The Value of a Meal Plan for Homeschoolers

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Welcome to Enlightium Academy’s blog series, Healthy Meal Plans for Homeschoolers! It’s important for families to be healthy at home and in their communities. Food and nutrition are important components of lifelong health. My goal in this series is to share the tools you need to plan and provide healthy meals for your homeschoolers.

What is the best diet? People understand that there is a connection between what you eat and your health. Parents especially are eager to provide the best they can for their growing children. Whatever your family eats should meet your family’s health and nutrition needs, respect your resources (e.g. time, money, energy, and skills), and, of course, taste good! 

Meal planning is a popular method families use to make sure what they eat is appropriate for their lifestyle. Ideally, meal planning also makes mealtimes less stressful so you can enjoy spending more family time together. In the next sections, we will discuss the basics of meal plans, how you can stick to a meal plan, and what to do when you are tired of eating the same foods over and over. Finally, I will share a simple meal plan to help you get started.

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Keeping Physically Active While Homeschooling

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Trying to stay physically active while being homeschooled can be difficult. When attending a brick-and-mortar school, you have breaks between classes so you can get to your next class. It also never fails to be on the opposite side of campus or up an insane flight of stairs. When you’re at home, you can be comfy in your pjs all day, sitting comfortably at your desk, couch, or out in the sunshine. So how do you stay physically active at home?

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Get Kids Involved in Meal Planning and Cooking

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What can get your kids practicing math, learning about chemical reactions, and following directions? How about working on a team, solving problems, and being creative? I humbly submit that planning and preparing food for the family is a great way for kids to practice all these skills and more. And while, yes, I am biased, I do believe that in a digital age, there is a lot of value in the hands-on, all-senses-engaged practice of cooking. There are many evenings when I get home from work after hours and hours of staring at a screen, and really start to reconnect with myself and my family over chopping vegetables, stirring soups, and sharing conversation. I think kids can have a role in planning meals and nourishing families, regardless of their age or abilities.

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Establish and Work Within your Budget

Establish and Work Within your Budget

Welcome back to the next installment of Enlightium Academy’s Healthy Meals for Homeschoolers series. I am excited to share with you some of my ideas about family budget meals. As a recent college graduate (now repaying loans), I am familiar with the ‘B’ word - budget. When you think of family budget meals, what do you think of? Money? Spreadsheets? Penny-pinching?

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5 Great Youth Group Activities That Keeps The Focus On Christ

5 Great Youth Group Activities That Keeps The Focus On Christ

It’s Fall, which usually means that church youth groups are back in action for the year.  I remember my youth group in high school, met every Wednesday night at the church and then a small group of girls my age met on Mondays.  It was such a great time to vent to people my own age and really grow in the Lord.  Although the key focus of group meetings was to study the Bible, we often took time for youth group activities.  Most of the time, the activities were not geared towards Christ; they were very secular activities.  This, of course, is fine every once in awhile.  I felt that the activity could have been used as a “lead in” to the Bible study or as a closing activity to leave a lasting impression from the lesson.  Below, I talk about five different youth group activities that have proven to be successful.  I wish these were around when I was a teen!

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10 Ways to Have More Fun with the Family in Your Own Backyard

10 Ways to Have More Fun with the Family in Your Own Backyard

Having fun away from home is awesome, but you can only plan so many vacations. Fortunately that doesn’t mean your family can’t get outside and have fun together right in your own backyard. We have some ideas to help you make family time in your backyard more engaging for you and your kids.

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5 Ways to Combat Summer Boredom with Science Fun

5 Ways to Combat Summer Boredom with Science Fun

Take your child’s education outside this summer, and enjoy some science fun in God’s creation! Summer presents so many opportunities for types of science fun that cannot be enjoyed during other times of the year, and we have some ideas for how you can make the most of these opportunities.

Check out these projects packed with science fun for your kids! They are sure to keep them learning this summer! Some of these experiments can be a little messy, but they clean up readily on a surface that can be hosed off.

