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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Curriculum Advice from Victoria Botkin Giveaway

In 2009 I wrote a review of Curriculum Advice from Victoria Botkin.  Apparently many people are interested in what Victoria has to say because that post is one of the top ten posts on my blog as far as traffic is concerned.


Curriculum Advice by Victoria Botkin

Victoria Botkin is the wife of Geoffry Botkin, the maker of The League of Grateful Sons. A couple of years ago we were able to meet the Botkin family and I was struck with how articulate their children were and at how much they had done in their young lives. While I thought I knew what their educational philosophy must be before asking, I just had to ask Victoria any way. I asked her what curriculum they used in their homeschool. I am sure now that she has had many people ask that same question, but she was gracious enough to talk with me briefly. The only curriculum they use is Saxon math. Nothing else. No other curriculum, but lots of reading, writing and one-on-one discussion time with each other and as a family. Knowing this was so very freeing for me. We struggle between wanting to educate our children according to their individual bents and focusing on Scripture or educating to the world's standards with a college degree being the goal.

We recently met up with the Botkins again and, to my mortification, Jeff shared with them that I was experiencing some homeschool burnout (oh, the shame!) A few weeks later we received a package including all of the Botkin family cd and dvd products. We already had everything with the exception of the Curriculum Advice by Victoria. Jeff and I were both convicted as we listened to this two cd set on our recent trip. The Lord has been showing us a better way for our family to live and learn together in the last few weeks and this was just one more glimpse into what that could be.


In the two years since writing this review Jeff has worked with Geoffrey Botkin on a couple of projects and has spent some time visiting in their home.  The Botkin's are the REAL DEAL, folks.   They have a warm, welcoming home whose inhabitants are gracious and service oriented.  The family works together for the good of the family and reaches out to their community and to the larger homeschooling community as well.


I have both volumes of Curriculum Advice from Victoria Botkin to share with one blessed reader.  Volume 1 offers practical help for beginning homeschool mothers while volume 2 offers help for intermediate home educators.  I truly think any of you would be encouraged by Victoria's testimony about homeschooling her own children and hearing from several of the children themselves.  Victoria Botkin is truly a Titus 2 woman!


If you would like to receive this 2 CD set please leave a comment telling me what is your most challenging aspect regarding homeschooling.


For an additional entry:  Like Busy Hands Busy Minds on Facebook and leave another comment telling me you have done so.


For another entry:  Follow Busy Hands Busy Minds and leave another comment telling me you have done so. 


If you would like a fourth opportunity to enter:  The Botkin's son, David, is getting married this weekend!  Please lift David and Nadia and both of their families in prayer as they finish up wedding preparations and pray that the wedding ceremony will be a testimony of God's amazing goodness in bringing these two together to become one.


That's it! You have four opportunities to win,  Entries end next Wednesday, May 18, and I will post the winner on Thursday, May 19, which just happens to be Kaelan's 12 birthday!!  Then I'll do another giveaway of a CD that Kaelan really enjoys!  Stayed tuned!


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36 comments:

Jessica Guinn said...

I love your blog. Our most challenging aspect so far (we are new at this) is homeschooling a preschooler and a kindergartener with a one year old and a 5 month old under foot. Between teaching, tending to the kids and house, and working on college it can be nerve wrecking.

By the way, I have already liked your facebook, followed your blog, prayers go out often :) God Bless y'all!

Kate said...

I already like your facebook page!

seamstresslady at yahoo dot com

Kate said...

My most challenging aspect of homeschooling is dealing with my son's complete different learning style than my own. I'm used to things coming easy to me my way and it gets frustrating for both him and I when he doesn't "get it" my way. He's too young to tell me how it works for him his way, so it takes a lot of patience and figuring out.

seamstresslady at yahoo dot com

Kate said...

I will pray for David and Nadia in my bedtime prayers. May the Lord bless them and use them for His glory and the advancement of His Kingdom!

