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Homeschooling Is Not The Answer

If statistics mean anything at all, homeschooling is an extraordinarily beneficial method of academic instruction, and a superior choice in raising socially, emotionally, and psychologically healthy children. It’s good for families, good for the economy,…
Despite its glowing track record, homeschooling is not the answer, at least, not to the most important question.
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I Was Homeschooled, and I Want To Homeschool My Children

Yahoo Parenting recently published an article written by a disgruntled homeschooler who outlines her refusal to “inflict” the same kind of education on her own children. Lenz speaks of attending highschool, indicating that her homeschooling experience…
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The Great Big List Of Edifying Books For Beginning Readers

Our six year-old daughter loves to read. This certainly is a blessing, but it also has its challenges. Finding good, wholesome, engaging books that don’t compromise a biblical worldview is becoming increasingly difficult. We’ve learned we can’t rely on…
The great big list of edifying books for beginning readers contains 100+ engaging, character building stories for 5-8 year olds and is based on Phil. 4:8.
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Are Printables Cheap Waste Or A Prudent Purchase?

Our relaxed homeschool consists of traditional textbooks, regular story books and readers, experiments, field trips, and a myriad of other things in which printables also find their place (the professional term for this approach is “eclectic“). We use…
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Relaxed Homeschooling: For Those Who Want To Avoid Trading Great Ambition In September For A Cow In January

As far as I know, no one has ever set out to homeschool in the most stressful way possible. No one I know has ever gone up to an exhibitor at a homeschooling convention and yelled, “Show me the most labor-intensive math program you’ve got! I could really…
Relaxed Homeschooling: When you don't want to trade having great ambition in September for a cow in January.
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10 Ways To Kick Off Your Best Homeschool Year Yet

Homeschooling is a gloriously flexible method of education that can adapt to your family’s particular needs. Some of my Floridian friends work through the Summer when it’s too hot to be outside and take the Winter off instead. My best friend uses the…
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The Most Important Contribution To Family Life A Dad Can Make

Post written by Brad. What does it look like when Dad homeschools? This is a great question, one that has been asked several times on our Facebook page, and because I’m in search of answers too, my hope is to use a series of blog posts on the topic as a…
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Why We're Skipping Spelling, Grammar, and Vocabulary This Year

I know, I know. :) It sounds like we’re committing homeschool treason, but allow me to explain why we’re skipping spelling, grammar, and vocabulary this year, and what we’re doing instead. It goes all the way back to when I was our daughter’s age. My…
It sounds like we're committing homeschool treason, but here's why we're skipping spelling, grammar, and vocabulary this year, and what we're doing instead.
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When You Think You Want Your Husband's Job

It was the company’s 10th anniversary, and the kids and I were excited about attending the Open House at Daddy’s workplace for lunch! A pig roast, cupcakes, coffee, fruit trays, pretty balloons, banners, and friendly staff greeted us. This was going to be…
Motherhood is HARD. When you think you want your husband's job, remember this.
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I'm not patient enough to homeschool, either.

As the moral and academic quality of public education continues to nose dive and homeschooling becomes more  popular, less and less people are reacting to the idea with the kind of naive hostility our parents’ generation faced. Most people know someone…
If you really want to do it, but feel you can't for this reason, let me encourage you: I'm not patient enough to homeschool, either! No one is.
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Unit Studies: A Naturally Exciting Way To Learn

Unit Studies: a naturally exciting way to learn. This is a freeing, motivating, and organic approach to education that allows and encourages children to dive deeply into a subject they care passionately about, or discover an interest in something they had…
Unit Studies: a naturally exciting way to learn which encourages children to dive deeply into a topic and cover most subjects simultaneously.
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The Best Place To Shop For Homeschooling Supplies

Homeschooling is growing by leaps and bounds that promise exciting and challenging times ahead! Its exploding growth rate can be attributed to two main factors: a second generation of homeschoolers who are beginning to follow in their parents footsteps…
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I'm Jacinda Vandenberg, married to my best friend Brad, homeschooling mother of three, keeper of the home, coffee drinker, writer and manager of  Growing Home - a blog devoted to holistic homemaking for the glory of God.