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Only for a Season: A Letter to a Friend Considering Homeschooling

This is a revised-for-privacy version of a real letter I wrote to a friend. Maybe it will meet you where you’re at: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * … Continue reading

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Revisited: Word Families

This is a re-post of one of my first blogs. I am even more convinced of the usefulness of word families than I was one year ago because I have continued to use them with our struggling reader. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Fresh Produce, Part II: Bringing It Home

If you’re about to begin homeschooling for the first time, or if your school (and/or the teacher!) is in need of some fresh ideas, attending a locally-run homeschooling convention can be a big help. In my previous post, I compared … Continue reading

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Fresh Produce, Part I

When I think about the return of summer, I think about longer days, less schooling, planting flowers, wearing sandals – all kinds of lighter, brighter happenings on a daily basis. Summer also brings the opening of farmers’ markets, where the … Continue reading

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Keeping Track: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

In the last week, I posted the following Facebook status: One of the most successful things we’ve done recently is put our kids on a “whole life” checklist system. They are more accountable every day (to themselves and to us), … Continue reading

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Teachable Moments

(This article was written while the weather was still mild in Iowa!) One school day a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to run an errand with all three of my kids in tow. We had been out to a … Continue reading

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Weighed Down, Bearing Up

After many years of allowing my physical fitness to slide to the bottom of my priority list, I have begun to exercise. I started by making myself walk the treadmill until I broke a sweat, and then pushed it a few … Continue reading

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Let the Games Begin!

Although summer is a great time to take a break from school activities, you and your kids may not want to miss out on the learning that can take place through watching, reading about, and discussing the 2012 London Summer … Continue reading

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Overheard: Overwhelmed

If you’re a home educating parent, it’s “that time of year,” namely conference time. I just attended the first of two on our schedule for this summer, and among the snippets of conversations I heard while waiting for an instructional … Continue reading

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Freedom Under Authority

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they … Continue reading

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