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

Homeschool QuestionsPart 2 Scheduling, Time Management, and Home Organization 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…

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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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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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Finding “The Best Way” and Other Mommy-Myths

by Lynna Sutherland At a certain point in my parenting journey, I realized that I was often driven by a desire to find the “one right answer” to every mothering choice or practice. I wrote here about my previous understanding…

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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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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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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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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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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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Starting a Hybrid School Co-op

by Kyndra Steinmann About ten years ago, just before our eldest child was born, I had the opportunity to be involved in starting a “part-time school” type co-op. We were members of a small church in which everyone homeschooled, and…

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Beat of a Different Drummer

By Kirk Martin When my son was younger, I didn’t know how to deal with him. He wasn’t the child I expected. But now? I peek in at him late at night lying in bed, fast asleep. I peek at…

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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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Calm Parenting University

No more backtalk, meltdowns, whining, or fights! Power struggles make parenting a difficult job. We often feel overwhelmed and helpless when facing our child’s defiant and disrespectful behavior. Enter Kirk Martin. With a few simple strategies, disrespect and defiance can…

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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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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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Anne Miller to Speak at Swift Creek’s “Connect Conference”

Anne Miller, HEAV’s president and interim executive director, is the homeschool keynote speaker at Swift Creek Baptist Church’s “Connect Conference,” an inter-generational conference on family, relationships, and parenting that takes place on October 25-26, 2015. The conference has something for…

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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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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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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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Grandparent Homeschooling Grandchild

Q. Can a grandparent homeschool his or her grandchild? A. Although Virginia law does not specifically address this question, under the right circumstances, the law does permit a grandparent to homeschool a grandchild. If the parents comply with the homeschool…

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Wanna Be a WAHM?

By Carol Topp Working at home while homeschooling can provide a very attractive and flexible environment for both teaching children and making money. As a work-at-home mom, you can have your foot comfortably placed in two very different worlds: your…

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Recognizing Progress

The other day, we had one of those days when all of the interactions with a particular child go badly. You know–the days when the child in question starts trying to run the world before he’s even out of bed,…

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Does Attitude Matter?

by Kyndra Steinmann A question was brought up by a friend after my recent post about getting back into routine:   “I focused on attitude almost exclusively, figuring that jobs would be well done if the attitudes were right. For…

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Special Needs and Parents’ Rights

Q. May I remove my preschooler with special needs from school and educate him at home? Are there additional requirements? A. According to the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), school districts must locate, identify, and evaluate children aged 3–22…

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