Winter 2015

Winter 2015

Volume: 
33
Issue: 
2
Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GREENHOUSE is NCHE's flagship publication. 

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Title Category
Go Fish

Go Fish! is a children’s card game I played a couple times in my youth, around sixty years ago. For my father, Go Fish was not a card game, it was an adventure. He loved to fish. When I was a boy, he went fishing whenever he could.

Activities, Family Life, Practical Helps
Trophy Wives and Trophy Children

We’re all familiar with the term trophy wife. This term usually involves the rich, worldly man who chooses to marry not for love, but rather to show off a suitable trophy among his friends and business partners.

Encouragement, Perspective, Fathers, Parenting
Experience History in North Carolina!

Smoke drifts from a campfire, mingling with the smells emanating from a black kettle suspended above it. A group of children of diverse ages draws near to what appears to be a vision from the past—someone dressed as a Civil War soldier or maybe an eighteenth century longhunter. "Are you going to eat that?" one young scholar inquires. "Did you really sleep out here last night?" "Is that gun real?" The questions often come as quickly as they can be answered, and one answer can generate another host of questions.

History, Field Trips, NC Treasures
Eight Reasons Kids Learn Best at Home

After I finished homeschooling our kids, I headed back to school myself to complete a Ph.D. in educational psychology. I wanted to know how kids learn best. Wouldn’t that be helpful information for homeschooling moms and dads?

Reasons to Homeschool
How to Increase Productivity and Reduce Stress

Have you ever been doing laundry and thought, “I really should be doing school with the kids right now?” Have you ever been talking with your children and realized that you were not really listening?

Encouragement, Goals, Family Life
The Strange Case of the Curious Child

When my children were little, I remember watching my wife sitting with one of them in her lap and flipping through the pages of a book. My child would point to a picture in the book and ask, “What’s that?” My wife would reply, “A cow,” then turn the page.

Reasons to Homeschool
Community Service: Get Involved (and Keep Records!)

I recently wrote a post to the NCHE Facebook page on community service, and it sparked such an interest that I decided to expound a bit more in this article for GREENHOUSE. Community service is an important part of living.

High School, Activities, Preparing for College, Character
One Way to Remember How Blessed You Are

Cindy and I shared some ideas about building a strong marriage with younger couples in the church recently, and I told this story from Greg Smalley:

Marriage, Biblical Principles, Family Life
Surveying the Sites

We’ve been busy surveying the Internet for websites that you will enjoy. Our goal is to provide something for everyone so we’ve organized these fun, informative, and educational sites into four categories for you to explore.

Helpful Websites
Sitting Alone

My husband is the full-time pastor at our church where we have been serving for nine years. When the Lord first called us to this sweet congregation, we had only three young children (four, five and seven).

Encouragement, Family Life, Empty Nest
Homeschooling for Life

“This feels just like what I’ve done all my life!” wailed my eighteen-year-old son. He was working on an assignment for an online college history course that he was taking the fall after high school graduation.

Encouragement, Biblical Principles, Faith
The Value of Homeschool Community

The only thing better than the family you're born in is the family you choose. Born an only child, I learned to be content entertaining myself. Not one to surround myself with an entourage of friends, I'm completely comfortable shopping, dining and traveling alone.

Socialization, Community. Support
Kevin’s Kluge: Thoughts on the History of Education, Technology and Socialization

This article is late to the editor and somewhat cobbled together (therefore, truly a kluge). Originally I was just going to write about the history of schooling, how changes in technology helped place new emphasis on socialization as a responsibility of schools.

From the President, Editorial, History, Parenting