I forget to do meal planning, or I’m just plain tired!” 

The Backup List has your back! This is super easy.

  • Take a note card or small piece of paper. 
  • Write down as many meals as you can think of that you seem to ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand for. 
  • Now write your favorite take-out meals and, if possible, phone numbers. 
  • Write “forage with the chickens” or “forage in the wild” as an option because it will make you laugh. And we like to laugh about meal planning so that we don’t cry. Lol! Sob. 
  • Tape it onto the inside of your pantry or cupboard door.

When you realize things have gone south, your brain is fried, and you open the door in a panic, the Backup List will give you a hug and tell you everything is going to be fine.

“We’re having spaghetti for dinner, kids!” 

5) Note Wins and Tips in Your Master List

Remember that space on the bottom of your Master List I told you to reserve? I use that area to write down notes about several things:

  • That comment my husband made about the calzone he loved at the restaurant last week, so I can look up a recipe.
  • That comment my husband made about how chicken and rice is getting a little overdone… which means it’s probably WAY overdone, because my husband is easy to please.
  • Which things froze well and which didn’t.
  • Some meal ideas I want to remember for the future.
  • The name of a cookbook I want to buy and then never use. (You know you do it.) 
  • A note about a re-purposing trick that really worked well (such as using leftover meatloaf for taco soup).
  • And whatever else will help me build my menu plans!
6) Rinse and Repeat

That’s it, friends! It’s a pretty relaxed way of menu planning, right? With plenty of fail-safes and flexible tips to make it work for the busy mom. 

The only catch: You have to actually MAKE the plan and then USE it! I know… that’s no fun. 

One thing that has really helped me stay on it is our weekly Menu Planning thread in our Domestically Challenged, Divinely Equipped FB group. I don’t always post my plan there, but when I see it I am reminded to get it done!

And having this system in place means that over time you will get pretty fast with your meal planning. It takes me about 15 minutes nowadays, which I’m thankful for.  More time for snuggling on the couch with a good read-aloud, getting some projects done, or yelling out the back door at the kids to stop foraging with the chickens… because it was a joke, for crying out loud! Ahem. 

I hope these tips were helpful to you, friends! Enjoy your free Mix n’ Match Weekly Menu Planner and Grocery List. As always, feel free to let me know if you have any questions! 

~ Tauna

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Have you been curious how to use essentials oils during your pregnancy? Wondering if they’re safe? When women are pregnant, our hormone and chemistry balance are much different. There are also safety considerations to keep in mind. Here I’ll outline best practices and safety guidelines through each stage so you know how to use essential oils for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

The use of essential oils for pregnancy can be a controversial topic as not much research exists on their use during this time. In general, it’s important to use oils sparingly. Food, water, oxygen, herbs, and essential oils can all cross the placenta and go into the developing baby’s system. Although there hasn’t been much research done on how oils effect developing babies, we should assume that they do cross the placenta and be extremely cautious since essential oils are so highly concentrated.

(Note that this is not to be taken as medical advice. Please refer to your doctor or aromatherapist for more information. The lists are not complete, although they include many common oils people use. They were compiled using information from Robert Tisserand’s book Essential Oil Safety and the Aromahead Institute aromatherapy certification course.)

You may decide to just not use essential for pregnancy to stay on the safe side. That’s fine! It’s ok to take a break from essential oils, especially during the first weeks of your pregnancy.

If you do choose to use oils, follow these guidelines:

  • Use essential oils only for specific short-term purposes such as helping you sleep or reducing nausea rather than using them all day.
  • Dilute generously, sticking to a dilution rate of 1 percent or lower (1% is 1-2 drops per 2 tsp/10ml, and 1-2 drops per 100ml of water in a diffuser).
  • Have a good list of essential oils for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, and know what oils NOT to use.
  • Pay attention to the botanical name in safe/not safe lists (not just the common name. For example, Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) is not safe for pregnancy through any avenues, while Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annum) is safe assuming it’s properly diluted. 
  • NEVER take oils internally or apply them to your skin without diluting when you’re pregnant. (I personally advise never doing either of these things even when you’re not pregnant, but they’re especially dangerous practices during this time). 
  • Note that if you’re trying to conceive, you may want to avoid hormone influencers Clary Sage, Geranium, and Ylang Ylang.
First Trimester

The first trimester of your pregnancy (the first 14 weeks) can be a delicate time. It is advised to use essential oils sparingly at this time. In fact, many pregnant women opt to forgo the use of aromatherapy altogether during this initial phase.

If you do feel the need to use something, hydrosols are a safer option and do not require dilution. You might also consider diffusing just a drop of peppermint or spearmint to help with nausea. 

