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homeschool math student

3 Tips for Teaching Homeschool Math

He sat at the table all morning. Hours passed. When I checked on him, he still hadn’t finished his math lesson.

This scene replayed multiple times.

Much later—after he’d graduated homeschool—he confessed the reason why his math lessons took so long….

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Should you use grades and tests in your homeschool?

To grade or not to grade?

That is a question only you can answer.

It can be helpful to learn what works well for others, but no one knows your children like you do. You know best what your children need.

As I explain a bit about how we handled grades and testing in our homeschool, keep in mind that your family’s needs may be entirely different….

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Big yellow school bus

Do you really want your children socialized?

How many times have you been asked “The Question”?

You know, the one that people ask when they learn that you homeschool your children.

It’s a question brimming with misconceptions….

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Do you know how to study for high school?

What if you could study less and improve your grades?

Learn study tips and strategies that can increase your effectiveness so your high school assignments fit into your life rather than consume it.

(Inside: grab a FREE download with the 10 Habits that will help you become a better student.)

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2 Tips for Teaching Health and Manners

Do you need to teach health and manners?

When you explore a bit of the history of diets and manners, it may feel like you’ve stepped into The Twilight Zone.

Many of the popular diets were so ridiculous—or deadly—that it’s hard to believe anyone would follow them.

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colorful brain mechanics

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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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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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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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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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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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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Russell and Gary Quito cathedral

WALKING WITH THE WAODANI — PART 4 — LIFE LESSONS

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….

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Russell poison fishing

WALKING WITH THE WAODANI — PART 3 — POISON FISHING

As Russell explains in this video, his family typically spends their Sunday afternoons playing frisbee together or watching a movie. However, the Waodanis’ Sunday afternoon activities are a bit different from his.

Have you ever heard of poison fishing? If not, you’re about to hear Russell explain it….

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eternity in their hearts

Eternity in Their Hearts

In Worshipping the State, Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D., tells a story about incoming college students who were forced to participate in an exercise intended to shame and punish those who held “politically incorrect” opinions.

All the students were required to stand along one wall if they supported social causes that included the right to gay marriage or abortion—and along another wall if they did not.

As you might guess, biblical values and those who stood for them were perceived to be “oppressive.”

Although there is more to this story, it is safe to say that this college has become a model that other colleges are beginning to emulate. (God help us.) It gives us a glimpse into the type of challenges our children are likely to face as they leave the shelter of our homes.

This is not the future I envisioned for those sweet babies I once held in my arms….

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Making the most of High School

MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 8

If you are homeschooling high school in America, undoubtedly, your student will be studying American History. We’ve studied a lot of history in our house — ancient history, world history, the Renaissance and Reformation….

However, at the start of the 2016 school year, we had yet to complete a systematic study of all periods of American history. So, when selecting courses for dual enrollment, American History 1 and 2 were natural choices.

(If you’re just joining us now, you might not know that dual enrollment enables high school students to earn college credit for the courses they study.)

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CollegePlus reimagined as Lumerit Scholar

Making the Most of High School with CollegePlus — Part 7

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.

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teaching to the test

Making the Most of High School with CollegePlus — PART 6

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

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.

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