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Can We Put The Phones Down?

I love the texts my teenage girls send me just saying they love me, and the links my friends send with the latest podcast. I’m also thankful that if I or my daughter has a flat tire or gets lost, help is just a phone call away. But if we find ourselves spending more time with people who are not with us than we spend listening and talking to the ones right in front of us, something is amiss.

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Memory Work: A Personal Journey

In the early years, I questioned the wisdom of having my six-year-old repeat the associative law. It seemed unreasonable to ask him to chant: “a” plus opening parenthesis “b” plus “c” closing parenthesis equals opening parenthesis “a” plus “b” closing parenthesis plus “c.” This year, he began Saxon Math 8/7. It was surprisingly simple for him to look at sample equations in the book and label them…

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Rigorous Academics: Preparation for Christian Service

From time to time, parents express concern that the pursuit of knowledge or academic excellence is in conflict with preparation for Christian service. These parents rightly desire to instill in their children a love of serving.  However, this is not an either/or choice…

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Lessons on Classical Learning from Google

Many parents in America and throughout the rest of the world believe that the key to career success for their children is a steady focus on the hard sciences: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM. Now, research coming from one of the world’s most STEM-centric corporations—Google—is indicating that “soft”’ skills may be every bit as important to the success of an employee.

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Three Steps to Interest Your Child in Reading

Moms and dads everywhere–especially homeschooling moms and dads–want their children to be readers.
We come up with everything conceivable to encourage, force, or bribe them to read. Some parents trade television (or gaming and computer) time for reading time. Others have removed the television and/or game console completely. Some parents pay their children for the time they read…

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Dad the Dragon Slayer: Encouragement for Homeschool Dads

Dads, we play a crucial role in training our youngsters to be dragon slayers. This is because we should do it, not because moms cannot. Moms are the intercessors, the protectors, the comforters. Face it, what mom would send her young child out to face a dragon rather than face him herself? But, mom would send dad to face the dragon…

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The Benefits of Homeschooling

As a homeschool graduate, I am often asked what are the benefits of homeschooling? What did I get out of it, and do I wish I had gone to public or private school? There are three benefits of homeschooling that really helped me enjoy my K-12 experience…

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