Choosing A School For Your Child

My son Joe-Joe turns four any day now, so the big question on everyone’s mind in this house is: where should he go for school?

IMG_3983

We are fortunate to live in Colorado where we have the choice of not only public schools, private schools, and homeschool, but also charter schools and magnet programs. Regardless of what school choice options your district offers, here are some points to keep in mind when choosing your child’s school.

  1. Your Child’s Personality

In general, introverted children enjoy smaller academic environments such as little private schools or homeschool. Extroverted children often prefer the noise and social stimulation of larger classroom settings.

One of the biggest mistakes I want to avoid is basing my choice of schools on my personality. Even if you personally loved farm animals and would have given your right arm to work with horses during middle school, that doesn’t mean an agricultural school is the right choice for your child.

2. Your Child’s Learning Style

Much has been written about different learning styles: Kinesthetic, Visual, Auditory, etc. Children who are little balls of energy will do better, and spend less time in the principal’s office, if they attend a school where they can move freely such as Montessori schools or homeschool.

Children who are verbal processors or auditory learners will do better in a classroom setting than in the independent study of homeschool or Montessori, which relies heavily on individual learning.

I personally am a verbal processor. I failed a lot of history lessons in homeschool high school, which relied heavily on self-study and independent reading. But I did well in college history classes, which were taught in a traditional classroom setting and played to my verbal processing strengths through class discussion.

All that to say, if you want your child to succeed at school, discovering their learning style truly is important.

3. Your Child’s Academic Abilities

Ideally you want a school hard enough to challenge your child, but not so hard that it frustrates them. I’ve seen young kids of more average academic abilities put into elite prep school environments. The children often grow to hate school and think of themselves as dunces as they put hour after hour into homework assignments that take the other children mere minutes.

On the other hand, I’ve seen brilliant children put into slower-paced classrooms where they grew bored and soon began to misbehave. Or, almost worse, they decided that they were geniuses and didn’t have to study and so learned no study skills. The right school will stretch your child, but also give him confidence in his ability to learn.

4. Your Own Sanity

No matter where you send your child to school, a lot of the burden falls on you. And your child needs a sane parent at the end of the school day. So don’t drive yourself insane trying to give your child the absolutely best academic environment.

If the top school in your area is an hour and a half drive away, is it really still worth it? If homeschooling your child seems ideal, but is making you scream into mirrors while tearing your hair out, is it really right for you? If paying for private school is making you take out a fourth mortgage on your house and work three jobs, is it really the right decision?

Only you know the answer. But please don’t drive yourself insane. Children need sane parents more than they need perfect schools.

Outrageously Fruitful by Maria I. Morgan

Maria headshot LLBDPlease welcome Maria I. Morgan as she chats with me about her latest book, Outrageously Fruitful.

Hi, Maria. First question.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Maria: I’ve always had a love for reading. I was bitten by the writing bug when I was in junior high and was chosen to be on the staff of our school newspaper.

I continued crafting stories and term papers during college, not giving much consideration to my professors’ comments to pursue a career in writing. At the time, my focus was on health, and I earned a degree in Corporate Wellness.

I left the corporate world years ago and once again turned to writing. It’s been a wonderful adventure that’s included: writing classes, critique groups, blogging, marketing, publishing, and wonderful friendships. I can’t wait to see what God has in store next!

What do you love about being a writer, and what do you like the least?

Maria: I love the creative flexibility. As a writer, I have the opportunity to share what matters to me most: the truth of God’s Word. Not only do I get to choose my topic, I’m also privileged to decide who my audience will be. Currently, I write children’s books and have recently released a Bible study for women.

Writing can be an isolating job! But the Lord has opened many doors to have contact with people; whether it’s teaching Bible studies or reading my children’s books at the local schools or Chick-Fil-A restaurants. I consider myself very blessed to do what I do!

How do you get your best ideas?

Maria: Great question! Ideas are usually born during conversations with others. What starts out as innocent banter can easily turn into the next storyline for my Louie the Lawnmower series.

Believe it or not, my pets and their antics are often a source of inspiration for my blog posts and devotional writing.

Do you blog? How often?

Maria: I began blogging over five years ago and would post three times a week. As I started writing for more blogs and publications, it dropped to two posts per week. And then once a week . . . I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for the past six months while finishing up my most recent books: Louie & the Leaf Pile; and Outrageously Fruitful.

I’m excited to announce I’ll be re-launching my blog (www.mariaimorgan.com) when the New Year rolls around. I also have a blog for my current children’s series (www.mariaimorgan.wix.com/louie-the-lawnmower). Drop in and visit.

What fun fact would you like your readers to know about you?

Maria: It’s a bit ironic – my degree is in health fitness with a minor in nutrition, but I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. It’s really tough for me to go an entire 24 hours without having something sweet. Desserts that include anything apple or chocolate are my favorite.

Thanks for hosting me today. It’s been a pleasure!

I’m glad you dropped by! I wish you much success with your books.

Outrageously Fruitful (let go…and let God)2015 Outrageously Fruitful Cover Design for Createspace 3

Society’s message is clear: live for yourself. God’s message is revolutionary: live for Him and others. This sounds radical, right? We all want love, joy, and peace to saturate our lives. But the Holy Spirit’s plan begs us to look beyond our own little world and see His bigger picture. So how do we win the battle against selfishness?

Outrageously Fruitful addresses this question and more. This 10-week study is made up of a series of brief daily lessons that encourage an honest look at current behavior and provide a biblical foundation to rekindle faith and put it into action.

