What if your best history moments are not buried in textbooks but in your hometown? Knowing what others have done before us shapes our beliefs about today, and what we leave behind tomorrow. Nothing makes history more personal than stories hidden where we live, work, and sleep. That’s all history is, anyway: stories about
Once, in a Bible study group, we were asked to share a recent passage that had impacted us. Since I had been reading through Proverbs, I knew immediately which verse I was going to use. I also knew it was going to raise a few eyebrows. “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean:
I have to start by saying our kids have been homeschooled from the beginning. A few years ago when we were moving across the country, our oldest was an upcoming freshman. We were moving into a high school that looked great on paper. I had a few good reasons for considering public school for
I was about to pull my hair out, and my son was near tears. It was reading time again, and as usual, it was not going well. I was frustrated, and he was depressed. What was I doing so wrong? I had started out so hopeful. I had started him out at 2 1/2
Did you know that June 13th is National Weed Your Garden Day? Weed Your Garden Day doesn’t hold the same appeal for me as say, National Doughnut Day (which is also in June), but it brings up a few questions. For one, who comes up with a National Weed Your Garden Day? Is there,
I picked up a phrase a year or so ago that I regularly include in my thoughts, my homeschooling efforts, and my advice to others: Always be learning. It’s short and simple because I need simple reminders I can apply to every area of my life to keep me focused on the right stuff.
Too many parents see the library as a drop off place for their children after school. Many of these children have not been taught how to use the library or how to behave, once there. But here, homeschoolers are different. Often the family comes in together. The children are usually well-behaved. They know what
Rather than work through one particular curriculum, I prefer to encourage self-research, reading plenty of books, and when possible, actually interviewing and spending time with people that are knowledgeable about our current focus of study. This approach to education has been extremely helpful in subjects like electives, life skills, and especially history. Though we