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Are You or Your Child a Highly-Sensitive Person?

When I met my husband, I felt like he really got me, like he really understood me. It wasn't until many years later that I found that this wasn't simply because we had compatible Meiers-Briggs personality types --although I am sure that helps. It's also because we both are hypersensitive. It wasn't until this last… Continue reading Are You or Your Child a Highly-Sensitive Person?

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It’s Okay to Homeschool Out of Fear

I get annoyed when homeschool parents start telling other parents, “It's wrong to homeschool out of fear.” Why do I get annoyed? The first reason is because it's ridiculous. All parents make choices for their children based on fear (i.e. actual legitimate concerns about a situation). When did being concerned about real danger become wrong?… Continue reading It’s Okay to Homeschool Out of Fear

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Process-Driven Homeschooling

My husband works in construction.  He was recently transferred to a new job site and was comparing various job foremen's approaches to leadership. He compared two basic styles of leadership: Goal-oriented. It didn't matter what it took --haranguing, pushing, nagging, coercing, even yelling (depending on the leader). Whatever the foreman had to do to get… Continue reading Process-Driven Homeschooling

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Why I Homeschool

"I educate my kids because it's not normal to me to send them away to learn from strangers that do not necessarily hold my same beliefs and certainly don't care about my children's future more than I do. “I want to watch them grow up, and I don't want to miss all those hours they… Continue reading Why I Homeschool

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11 Things Homeschool Moms Need to Know

1) Homeschool --when it's effective-- very seldom looks like the public school. Don't copy the broken system you left. Don't try to keep up with the school system. 2) You can't teach your child everything they need to know. No teacher can not even the best professional teacher. Accept that. It's okay. 3) If you… Continue reading 11 Things Homeschool Moms Need to Know

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Why You Need to Know Your State Homeschool Laws

Although Oregons homeschool laws are very lax, I was rather shaken into reality last week when I attempted to enlist the help of the local public high school to test my oldest son for his learning disabilities. Accommodating to his needs hasn't been a problem. We've found ways to make learning possible. It was through… Continue reading Why You Need to Know Your State Homeschool Laws

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Does Psalm 1 Mean You Biblically Must Homeschool?

Although my theology differs from Voddie Bauchman’s and he's a little too patriarchal for me, I often find things he says I do agree with. This however, I do not agree with: “If Psalm 1 is to be believed, we must not allow our children to stand, sit or walk with those who deny biblical… Continue reading Does Psalm 1 Mean You Biblically Must Homeschool?

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13 Ideas for Starting a Special Needs Homeschool Co-op

I've had three requests for an overview of our co-op in the last week. I'm going to give an outline of what worked for us. It's important to understand why you would make certain choices for the group so that you can adjust those choices if they don't work.  It's also important to mention that… Continue reading 13 Ideas for Starting a Special Needs Homeschool Co-op

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Homeschool Socialization Is Superior to Public School Socialization

When homeschoolers talk about homeschool socialization, they start defending homeschooling and trying to say it's just as good as the public schools.   I believe that homeschooling socialization is so far superior to the public schools version that it’s no contest. In fact, they need to adopt our ideas to fix their messed up version… Continue reading Homeschool Socialization Is Superior to Public School Socialization

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How Unconditional Love Could Revolutionize Your Homeschool

In my natural state --when I'm not letting maturity,  hard-learned grace, and the Holy Spirit guide me-- I'm very hard to please. Before the illness,  I was a perfectionist. I had in my head the person I wanted to be and the people I wanted my family to be, and I was stubborn enough and… Continue reading How Unconditional Love Could Revolutionize Your Homeschool