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Is your child falling behind?

Is your child falling behind?

Every mom worries in the middle of the homeschool year if their child is having a difficult time grasping some concepts especially those in math or vocabulary where it’s either you know it or you don’t. Every child has his or her own pace for learning, but being proactive and identifying signs can save your child the trouble of playing catch up at the start of the school year.

 

Signs of Falling Behind

  • Struggling with the lessons with a lack of enthusiasm of a subject they used to like
  • Negative reactions to the curriculum due to the choice of the curriculum and it does not match their style of learning
  • Progress reports (at school or your own homeschool) show decrease in grades or learning overall
  • Math & vocabulary are common subjects that indicate a student is struggling

Suggestions & Starting Points to Look at

  • Find extra tutoring to fill in any gaps your student have missed in lessons
  • A check up for eye sight and hearing, because young students cannot make the connection that their eye sight and/or hearing are affecting their learning
  • Find support and mentors such as setting up a family discussion to share and help your child as a group with your child present and involved. This is very similar to a teacher-parent meeting
  • Outside events such as a death in the family would need the expertise of a counselor
  • Perhaps the curriculum does not match. Go back and check if the learning materials and books fit their style of learning or challenge your child in a different way
  • Providing more time and supplements to the school day

Final Solutions

  • Start analysing their past work and pin point specfic problems he or she had with the subject
  • Start a schedule to catch up on the school work. If this means another hour a day on that particular subject. Make this goal and stick to you incrementally
  • Use a guided lesson plan to systematically work through problems. This means that if you found the problems such as, multiplication. Find a guide that will break down these lessons to learning the table, then learning the order of operation, then practice.

 

There are no worries for your homeschool if you are being alert and attentive to your homeschooler’s needs. The student will give you signs if a subject matter becomes a struggle. Watch for those and again, be proactive!

Homeschool teachers, are you seeing signs of what you think might be a struggle? Let us know here on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NestLearning

Looking for a Fun Weekend Craft? Here’s One We Suggest!

When the weekend is approaching, and your kids have no plans, you know the infamous phrase “i’m bored” or “i have nothing to do” will be approaching.  Well fear not parents, because we have your solution and it’s even a great learning tool (but we’ll keep that our little secret).

You can’t go wrong with this brand new product called Mikes Inspiration Station from Nest Entertainment. It’s packed full of DVDs teaching your kids how to go about doing the different crafts, what they need and how to prepare for this exciting craft time!  The DVDs are also Dove approved, so parents, you won’t have to worry about the little one’s running around during this crafty activity time.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Here’s a quick summary of this fun-filled product:

Mike’s Inspiration Station (staring Michael Cariglio of Pappyland) teaches and inspires kids to develop their God-given gift of creativity. With inspiration from sidekick. Booker T Bible (a talking cartoon Bible), real-life popular television artist, Michael Cariglio, demonstrates various art projects that include: watercolors, sculpting, pastels, drawing, and much more. This series targets 8-16 year olds, however, younger ones love to watch even if they may choose not to work along with Mike on the project.

There you go…need i say more?

Click for fun on Kids Inspirational DVDs and grab your painters cap!

Guess What’s Right Around the Corner…Valentine’s Day!

Even though, it’s a little less than a month away, planning for Valentine’s Day early is your ticket to a successful day!  It’s easy to fall into that procrastination of waiting until the week before (like every) year and then realize every gift is sold out, or that it might take too long for shipping.  Planning ahead is smart and leaves you, your significant, or your family stress-free!

Are you looking for something specific on this “LOVEly” day? If you’re looking for something for the family, check out our Valentines section for the 5 Love Languages.  This book is great for family members of all ages and allows everyone to participate in both reading and figuring out their specific “love language.”

I f you have young one’s at home, try the Veggie Tales: Silly Little Thing Called Love DVD. It’s kid-friendly and fun for a great Valentines gift!

As for your significant other, Nest offers an entire page of gift options from books about leading a God-centered relationship to the Marriage Check-up list books. Take your pick!

Steven Curtis Chapman: Dealing with Pain and Loss

Over 118,000 people in search of enlightenment came to Angel Stadium to witness the 21st annual Southern California Harvest Crusades with evangelist Greg Laurie and Grammy Award-winning Christian artist and adoption advocate, Steven Curtis Chapman.  The crusades’ message of hope was enough to create three evenings of intimate spiritual experience, blessing those in need of strength and courage.

