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Dirt Road Days of Homeschooling

Dirt Road Days of Homeschooling

Dirt Road Days   by Audra Talley   Ah, the sweet lazy days of summer where the cool shade of the tree in the backyard beckons me. I decide that today is one of those days, so I head to the back yard, blanket in hand. My kids, who were scattered all over the house, somehow know I have exited and come traipsing after me. For the next hour we lay under that tree, everyone gazing up through the leafy

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When You Meet a Mountain

When You Meet a Mountain

When You Meet a Mountain by Audra Talley   The choice to homeschool is a big one. We may start off with a preschooler or have older children already halfway through their schooling. While we can be crazy-enthusiastic about the challenge, we often approach the homeschool road with a healthy dose of trepidation, even fear. And it is certainly not unfounded fear. The enormity of the responsibility of both parenting and educating our children can be overwhelming. The huge range

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Stay the Course

  Stay the Course by Audra Talley   Gah! Some days I am ridiculously unmotivated . . . for housework, schoolwork, wifework . . . pretty much anything. On the sunshiny days I want to lie in the greening grass and soak up months of missing vitamin D. On the rainy days I just want to huddle under a blanket with a cup of coffee and a . . . blank stare. My kids are struggling, too. With months of

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Homeschool Teams Win Idaho State Science Olympiad

Homeschool Teams Take Top Trophies at Idaho State Science Olympiad; Heading to Nationals   Treasure Valley middle school and high school homeschool students joined fifty-two public and private school teams from across the state to compete at the Idaho State Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at Northwest Nazarene University. Teams of up to 15 students competed in 23 events focusing on various STEM disciplines.   Both homeschool teams won their respective first place team trophy (plus 31 individual

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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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Prayer Journaling for Teens

Teens—A Rich Way to Record 2017 (Prayer Journaling)   As we settle into 2017 with goal lists and good intentions, we already have stacks of memories and most of us enjoy reviewing them at the end of the year. Instagram, blogs, diaries, scrapbooks and bullet journals all aid in documenting our paths as the months roll by.   As a dabbler in many of these memory savers, I think I found my favorite way to record my highs and lows.

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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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Cooperative Board Games

Peace on Earth! Cooperative Board Games under the Christmas Tree By Kathleen Bretton 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.    Board games are a great way to spend time together as a family, but it can be hard to find a game that makes children of various ages happy. With many games, your 14-year-old is bored with its simplicity and

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A Stepping Stone

  A Stepping Stone By Katherine Dlugolonski   While those in most of our country know to attribute the First Thanksgiving to the Mayflower Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621, I often wonder if many understand why on earth the Pilgrims undertook such a journey. The pat answer, given by rote, would be for religious freedom, yes? And this was a large part of it. But there is something so much deeper that has been largely ignored by recent generations.

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The Ultimate Homeschooler’s Guide to Board Games

The Ultimate Homeschooler’s Guide to Board Games (Organized by Subject!)   by Kathleen Bretton   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.   What makes a quality board game? It doesn’t have to be difficult, burst brain cells or take a weekend to play to be an engaging board game. A quality board game – often referred to as being

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