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Homeschooling Tips by Shirley Li

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I know this is a time of stress for parents who need to balance work and school at home. Being a homeschooler for my three children (now four) for almost 9 years and did work from home, I thought maybe I can offer some insights and encouragement during this time.

For our family, we chose to homeschool because we want to disciple our children in the way of the Lord, and build a close relationship with each one of them.

During this time at home, I would encourage you to see this as opportunity to build closer relationship with your children, to teach and inspire them with things they wouldn’t be able to learn at a school setting, and discover new things about each other you would’ve missed.

One thing you might feel stressed over is the “schedule”. How do I fit EVERYTHING into a day? The answer is, you can’t! I think the most important thing is to prioritize the tasks, then delegate, and if you still can’t finish everything, do it the next day.

The schedule – This really varies from family to family, but I would suggest not to keep a timed schedule especially when you have younger children. For years, I have tried to do that but I’ve failed a thousand times and finally realized I am just not wired that way, and it’s not how our family operates. Every time I looked at the clock, I felt that time was slipping away and was so overwhelmed. Instead, focus on finishing the school assignments as tasks, give a reasonable and realistic time to finish, so that you wouldn’t feel stressed. Give breaks in between assignments, so that you can also take a break yourself.

It is okay to have a general schedule so that you do have a structure, especially since the children are used to one when they were at school. However, be flexible so you don’t feel stressed.
Also, for some children, they work better in the morning for certain subjects like Math, so it would be more beneficial and productive if you schedule those assignments at the optimal time and hear fewer complaints.

If you’re working from home and your children are more independent at doing their school work, you can certainly work alongside them so they know that you’re also working hard, just like them! If they are younger and require more help, then you might need to schedule blocks to do your work. It can be before they wake up, when they play, or after they go to sleep.

Servant heart – this is a really great time to develop a servant heart in your children. If you have teenagers, you can ask them to help make and serve breakfast/lunch so that you don’t have to. They can learn how to make breakfast/lunch if they don’t know how, which is a great bonding time.

You can delegate more chores for your children to do during this time as well, so that they can help relieve your stress of juggling work, school, and housework. It will teach them great life skills.

Discover new hobbies – This is a great opportunity to discover new hobbies! Go learn something new with your children. Do science experiments with kitchen ingredients, make slime, try new recipes together. There are plenty of online resources you can tap into for learning almost everything.

Play together as a family. Do a 500 piece puzzle together (we do that), watch documentaries, do lots of sharing time, play board games, etc. Learn something new about one another!

Quiet time – Having all your children at home also means more noise and dramas. Believe me, I feel like I’m in a zoo ALL THE TIME. So it’s crucial that you find that quiet place to be with yourself and the Lord, to take a deep breath, and to decompress, even in the middle of the day.

There are couple books that might be great inspiration and encouragement to you.

They are both homeschooling resources but still offer great insights about teaching our children at home. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Steve and I.

March 22 service and sermon

If you missed our live stream service this Sunday, catch up on our YouTube channel. Pastor Calvin Robinson's sermon continues his message from Galatians 5:22-23 on Faithfulness, one of the Fruits of the Spirit.

Find more videos, check out our YouTube channel and Instagram IGTV. Cornerstone Podcasts are also available at Anchor.fm (links to Google Podcasts, Spotify, and other services.)

Cornerstone Family Time, Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.

Family time Wednesdays

This coming Wednesday (and every Wednesday for the foreseeable future), we are going to be having Cornerstone Family Time from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. (or possibly later) It will be a time to hang out, share what's going on, pray together, and socialize. The Zoom meeting info to join has been shared on email and calendar invite. If you don't have it, e-mail us.

A note about Sunday, March 22 service

Worship at Cornerstone

Greetings Cornerstone Family! I am so looking forward to sharing God’s word and fellowship with you all tomorrow. Please join us at 9:30 am Central as we worship and sing together (virtually). And don’t forget to share our Facebook and email invitations with your friends and family as well. Let’s take this opportunity to extend the reach of His kingdom into homes around the world!

Click to join: https://www.youtube.com/c/CornerstonechurchchicagoOrg/live

Following service, we'll also have an open Hangouts meet just to mingle and see how everyone is doing. "Refreshment" time, so to speak, but bring your own refreshments!
Join it here: https://meet.google.com/moi-yntb-csy

The children's ministry will also have a gathering following service and the "refreshment" time, starting around 11:30 am. If you have children in the children's ministry, please help them join the Hangouts meet to participate in a special activity.
Join it here: https://meet.google.com/tcu-qqxh-evk

Hope to see you all soon!

--Pastor Calvin

Looking Forward. An Update From Pastor.

Cornerstone live stream https://bit.ly/cornerstonechurchlive

Grace and Peace Cornerstone Family!

I do not cease to pray for you during this tumultuous season of uncertainty. My prayer is that each of you will have all that you need in every area of your life. That He will watch over and keep you and your loved ones safe. God is faithful and He will do it!

I am writing to let you know that our cornerstone ministries are continuing forward in various forms despite the obstacles we are facing because of the pandemic. Our ministry leaders and small group leaders remain committed to your spiritual growth,

  1. Sunday service starts at 9:30am You can join each week on our YouTube Live Stream.
  2. Small groups are continuing to meet through online platforms
  3. Family Time Gathering (led by pastor) Wednesdays at 7:30-8:30pm via Google Hangouts Meet or by phone 1-475-239-1064 (PIN: 511952627). ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED!
  4. This will be for us an informal time of fellowship where we can support, encourage and especially pray for one another. It will also be a time for us to get to know one another better as we share stories and life together. Fellowship is a main pillar of our church. I already miss our fellowship time after service! If you do too, you will want to come hang out with us on Family Time Wednesday!

  5. Jen, Jane, and Margarita are brainstorming how we can involve our children in a Virtual Easter Program! Each year we look forward to enjoying our Cornerstone Children as they reflect upon the resurrection in their own special way. As of now it appears that we will have a virtual Easter Service, but we still want to see our children involved in some way. Parents, stay tuned for your Homeschool Assignment that will help make this a reality!

At the next Elders meeting we will be considering how to conduct our Quarterly Congregational Meeting. It is important that we keep you abreast of our ministry health and decisions. Stay tuned for more information.

Please keep the elders in prayer s as we diligently work to serve the needs of all our people. Your spiritual growth is our top priority.

If you have a tangible need, please reach out to Steve Li for benevolence coordination.

If you have an urgent prayer request (or any prayer request) reach out to our Prayer Ministry Leader, Ed Lai. You can also share your prayer request in your small group and ask the leader to share with the Prayer Ministry Leader. And f course you can always reach out to the elders.

Lets be intentional to reach out to one another and to check in with one another. And it would also be good to reach out to members outside your small group. Maybe reach out to someone in our congregation that you do not usually spend a lot of time with. Let's get to know one another!

God Bless our church in this season. And may we emerge soon from this surreal episode closer and stranger than we were before!

God's Best To You Today!

Pastor C


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