Anxious Grasping

stjohnsashfield_stainedglass_goodshepherd_portrait

Have you ever found yourself anxious about whether or not you would be successful as a home educator? Have you ever found yourself stressing and ruminating as you struggle with one child and his or her grasp of a particular subject or character trait? What if this? What if that?

You are not alone. We all want success for our children, and we all take daily steps to ensure proper training for the children for whom we are responsible, whether they be our biological children, foster care children, friends’ or neighbors’ children, or nieces and nephews. Read more

Deeper Thinking

scubaConsider this, some scuba divers won’t go deeper than twenty or thirty feet; others, however, are willing to take the deep dives and explore hidden treasures. Teachers and home educators are the same way. How do you get your students to think for themselves, rather than to simply absorb someone else’s thinking? It begins with modeling true curiosity, asking the deeper questions, and habituating the students to explore their own questions. Read more

Accelerator Pedal

SUVThere have been a number of times in my driving career where an accident was avoided by pulling my foot off the accelerator pedal or, conversely, by pushing down hard and fast on the accelerator pedal. Had I not taken immediate action, these situations would have ended in fender benders, side swipes, or head on collisions with dire consequences. Read more

10 Thoughts on Childhood Friendships and Why They Are So Important

Friends

Part One of A Parent’s Guide to Raising Psychologically Healthy Children

Have you ever considered the impact you have on your child’s psychological development? Do you sometimes wonder if you are truly equipped to take on this responsibility? Today’s blog starts a monthly series by Dr. Alvarez-Gray titled: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Psychologically Healthy Children. The series will address topics like “How to Work Towards a Goal,” “Being a Happy Person,” “Flexible Problem Solving,” and “Learning to Regulate Emotions and Self-Soothe.” In addition, there will be an opportunity for parents and students to submit questions to Dr. Alvarez-Gray; she will respond via our blog. Stay tuned for this in depth look at our children and their psychological care. Read more

Don’t Do It Alone

vanderwalle002-L-1

The Vandewalles have been homeschooling their six children since 1999 and are about to graduate their third student. Until last year, most of their homeschooling was done at home without the benefit of outside classes;  like so many families, they were busy with activities and the daily demands of life. Academically, they tended to focus more on their high school students in order to prepare them for college.

Robyn Vandewalle shares, “A couple of years ago, we realized that our younger students, now entering middle school, had skated by with less academic attention than would be ideal. Read more

5 Things Paul’s Comments on the Law Teach Us About Parenting

paul_blogPaul’s discussion of the Old Testament law in Romans and Galatians connects well with a practical life concern: How do we effectively parent our children? In particular, one question parents regularly face has to do with what part rules play in raising children. Since Paul actually uses the raising of children as an analogy to explain the role of the law (Galatians 3:24-26; 4:1-7; Romans 8:14-17), perhaps we should turn the analogy on its head and ask if there is anything we can learn about raising children from Paul’s teaching about the law.

What can we learn about raising children from Paul’s teaching about the law? Five things: Read more

Find Your Family Mission

Many hands togetherDoes your family have a ministry or mission? Moving overseas is not the only way to serve. Our fragmented society does all it can to “divide and conquer” our families, even Christian homeschooling families, with too many activities, different schedules, jobs, sports, and more. Even at church, we all-too-often find our family members heading in multiple directions. Read more

Hi, I’m Penny

I’m not one of those moms who wanted to homeschool from the moment I first heard about it. In fact, when homeschooling was first brought to my attention, I thought it was a crackpot idea. My oldest child was only 3 months old and school was a customary part of childhood, in my mind. It wasn’t until my son was within a few months of kindergarten entry that I took a second and closer look at homeschooling. Because he was already teaching himself to read but really struggled in the area of fine motor skills, I realized that he was not going to easily fit into the one-size-fits-all classroom setting.

Read more

This Was the Year the Adults Gave Up

adultsgaveup

Columnist Joel Stein in the December 21 issue of TIME (p. 174) labeled 2015 as “The Year the Adults Gave Up.”

Stein writes:  “All kids know the one, immutable truth that is the source of all their power:  Adults give up.  They’re lazy.  That’s why they still have cable and landlines, and why their kids ultimately get all the ice cream, iPad games and Smosh videos they want.  So it’s no surprise that after years of enduring all that sexting, app-ing and startup-ing, 2015 was the Year the Adults Gave Up.  Even the most responsible workers in journalism, copy editors, just let me capitalize four words for no reason.”

Joel Stein has a way with words, and his article is provocative.  But is he correct in his assertion that parents en masse are giving up?  Read more

« Older Entries