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Encourage Writing with the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the organization’s annual writers program will begin on Wednesday, November 1. Did you know the program is not just for adults? Really, there is a Young Writers Program for children, ages 17 and younger. The program is one that is described as a “fun, seat-of-your-pants” creative writing event where

Coming to a Theater Near You: Let There Be Light

Christians now have more family-friendly options with the number of faith-based films that continue to be released each year. One of those is the soon-to-be released film Let There Be Light, which opens in theaters across the country on Friday, October 27. Synopsis ~ World-famous atheist Dr. Sol Harkens (Kevin Sorbo) delights in debating and

NCFCA Short Film and Writing Contests for Homeschoolers

Does your student have a creative story stirring inside of them that desires to be told? If so, the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) contests for the 2017-2018 Short Story or the 2017-2018 Short Film may be their opportunity to share that story. This is the sixth year the writing contest will be

Foreign Language: Talent Versus Perspiration: A Question of Talent

By Karen Haid “Languages come easy for you.” “I’m not good at picking up foreign languages.” The question of talent or aptitude inevitably crops up in discussions regarding foreign language acquisition. I speak Italian and German and am often asked how I went about learning these languages. But even before I can answer, the individual

WonderWorks 2017-2018 Homeschool Days

Have you ever heard of WonderWorks? It is an indoor, educational and science-focused, amusement park located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. If you have ever been in the Pigeon Forge area, you may have noticed the classically designed upside-down building you see when driving in the area. During the months of September, October and January, homeschoolers

We will ‘See You at the Pole’

Have you ever stood still and listened for a word from God? More than 20 years ago, a group of teens in Burleson, Texas listened to a word from God, followed in obedience and from that, a prayer movement was born. To this day, See You at the Pole continues to bring together young people

Freedom From the Four Walls

River, Lily and Canyon preparing to take an airplane flight over our city. By Jennifer Smeltser I never in my life planned to homeschool. When I first learned about homeschooling, which was years before I was married and had children, it sounded like some type of weird and extremist way of raising kids.

Homeschooling with Little Ones: There’s More To It Than Just Keeping Them Quiet

By Janelle Knutson It can be quite a challenge trying to home educate older children with little ones around. I don’t know how many times I went to bed feeling like a homeschool mom failure as I contemplated the school work that was neglected and the huge amount of time that the little ones dominated

How To Ease Back Into Your School Routine

Do you sometimes feel like a Nike commercial when it comes to returning to your regular school routine after summer break? Our motivation regarding school should be immediate. There is no room for hesitation with setting schedules; opening books and getting down to business. You tell yourself to, “Just do it!” The only problem is,

Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days

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One child may not smile at you when you hand them their Spanish exam. Another one may ask (again) for a detailed explanation as to why they have to show their math work every single time. And then another child may refuse to do absolutely any work. Despite all of that, you are appreciated. Since