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How to Do the Homeschool Purge (to Sell)

Homeschool curricula is to a homeschool parent as toys are to a young child; one can never have too many. Certainly, after reading that statement, there are many of you smiling and nodding your head in agreement. Unfortunately, that is a homeschool myth. It is not fact, but instead fiction (books . . . fiction

Why Do Standardized Testing?

If you are at the end of your school year, you are probably breathing a huge sigh of relief. You have just spent the last nine months (or more) teaching your children everything that was listed on your to do list for them to do. There was math, reading and writing with a little bit

Education is All About Discipleship

By Heidi St. John Are you tired? This homeschooling gig is hard! (No one told me that before I decided to do it.) But it matters. What we do every day matters, moms. But why is education such a big deal? There's a short verse in Luke that has implications as to why and how

Socialization and the Homeschooled Autistic Child

By Terri Brogan As the mother of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I have always known I would homeschool my son. Within three months of his birth, my husband and I firmly made the decision to homeschool, after much prayer, thought, and consideration. Our decision did not change three years later when

Art Class on a Budget: A Common-Sense Guide

By James Pence Teaching art at home can be a daunting task. One of the most difficult aspects of that challenge is in knowing how much to spend on art supplies. Some art teachers say to buy the best supplies you can afford while others say you should get the cheapest supplies available. Which opinion

A Change of Tutorial

by Connor Adams, HLA Student Intern HomeLife Tutorial is a program under HomeLife Academy (HLA) where homeschoolers come to the location it is held and take classes with other students. Last year, the tutorial was held at Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee. This year, it is at a different location and has changed a

Foreign Language: Talent Versus Perspiration: A Question of Talent

By Karen Haid “Languages come easy for you.” “I’m not good at picking up foreign languages.” The question of talent or aptitude inevitably crops up in discussions regarding foreign language acquisition. I speak Italian and German and am often asked how I went about learning these languages. But even before I can answer, the individual

Homeschooling with Little Ones: There’s More To It Than Just Keeping Them Quiet

By Janelle Knutson It can be quite a challenge trying to home educate older children with little ones around. I don’t know how many times I went to bed feeling like a homeschool mom failure as I contemplated the school work that was neglected and the huge amount of time that the little ones dominated

How To Ease Back Into Your School Routine

Do you sometimes feel like a Nike commercial when it comes to returning to your regular school routine after summer break? Our motivation regarding school should be immediate. There is no room for hesitation with setting schedules; opening books and getting down to business. You tell yourself to, “Just do it!” The only problem is,

Don’t Let the Education Plan Scare You!

Do you want to put immediate fear into the heart and mind of a homeschool parent? Say the following phrase three times, “education plan”. Actually, you only need to say it once and it often brings immediate chills to a homeschool parent. Of all of the challenges homeschool parents face, creating an education plan appears