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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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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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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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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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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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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8 Tips for Homeschooling with an Infant

This fall, I am once again homeschooling with an infant. We love her to pieces but she can be terribly distracting and very loud! Still, this isn’t the first time we’ve been here, and with a little rearranging and setting…

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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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Taking Preschoolers and Toddlers to Convention

By Kyndra Steinmann Since the HEAV Convention is a family event—and a time when parents are looking at curricula and trying to attend workshops—the question often arises: How can I attend the convention with my children who are too young…

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Ten Ways To Tame “The Wiggles”

By Kyndra Steinmann   Oh, the wiggles! The tapping on the desk with pencils! The kicking of chair legs! The taking of every opportunity to poke a sibling! They happen anytime, in any classroom–but they happen so much more in…

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Homeschooling Preschoolers

Q. I am thinking about homeschooling my preschooler. Can you recommend any resources? A. The preschool years are a wonderful time to teach because young children are so eager to learn. We have lots of information and numerous resources that…

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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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Religious Exemption for Preschoolers

Q. I would like to seek a religious exemption for my three-year-old preschooler since, as a parent, I have been teaching him from birth. Can I send a letter to the school board for my child at any age?  …

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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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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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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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Are You Being Kind?

by Kyndra Steinmann It seems some days the squabbles come every five minutes! The peace of the backyard is shattered by shrieks and cries which rapidly invade the house. “Mommy, he…!” “But she….” “You’re lying!” “No, you are!”   Now,…

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What To Do with Your Preschooler

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com A young mom writes: I’m new at homeschooling – I have 2-year-old twins. I want to teach them and get them ready for preschool. Please send me info to help me start off on the right foot. Another…

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Beginning with a Preschooler

Q. I am thinking about homeschooling my preschooler. Can you recommend any resources? This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! A. The…

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