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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Virginia Homeschooling Mom’s Retreat

  Save the Date! Join us October 14-15, 2016, for a Mom’s Retreat for Virginia homeschooling moms, both new and veteran.  The retreat will be at the Sheraton Hotel in Virginia Beach with special guest speaker, Sally Clarkson! Want 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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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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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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Sparkles

by Jon Covington My wife and I have four kids, which means I’ve been through the child birthing process four times. I’ve never once had so much as an aspirin, even though one child was delivered via C-section–although the anesthesiologist…

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Loving and Letting Go

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…

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Sparkles in the Pasta

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….

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Praying for Our Children

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…

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Seven Million Whys

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:…

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Common Core Curriculum Alignment

Q. How can I find out if my homeschool curriculum is aligned with the Common Core? Is there a list to which I can refer? A. The Educational Freedom Coalition has attempted to contact every homeschool curriculum and resource provider…

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Work Permits

Q. Does my 15-year-old homeschooler need a work permit before trying to find a summer job? What forms does he need and where does he get them? A. In general, all 14- and 15-year-old students–who do not work for their…

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