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October 24, 2014

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Coping with your inattentive child

by Sharon Hensley Speaker at CHEA’s Special Needs Solution Conference We all face the problem of inattention as teachers of our children. Sometimes children are inattentive out of boredom or fatigue, or because they are five years old (a notoriously inattentive age). Sometimes they are inattentive out of rebellion. And sometimes kids are inattentive simply […]

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October 16, 2014

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Record your heritage

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by Pam Geib CHEA Regional Advisory Board Member Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him (Psalm 127:3). Sitting side by side, my sister and I pored over the box of photos at our feet: mostly black and whites, many with folks we did not know. You take this one and […]

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October 10, 2014

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A battle is won. The war isn’t over.

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by Susan K. Stewart CHEA Communications Adviser Once again the determination of homeschool parents to protect their children swayed the outcome of the legislation process. On September 29, Family Protection Ministries (FPM), Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), and CHEA were able to announce that Governor Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1444, Mandatory Kindergarten. It was […]

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September 25, 2014

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College prep is more than SAT test

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by Susan K. Stewart CHEA Communications Adviser Each one of my children took a different route to a career. My oldest chose not to go to college but rather get technical training specific to her work. The next in line went to college for a while, left for the work world, and has continued to […]

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September 18, 2014

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Continue reading for pleasure, progress, and principles

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by Bethany BennettThough I didn’t particularly enjoy teaching reading, the success of hearing my child read is a great milestone in my homeschooling. Read, read, reading to your child before independent reading is the most important pre-reading activity we can do to encourage our future readers. The same is true after completing the phonics program. […]

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September 11, 2014

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Top 10 Things I’d Do If I Had a Homeschool Do-Over

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by Marilyn Rockett Can we finish home educating our children without regret for things we didn’t do? Probably not. We are human and we fail at times. There is no opportunity for a do-over (a sobering thought), but we can adjust again when we frequently examine what is important. In my imaginary do-over, I would […]

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September 4, 2014

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Dr. Seuss has advice for homeschoolers

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by Susan Beatty Inspiration and encouragement can come from the most interesting of places—even a Dr. Seuss book. Recently, I overheard someone sharing some lines from Oh, the Places You’ll Go, the final book written by Dr. Seuss. I had never heard of this particular Dr. Seuss book but was encouraged by the lines I […]

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August 28, 2014

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Make Learning Fun

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by Joyce Herzog Learning can be fun. In fact, I believe learning should be fun Now I understand there are times when you just “have to do what you have to do…” But even then a fun reward makes it all better. You’ve heard the old phrase, “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine […]

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August 21, 2014

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Vision is in the law

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by Sheila Campbell I hate to get lost, so when I travel I usually take several precautions to make sure I know exactly where I am going. I set the GPS on my iPhone and I print the directions to my destination using Google Maps or some other online navigation program. These programs usually give […]

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August 7, 2014

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We Took the Kids Out of School. Now What?

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It’s Monday morning. You sit across the kitchen table from your children and wonder, “What next?” They look at you in anticipation of something great. Do you admit you haven’t a clue and send them out to play? Or do you start right in reciting multiplication tables because you can think of nothing else to […]

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