Maria I. Morgan explores the characteristics the Spirit longs to cultivate within us. A fresh perspective is given of each characteristic, disarming some of today’s popular misconceptions:

*Love is a feeling
*Circumstances determine joy
*Absence of conflict is the key to peace
*Why be long suffering? Take the easy way out
*Meekness is the same thing as weakness
*Temperance is outdated: if it feels good do it

Let go and let God make your life outrageously fruitful!

Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the award-winning author of Louie’s BIG day! Regardless of the age of her audience, her goal is the same: to share God’s truth and make an eternal difference. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties ~ the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!

Louie & the Leaf Pile:

http://www.amazon.com/Louie-Leaf-Pile-Maria-Morgan/dp/1515349942/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446342000&sr=8-1&keywords=louie+%26+the+leaf+pile

Outrageously Fruitful:

http://www.amazon.com/Outrageously-Fruitful-Maria-I-Morgan/dp/0692474951/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446342041&sr=8-1&keywords=outrageously+fruitful

The Strength in Education

By Betty Boyd pencil pic

Education has always been important to me. I have worked to get various degrees and certificates while I was working full time. Now that I am retired and have a business providing writing services, what need do I have for education? The need for education is even greater. It is not so much that I should be doing more college classes; rather it is educating myself in the business, marketing and writing itself.

I find myself going to various networking functions, joining groups, getting to know what potential customers want, and need. My education has been more of how to develop relationships with people and learn how to collaborate. Additionally, I am a freelance writer and I have had to relearn how to write. As a non-fiction writer, it is not so much about a plot line as a headline. Editing has become a very important tool in my new writing career.

I even joined a writers group, and this group has been most beneficial for encouragement and discussing ideas on where to go next.  Most of the writers I associate with are fiction writers. That is a good thing. The fiction writer has given me a perspective of how I can become a better non-fiction writer. There are some elements used in fiction that I can use in my non-fiction writing.

I have gained much strength in knowing that this is the path God has set out for me in this time in my life. The knowledge the Holy Spirit is imparting upon me is some of my greatest lessons.

While I grow as a writer, I never want to stop learning. There will always be someone better at writing than me, and that is okay. Education is exciting and I get my strength knowing that I am fulfilling my purpose here on earth.

 

Complete the prompt below for an extra entry in our quarterly drawings! Submit your completed writing prompt via Comments. 

Can you write a story about education using these four items

  • Paragraph
  • Sentence
  • Noun
  • Grammar

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Robin E. Mason

RobinMasonHeadShotToday, we welcome one of our Crew members, Robin E. Mason, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

Hi, Robin! So glad you’ve joined us. First question:

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Robin: There are many, but the first name that comes to mind is Tessa Afshar. She writes Biblical fiction which is my favorite genre, and she does it in such a way that it’s totally plausible. She does extensive research of the culture surrounding the time in which her stories are set. The first story of hers that I read was Pearl in the Sand—a story of Rahab. The Bible doesn’t give much information, but Ms. Afshar has woven a completely believable account of how it might have played out. Marian Merritt is also a wonderful storyteller; her stories are deep and raw—women’s fiction—family secrets that won’t be silent. Characters the reader can identify with.

I love a deep story.  Especially with a good villain.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Robin: Darth Vader. I tend to see spiritual truth in unexpected places—stories and movies. Star Wars was one of those. Holy Spirit has no dark side, of course, but we do have a choice between light and dark. Even as Anakin Skywalker fell to the dark side and was consumed by it, a remnant of his true self was always there, hidden behind the façade that was Darth Vader. Although his “mask” was literal and tangible, I think we all hide behind a mask of some type at some time in our lives. Some of us fight against it, to walk in the Light as we are called to do. Some of us, are never able to pull the mask off, and live with a literal war in our spirits, between Life and death. Darth Vader represents this truth to me more than any other villainous character I can think of.

He’s one of my favorites also 🙂 Now about you…

What project are you currently working on?

Robin: I just wrapped up Clara Bess, the second in my Unsavory Heritage Series. When I wrote the first book, Tessa, I had no clue of doing a series. Only when I was asked did I realize there are two specific spots (in Tessa) that point clearly to a sequel. But wait, there’s more – I struggled getting Clara Bess moving, and realized there’s a third story in the series, Cissy. The series is entitled Unsavory Heritage because of an event that takes place in 1881, and words that Cissy speaks carry through several generations—the Unsavory Heritage. Each book focuses on different women, different generations, and their fight to know their identity. Clara Bess releases on the 30th of this month; I’ve also made some heavy edits and minor revisions to Tessa, including a new cover, and will be re-releasing her on the 30th as well.

Sounds exciting! Thanks for the visit, Robin.

Robin is offering a signed copy of Tessa and Clara Bess to one blessed commenter. (Within the U.S. only) So make sure and leave a comment below…

Tessa

One mother. Two daughters. One favorite. One not.

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she runs with it. She jumps into a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.
Tessa is a story of love and trust, hope and faith. Of lies and betrayal and deceit. An unsavory heritage, a tragic incident. Lies unravel, secrets are uncovered, masks removed, and the truth – and love – prevail.

A story of three generations of women, Tessa is a tale of family, the nuances, the hierarchy, the enmity.

Tessa is Cassie’s story.

 


robin

“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

Robin E. Mason has been writing since 1995 and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  She lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years.  Her characters face many of these same demons.

Robin writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

http://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877

http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S

https://twitter.com/amythyst212

http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

robinemason212@gmail.com.

https://writingpromptsthoughtsideas.wordpress.com/