John 19:11 – No Power Aside From God

by Maiya Drennen “…knowest thou that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above…” (John 19:10b-11a KJV) From…

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Respect… or Avoidance?

by Kyndra Steinmann One of my projects this summer is organizing a co-op with several other parents. Some of them have done co-ops before, while others have not. Some are veteran homeschoolers, while some are just starting their journey. All…

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You Go, Graduate!

By Maiya Drennen The first seventeen years of my life were pretty easy as far as knowing what to do: schoolwork. My mom would give me my assignments on Sunday and for the next five days I knew exactly what…

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Keeping On

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s been a rough couple of weeks around here. I had a cold, which the children unhappily shared, leading to no school for a week and few chores. The next week was not only full of appointments…

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Dive Into Winter

by Kyndra Steinmann So, the holidays are over. The last cookie has been eaten, the last sugar rush survived, and the sparkle of “new” has worn off of the toys. It’s time to resume school and the regular schedule. But…

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Being Honest With Your Children

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day I was talking to another homeschool mom about the difficulties her eldest child is having in learning to read. The child shows multiple signs of dyslexia, with a possible secondary issue with processing language,…

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What Are Your Goals

by Kyndra Steinmann So, here we are–a month into the new school year for most of us–and I have a question: What are your goals this year? Oh, I know, I know–you want to finish the grade-level-appropriate work, teach Johnny…

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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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Rebuilding the Routine

by Kyndra Steinmann Last time I told you how taking a break from school had morphed into taking a break from responsibilities and routines altogether, and how that had given us an unhealthy family atmosphere. We’re on the road to…

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Is a Summer Break Worthwhile?

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…

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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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Finishing Strong

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…

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Feeling Behind? That Can Be a Good Thing!

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…

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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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Motivating Teens

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…

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Outdoing One Another in Love

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…

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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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Preparing for a New School Year

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…

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Facing Criticism

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…

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When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool

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,…

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A Mom’s Sentimental Journey

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…

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