How to Homeschool on a Budget (and make some money too)

How to Homeschool on a Budget (and make some money too)

Thinking of homeschooling but not sure you can afford it? Here’s a few ways you can save money and earn money while homeschooling.

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Rote Learning Is a Bad Word!

Rote Learning Is a Bad Word!

A common practice of any serious scholar since time immemorial, rote learning has received an undeservingly bad rap in the postmodern Western world.

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Should You Let Your Children Read Abridged Books?

Should You Let Your Children Read Abridged Books?

Should you let your children read abridged books? It’s a question worth asking.

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5 Reasons Why You Are Too Blessed to Be Stressed When Homeschooling

5 Reasons Why You Are Too Blessed to Be Stressed When Homeschooling

You can look at homeschooling in one of two ways: homeschooling is too stressful or homeschooling is a privilege.

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A Three Season Recipe for Raising Happier Children

A Three Season Recipe for Raising Happier Children

"Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state."  

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Why Every Parent Can and Should Teach Their Children Latin

Why Every Parent Can and Should Teach Their Children Latin

If you are homeschooling, or you have a child in school somewhere, you really should consider teaching your child Latin. It isn’t difficult to teach the beginning years, and I know from teaching children Latin that they thoroughly enjoy it.

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Why Homeschoolers Should Study the Art of Teaching

Why Homeschoolers Should Study the Art of Teaching

To be a good homeschooler, you've got to hone the skill of teaching. As parents, we're always teaching our children but when it comes to academics, there are some guidelines that will help you become more effective. 

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Why Multiple Learning Styles Are Overrated & Why You Should Ignore Them

Why Multiple Learning Styles Are Overrated & Why You Should Ignore Them

Have we taken the idea of multiple intelligences and learning styles too far? 

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How Do We Teach Our Children to Be Generous?

How Do We Teach Our Children to Be Generous?

How do we teach our children to be generous?

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Why You Should Read "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite & the Way to a Meaningful Life"

Why You Should Read "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite & the Way to a Meaningful Life"

Deresiewicz's book "Excellent Sheep" is an insider's scathing critique of the Ivy League system. Full of surprises, it'll make you think twice about the value of an Ivy League education. 

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And, I'm Going to Homeschool!

And, I'm Going to Homeschool!

Being a mother today, with limited or no family support, is a challenge. On our best days we can feel a little like we are going nuts. And then we throw in the idea of homeschooling, at least some of us do, and then we panic for surely we will go nuts! But, it isn't actually like that and somehow most of us manage to keep ourselves relatively sane.

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Did Schoolteachers Really Know All This?

Did Schoolteachers Really Know All This?

Here's another gem from the book: "Immigrants who were educated in Europe often became private schoolmasters, advertising in the newspapers that they would teach algebra, geometry, trigonometry, surveying, navigation, french, Latin, Greek, rhetoric, English, belles lettres, logic, philosophy, and other subjects. Wow! Does anyone even know anyone who knows all of this today? If we do, they are usually not found teaching children!

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The Degrading System of Grading

The Degrading System of Grading

While grading students on a bell curve may make some sense in a college setting, it's a harmful system for measuring the comprehension and knowledge of younger students. The Bell curve was designed to determine where each student ranked in relation to the rest of the group, but each child has a unique mind that is developing at its own rate and understands things in its own time, and, therefore, to compare a child's ability to those of his peers defies common sense. 

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Why The Perfect Parent Does Not Exist!

Why The Perfect Parent Does Not Exist!

A new father proudly showed me his baby the other day. He was so full of glee as he began to tell me the many plans he had for his son. My mind fell back to a day, almost 18 years ago, when my first child was born and I quickly remembered my own plan, for I sensed, it was also his. My plan was simple: I would be the perfect mother and raise the perfect child. I didn't put it into those words at the time, but in retrospect, that was it. 

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