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Stress-free Homeschooling?

Stress-free homeschooling

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could experience stress-free homeschooling?

Stress. It’s often linked to anxiety and fear. It can make your heart race, palms sweat, and stomach churn.

Stress is painful.

We desperately want to escape it, but some stress is unavoidable…perhaps even necessary. (I would even go as far as to say that some stress is good.) Continue reading Stress-free Homeschooling?

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Are you equipped to educate your children?

Equipped to Educate

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?

Do you wonder whether you are adequately preparing them for life? How will they handle interacting with the world?

Will they be ready for college? Will they find a spouse?

If you find yourself asking these questions (and sometimes, figuratively speaking, biting your nails), you’re in good company.

What is your greatest fear about homeschooling?

Continue reading Are you equipped to educate your children?

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A Homeschool Hymn Study Devotional

(This homeschool hymn study devotional contains referral links and is excerpted from Great Hymns of the Faith: A Study for All Ages.)

SAVED FROM MYSELF

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,

prone to leave the God I love….

As I read these words, my heart breaks. Much as I wish it was otherwise, I know it is true.

Why would I leave you, Lord Jesus? You hold the keys to all I need and truly want. And yet, were I not tethered to You, I might be lured away forever by temptations that lead only to destruction. Continue reading A Homeschool Hymn Study Devotional

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EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ON THE POWER OF MUSIC

Do you have a soundtrack for your life?

Songs you listen to when you feel victorious? Songs that bring comfort when you’re feeling blue? Songs to give you energy when you clean house or exercise?

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. Continue reading EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ON THE POWER OF MUSIC

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5 MISTAKES PARENTS & 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.

You’re invited to listen in on a discussion between Home School Adventure’s CEO Stacy Farrell and education innovator Woody Robertson as they discuss the best ways to navigate the college decision.

They discuss common flawed thinking like:

  • Expecting to go into debt for college
  • Expecting college to train you for your career
  • Thinking you’ll figure out what you want to do in college
  • Failing to prepare for the battle of worldviews
  • Not taking advantage of dual credit

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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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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

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 5

A STUDY OF WORLDVIEWS

Do your children see the world through the lens of Scripture?

Everyone has a worldview. It is the “lens” through which we view everything around us. Most people blindly accept theirs from the culture in which they live. However, Christians are called to cultivate a biblical worldview. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 5

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 4

Making the Most of High School

WHEN BOYS BECOME MEN

My homeschool mentor warned me, “One day, you may want to stop calling Roger and Ryan your boys and start calling them your sons.” I’m so grateful for her wise words.

It happened so fast! Long days crawled past while years flew by. But today, there’s no doubt — my boys have become men.

(We marked the transition with a special gathering detailed in Celebrating Manhood — a rite of passage guide.) Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 4

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Don’t Run from the Mirror — Why You Need to Teach!

YOU WILL BE FACED WITH A CRITICAL CHOICE

Is everything is going well in your homeschool now? Just wait. If your experience is anything like many of us, the day will come when you encounter difficulty and discouragement in your homeschool. When you do, you’ll be faced with a critical choice: run … or overcome.

Continue reading Don’t Run from the Mirror — Why You Need to Teach!

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 2

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY DERAIL YOUR LESSON PLANS?

Shortly after my two teenage sons, Roger Dean and Ryan, officially started CollegePlus, my husband announced that he was taking us on a week-long vacation to Texas to visit his 88-year-old father.

(This is part 2 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)

In 2005, Granda Farrell had moved back to his home town, a thousand miles away from us. We missed him. (I miss him now.) It had been far too long since our last visit. Although I was thrilled at the thought of seeing him again, I felt a bit of stress not knowing what impact this unexpected trip might have on our studies. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 2

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 1

Making the Most of High School

HOW CAN WE MAKE THE MOST OF THESE FINAL DAYS OF HOMESCHOOLING?

Unbelievable as it may seem, my firstborn son is now a high school senior and his brother is a junior.  Where did the years go?

In the joyful chaos that was my life after my second son was born a mere 19 months after my first, a dear friend warned me, “The days are long but the years are short.” Looking back to that day now, I marvel at the truth of her statement. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 1

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Preparing our children to fulfill God’s purpose

We pour our hearts into preparing our children to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

We love them deeply, intimately, sacrificially. We know there is a time to shelter, a time to prepare, and a time to release. Yet, when the time comes, it can be incredibly hard to let them go…. Continue reading Preparing our children to fulfill God’s purpose