Here are some favorite hydrosols that you can use for calming, sleep, nausea, and general wellness: 

  • Lavender hydrosol
  • Chamomile hydrosol
  • Rose hydrosol
  • Geranium hydrosol
  • Peppermint hydrosol 
Second & Third Trimesters and Labor

Resuming use of your favorite oils during the second and third trimesters in general should be safe. Be mindful though that a heightened sense of smell might make aromatherapy too fragrant. If an oil is a known sensitizer such as cinnamon, it’s best to avoid during all stages of pregnancy and postpartum.

Generally, the same guidelines used throughout pregnancy should be applied to labor. Make sure to get permission of the midwife, doctor, and nurses when using oils in shared space during the labor and delivery process. 

Safe Essential Oils for Pregnancy

(Remember to stick to a 1% dilution rate.) 

Oils that are considered safe for pregnancy are those that are historically low in toxicity and avoid any effects that may have a particular negative impact on pregnancy (such as menstrual bleeding). The following list is based on information from Robert Tisserand’s book Essential Oil Safety and information from the Aromahead International aromatherapy certification course. 

* Miscarriages or Menstrual Bleeding? 

Some sources have lists of certain oils that they say you should avoid because they can cause miscarriages or menstrual bleeding. According to Tisserand in his book Essential Oil Safety, there is either no evidence that those oils actually cause this effect, or the oil would have to be used in large amounts and/or internally for such a thing to occur, which of course is not recommended.

Still, if you want if you prefer to stay super safe, avoid these oils during pregnancy (we starred any that were in our SAFE list above. Note that some of these are already in our AVOID or RESTRICT lists below.

Rue, Thuja, Angelica, Anise, Carrot, Cassia, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Myrrh, Jasmine, Neroli, Oregano, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Spikenard, Blue Tansy, Tarragon, Ylang Ylang, Birch, Wintergreen.

Oils to Always AVOID during Pregnancy, Labor, and Breastfeeding
  • Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Basil ct. estragole (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Birch (Betula lenta)
  • Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)
  • Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
  • Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Cypress (blue) (Callitris intratropica)
  • Fennel (bitter – Foeniculum vulgare) and (sweet – Foeniculum vulgare
  • Hyssop (pinocamphone ct.) (Hyssopus officinalis ct. pinocamphone)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Myrtle (aniseed) (Backhousia anisata)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Sage (Dalmatian – Salvia officinalis) and (Spanish – Salvia lavandulifolia)
  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria fragrantissima)
Oils to RESTRICT during Pregnancy, Labor, and Breastfeeding
  • Basil (lemon) (Ocimum x citriodorum) – Use at 1.4% or less dilution rate
  • Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) – Use at 0.7% or less dilution rate
  • Melissa (Melissa officinals) Use at 0.9% or less dilution rate
  • Myrtle (honey – Maleleuca teretifolia) and (lemon – Backhousia citriodora) – Use at 0.7% or less dilution rate
  • Tea Tree (lemon-scented) (Leptospermum peteronii) – Use at 0.8% or less dilution rate
  • Thyme (lemon) (Thymus lanuginosus var. citriodorum) – Use at 3.7% or less dilution rate
  • Verbena (lemon) (Aloysia citriodora) – Use at 0.9% or less dilution rate
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~ Tauna

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Easter is my favorite holiday. There is nothing so important to our faith and my work as a Christian mom discipling her children than the work of Christ on the cross and His resurrection! I love making just as big of a deal out of Easter in our home as we do for Christmas because it’s SO important. So we make sure to do some meaningful Easter traditions during this time of year.

Teaching our kids about Jesus, His sacrifice, and the meaning of what happened when He died and rose again is an ALL-YEAR activity for us. But we take Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday as extra opportunities to focus on these important historical events and on Jesus Himself.

Over time we’ve added some great meaningful Easter traditions that I’ve collected to share with you here. I’ve also asked the Proverbial Homemaker community what Easter traditions THEY love, and have included them below! There are great last-minute ideas, meaningful traditions, and even sweet treats to share. 

I pray you have a blessed Easter season, friends, as we focus on Christ! 

Palm Sunday Parade – We get some dollar store palm branches and attach pretty ribbons. We read the whole Easter story, or just the triumphal entry portion, from a Bible story book or straight from the scriptures. Then we have our own parade, marching around the house and saying “Hosanna! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!” We close with a prayer, thanking God for King Jesus. 

Easter Story Lego Challenge – We go through our Easter Story Lego Challenge starting with the story of the triumphal entry. This is something you can do throughout the week or as a fun activity on Easter Sunday afternoon with the kids. 

Easter Gardens – We’ve done a few different kinds of Easter gardens in the past. You’ll want to start these a few weeks before Easter to give the grass time to grow. Our Mini Easter Gardens have been our favorite tradition because each kid gets to have their own. 

