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Since there is going to be so many sales this weekend, I thought it would be helpful if I shared with you some of my favorite people and some of their super cool products.

Awesome Art Education Resources

Beyond the Stick Figure

Preschool

Jen Merckling Ready for Reading and More

A Better Way to Homeschool

Academic Advising

True North

Essay Writing

Our Happy Medium Academy “How to Write a Perfect 5 Paragraph Essay”

LOTS OF HOMESCHOOL BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Business and Blogging

Blogging Successfully with Katie Hornor

4 One More Classes for Business

Christmas Curriculum

Christmas in Mexico

Finances

Ultimate Bundle Master your Money

Large Family Meal Planning on a Budget

Menu Planning for Kids

Faith

Mom take Courage

Ultimate Bundles Faith Mini-Bundle

Music

Online Piano Lessons with Angela Joy

Music in our Homeschool

High School

BJs Homeschooling with College in Mind

Writing

Our Happy Medium Academy How to Write a Perfect 5 Paragraph Essay

Technology & Podcasting

Funda Funda Academy

Techie Homeschool Mom

4 One More

Self Care

Ultimate Bundles self care Mini Bundle

Spanish

Spanish4Kiddos

Health and Nutrition

Menu Planning for Kids Super Bundle

COOKING

Love at Home Education Cooking by Level

Creation Science

Young Earth versus Old Earth

Dinosaur Coloring Pages

Arts and Crafts

DIY Crafts

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Fatty Foods Can Be Healthy https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/fatty-foods-can-be-healthy/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/fatty-foods-can-be-healthy/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 19:38:41 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=15931 Fatty Foods Can Be Healthy I have good news for you. Fatty foods can be healthy. (Post contains affiliate links). Notice I said “can.” The fact that fatty foods can be healthy doesn’t mean that doughnuts or deep fried Twinkies have suddenly become health foods. Not at all! What it does mean is that you […]

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Fatty Foods Can Be Healthy

I have good news for you. Fatty foods can be healthy. (Post contains affiliate links).

Notice I said “can.”

The fact that fatty foods can be healthy doesn’t mean that doughnuts or deep fried Twinkies have suddenly become health foods.

Not at all!

What it does mean is that you can throw those low fat diets out the window and enjoy some healthy fatty foods like avocados, olives, peanut butter, and even real butter and bacon.

Fat is an important part of a healthy diet. It’s what keeps you from feeling hungry.

Fats also allow you to absorb more nutrients from other foods. For example, Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble vitamins. Thus, they require fat to be absorbed by the body.

That’s why it’s okay to dress that colorful and super healthy salad with a dressing that’s not necessarily low fat. And for good measure, throw a few nuts or avocado slices on top. This will turn a simple salad into a healthy meal that will keep you going for hours. The fat will ensure that your body can absorb all the vitamins in that beautiful fresh produce on your plate.

Click here for a recipe for an easy garden salad.

And You will feel fuller, longer.

Good fats, like those found in olive oil and avocado, for example, nourish your brain, your eyes, hair, and even the walls of every single cell of your body. It’s also important for hormonal well-being, because hormones are mainly made up of fatty acids. In short, consuming healthy fats is important and there are quite a few fatty foods out there that are actually good for you.

Let’s quickly run through a few sources of healthy fats that you want to eat more of. At the same time stay away from trans-fats, which have been linked to an increased risk in heart disease.

Fatty Foods Can Be Healthy

Avocado

This is one of my favorite healthy fats. Add this delicious fruit to salads, sandwiches, wraps, or eat it on the side with eggs or grilled meat. Also delicious mashed up on toast or turned into guacamole and even in smoothies!

Coconut Oil

Start your day with a healthy fat boost by adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to your coffee. This oil is also great for cooking eggs or sautéing veggies. Pure coconut oil should be tasteless, while some other versions leave you with a hint of coconut flavor.

Olives And Olive Oil

Olive oil makes a great base for salad dressings. It can be used to finish and flavor all sorts of food. Both olive oil and olives have long been staples of the Mediterranean Diet. Look for cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Olives make delicious portable snacks as well..

Nuts And Seeds

Speaking of nuts. Another healthy snack that you can keep at your desk, in your purse, and in your pantry is various nuts and seeds. They are full of healthy fats, vitamins and mineral. Eat them on their own, make your own healthy trail mix, or sprinkle them on your salad.

See Also:

Fats and Oils: What’s the Difference?

High Protein Meals

Reduced Fat Alfredo Sauce

Why Are Kids Picky Eaters?

From Health Line:

10 High-Fat Foods that are Healthy

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High School Graduation Tips for Homeschoolers https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/high-school-graduation-tips/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/high-school-graduation-tips/#comments Sat, 23 Nov 2019 21:43:37 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=15488 High School Graduation Tips for Homeschoolers Some of you have asked for High School Graduation Tips and how to know that you are meeting the requirements for your state. Since my son is in 9th grade this year, and since I know it is a big deal that he gets a true valid diploma, I […]

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High School Graduation Tips for Homeschoolers

Some of you have asked for High School Graduation Tips and how to know that you are meeting the requirements for your state. Since my son is in 9th grade this year, and since I know it is a big deal that he gets a true valid diploma, I started planning and organizing when he was going into 7th grade. Middle school was sort of a practice run, because it’s not “official” the way high school is. (Post may contain affiliate links).

The other day, I was thinking, “My little system is working so well!” I purchased this little portable file cabinet on wheels, and it has been super helpful.

For example, I can move it out of the way when I’m not using it, which is a HUGE deal because we are living in an apartment that is less than 1000 square feet.

As a result of my system working and giving me confidence, I decided to share it with you. Hopefully, you’ll get some new ideas that will help you feel more organized and on top of things.

