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Teach From Love

February 20, 2017

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by Sam Sorbo, Keynote Speaker, 34th Annual CHEA Convention On a plane recently, an elderly gentleman named John and I engaged in a conversation on home education. As it turns out, his wife teaches in a Waldorf-type school that, according to him, encourages the child to be “present in the world” by eighth grade. “Truly […]

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Two Incomes and Still Broke? Thoughts During Tax Season

February 10, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch Years ago when we had our first baby (two months after college graduation) and another on the way about 15 months later, I stumbled on a book at our local library called Two Incomes and Still Broke: It’s Not How Much You Make, but How Much You Keep by Linda Kelley, 1996. We were […]

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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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11 Things I Wish Non-Homeschoolers Knew

December 6, 2016

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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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Grit. Do You Have It? Do Your Kids?

November 28, 2016

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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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Thriving at College

November 14, 2016

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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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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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A New Season for CHEA–Back to Our Roots

September 6, 2016

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By CHEA’s Board of Directors, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . .” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) A New Season Seasons change, people change, and so must organizations. CHEA is on the brink of such a change, a new season. To help signal that change, we […]

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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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