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Our Homeschooling Journey | Introducing Rose Focht to the Blog!

My oldest child learned how to read in a way that you wouldn’t quite expect, but it worked for her due to the flexibility that homeschooling allows. My husband took the lead on teaching her, pointing out the letters to her on our bathroom wallpaper while she was potty-training. She knew her alphabet before she was two, and I breezily built on that knowledge by reciting to her things like “A says aa, B says buh…” at every opportunity. I had a set of McGuffey’s readers on our shelf, so I pulled out the primer one day and started pointing out simple words...

The Ever-Elusive Perfect Learning Environment

In my most glowing pink, rose-colored dreams about home education, my children are perfectly groomed, sitting attentively around the table, smiling or perhaps looking intrigued, as I speak articulately and passionately about faith, academics, or some other important subject matter. Every word out of my mouth is being absorbed into their spongy brains, for permanent retention and life application. The room is quiet as I speak, or perhaps there is soft classical music providing some white noise in the background.

We Often Come Up Short, but God Never Does | Introducing Julie Schnatterly to the Blog!

If the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, my journey as a homeschool mom may have begun with a crawl, a limp and couple of do-si-dos which ended up leaving me facing in the wrong direction. I grew up in a very dysfunctional family and came to motherhood more unprepared than the next person. I only knew that when they placed my firstborn into my arms, I would give all of my heart and soul to protect and nurture her in the best way I knew how. 

I Like to Do a Little Reading in My Off-Duty | Introducing Carolyn Bales to the Blog!

My daughter, Meg, is sitting at the kitchen table with a screwdriver and a puddle of turquoise play-doh. We have a library book on Mesopotamia open to the cuneiform numbers, and she's imitating them. Triangular reed stalks not being in season, I twisted a flat-head screwdriver for each print, and that worked pretty well. Meg prefers scraping triangles with a pine twig for added authenticity.

A Journey Worth Starting | Introducing Amy Koons to the Blog!

 

Hi, I'm Amy Koons. It's great to join the HSLDA blogging community! I look forward to posting here and hopefully hearing back from many of you as we share in the rewarding, and definitely never dull, experience of homeschooling our children.

10 Ways to Speak the Language of Love to Your Kids

“I love you.” Sometimes saying these three little words is the best way to express our love to our children. They certainly need to hear it, as do all those we love.

Though I say them often to my children, however, sometimes my negative actions can speak louder than my words. I can be quick to judge the intention of their hearts, slow to listen, and slow to forgive an offense.

Celebrate Homeschool Day with Dolphin Tale 2

It’s been 3 years since Dolphin Tale, produced by Alcon Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, hit theaters September, 2011. Reaching number 1 in its second week in theaters, Dolphin Tale sparked great interest in the homeschool community because the main young female part (Hazel Haskett) was played by homeschooler Cozi Zuehlsdorff. This stirring true story inspired and touched many hearts through its cinematic portrayal of the friendship between a boy, Sawyer Nelson, and a dolphin, Winter, whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! - 5 Tips For The Transition

 

 

As we savor the remaining moments of summer, and launch a new homeschool year, I'd like to offer some down-to-earth, real-life encouragement to you.

 

Chicken Pox and Lice...Extracurricular Activities For Home Schoolers!

Of the list of things we try to protect our children from when we homeschool—drugs, violence, alcoholism, gang wars, sexual promiscuity, I think chicken pox and lice should also be up at the top, too!

Unfortunately, our family has experienced both of these during our homeschooling journey. 

What being a Homeschooling Widow has Taught Me

In 2012 (two and a half years after my husband Chris passed away), I shared what being a homeschooling widow is like—that feeling of being alone when you need practical help around the home, missing that listening ear (which so often our husbands gave us, along with their prayers and encouragement), and desperately wanting at times the stabilizing presence of a father in the lives of your children (we KNOW we can’t be a mom AND a dad, no matter how hard we try!).

A Summer's Day: 7 Ideas For Fun

 

The heat waves rise up from the street, the sun blazes hotter than ever, and the kids look up at you after breakfast wondering what's in store for the day. Well, don't let the heat get you down! Revive your spirit of adventure and think of some fun activities that are free (or practically free) to enjoy while you take a break from school.

Celebrate Independence Day

 

What are your plans for July 4th? A back-yard cook-out or picnic? Fireworks? Well, whatever your family does this Independence Day, I encourage you to talk to your kids about what this holiday is really all about.   

 

Get Your Kids Outside and Enjoy God's Glory!

My children grew up on a patch of land bordering a 15-acre lake most of their lives. Being a homeschooling family of seven gave us countless opportunities to get outside and soak up God's creation...right in our own backyard.

You don’t have to wait for summer to get outdoors. Every season has God’s fingerprints written all over it, but summertime is a special season to enjoy His handiwork. 

The Pilot & The Passengers, Part 1

I grew up in the sprawling Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., and as a pilot's daughter, we spent many Saturdays flying. I still think that my dad wanted to give my mom a much needed break on Saturday mornings, and that's why he faithfully loaded all five of us kids into the endlessly long Dodge station wagon for an entire morning of flying and hanging out at the airport...

2014 FIFA World Cup - Activities & Fun

 
As most of you know, the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off today! The excitment began with the first match between Brazil and Croatia. Although this event isn't geared towards homeschoolers, we're here to show you that soccer and homeschooling can go hand-in-hand.

 

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