Rearing Innovators

Rearing Innovators

Spring 2019 / by Sarah Hicks As a boy, Orville Wright was expelled from elementary school for mischievous behavior. Nevertheless, he and his older brother, Wilbur, were successful entrepreneurs with their own printing press by ages fifteen and seventeen....

Homeschool Ninja Warriors

Homeschool Ninja Warriors

Spring 2019 / by Ken Auer Many children have fantasized about getting up the warped wall as the crowd chants, “Beat that Wall!” on the American Ninja Warrior (ANW) television show. But that’s only a dream—or is it? In 2018, NBC’s Universal Kids chose 192...

The World Is Your Classroom–So Go Out and Learn!

The World Is Your Classroom–So Go Out and Learn!

Graduate 2019 / by Emily Parker (Class of 2014) For a homeschooler, the world is the classroom. By being taught at home, you’re being given the best kind of education—the kind that will continue for the rest of your life. You are acquiring the tools you...

The College Transition for Parents

The College Transition for Parents

Graduate 2019 / by Evelyn Bickley My husband, the youngest of seven children, was preparing to start college in Chicago, more than 800 miles from the family home in rural Pennsylvania. His parents kindly invited me to make the cross-country car trip with...

Four Lessons for Graduates (and Others)

Four Lessons for Graduates (and Others)

Graduate 2019 / by J. Mark Fox Truth really is stranger than fiction. Here’s the story, as it is recorded in the Bible, with some commentary along the way by yours truly. Jehoshaphat got word that three nations were joining forces to come against...

Guaranteed Success for Graduates

Guaranteed Success for Graduates

Graduate 2019 / by Matthew McDill As a graduate, you are standing on the verge of the rest of your life. Ahead are many choices to make and many battles to fight. Before you take a single step forward, I would like to encourage you to wrestle with one of...

The Five Ps of Picking Curriculum

The Five Ps of Picking Curriculum

Spring 2019 / by T.K. Chapman Ah, spring! The trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, and the birds and bugs are emerging. Homeschool catalogs appearing in your mailbox. An unmistakable freshness and newness permeates the air. It’s the time of year...

Redeeming the Time (Or, How to Recover from a Bad Year)

Redeeming the Time (Or, How to Recover from a Bad Year)

Spring 2019 / by Amanda Garner Few things breathe hope into my soul more than the first gentle breezes of spring. After enduring the darkness and bone-chilling temperatures that leave us huddled inside for days on end, sunshine and warmth whisper promises...

Feel the Rain

Feel the Rain

Spring 2019 / by Daphne Petrey One day in the middle of a lengthy wet spell, my three daughters and I were at home getting a little stir crazy—some more than others. When the rain finally let up a bit, and one asked to go outside, I said, “Yes!” I figured...

Taking the Pressure Out of Standardized Test Prep

Taking the Pressure Out of Standardized Test Prep

Spring 2019 /  by Amy Sloan Standardized tests—few other things can drum up such visceral reactions! North Carolina’s homeschool law requires annual standardized testing. It is important to me that, insofar as it depends on me, these not become a source of...