The little file cart I purchased was less than $50 and I organize it like I would any other file cabinet. Since I only have one child, some of this might be a little simpler for me. However, what I do is I start with 8 1/2 by 11″ hanging folders. I label them by main subject. For example, Math, English, Social Studies, etc.

The sub-folders I have created include teacher notes, answer keys, to do work, and work completed. You may have other ideas for that. If you have more than one child, you could create more folders (and have a bigger file cabinet (they have bigger ones than I one I’m using). High School Graduation Tips

When I first decided to homeschool, I discovered HSLDA. This stands for “Homeschool Legal Defense Association.” HSLDA is the oversight organization in the United States. They can help you get off to a good start. They have lots of resources, and if you become a member, they will even defend you in court if need be.

I haven’t needed them for legal defense, but have picked up some ideas through their site. And, particularly because Nathan is in High School, I want to keep tabs on what HSLDA has to say as they are usually on top of changes in homeschooling laws.

One of the things HSLDA recommends is researching the specific academic requirements of your state.

My state is Oregon. So, I just typed in “Oregon High School Graduation Requirements 2023” and looked for the information. This is what I got. I am using the basic table from this site to help me with my planning. (It hasn’t updated since I last checked. However, I will keep checking every year, just in case)

In the state of Oregon, in order to graduate with the standard diploma, Nathan has to take three years of math. However, the three years include Algebra 1 and beyond. I chose to enroll him in pre-algebra this year so that he would more easily be able to master Algebra. This means he will get a total of four years of math (he is not happy about this).

I’m okay with this, because even though he hates math, he is not terrible with math. His biggest issue is math facts, and quite possibly, if he would have remained in traditional school, he would be further back than he is currently. He can understand the concepts, and when he has a calculator, he can deal with his difficulties with math facts.

After all, a calculator will only give you a correct answer if you enter the numbers in correctly.

In addition to math, Oregon requires:

  1. Four credits English/Language Arts (years=credits).
  2. At least three years/credits of science
  3. One of the science classes needs to include a lab
  4. Also, three years of social science
  5. One credit/year of physical education (PE)
  6. One credit/year of health
  7. Three credits/years of either a second language or other arts career and technical education
  8. Six elective credits

Total of 24 credits, divided by 4, is 6 credits per year, which would be 3 credits per semester.

And one credit/year is equal to 150 to 180 hours (can be as low as 120, depending on the course).

If you’re homeschooling, this is a really good thing to know. Knowing the specifics will make it much easier to plan and also to reassure yourself that your child is doing what he or she needs to do to meet the minimum requirements for graduation.

It’s good to get an idea of the number of hours so you can determine about how much time your child should be spending in school each day as well. You can take the 150 hours, divide it up into the number of school days planned, and voila you have an average amount of time to spend each day.

Of course, you can adjust as necessary throughout the year—it is not set in stone.

And I don’t keep track of every little hour, I simply get an idea for how much time he is spending—or better yet, if he completes the reading and other assignment, it counts as an hour or whatever time—even if he didn’t actually spend that amount of time to finish.

Speaking of which. If you have a child that consistently completes assignments more quickly than average and is highly motivated, you should consider a higher level diploma (I don’t know what it’s called, but I believe that in Oregon there are three levels, standard diploma, adjusted, and higher requirement diploma).

When you are planning your semester or year, keep in mind extra-curricular activities. For example, if your child is taking piano lessons for 2 hours a week (plus practicing in-between lessons), include this time in the total hours spent in music and give your child credit for the time spent. And if you like, you can add some written work to the “class,” like an essay on a particular composer or something similar. Once your child completes the required minimum hours (150+), then you can add 1 credit of music to his transcript.

An example in our house is that my son is involved in puppet ministry at our church. He spends, on average, 3 hours per month at his meetings, at least 1-hour (ideally) practicing for the performance, and another hour prepping before the performance. He is involved year-round. So, by the end of 4 years, he will have earned 1 credit in drama (.25 credit per year x 4 years = 1 credit).

So, make sure you give your kiddos credit for their extra-curricular activities as you deem appropriate.

In addition to Drama, Nathan is currently enrolled in

  • Pre-algebra
  • Bible
  • 9th Grade English
  • Social Studies and Geography
  • Life Science
  • PE
  • Math

This year he is taking a Cinema Studies class for 9th grade English. It’s a great experience, watching classic movies, and then discussing and writing about them. This class is working out wonderfully because it involves movies instead of books; 2 movies per month (each movie counts as one novel).

Some of the movies we’ve watched so far include Casablanca, Places in the Heart, Rudy, and High Noon.  We are also reading on the side, and I assign writing related to the topics we are learning. For example, when we were studying the presidents at the beginning of the semester, Nathan wrote two essays on two different presidents.

We also read on the side.

For example, before bed. I read to him. There are many reasons why I read to him. First of all, he likes it when I read to him. Second of all, I read faster than he does. Third of all, I honestly believe that when you read to your children, it really helps them build their vocabulary. It also helps develop listening skills and develops their imagination. I especially love reading historical fiction because it makes the real story and real person come to life in ways that an ordinary textbook can’t do. Lastly, if gives us time together.

So, there are LOTS of awesome reasons and excuses to read to your children!

For science, Nathan is reading “The Grand Experiment” Parts 1 and 2. We’ve already finished the first book! He is super smart in science. So, I’m going to have to consider what we are going to do for the rest of the semester!

We’ve studied several Christian martyrs in Social Studies with the assistance of Schoolhouse Teachers and Torchlighters. We also read the book, “When Lightning Struck,” which is a historical fiction/biography written through the eyes of Martin Luther.

This book was written by Danika Cooley. It was really well written and we both enjoyed it! Martin Luther was indeed a complex individual.

