Preparing the Cozy Winter Homeschool!

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s getting chilly up here in Massachusetts—enough so, that the toddler wanted her hat and shawl this morning when she went out! (Don’t you just love the snuggliness of a bundled up little one!)  We’ve had a…

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Back to School

by Kathy Kuhl Do schools know best? Should we do it their way? Some of us wonder if our children might be better off in school, even if we don’t like to say that out loud. Every family needs to…

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7 Simple Ways to Entice Kids to Write

by Pamela Hall Enticing your kids to write is easier than you might think. Often, kids don’t like to write, because they haven’t had a lot of practice or instruction in writing, and it’s a brain workout; it’s hard. However,…

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The Futility Of It All

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day I was talking to my mother about some behavioral issue I was dealing with, and I finished the conversation by saying, “ I know they’ll get it eventually, and in the meantime I’ll just…

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Three Takes on Anger

by Lynna Sutherland Every family has relationship issues. Homeschooling tends to bring those issues to the surface. It’s hard to deny the struggles when we face them “up close and personal” every day. Almost every homeschool mom I know has…

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Hard Work Comes First

By Kyndra Steinmann My nine-year-old has a business plan. He wants to raise rabbits to sell to the bird-of-prey sanctuary near us. It looks lovely on paper. He’ll breed rabbits and sell the offspring to the sanctuary, while also selling…

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Teaching Cursive in a Touchscreen World

Cursive Handwriting: How Long? How Much? by Pamela Hall The other day, I was perusing a homeschool discussion group. A conversation about cursive handwriting struck my attention. Many parents were inquiring about the importance of cursive handwriting, how long to…

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Teach a Mom to Fish

by Lynna Sutherland If you are going to take on the calling of homeschooling your children, having a supportive community around you is essential! We all long for help, input, and advice. On the other hand, sometimes we dread it!…

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Is a Summer Break Worthwhile?

by Kyndra Steinmann Ever since we returned from the HEAV Convention, we’ve been slacking off around here! Partly because the weather has been lovely and we’ve all wanted more time outside, partly because we’ve had a lot of activities, but…

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Will This Be on the Test?

By Ruth Popp, Classic Learning Initiatives For our students, this critical question determines what will be studied, what will be committed to memory, and what will be left behind.  American educators are much like these students.  They look not to…

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Shopping at the UCS

by Kyndra Steinmann We finished the last spelling test last week and I am now knee-deep in planning for next year and deciding what I need to look for at the convention! With five children and a co-op to shop…

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14 Simple Activities for Beginning Readers

by Pamela Hall As homeschool parents, we are busy teaching our children, running our home (and possibly a business), and taking care of the demands of daily life. Sometimes, if you are like me, it is easy to let a…

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Undaunted by STEM Education

By Sherri Seligson As homeschoolers, we often look at the long remaining stretch of our children’s education and try to plan what it will look like. But for many families, there’s a big gray splotch in the high school years…

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Building the “Independent-Work” Muscle

by Kyndra Steinmann One of the difficulties of being a homeschool mom is being willing to let our children try and fail! We want them to be successful, and often we offer them so much support that we fail to…

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Finding Support for Your Child with Special Needs

by Kathy Kuhl Homeschoolers who have children with special needs need help—and we know it! We get it, too, from many experts: doctors, writers, therapists, psychologists, and special-education consultants. But we also need support from those who have no advanced…

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Winning Comprehension Strategies

by Pamela Hall “My child can read the words, but he just doesn’t seem to understand!” Many parents have greater difficulty teaching children to get the most out of their reading than in teaching the mechanics of reading. Here are…

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I Have to Train in That, Too?

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day was beautiful! The sun was shining, it was warm enough for short sleeves, and the yard work was calling. So out I went. “A little yard work, with the children, will be so pleasant,…

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Figuring Out the Hard Words

By Pamela Hall C-C-C-A-A-A-T. Does this sound familiar? Often, parents tell me that it is hard for them to sit through the labor of their child learning to read. I call this stage “hiss and spit.” It is when your…

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He Won’t Get Married in Diapers

by Sandra Modersohn My husband and I have been blessed with five amazing children, and though I certainly do not feel like anything near an expert at parenting, I sure have learned a lot in my 10-year career as a…

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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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