Five Steps for Successful Homeschool Planning

Now that I’m home from the convention and we have finished up our last few subjects, my mind is turning to planning the new year and using all of the materials I purchased in June!   This is our fifth…

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Testing If No Longer Homeschooling

Q. Do I still have to submit test scores if I’ve decided not to homeschool next year? A. A-The law says if you provide home instruction, you must provide either testing results or an evaluation or assessment for the previous…

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Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom

Until this past January, we lived in a house that was too small to allow us a dedicated space for school. We had one closet where I kept school books and supplies, and everything was done around the dining room…

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Diploma and Additional Documentation

Q. I’ll be submitting my diploma to fulfill the required proof of eligibility to homeschool. Since my diploma has my maiden name on it, should I also send my marriage certificate to show that I am the person listed on…

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How to Report Test Results

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and…

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A Novel Idea: Discover Fifteen Lifelong Benefits of Living Book

Sarita Holzmann What happens if you stop reading a tale at the most exciting part? Children exclaim, “Keep going! What happens next?”   Literature-based learning is an educational philosophy based on children’s natural curiosity and love for stories. Outstanding books…

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Sharing the Gospel the High-Tech Way

Evonne Mandella Need inspiration in your homeschooling? Are things getting a little dry? Nothing inspires like a refocus on things above with an added splash of creativity! Your family can add old-fashioned inspiration in a very “high-tech,” futuristic way. Our…

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Four Tips for Determining High School Credit

Lee Binz Some things about homeschooling high school really are NOT hard.  Scary words like “grades” and “credits” can be simple when you know the easy way to do it!  Let me take away that worry for you and show…

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Inspiring the Next Generation to Lead

Rick Boyer   Everything rises and falls on leadership. It’s an old saying, and the truth of it has been demonstrated all around us throughout our lives. Weak fathers have weak families that produce children with weak faith. Self-serving political…

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Why Does the Universe Look So Old?

Terry Mortenson, M.Div., Ph.D. This was the question addressed by Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, Florida, in June 2010.   Young Earth View He rightly contended that the young-earth…

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Welcome to the Journey, New Homeschooling Mama!

Karen DeBeus There so are so many things I would tell a new homeschooling mama these days. Most importantly though, I would tell her…   God Has Called You to Do This. Guess what mama? YOU are NOT in charge of your homeschool. God…

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God Made Man

Creation Science – Day 6 God Made Man . . . but First, He Made Cattle, Insects, and Wild Animals Hello again, Science Lovers! We are back with day six of our series, Creation Science. Since we did a review…

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Testing Changes with the CAT

Q. Is the California Achievement Test (CAT) still available for testing? A. Some test suppliers no longer carry the CAT-5 version of the California Achievement test because it is considered an old test; it was nationally normed in 1992. The…

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Birds that Fly and Creatures that Swim

Creation Science – Day 5 Okay, it’s time for a quick review. Day 1 – Let There Be Light Day 2 – Separating the Waters Day 3 – Plant Science Day 4 – The Sun, the Moon and the Stars…

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Testing If in Private School

Q. Should I send in test scores if my child is enrolled in a private school for her core classes, and I homeschool her for only one subject? A. You may or may not have to provide test scores, depending…

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Teaching the Child with Communication Challenges

By Judi Munday   In recent years, I have observed a marked increase in the number of students who struggle with language-based learning deficits. They struggle with reading comprehension, written and oral expression, memory, and listening comprehension. These children are…

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The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars in the Sky

Creation Science – Day 4 Here we are at day four of creation. At this point, God has made light, separated the waters, and made plants and fruit bearing trees – you can read my previous posts on the HEAV…

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Blackout Test Results

Q. Should I black out the test results for history and science on my child’s standardized achievement test before sending in the scores to the superintendent? A. Yes, you may black out the scores if your child took the history…

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Certified Tutor Teaching Time

Q. If I hire a certified teacher to teach my child, what percentage of the day am I required to teach him? A.  A certified teacher (also known as a certified tutor) who has complied with the law can do…

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Time Out…For Mama

This morning, I dismissed school after only an hour. We were nowhere near done for the day, but I was out of patience. The toddler was fussing because he is teething; the preschooler had a cold and his brain and…

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Plant Science

by Michelle Crooker Here is the highly anticipated, anxiously awaited part three in the seven-part “Creation Science” series.  If you missed parts one and two, go check them out: Day 1 – Let there be Light and Day 2 –…

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Graduation Credits

Q. How many credits does a homeschooler need to graduate and get into college? A. There is no specific number of credits a homeschooler must have to graduate. It is up to the parent to decide when the course of…

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Dean’s List Finalist Award

Mathews FIRST Robotics Competition Team Captain wins Dean’s List Finalist Award Becky Thompson, Captain of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1137, won the Dean’s List Finalist Award at the Virginia Regional Competition at the Siegel Center in Richmond on March 20-22….

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