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
Consider 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
There 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
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
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
Does 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
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.
Can you believe Easter is almost upon us? My children have been asking for some of the books our family enjoys leading up to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, we jumped at the chance to review a new addition to that collection. They couldn’t wait to read The Legend of the Easter Robin: An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith by Dandi Daley Mackall. Read more