Are You Raising A Hero?

Are You Raising A Hero?

Christopher Reeve said it this way, “A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.” It takes guts to raise heroes. If you asked me, anyone who chooses to home educate their children is a hero already. There are a lot of unknown mountains to cross and treacherous valleys to overcome when we teach our own kids. Our culture can make us feel like we are inept and…

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1st Day of Kindergarten!

1st Day of Kindergarten!

The first day of kindergarten has been fast approaching; the end of summer looming and now, it’s here! We take the plunge into the 1st day of Kindergarten. And maybe, some of us, are wondering what we have gotten ourselves into…How do we navigate this ship called our child’s education? Well…first you plan. Then you plan for the unexpected. And finally, remember that all those books and fun art and science materials you have at the ready, well, they are…

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An Atmosphere for Learning

An Atmosphere for Learning

To set an atmosphere, described as: “a surrounding or pervading mood, environment, or influence” (source), is to clear the unnecessary from the place of learning and to allow learning to be the focus. Create an atmosphere of learning within your home and without. Learning is what we do here. We live and breathe and so we learn. Learning is all around us. Surround your life with excellent books that hold answers to life’s questions. Discover outside your 4 walls as…

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5 Things You MUST HAVE to Start Homeschooling

5 Things You MUST HAVE to Start Homeschooling

  When I was getting ready to homeschool my daughter for kindergarten, I was afraid I wouldn’t have the right tools. In fact, I didn’t even know where to start. How many subjects was a child supposed to study in kindergarten? I was on the alert all the time looking for things I needed. I picked up a kindergarten workbook I ran across at Costco.  I saw a book at a used book store called “What Your Kindergartner Needs to…

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How To Break Out of Boring Old School

How To Break Out of Boring Old School

Jump! Take the plunge! Ditch grade levels. You have permission. Whether your child is in public school or homeschool do not ever feel like you need to keep your child in a particular grade level. Grade levels were created for school administration NOT for children. Children are individual and learn at widely varying levels. Students should be offered the opportunity to study at any grade level any subject that interests them. You will be amazed at the excitement and enthusiasm…

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“Foundations That Parents Create…”

“Foundations That Parents Create…”

  There is great truth in the statement that “…the inputs and foundations that parents create are essential and they are truly difficult to outsource.” Be proud of what you are instilling in your children. Teach them to be proud of themselves. To work hard and to reap great rewards. Don’t settle for less. Greatness is a gift offered to all of us if we will but reach out and take hold. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Will My Kids Fall Behind?

Will My Kids Fall Behind?

A few weeks ago I got a call from a friend with concern in her voice. She was considering not enrolling her daughter in kindergarten this coming school year, and homeschooling her instead. Her extended family was really worried. They were asking lots of questions. Wouldn’t she fall behind? How would she keep up with what the kids were doing in school? I have struggled with this question too. I think that all educators do to some degree or another….

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