December 6, 2016

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11 Things I Wish Non-Homeschoolers Knew

by Karen D. Koch Over the years friends and strangers have asked about our homeschooling. I am careful about my responses because I don’t want to come across the wrong way, but I’m often shocked at some people’s comments. Once an acquaintance condescendingly asked me how I thought I was remotely qualified to teach kindergarten to my own […]

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November 28, 2016

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Grit. Do You Have It? Do Your Kids?

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth Scribner, 2016 Reviewed by Karen D. Koch Grit. What is it? Do I have it? Do my children have it? If not, how does one get grit? Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a fascinating read that I believe homeschool parents will find useful, […]

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November 21, 2016

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What I’ve Learned So Far

by Sarah Schofield If there’s one thing that homeschooling has taught me it is that I don’t know anything. I’ll explain. I went into this adventure with the idea that I would be lavishing all of my knowledge and wisdom upon my children and they would be grateful recipients of all this wonderful teaching. How […]

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November 14, 2016

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Thriving at College

Book Review by Karen D. Koch Book by Alex Chediak Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2011 Available at the HSLDA bookstore and Amazon As much as we enjoy homeschooling, one day the kids will complete high school. Then what? Most will head off to college,  jobs,  vocational school, or the military.  All of them will face challenges […]

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November 8, 2016

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4 Myths of Teaching Writing

By Andrew Pudewa Myth a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon. a widely held but false belief or idea. It is the second definition we refer to here, of course. So here they are: Myth #1: Writing is an inborn talent—you’re born with […]

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November 1, 2016

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Making Holidays Meaningful

by Karen D. Koch Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday—probably because of family and food, and the noticeably lower materialistic nature (and hence, stress) of the day.  During the two years I lived overseas back in the 1980s, it was the holiday I missed the most. We made our own Thanksgiving there, but it […]

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October 24, 2016

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Susan Beatty Honored at Leadership Conference

Susan Beatty, co-founder and general manager of CHEA, was honored recently at both the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership Conference’s September event in Asheville, North Carolina and the Home School Legal Defense National Christian Leadership Conference the same week. Mike Smith, president of HSLDA, gave a speech honoring her, telling attendees of Susan’s contributions to […]

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October 18, 2016

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Killing Lions

by Luke Vorster, 2016 winner of the $1000 CHEA Support Network Scholarship The Maasai people are a semi-nomadic ethnic group that inhabits parts of Kenya and Tanzania. Like many other African tribes, the Maasai prize physical endurance and proficiency in combat. A fascinating aspect of their culture is the rite of passage that boys must […]

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October 10, 2016

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Homeschooler Text-Taking Anxiety

Question Hello! I have an 11 year-old-son who is homeschooled. Everything is going fairly well with his schooling except for his tests. Whenever it is time for a test, he will start to cry and become more and more distraught. He will do things like cry, rip up his test, and display extremely poor behavior […]

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October 6, 2016

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6 Things Trees Show Us

By Karen D. Koch As a small side job when I’m not busy homeschooling, I occasionally write Facebook posts for a local tree service company. In researching interesting “tree content,” to keep the arborists’ followers engaged, I keep finding things that relate to homeschooling. (Disclaimer: I think about homeschooling a lot) The company does the usual […]

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