 The Grieving Process:  Dealing with Loss and Suffering

 We’ve all been there.  One way or another, we’ve lost someone dear to us—a child, spouse, parent, friend; we’ve ended relationships that broke our hearts; we’ve lost jobs, careers and wealth.  We all know how “rock bottom” feels like, but not many realize that we can also choose to react to it differently. 

 As Laurie described to the audience the pain he went through after losing his son, Christopher, in a car crash two years ago, he asked a question we are all very familiar with: “Why do bad things happen?”

 And the truth is, this is one question no one really knows the answer to.  However, Greg Laurie said, “Christians do not know sorrow as those who have no hope because we will see our loved ones again.  As a Christian, you are assured by that hope.”  Steven Curtis Chapman, whose youngest daughter—Maria Sue—died from a tragic car accident in 2008, added, “God restores and redeems what He takes away.  There are no words for the pain of loss, but our hope is in the resurrection.  Emmanuel, God is with us.”

 Good Grief:  Overcoming the Pain of Loss

 Healing only happens after you’ve genuinely mourned.  Take time to feel the pain of what will soon be the past, so you can live more fully in the present.  And when you’re ready, share your feelings with others and let it all out.  Cry, if you feel like crying.  But remind yourself that what you’re going through will inevitably pass. 

 Get help.  Talk to friends or relatives who are great listeners, or join support groups that can be there for you during the grieving process.  Seek counselling from your church, and trust in your faith to carry you through trying times.  As Steven Curtis Chapman said after the death of his daughter, “Worship only becomes true worship when we’ve started from a desperate place, where our response to Him is different.”

 Recommended Reading and Listening

 Read more about the pain of loss and the power of faith that heals even the deepest wounds in Mary Beth Chapman’s Choosing to See.  This book tells the story of how the wife of contemporary Christian music artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, struggled to heal after the loss of her daughter, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. 

 Listen to Beauty Will Rise—a collection of 12 new and profound songs from Steven Curtis Chapman.  Created as he walked through the darkness of the loss of his daughter, Maria, this part lament, part praise, part grief, part hope and part pondering play list resonates as Chapman’s personal Psalms.

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Parent’s Guide To The Empty Nest

Parent's Guide To The Empty Nest By Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates

Parent's Guide To The Empty Nest By Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates

Are you feeling those “empty nest” blues?  Guide To The Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates is perhaps one of the most helpful books for parents about to begin their “Empty Nest” journey.  If your kids have flown the coop—leaving you dazed about what’s next for you—following these 4 easy remedies can help you battle the feelings of loneliness and emptiness as your kids leave home for college:

Remedy #1:  Learn to let go, but maintain communication. Understand that your role as parents is changing.  Your child is beginning his journey to adulthood, and he will need you to be supportive.  Allow him to make decisions and mistakes. Let him appreciate the value of consequences and the beauty of redemption.  This will prepare him for “adult life”.  Let him live independently, but maintain communication.  Let him decide on his schedule and classes, and even how often he should call you.  The trick here is: don’t overcrowd, or suffocate, him.  Let him come to you in his own terms, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Remedy #2:  Get yourself a good support system. Join a support group, if at all possible.  Talk to other parents whose children recently went away for college, and learn from each other’s experiences.  Don’t hesitate to create new friendships.  You need as much support as you can possibly get at this point.  Like what Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates wrote in the book Guide To The Empty Nest, you don’t have to do this alone.  Always keep that in mind.

Remedy #3:  Find fun things to do instead of worry. Start a new hobby or a creative project, and get yourself busy.  Take that trip you’ve been meaning to for years, but couldn’t because of the kids.  Start painting again.  Volunteer in your community, or start a new business venture.  You can even adopt a new pet if you want!  Do the things you’ve always wanted to, but never had the time or the extra funds to.  This can do wonders for your soul.

Remedy #4:  Stock up on good books and resources.  There are many books, resources, and forums out there like the Guide To The Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates.  We primarily suggest this book because these two authors have navigated through the same territory before with their kids and are now sharing their personal experiences, as well as those of many other parents.  You learn from their mistakes and successes.

