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Essential study skills memory

Essential Study Skills: Memory

Memory is like a muscle that is strengthened with use. Before we talk about how to develop it, let’s talk about goals.

Are your students studying only what is necessary to pass a test? Or are they studying to truly understand the material?

The destination determines the path….

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Slow down

Does your family know how to slow down?

When you’re racing through life, everything is a blur. You blaze past beauty without noticing it. You miss fine details. There’s no time for reflection—just the “next thing.”

It’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose. Do you know what that is?

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Art possesses a worldview.

How to Introduce Your Children to Great Art and Music

Most of what I learned in public school K-12, I’ve forgotten. But much of what I learned while homeschooling my children has literally transformed my thinking.

Isn’t it cool how homeschooling gives us another opportunity to be educated?

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Phonics or Sight Words

Phonics or Sight Words?

When the time came to teach my two young sons how to read, my homeschool mentor/dear friend Beth recommended I keep things simple….

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3 Tips for Storytime

3 Tips for Storytime

Cuddling together on the couch… exploring new worlds through the pages of story… learning significant character lessons through noble (or ignoble) characters….

Stories can connect us!

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always protect your marriage

What does it take to protect your marriage?

Once the honeymoon is over, marriage can become more challenging. Past hurts, disappointments, and a difficult family history can exasperate marital conflicts.

In my first year of marriage, I faced a painful decision. It tested the strength of my commitment to faithfulness and transparency in my marriage.

It’s a rather personal story…

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Reluctant writer working hard

How to Teach a Reluctant Writer

As a homeschool mom and writing teacher, I understand how difficult it can be to try to teach a reluctant writer. It’s easy to feel inadequate.

Thankfully, after 40+ years of writing, I’ve discovered a few techniques and tips that can transform a reluctant writer into a confident communicator.

If you’d like a little guidance on how to inspire a student who is reluctant to write, keep reading….

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The Dignity of Motherhood

Motherhood is a real job

When we speak of “a strong woman,” why should we look at a CEO rather than a stay-at-home mom? We are told that a modern, empowered woman can do anything and everything. Motherhood is okay, but it’s best if combined with a “real job.”

Is that reasonable? Can I actually be a full-time wife and mother and professional and do everything perfectly?

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Are you ready for a day of rest?

Do you need a day of rest?

You want to be a loving, joyful, peaceful momma, but you’re exhausted. The demands on your time and energy feel relentless.

You need a chance to catch your breath—but you feel guilty. There’s still so much work waiting to be done.

You need a day of rest.

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Make Music with Our Lives

Stress-free Homeschooling?

One writer compared stress to the tension on a stringed instrument: Too much tension, and the strings snap. But without tension, there is no music—only a dull, raspy sound.

Is there a way we can use stress to “make music” with our lives rather than become so overwhelmed by it that we “snap”?

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Are you equipped to educate your children

Are you equipped to educate your children?

What keeps you up nights? Do you find yourself fighting to overcome fear? Do you ever lie awake wondering whether you are equipped to educate your children?

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Overcoming your greatest fear about homeschooling

Overcoming Your Greatest Fear About Homeschooling

Be encouraged by homeschool parents and students who have traveled the path ahead of you.

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Prone to Wander Devotion

A Homeschool Hymn Study Devotional

All that You require of me is to do my best. There is no shame in my honest shortcomings. If I fail, You will tenderly teach me through failure….

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The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

Convert Failure into Insight

We make plans. We have the best intentions. And then . . . we fail to execute. Distractions sweep us away from what is most important….

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3 Tips for Time Management

3 Tips to Help You Overcome Overwhelm, Clutter, & Chaos

Do you feel overwhelmed? Is your environment making you a little crazy? Do you worry about whether you’re giving the people you love the attention they need? With the flood of demands and opportunities that rush toward us, it’s easy to be swept away….

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Boy Playing Guitar

EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ON THE POWER OF MUSIC

Music has an amazing ability to influence our moods, which, in turn, can influence our actions. That’s powerful.

We would be wise to educate our children on the power of music…

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It's not about the bunny; it's about the Lamb.

THE EASTER CHRONICLE

Unbelievable as it may seem, I was 30 years old before I learned that Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter.

I grew up thinking Easter was all about jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate bunnies….

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5 mistakes parents and students make when planning for college

5 MISTAKES PARENTS & STUDENTS MAKE WHEN PLANNING FOR COLLEGE

Do you know the five mistakes parents and students make when planning for college?
The words affordable, efficient, and effective aren’t typically associated with college. But they can be accurate descriptors of your student’s college experience.

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How shall we escape?

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT SALVATION?

Although muted by the blind’s wooden slats, enough natural light filters in through my bedroom window to sustain my vision as I read and reflect upon Hebrews 2:3.

“How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

Salvation.

What does that really mean?

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Habit overcomes habit.

DON’T EAT THAT FROG — PART 3

As creatures of habit, we move through our days without even thinking about many of our actions. But, if we’re seeking to maximize our productivity, we need to turn off autopilot and start paying attention.

Although we don’t want to become self-absorbed, we do need to become self-aware…..

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