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Thrive This New year

Every year the holidays pass, the new year approaches and everyone starts to talk about resolutions and goals. We start at thanksgiving, move to generosity and end on vision. It’s actually a pretty great cycle if you do it right. I have never liked the idea of resolutions because it feels like a commitment I won’t really keep. If I was going to follow through I would have made the commitment earlier, right? Read more

The Impact of Homeschooling

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Impact: have a strong effect on someone or something. Synonyms: significance, mark, weight, influence.

Are you prepared to make an impact? As a Biola Youth Academics family, you have an opportunity to impact burdened homeschool families within our own community. Countless parents turn to home education when their student’s needs are not being met in a traditional classroom environment. In homeschooling they often find peace, hope, and success for the first time. They discover the joy of learning from a Biblical worldview. They commonly uncover hidden strengths and observe renewed confidence in their children. Read more

Does it matter what homeschool curriculum I use?

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In the past 20 years at Biola Youth Academics, we often get asked, “Does it matter what homeschool curriculum I use?”

Curriculum does matter. And, there’s a lot of it to choose from. Curriculum can be Christian or secular, biased or well-balanced in its presentation, classical, or cutting-edge. How does one family find the right curriculum for each of their kids—with all their God-given talents, interests, strengths and individualities?

Christian parents often ask, “Does my entire curriculum need to come from a Christian publisher?” At BYA, we think not. Frankly speaking, not all textbooks are created equal. While there are some fantastic Christian resources out there, there are others that have been tested and found wanting.

At Biola Youth Academics, we partner with expert educators and homeschool veterans to curate engaging, Christ-centered curriculum for all of our K–12 programs. In the course curriculum for our homeschool programs, we sometimes use Christian curriculum, sometimes supplement Christian curriculum with non faith-based sources and other times opt for a stand-out, seminal textbook and find other ways to integrate our faith and values.

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Anxious Grasping

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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