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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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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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Writer’s Conference: Homeschoolers Welcome!

February 27, 2017

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by Susan K. Beatty 30% Discount Available for Homeschooled Teens and Young Adults to Get Career Help from Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference Are you a Christian homeschooled teen or young adult who dreams of writing as a career? Do you wonder what it would be like to meet best-selling authors, agents, and publishers in person? […]

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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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