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with joy

…if only I may finish my course with joy… Acts 20:24 AMP (emphasis mine) This is part of my life scripture. It is one that is dear to me and only recently I have seen it anew. There are three things in this lovely passage that I want to emphasize. Finish I am to finish, whatever that means for me. For some home educators it’s graduation. For others it’s somewhere along the way. No one … read on, my friend…

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Commonplace Blogging

Before the internet craze of blogging we wrote our thoughts down in something called a journal. Or a diary maybe. But it was for your eyes only, no worries of nasty comments from people you’ve never met–or kudos either. There is a comfort in putting pen to paper, capturing thoughts in space and time with the confinement of the written word is challenging and exhilarating. This article (and my other passion) got me thinking about … read on, my friend…

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Average kids are gonna rule the world

I’m convinced of it. The over-achievers are distracted with perfection and, well, over achieving. Their parents make sure they always get a trophy and always get an A and that they always feel good. The slackers aren’t a threat because they are mostly lazy–mentally, if not physically. Their parents might not make them do chores if they don’t feel like it. They may just lack ambition and their parents don’t require more. But they are … read on, my friend…

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The case for excellence part 2

Excellence is not a light switch. It’s not something that you wake up one day and you suddenly are, like a birthday. It’s more like getting grey hair; it happens one strand at a time. The process of excellence is important. Like a baby chick must struggle to shed its shell, the struggle to learn is necessary and rewarding. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect … read on, my friend…

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The Case for Excellence part 1

In American society today there  seems to be an allergy to excellence, at least to the Christian idea of excellence. On the one hand you have children afraid to look “smart” in front of their peers. and on the other we have the Martha Stewarts working hard to convince us that perfection is possible. Kids are texting and losing what little grammar skills they may have once possessed while they try hard to be “gangsta.” … read on, my friend…

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comfy shoes

Chicks like me love buying new shoes. They are cute and perfect with that certain outfit. The only problem is breaking them in. I don’t care how much I pay for shoes, the cuter they are the more they must be “broken in” to be anything less than a torture tactic. Funny how homeschooling can be like that. You have a new method you are trying out and it is just uncomfortable, bunching and squeezing … read on, my friend…

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The rewards of notebooks

Notebooks are not a new idea. Many of the founding fathers kept notebooks of their lessons and discoveries. What is so special about notebooks, as opposed to, say, workbooks? I say a lot. Production. A notebook is not simply a container of a child’s work. It is a tool for learning and self-government. It requires the child to be a producer of education and not a consumer of information. The child is an active part of … read on, my friend…

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The tapestry of home education

I think of the home education process as a tapestry. It’s a beautiful work that will stand the test of time (hopefully) and bless all who look at it. But it’s not easy. It takes time, dedication and resolve. But thankfully we are not in the process alone. The tapestry wasn’t our idea in the first place. (Deut. 6:7, Col. 1:16) It is unique to your family. No one else’s home education will look just like yours. And … read on, my friend…

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Spirit of excellence in notebooks

(my apologies in advance for this long post. It was impossible to shorten it.) At our Bible principles group we had a question about notebooks and excellence and what exactly should be required. I liked the response so much I asked permission to post it. Question: I have a question about notebooking… how much do we insist that this be their very best work? I am almost certain one would not find messy notebooks from … read on, my friend…

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