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Send a Delightful Experience with Superior Custom Stationery

Send a Delightful Experience with Superior Custom Stationery

One of the goals we set as a family this year is to do kindness projects as a family. We are approaching these projects in a variety of ways but one that has become a constant is correspondence. We are going back to the basics […]

10 Ways to Save Money by Shopping with Amazon

10 Ways to Save Money by Shopping with Amazon

As a keeper of the home, I’m always looking for a good deal and ways to save money. I wouldn’t say that I’m cheap, but I do try to be frugal when making purchases for my family. I try to be a good steward of […]

Get your New Simply Pretty Homeschool Planner Free Download

Get your New Simply Pretty Homeschool Planner Free Download

Have you started planning for the next academic year yet? From time to time I like to create gifts for subscribers. It’s one of the benefits of being a loyal Great Peace follower.  This month, I’ve created a Homeschool Planner, printable.

This post contains affiliate links to 3rd party sites, where products purchased may result in paid compensation for this blogger.

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Even though I use a digital planner for most of my record keeping, I like having a printed homeschool planner that I can keep notes in, make quick changes and even record reading logs and other necessary things. Plus, having a pretty page helps me to stay motivated to keep track of the daily work. 

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How to Set your Heart Free from a Prison of Overabundance

How to Set your Heart Free from a Prison of Overabundance

Are You Imprisoned by Abundance? Have you ever looked around at American culture and noticed how much we truly have? From grocery store shelves to transportation to technology, our choices seem endless. Secular education is available to all, and jobs exist in fields I would […]

Family Favorite Summer Salad

Family Favorite Summer Salad

Sometimes a salad is just the thing to satisfy an appetite on a hot summer day. No one wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking on a 100-degree day. But spending a few minutes chopping some crisp, cold lettuce, and throw […]

10 Ways to Unlock Writing Fundamentals with Diagramming Sentences

10 Ways to Unlock Writing Fundamentals with Diagramming Sentences

I remember sitting in 8th grade English class and Mrs. Senator drawing these strange lines on the chalkboard. They looked like sideways trees and I wondered… what is she doing? She began explaining that one of the best ways to understand the fundamentals of the English language was to break down a sentence into its parts, by diagramming sentences. Doing so helps you to better understand the mechanics of sentence structure. 

Unlock Writing Fundamentals with Diagramming Sentences | Renee at Great Peace #ihsnet #homeschool

 

Disclosure: I received use of this online digital diagramming sentences game for free and am being fairly compensated for my time in reviewing and writing about the product. This post contains affiliate links to 3rd party sites where products purchased may result in paid compensation for me.

At first, the mechanics she was describing was difficult to understand. What purpose did diagramming sentences serve in the greater scheme of life? Like Algebra, many students couldn’t understand what purpose diagramming sentences would have in their lives. Many of the students began to grumble that the process was a waste of time.

But, I wasn’t grumbling. I found the process to be fun. In fact, I think Mrs. Senator’s 8th grade English class and another one in High School, Creative Writing, in 11th grade, also taught by her, which helped me to develop my love for the writing process. 

Writing has been such an integral part of my life for most of my adult life. Which is why I had visions of spending school days sitting with my boy each putting pencil to paper writing.

I thought that teaching him the writing process would be easy. I was wrong. 

It was presumptive of me to think that he’d be like me and enjoy the process. Quite the opposite is true. His mind is a math mind. He has the engineering mind of an architect. He couldn’t see that writing served any purpose in his life. For him it was a mundane experience and unnecessary because he already knows what he’s thinking… so why write it down?

That’s what it was like until I introduced diagramming sentences to his English lessons. 

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When I introduced him to the method of diagramming sentences he began to understand the architecture of the written word. He could actually see, for the first time, how the pieces of a sentence fit together much like the building blocks of how a skyscraper would be built. His engineering mind began to grasp the concepts that exist in the structure of a sentence or paragraph.

Thus, diagramming sentences has become the cornerstone for understanding the need to properly write sentences and foundational for building reading comprehension skills. 

