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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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What To Tell the Children When There Are No Words

October 3, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch We awoke yesterday to another shocking tragedy. Nearly 60 killed and over 500 wounded in another senseless, premeditated shooting at a Las Vegas concert. Another unfathomable event for us to process. What to tell the children. . .where do we begin? I have no wiser words than many out there, but […]

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Private Christian Homeschooling at Risk?

September 17, 2017

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Our freedoms to privately homeschool in California are always at risk. We are potentially only one legislative session away from losing our homeschool rights. Attacks on parental rights in California and around the nation have been numerous in recent years, and we at Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA) urge you to stay in […]

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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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Homeschool Leader Honored at 34th Annual CHEA Convention

August 12, 2017

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Congratulations to the Support Network Leader of the Year, Sandra Schneider Sandra Schneider, CHEA Support Network Leader of the Year, received her award at the Annual Leadership Conference and Luncheon July 13 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  In the glowing nomination letters CHEA received, Sandra was often called a blessing, an encourager, and a prayer […]

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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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My Homeschooling Experience: Cultivating a Love of Learning

July 6, 2017

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by Ryan Dalforno, 2017 CHEA Support Network Scholarship Recipient, Homeschooling comes with many advantages, but perhaps greatest out of all of them was the scope and breadth of my education. Because of homeschooling, I received a rigorous and exciting education that instilled in me a lifelong love of learning. Acceleration Most notably, my homeschooling experience […]

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Summer Fun & Learning

June 17, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch One summer when I was growing up, I set a goal of reading 100 books before school began again in the fall. I’m kind of strange like that. But I did it, and I still have the list I made. My choices included a lot of Nancy Drew mysteries and other […]

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