For PE, Nathan is signed up for a one-hour class at the local recreation center, “PE for Homeschoolers,” and we drag his reluctant butt to the gym two times a week for weight training (not his favorite thing to do :D).

And last, but not least, Nathan spends 15 hours a week with his ABA therapist. This is most DEFINITELY Life Skills. And I am most definitely giving him credit for the work he is doing. (Not sure how much, but definitely some credit).

Hold on a Second!!! How Am I Supposed to Record All of Those Classes and Hours Without Getting a Headache?

This is where Applecore comes in!

I have all sorts of resources that I’ve gathered from all different places. However, whenever I’m stuck on a subject, and to help with organization and direction, one of the places I go to is  Schoolhouse Teachers. And I use Applecore system for transcripts and scheduling.

Applecore makes it really easy (not an affiliate).

High School Organization Tips

For example, at the beginning of the year I utilized Applecore to create his course overview (see picture at right). This shows which subjects he’s taking and how much credit he’s going to earn as a result of completing the course by the end of the year (or the end of the semester).

Then I add his schedule for Monday through Thursday plus Friday for life skills what he’s doing every day. Note that I did this mainly for record keeping purposes. I find that in the day-to-day flow of things, it’s much easier to have a hard copy schedule that I can go to plan my day and week.

And last but not least, there’s attendance section (see picture below).

 

You can just mark attendance based on every day that your child is in school. If you do this, you will have a permanent record which is really nice. And there is no need to update it every day. Once a week, or even once a month, will do.

I actually paid extra for the Applecore Gold because of the fact that Nathan is in high school.

High School Organization Tips

I was already at silver level because you get Applecore silver for free if you subscribe to Schoolhouse Teachers

One of my favorite things about Applecore is that it’s online, on their server. So, I don’t have to worry about losing it.

 

However, if you prefer to keep track offline, then this is another reason to consider Schoolhouse Teachers.

Schoolhouse Teachers is always a good deal, but at certain times of the year you can get even better deals for membership. And they are also a great source for high school graduation tips.

Plus, if you have multiple kids, you only have to buy one membership for the whole family! And there are classes for adults as well. For example, Graphic Design, How to Start a Business, stuff like that.

 

In regard to scheduling, Schoolhouse Teachers can also help you with this. For example, once you join you have access to their HUGE planners, which are updated yearly. Plus, the awesome digital magazine, Old Schoolhouse, and a free subscription to World Book Online.

 

The planners are available for high school and elementary level. Though I think the high school level might only be available if you have a high school membership, which is a little bit more, because it includes EVEN MORE stuff.

 

Anyway, lots of choices for you to consider and hopefully the high school graduation tips for homeschoolers in this post are helpful to you!

 

If you liked this article, please share it with your friends and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!

 

Thank you for being here. 😊

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Mexican Christmas Traditions https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/mexican-christmas-traditions/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/mexican-christmas-traditions/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:59:08 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=13902 Christmas around the World – Mexican Christmas Traditions (Post contains affiliate links). I Love Hispanic and Latino culture! I worked with a variety of people while employed as a Public Health Nutritionist for the Women, Infant, and Children Program (WIC). Some of my fellow employees were from Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, and of course, Mexico. […]

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Christmas around the World – Mexican Christmas Traditions (Post contains affiliate links).


I Love Hispanic and Latino culture! I worked with a variety of people while employed as a Public Health Nutritionist for the Women, Infant, and Children Program (WIC). Some of my fellow employees were from Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, and of course, Mexico.

There were days when no one who came into the clinic spoke English. As a result, I was immersed in the language and culture. I never became fluent in Spanish. However, somehow I managed to function–with the help of materials that were in Spanish. Also, the awesome bilingual Health Service Assistants I worked with were always available when I got stuck.

My adoration of the culture has led to my brand New Mexican Christmas Traditions Unit Study

I really think that if you aren’t already familiar with Mexican Christmas traditions, you should be!

That’s why my goal for you and your children is for your lives to be enriched through this unit study.

In some ways, there are similarities. However, in many ways, Christmas is celebrated in a completely different way in Mexico. For example,

Mexican Christmas Traditions

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition that lasts from December 16 December 23. This event commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph as they traveled. Mary was ready to give her baby and they couldn’t find anywhere to stay. The celebration of Las Posadas reenacts this event with great enthusiasm and festiveness.

Check out my Christmas in Mexico Unit Study to learn more! 

The Legend of the Poinsettia

In case you didn’t know, the Poinsettia grows prolifically in Mexico during the Christmas season. This legend is about a poor Mexican girl who wanted to give a gift to baby Jesus but had nothing to give. Thus, the Poinsettia was born.

3 Kings Day

In Spanish, it is called, “Día de los Reyes.” This day marks the visit of the three kings.

Traditional Foods Eaten

    1. Tamales
    2. Pozole
    3. Rompope
    4. Ponche
    5. Pasteles (Puerto Rico)

These foods are just a sampling of the delicious cuisine enjoyed during the celebration of Christmas in Mexico. You will find lots of fun things for your kids to do as a break from their regular curriculum, and they will learning social studies, history, and home economics as well.

Click here to view, “Christmas in Mexico.”

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5 Reasons My Son Believes in Catastrophism https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/5-reasons-my-son-believes-in-catastrophism/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/5-reasons-my-son-believes-in-catastrophism/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:45:49 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=14312 There are at least 5 Reasons my son believes in Catastrophism, and why he doesn’t believe in macroevolution. (Post may contain affiliate links). Before I get into what my son believes and why, I would like to start with a few definitions. First of all, what exactly is catastrophism? “Catastrophism is the theory that the […]

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There are at least 5 Reasons my son believes in Catastrophism, and why he doesn’t believe in macroevolution. (Post may contain affiliate links).

