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Raising Servants: The Three P’s

Raising Servants: The Three P’s By Niccole Perrine   Mount Washmore, abounding in socks, shorts, shirts and linens stared at me. I stared back, eyes narrowed. This wasn’t going to be easy. After a long week of morning sickness, combined with an impressive amount of procrastination, I finally grit my teeth, girded up my loins, and began chipping away at the mountain.   “Momma?” A little voice queried.   I peered over the load of hot linen in my arms.

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Take a Spring Pause

GRADUATION STRESS? Take a Spring Pause     by Abigail Prigge   Finals. Graduations. Decisions. Dress shopping. Recitals. End-of-the-year events. Assignments. Yard work.   It’s hard to do laundry this time of year, let alone take a break to think about the big picture.   Perhaps that’s when you know you’re too busy NOT to take a pause and put this season into perspective. Ready for a breather?   1. Make a List If you already have a list, make a

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Of Skiing Down and Growing Up

Of Skiing Down and Growing Up     by Abigail Prigge   Our feet dangled off the edge of the ski chairlift over the snowy chasm below. I was riding up to the top of the mountain with three of my siblings, ages 13, 11, and 8.   This moment.   These people.   Someday my seven younger siblings could be littered all over the United states or even the world. But for now, here we were. The four of

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The Most Important 15 Minutes of My Homeschool Day

  The Most Important 15 Minutes of My Homeschool Day   by Mary Colwell   Homeschooling, housekeeping, cooking… It’s hard to keep it all balanced as a home-educating parent, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but most of the time this homemaking/homeschooling thing is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Some days are easier than other, but it’s never as simple as I wish it were. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, something

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Introducing Epifiction

CHOIS is excited to share this brand new reading program with you, which is being released in Idaho. Be one of the first in the world to try this innovative approach to creating interested readers and eager writers! The company is still testing their product and would love parent feedback. Irresistible, Interactive Fiction at Home Epifiction (formerly Smart Koala) is a collaborative reading platform that brings the written word alive by giving your child a say in how the story

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It’s a Wonderful Homeschool

It's a Wonderful Homeschool

by Mary James Georgia Bailey sighed as she pulled out of the parking lot of the coffee house. Mom’s Night Out meant so much to her and encouraged her tremendously as a home schooling mom, but sometimes these gatherings left her feeling so inadequate. Everyone seemed to have it so together! Their home schools always seemed to run so smoothly! What was wrong with her? As she began the long drive home, she considered her own family. Her husband, Marty,

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A 25-Day Countdown To A Character-Filled Christmas

A 25-Day Countdown To A Character-Filled Christmas

Please enjoy this Christmas gift from 2015 CHOIS Keynote Speakers Steve and Megan Scheibner. The gift is Megan’s latest book… “A 25-Day Countdown To A Character-Filled Christmas.” It is a beautifully illustrated e-book that helps people set character goals for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. Click here to view!! >> 25 Days

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Christmas Gift Picks

Christmas Gift Picks

Looking for engaging, hands-on gifts that will actually be enjoyed by your children? Look no further than Timberdoodle, a crazy-smart company started by a Washington homeschooling family. CHOIS Connection contributor, Copper Webb has compiled her favorite Timberdoodle gift picks for this Christmas season. Click here to view pdf Christmas Gift Picks 1

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Inspire, Promote, Protect

Article taken from the CHOIS Connection Winter 2014 issue Inspire, Promote, Protect Last year, CHOIS unveiled a beautifully redesigned website. On our home page, we condensed our mission statement to three vital terms which encapsulate our effort to serve the homeschooling families of Idaho. Inspire From my own experience I have learned that there are at least two unique types of inspiration needed by homeschool parents. Early on, we need the type that compels radical change. As we grow more

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Study Results on Mental Health of Homeschoolers

Study Results on Mental Health of Homeschoolers

A recent study purposed to “measure the mental health characteristics of grown homeschoolers, including levels of depression, anxiety, overall happiness, prioritization of character strengths, and to understand their attitude towards seeking psychotherapy.” Researcher Roya Dedeaux posited that the information gathered from her study would benefit marriage and family therapists by providing information to help individualize treatment to better serve this particular subset of society. The subjects of the study were comprised of 1,052 participants between the ages of 18 and

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