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Best Time To Plant a Tree Is 20 Years Ago

January 22, 2018

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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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New Year’s Resolution: Minimalizing

December 27, 2017

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by Karen Koch Sometimes more is just more. For the past school year, I have been deeply pondering minimalism. No one in my house is  wearing diapers anymore, and my first two children are mainly self-sufficient at this point, so maybe I just finally have enough sleep and time to think about this after 17 […]

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Christmas Cheer Giveaway Dec. 11-Jan.8

December 17, 2017

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To celebrate Christmas and to be a blessing to our Members, CHEA will have four giveaways for CHEA Members in December/January! Our giveaways include book and resources and a complete MP3 set of the 34th Annual Convention workshops. Be watching Facebook on Mondays for the weekly contest. You must be a CHEA Member and a […]

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Out of the Cocoon

December 17, 2017

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by Christina Rivera, CHEA volunteer Membership Coordinator Like a butterfly or a moth that comes out of her cocoon; so blooms a homeschool mom when her babies start to gain maturity. This is a beautiful thing to experience; welcoming all the blessings from many long challenges. I’m sure, if you’re right in the middle of […]

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Making Christmas Choices

November 30, 2017

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by Jennifer Pepito, Featured Speaker, 35th Annual CHEA Convention Christmas is right around the corner, and the holidays present us all with many choices. We can choose to cuddle with our children by the fire and read stories together, or go shopping. We can choose to bake cookies together or wrap presents. We can choose […]

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Sticker Shock

November 27, 2017

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by Rebecca Kocsis Homeschoolers live in their houses all day–every day. Contrary to our traditional schooling counterparts, who are often out of the home for the better part of the day, our homes are well occupied.  Because they are well occupied, our furnishings have a way of developing that lived in look well before their […]

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Homeschooling and the Sandwich Generation

November 26, 2017

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Helpful Hints for Homeschool Families Caring for Aging Grandparents by Mindy Chenault As I sat waiting in the hospital with my sister and my dad, I knew that our family’s Christmas break plans were never going to materialize. My mom had suffered a stroke sometime around Christmas. Waiting for the neurologist to read results of […]

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Past, Present, and Future Blessings

November 23, 2017

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by Stacey Eubanks, Heritage Christian School CHEA families, would any of you like to share what brings you great thanksgiving? Right at this moment, wherever life has you, do share your hearts as we ponder the goodness of God in bringing Him honor. Take a moment, if you like and think on the past, present, […]

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Thankfulness, Adolescent Musings, Coffee

November 19, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch When I was in sophomore English a gazillion years ago in a small logging town, the best teacher I’ve ever had, Mr. W, gave us an interesting assignment one rainy November day. I don’t actually remember if it was raining, but it was in coastal Oregon where it’s always raining, so […]

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Making Holidays Meaningful

November 13, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday—probably because of family and food, and the noticeably lower materialistic nature (and hence, stress) of the day.  During the two years I lived overseas back in the 1980s, it was the holiday I missed the most. We made our own Thanksgiving there, but it […]

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