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The very best kind of garden

The best kind of soil is soft and pliable through tilling the hard ground of insensitivity and free of the weeds of cares and sin. The best kind of seed is God’s Word. The best kind of nourishment for the seed is faith. The best kind of light is Jesus. The very best kind of garden is the one in my child’s heart.

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Where are the grown ups?

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Cor. 13:11 NKJV This video from Paul Washer got me thinking. Back in the “good old days” children couldn’t wait to grow up. They looked up to parents and other adults. They longed to share their responsibilities and respected their position as elders. … read on, my friend…

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Homeschool secret sauce

Ever had something so finger lickin’ good that you just had to have the recipe? So you work up the courage to ask and when you get it you realize you can’t duplicate it because there’s one ingredient you don’t have–secret sauce. It’s a blend of spices and flavorings so potent, so tasty, so irresistible that you can’t help eating it until your tummy aches. Even then you want more. You liked it so much … read on, my friend…

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Patience in the waiting

I am waiting. I am in a waiting season. I don’t like it much because I’m not very good at it, which is probably one reason for the waiting. Patience is a fruit that needs to abound in my life and there’s much to be said for letting patience have its “perfect work.” But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get … read on, my friend…

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Sheltering and books

LIT’ERATURE, n. [L. literatura.] Learning; acquaintance with letters or books. Literature comprehends a knowledge of the ancient languages, denominated classical, history, grammar, rhetoric, logic, geography, &c. as well as of the sciences. A knowledge of the world and good breeding give luster to literature. There seem to be two camps concerning literature:  those who think you should shelter your children and those who think that difficult books are a tool for discussion. Of course older … read on, my friend…

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Homeschooling is a bit like nursing

Since I have started working again I have noticed there are a few correlations between what I do now and home educating. Individual attention. I have two patients and so I am able to concentrate only on them. Specialization. It takes a special skill set to work as an ICU RN. It also takes a special skill set to homeschool. Continuing education. You are always learning as a nurse and as a home educator. If … read on, my friend…

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What to do when you can’t

In case no one has noticed, I’ve been MIA around here. There are several reasons I want to share, hopefully to encourage some of you home educators. I hope my story isn’t too common, only because I don’t want anyone to go through what I did. It all started more then three years ago. It began slowly and grew to take over my life. It became a giant obstacle that I couldn’t see around or … read on, my friend…

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Of lanterns and lighthouses

I love to plan. Seriously, I LOVE it. Home educating quenches that desire in me because I have to plan on a regular basis. Score. Even though I really enjoy it, sometimes I think I can get by without planning. For some moms, loose plans or [gasp!] no plans aren’t a big deal. I am not one of those moms. Lesson plans are the way the big picture gets done. They are a map to … read on, my friend…

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The weight of the world on tiny shoulders

As I watch my children growing up in this chaotic world, I am a little stunned about something. It seems that the adults have put all the “hope” for the future on the shoulders of people who don’t even shave yet. When I surf the kiddie cable channels I am amazed at the steady stream of so-called news and environmental propaganda aimed at children. The message is “you can save the world.” Um, isn’t that … read on, my friend…

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Gentle BPA

With all the trappings of Biblical Principle Approach–word studies, 4-Ring, notebooks, the Red Books, Rudiments, etc., you can easily get overwhelmed and frustrated. Your idea of home education is not caught up in books and all that research, but in being with your children, learning alongside them. There is a way to do both. Ease into the whole BPA mindset. It takes time and effort to reformulate your ideas of American Christian education, to get … read on, my friend…

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