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Jan 1, 2005
J. Mark Fox
Jan/Feb 2005
Duty is Ours, Results are God’s

Adams cared deeply that slaves be set free, but whether they ever were or not was not his motivation. He fought for their freedom because it was the right thing to do, not because it was the most expedient.

History, Politics, Faith, Character
Jan 1, 2005
Diane Allen
Jan/Feb 2005
In the Dreariness of Winter We Wonder: Is there Life after Homeschool?

A friend used to say that the hardest thing about homeschooling was January and February. Isn’t that the truth?

Perspective, Encouragement, Empty Nest
Nov 1, 2004
November/December 2004
Homeschooling the Only Child

I soon began to notice that I was alone, in a sense. I never saw an only child on the cover (or the inside) of Teaching Home, or any other resource I found. I began to observe that homeschoolers are a prolific group—most of my friends had three or more children, and they weren't slowing down.

Yet, despite doubts from without or within, I returned to the comfort that God has ordained all our circumstances and His calling and provision still stands. My son truly enjoyed his own company and had no problems being an only child. We were able to go on more adventures using fewer resources, than anybody I knew, and we greatly enjoyed our years together at home.

Family Life, Perspective, Encouragement
Nov 1, 2004
Hal & Melanie Young
November/December 2004
Hal’s about It: Peace or Freedom

The government couldn’t depend on controlling a population that had freedom to choose, so the task was to limit their choices first, then condition them to prefer their constrictions rather than seek out their future in a world without guarantees.

Just be wary of the call of “peace and security.” Freedom is a risky thing, but it’s what allows parents to effectively educate kids with special needs, precocious readers, those gifted in mechanics or dance or music, who may be all in the same family!

History, Perspective, Law & Policy
Sep 1, 2004
Hal & Melanie Young
September/October 2004
Hal’s about It: Civics Class Meets Real Life

Being people who treasure their individual freedoms and realize how jealously those freedoms must be guarded, we homeschoolers have always been a politically active group. From the very start of the modern homeschooling movement, families across the philosophical spectrum have taken a keen interest in the political situation around them.

Politics, From the President
Sep 1, 2004
Cindy Townsend
September/October 2004
Reflections of a Reluctantly Retired Homeschool Mom

There I was, two years after my youngest had graduated from high school, walking through the annual NCHE Book Fair. This was the third NCHE conference that I’d attended with no one to buy for and nowhere to apply my new knowledge from all the wonderful workshops. What torture!

Empty Nest, Encouragement, Perspective
Jul 1, 2004
July/August 2004
Math: It's a Team Sport

However, when studying math, most children miss a strong grounding in the ability to think for themselves. They get into the rut of just doing what the math book tells them to do when they see a certain type of problem. This rut can be not only boring, but it can stunt their intellectual growth...

Math, Methods
Jul 1, 2004
Mari Fitz-Wynn
July/August 2004
How Do You Spell Homeschool?

Whether we spell home school as two words or one—the new way according to Webster’s—our goals and vision for our children are determined by our vision of homeschooling.

Perspective, Encouragement, Goals
May 1, 2004
J. Mark Fox
May/June 2004
Your Serve!

...we want our sons and daughters to grow up with a heart to serve others. We want them to follow the lead of the Lord Jesus who said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45).

Character, Family Life, Faith
Mar 1, 2004
March/April 2004
The Myth That Changed America

To the surprise of the majority of Americans, the phrase “separation between church and state” is not contained in the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution or any amendment to it, or any other official document upon which our nation and government was founded.

History, Law & Policy, Politics
Jan 1, 2004
Hal & Melanie Young
Jan/Feb 2004
Research Shows Homeschoolers Active in Society

Adults who were taught at home are reporting the homeschool experience has been an advantage to them in later years, and they are finding it is no detriment in college or career ambitions, according to a study just released by the National Home Education Research Institute.

Homeschool Research, Reasons to Homeschool
Nov 18, 2003
Nov/Dec 2003
In Defense of Unschooling

We home educate because we feel “school” hampers our children’s creative, natural learning process that is uniquely their own.

Unschooling, Methods, Perspective
Sep 18, 2003
Sep/Oct 2003
The Way to Sanity with Learning Challenged Kids: C.H.E.E.R. Them On!

Have you been looking for the right key to unlock social and academic progress with your learning challenged child?

Struggling Learners
Jul 22, 2003
July/August 2003
My Journey to Unschooling

Journey—a word that suggests moving from one place to another. That certainly describes our experience with home education. We have not always been in this place of unschooling, living and learning. This is the story of how we got here.

Unschooling, Methods
Jul 16, 2003
July/August 2003
My Homeschooling Story: From Refugee to Pioneer

Davis’ main concern voiced in his article is that even pioneers can lose sight of the real reasons they are homeschooling and slowly become refugees.

