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Lunch Ideas for Busy Homeschooling Families

Lunches for Homeschooling Families Looking to break out of the (mac & cheese) box? We asked our community of Idaho homeschool mommas to share their go-to lunches for busy home educating families. Here’s what they recommended: Hot Lunches   Grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon Mini pizzas on english muffins or bagels Hot ham or roast beef sandwiches Fried Egg Sandwiches Baked potatoes V8, warmed as soup (add Italian seasonings and sprinkle parmesan on top) Pasta with jarred marinara sauce or pesto

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Laundry Tips

Laundry Tips for Homeschooling Families Are you feeling overwhelmed by the ever-growing Mount Laundry? We asked our community of Idaho homeschooling moms how they conquer the laundry in their homes. In a collection as diverse as each family, here are some of their best tips:   Enlist the Troops   We converted the upstairs linen closet into a laundry closet. The shelves were re-built to hold laundry baskets, and each basket held a designated type of laundry (whites, gentle wash, jeans, etc.).

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part Eight

  Idaho Homeschool History Part Eight The Dawning Age of Homeschooling by Linda Patchin Idaho Education Code 33-202 in 1992 read: 33-202  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY…Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school…   By 1998, few Idaho homeschoolers felt threatened with imminent demise. Our movement was expanding, and an industry of textbook providers, authors and speakers was being raised up. The internet had been invented, and

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The Root of Patience

The Root of Patience By Audra Talley   Last year my kinesthetic, can’t-sit-still, son started kindergarten. Things went remarkably well; except for handwriting. His precise, but impatient nature gets easily overwhelmed. I could see the end coming, but pushed him to continue. Finally, patience worn thin, I dropped it . . . kind of. The rest of the year he traced his work, but didn’t write free-hand.   We’ve seen improvement this year, but he still struggles. My children progress

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part Seven

Idaho Homeschool History Part Seven The Dawning Age of Homeschooling Idaho Education Code 33-202 in 1992 read: 33-202 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY …Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school… In our last installment, we learned about the formation of the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators as a legislative and lobbying organization, but they actually got their start prior to that date.   Homeschooling was in

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Grief in the New Year

Grief and the New Year By Heidi Forney   Grief might seem to be a strange subject to talk about at this time of the year. Usually at the beginning of a new year blog posts are all about how to restart your school year after hitting that mid-year slump.   But sometimes, whether homeschooling with special needs or with typical children, grief accompanies the beginning of the year. It might be you lost a family member last year so the beginning of a new

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Serving with Love

  Serving with Love: An Exercise for the Whole Family   “And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part Six

  Idaho Homeschool History Part Six   The Dawning Age of Homeschooling   Idaho Education Code 33-202 in 1992 read:   33-202  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY…Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school…   At the advice of Representative Tilman, in 1993, the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators began hosting an annual Legislative Day at the Idaho Capitol.  They asked homeschool families to bake homemade pies to serve

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Bad Company: Good Board Games at Department Stores

Bad Company: Good Board Games at Department Stores   This post contains affiliate links. CHOIS may earn a small commission from links. Your purchase enables CHOIS to continue to inspire, promote, and protect home education in Idaho.   by Kathleen Bretton   If you want to buy a quality board game, your best bet is to swing by your friendly local game or toy store. There, knowledgeable staff can guide you and might even have a demo copy for you

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While You’re Still Waiting

    When You’re Still Waiting   Simeon and Anna waited their whole lives for the Savior who would shine in the darkness.   My church family waits for the return of those loved college students and one to return from Africa for Christmas break.   A friend waits to hear the doctor’s results for her diagnosis of cancer.   David also spent up close and personal time with waiting. In Psalm 69, he was weary with his crying, his

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