Parenting

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Kids at Home? Everyday Activities to Reinforce Math Skills

With the recent school closings, many parents are scrambling for some at-home activities to continue kids’ school learning. It’s okay to let your kids simply read, or learn about something they want to learn about, or work on a hobby. But if you’d feel more comfortable focusing on some core […]

Kids at Home? Activities to Reinforce Language Arts Skills

With the recent school closings, many parents are scrambling for some at-home activities to continue kids’ school learning. It’s okay to let your kids simply read, or learn about something they want to learn about, or take some virtual field trips, or work on a hobby. But if you’d feel […]

What to Do with Your Young Learner

Note: While this article is geared primarily for preschool, most of the suggestions are also applicable through the early primary grades.   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 […]

Finding the Gift in Your Child

When we were first considering home education, I was unsure about my own ability to meet my children’s needs. Not only did we have a daughter born with cerebral palsy, but I had two children classified as “gifted and talented” by the local public school. Speech therapy and occupational therapy […]

lesson planning

Lesson Planning 101

There’s a saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Lesson planning is just determining what you want to cover in the school year and laying out a framework to accomplish those goals — a strategy for homeschool success. Some parents will plan in more detail than others, but even […]

Four Needs of Homeschool Families

Homeschool parents across the country share with me their fears and concerns: What if I’m not doing enough? Will he get into college? What should she know? What if he doesn’t like me when he grows up? How do I homeschool and get dinner on the table in the same […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool Convention

Many state or regional conventions are not just for homeschoolers, but are truly family expositions, with lots of workshops and exhibits of interest to families–regardless of education choice. If this is your first or second (or tenth) homeschool convention, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the […]

Homeschooling the Young Learner

Do you sometimes second-guess your “credentials” to educate your child at home? Parents, you come into homeschooling with the greatest qualifications: a deep love for your child and a vested interest in his success! You can homeschool! You’ve already been homeschooling your young child—you’ve taught him to talk and you’ve […]

Creating Your Own Opportunities

We lived out in the country during our homeschooling years, so I understand how difficult arranging home education activities can be, especially if you don’t have a family large enough for built-in sports teams or your own Bible quiz league! When we bring our kids home, we need to provide […]

Last-Minute Christmas Ideas for Busy Families

  I know it’s already mid-December, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to encourage you in this holiday season, so here are a few past posts/articles I thought were worth a reprise!           Giving “Thanks” The holidays are just around the corner, and that often means gift-giving […]