Some People Will Never Understand Why You Homeschool and That's Okay

Some People Will Never Understand Why You Homeschool and That's Okay

The disapproving glances. The unsolicited advice. The warning by unhappy family members and friends that you're going to ruin your child if you homeschool.

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Eating Your Way to Civility: 6 Dinnertime Tips for Raising Children With Good Character

Eating Your Way to Civility: 6 Dinnertime Tips for Raising Children With Good Character

Dinnertime is a prime time to have meaningful conversations with your children and guide them in the right ways.  Here are six tips and strategies you can use to optimize the benefits of eating together.

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Phonics App vs. Phonics Book: Which Is Better?

Phonics App vs. Phonics Book:  Which Is Better?

Should you buy a phonics book and teach your child to read, or should you hand the task over to your computer?

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Can You Homeschool Your Children if You Didn't Go to College?

Can You Homeschool Your Children if You Didn't Go to College?

Can You Homeschool if You Didn't Go to College? Not only can you, but you must!

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When My Kitchen is the Classroom

When My Kitchen is the Classroom

Most mothers, when they walk into their kitchen and find their iron skillet full of rust (because their son did not dry and oil it properly after use), might be annoyed. Homeschooling mothers, on the other hand, are usually delighted. The discovery becomes another learning opportunity, where the children pile into the kitchen and a discussion of what it is, how it got there, and how it can be prevented follows.

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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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