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Math and the Young Child

Because I love math (and majored in it), it was my favorite subject to teach. Now that all my kids are grown and my homeschooling days have passed, I really miss teaching math, especially algebra. One of the reasons that I chose to homeschool was that it provided the freedom to tailor the education of my children around their unique interests, abilities and the family’s priorities. When homeschooling parents adopt the institutional approach to education, they miss out on so many of the beauties of homeschooling. If you are going to homeschool, take advantage of its advantages.

Make Your Priorities a Part of Your Reality

It is probably not hyperbole to say that there is one thing that has transformed our homeschool in the past year. A simple 30-45 minutes each day revolutionizes our perspective. It provides the framework for my ultimate goal in education: raising people who believe what is true, honor what is noble, stand uncompromisingly for what is just, keep their desires pure, love things that are lovely and relish those things that are praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). As we resume our intellectual endeavors this fall, it is a thing that lends great joy to this crazy homeschool life.

Ten Things My Personal Trainer Taught Me about Homeschooling

Self-doubt swam through my mind as I climbed the steps to the workout floor of my local fitness center. Would I be able to handle this? Could I do it? Would I throw up? After spending the summer dealing with an ankle injury, surgery to fix it and then recovery, I honestly felt like a slug. I knew it was time to exercise regularly, but I was afraid to do it on my own and re-injure myself. During a brave moment, I casually mentioned to my husband, Bill, that I was interested in receiving personal training sessions for my birthday in September.

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