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Is a Summer Break Worthwhile?

Posted on Jul 15 2014 by admin

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 mostly because I was tired of school and wanted some time to think through the […]

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Tips for Helping a Child With Auditory Processing Issues Follow Verbal Instructions

Posted on May 20 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann This scene happens frequently in our house: Me: “Mouse, please go upstairs, make your bed, pick up the clothes on the floor, and bring down your laundry.” Mouse starts obediently up the stairs, gets about halfway up, and stops: “What did you want me to do?” Me: “Mouse, please go upstairs, make […]


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Six Steps to Help Boost Your Productivity

Posted on May 16 2014 by admin

by Maiya Drennen   There are so many things that can–and do–get in the way of a productive day. I know that is true for me! So I have come up with a few tips for helping to stay on track and focused for the day ahead: 1. Write out a to-do list. I am […]


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Time Out…For Mama

Posted on Apr 11 2014 by admin

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 his sinuses appeared to be equally blocked up; and the older two were alternately dawdling […]


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Finishing Strong

Posted on Apr 1 2014 by admin

I realized the other day that, despite all of the interruptions this year, Mouse (my six-year-old girl) is about thirty lessons away from the end of her second-grade year. How encouraging in these end-of-the-year doldrum weeks when I feel like we are spinning our wheels.   I started thinking right away about what we’ll study […]

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Feeling Behind? That Can Be a Good Thing!

Posted on Mar 18 2014 by admin

So, last June, at the HEAV Convention, you saw these neat books with all kinds of activities and you thought, “Oh wow! The kids would really love these, and we would learn so much, and enjoy it, too!”   So you bought one and pre-ordered one that wasn’t in print yet and then spent a […]

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Loving and Letting Go

Posted on Feb 18 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann Has it ever occurred to you that you could love your children too much? That you could do too much for them and make life too pleasant and easy? That sometimes the best way to love is to let them fall down as they learn to walk, or to let them fail […]

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Sparkles in the Pasta

Posted on Feb 13 2014 by admin

As dads, we wear a lot of hats during the week. Personally, I wear the husband hat, the business-owner hat, the architect hat, the (slow) runner hat, the grocery-shopper hat, the dog-walker hat, the garbage-man hat, and the homeschooling-dad hat. Many days, though, the homeschooling-dad hat goes on as an afterthought.   At my house, […]

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Motivating Teens

Posted on Feb 9 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How can I keep my homeschool teen motivated? A. Teens–both boys and girls—are motivated by the things they are interested in doing. Think about what your teen likes to do in his spare time. What he’s interested in doing is usually what he’s good at doing. Try to incorporate a study of his interests […]

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Outdoing One Another in Love

Posted on Feb 4 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann One of the hardest things to teach children (or remember ourselves) is that love isn’t a quid-pro-quo thing. Frequently, we interpret the “Golden Rule” as “We should only be as nice to others as they are to us!” The children certainly think so.   Of course, we could just spend a great […]

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Praying for Our Children

Posted on Oct 29 2013 by admin

by Julie Mendez There are a million things we could pray for our children, and probably should. But I just love this verse I read tonight and how it makes me think of my kids: I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our […]

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Seven Million Whys

Posted on Oct 15 2013 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann Some days, the questions and speculations start before my first cup of tea!   Buggle seems to set himself engineering problems in his sleep, and Bull is in the categorization phase.  Every morning, he wants to know: “Is it morning?”; “Is it a work day?”; “Is it a school day?” The questions […]

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Preparing for a New School Year

Posted on Sep 4 2013 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann So, you’ve recovered from the excitement of the convention, finished up those lessons from last year, and have been spending the long summer days relaxing. Everything was peaceful—and then you saw the flyers for back-to-school sales and the Virginia sales-tax holiday! And suddenly, September is here, and you need to be making […]


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A Bounty of Blessings Giveaway

Posted on Feb 6 2013 by admin

Valentine’s Day Special Win a copy of Love & Respect By Emerson Eggerichs Reviewed by Anne Miller Since, apparently, wives are the ones who purchase the marriage-help books, I’m addressing my review to my sisters in the Lord. Almost every teaching I’ve ever heard says husbands are to unconditionally love their wives as Jesus loves […]

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The Magazine is Here – And It’s Digital

Posted on Nov 27 2012 by admin

Our quarterly print magazine is going digital! It’s the same great magazine, but now–for the first time–you can you view it on your mobile devices and tablets, too.   The NEW Digital Virginia Home Educator  In This Issue: Special Feature on Sports Access: “Sports Access: Two Views”  – with articles by Delegate Rob Bell (R-Albemarle) […]

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Facing Criticism

Posted on Sep 5 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’m overwhelmed with negative comments and criticism from a close family member who does not support our decision to homeschool. How should I respond without creating more of a problem?   A. I am so sorry you are facing criticism about your decision to homeschool. Having relatives who support homeschooling is a blessing, but, […]

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When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool

Posted on Jul 16 2012 by admin

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com You had a wonderful plan this fall for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then…It happened (pick one): Your husband got transferred, and you have now moved across country, separated from your family or community support system. Your husband has been deployed, and you […]

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A Mom’s Sentimental Journey

Posted on Jul 16 2012 by admin

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com Some of you who have heard me speak or have read some of my other works know that I have often been geographically challenged during the homeschooling journey, both figuratively and physically. As we come to the end (sigh) of our homeschool “road,” I couldn’t resist one last “travel” analogy! Imagine this […]

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