A Great Homeschool Organization Bootcamp for Christian Homeschool Families

Are you one of many homeschool moms who is overwhelmed? You know you need to get organized, but you aren’t sure where to start. Organized Homeschool LIVE this January can help. You’ll spend one day completing key organizing challenges with your kids. You’ll not only experience a cleaner, less cluttered home, but you’ll enjoy peace of mind in knowing how to keep it that way! Get the details on this action workshop for Christian homeschool families.

On Jan. 3, there will be an organizing bootcamp LIVE event that you won’t want to miss. Get your kids to do this with you, and teach them while you’re learning how to get organized.


Join us there! With your kids. It will be fun and productive!



Merry Christmas from the Douglas Family

Here is my latest newsletter with some new insights I’ve been gaining from some very interesting books. They are even making Christmas more meaningful.

Here’s the big idea that is changing my perspective:

“From man’s perspective, Calvary came about because of man’s sinful state. From God’s personal purpose, the human race was created to produce Calvary.” !!!!! Why did God want to do such a thing? Because He wanted to demonstrate to all of His creation what motivated Him to do all that He did. He wanted to reveal that His core being, His nature and His motivation were love. The only way He could show the depth of His love was by sacrificially giving Himself.”

I highly recommend reading “God’s Weapons of Warfare” by Dr. Bill Hamon and “The New Era of Glory” by Tim Sheets.

Here they are at Amazon:



And here is my newsletter if you would like to read more about why Christmas is more meaningful to me this year.


I pray that God will reveal the length, the width, the depth, and the height of His love for you this Christmas. And bless your family with every blessing, spiritual, physical, financial, and relational.

Speaking of which, make sure you join me and Gary on Facebook Live on Friday nights for Relationally Speaking! We would love to see you there.

Merry Christmas, everyone!




History Through Great Books for a High School Boy

Gathering the Storm by Joel Clarkson

History for a High School Boy

I was asked for a list of good books to read to make studying History much more enjoyable and thorough than a textbook, so I put together this list of books that we have loved and learned the most from.

For American History

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes 


Amos Fortune Free Man by Elizabeth Yates 

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt 

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 


The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 

The Boys’ War by Jim Murphy 

World War 1

The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy 


Hero Over Here by Kathleen V. Kudlinski 

World War 2

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry


Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi 

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan 

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen 

I also recommend books by G. A. Henty. They are fantastic! 

Books about seafaring adventures that the whole family will love:

 Books by R. M. Ballantyne are full of adventure, pirates, sailors, storms, intrigue, and being stranded on islands. Rollicking adventures, I guess you could say! The Coral Island is one of his best-known stories. But he wrote over 90 books, so there are many to choose from! 

Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham. I have heard so many people say that they really enjoyed this story. And we did, too! 

Horatio Hornblower by C. S. Forester. This is a whole series about a young man who starts out as a seasick midshipman and works his way up to Admiral of the Fleet during the time of the Napoleonic Wars. 

These are some of my favorite books to cover American History and some World History. 

I hope you can find something from this list that will inspire and inform you and your young men. 

Happy History Reading!     

What is the Spirit of Homeschooling?

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“Take Off” by Joel Clarkson from Storybook Soundscapes

Why do you homeschool?

  • Do you homeschool your children so that they can have an excellent academic education so they can compete in this world and be successful in the eyes of the world?
  • Or is your reason more along the lines of protecting your children from false teaching and passing on your faith and values to them?
  • Are you most concerned about building a warm, loving, nurturing family?

Is your answer to the question “all of the above”?

Parents homeschool for many different reasons. And they homeschool in many different ways.

And that’s a good thing.

Because every child is different, and every family is different.

But I think the spirit of homeschooling in general is freedom.

Of course, we should pray and find out what God thinks about the way we should homeschool and what we should be sure to cover.

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But always remember that you do not have to run your homeschool like a classroom at school. Homeschooling is more of a tutoring situation than a classroom situation. You are there to support and encourage your children in their learning. You are a facilitator of learning.

Which means you supply the resources, opportunities and framework for the things that they absolutely need to learn – the basics of reading, writing and math – and then support their efforts to learn about the things that interest them.

This freedom is a privilege that few have in the world. So let’s make the most of it.

Let’s give our children the best that the Lord has for them, so that they can be prepared for the calling that God has for their lives.

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And I have one little request.

Make your routine sustainable, enjoyable, and delightful for the whole family. Because I want to see you continue homeschooling as long as the Lord tells you to do it. And you won’t be able to if it’s drudgery or if there is anger and resentment on both sides of the homeschool coin.

Find what works best for you. Try different methods and routines. Ask the Lord to help you figure out your style, how your kids learn best, and all the little details like duration of lessons, type of method(s), and whether to keep grades and other records.

Exercise your freedom, and make your homeschool reflect your values and the way you really want to live your life. Give your kids a stress-free childhood and freedom to learn the things they want to learn.