Homeschooling

A Tribute to Homeschool Fathers

A Tribute to Homeschool Fathers

Father’s Day is a special occasion for honoring fathers. All fathers are worthy of respect and appreciation for the things they do for their family, but I wanted to narrow my focus to the homeschool father. Homeschooling isn’t a popular choice to make or an easy road to navigate, and although it’s a blessing, it …

Wings

Wings

We’ve raised chickens for over ten years now, and we’ve had many broody hens, but they would start setting on a clutch of eggs only to abandon it halfway through. Stella is the first to hatch out and care for a small brood of chicks, so it’s the first time I’ve had the treat of watching a …

Build a Strong Foundation at the HEAV Homeschool Convention

No matter what stage of homeschooling you’re in, from just beginning your feasibility study, to graduating your student, the Home Educators Association of Virginia’s Homeschool Convention is one you won’t want to miss. There are many compelling reasons to attend a homeschool convention, especially one as comprehensive as HEAV’s. There’s even a giveaway for a free Family Registration to …

Homeschool Heroes ~ An Interview with J. Michael Smith of HSLDA

Homeschool Heroes

I’m partnered with Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) to help promote their June, 2017, homeschool convention and had the honor of interviewing one of this year’s keynote speakers, J. Michael Smith of Home School Legal Defense Association. He, along with his friend, Michael Farris, founded HSLDA in 1983, when, as an attorney and homeschooling father, he …

The “S” Word ~ What about Socialization?

What about Socialization?

What about socialization? I, too, asked that question when I began investigating homeschooling. Reading what homeschool veterans had to say about it really helped me to see socialization from a different point of view. Since then, I’ve helped many other parents get started in homeschooling and I can tell you that almost every one of …

The Miracle of Homeschooling

The Miracle of Homeschooling

There’s often a push for legislation that would require homeschooling parents to be certified teachers. I think the assumption behind it is that only certified teachers are capable of teaching children, and that a student’s learning ability is limited by what the teacher knows. I want to share through personal examples, scripture, and research, why …

Homeschool Graduates in College ~ From the Professors’ Perspective

How do homeschool graduates perform in college? Are they well enough prepared to compete with other students? I wanted to find out what college professors had to say about them. Through Facebook, I found some who’d had experience with them in their classes and were willing to answer a short survey. With the responses I …

Homeschooling as a Ministry

Homeschooling as a Ministry

Have you believed the enemy’s lie that if you stay home with your children that you’re not doing anything important? The truth is quite the opposite, you know. There is nothing more important that you could be doing. Even some of us who know better can find ourselves succumbing to his lies without realizing it. …

Looking Back, Looking Forward ~ 2016 in Review

Looking Back, Looking Forward ~ 2016 in Review

The new year is a time when many people make “New Year’s Resolutions,” but I quit doing that a long time ago. For me, that term has become synonymous with “January goal,” because not many of them make it past the end of the month. They’ve become a bit of a joke, don’t you think? …

How to Have Happy Homeschool Holidays

How to Have Happy Homeschool Holidays

December is such a busy month with so much to do! When our kids were younger we took a break from our usual curriculum and did things related to the holidays. Kids are always so excited and restless during that time, anyway. Just not fighting that battle reduced a lot of stress. Letting the kids …