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Memorizing Scripture? It’s Not Just for Little Kids

  Memorizing Scripture? It’s Not Just for Little Kids by Abigail Prigge   “I used to think that memorizing Scripture was just for little kids. It’s not. It’s for big kids.”   I smiled when my when my friend gave me this simple yet profound statement. Who hasn’t lumped Bible memory with quizzing or AWANA? It really is a forgotten spiritual discipline that we “big kids” need even more than ever. Charles Spurgeon stated,   “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the

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A Sanity-Saving Christmas Tradition

A Sanity-Saving Christmas Tradition       by Mary Colwell   I love Christmas! It is my favorite holiday, and I adore everything about it!   Well, almost everything…   There is one thing about this season that doesn’t excite me; that is the challenge of putting everything away after Christmas. We do try to keep gift-giving to mostly practical things, but inevitably our kids get a few new toys, and then the question arises: where do we put them!?!

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Thank You

Thank You!     It’s that time of year when our hearts just naturally want to give thanks. Gratitude is a wonderful thing, but today CHOIS would like to thank the real heroes of the homeschooling movement… parents!   Diligent homeschool parents teach multiple subjects to multiple children, while washing and cooking and washing and cleaning and washing and driving and washing and shopping and washing and mending and washing…all on top of their teaching responsibilities.   Thanks for sacrificing

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As Long As It Is Called Today

As Long As It Is Called Today by Elise Hooper   My weary eyes blink rapidly, as if to shake loose the sleep that clings to them. I read the clock, and blink again. Seven? Does that say seven? And I leap from the bed. In a panic, I dress, forgoing the shower I so desperately need. Scooping up laundry, my mind races. What should I do first? I wanted to have several loads of laundry finished already! No time to exercise,

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The Spiritual Power of a Mother, Part I

The Spiritual Power of a Mother, Part I   In these days of female empowerment few authors are brave enough to tell the simple truth about the most profound influence a woman may ever possess; that which is wielded in her own home, as she nurtures and guides the lives that God has entrusted to her care. Dr. Michael Farris lovingly imparts this knowledge in his book, The Spiritual Power of a Mother. After more than thirty years of serving

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My Ten Minute Tidy Routine

My 10-Minute Tidy Routine by Mary Colwell     We all need routines (at least I hope y’all do, ’cause if you don’t, that means I’m just special that way!). I have several of them myself, but my favorite is what I call The Ten Minute Tidy. It works like this: every night before I go to bed, I walk through my home and pick up everything that is left out. Usually this does not include toys, as my children

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Every Second Counts

Every Second Counts by Elise Hooper   My early morning quiet time has been… not so quiet lately. There’s a sweet toddler with a beautiful smile that wakens with me and interrupts my reading and prayer time with piles of books plopped into my lap. And when I reach for her and we pull the afghan around our shoulders, she leans back and sighs contentedly. I’ve given up feeling like I’ve a right to alone time because, you see, four

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A Cup of Encouragement: C-A-T Spells Dog?

  C-A-T spells dog? If you’ve ever taught a little one to read you know how exciting and frustrating it can be. They might sail through, sounding out words with ease and the very next day can barely sound out c-a-t. For the teacher it is a lesson in patience to be sure… and I may or may not have nodded off a time or two during reading time. I remember sitting with my little Emma, listening to her struggle

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Because: Reflections on Learning to Read

Because By Allegra Reiswig I knew I loved words the first time after my mom read “The Children’s Hour” to me by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. “I’m going to read your poem, Allegra,” she said as she turned the gilded pages of a hardcover library book. The baby was down for a nap and I was perched on the arm of our peach, cushy rocking chair with my two younger brothers. “Mine?” I said, inwardly trilling to myself. “I have my

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Corral Clutter in a Shoe Bag

Corral Homeschool Clutter in a Shoe Bag by Copper Webb   Our homeschool has young students, and we do a lot of hands-on activities throughout the day. Unfortunately, hands-on activities require things for students to put in their hands. Art supplies, math manipulatives, game pieces, craft materials, writing utensils, the list goes on and on. Who knew that homeschooling required so much stuff?   I often grew frustrated at the amount of stuff strewn around our homeschool room. I like things to be

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