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How Can it Be? Celebrating 25 Years of Marriage Moments

How Can it Be? Celebrating 25 Years of Marriage Moments

How Can it Be?  That’s how I’m feeling on this day. I look at my Beloved husband awed at his love. It’s incredible to think that we’ve been married for 25 years. It seems… ah, so cliché to say, like yesterday. So Happy Together for 25 […]

Words Fail in Times of Grief

Words Fail in Times of Grief

Reflections Upon Grief Words fail me.  That’s how I’ve felt for about 2 and half years. Which says a lot for a writer/blogger. It’s been difficult for me to write. For the first few months it was due to the busy-ness related to caring for […]

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Mom's Heart

12 Homeschool Quotes for the Heart of a Mom

I’m sharing my favorite homeschool quotes to help motivate you for the rest of the school year. Be sure to download and print your free printable Scripture Art below.

It’s this time of year when I start to feel bogged down, and I can see my student does too. I want to just get the schooling done so we can wrap up book learning and move on to some fun learning like targeted unit studies, hands-on fun, outside activities, field trips and an easier, relaxed style to homeschooling.

12 Quotes for the Heart of a Homeschooling Mom with Printable Scripture Art | Renée at Great Peace

Sometimes we can just hop right in and do just that. Other times, we need to finish up the last few lessons in a boxed curriculum, or online class before we can give into the spring fever. 

So I wanted to bring you a little motivation by sharing some quotes for homeschool moms. Whether you are new to homeschooling or a seasoned vet, I think these will offer you the encouragement you need to muddle through, er um, I mean, meet the challenge head on with all due diligence, the rest of your school year. I know it’s tough sometimes, but you can do it mom because, in the end, we are training up our kids to be active, responsible adults, we’re pointing them toward heaven, and we, prayerfully, know that our choice to home educate is the ideal one for our children.

My Favorite Homeschool Quotes

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This prints on paper size 8.5×11 but the image itself should fit a 5×7 frame.

I’ve been talking on my blog about teaching God’s peace since it’s inception and before. That was my goal. After all, our school is named from Isaiah 54:13.

Yet, I get lost in the day to day just like most others do. A few weeks ago I was able to meet up with my friend Chelli. We were both speaking at a homeschoolers seminar and her talk was so good. She reminded me that I’ve lost my focus, taken my eyes off the goal and started trying to do this on my own. But, I’m not on my own. She explained that I’m the tool in God’s hand being used to bring my child to the person he’s supposed to be. God knows what lies in his future and God will equip him with what he needs.

Be sure to scroll through to see all 12 of my favorite homeschooling quotes.

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Send a Delightful Experience with Superior Custom Stationery

Send a Delightful Experience with Superior Custom Stationery

One of the goals we set as a family this year is to do kindness projects as a family. We are approaching these projects in a variety of ways but one that has become a constant is correspondence. We are going back to the basics […]

10 Ways to Save Money by Shopping with Amazon

10 Ways to Save Money by Shopping with Amazon

As a keeper of the home, I’m always looking for a good deal and ways to save money. I wouldn’t say that I’m cheap, but I do try to be frugal when making purchases for my family. I try to be a good steward of […]

How to Set your Heart Free from a Prison of Overabundance

How to Set your Heart Free from a Prison of Overabundance

Are You Imprisoned by Abundance? Have you ever looked around at American culture and noticed how much we truly have? From grocery store shelves to transportation to technology, our choices seem endless. Secular education is available to all, and jobs exist in fields I would […]

Words Fail in Times of Grief

Words Fail in Times of Grief

Reflections Upon Grief Words fail me.  That’s how I’ve felt for about 2 and half years. Which says a lot for a writer/blogger. It’s been difficult for me to write. For the first few months it was due to the busy-ness related to caring for […]

Simple Tips to Manage Household Chores

Simple Tips to Manage Household Chores

I’ll be the first to admit, housekeeping hasn’t always been my favorite role. I can keep a home. I can deep clean. But I don’t particularly enjoy the process of household chores. I’ve heard that there are women who do, love housekeeping. I’m not really […]