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Walking with the Waodani — Part 4 — Life Lessons

Russell and Gary in Quito

(This is part 4 — life lessons — in our Walking with the Waodani series. Click here to start the series at the beginning.)

WHAT ABOUT SOCIALIZATION?

We hear it so often that it’s become cliché. But I suppose, if you don’t homeschool, there’s no way to know how many “social” opportunities are available to homeschoolers. Continue reading Walking with the Waodani — Part 4 — Life Lessons

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Walking with the Waodani – Part 3 – Poison Fishing

Russell's Salinas fish

(This is part 3 — poison fishing — in our Homeschooler Adventure Walking with the Waodani series. Click here to start the series at the beginning.)

FIRST CAME SPEAR FISHING

In our previous Homeschooler Adventurer post, Russell Winter told the story of spear fishing in the Amazon River. The post also mentioned how, during his seven-week adventure in Ecuador, a new friend had taken him spear fishing on the Salinas coast. See the lovely fish he caught there? Continue reading Walking with the Waodani – Part 3 – Poison Fishing

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IT’S OKAY IF YOUR DREAM IS TO BE A GOOD WIFE AND MOTHER

(Scroll down to get your FREE digital download of  “The Mommy Book” PLUS 30% OFF the hardcover GIFT edition!)

Raising children is a noble profession. In many ways, our future depends upon it. Somewhere along the way, our culture has lost sight of just how important motherhood and fatherhood really are.

Charles Spurgeon said it well:

You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.

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Meet Thales — the Father of Western Philosophy

STUNNED BY DARKNESS

Our adventure opens upon a battlefield. The year is 585 BC. Lydian soldiers clash with Medes. Blood flows; men die.

After six grueling years of engagement, weary families wonder whether the fighting will ever end. An ominous rumor ripples across the field. The philosopher Thales had made a frightening prediction. Suddenly, the sky grows dark.

Continue reading Meet Thales — the Father of Western Philosophy

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5 Gift Ideas for Homeschool Families

5 Favorites Gifts

Homeschool moms are notorious for giving educational resources to their children on birthdays and for Christmas. I’ve bought a few such items myself (with mixed responses from my sons depending upon what type of item I purchased.) I thought perhaps I could share with you a few of the gifts I’ve given over the years that my sons thoroughly enjoyed…. Continue reading 5 Gift Ideas for Homeschool Families

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HEALING BROKEN FATHERHOOD

“Father…” I choked on the word as Roger and I sang a worship chorus with a small congregation in Kauai. I was a new believer at the time, and I still associated the word with my personal experience.

I love my father, and the Lord brought peace and great healing to our relationship before Dad passed into eternity. But for a very long time our relationship was a source of deep hurt.

DISTORTING THE GIFT

Although God gave us the gift of family, when fathers’ hearts are not turned toward their children, that gift becomes distorted. Such families suffer a loss that is difficult to overcome. For some, it is devastating.

And the pain often carries into the next generations…. Continue reading HEALING BROKEN FATHERHOOD

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 7

COLLEGE PLUS REIMAGINED AS LUMERIT SCHOLAR

(This is part 7 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)

In the midst of our CollegePlus studies, the program underwent a major transformation. Consequently, we decided to “interrupt our regularly scheduled programming” to explain this change.

We’ll start with a little history… Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 7

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 6

TEACHING TO THE TEST

One of the greatest gifts of homeschooling is the freedom to customize your child’s education.

(This is part 6 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)

Without formal testing, it is unreasonable to expect a teacher who is responsible for a large classroom of students to know with certainty whether those students are comprehending the material presented. But in the intimacy of the homeschool environment, there are a variety of ways to make this assessment. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 6