Beginner, Perspective
Jul 13, 2003
July/August 2003
Homeschool Field Trip

Following a parting prayer, we are off! It has begun—another family vacation, or, as my wife, the teacher, refers to it, another homeschool field trip.

Vacations, History, Field Trips
May 19, 2003
May/June 2003
The Gaze that Grace Gives

It has been said that a child’s first impression of God is found in the face of his mother. She gazes on him lovingly, ready to meet his every need, willing to sacrifice whatever she must to care for him, nurture him, teach him about his world, protect him, help him to find purpose and meaning in life.

Encouragement, Mothers, Family Life
May 12, 2003
Mar/Apr 2003
Life in the Fast Lane

With childhood innocence she asked this killer question: “Deddy, why do we always go places in the fast lane?”

Encouragement, Family Life, Goals, Character
Feb 13, 2003
Jan/Feb 2003
Empty Chairs and Empty Tables

When I hear the song, “Empty Chairs and Empty Tables” from Les Miserables, I need to have a box of Kleenex handy—especially lately. Many homeschooling families I know, including my own, have empty chairs at the table.

Encouragement, Family Life, Empty Nest
Jan 19, 2003
Jan/Feb 2003
The Importance of Arts Education

Ask most homeschooling moms about the fine arts curriculum they are using and the answers will range anywhere from “What arts curriculum?” to “Arts? I barely have time for math and science! Who has time for the arts?”

Art
Jan 6, 2003
Debbie Mason
Jan/Feb 2003
Teaching Math at Home

Three of the goals that I had for my homeschool were that my children would love to learn, know how to learn and be allowed to learn at their own pace. I saw many problems that were caused by children being pushed to do something before they were developmentally ready. We often see children pushed in reading, but it also happens with math.

Practical Helps, Math
Nov 1, 2001
November/December 2001
HOW CAN I EDUCATE MY CHILD AT HOME? The Way It Can be Done at From Five to Ten Years of Age--Part 3

The mother in her teaching does not need much theory of education. She is not dealing with the theoretical child, but with the child as he really is.

Do not hurry the child along in number work. The secret of real progress is not in how much the learner gets in a day, but in learning a little every day, and in learning it so well that it is a part of his everlasting mental store and so clearly understood that no such thing as review is necessary.

Reasons to Homeschool, Methods, Math, Science
Nov 1, 2001
Lorie Codispoti
November/December 2001
High Alti-TUDEs Make It Hard for Everyone to Breathe

Embracing a bad attitude is like going on a mountain climbing expedition. The moment you lay claim to the bad attitude a transformation process begins.

Goals, Perspective, Character, Faith
Nov 1, 2001
November/December 2001
Is Homeschooling a “Blast from the Past”?

As I sat watching the movie with one of my best friends, a non-homeschooling mom, I became uncomfortably aware of the similarities between raising a son in an underground bomb shelter and raising him in a homeschooling environment.

Encouragement, Perspective
Nov 1, 2001
November/December 2001
Gaining Confidence in Our Homeschooling

This article will discuss reasons to have confidence in our homeschooling, why it is sometimes difficult to develop and maintain confidence, and how we can increase our confidence.

Reasons to Homeschool, Perspective, Encouragement
Sep 1, 2001
September/October 2001
HOW CAN I EDUCATE MY CHILD AT HOME? From Five to Ten Years of Age--Part 2

Editor’s Note: This article is the second part of a three part series that was first printed in The Ladies Home Journal in September, 1913. Part 1 was reprinted in the January/February issue of the Greenhouse Report.

by:  Ella Frances Lynch

Reading, Spelling, Poetry, Methods
Sep 1, 2001
J. Mark Fox
September/October 2001
Before the Fire Will Fall!

But is there anything we can do to improve our chances of raising young men and women who are mighty in spirit? I think so.

Fathers, Family Life, Faith, Character, Parenting
Sep 1, 2001
September/October 2001
Do Less, Achieve More

Most people make their New Year’s resolutions in January. I make mine in August. The start-up of the new homeschool year is a much bigger event to me than the change of calendar years....This year, however, I will try to do things differently. The Lord spoke a little four-word sentence into my heart as I read my daily devotional book, God Calling, a few weeks ago. “Do less, achieve more.”

Encouragement, Perspective, Back to School, Goals
Jul 1, 2001
July/August 2001
Bring History to Life!

For your next family outing, why not consider a journey back in time? Even better, you can “hide” your history class in the guise of a trip to the eighteenth century through historical reenactment.

History
Jul 1, 2001
Jeff Townsend
July/August 2001
Jeff’s Journal: Continue to Tend the Plant

When a gardener decides to plant the flower into the garden and completely expose it to the outside environment, the care does not stop. The gardener will continue to care for the flower, but on a more limited basis.

Perspective, Empty Nest, Parenting, Law & Policy

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