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Homeschool Blueberry Iced-Tea

When school is blueberry fun!

Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS

Hey there! Yes it’s been a long while since I have graced this fun amazing blog. God is such a good God. He allows us to journey through the lands, on a quest to know where we should be – and then – He opens our eyes and He leads us back to where we belong. It feels so good to start writing homeschool articles again.

Well, enough about me…

What is homeschool blueberry iced-tea? It’s an amazing fun time of learning in the summer.

When our journey of homeschool began in the fall of 2010, I recall having this idea that I had to be tough with my children to get them to learn. The reason I thought this way was because that was the example I had when I was in school. Unfortunately, I had a lot of mean teachers growing up. There’s this strange notion that being mean will bring out the best in people.

I can assure you it did not bring out the best in me while I was in school, in fact, I was always afraid to ask questions for fear of being ridiculed so I did not learn much while in school. I became insecure and unsure of myself. The same thing can, and will happen to your children on your homeschool journey if you treat your children mean in an effort to bring out the best in them.

Here’s a question for the day?

How can being mean bring out the best? It’s the same idea that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said; “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

So in essence, being mean to our children won’t bring out the best in them, only love and encouragement will do that. Sure, there’s a fine line with ensuring our children get their school work done, but this can be accomplished – with love.

Jesus Christ was never mean to those He was trying to reach. He was never mean to the lost. He loved the people He was trying to reach and, therefore – they became His followers.

So what’s the connection with all of this, you ask?

As the years have gone by through our homeschool journey, I get more and more excited doing fun adventures with my children, rather than focusing so much on their school checklists. Rather than believing I need to be tough to bring out the best in them, we bring out the best through love, and creativity! I love long-distance field trips. (Yes, even though the gas prices are super high) because God is our provider and He values education, thus – He will provide even through the gas issues.

Our family has truly embraced learning in creative ways.

So the other day it was 90 degrees and we decided to have a fun summer dinner. Outside the main course we made a beautiful fruit salad and homemade blueberry iced-tea.

When I posted our blueberry iced-tea on social media, people were amazed and asked me how we made it.

It’s so easy to find recipes online and it’s such a great way to build relationships with your children by teaching them one; how to research online (in a safe manner). I usually don’t allow my children to research anything online without me. Then, cooking and following instructions is always a great lesson in science! Homeschool at its best! And you’ve accomplished something great – fun, creative learning in a loving manner that brought out the best in them – and you!

It’s summertime so take some time to regroup and enjoy the love of learning in fun loving creative ways…Never forget that Jesus Christ will always shine bright through your homeschool journey when you invite Him in.

Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give you glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS