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  E-journal August 9, 2011

Now Here! Two fantastic new products. Audiobook of I Saw the Angel in the Marble and the new book I Carved the Angel from the MarbleI Saw the Angel in the Marble audio

We're excited! We finally (after 5 years) came out with two fantastic new products. The first is an audiobook of the homeschool bestseller I SAW THE ANGEL IN THE MARBLE read by Chris Davis and the second is a sequel to I SAW THE ANGEL IN THE MARBLE called I CARVED THE ANGEL FROM THE MARBLE.

You can set your children free to become the individuals God created them to be. The book I SAW THE ANGEL IN THE MARBLE will explain how. This book has been called, “the cream of the crop” of homeschooling books, “a tremendous blessing for me and my whole family,” “a wonderful book—a must read,” “the best advice for schooling and parenting,” “the 1st book that any new home school mom/dad should read, and ”a breath of fresh air.” Now the book is available as a set of 6 CDs read by one of its authors, Chris Davis, a popular speaker at homeschooling events. Chris also adds some extra material that is not in the original book. You can listen to an excerpt from the audio book at this link. ON SALE AT 25% OFF UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, so CLICK HERE to get youraudiobook NOW!

I CARVED THE ANGEL FROM THE MARBLE is the companion book to I SAW THE ANGEL IN THE MARBLE and was compiled from articles that focus on the nuts and bolts of schooling at home and the everyday aspects of teaching and learning together. It also covers how to successfully teach the different major subjects. It is over 220 pages and takes a deeper look at the different elements that make home schooling a wonderful adventure. To order your copy: GO HERE>>

Multitasking Muddle

by Ellyn Davis

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When the boys were younger, I was a multitasking queen—not particularly because I wanted to be, but because I had to be. There were always more things to keep track of and do than time to do them and I found myself constantly tackling five or six tasks at once…or 8 or 10.

A typical 15 minute slice of my day looked something like this: I am helping James with his math problems, but simultaneously checking on about a dozen other things which include: (1) getting up and down to check how Seth is doing with his math; (2) getting up and down to find out why Blake has mysteriously disappeared and where he went; (3) running to the kitchen to check on the spaghetti sauce I’m preparing for lunch; (4) hopping up when the washing machine finishes and transferring a load from washer to dryer; (5) putting a new load of dirty clothes in the washer; (6) checking to make sure all the books and materials are ready for what we are going to study next; (7) stopping to answer a question when my husband walks in the door; (8) taking a phone call from Blake’s Scout Master about helping one of the Scouts with a merit badge; (9) running to the door to accept a package from UPS; (10) ….you get the picture.

This was before text, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or the proliferation of websites and TV programs we have today. It was supposedly in a day and age when we focused on one task at a time. But for me that rarely happened. And it rarely happened for any of the homeschooling Moms I knew.

Fast forward to the present day. I am with a group of my eldest son’s friends and we have been invited to spend the weekend at a castle (yes, a literal castle) perched on the cliffs near Carmel, California. Not only are the building and its grounds absolutely magnificent, but the view of the ocean and the surf breaking along the rocky cliffs is spectacular.

There are several parents around my age and probably about 10 twenty-somethings there. The parents and I are sitting at a table on a patio that juts out over the ocean with one of the most breath-taking views I’ve even seen and we’re having an interesting conversation about all sorts of things. But what are all the twenty-somethings doing? They are all inside sitting on sofas and chairs throughout the castle with their laptops and cellphones and checking Facebook and MySpace and Twitter and YouTube and e-mailing and texting and watching TV—at the same time. No one is interacting with anyone else except for exclamations of “Look at this” when they find an interesting website or YouTube video. And no one is noticing the magnificent architecture or the spectacular view. They were all "multitasking" but in an entirely different way than I did when my children were small.

I’m beginning to think I’m really old…a dinosaur relic from a non-technical age. I don’t even have a Twitter account (I did, but decided it wasn’t worth the time). But it turns out that what we parents were doing by sitting on the patio talking and admiring the view is better for you than what the kids were doing. And what the kids were doing can have multiple damaging long-term effects.

When I was a multitasking queen, was I stressed? Yes. Was my mind often in a muddle? Uh huh. Was I forgetful. You bet. Recent studies explain why.

