Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to the next. - GKChesterton

Competitive Debate: More Fun than You Think!

In 1999, we made the single best decision of our homeschooling experience. We decided to get involved in competitive speech and debate.

With an open slot in my schedule at the NCHE conference and on a whim, I walked into Teresa Moon’s workshop on competitive debate. I had heard of debate, of course, when I was in high school. My impression was that it was difficult and time-consuming. All that was about to change as she walked me through the benefits you receive from debating.

Giving Thanks for an Abundance

I was recently doing morning devotions with my children, pondering the upcoming holidays. I was trying, like all good homeschooling moms, to weave in some wonderful history lesson that would help bring meaning to the Scriptures, and also somehow benefit the rest of our homeschooling lessons. I was thinking about Thanksgiving and how much I wanted to not only make my children aware of the reason for our American holiday—to celebrate the pilgrims’ first harvest—but to also show the greater reason for rejoicing that day.

Math and the Young Child

Because I love math (and majored in it), it was my favorite subject to teach. Now that all my kids are grown and my homeschooling days have passed, I really miss teaching math, especially algebra. One of the reasons that I chose to homeschool was that it provided the freedom to tailor the education of my children around their unique interests, abilities and the family’s priorities. When homeschooling parents adopt the institutional approach to education, they miss out on so many of the beauties of homeschooling. If you are going to homeschool, take advantage of its advantages.

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