Barbara Blakey

  1. College-Bound with TLP

    I am often asked what titles a high school student should choose, but that answer depends on whether the student is seeking admission into a four-year university, a two-year junior college, a trade school or other option. This post is for college-bound young adults. Communicate with the universities in which your student is interested. My first recommendation is to ask...
  2. Self-Control--Who Me?

    As I prepared to teach my Sunday school class last week, (3rd-6th grades), I felt hypocritical. Each month we have a word we focus on and the word for this month is self-control. Uh-oh. I can talk a good talk, but sometimes the actions don't match up. I relate completely with Paul's words in Romans 7. "I do not understand...
  3. Guilt-free Homeschooling during the Christmas holiday

    As I type this post I'm listening to Christmas music. It is still November, but Thanksgiving was early this year, and I'm ready to celebrate the birthday of my King. God has given me a spirit that loves to celebrate. I decorate our home for every season and most holidays. We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with gusto. Since that is...
  4. Attitude of Gratitude; Thankful for the small things, too

    It isn't difficult to find things to be thankful for. Even in difficult times, we can usually say the expected:  we're thankful for God, for Jesus, for the Holy Spirit, the Bible, etc. And they are the big four. If we dig just a little deeper, we add to the list:  we're thankful for our children, for our husbands, for...
  5. Organization (for the organizationally challenged: The Calendar

    "Well begun is half done." Wise words from Aristotle. They are true because for many of us getting started is the hard part. We want to be organized, but how do we go about it? Taking the effort to plan and schedule can feel like a waste of time. Why not just jump in and get to work? That need...
  6. Organization Part Two: Lesson Planning Options

    I believe in lesson planning. When I've overslept and school must begin NOW, having a plan helps me jump in; however, the plan might not be as detailed as you may think. I want to avoid basing success on how well we stuck to the plan, rather than how well the plan worked for us. Always and ever the measurement...
  7. If We Only Knew What We Don't Know

    I was supposed to write about organization, but recently something happened, and I can't pass up the opportunity to share about it. My husband Terry and I were excited to go to the beach to dig razor clams. Obstacles prevented us from heading out as soon as we wanted, but we finally hitched up the camper and started out. We'd...
  8. Organization (for the organizationally challenged): Part One, An Overview

    Before jumping into the topic of organization, I need to state a disclaimer: I'm not an organized person, nor do I believe being organized makes one holy. I view organization as a necessary evil. So why blog about it? Because neither am I a fan of chaos. For anything to get done in a timely manner, a plan is needed...
  9. Charlotte Mason and TLP Part Two: "The Gentle Art of Learning."

    Charlotte Mason and TLP Part Two: "The Gentle Art of Learning."
    I've stolen the phrase, "The Gentle Art of Learning," from Karen Andreola's book "A Charlotte Mason Companion," because it is the perfect description of how many believe we should educate our children. There is no valid reason for the strict schedules and rigid pre-set goals forced upon many students by arbitrary scope and sequences and standardized tests. Children are predisposed...

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