Archive for the Homeschooling Category

Got Dissenters? Pt. 2

  Got Dissenters? Part 2 By Linda Patchin Missed Part One? Click here.    Sometimes people assume too much. It is not uncommon for friends and family members to feel that we are judging them for not homeschooling. They don’t realize that most of us are far too busy schooling our kids to worry about what someone else is not doing. Their assumption can place roadblocks in the path to friendship and family unity.   But to continue where I

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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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Got Dissenters?

  Got Dissenters?   By Linda Patchin   Did the big announcement that you would be homeschooling your children fall flat on less than receptive ears? Mine too! This week, I will be sharing thoughts on this topic, along with hints about how to turn critics into cheerleaders.   I was first introduced to the concept of homeschooling through a Focus on the Family interview with Dr. Raymond Moore in 1981. I did not have children at the time, but

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Thanksgiving Giveaway!!

Thanksgiving Giveaway!!

CHOIS is thankful for YOU!  To show our gratitude during this season of thanks we’re giving away three copies of the classic book, Heart of Homeschooling by Chris Klicka.Simply leave us a comment answering the following question and your name will be entered.  The drawing will be held Wednesday, November 27th at 9:00 p.m. MST. Ready? Here’s your question. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? To enter, “Like” us on Facebook (if you haven’t already) and add your comment

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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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Opening a Time Capsule

Opening a Time Capsule

Opening a Time Capsule By Linda Patchin This weekend I opened a time capsule in the form of a Phil Donahue interview with John Holt that was recorded in 1981. Phil’s guests also included two pioneer homeschooling families. The audience was quite hostile to the idea of moms teaching their own children, and Phil repeatedly stated that he did not think that this homeschooling thing would ever take off. Here is the link to the video if you’d like to

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Fresh Ideas for your Homeschool

Fresh Ideas for your Homeschool

Christmas Traditions By Linda Patchin Don’t you love establishing family Christmas traditions? My family has many, but one that we especially treasure has been reading through an Advent book together during the month of December. It used to be difficult to find books that we could all enjoy, but several years ago we stumbled across an excellent series. Idaho author, Arnold Ytreeide, has written a Christmas Trilogy for home use during the Advent season. The first in the series is

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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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Do You Have Your B.A.?

Do You Have Your B.A.?

By Linda Patchin Do you have your B.A.? When I was just beginning to homeschool first grade with my oldest child, before it was quite legal in Idaho, my husband’s Aunt asked me this question when she learned of our plans. I did not really expect this type of question from a missionary’s wife. She probably saw the surprised look on my face because she clarified her meaning. With a sly smile, she rephrased her query. Do you have the

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Keep Your Children Healthier

Keep Your Children Healthier

By Linda Patchin How Can You Keep Your Children Healthier?  By Homeschooling them! Research is confirming that Home-schooled children are thinner, leaner, and report better diets relative to traditionally schooled children. Here is the link to the report. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.20610/abstract Homeschooled children commonly have less exposure to communicable diseases, resulting in fewer sick days. Eating a healthy diet is important, and homeschooling provides children with carefully planned and prepared meals, served up with love. Access to junk food, and food allergens

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