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Homeschooling is on the rise! In the last six years, the number of homeschooling families has grown from 2 million to 2.3 million in the United States alone.1 Many factors contribute to the decision to homeschool – student safety, quality of education, special needs concerns, religious beliefs and values, etc. Research shows parents are more

Reteaching for Understanding

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  Although we may have the best of intentions with our lesson plans and instruction, sometimes we are not effective teachers. I had this experience recently. I was teaching a mock trial class at our co-op and discussing types of questions that are used during a direct examination of a witness. Once I had finished my instruction,

Ideas Should Not be a Mold, but a Compass

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  Are we putting so many parameters on our children in this society that we risk potential?! Imagine, for instance, that Michael Jordan’s parents had put a prescribed size of a shoe on him once he could walk. Let’s say this was a recommended practice at the time, “in the best interest of the child.”

Online Identity

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  Laptops, tablets, cell phones, passwords, updates, apps; we’ve got a million, or at least that’s how it feels. Let’s face it; the world is increasingly more digital as is the social landscape our children traverse. Snapchat is their world, Facebook is their now, Instagram is their reality. As their primary teachers, we are obligated

Responding to “That Question”

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  In the world of homeschooling, there is a question that arises all too frequently and can bring with it a host of negative emotions. For new homeschool parents, it can be especially challenging. Of course, you probably already know what question I’m referring to. What about socialization? Having been asked this question myself many

Give Them Eyes to See

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  What is the most important thing you can teach your children? Many subjects might compete for the crown but, as a young woman educated at home, may I share the one thing my parents taught me that I’m increasingly thankful for? They gave me a biblical worldview. What is a biblical worldview? A biblical

Skill of Sportsmanship

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  As a kid growing up in Oklahoma, the biggest in-state rivalry was between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Oklahoma State University (OSU). Especially during football season, living in a “house-divided” with parents who attended both schools, there was always a slight tension felt by this highly-sensitive child.  It wasn’t so much that my

Attitude of the Heart

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  Focusing on one’s attitude and the effects it has on our lives is not a new idea of course. Psalms 15:13, says, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” (KJV) My mantra for a long time now has been, “I can and I will!”
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