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No One Told Me This

August 23, 2017

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By Karen D. Koch In my early days of homeschooling, I remember thinking that once my youngest child was out of diapers that the school part would be easier, or when the kids could take baths alone, or make their own beds, or cook their own meals. . .No one actually told me this, but […]

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Crazy Busy

August 15, 2017

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Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung Reviewed by Karen D. Koch I have spent most of my life striving to complete an impossibly long self-created to-do list that never seems to shrink. When I take some free time, I often do things on my back-burner list instead […]

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8 Ways to Ease the Mental Load

August 5, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch I’m weary of being The Knower of All the Things. I’ve been reading lately about the Mental Load women carry (not to mention the emotional load, but that’s another blog post). One article said that for women/mothers (and I’ll add homeschoolers), the mental load of being The Knower of All the […]

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14 Things To Do To Start School

July 31, 2017

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It may be July, but many homeschool moms are already pondering the beginning of the homeschool year. Some families will start in August with the traditional schools in their area. Other families wait until after the Labor Day holiday. Still others school year round. No matter when you begin your homeschool year, it’s always good […]

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Nest Outside My Window

July 7, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch For a few weeks now I’ve noticed two frequent-flyer birds in my yard. Just little sparrows chittering away–nothing special. It occurred to me a few days ago that they probably have a nest nearby, so I started watching more carefully. Four Little Mouths My desk is downstairs, below our deck and by […]

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Trying to be Super Mama!

June 11, 2017

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By Penny Ross,  I’m the classic overachiever–always aiming toward bigger, better and higher goals–never satisfied with enough, but always pushing further and harder toward excellence. This temperament helped me succeed throughout college and begin a career in mortgage banking, a field dominated by men at that time. Seeking the Best And it heavily influenced my […]

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Homeschooling a Dyslexic Preschooler

May 22, 2017

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by Marianne Sunderland, 34th Annual Convention Speaker In the past, I have not been a proponent of a highly structured preschool for my homeschooled kids.  Our curriculum consisted of Play-Doh, read- alouds and lots of freedom to play. My educational philosophy about preschool has changed some in the past few years in large part because […]

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5 Things I Learned From Nearly 30 Homeschooling Years

May 14, 2017

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A Dad’s Perspective by Gabe Valencia We began homeschooling way back in the mid 80’s. Just so we’re clear, when I say “we” I really mean I made every effort to support the sacrifice my wife made each day to educate our children. So when I use “we” just insert mostly “her” and we’ll be on the […]

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Counting Jelly Beans

May 7, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch For seven years we lived just down the road from the Jelly Belly Factory in Northern California. That factory tour became our family’s regular destination when we had out-of-town company. You could say we have a fondness for jelly beans, so when the leader of our children’s ministry at church recently got up to […]

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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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