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6 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Adventure Summer Camp

6 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Adventure Summer Camp

Going away to an adventure summer camp is a rite of passage, and a great opportunity for your son or daughter to grow in his or her independence and confidence. A good adventure can also help build self-esteem and dependence on God. If your child is not yet signed up for an adventure summer camp, it is not too late! Research camps in your area and check with local churches or Young Life to see what options are available.

Some of the great things about going away to adventure summer camp can be undermined if your child goes away to camp unprepared. Here are some tips to make sure your child shows up with everything he or she needs for a transformative and positive experience at an adventure summer camp:

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Kidz Bop Star’s Take on Why Music is Important

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Music is an essential element of culture that engages people for a variety of reasons. It often becomes a central point of connection, collaboration, and even identity.

 

Wanting to learn a bit more ourselves about why music is important, we at Enlightium Academy chatted with current student and Kidz Bop star Bredia Santoro, to discuss her perspective on why music is important and how it has enriched her life.

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9 Tips to Teach Your Kids that Books Are Fun

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Teachers and researchers agree that reading is a highly beneficial habit for kids of all ages. Yet with today’s tidal wave of new technology infringing on traditional pastimes, the bookworm is becoming an endangered species. New products market their learning advantages, and the internet offers students more information than ever before. In this environment, encouraging reluctant children and teens to read can seem like a chore, and it can be tempting to ask “How important is it really for kids to read books?”

The answer is simple: It is very important for kids to read. According to Child Development journal, reading is an active factor in intelligence and cognitive development. In addition, a recent article in Neurology journal suggests that continued cognitive activity in older generations means slower cognitive decline. In other words, reading is important for children, and continues to be important throughout a lifespan. It is crucial for parents to encourage their children to build a habit of reading at any age.

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5 Ways to Read the Bible In a Year

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What are some of your goals for the year 2016? Working out more? Eating better? These are excellent goals, but what about your spiritual diet? A survey from the American Bible Society showed that 60% of Americans want to read the Bible more. Just among teens, 62% say that they want to spend more time reading the Bible.

Where is a good place to start? I suggest making a plan to read the Bible in a year; this may sound daunting at first, but if you are able to set aside time each day, it is not difficult. Below, I will give overviews of five different plans to read the Bible in a year.

 

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How to Choose Family Friendly Book Club Themes

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As an avid reader and lover of books I can testify to the fact that there are many benefits to reading. Not only does reading expand the brain’s capacity to think creatively and use language, but it also opens up a world of adventures and imagination.

After I finish a good book, I invariably want to discuss it, and when I find someone who also loved it, I discover new details about the book through our conversation. I have spent so much time discussing books with my friends that we might as well start a formal book club. For this reason I have put a lot of thought into book clubs and choosing book club themes.

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5 Fun Summer Science Projects for Kids

5 Fun Summer Science Projects for Kids

Summer is a great time to take advantage of fun, outdoor science activities! Whether you enjoy hiking with your child or cooking in the kitchen, there are many ways to engage your child in fun summer science projects.

A fun aspect about summer is being able to conduct scientific experiments outdoors in God’s creation. Some of these experiments are a little messy, but they clean up readily on a surface that can be hosed off.

Check out these 5 fun summer science projects for kids that is sure to keep them learning this summer!

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7 Christian Movie Suggestions For A Summer Family Movie Night

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Bringing the family together for a fun movie night can be just what they need after a full day in the sun. However, before you start getting out the popcorn maker, you need to decide on a good movie for your family. We’re here to help. 

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7 Fun Ways to Keep Learning During the Summer

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With the summer months upon us we have entered the “summer slide” where students began to forget what they’ve worked so hard to learn the past nine months. That old saying “use it or lose it” can be really true. Those times tables are not like riding a bike; if you don’t keep up with them, you will forget. However, continuing to learn over the summer doesn’t have to be a drag!

Check out these 7 fun ways to keep learning during the summer:

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Christ-Centered Summer Reading List for Families

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School has ended, and summer has arrived! During this time, there is no better way to stay academically “in shape” than by reading books. Children can continue their academic practice, and families can spend quality time with each other by making their very own summer reading list.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

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