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General interest to all parents

General interest to all parents

Stand by Your Man

All too often the lessons are finished, the books read and the frogs dissected, but what priority does the principal have? When does he have time with his favorite teacher? When is the last time there was a principal-teacher meeting, AKA date? Standing by our husbands through this challenging lifestyle choice is often neglected. Come and remember the blessing of a properly prioritized homeschooling home.

Living Life outside the Normal Box

As home educators unfamiliar with school traffic, bus routes and hall passes, we are bringing up our kids outside the normal box of public education. We have not chosen the predetermined prescription for our children’s education but instead have embraced an individualized approach acknowledging God’s unique design and plan for each child. But living outside the box can be lonely, confusing and scary. How do we survive life out here? Even better, how do we encourage our kids to continue their out-of-the-box thinking as they go forward in their lives?

How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids

Rachael Carman uses the word H.E.A.R.T. as an acronym to suggest what matters most from a biblical viewpoint. God has sent these children into your home at this specific time for His glorious purposes. Indeed, you have been invited on the adventure of a lifetime—a journey on which you will see walls fall, seas be parted and giants be slain. You don’t need special skills or training for this journey; you need only to seek God and hold tight to His mighty hand! As with so many things, the first step to having a heart for your children is knowing your heavenly Father. 

Teaching Your Kids to B.L.E.S.S.

How do you practically teach your kids to bless one another? Rachael Carman teaches an easy-to-remember lesson with five specific ways that you and your kids can bless each other with words and actions.

Celebrating the Journey: Loving, Learning and Laughing

Homeschooling is an amazing adventure—the journey of a lifetime. There are unique challenges, opportunities and experiences. Most of us are first-generation homeschoolers. So how do we do it? It’s easy to get the priorities out of order—to focus on the head knowledge and overlook or neglect the heart. Getting our priorities straight will not only honor God, but it will also enhance the educational process.


How to Succeed in Co-ops and Classes without Really Trying

Co-ops and outside classes can be what you need them to be, and they don't always have to be "formal." There is often great benefit for the parent and the student in working with other learners in a small group. Today, the trend seems to be towards very organized, structured and often expensive outside classes, but this wasn't always the case. Hear from a veteran homeschooler different ways you can organize and participate in co-ops and classes and make them work for you and your student.

Classifying Homeschoolers

You are a homeschooler, sure, but what KIND of homeschooler are you? What is your motive, your educational philosophy, your methodology? Educational philosophers and historians struggle to comprehend the homeschool movement because it is so diverse!  This workshop will look at some of the major frameworks educational philosophers and historians use to classify, discuss and evaluate the diversity that exists with the homeschool movement.  Understanding these frameworks, and their associated labels, in useful for developing one's own practices.

Three Homeschool Movement Founders and their Legacies

The modern homeschool movement is now 30 years old, but how did we get here?  Educational historians identify several key individuals who were instrumental in advancing the movement. These individuals came from very different backgrounds and had very different views.   Many homeschoolers, however, do not recognize their names nor their legacies. This talk will introduce and discuss the contribution of three individuals who wrote books and created organizations dedicated to promoting their own vision of education: John Holt, Raymond and Dorothy Moore and Rousa Rushdoony.   

Better Brain Better Behavior

Practical information towards improving a child’s attention, learning and behavior choices will be discussed through the lens of brain function.

Pre-emptive Apologetics: Using Faith and Reason to Prepare Students for College

 Christians should be asking ourselves how we are to adequately prepare our students for the spiritual and intellectual struggles that they will face in college.