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When Learning to Read Isn’t Easy

April 24, 2017

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By Carolyn Forte, Excellence In Education, 34th Annual Convention speaker The top priority of most beginning homeschooling parents of 5 or 6 year-olds is reading. They look online at a dizzying array of reading programs and start asking for advice from friends and online contacts. Sometimes they go to a homeschool convention and look at […]

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Develop Lifelong Readers/Learners

April 8, 2017

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by Karen Koch Readers are learners. A large portion of our homeschool day involves reading aloud. We have Bible, history, art, math, science, music, and more, but really enjoy our read-alouds as a family, both morning and evening. Not only does the shared reading build family bonds and memories, but books are the open door to discovery […]

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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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Book Review: The Victor: A Tale of Betrayal, Love, and Sacrifice

August 4, 2016

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The Victor: A Tale of Betrayal, Love, and Sacrifice (novel and lesson plan) By Marlayne Giron 2009 Tate Publishing & Enterprises 274 pages, softcover Review by Karen Koch I loved this book. The author had me at castles, sword fights, and a gentle romance, but the novel reveals an eternal story of good vs. evil […]

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Summer Stealth Schooling

April 19, 2016

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by Karen D. Koch When asked recently if we do year-round school, I answered, “It depends on what you mean by ‘year-round,’ or by ‘school’ for that matter.” By the time summer rolls around, I’m pretty desperate to catch up on my to-do list, and the kids need a break, so we don’t do much, […]

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My Child Can’t Read

December 6, 2015

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by Karen D. Koch Back in my early days of homeschool about 12 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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Continue reading for pleasure, progress, and principles

September 18, 2014

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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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