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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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Family Meeting Starts the Week

March 26, 2017

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by Karen D. Koch I’m never as organized as I’d like to be, but in more than 12 years of homeschooling, I’ve figured out a few things that work for us. My children range in age from 5 to 17, so in our homeschool and probably yours as well, our weeks sometimes get complicated. A […]

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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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5 Steps to Building Christ-Like Character–One Bible Verse at a Time©

May 2, 2016

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by Barbara Bormuth Witt 33rd Annual Convention speaker Have you ever tried to wrap your head around the fact that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”? (John 1:1) Can we ever fathom the greatness of the Word and of Jesus? I think it’s beyond […]

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Dear Moms, From a Homeschooled Teen

April 11, 2016

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By Madeline Koch I’m 13 years old and I have been homeschooled my whole life. So there are a few things I wanted to hit on in this blog post. The majority of people reading this are homeschooling moms, so this is to all you moms out there, including my own. First of all, through […]

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Coping with Criticism

March 7, 2016

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by Karen D. Koch Choosing to homeschool at times can feel as if we’ve placed a target on our forehead and asked people to take shots at us. But we don’t need to cower or always be in defense mode. Our Decision We chose homeschooling a long time ago for many reasons. My husband’s job at […]

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Help! My Child Won’t Listen to Me

February 29, 2016

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by Janelle Knutson Many moms have come to me ready to give up on homeschooling. The culprit is an ongoing battle between them and their child over school work. Perhaps you can relate? Maybe you’ve given homeschooling a try only to find that being home all day with your child brings ongoing conflict. Perhaps you […]

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Slaving Away?

February 5, 2016

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by Rebecca Kocsis How well I remember those days of caring for small children and homeschooling, too. I remember collapsing on the sofa after we put the kids to bed and not being able to move. I didn’t even want to walk to my own bed. I remember being so mentally exhausted that it hurt […]

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Life Without Music Would ♭-Flat

January 25, 2016

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by Karen D. Koch Music matters. I majored in journalism in college but accidentally minored in music because I took so many electives in the music department. So years later as a homeschool mom, I wanted to incorporate music into our curriculum. However, music lessons are expensive, particularly with multiple children and an essentially one-income household. But even […]

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Thankfulness, Adolescent Musings, Coffee

November 24, 2015

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by Karen D. Koch When I was in sophomore honor’s 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 western Oregon, so it likely was, […]

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