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Posts tagged: homeschooling

As the Family Goes, So Goes Civilization

Teach it to your children... Family and marriage are institutions designed by God--they are not man-made.  Perhaps then, we shouldn't be surprised that the family is becoming an enemy. Who would have ever believed there would come a time when society would be hostile to what has always been considered the basic unit of its existence?  ...

Relaxed Homeschooling: Our Vocabulary Curriculum

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Yep, this is pretty much the extent of our vocabulary curriculum. Actually, I would consider this "extra". Good conversation is all that's really necessary for a substantial vocabulary. As someone mentioned in the last comment thread, if parents simply speak deliberately--enunciating clearly and being liberal with the words they use, even with the youngest children, ...

Relaxed Homeschooling: Creating a Lifestyle of Learning

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Relaxed homeschooling, for us, doesn't mean we don't sit down and do "school work". It just means that we also "think outside the classroom" and text books and worksheets are tools, while our education extends far beyond them. A lifestyle of learning seems to me not only more natural and comprehensive, but easier to implement as ...

Dawkins Blames Tebow’s “Inability to Think” on Homeschooling…McDurmon Defends

Atheist Richard Dawkins takes a cheap (and stupid) hit at homeschooling through the medium of the controversial Tim Tebow Superbowl ad. Joel McDurmon, great friend and frequent speaker at our church, logically argues against Dawkin's comment. My favorite part: "Theology--Christianity, begins in the bedroom." 😀

Organize Your Life After the Holidays!

It's no coincidence that the approach of a new year finds us making resolutions, new goals and priorities. There is just something so motivating about coming out of December--with all the stress behind you...but the mess still with you. You're still suffering from a sugar high and you know this is the time ...

Homeschooling With Charlotte Mason: Part 7–Daily Plans

"The mother is qualified," says Pestalozzi, "and qualified by the Creator Himself, to become the principal agent in the development of her child; ... and what is demanded of her is––a thinking love ....Maternal love is the first agent in education." We are waking up to our duties and in proportion as mothers become more ...

Homeschooling with Charlotte Mason: Part 4–Writing, Spelling and Grammar

Later in the series, I plan to include a more detailed explanation about how to implement the Charlotte Mason method in a typical school day, but it's important to get a full "big picture" of her methods before you put together a plan. One of the benefits is that this method of instruction ...

Homeschooling: Charlotte Mason–Part 3: The Schedule is Your Servant

One of the most frequent frustrations I hear among homeschooling moms is that they feel pressured  by time constraints. They haven't completed the day's lesson in the time they should so they have the option of being "behind" or making everyone finish, regardless of the emotional costs. I would challenge moms feeling this pressure to ...

Homeschooling With Charlotte Mason: Part 1

A wonderfully enthusiastic, Charlotte Mason lover/homeschool mom came and spoke at our home last week.  It was a great time of refreshing and inspiration!  I've always loved the CM method, but we've never followed it thoroughly and implemented the rich, encompassing educational philosophy.  (Thank you, Lisa!) It's just too good not to share, so I thought ...

“If”: A Poem Worth Learning

In my estimation, this is one of the most brilliantly written poems of all time.  Every word counts, and it encapsulates, without saying, the essence of a person under the control of the spirit of God (and then some!)  We are memorizing it as a family and I thought you might like to ponder it ...

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