Recently you may have heard about my podcast The Called to Cultivate™ Podcast with Regina Coley or heard my invitation to join the Called to Cultivate™ Community and thought to yourself what is a Cultivator™? A Cultivator is a person who educates, empowers, and enriches the lives of others. A Cultivator can teach, speak, or write but it’s through this that s/he challenges others to dig deeper so they can grow.
I wanted to coin a term that accurately explained my heart’s work and the hard work of so many others. So the Cultivator was created!
Who Do Cultivators Cultivate?
Anyone you feel called to serve! It can be your own children, your co-worker, or you can organize and lead a group. Cultivators have a heart for service and helping others to reach and achieve their goals through teaching, writing, and speaking. As it relates to me I cultivate parents and educators on this blog but I serve young women and girls in the community. I find opportunities to teach in everything I do.
A great Cultivator loves to educate people. You can do this through speaking or writing. You can engage, inspire and motivate your students to learn. I truly believe everyone has something to teach but there are select few that are gifted to teach. In our community, we discuss both types of teaching and support you on the path to discovery for both styles.
A great Cultivator loves to inspire people. You wake up every day with a desire in your heart for people! You want to encourage people to strive for their very best. You want to serve as a role model for younger people and an aspiration for your peers.
A great Cultivator works to create change. I mean your ultimate goal is to make a difference. You don’t feel at peace knowing that there is something that can be done when you see a need. You are typically the initiator and are full of vision.
Am I Describing You?
If while you read this your felt a leap in your belly you may be a Cultivator! If you are wanting to step into this work then you’re definitely in the right space. You can hear more about the Cultivator movement in these places:
Good students usually come from good homes where one or both parents have spend a substantial amount of time, energy, and resources providing a rich learning environment. None of this means that you have to spend a lot of money on making your home look like a school and you don’t have to have a PhD in Education.
Educational success comes from putting time in what you want your children to know. If they spend time in front of the TV they will become a verbal TV guide. If they spend time on the arts or Math then that’s what they’ll know.
- Do they know the value of hard work? Do you do everything for your kids or do they have to do work beyond what they think is comfortable or enjoyable?
- Do they have a strong sense of responsibility? What is it your kids have to do each day no excuses? Do you follow through with them and make sure they actually complete them?
- Do they have a willingness to keep going even when the going gets tough? How do you encourage and push them to not quit?
- Do they know what they do well outside of a classroom setting? Success needs to exceed the classroom especially if your child doesn’t have a teacher that always encourages his or her personal best. Are your kids excelling in sports? the arts? music? a foreign language? Be sure to provide opportunities for well rounded success.
- Do they have an understanding about people of other cultures? Creating kids who are ready for the world requires them to know that people of other cultures exist and speak a variety of languages. How are you strengthening their cultural IQ? Board games? Diversity in books? Diversity in music played or movies watched?
Homeschool classes are now available for families looking to supplement their educational learning programs.
Check out the current course descriptions and register below:
Adventures in Black History helps elementary school age children learn about black historians whose stories are often unheard. Students will meet in a virtual classroom setting to learn about black historical figures. This course incorporates writing and art for a unique and creative supplemental homeschool offering!
Life Skills offers developmental assistance and support with basic life skills for young children. We cover topics that integrate personal responsibility, accountability and life long social skills.
“The Benefits and the Blessings of Homeschool”
by Regina Coley
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March 13, 2018
Please take the following principles to heart. If you’re a parent I already know that you want what is best for your child but being that you are a parent I know it’s not as easy as it seems. Parenting has it’s highs and lows and some days you may find yourself wondering if you’re doing your best job. Here are seven principles for powerful and purposeful parenting.
- Value discipleship over discipline. Yes children need to be corrected when they are being disrespectful or unruly and that is where effective discipline is required. However, too many children have not been intentionally taught the values and virtues needed to succeed. Discipleship provides an opportunity to model and guide your children to righteous living.
- Parents are children’s first teacher. You have the opportunity to lay the foundation and set the standard. What are you doing with that responsibility? I hear many parents complain that the schools aren’t doing enough for their children but it’s mom and dad who make the difference.
- What you do in the early years determines the outcomes for later years. Kids are sponges in the first few years, give them good things to soak up! A solid well rounded experiences in education, social experiences, and life skills are critical. Don’t omit the filling up of these years or you’re going to have a problem come middle school and high school years.
- Aim for the moon and you’ll reach the stars. No matter what always aim high in your expectations, standards, goals, and vision for your family. Constantly praise your children for what is going right because it will continue to propel them higher and higher.
- Content creates character. What they are exposed to will show up in their lives. Diversify the books, magazines, music, TV shows, video games and activities that you’re children are seeing. Watch and get involved with the programs. Just because it says it’s for kids doesn’t mean it’s in alignment with your vision for your family.
- Children spell T-I-M-E with L-O-V-E. The best course of parenting just comes from spending time, being involved, showing up, being present, and listening. Sometimes our kids are “talking” to us just by the things they aren’t saying. Seize every opportunity to show your love.
- Every child is different even in the same household, with the same exposure and resources. Value their individuality. In our family mission it states that each child is a part of the same body. Each person is essential for one function. Help your children see that they are needed, valued, and appreciated for being just who they are and who they are becoming.
It’s Women’s History Month and it’s a wonderful time to focus in on the strong and smart women who have lead and made a difference in our world. Exposure to this history for all children provides an opportunity for inspiration, education, and enlightenment. Having a diverse bookshelf is extremely important to our family and I hope that you make it a priority for yours as well.
Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.
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Join me Thursday March 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm EST for the Four Principles of Empowerment.
The Four Principles of Empowerment Webinar focuses on your gift to empower others! We will explore what these four principles call for to ensure that no matter what environment you find yourself in you can operate in your gifting with intention!
This webinar is for anyone who seeks to sharpen their gifts, have the ability to change their atmosphere at home or work, is tired of hearing or seeing others operate at less than their best and wants to better encourage them, parents who wish to elevate their children or spouses looking to encourage their spouse.
This is one you don’t want to miss! Be sure to stay until the end as I have a free gift I’ll be giving away.
Create a Family Mission Statement
A family mission statement encapsulates your idea of the good life and lays out your family’s purpose, goals, and standards. What do you want to see your family accomplish? Your kids accomplish? Your spouse? What standard will you hold everyone accountable to?
Create it. Print it. Post it. Live by it 🙂
Math games are a great way for your children to practice their math skills. If you have a techie kid I’m sure you won’t have to pull any teeth to get them to the computer or tablet for a little practice. With so many online math resources there are a few that I specifically love and recommend.
There are a few things I look for when choosing sites for my children and students. One is the number of advertising. The number of websites that are banking on students to accidentally click on their Google ads is ridiculous. I look for minimal or no advertising so that my children can stay focused on the site and work I have them completing.
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