Before I get into what my son believes and why, I would like to start with a few definitions.

First of all, what exactly is catastrophism?

“Catastrophism is the theory that the Earth has largely been shaped by sudden, short-lived, violent events, possibly worldwide in scope.” (Wikipedia).

This is in contrast with the term “Uniformitarianism.”

“Uniformitarianism is also known as the Doctrine of Uniformity. It is the assumption that the same natural laws and processes that operate in our present-day scientific observations have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe.” (Wikipedia)

So when I say that my son believes in catastrophism, this is what it means. It means he does not believe that the same natural laws and processes that we observe operating today can fully explain the origin of our universe.

What exactly is meant by the term “Evolution?”

When the term “evolution” is used, it is often unclear what exactly “evolution” means. And to complicate matters further, definitions differ between catastrophists (flood geologists) and uniformitarianists (evolutionary scientists).

The main reason for the disagreement is because two types of evolution are often discussed, Macroevolution and Microevolution.

Generally speaking, Macroevolution refers to the theory that, “All things are evolving in a positive beneficial direction.”

For example, Macroevolution is generally defined as, “the process of one type of animal (fish) evolving into a completely different type of animal (amphibian).” This is what evolutionary scientists believe to be true.

However, Catastrophists don’t agree that Macroevolution is true.

The reason why we don’t agree with evolutionists on this definition is because

Macroevolution requires an increase in genetic information, which has NEVER BEEN SHOWN to happen.

Another concept that is important for me to clarify is the term “Natural Selection.”

Natural Selection is, “the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring.”

So, how does this relate to Microevolution?

Well, Natural Selection is an example of Microevolution. Natural Selection is an observable phenomenon–when it is correctly used as an example of Microevolution, because:

Microevolution has been observed in the laboratory.

For example, Microevolution is what is happening when bacteria become immune to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is not the result of an increase in information. It is the result of the passing on of already existing antibiotic resistant genes that are present in the surviving organism.

To sum it up, when I say that my son believes in Catastrophism, I mean that he believes that the Worldwide Flood of Noah discussed in the Bible is an acceptable explanation for how the world came to be in the state it is occurring. And when I say that he does not believe in evolution, I am referring to the fact that he doesn’t believe Macroevolution – molecules to man, amoeba to man, etc.

Now that we’ve got that cleared up, I want to mention a few ways I believe have helped my son decide on his own that creation and catastrophism make more sense than evolution and uniformitarianism.

5 Reasons My Son Believes in Catastrophism

1. He has been Given a Firm Foundation through Solid Biblical Teaching

We attend a church that teaches the Bible, verse-by-verse. This means that when the Pastor teaches from the pulpit, he starts in Genesis 1 and goes all the way to the end of the Book of Revelation. He then starts over.  The same principle applies throughout our church, from Preschool on.

Also, the Bible is taken literally and in a straightforward manner. For instance, if the Bible says that God created in seven days, we don’t use “science” to determine what God means by a day. We look at the Hebrew, which clearly shows that God meant one literal 24-hour day when he used the word “Yom.”

Every summer our church has Vacation Bible School (VBS). And they have always been from Answers in Genesis which emphasizes creation and the trustworthiness of the bible. My son absolutely loved VBS. In fact, he went every single year from pre-kindergarten until 6th grade. In fact, he was really bummed when he found out he was too old to attend.

And this past summer (2019), he attended by helping with one of the VBS classes. This is one of the first times he’s taken initiative like this. And I am so proud of him! (Yes, he loved it, and I am sure he will be doing it again next year)! 🙂

Thus, my son is growing up with knowledge of the entire Bible within context.

The Bible is the only true source of a firm foundation. The bible is also the only way to effectively combat the lies of the enemy.

2. We Have Spent Time Discussing the Power of the Media

Whenever I watch a movie with my son, if there is anything questionable about it, we will discuss it. For example, the Jurassic Park series. Many people don’t realize that the theme of evolution flows through the plot of the entire Jurassic series. For example, when they show ostriches running at the end of the first movie, the implication is that they are the descendants of dinosaurs. Or when they discuss the amber that the dinosaur DNA was found in, it is stated that the amber is millions of years old. That is, it is never questioned.

Dinosaur Dan on PBS

My son used to watch this show. In every single show of the series, Dan states “65 million years ago” at least once.  Teachers know that if you want a child to remember a fact, you repeat it and over and over again. This is why I don’t believe it is a coincidence that Dan states “65 million years ago,” in every single show. The producers want the young children to remember this “fact.”  Every time I would hear Dan say that, I asked my son, “How do they know that? Were they there? When you dig up a fossil, does it have a date engraved on it? What about the problem of index fossils?”

3. Books that apply the Creation message.

One of my all-time favorites is the “The Time Twins” series by DB Macks. I discovered this series through Creation Research Society Quarterly Magazine. I can honestly say I have never read a more eye-opening series than this one. Because there are a few scenes that are graphic, I waited until Nathan was 10 to read it to him. And he absolutely loved it. =)

My OWN Paleontologist Kids Unit Study is one result of my years of studying this important message. Click here to see it.

I have met some really interesting people over the years. One friend I met while at Loma Linda University has had a profound effect on Nathan.  MaryAnn works with Dr. Gary Parker in Florida. When she visits, she always brings hands-on goodies, such as fossils, to share and discuss with Nathan.

4. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens 1980.