Good Friday Dots – On Good Friday, we read another book about the Easter story with a special focus on the death of Jesus on the cross. Our lessons from our kids’ theology curriculum get a review, and we sometimes watch videos like this one from What’s in the Bible. Each of us gets a red dot on our hand to remind us of the incredible sacrifice Jesus made, taking our place on the cross to pay for our transgressions, and taking all our sins upon Himself. Then we write on their hands a reminder that Jesus did it because He loves them. 

Jesus Is Easter Banner – This Jesus Is Easter Banner is something we just downloaded this year to give a try. It is a fun Easter banner activity all about who Jesus is, including devotions!

More Easter Fun – There are so many possible Easter traditions. Over time I’ve learned that we can have a bunch in our toolbox and spend more time on just one or two each year, keeping things simple. It should be a time of meaningful reflecting, loving others, and praising God. Not stressing out about whether we’re doing it right or packing our calendars full. But having great ideas, resources, and books on hand for traditions is really helpful when we keep that in mind! Here are more great Easter tradition and activity ideas for your toolbox. 

Easter Traditions Submitted by Readers

Here are some wonderful Easter traditions that were submitted by Proverbial Homemaker readers. Feel free to add to our list in the comments with your own favorite traditions and activities! 

Movies, Music, and Easter Lilies
“One thing that I think my children of all ages enjoy most is that we cancel all other “watching” (except what we need for schoolwork) for the six weeks prior to Easter and on Sundays have a family movie night with the thread of redemption running right to the accounts of Christ. We start with Joseph King of Dreams, then the animated Ten Commandments, followed by a musical production of the Book of Esther which we found online on YouTube by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, then The Story of Jesus for Children (by Jesus Film project), Miracle Maker, He Knows My Name, and on Easter Sunday, we see Emmaus (Bruce M. From the visual Bible Matthew series). These are always so uplifting and good quality time together while being very child-friendly and in some cases child-focused but not childish.
 
“For music, we found A Very Veggie Easter at the library years ago and ended up buying it so we wouldn’t have to risk someone else checking it out during Easter! We have played it in the car as well as sung a couple of the songs from it at church.
 
“We also always buy an Easter lily with as many blooms as people in our family. Our children get very excited about watching “their” lily open, and when one of their siblings’ is about to. We aim to plant it outside after it fades. (My mom has done this with extra Easter lilies from her church for years and now has a beautiful Easter lily garden that comes up in the summer each year, so she gets to enjoy them twice!) We are hoping to do that in our new house, as we just moved out of renting for many years.
 
~ Julia 
Tomb Rolls
 
“We have made our own bread each week for years, so it was no surprise that one of our favorite Easter traditions became Tombs. Wrap a small (roll sized) piece of dough around a regular size marshmallow. Add a small flattened piece of dough on the side. (We made sure to have at least a couple for each family member.) Bake like regular rolls. In the morning you find it is hollow and the white inside  the bottom resembles the linen that wrapped Jesus’ body.” 
 
~ Laurie
Unique Yearly Easter Sunday Photos
“Forget about pictures with the Easter Bunny! My family would take photos on Easter Sunday every year of me and my three siblings decked out in our dresses, hats and suits and lined up on our various-sized bicycles in our own family Easter parade. It is so cool to see the progression of yearly photos on my parent’s hallway wall. (Granted, once we got to our teen years, the girls were mostly standing next to our bikes so as not having to straddle them in dresses. But a memorable tradition nonetheless.) “
 
~ Brittany
Balloons Instead of Easter Eggs
“When my son was little he had a lot of trouble finding the hidden easter eggs, so the next year I put surprises in ballons, blew them up and left them scattered around the house.  What was supposed to be a one tine thing persisted over the years and the kids, now teenagers, still look forward to gathering their ballons and sitting on them until they pop and reveal their prizes.”
 
~ Julie
A Sense of the Resurrection
“Our family loves doing A Sense of the Resurrection by Oh Amanda. I think we have been doing it for four years now.” It is a simple and meaningful activity you can do with young children to help them engage and interact with the story. 
 
~ Joanna
Passover Seder Meal
“We sometimes do a Passover Seder meal with our kids. It’s another way to show how the Bible foreshadows the things that Christ would do for us. As a homeschooler, it adds to our history lessons as well.” You can find some great ideas for a Passover seder meal here and here.
 
~ Rebecca 
Resurrection Eggs
“A few years ago we found a set of Resurrection Eggs at the local Christian store and we just love doing them together. It’s more meaningful than just candy eggs. We go through them in the days leading up to Easter. Then we hide them along with other eggs during the Easter egg hunt. Then as the kids go through their stash, they put the Resurrection Eggs in order on the mantle based on the progression of the story.” You can make your own resurrection eggs or get them on Amazon
 
~ Candace
Keep it Simple
“We mostly just read our Bible and Easter story books and have a special family dinner. We keep it simple up in here for the sake of my sanity. ;)” 
 
~ Heather
 
How about you? What are your favorite meaningful Easter traditions? Tell us in the comments!
 
 
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