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  • For the Parents: Self-Educating with Books
    by Amy Koons on May 22, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    As educators, we know that self-education is important, too. I am hoping this summer provides more time for reading, both to educate myself and for fun. Here are some tricks I have discovered to squeeze more books into my busy life: 1. Schedule a monthly book chat with a friend. Find someone else who likes […]

  • Learning Without School Books in Peru
    by Rose Focht on May 17, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    I rather ambitiously titled my last post Living and Learning in Peru, when in fact, at the time of writing, most of our focus was on the living part (survival, to be precise). Here I hope to talk more specifically about how and what we’re learning. Not that there isn’t a good deal of value […]

  • A Wonderful School Day: The Benefits of Outdoor Play Time
    by Amy Koons on May 15, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Have you ever felt guilty or slightly stressed about your efforts to accomplish 180 days of school? Maybe you have had days where your kids mostly just play. Well, here’s the good news. Long periods of self-directed play have a significant psychological and cognitive impact on children. In fact, the public elementary school near my […]

  • Skeletons, Skipping, and Sofas: Lesser-Known Perks of Homeschooling
    by Sara Jones on May 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    It’s a perk of homeschooling that you can stop to look at skeletons on the side of the road. Homeschooling does have many other advantages, of course. It allows for one-on-one instruction, for customized educational plans, for self-paced work, and time to explore personal interests. But there are some perks that you don’t really think […]

  • The Incredible Influence of Moms
    by Jessica Cole on May 9, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Throughout childhood, I frequently heard that motherhood was a very important job, and I still believe it’s true. However, it’s kind of like the phrase “Jesus loves me.” Though profound at its core, the idea can begin to sound trite for those who have been hearing it for decades. Unless you develop a deeper understanding […]

  • British Journalist: Homeschoolers are “Insidious,” “Helicopter Parents”
    by HSLDA Guest Blogger on May 3, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Journalist Janet Street-Porter’s recent op-ed denouncing the British homeschooling movement pretty much missed the point. Still, we have to agree that when it comes to deciding how to educate children, the most important thing to ask is “who knows best?” Indeed, this is the question that legislators and social commentators in the United Kingdom are […]

  • The Jones Homeschool: A Guided Tour
    by Sara Jones on April 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Welcome to the Jones Homeschool, our center for self-paced education! I will be your tour guide today. I’m qualified because this is my house and I do half the homeschooling. Right this way, please. We start off here in the dining room, our base of operations. This is where we keep The School Planner. It’s […]

  • Raising Mentally Strong Kids: 13 Things Parents Should Consider
    by Amy Koons on April 24, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Academics are only part of the picture when it comes to educating children. Reading Amy Morin’s book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, reminds me of this truth. Morin highlights 13 things for parents to keep in mind: 1) Do not condone a victim mentality. When your child experiences hardships, acknowledge his struggles but […]

  • Seven Rungs on the Ladder to Independence
    by Rachelle Reitz on April 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM

    Recently, I asked a younger single friend about whether something was appropriate for my daughter. I told her that I had so many things about parenting figured out before I became a mother, and now I needed her untethered wisdom to give me some perspective. I am not sure if she realized I was serious. […]

  • Sisters Find Their Forte as Bluegrass Band
    by Dave Dentel on April 15, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Without even being asked, the Dietrich sisters will be happy to tell you they thank God that they’re country girls—with a big dose of bluegrass and more than a pinch of classical thrown in. For about a year now, the quartet have been making their mark as versatile musicians, winning competitions, playing at a variety […]

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