This disaster is nicknamed, “The Little Grand Canyon.”  Mt. St. Helens testifies that it doesn’t take millions of years for layers and fossils to form. There is a little museum on the road to the Mt. St. Helens that you can visit. Here you will find evidences and discussions of the alternative viewpoint that you won’t hear at the “main event” up the street. While MaryAnn worked at the museum, Nathan benefited from her connections. 🙂

5. He has been exposed to ALL the evidence

When kids attend public school, they are only exposed to one side of the issue. Evolution is taught as fact with no alternatives allowed. In essence, the public school system has been “scrubbed clean” of any mention of the creation viewpoint. People have been led to believe that evolution is “science” and creationism is “religion.” Thus, most people don’t have a problem with that at all, to the detriment of their kids, who are growing up with a faulty foundation that will color their point-of-view for the rest of their lives. 🙁

I have gobbled up all the good books I could find on the subject since before I even knew I was going to have a child. From preschool on up. This is an extremely important issue to me, and it should be to other Christians as well. This why I have taken every single opportunity I have had and continue to have to make sure my son sees things from both sides so that he can DECIDE FOR HIMSELF what he believes.

Creation and Our Kids – “Already Gone” by Ken Ham

The main reason we are losing our kids in college is because we have not prepared them for the onslaught of evolutionary thoughts and ideas that they will be exposed to at the college level. And the sad reality is that most so-called Christian universities are also compromising with the message of the bible and secular science.

The point I am trying to make is this. Do everything you can to go along with your child, side-by-side, so that you can continually show alternative viewpoints to the media onslaught of evolutionary ideas they are receiving through TV, the movies, radio, and the internet.

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6 Reasons I’m Thankful for Autism https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/reasons-thankful-for-autism/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/reasons-thankful-for-autism/#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:30:26 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=11444 6 Reasons I’m Thankful for Autism. (Post may contain affiliate links). Oftentimes people assume that having a child diagnosed with autism would be extremely difficult. While there are some difficulties in raising a son who struggles with autism, there are also many things I’m thankful for. Raising any child has its challenges, of course. Which […]

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Oftentimes people assume that having a child diagnosed with autism would be extremely difficult. While there are some difficulties in raising a son who struggles with autism, there are also many things I’m thankful for.

Raising any child has its challenges, of course. Which is one of the main things I remind myself of when I’m having a bad day. The challenges are just different, depending on the uniqueness of the child. So, if I had a child that was “typical” then I might be worrying about some of the things listed below. But I’m not! 🙂

6 Reasons I’m Thankful for Autism

1. I don’t have to worry about my son getting involved in hardcore music.

My son is 14 years old. At this age, many kids start listening to rock music.

Well, Nathan doesn’t care for any music, partly because of sensory difficulties. He especially doesn’t like rock music—even Christian rock, such as Skillet. In fact, one time a song by Skillet came on the radio while in the car, and he was all, “Turn that off! That’s sounds awful!” (Reminds me of my mom coming home when I was a teenager). LOL

When I was a teenager in the 1980s, I started listening to punk rock, new wave, and other not so nice music. (If you’ve ever read the lyrics from secular rock music, you know what I’m talking about). And I honestly believe the music I got involved with contributed to my rebellion.

Thus, I am  very thankful that Nathan is so picky about music.

By the way, one of the ways that I stay in a more positive mood is to listen to my favorite Christian music while at the gym.

In fact, this has been a great motivator to go to the gym!

Let me explain. So, Nathan basically hates and doesn’t tolerate music around him. Thus, I have gotten to the point where I actually look forward to going to the gym so that I can listen to my favorite music–and then I even get a workout out of it. So, not only does the music help me to re-focus on Jesus, but I am much calmer when I get home. PLUS I feel so much better about myself because I know that I did something positive for my health.

You would be AMAZED at how this can boost your mood and help you to be more thankful!

Now we are all different with unique likes and dislikes.

So, my suggestion to you is to find something that you really love to do and that puts you in a better mood–and take time to do it!!!

And as a result of being a Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach, I want to strongly encourage you to get some exercise in whatever form you can enjoy.

I do not do anything at the gym that I hate doing. For example, I hate push-ups and sit-ups. So, I do other things like work the stomach machines. So, I would never tell you to force yourself to do something you hate.

Find something that you look forward to and don’t dread. Whether it’s at the gym, at the park or at the coffee shop. JUST DO IT!!!

2. I don’t have to worry about what types of friends he has.

Nathan is even pickier than I would be about the friends he chooses. In fact, he’s picky about who he will even talk to.

3. I don’t have to worry about him walking off with a stranger.

He’s extra cautious about strangers. Again, you can hardly get him to talk to someone he knows. So, there is NO way he’s going to willingly go with a stranger anywhere. In fact, when he started ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy, it took two months before he would even get in the therapist’s car without mom or dad present.

Plus, he has absolutely no desire to chat with strangers online (or chat with anyone for that matter). So, I don’t have to worry about him being lured on the internet, either. (Yes, he has been educated on the dangers).

4. He’s content with what he has.

Nathan has one main pair of shoes he wears, and he will wear his old clothes until they’re so snug, I’m embarrassed for him. In fact, I usually have to talk him into getting a new pair of shoes, and it’s always my idea when it’s time to get new clothes. He never thinks he needs new clothes. I can honestly say that Nathan has not ever asked for a new outfit or a new pair of shoes.

Also, Nathan usually only has one or two items he wants at a time (even at Christmas), and he has never acted like he wished he hadn’t chosen that item.  In other words, he’s not greedy and he is careful about choosing before buying. (I could learn a thing or two from him)!

A recent example of how he’s not greedy was on his birthday last May. His grandma was planning what to buy him for his birthday. The item he chose was less expensive than what she was willing to spend.  So, she asked him if he’d like to have more Bendaroos. (He uses these all of the time, since he was a little tyke).  When I asked him if he needed more Bendaroos, he said, “No.”

By the way, if you struggle with being thankful, you most definitely are NOT alone.

