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Spring Homeschool Tune-Up

    Spring Homeschool Tune-Up A Checklist for Diligence   Spring is slow in coming, but with it finally on the horizon I am having a hard time not totally giving into the spring cleaning itch. If I did, school would not get done and half our belongings would be at the second-hand store. Of course, with spring comes a new round of reevaluating our school and household routines. What worked? What didn’t? Why? What should we do different? And when

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Going It Alone

  Going It Alone by Heidi Forney   First of all let me say (thankfully!) we are NEVER really alone. Praise the Lord He IS there always with us in this adventure called homeschooling and with our special needs children and family members. I cant imagine having survived these last nearly 20 years with my special kiddo without the Lord with me every step of the way (although sometimes I was running on pure adrenaline and didn’t see Him, but

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Will They Ever Learn to Read

Will They Ever Learn to Read?!?       by Mary Colwell   As a homeschool mom, one of my favorite things to do is to listen to my 8-year-old son read. I find it incredibly satisfying to hear him reading to his sister and I love watching his face light up as he works his way through an exciting story. It’s fun because I was the one who got to teach him that.   That being said, I must

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When a Ten Year Old Wants to Write a Book

When a Ten Year Old Wants to Write a Book by Abigail Prigge   When your 10-year-old brother sails into your bedroom with a fresh notebook and declares, “Abi, I want to write a book!” that’s when you know you have achieved a new level of coolness as a big sister. And from a teacher’s perspective, I’m also feeling the coolness. Because this is the same kid who firmly believed writing wasn’t important. In his opinion, it was pure torture for

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STEM Education Opportunities in Idaho

  Are you looking to enrich your homeschool with more opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering and math? CHOIS has compiled a list of over 40 STEM resources across the state of Idaho. Click here to download your free printable list: STEM Education in Idaho

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What to Expect at the CHOIS Convention

What to Expect at the CHOIS Convention

We are so excited that you are going to be our guest at the convention this year! We understand that attending the convention for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. It’s a bit of a 3-ring circus with six workshops running simultaneously, an open exhibit hall selling products, curriculum services, resources, toys and more. There is a lot to see and do! Let us help by giving you some tips to help make your experience at the convention

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Fresh Ideas for your Homeschool

Fresh Ideas for your Homeschool

75 Picture Prompts for Young Writers By Linda Patchin One of the best memories that my children have of our homeschool is centered around this book. Once a week our entire family would select one of the picture prompts from the book and we would each write a story. At the end of the day we would gather around and read our stories. Each was unique and almost always funny. I kept every one of them. Each cartoon prompt is

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Fresh Ideas for Your Homeschool

Fresh Ideas for Your Homeschool

By Linda Patchin The Fallacy Detective Have you ever avoided answering a question by throwing out a Red Herring? Are you guilty of making a Hasty Generalization? Do you find Circular Reasoning confusing? Surely no one would question the need to learn how to recognize and avoid bad reasoning. We do not want our children to fall victim to advertising schemes or propaganda. And yet, if you’re like me, you were not taught these things and haven’t a clue where

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Fresh Ideas for Your Homeschool

Fresh Ideas for Your Homeschool

Fresh Ideas for Your Homeschool By Linda Patchin Are you looking for a fresh idea for your homeschool that goes beyond the three R’s? Each year, I try to find something that we can study together as a family and since some of these things have become trusted family treasures, I want to share them with you. The Young Peacemakers series is exceptional. It contains a series of comic books that pack a punch. As homeschoolers, we spend most of

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Can You Afford to Homeschool

Can You Afford to Homeschool

Can You Afford to Homeschool? By Linda Patchin The homeschool curriculum market is enormous. There are so many wonderful products, learning tools and toys, bells and whistles…but how much is really necessary? Let me begin by saying that I have known several highly successful home educators who used nothing but a library card to acquire books. It can be done. One way to purchase books inexpensively is through the extensive used book market. This should reduce your spending to around

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