June 11, 2017

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Trying to be Super Mama!

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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June 5, 2017

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Got a Graduate?

By Rebecca Kocsis, CHEA General Manager Got a graduate? Congratulations! Graduating your baby this year? Job well done. Now what are you going to do with all your “extra time”? I’d like to ask you to spend some of it investing in the homeschool community. Use the wisdom, perspective, and experience you’ve gained over the […]

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May 27, 2017

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Bloggers Night Out July 14

Are you a homeschool blogger, vlogger, podcaster, or active social media poster? Have you always dreamed of starting a blog? Come to CHEA’s Bloggers Night Out Friday, July 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center featuring Kristi Clover. You’ll be encouraged in your blogging, hear from a panel of blogging experts, meet and […]

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May 22, 2017

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Homeschooling a Dyslexic Preschooler

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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May 14, 2017

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5 Things I Learned From Nearly 30 Homeschooling Years

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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May 7, 2017

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Counting Jelly Beans

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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May 1, 2017

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Putting Wind in His Sails

By Rachel Zwayne I have now graduated two of my five, wonderful, homeschool students, and with each year that passes, my heart is filled with more and more gratitude for the privilege of educating my children at home. But as every homeschool mother knows, amidst all of the joy and delight that we are blessed […]

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April 24, 2017

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When Learning to Read Isn’t Easy

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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April 8, 2017

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Develop Lifelong Readers/Learners

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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March 26, 2017

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Family Meeting Starts the Week

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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