Homeschooling special needs children can be really hard at times.  And I am most certainly NOT the perfect example of if you struggle with being thankful, However, one of the things that helps me immensely to stay focused (or to re-focus) on what I have to be thankful for is a devotional I do in the morning.

You may be familiar with the free YouVersion Bible App?

Before I had a child, it seemed that I could always find time and energy for Bible study. Well, the past few years, I have found it much harder to stay focused on a lengthy Bible study first thing in the morning. The YouVersion Bible App has been SUCH a blessing during these times!

For example, you can choose to just listen to the Bible read to you—and most versions are available. It took me a while to find a voice I could enjoy. But there are lots of choices! Also, there are pre-written devotionals (100s of them) that last anywhere from 2 days to 30 days (and maybe even more). You can choose whatever topic seems to fit your needs. I am currently going through “Different” A study of 1 Peter. Of course, there are tons of plans on the simple topic of thankfulness or being thankful.

Another thing that is super cool is that you can create images out of verses and you can even use your own photos. This is something my husband does a lot. He posts on Facebook and it is really encouraging. I also pick images that are already done, which is quicker, and then share on Facebook. Not only is it an encouragement to others, but I can go back later and read it myself and find relief from stress!

There is just something about sharing God’s love with others that also helps us to stay in a positive mood and be more thankful!

By the way, the app is absolutely free and is available for Android, iPhone, iPad, and pretty much every device you can imagine.

There is Even An App for Kids.

The thing I like the most about this Bible app, besides that it’s free, is that I can always find time to be in God’s word, even when I’m feeling seriously pressed for time.

5. He’s a Cheap Date!

Most of the time, Nathan doesn’t even want to eat out. And when he does, he always chooses small portion sizes. For example, if he goes to McDonald’s he just orders the six piece nuggets.

6. He’s Resourceful

When he’s trying to figure out how to do something at home, he uses whatever things he can find at home. Only occasionally will he request something to buy. For example, he’ll print stuff off the internet, cut and paste to decorate his trains, use whatever pencils or pens are around the house. And speaking of Bendaroos. He will reuse his Bendaroos even when they are the wrong color (if he runs out of a particular color, for example).

So, I’m sure I could think of lots more things to be thankful for besides the 6 Reasons I’m Thankful for Autism that I just discussed. But for now I will close with this:

When we struggle with our attitudes and moods, God is always there waiting to encourage us:

Psalm 9:9-10 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 34:10b Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Isaiah 26: 3-4 Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.

Read more from Homeschooling Dietitian Mom here:

Does Food Affect Autism?

Diet and ADHD in Children Part 1

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30 Days of Thankfulness and Gratitude

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13 Best Stocking Stuffers for Teen boys, teen girls, preteens, and more! Give a gift that keeps on giving this year!

I don’t know about you, but I still love checking my stocking on Christmas morning. Despite that I know my stocking wasn’t filled by Santa, it’s still fun because of the mystery. And I love filling other’s stockings even more. And of course, stockings contain small gifts that are affordable.

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This is why I chose to participate in this year’s Stocking Stuffers bonanza, and this is why I am super excited about it!

Below are 12 SUPER COOL AND INEXPENSIVE gifts that will make perfect stocking stuffers, and there is something for everyone on your Christmas list!

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All virtual products will supply a beautiful gift certificate for you to gift or stuff into a stocking. Happy Shopping!

Twelve bloggers have come together to share their best products with you. Each of these was crafted with love to bless your homeschool! All virtual products will supply a beautiful gift certificate for you to gift or stuff into a stocking. Happy Shopping!

game programming course1. Have a teen who lives to play video games?

Get them engaged in learning with Fundafunda Academy’s Introduction to Game Programming. This is a self-paced class for grades 5 – 12 that introduces students to game programming. They will learn about game design, how to create game graphics and some basic computer logic. They will also program an interactive greeting card.

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2. Some teens love to talk, maybe your teen needs her own podcast!

Does your homeschool teen need an elective credit on their transcript but feels uninspired by the options?

Would your techie high schooler like to pursue their passions while completing coursework? Then the Podcast Launch for Teens by Abby Banks is for YOU!

Celebrate Christmas

3. Keep the Christmas spirit going with playful fun!

These practical activity plans are perfect to embrace the holiday season with your kids! They’re simple enough that they fit in easily to your already hectic schedule.

There are four weeks of activities already planned out for you, so there’s no need to go looking for something to do with the kids, it’s all right there. And there’s details and photos if you need it. Make this Christmas season your child’s very best ever with Celebrate from The Activity Room!

 


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4. Cook up some fun with

Cooking By Level by Raising Human Beans! A Level Based Cookbook, that teaches your kids how to cook simple meals! From helping out- to cooking full meals by themselves!!

Volume 1- Easy Food Volume

2- Tea Time Volume

3- Pancakes Volume

4- Christmas (coming soon!)

 

Art Camp

5. Seven lessons, six projects, tons of fun!!!

This mini-course is perfect for Christmas break or weekly lessons this winter.

Unlike most art programs, Beyond the Stick Figure courses are not just a collection of projects, but a course in art techniques. These core techniques will give your child the confidence and ability to independently create masterpieces. Have an Art Camp with your family! Just click open, and go.

 

 

Spanish Animals

6. Younger kids will have fun exploring the ocean and learning Spanish as they go.

The Spanish Ocean Animals Printables Workbook by Spanish4Kiddos includes four worksheets for children to practice Spanish terms of ocean life. Children practice handwriting, fine-motor skills, and reading. Common core and NGSS aligned. Grade Level: K

 

 

 

13 Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Teen Girl Fun Bundle

7. PERFECT FOR THE CRAFTY TEEN OR PRE-TEEN GIRL IN YOUR LIFE, AND JUST IN TIME for Christmas!

Bookmarks and cards make awesome gifts for Christmas and other occasions. And since they are designed to be printed, cut out and decorated:

The Super Bundle of Bookmarks and Cute Cards would be a perfect gift for a girl in your life who loves to create do-it-yourself crafts!