Isn’t multtasking supposed to be the absolute best use of our time? Doesn’t multitasking make us more productive? It turns out the answers are no and no. And not only that, multitasking has serious side effects such as inability to focus or lack of empathy or autistic tendancies. Multitasking muddles brains, whether computers, cell phones, and TV are involved or not.

I’ll address the multi-tasking muddle further in the next newsletter, but wanted to share this graphic with you that sums up the most prevalent form of multi-tasking today—media addiction. (Source: http://www.rasmussen.edu/student-life/blogs/main/multitasking-this-is-your-brain-on-media/ )


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FREE e-book: A Strong Enough Why

In the twenty-plus years I’ve homeschooled, I’ve spoken with thousands of other homeschooling parents and I’ve discovered that most problems with home schooling tend to occur because parents get hung up over the HOWs of home schooling. And the reason is, they don’t have a strong enough WHY.

In Christian jargon, we might call the WHY a conviction and we could say that their home schooling efforts became a struggle because their conviction about home school ing was unclear or wavering.

Let’s be realistic. Home schooling is not for everyone. Home schooling is a massive, full-time commitment, primarily for Mom. Done well, it requires a total reorientation of your life, not just four or five hours of your day.

This e-book will help you create a strong enough WHY about home schooling to propel you through any problems of HOW. You can read it HERE.


http://www.homeschoolmarketplace.com/images/angelbook.jpgI SAW THE ANGEL IN THE MARBLE was compiled from articles that focus on discovering who your children really are and how they learn best, creating the attitudes and environment in your home where learning and relationships can thrive; understanding the many options that are available to you when you are home schooling, and much more.

http://www.homeschoolmarketplace.com/images/Carved-Cover-small.gifI CARVED THE ANGEL FROM THE MARBLE is the companion book to I SAW THE ANGEL IN THE MARBLE and was compiled from articles that focus on the nuts and bolts of schooling at home and the everyday aspects of teaching and learning together. It is over 220 pages and takes a deeper look at the different elements that make home schooling a successful adventure in learning. Chapters cover how to recognize your “angels in the marble” and help set them free; how to get off the “hamster wheel”of activity if you feel overwhelmed and undersupported in your homeschooling efforts; how to develop your own scope and sequence of study for each child; how to teach the major subjects such as language arts, history, math and science in your homeschool; and much, much more!

In a way, these two books took over 20 years to write. So savor them. Read them (or listen) slowly and carefully. Don’t let them just take up space on your bookshelf, but let them impart helpful, practical wisdom and advice.

Turning Hearts: Davis Seminar Set (8 CDs)

home schoolingThe Best of Chris and Ellyn Davis, this set contains seminars given by Chris and Ellyn Davis of The Elijah Company at home schooling conventions. The set contains all of the favorites that home schoolers ask for over and over. People have told us this set of CDs changed their lives. Find out more about them HERE>>

Angel in the Marble/Turning Hearts Set
Order a combination of I Saw the Angel in the Marble and the Davis Seminars CDs HERE>>

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Home Schooling and Home Business Resources

Building the Home School of Your Dreams is a 6 CD set taken from the From Home School To Home Business Seminar and features sessions by Chris Davis and Mary Hood. Find out more HERE>>

home schoolingFrom Home School to Home Business
(14 CD Set)

If you missed one of our From Home School to Home Business Conferences, you missed a great time.People who attended told us that it changed their lives—not only in the area of home schooling, but also in the area of creating their own sources of home income.This set is huge and filled with useful and encouraging information about how to be successful at home schooling and at home business! Find out more about this life-changing set of CDs HERE>>

Building the Business of Your Dreams (8 CD Set) We've had requests for just the business portion of the From Home School to Home Business Seminar, so have developed a set of the business CDs from that set. It contains 8 CDs and includes sessions on The Entrepreneurial Mind, Multiple Streams of Home Income, Discovering Your Ideal Life and Ideal Business (2 CDs) , Developing a Business Plan (2 CDs), and The Importance of Business Relationships. Plus, there is a very important and insightful interview on Redeeming the Marketplace. Find out about this life-changing set of CDs HERE>>

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