Preparation Tips for the New Homeschooler

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If you are new to homeschooling and are now second-guessing yourself, you are not alone. I am a veteran homeschooler of 23 years and sometimes still wonder if I did the right thing. Looking back, however, knowing I depended upon the Lord for answers, I have no regrets. When I ask my adult children how they feel about having been homeschooled, they reply that they are grateful for the relationships they share with each other, the trips we were able to take as a family, and the emphasis of study on topics of their choosing. None of them would change a thing. Now it wasn’t always so easy on the road to getting where we are today. There were definitely trying times (once I even called the local high school and asked how I could enroll my ninth grader the next day!).  Here are some things that I hope will be helpful as you prepare for your new journey into the exciting and often chaotic adventure of homeschooling. Read more

I Can trust Him for the Future!

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This stack of books is a lovely sight to my eyes because it means it is almost time to open the doors of The Eastman Academy for the 2014-2015 school year!
Our 10th year of homeschooling! WooHoo!

We are going back to a completely pure homeschooling model this year. No classes, no outsourcing – just me and my children day by day as we pursue the course of study and character training the Lord has called us to … for such a time as this. Read more

A Formula and a Solution: Why Homeschool Works

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As a home educating parent, I am sure we have all experienced at one time or another, tongue clicking, head shaking, eyebrow raising, skeptics as they condescendingly offer the following comments—What about friends? You don’t have a teaching degree. What about college?  Fortunately for us, there has been a surge in home education in the past several decades, and there is research to support this “whim” of ours. Read more

Laying the Foundation: Homeschool in History

 

Laying the Foundation: Homeschool in History

Just when did this novel idea of teaching your own children at home become such a fad? Did it evolve with the hippie movement of the 60s? I am sure you have heard the list of prominent homeschoolers over time; George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Dwight Moody, Benjamin Franklin, John Philip Sousa, and C.S. Lewis, to name a few. Since it appears that home education has been around for some time, let’s take a look at how the foundation was laid. Read more

When “Knowing Better” Isn’t

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We were all told as children that we “knew better than that” if we persisted in acting upon a belief that ran contrary to reality.  Children learn about gravity and know better than to try to fly by jumping off the roof.  Children learn that monsters aren’t real, and they should know better than to be afraid of what might be under the bed. Many keep using the phrase as a way to explain how much they think they know about the world, often with a derisive connotation.  Indeed, some who do not profess the Christian faith use this language when describing why they do not believe in Jesus; they “know better” than to think a man born in the Middle East two thousand years ago is actually God. Read more

Online Learning Management Systems

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What is a Learning Management System?

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a web-based learning portal, where students and instructors can exchange resources, assignments, announcements, information and course contents.  For online education, the functionality and design of the LMS is critical and can dramatically influence the learning outcomes1 as well as user satisfaction2, because the LMS not only serves as a portal for classroom resources (as it often does for on-campus classes), it should also serve as an active environment where learning activities and interactions occur. Read more

Cross it Off, Smile, Repeat: The Art of Goal Setting

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Almost everyone enjoys the satisfaction of setting and meeting a goal. Whether it is getting to the gym three times a week, making sure your children meet the required P.E. hours, or knocking out the “to do” list, every time you scratch a task off of your list, you have to admit it just feels good! Experiencing that good feeling is not at all surprising to those who study psychology. According to Psychology Today, when goals are made and met, there is a release of dopamine, which does two things. First, it gives the feeling of pleasure, and secondly, it gives a desire to want to meet another challenge. Perhaps you have felt this after you have sorted through your schoolroom and gotten rid of old materials, or cleaned out the kids’ closets. Those who set goals have a higher level of productivity and commitment.  There is so much more to setting goals than simply getting tasks done. Achieving goals can teach us valuable lessons about ourselves, as well as keep us on track. Read more

6 Ways We Can Equip Our Students to Finish the Race

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“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
(1 Corinthians 9:24, NIV)

As parents who home educate our children, we must ask ourselves “how important is the prize that my child is running after?” Coaching our children to finish the year strong is a prize well worth our effort. Finishing a task well is just as important as getting off to a good start. It is not uncommon to be motivated and fired up when we start something new, but admit it, sometimes it is hard to stay focused and finish the task when things gets tough. The writer of Ecclesiastes knew this when he wrote, “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” What can we do to finish our homeschooling year in a way that honors the Lord and our children? Read more

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