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Family Meeting Starts the Week

March 26, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch I’m never as organized as I’d like to be, but in more than 12 years of homeschooling, I’ve figured out a few things that work for us. My children range in age from 5 to 17, so in our homeschool and probably yours as well, our weeks sometimes get complicated. A […]

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Why Homeschool?

March 18, 2017

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by Kristin Murdock Every new school year, you ask yourself the same question: “Why ARE we homeschooling?” Several times a year the question haunts you again (usually when your child experiences a meltdown over uncompleted schoolwork). Then you encounter well-meaning friends, concerned relatives, or even rude strangers who question your motives for homeschooling. From wherever […]

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The Duh–Truth!

March 6, 2017

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by Todd Wilson, Keynote Speaker, 34th Annual CHEA Convention July 13-15, 2017 There are two statements that just beg the response, “Duh.” One is that “men and women are different” and the other is that “homeschooling is hard.” Every time I hear someone say either of these phrases, I just naturally feel the “Duh” response […]

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Homeschooling with Little Ones

January 24, 2017

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by Janelle Knutson It can be quite a challenge trying to home educate older children with little ones around. I don’t know how many times I went to bed feeling like a homeschool mom failure as I contemplated the school work that was neglected and the huge amount of time that the little ones dominated […]

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5 Things I’ll Do Better in 2017

January 7, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch Last spring I completed homeschooling six consecutive years of high school. My two oldest overlapped two of their high school years. With driver’s ed, PSAT, SAT, college decisions, dual credit, jobs, work permits, tax forms, financial aid forms, scholarship and college applications, and graduation planning for much of that time, I […]

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New Year’s Test for Self-Evaluation

December 26, 2016

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arrows of doubt

We are re-publishing this popular post from last year. This list has been an encouragement to me every year since I clipped this from my church newsletter back in 1986! Blessings from CHEA and wishes for a wonderful 2017. While I was in college back in the dark ages of 1986, I regularly received my home […]

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What I’ve Learned So Far

November 21, 2016

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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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6 Things Trees Show Us

October 6, 2016

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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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The World is Your Classroom–Field Trip Planning Tips

September 12, 2016

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by JulieBeth Lamb (Editor’s note. This article is aimed at homeschool leaders or those planning field trips for their groups, but has great ideas and reminders for groups or individual families planning field trips.) Hands-on activities and field trips are the best learning tools on any subject. It is good to integrate them into every […]

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Are You a Homeschool Micro-Manager?

August 30, 2016

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By Liz Mallett As a parent, my goal is to raise loving, humble, and functional children. I plan exciting field trips for them. I research the best, most engaging curriculum that I think my boys will enjoy. I spend more time planning their social calendar than I do my own. Educational toys, games, and puzzles […]

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