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curriculum review – the art of argument by aaron larsen

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Being a homeschool mom for something like 20 years now, I have used many programs for Beginning Logic.  I have found The Art of Argument to be my favorite. I am using it presently with a group of about 10 late elementary school to early high school students. Although this is a complete homeschool curriculum that could be simply be given to your child and completed on their own, I am finding having a group of homeschoolers to work through it together is quite the best. Logic is a subject requiring great conversations. which can be, well, um,...

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this girl and christian and art

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A conversation was had today.  A conversation that frequents this homey home. It’s a conversation about Christian and music. Or Christian and art. Or Christian and really anything. But it usually starts with the topic of music. For this family swims in music. Some in this family sing and play piano. Some play guitar and mandolin. Some would like to do drums if we only had drums. This girl mostly just pushes the ‘play’ button on things or listens to her family of music players. I am not the connoisseur of music. In fact, this...

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I Am a Homeschooler

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I Am a Homeschooler

I am a homeschooler. It is my passion. Before my sewing, cooking, bread baking and crafting, I am a homeschooler. My world of all things crafty flows out of my love for homeschooling, and making my children’s experience both educational and art-filled.   I believe creativity naturally flows out of a disciplined, orderly life. Now, I don’t mean orderly as in the house all tidy and clean every minute of every day, for this house is not. I mean orderly in the sense of having a serious educational plan that challenges and inspires...

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Sunday’s Graces

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Sunday’s Graces

As parents we lead the way for our children. We lead in all we do.  We lead by mentoring. Infact, we can not really not mentor. We are always showing them things. And it’s either a good picture, or a not so good picture. We are leading. They are following. We show the way in all we do. We show them the beauty of getting up early to experience the crisp morning fog together. Father teaching son the tradition of fishing. They see patience. The patience of a dad with an impatient child who was last to make a catch. Someday it...

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Thoughts on Homeschooling – Burning the Candle at Both Ends

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For those of you who are abit unfamilair with my family, I am a mom of four and wife of one (27+years). I have 2 older kids and 2 younger ones. When they were kiddos they seemed closer together in age and we pretty much did everything at the same pace. But now that they are older there is definitely a noticable age gap. I am frequently asked how I homeschool the younger ones and have time for the older ones still living in the home? Well, the answer is….I burn the candle at both ends with an occasional nap inbetween. Ha! I...

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Thoughts on Homeschooling – Sick Day

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I woke up feeling rather yucky today. Not sure what it is, but I spent the day on the couch. Nevertheless, I was surprised by a lovely day. Not having much to do, I soaked in the precious little moments. Simeon was up in the front yard tree reading his book. I took a few minutes to observe. It was a delight to watch him in his own world – ropes tied to lift up the bucket filled with books and the bundle encasing his blanket and water. He frequently does some schoolwork in the tree, but I don’t often get to soak it in. Then...

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Here is an interesting article about teaching our children the value of working hard rather than giving them empty praise.

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Thoughts on Homeschooling – What do we believe, anyways?

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One of the goals of homeschooling is to teach our kids to know what they believe. We don’t want them to just have vague ideas of what their beliefs are or lose their set of beliefs when challenged by other ideas as they get older. Not an easy job. But then we all knew that when we signed up for the parenting job – or when God signed us up. Here are some of the things our family does… When the kids are very young, we teach the basic beliefs. We read the Bible stories. We listen to the Bible on CD. We memorize...

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thoughts on homeschooling

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With my daughter and son having grown up in what seems to have been a blink of the eye, when asked for homeschooling advice, I tell everybody to slow down and do the things you love with your kids. Enjoy your time together, for it is fleeting. Each family is different. Like different flavors of chocolate. Of course give them the basic math, spelling, etc, curriculum, but really focus on what YOU love teaching. Be your own style! Do you love science? Art? History? Literature & music? Teach what you enjoy or feel passionate about. If that...

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