Gallery of Children Appreciation Letters

I love my job!! I love that I work with products that have such a positive influence on others. One of the greatest rewards is when we receive letters from kids telling us how much they love our products and how they have impacted their lives. We would like to start posting any letters that we receive from your kids below. The letters can be about anything to do with one of our products that they had the chance to view. We really appreciate you as our fans and our customers!!

You can fax your letters to the attention of Amy Upton at (800) 221-8729, scan them and e-mail to nfblog@nestfamily.com or by mail to:

Nest family

Attn: Amy Upton

1421 S. Beltline Rd. #300

Coppell, TX 75019

Letters will be posted by the end of the week after receipt!

Displayed below are actual letters that we have recently received from a 2nd Grade classroom of students who were donated our hero classics DVD collection to educate them on historical figures such as Marco Polo, The Wright Brothers, Helen Keller, and many more.

Camryn at Brentwood Elementary

Camryn at Brentwood Elementary

Lucas of Brentwood Elementary

Lucas of Brentwood Elementary

Greg of Brentwood Elementary

Greg of Brentwood Elementary

Kailey of Brentwood Elementary

Kailey of Brentwood Elementary

Austin Molketin at Brentwood Elementary

Austin Molketin at Brentwood Elementary

Laura Timms of Brentwood Elementary

Laura Timms of Brentwood Elementary

Ethan Evans at Brentwood Elementary

Ethan Evans of Brentwood Elementary

Marquel of Brentwood Elementary

Marquel of Brentwood Elementary

Jordan of Brentwood Elementary

Jordan of Brentwood Elementary

Ryan of Brentwood Elementary

Ryan of Brentwood Elementary

Sam of Brentwood Elementary

Sam of Brentwood Elementary

Teaching Your Children Using the Right Communication

Communicating With Your Kids

Communicating With Your Kids

The way parents and teachers communicate with their children has an effect on their way of thinking and how they develop emotionally and educationally. As parents and educators you really need to make sure you are asking questions, encouraging, and making statements to your children as often as possible versus making commands and supplying them immediately with the correct answer. Treat your child with the same respect you would your best friend.

The following are some ways you can communicate with your child more effectively to create a better learning environment:

  • When your child shows interest in something or is trying to learn on their own, do not be quick to step in and correct them, but let them know that you are there to help if needed. Not doing things exactly right in the beginning and then figuring out the solution to the problem on their own is a great way that children learn effectively.
  • If your child is in the middle of a project, show genuine interest by getting down to their level and asking them how they did what they did.
  • When you are doing something in front of your child, try to remember to describe your actions out loud so they can hear and learn from you.
  • Give specific positive feedback! If a child does something, do not just say “Great Job!” Give specifics on what they did that you like encouraging them to do more. For example your child is doing an art project, tell them something like, “That’s so colorful! It really stands out on that pink paper.”
  • If your child wants to talk to you, make sure you are looking directly at them and do not have many disturbances going on like the TV or reading a book.
  • Ask questions to your child that get them thinking beyond the task at hand. For example, “How does this work?”, “What other vegetables are green?”, Why do you like this?”, etc.
  • If at all possible, try to correct your child by pulling him/her aside and letting them know quietly. Correcting a child in public is not only embarrassing but will lead to resentment and a feeling of not being respected or valued.
  • Get down to the child’s level to talk to them rather than standing over them.
  • Try to always talk to your child in a calm manner. If needed, take a moment to cool off and then talk to the child about correcting their behavior. Children do not learn well from yelling because rather than focusing on what you are telling them they are focusing on your behavior.
  • Listen carefully and politely. Don’t interrupt the child when he is trying to tell his story. Don’t use put-down words or statements.
  • Assist the child in planning some specific steps to the solution.
  • Show that you accept the child himself, regardless of what he has or has not done.
  • Do you you have any great parenting tips or stories? Let others know by commenting below.

    Your Top Embarrassing Parenting Stories

    Everyone knows that you reach a whole new level of embarrassment when you have children. Whether it be applauding you in a public bathroom for using the “potty” or yelling across the grocery store that their sibling passed gas, your children never cease to amaze you at the worst times. Please share here some of your top embarrassing moments as a parent so that everyone can laugh, relate and share in the wonderful moments of parenting.

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