 

 

 

Charlotte Mason Music

8. Fill your year with music!

“A Year of Charlotte Mason Music Lessons” by Music in Our Homeschool is an online course that provides you with a gentle way to do music in your homeschool. Each month you’ll focus on two things: Composer Study and either a Folk Song or a Hymn. Use coupon code STOCKINGSTUFFER to get $10 off! (Coupon code expires 1/15/20.)
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9. Your child will enjoy making his own music

with Joyfulnotes Piano for Beginners. Engaging piano lessons delivered right to you for an amazingly affordable price. Now, your child can learn the joy of playing the piano anytime and anywhere. Designed for children age 5-8

10. Let’s Not Forget Mom!

Homeschool Moms Want You to KnowGet an inside look into homeschooling with Sound Foundations Homeschool’s Homeschool Moms Want You to Know! This Amazon bestseller is written by real homeschool moms for moms just like you. See what homeschooling looks like, get the information you need, and walk away renewed with inspiration. A must-read for every prospective and new homeschool mom!

 

 

 

 

 

Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens

11. Do you know a homeschooling Momma who is overwhelmed by homeschooling,

Feeling like a failure, confused about credits, juggling multiple kids, a job, or perhaps has decision fatigue? Maybe that Momma is you? Take the worry and stress off of her shoulders, or your own! At True North Academy, Our Academic Advising package gives you access to an experienced Academic Adviser who will gently guide you through academic requirements, curriculum choices, help you find hidden credits, and point you in the right direction with decisions regarding college and career! Also included is 1 Performance Series test and on-going email support!

12. Take Courage, Moms!

Take Courage

Be encouraged and inspired by our 30-day quote journal just for you.

This 64-page journal will take your quiet prayer time to a whole new level.

Go deeper with Take Courage by Homeschool in Florida journal prompts and beautiful writing space.

 

 

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13. And lastly, have you seen the NEW edition of Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, from Betsy Sproger @ BJ’s Homeschool?

Betsy has been homeschooling for over 14 years. Her daughter got into each of the colleges on her list, with scholarship offers, including a Tier One U. All of Betsy’s tried and true tips for high school and college both are gathered together in her new book!

She not only helps you homeschool your teen but also makes the process of getting into college easy to understand. Her book includes 12 high school planning printables, to make your record-keeping easy.

Keep your nurturing homeschool style and showcase their accomplishments to the colleges!

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Okay so here’s the deal. Homeschooling can be really expensive–especially if you are homeschooling multiples. And even more so if you are staying home and living on one income. This is why it is so important that we make the most of the money we have.  This is why I have decided to work with other homeschool bloggers to provide AWESOME, high quality FREE homeschool deals on a monthly basis.

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If you have been with me a while, you are already becoming familiar with the monthly “Totally Free Tuesday” and “Freebie Friday” events.

And you also know that the products are high quality, super cool stuff, with lots of spiritual encouragement as well.

If you are new here and you are curious.  Here is a little about the two events.

Totally Free Tuesday happens on the first Tuesday of the month. This event is a freebie that you will find out about through my monthly email (if you are a subscriber). These freebies are always available for free at individual bloggers’ sites. However, they would not normally be known to you unless you were already a subscriber of that specific blogger.  Especially because many of these freebies are brand new, never seen before items!

Freebie Friday occurs on the 3rd Friday of the month. This is an especially exciting event because of the fact that the items provided are being discounted ONLY THROUGH the weekend of the email. Items are worth a minimum of $5.00 and there are well over 10 different bloggers participating. This means that at the bare minimum, you will be privy to $50 PER MONTH of FREE homeschooling items.

But ONLY if you are one of my privileged subscribers.

Well, in case you are wondering, I will be continuing to offer these amazing freebies on a monthly basis, until further notice.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up NOW for Free Homeschooling Deals!!! =)


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4 Ways I’m Being Homeschooled https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/4-ways-being-homeschooled/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/4-ways-being-homeschooled/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:00:18 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=1157 You may have already thought about the fact that your children aren’t the only ones who are learning during your homeschool journey. However, I still thought it might be helpful and encouraging to discuss some of the ways that I’m being homeschooled.  As a result, I’ve come up with 4 ways I’m being homeschooled. (Post […]

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You may have already thought about the fact that your children aren’t the only ones who are learning during your homeschool journey. However, I still thought it might be helpful and encouraging to discuss some of the ways that I’m being homeschooled.  As a result, I’ve come up with 4 ways I’m being homeschooled.



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1. I’M LEARNING HISTORY IN A WHOLE NEW WAY

The first of the 4 ways I’m being homeschooled is related to the fact that I absolutely hated history when I was growing up. I especially disliked history when I was in high school. I thought it was seriously boring and I avoided it as much as I could. As a result, I don’t remember much of anything except sitting in class talking to my friends, or writing notes to my friends, or even figuring out how to skip class.

It’s true that I took the bare minimum classes in high school and college. However, I don’t remember learning ancient history AT ALL.

Of course the Bible is history as well. However, I did not grow up with the Bible, nor did I start reading the Bible until I was an adult.

It is true that I have learned SO MUCH through the Bible. However, every time I read a book to Nathan, especially when it is historical fiction, I learn too.   This is known as living history. And I think everyone could truly benefit from learning history this way!

For example, we are currently studying Martin Luther and are reading the book, “When Lightening Struck.”

