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One of the most common questions I am asked is, "How can I make Artios work with my homeschool so that what we are doing is integrated with Artios?

In this podcast, Lori Lane, Founder and Executive Director of Artios Academies, covers some easy ways to make your involvement with Artios work for you and your homeschool.

Direct download: Making_Artios_Work_With_and_For_Your_Homeschool.m4a
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In this second of a two part series, Lori and Rea visit about the importance of finding a mentor in our homeschooling journey, someone that can offer experience, wisdom and insight into what can sometimes be a confusing and challenging path. 

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The importance of "living books" is brought home and made practical in this interview with author and Beautiful Feet Books publisher, Rea Berg.  Serving the homeschool community since 1984, Rea has much inspiration and encouragement to share with us during this first of two episodes.

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The first in a series of two podcasts taken from Lori's Summer 2008 Workshop for the Heart of the Matter's Online Conference.

From Lori:

If you want all the details and statistics of my “professional” training, experience and background, you can find all of that below.  However, if you are anxious to hear my heart, then this is the place to start.

In Ruth Beechick’s book, Heart and Mind, she explains the many different ways the word “heart” is used throughout Scripture.  The word heart can refer to the mind, the seat of affections, our passions, our desires, our beliefs…and the list goes on.  God puts a high priority on our heart.  He tells us to “guard it.”   He tells us that out of the “abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  AND, He tells us to instruct the heart of our children.  Given the emphasis that God gives the heart throughout Scripture, we need to pay attention to what He considers to be important.  He is telling us to instruct the WHOLE child…not just their mind…not just their actions….but the WHOLE child.

Beginning With the End in Mind

When we begin our lives, begin our marriages, or begin raising our children, we need to have a clear picture of what God desires as an end result in each of those areas.  Knowing this will affect our choices and decisions on a most basic level.  In raising four boys, John and I searched God’s word to determine what we felt like HE wanted us to focus on as we raised our sons. We wanted to “begin with the end in mind.”  The more we searched the more narrow our focus became.  It wasn’t to be about their achievements, their grades, the college they were accepted into or any of the myriad of things that we are tempted to focus on as parents.   Instructing the “heart” was to be our priority. Yes, I have lots of credentials, training and experience in arts and education and I love doing these things with excellence in order to reflect our Savior.  But, to me, arts and academics are vehicles that should be used not worshiped. Human knowledge and wisdom shouldn’t be elevated above what God says is important.  They should simply be vehicles to reach the hearts of our children and students.  That’s what we have endeavored to be about in our family and that’s what we strive to be about through every aspect of our ministry through Artios.

I could write much more on this subjet.  If you’d like to hear more of my heart, you can do so by reading,Artios:  Beginning with the End in Mind.

For now, I invite you to listen to this podcast to find encouragement, inspiration and just good ‘ole transparency along your homeschool journey.  I certainly don’t have all the answers and I won’t pretend that I do.  I have just been on the path for awhile now.  I’ve made big mistakes and I’ve had great victories along the way.  I invite you to share your journey with me.

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The first in a series of two podcasts taken from Lori's Summer 2008 Workshop for the Heart of the Matter's Online Conference.

From Lori:

If you want all the details and statistics of my “professional” training, experience and background, you can find all of that below.  However, if you are anxious to hear my heart, then this is the place to start.

In Ruth Beechick’s book, Heart and Mind, she explains the many different ways the word “heart” is used throughout Scripture.  The word heart can refer to the mind, the seat of affections, our passions, our desires, our beliefs…and the list goes on.  God puts a high priority on our heart.  He tells us to “guard it.”   He tells us that out of the “abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  AND, He tells us to instruct the heart of our children.  Given the emphasis that God gives the heart throughout Scripture, we need to pay attention to what He considers to be important.  He is telling us to instruct the WHOLE child…not just their mind…not just their actions….but the WHOLE child.

Beginning With the End in Mind

When we begin our lives, begin our marriages, or begin raising our children, we need to have a clear picture of what God desires as an end result in each of those areas.  Knowing this will affect our choices and decisions on a most basic level.  In raising four boys, John and I searched God’s word to determine what we felt like HE wanted us to focus on as we raised our sons. We wanted to “begin with the end in mind.”  The more we searched the more narrow our focus became.  It wasn’t to be about their achievements, their grades, the college they were accepted into or any of the myriad of things that we are tempted to focus on as parents.   Instructing the “heart” was to be our priority. Yes, I have lots of credentials, training and experience in arts and education and I love doing these things with excellence in order to reflect our Savior.  But, to me, arts and academics are vehicles that should be used not worshiped. Human knowledge and wisdom shouldn’t be elevated above what God says is important.  They should simply be vehicles to reach the hearts of our children and students.  That’s what we have endeavored to be about in our family and that’s what we strive to be about through every aspect of our ministry through Artios.

I could write much more on this subjet.  If you’d like to hear more of my heart, you can do so by reading,Artios:  Beginning with the End in Mind.

For now, I invite you to subscribe to this blog to find encouragement, inspiration and just good ‘ole transparency along your homeschool journey.  I certainly don’t have all the answers and I won’t pretend that I do.  I have just been on the path for awhile now.  I’ve made big mistakes and I’ve had great victories along the way.  I invite you to share your journey with me.

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End in Mind - Episode 3, The Natural Approach to Teaching Thinking Skills with Debbie Strayer, Part Two

This workshop, reused in podcast form with permission of Heart of the Matter Online and Ashley Wiggers of Homeschooling Today is a rebroadcast of a workshop taught by Debbie Strayer during at the 2009 HOTMonline Conference.

This second segment (two of three) focuses on real life examples of a natural approach to teaching problems solving and critical thinking.  This skill can be taught and learned in all ages through all subjects without a dedicated class, topic or curriculum.

Listen to Debbie's wisdom and insight gained from years of training and experience.

To learn more from Debbie Strayer and the influence of Ruth Beechick, visit:  www.homeschoolingtoday.com or www.geomatters.com 

Read more of Debbie's articles at: Heart of the Matter Online

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End in Mind, Episode Two, Debbie Strayer - The Natural Approach to Teaching Thinking Skills, part 1

This workshop, reused in podcast form with permission of Heart of the Matter Online and Ashley Wiggers of Homeschooling Today, is a rebroadcast of a workshop taught by Debbie Strayer during at the 2009 HOTMonline Conference.  

This first segment (one of three) focuses on the need for a natural teaching approach to developing the important skill of critical thinking.  This skill can be taught and learned in all ages through all subjects without a dedicated class, topic or curriculum.  

Listen to Debbie's wisdom and insight gained from years of training and experience.

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End in Mind Podcast One:  Garbage In, Garbage Out, Part One

What does Garbage In, Garbage Out have to do with our minds?

ALOT!

What consumes our minds, controls our lives.  And, what controls our lives affects those around us, husbands, children, friends, colleagues and even acquaintances.  

This series on The End in Mind spends time talking about the power our minds have over every area of our lives, but most importantly, how our minds affect our spiritual stability.  Philippians 4:8 makes it pretty clear as to what we should be "thinking on."  Join us as we explore this passage of Scripture and apply it to our marriages, parenting, homeschooling and more.  Thinking on the right things will ultimately affect the end result of our lives.  Let's begin our thoughts with The End in Mind.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-thing about such things.

Philippians 4:8

Direct download: End_in_Mind_Podcast_-_Episode_One.m4a
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