Under Pressure

why you should not be in a rush when you homeschool
  “Hurry!” How many times did I say that in those early years of homeschooling? Hurry and finish that math page. Hurry and get in the car. Hurry and eat. Hurry, hurry, hurry! Now that my children are graduating and leaving the house, I want to scream, “Slow down!” What drove me to spend so

Pets: More Than a Lesson in Responsibility

pets can teach children more lessons than responsibility
  My son’s eyes began to fill with tears. I could see him fighting back, and willing himself not to cry. I wanted to embrace him. I wanted to take away his pain. A tear finally escaped. Before he had time to wipe it away, it rolled down his cheek and landed on Peanut, the

More Giving, Less Taking

Todd Wilson provides advice to both husbands and wives on how to prevent money from hurting a marriage
    Money topics and I go together like motor oil and ice cream. It’s just not one of my strong suits. I guess that’s why God gave me such an incredible wife who can stretch a dollar like nobody I know. On the other hand, I know what men feel and that money issues

Are You Ready for Back to School?

Four Back to School Tips for Homeschoolers
  The words ” back to school ” are full of so many different emotions.  Moms excited to try out new curriculum, the feel of fresh books and notepads, brand new pencils with new erasers on top, a neatly organized desk, and a desire to “keep things in order” (with the realistic understanding that this
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

  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

  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

  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

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