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I Survived Mock Trial

For several years, I regarded the coming of Challenge B with fear and trembling because of one thing: Mock Trial. I had never participated in any form of debate during my school years, so it was a vast unknown. (Well, not entirely unknown, but I am not sure my fascination with courtroom dramas on television counts as courtroom experience.) I was not sure I could help my son with Mock Trial in any constructive way. Yet I concealed my fears from him, took a deep breath, and took the plunge.

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A Director’s Testimony of Successful Homeschool Students

What do our Directors love about their jobs? Most of all, they enjoy watching their students grow into successful, Christian adults who are capable of handling mature responsibilities and defending what they believe. In her time directing, Michelle experienced many such moments of her students going above and beyond her expectations. One of her best memories is of taking her students to defend homeschooling in a forum hosted by the Washington, D.C. government. Check out her incredible story in this video:

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How Should I Schedule My Homeschool Day?

Wake at 7 a.m. Shower, dress, eat, and be ready for another day of learning at 8 a.m., commencing four hours of math and science. Take lunch for half an hour, then get back to it with four more hours of history and English. It’s 4:30 p.m., and the day is over. It’s that easy, right?

Well, rarely.

Creating a workable schedule is a daunting task for the homeschool parent, as this mom, Alicia, well understands. In this video, she describes her experience attempting to create the ideal schedule.

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Is Classical Conversations enough for my child’s education?

According to this homeschool mom, just about. Of course, there are some things that Classical Conversations can’t offer, like a P.E. credit for instance. But overall, the curriculum is certainly comprehensive enough for your child to gain an excellent classical education from a Christ-centered worldview. In this short interview, this homeschool mom points out that because Classical Conversations teaches children to love learning, it is enough.

Coronavirus and Moving Forward this Fall

In roughly two-months’ time, schools will reopen. The big questions on every parents’ mind are, “What in the world will that look like?" Will it be safe with the coronavirus?"

Depending on your state or city or school, there will be various regulations regarding the enforcement of sanitation, masks, temperature checks, hand-washing, and social distancing. Some schools are implementing rotating schedules, in which, on a single day, half of students come into the classroom while the other half participates online from home, switching roles the following day. Indeed, some schools will remain online entirely. With all these local regulations differing from one another, there is a good deal of confusion and uncertainty floating around.

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How do you get it all done in a day?

See if this sounds familiar: You create extensive to-do lists for yourself and your children of what needs to get done in the day, ensuring sufficient doses of Henle Latin and The Story of the World, only to discover that somehow you miscalculated the inevitable daily distractions. Now, it’s somehow mid-afternoon and your children haven’t done any science or math yet.

If you’re like any other homeschool parent out there, you have likely found yourself in a similar situation. Or, maybe you consistently find yourself in this situation. Don’t worry! You’re not at all alone. In this video, hear a homeschool mom in Tennessee, who is one of many who repeatedly falls short of what she thinks needs to get done in a day, recount her experience.

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How do you get it all done in a day? (Part 2)

One of the top questions homeschooling parents have is, “How many hours each day should I homeschool my child?” In this post, we want to encourage you that regardless of how many hours you plan to homeschool, failing to actively meet that goal doesn’t mean you’ve failed to educate your child properly.

We recently released a blog with a response to the question, “How do you get it all done in a day?” This is a companion to that post, offering another homeschooling parent’s response to the question. Unsurprisingly, her answer is not much different—that is, you can’t get it all done in a day!

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