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Back in the Saddle Again

Western life serves as an allegory for homeschooling to me since I am a bit of a Louis L’Amour fan. My dad owns every book and the images of cowboys and pioneers taking on hard challenges are seared into my mind.  Adventurous and inspiring, these westerners left behind the familiar and comfortable in hopes of staking a new claim and making a better life for themselves and their families. Starting homeschooling is a little like heading west. We choose to be “beholden to no one” by disconnecting from the public educational sector. Only a few brave souls join us in our trek. We know it won’t be easy, but we expectantly hope for the glorious end of the trail. As we climb back into the homeschool saddle this year, it is good to remember some of the principles that helped our pioneer forefathers stay the course and finish the journey. READ MORE.

Managing Academics, Extracurricular Activities, Jobs, Friends ... It's a Balancing Act!

Beginning in high school and then continuing throughout adulthood, your child will need to juggle many responsibilities. Time management will help him to be more effective in achieving his goals, to improve performance in academics and activities, and to move from the structured environment of home to one where she will have to manage a variety of schedules and commitments. Learning this skill will also reduce anxiety and build confidence to meet deadlines as your teen looks forward to graduation and beyond. READ MORE.

What Should I Be Teaching?

You may wonder, “What should I teach my child this year?” If your child is in, say, kindergarten or third grade or sixth grade, what should be covered at that grade level? If you are using an all-inclusive curriculum package, this may not be a pressing issue for you. But if you choose to adapt the material, or move through it at your own pace, or if you use a more eclectic approach, you may be concerned about staying “on track,” or about significant learning gaps.

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue….” (II Peter 1:2-3, NKJV)