Archive for the Homeschooling Category

DIY Book Nook

  DIY Book Nook By Elizabeth Thompson   We are a family of 5 living in 1008 square feet. Living (and homeschooling) with limited space can require some creativity! I enjoy the challenge of packing function and fun into small spaces. One such project was transforming our hall closet into a book nook. I found some basic inspiration online, then added my own flair. The first order of business was removing the sliding doors and track as well as the closet

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The Most Important Question

The Most Important Question by Cheri Reiswig September has faded and October is here, We are now in the rhythm of a new school year. Books line shelves, prepared lessons lie in store, Much time was spent filing and sorting and planning galore. “She’s good in phonics, but not so in math, He’s already bent toward a scientific path.” “This one’s a scholar, this one’s not, Because everything from last year he’s already forgot.” Schedules and Worksheets and Tables and Rules, Planners and Flash Cards and

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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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Drill Sergeant Mom

Drill Sergeant Mom

By Angela Snodgrass Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the mode of drill sergeant mom. Much of our day is spent giving directions, following up to see that tasks are accomplished and dealing with situations when things are not completed. If we’re not careful, we can find ourselves barking orders rather than training hearts. Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror when you’re in that mode? Oooh, not pretty! While what we’re saying must be said,

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What Do Homeschool Days Look Like?

What Do Homeschool Days Look Like?

Good morning homeschool moms!  Hope you’re having a great week so far.  A little peek into our week – We’ve stayed on track pretty well for our first week back, an accomplishment for mom to say the least!  Waking up to snow yesterday we grabbed our books and headed to Starbucks for “Starbucks school”.  It was so relaxing and the kids got quite a bit done….and I got my salted caramel mocha so Momma was happy. Of course we got

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Happy New Year’s message from CHOIS

Happy New Year's message from CHOIS

Happy New Year Homeschool families! Today is the day many of us have chosen to begin schoolwork again after a long Christmas break. We hope that your vacation was restful, full of fun and that you and your children are now ready for your regular routine. It’s not always easy to get back in the swing of things. The first day back will probably take longer to complete than most other days. You and your children may be readjusting to a more normal

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Merry Christmas from the CHOIS Board of Directors

Merry Christmas from the CHOIS Board of Directors

Dear Homeschool Families, The Board of Directors of CHOIS wishes your family a joyous Christmas. We are grateful for God’s blessing upon Idaho where we have the freedom to home educate unencumbered by intrusive regulation. This freedom is very precious, and often requires diligence in order to protect it. It is CHOIS’ privilege to preserve your right to educate your children to love and serve the Lord by utilizing our knowledge, experience, reputation, and our longstanding partnership with HSLDA and

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Taking Time to Breathe

Taking Time to Breathe

Good morning homeschool mommy friends! I hope you’re enjoying this Christmas season. As I’ve been chatting with friends over the last few days there seems to be a common thread. With a week less between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we feel a bit like we’re getting gypped! With so much to do and so many people we want to spend time with, the rush of the season can end up causing stress instead of joy. One of my dear friends makes

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Final Thoughts on Dissenters

  Final Thoughts on Dissenters   Linda Patchin   Click on the links if you missed Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.   Children can learn well at home with their parents teaching them. They can lead rich and rewarding social lives, full of opportunity. They can invest others into their homeschool experience. And yet all of these things were not enough to bring my in-laws to a state of acceptance.   It took comparison. My in-laws moved into a

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Got Dissenters? Part 3

  Got Dissenters? Part 3 By Linda Patchin   Click the links for Part One or Part Two   The Mother Lode of Good Will descended upon our homeschool slowly and uncertainly, much like the first flakes of a winter snowstorm.  I am not even certain that I recognized the signs at first.   My eight-year-old son was learning about World War II and Grandpa had served in the Army during that war. It seemed only fitting that his grandson should

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