Baby on the Move!

In many ways, this homeschooling thing is best described as “constantly re-inventing the wheel”! We know that “the wheel”—education—is what we need, but the way we get it done is constantly changing, due in part to changing conditions and circumstances….

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Be Faithful in All Things!

by Maiya Drennen I have come to understand more and more that serving God is mainly about one’s attitude and focus, whether it is to serve Him as a mother, a doctor, a scientist, or a waitress. I think many…

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Finishing Strong: Homeschool Midyear Makeover

by Pamela Hall Finish strong! Those are two words that create a powerful attitude for achievement in life. Your homeschool is no different. I’ve often heard from many families that, at this time of year, they lose their momentum because…

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So You Want a Co-op?

By Kyndra Steinmann The questions pop up frequently in Facebook groups and real-life discussions with other homeschoolers. “I’m looking for a co-op. Do you know of one? What’s it like?” The answer is: it depends on what kind of co-op…

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Clearing to Zero

by Kyndra Steinmann “I just can’t figure out what I’m doing! I keep getting mixed up!” my seven-year-old wails at least once a day. “Did you clear your desk to zero?” I ask. “Clearing to zero” has become a kind…

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Eight Ways LEGO® Play Boosts Literacy

“Play is the highest form of research.” ~ Albert Einstein The word LEGO® conjures up many favorable thoughts for parents and children alike. (Unless you are a parent that has stepped on a LEGO block barefoot; then, that is a…

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Making Peace with “Auditory Clutter”

Lately, my six-month-old has been trying to learn to walk (oh, the gray hair I’m acquiring!) and I’ve been trying to get a video of her efforts. I’ve posted some of the results to Facebook but I’m always disappointed because…

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Five Fun & Memorable Advent Activities

“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell a story. Make some light.” – Kate DiCamillo The holiday season is upon us. Advent is a perfect time to change gears with your…

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The Gift of Zero Stimulation

As the school year gets into its groove and the busy holiday season approaches, the amount of activity and stimulation can become too much for individual members of the family, and indeed, sometimes for the whole family. The signs of…

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Ten Brain Breaks to Refocus the Distractable Child

It happened again this morning. The homeschool day started well. The big children were beating their timers and moving from subject to subject and I had hopes of actually finishing by noon. And then the ability to focus disappeared. Suddenly…

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Transform Your Family in 30 Days

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV84). Who else wants children who are more thankful? Of course, we all do. For the most…

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8 Tips for Homeschooling with an Infant

This fall, I am once again homeschooling with an infant. We love her to pieces but she can be terribly distracting and very loud! Still, this isn’t the first time we’ve been here, and with a little rearranging and setting…

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Running a School for Boys

by Hal and Melanie Young There are days when we look at our sons and think, “If they were in school, they’d be on so many pills they’d rattle when they walked.” At one point Melanie was teaching six boys…

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The Most Important Subject

By Maiya Drennan For most of you, it is about a month into your school year. You have plenty of papers to write, tests to study for, and books to read. I hope that each of you do great this…

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Uncle Rick’s UFO Advice for Boys

by Rick Boyer Being the father of eight beautiful daughters, I have thought long and hard about the financial qualifications of potential suitors, and so I will impose upon your patience to offer some of Uncle Rick’s UFO’s (Unsolicited Fatherly…

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White Space: Why It’s Essential

by Kyndra Steinmann How do we keep up with everything we have to do as homeschool moms? Not just the teaching, but also the cooking, the housekeeping, and all the activities? Is there a place for us to rest our…

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Exposing Major Blind Spots of Homeschoolers

By Reb Bradley I have heard from multitudes of troubled homeschool parents around the country, many of whom are leaders. These parents have graduated their first batch of kids, only to discover that their children didn’t turn out the way…

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Three Keys to Choosing a Support Group

by Pamela Hall, founder of TEAM Home School and co-founder of GHW (God’s Homeschool Warriors—http://ghwarriors.com) “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” I love ice cream, but not every flavor. How about you? In fact, out of…

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But This Is Taking So Long!

In discussions about teaching children with special needs, one of the topics that comes up frequently is the question of getting them to do their work in a timely manner. It’s a frustrating situation. You know that “Jane “ can…

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The Giving Machine

Flo Feldman Have you ever noticed that the people who have it easy have the hardest time when challenges come? These are people whose large house overlooks the ocean or a beautiful vista, whose closets are full, who have access…

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Working Out the Flow

by Kyndra Steinmann It’s one of the last lovely days of summer, and I am sitting on my porch, listening to my five-year-old play with a friend. The three-year-old and two-month-old are napping, and the seven- and eight-year-olds are having…

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Secrets of Homeschool Success

Homeschool Connection’s Moms’ Night Out Come hear Yvonne Bunn share some “Secrets of Homeschool Success” from her experiences as a parent, support group leader, and director of legislative initiatives with the Virginia General Assembly. After homeschooling her now-adult children from kindergarten to…

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6 Keys to Making the Classics Come Alive

by Pamela Hall “Many of the greatest books are like a forest. The best way to get to know them is to wander right into the middle and get lost.” ~ Anthony Esolen What turns kids off when it comes…

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Practical Strategies to Stop Power Struggles

by Kirk Martin Our job as parents isn’t measured by how kids behave. Rather, it’s how WE respond when they act up. Seeing a child throw a tantrum in aisle four at Wal-Mart doesn’t surprise me; watching the child’s parent…

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John 19:11 – No Power Aside From God

by Maiya Drennen “…knowest thou that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above…” (John 19:10b-11a KJV) From…

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Six Things To Do Before Starting School

by Kyndra Steinmann Summer has been slipping by rather rapidly and August will be gone before you know it. In fact, while you are reading this, I am on the second day of our last road trip of the summer!…

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Why Homeschool Teens

– by Debra Bell I am all for Christians entering and engaging the culture. That’s the end goal. But I’m convinced adolescence is not the time to make this our priority. It’s like trying to launch a rocket with a…

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Respect… or Avoidance?

by Kyndra Steinmann One of my projects this summer is organizing a co-op with several other parents. Some of them have done co-ops before, while others have not. Some are veteran homeschoolers, while some are just starting their journey. All…

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Dog-Days-of-Summer Reading Plan

by Pam Hall Reading During the Dog Days of Summer Just because the weather is sultry doesn’t mean that our reading has to turn that way! Summer brings a freer schedule, enabling me to lose myself in a book and…

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Noticing When They Get It Right

By Kyndra Steinmann Some days: The five-year-old gets up from his nap and is given a job to do. He is slow and grumbles. He wanders off from the job several times, and a ten-minute job takes nearly thirty. Do…

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