Archive for the Encouragement Category

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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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