Not only are we learning about Martin Luther, we are learning about what the culture was like during this time period. A well-written book will provide descriptions that bring the time period to life. And this book is doing it all right! We are looking out through Martin Luther’s eyes, experiencing his life, becoming entrenched in his observations, including the smells.

During Martin Luther’s lifetime, the Black Plague broke out several times.

Well, have you ever thought about what they did with the people who died? Apparently, they put them into “the stockyards.” If you lived anywhere near the stockyards, you could smell the rotting bodies!

Also, people were ignorant and superstitious during this period because the Roman church was controlling everything and people didn’t have access to the Bible. As a result, people, including Martin’s mother, would blame things such as their babies dying, on witches and witchcraft.

The people didn’t know the Bible, and were ignorant of the idea of germs.

Knowing what you do today, what do you think was causing so many baby deaths?  In “Lightning Strikes,”, Martin mentions losing a baby sister, and he was remembering holding her little hand with his dirty thumb.

Now, I could have easily taught Nathan about the Black Plague, Martin Luther, the superstitions of this time period, and lack of knowledge regarding germs through a facts-based textbook. However, if we had just read these facts in a textbook, I don’t believe they would have held nearly as much meaning as reading a “living history” book.

Reading, “When Lightening Struck,” is opening up a whole new world for me (and I’m sure for Nathan as well).

And every time we read a book like this, my world expands even more!

This is just one lone example of how I’m being educated in history as the result of reading books to Nathan.

To see the book, click here.

2. ONLINE LEARNING – I’M BECOMING MUCH MORE TECH SAVVY

Number 2 of the 4 ways I’m being homeschooled is that I am much more tech savvy. 🙂

Whenever I enroll Nathan in an online class, I go through the class as well. Take for example, Techie Homeschool Mom’s Graphic Design Online course. I learned SO MUCH in that class!

And believe it or not, I had never heard of or used the awesome online program Canva (also Canva App) before 2018. I also learned how to use Emaze, right along with Nathan. And those are just two of the main apps and programs I learned through this class alone!

Speaking of tech savvy. I wanted to start a blog over 10 years ago but didn’t have the skills or the resources. If it wasn’t for the fact that I homeschool, I seriously doubt I would have found out about “Build Your Bundle.” And one thing keeps leading to another. Here I am one year later, finally fulfilling the vision God has given me–one step at a time.

Who would have thought homeschooling would lead to this?

For example, in May 2018 I came across an awesome Blogging Basics class, and next thing I knew I had a blog!

And how could I forget the awesome Etsy Masterclass I went through with Nathan. (Well, actually Nathan didn’t go through it yet–but I sure did)! =) In fact, to read more about my experience with it, Click here

Again, these are just a few examples of what I’ve learned and grown through this homeschool journey.

3. I’VE LEARNED SO MANY COOL THINGS ABOUT UNIQUE LEARNERS

The 3rd of the 4 ways I’m being homeschooled is related to the fact that Nathan has special needs and is a unique learner. He struggles with developmental coordination disorder, also known as Dyspraxia.

From the beginning, I really wanted to enable Nathan to be successful. As a result, I was motivated to go out and find unique learning tools and boy did I succeed! I’ve written about this previously a bit here.

But if I’m going to be totally honest here, I have to admit that my “How I’m Being Homeschooled” journey started before I even imagined I’d ever be homeschooling.

So those of you who aren’t actually homeschooling, don’t get discouraged, because you are learning too–whether you realize it or not!

My learning began the day Nathan was born, when I realized breastfeeding wasn’t going to be a breeze.

Then, by six months, I first realized that Nathan was going to have some feeding issues.

Fast forward to kindergarten. Friday of the first week of school, I got “the call.” You know the call from the principal?  They were worried because he was running off when he was supposed to be lining up, just to name one specific thing I remember discussing.

Long story short, Nathan was a challenge when he was in the regular public school and he was in public school until the end of 3rd grade.

In the public school Nathan was assigned homework pretty much every day.  And you can be sure he didn’t want any part of it!!!

And when Nathan doesn’t want to do something, it is extremely difficult to get him to do it.

Back then I didn’t totally get it about his autism. Nor did I completely understand why he was fighting me so hard on the homework. After all, I absolutely LOVED elementary school!

All that really matters in the overall scheme of things is whether your child is learning.

How they learn is not nearly as significant. As a result, I started thinking outside of the box more. For example, I learned how to teach Nathan in alternative ways because Dyspraxia affects his writing more than anything else. Out with the sticks and the magnetic letters.

An as he got older, I discovered speech-to-text and text-to-speech as well as visual processing programs to help with organizing thoughts. click here to read more about these programs.

When Nathan was at the end of 1st grade, I took a job as a substitute special education assistant for a little extra money. Let me tell you that I got so many good ideas from that! And I also obtained tons of valuable experience working with all sorts of unique and talented kids.

Which I am absolutely drawing from in my homeschooling with Nathan. I don’t think I would have even considered a job such as this if it wasn’t for my desire to understand my own son better.

4. I’M MUCH MORE WELL-ROUNDED AS A DIETITIAN

And last but not least, number 4 out of the 4 ways I’m being homeschooled:

Like I mentioned a minute ago, I started learning the day Nathan was born. He had breastfeeding issues so I pumped for eight months. When I tried to follow all of the “rules” I was taught in school, they fell flat.

For example, brown pureed rice. He spit it up–I realize now this was an early sign that Nathan had a sensory issues with food.

I DID NOT realize it at the time.

Also, he threw up peanut butter. That was an obvious one (food allergy). However, the sensory issues with food still affects his eating today, though I would say he is way less picky than he used to be

and I am much more educated!

Read more about why kids are picky eaters here.

These are just 4 ways I’m being homeschooled.

How about you? What are you learning in your homeschooling/unschooling/lifeschooling journey?

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