Kate said...

I follow your blog now. :)

seamstresslady at yahoo dot com

Melissa said...

Hi. My most challenging aspect is the unknown :) We are just starting to homeschool beginning this summer and there is just so much that is unknown...Thankfully I have a Faithful Friend to walk with me in the unknown :)

Thanks for the opportunity!

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Melissa Carr said...

My personal challenge is thinking that I need to follow the public school standard I was raised in. I'd really love to create a less stress atmosphere for my kids and I by simplifying.

Anonymous said...

Finding time to do school well is my biggest challenge. We are homeschooling our two youngest of five, but the older ones love/need time with me as well.

Praying for the new couple also.

Monica

Paula said...

The most challenging thing about homeschooling is "getting it all done!"
paula at rammnation dot com

Paula said...

I like you on FB!
paula at rammnation dot com

Paula said...

Praying! :)
paula at rammnation dot com

Paula said...

I am following you!
paula at rammnation dot com

Kim said...

Thank you for the give away. Have a great weekend! Kim E
eversmanfamily@gmail.com

Amy said...

For me the challenge is just starting! My youngest is to start K this fall and I'm a little overwhelmed and nervous!

I would love to win - I need all the help I can get!

Amy
timamy2005@yahoo.com

Amy said...

I also follow the blog! Thank You!

Amy said...

Lastly....yes I'm praying for them!

(I don't do FB so I'm out on that entry, hopefully three will be enough!

Firecracker said...

Most recently peer pressure has been challenging...should I do the charter school with all 100 field trips a year?? Should we be using a 'complete' curriculum?? What about math for K...formal or not?? I find myself being reminded by the Lord that it's not life or death in curriculum choices and I don't have to reason why I'm not using this or that.

Love your blog!

kid farmers said...

Ha -- I will figure this computer stuff out yet!!

The hardest part of home schooling for me is managing the different age/grades. I have three kids now who are "doing school" now. They are 10, 7 and 5. All are working at different levels. the 10 year old works pretty much independently. The 7 year old needs help getting started. The 5 year old, our first girl, is extremely excited about learning but is at that stage where everything still needs to be explained to her and helped through everything.

DeLyssa Davis

kid farmers said...

Added myself as a follower and "liked" your facebook page!!

DeLyssa Davis

Laura said...

The most challenging thing about homeschooling for me is not worrying about what other families are doing and schooling the way we need to for *our* family.

Laura said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Laura said...

I prayed for David and Nadia's wedding and for a long, joyful life together.

Laura said...

I liked your page on Facebook

Florida said...

I am always eager to read your blog. As a HS mom of a 10 yr old boy I can only imagine through your wonderful blog what it is like for you.

When I saw what the CD's were about and that the family only uses Saxon math, I was so intrigued. I us Switched on Schoolhouse. My son uses my computer which as an Internet connection. I really do not like him being on the computer at all but that is the curriculum we paid for. He still has about 3 months left. The hardest part has been getting him off the computer when he is done. I made the terrible mistake of allowing him to play a computer game and it has become a debate each day when he finishes his work. I want another method without him having to touch a computer. He is an "A" student and learns very easily. I think their way might be very good for him and would love to know more about it.

Florida said...

I have Liked you on FB for a long time! :)

Tami said...

my biggest challenge is schooling so many different ages at the same time.

Tami said...

i like u on fb

Tami said...

i follow u

Tami said...

i lifted them up :)

ben said...

I have not started homeschooling yet , but when I do I feel the hardest thing will be to learn how & where to start. I was always in public school but feel homeschooling will be best for our family. I want to teach my children to love the lord above anything else

ben said...

I follow you on facebook

ben said...

I prayed for the wedding

ben said...

I am following you

Florida said...

I floor you blog via RSS feed and now on Google.

Florida said...

David and Nadia's marriage is sure to be blessed. They have a strong Christian family to guide them and lean on when necessary. God Bless!

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