Five Flavors of Homeschooling

by Sonya Shafer Don’t you love to look through recipe websites? I just found a great recipe app for my computer. Now any time I see a recipe I like, I can click and drag it into that app, and…

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Answering Your Homeschool Questions- Part 3

In this four-part series, a panel of homeschoolers have informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us, which originally ran in the Virginia Home Educator magazine….

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Testing Virginia Homeschoolers

This weekly Q&A Live session with Yvonne Bunn answers your questions about what is required by law for end-of-year testing for Virginia homeschoolers, whether you choose a standardized test or private evaluation! Join us on Facebook each Wednesday afternoon at…

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Teach Public Speaking: One Essential Skill

by Kyndra Steinmann When I was a girl, the homeschool group in Williamsburg/James City County and Charles City Counties in Virginia decided that it would be a good idea to have an annual “Speech Meet.” The idea was that homeschool…

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Teaching Art to Young Children

by Sharon Jeffus When we think of art for preschool and early elementary, we need to think of fun and adventure. Children this age have a short attention span, and we don’t want to bore them or they will disengage….

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Your Homeschool Questions- Part 2

Scheduling, Time Management, and Home Organization In this series of articles, a panel of homeschoolers has informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us, which originally…

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Learning to Read Is Like Learning to Speak

by Kyndra Steinmann Lately the toddler tornado has been experiencing a language explosion! Every day or two she has a new couple of words, and she is constantly trying to string them into phrases and getting frustrated when her attempts…

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Answering Your Homeschool Questions – Part I

In this series of articles, a panel of homeschoolers have informally shared some of their teaching tips, thoughts, and experiences on a wide variety of homeschool questions that were submitted to us. The first in a four-part series, this post…

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Ten Things Every Homeschooler Should Remember

by Kathie Morrissey Regardless of how qualified you may or may not feel, the best teacher God can provide for your children is YOU, their parent. As parents, we know our children best, and we love them more than any…

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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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When God Writes Your Lesson Plans

by Melissa Barnes I had it all planned. We would finish Unit One the Friday before my due date. My Unit Two plans would be ready before I delivered. We would take the week of the baby’s birth off and…

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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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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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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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Testing Special Needs

Q. I have a child who is struggling to learn. I may need to have him tested, but I don’t know where to begin. Can you help? A. I know this can be a challenging situation for you and for…

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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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What Should My Child Know?

Q. Where can I find information about what my child should be learning at his grade level? I’m concerned that he might not be prepared for the end-of-year test. A. There are several ways to find out what your child…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Test Level

Q. Our son is working below grade level on some subjects, though he tested fine on the end-of-year, grade-level test. After I submitted his results, the school district indicated he should test at the next higher grade level. I don’t…

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