February 5, 2016

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Slaving Away?

by Rebecca Kocsis How well I remember those days of caring for small children and homeschooling, too. I remember collapsing on the sofa after we put the kids to bed and not being able to move. I didn’t even want to walk to my own bed. I remember being so mentally exhausted that it hurt […]

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January 25, 2016

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Life Without Music Would ♭-Flat

by Karen D. Koch Music matters. I majored in journalism in college but accidentally minored in music because I took so many electives in the music department. So years later as a homeschool mom, I wanted to incorporate music into our curriculum. However, music lessons are expensive, particularly with multiple children and an essentially one-income household. But even […]

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January 22, 2016

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35 Ideas for Family Service

by Karen D. Koch Does your family have a ministry or mission? Moving overseas is not the only way to serve. Our fragmented society does all it can to “divide and conquer” our families, even Christian homeschooling families, with too many activities, different schedules, jobs, sports, and more. Even at church, we all-too-often find our […]

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January 14, 2016

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Help! I Need a Mentor

by Karen D. Koch We all need mentors in many areas of our life, and homeschooling is no different. When I first began homeschooling, I was desperately in need of advice, support, and practical support.  I was blessed to join Napa Valley Home Educators that provided love, encouragement, practical help, science fairs, and mentoring for […]

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January 4, 2016

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Why Volunteer?

by Susan K. Stewart You are a busy homeschool mom or dad, right? You already have many duties at home or at work; your time doesn’t seem your own. So why would you add one more thing to your busy life, no matter how good it sounds? My life is filled to the brim: family, […]

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December 28, 2015

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New Year’s Test for Self-Evaluation

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While I was in college back in the dark ages of 1986, I regularly received my home church’s newsletter in my dorm PO Box. These issues from a small logging town church mostly kept me up to date on various comings and goings of congregation members, but I tucked one particular issue into my Bible where it […]

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December 24, 2015

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Most Likely to Make a Million

by Karen D. Koch (I wrote this article nearly five years ago, and amazingly, am now on the cusp of graduating my second child from homeschool/high school and my oldest from college at age 19. It’s been  a crazy journey, but I’m sending courage to those of you who don’t know if you’ll make it. […]

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December 11, 2015

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Christmas Tree Catastrophe

by Karen D. Koch Christmas 2002 holds one of our funniest Christmas memories, although at the time it seemed more catastrophic than humorous. Setting: Hubby: just had extensive knee surgery (bone cutting, re-alignment, metal plate, new ligament, etc.) with something crazy like 27 staples in his leg. He was basically couch-bound in a great deal of […]

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December 6, 2015

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My Child Can’t Read

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by Karen D. Koch Back in my early days of homeschool about 11 years ago, I had a moment of extreme panic. (More than one, but we’ll focus on just one today). My second child couldn’t read. He didn’t know most of his letters–didn’t care, actually. He didn’t seem to understand how letters went together […]

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November 24, 2015

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Thankfulness, Adolescent Musings, Coffee

by Karen D. Koch When I was in sophomore honor’s English a gazillion years ago in a small logging town, the best teacher I’ve ever had, Mr. W, gave us an interesting assignment one rainy November day. I don’t actually remember if it was raining, but it was in western Oregon, so it likely was, […]

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