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New Blog Post: IEW’s Twelve Days of Christmas Giving Celebration - The Christmas season is filled with all kinds of traditions: cultural, family, and faith-based. For the past several years, we have enjoyed establishing our own little tradition at IEW by extending the Christmas season with our Twelve Days of Giving event, and this year is going to be the best one ever!

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New Blog Post: Clone of Unit 5: Writing from a Christmas Picture - The month of December is a hectic one. You may barely be through the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, and then suddenly you find yourself in the midst of Christmas decorating, baking, and socializing. Rather than pressing on into Unit 6, linger a little longer in Unit 5 with your students. A fun Christmas image will be sure to spark your students’ imaginations!

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New Blog Post: The Gift of Teaching - As the Christmas season settles itself upon the whole of Western civilization, perhaps it is fitting for us to wrap our chilled hands around a warm mug and contemplate the value of what we do when we teach. What is teaching, after all? Is it merely an act of a social machine, intent on turning out eighteen-year-old human products? Is it a right for students, to be demanded and given at the will of children? Is it a tool of marketing and social engineeri...

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New Podcast: Episode 118: Interview with Pam Barnhill - In this podcast Andrew and Julie interview long-time friend and homeschool mom Pam Barnhill. Pam explains how she came to create her own podcast and shares her goal of fostering an environment of truth, goodness, and beauty. Referenced Materials: Pam Barnhill's Website Pam's Podcasts Your Morning Basket Homeschool Snapshots The Homeschool Solutions Show Pam's Podcast with Angelina Stanford Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rat...

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New Blog Post: Unit 5: Writing from a Christmas Picture - The month of December is a hectic one. You may barely be through the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, and then suddenly you find yourself in the midst of Christmas decorating, baking, and socializing. Rather than pressing on into Unit 6, linger a little longer in Unit 5 with your students. A fun Christmas image will be sure to spark your students’ imaginations!

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New Blog Post: How to Give Yourself the Gift of Time this Christmas - I can be somewhat of a Christmas Grinch. A few years ago when my children were 7, 5, and 3, my husband was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months. To say it was tough would be a vast understatement, but so many in our homeschool and church community blessed us by providing help and support during that deployment.

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New Blog Post: Hold on to the Moment - I love my work. I have the privilege and pleasure of sharing my love of literature and composition with home educated high school students. Weekly the students gather in my front dining room to learn about writing and discuss literature. They learn the basics of inserting their stylistic dress-ups and sentence openers. They practice the art of crafting clever decorations. They try out various dual adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. One of the techniques t...

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New Podcast: Episode 117: Interview with Kristi Clover - As a mom, it can be easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed with the busyness of schooling. In this episode Andrew and Julie chat with Kristi Clover, a homeschool mom of five whose goal is to inspire women with "simple solutions for a more joy-filled life." Join us as Kristi shares her tips on getting organized and offers advice on bringing joy to a mom's crazy, chaotic, but wonderful homeschool life.  Referenced Materials: Kristi Clo...

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New Blog Post: Christmas Traditions: Enjoying the Special Times of the Season

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New Blog Post: Blog Post Series: Training Method Options Part 5: Live On-Site Professional Development – Observation and Coaching Day
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