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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

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,

Don’t Let the Education Plan Scare You!

Do you want to put immediate fear into the heart and mind of a homeschool parent? Say the following phrase three times, “education plan”. Actually, you only need to say it once and it often brings immediate chills to a homeschool parent. Of all of the challenges homeschool parents face, creating an education plan appears

Don’t Ruin Summer!

By Todd Wilson We did it! We made it through another school year . . . or almost through the school year. That means I need to switch my normal homeschool advice to summer advice. You’d think that normal people wouldn’t need advice on enjoying the summer, but we all know that homeschoolers are not

TN Workshop: The 4-Year Plan for High School Success

If you are new to homeschooling a high school student, the thought may seem a bit daunting. Secretly, you may have even considered holding your rising high schooler back another year just so you do not have to deal with the new experience. Homeschooling a high school student is not for the weak, but it

How to Start Homeschooling in Kindergarten (and Before)

When your baby was born, you never thought you would be here today considering homeschooling. It is something you probably discussed, doubted you could do and decided not to follow through, because you thought “how could I possibly homeschool”? But, it is time and here you are again. Let me tell you something: you can

How to Have a Purposeful Day at a Homeschool Convention

The days of the convention can run through your mind as a blur. There is so much going on and you want to see everything. The best way to keep up with your day and to complete your purpose is to follow the schedule you have set. By following your schedule, you will have a

How to Plan Before Attending a Homeschool Convention

The big homeschool conventions usually only come around once every year. Because of that, it is always best to prepare, so you may take advantage of the offerings and have a good time. There are usually speakers to hear, workshops to attend and a vendor hall full of curricula to see. The best advice is

How to Teach Your Child the Value of a Thank You

I bet your children had a wonderful time this past Christmas opening all of their gifts. The wrapping paper was flying, decorative ribbons were tossed and eyes sparkled when they were set upon an “unexpected” gift just for them. It is always nice to receive gifts. As a gift giver, it is also nice to