Musical Memory | Renee Cook

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Picking Up Peas

March 2023 As Unto the Lord In late 2013, we lived a thousand miles away from family & friends. We had no car in the city and were living on student loans. I had a teaching certificate that wasn’t valid in the state and a one year old whose daycare costs would have barely broken even with my...
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12 days ago • 3 min read
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Want help teaching math?

Feb. 2023 Thoughts on Teaching Math Something that was so intimidating to me when we first started homeschooling was teaching math. I thought you had to be an endorsed elementary math education expert to teach math well. That anything I might attempt with my kids would be inferior. Then, as we...
about 1 month ago • 2 min read
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Winter Blues & Homeschooling 💙

Feb. 2023 Winter Blues & Homeschooling I had an email with tips for teaching math all queued up and ready to send, but the winter blues were on my heart and mind. I’ve felt pretty stir crazy lately. It’s almost spring, but not quite. We’ve traveled a bit, which provides for nice breaks, but...
about 1 month ago • 2 min read
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"Moooommmmm, I remember!" 🤯

The Power of Memorizing Encourage one another, and build one another up, just as you are doing. - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 When our kids were all very little, we often listened to an old album of Bible verse songs by Steve Green. (Hide 'em in Your Heart - highly recommend). He has a catchy song for...
about 2 months ago • 3 min read

All the things about kid chores 🧽 🧹

Jan 2023 Chores, Routines, Lists & More A couple weeks ago, I sent a New Year's email about good intentions, routines, and getting back into the swing of schooling after the holidays. By far the most common response was, “Wait, tell me more about the morning list & having one chore..." or...
about 2 months ago • 1 min read
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Extreme Generosity

Jan . 2023 I’ve been meditating on generosity a lot lately. In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul is using the churches from Macedonia as an example. He writes: In a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity… they gave according to...
2 months ago • 2 min read

✏️New Pencils, Good Intentions, & Spilled Milk

Jan . 2023 Happy New Year! Are you one of those people who loves a new year? I am… Fresh bullet journal, a few goals, and taking down the Christmas stuff. ​ But getting back to school routines sounded hard this year. Last week, I started mentally gearing up. I know we’re ready for some...
2 months ago • 2 min read

Good Rejoicing Practice + Gift Guide for Kids

Happy Thanksgiving and Advent and Holidays and all the things! I hope you've been able to take some downtime the past week to be with family & rejoice with gratitude this year. The kids and I just finished reading a biography of Joy Ridderhoff, a missionary who travelled around the world,...
4 months ago • 2 min read