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Preschool

Kids’ Resources Review

The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine, illustrated by Meredith Hamilton New York: Black Dog & Leventhal : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., c2001 96 pages plus one audio CD Available on...

What Do I Do With My Child Before Kindergarten? By Debbie Feely

This is an excerpt from "Preschool At Home" As the new generation of Christian homeschooling parents, you face as great an obstacle as we who came into the movement 20 years ago. Homeschooling is...

Homeschooling Preschool

by Katie Julius One of the most common questions I see in social media homeschool support groups begins with, “My kids are 2 and 3…” I often chuckle to myself because parents of preschoolers are...

Toddler and Preschool Learning Tools by Susan K. Stewart

My husband would say that little ones are like geese. They wake up in a new world everyday. For toddlers and preschoolers, each day brings new adventures and new lessons to learn. Young children...

Infrequently Asked Questions

Most of us have questions in our heads we never ask aloud. Perhaps we feel silly asking or don't want to embarrass ourselves. Well, I'm not one of those silent ones. I'm usually the person raising...

Preschool Prerequisites

by Rebecca Kocsis I was sitting quietly with my husband before church. The wife of one of our pastors introduced me to a friend who was planning to homeschool. She hoped that I could help her friend...

Homeschooling with Little Ones

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...

Goals of Spiritual Development By Susan Lemons

An important part of any successful homeschool is relationship. As Christians, helping our children develop a personal relationship with God is our most important goal.   This should be reflected in...

Priorities for Preschool by Debbie Feely

In the years our sons were preschool age, we heard Dr. James Dobson discuss A Checklist for Spiritual Training, from his book Straight Talk to Dads. One particular thought caught our ears. He asked,...

Preschool: At What Cost? by Susan K. Stewart

“Does she go to preschool?” the nurse asked about our three-year-old granddaughter. When our reply was no, she looked as though she didn’t know how to respond. Bob explained as long as our...

Elementary

Making Math the Favorite Subject By Bethany Bennett

Finishing up with one customer, another asked me where CalcuLadder was. I pointed to a shelf above eye level and wondered why anyone would use it. It seemed a lot of money to pay for math drill...

Stepping into the Classroom of Creation by Roxanne Weber

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2 NIV). Why is it that...

Vocabulary: To Teach or Not to Teach By Bethany Bennett

Trying to keep up with my eight-year-old friend Alexa’s rapid fire recollection of her science experiment was a mental challenge. She was so excited about the hands-on experience she’d had with a...

Continue Reading for Pleasure, Progress, and Principles By Bethany Bennett

Though I didn’t particularly enjoy teaching reading, the success of hearing my child read is a great milestone in my homeschooling. Reading, reading, reading to your child before he can read for...

A Spelling Tip or Two By Bethany Bennett

When I started homeschooling, it hadn't dawned on me I would actually have to teach spelling. If you read well, shouldn't you be able to spell well? That's the way it worked for me. Having to teach...

Jr./Sr. High

Most Likely to Make a Million by Karen D. Koch

Homeschooling through high school is looming large before me. How did it get here so fast? Just the other day Mitchell was wearing diapers, drawing rockets with crayons, and sleeping with a stuffed...

Teach Your Teens to Think Biblically Using Research, Reason, Relate, and Record By Mary Schofield

All Christian parents hope their children will grow up to be strong in the Lord, not only trusting Christ for their salvation, but also becoming mature Christian leaders. This requires that they...

Ace the SAT Monster by Jean Burk

Yes, that’s the dreaded standardized test that most students bomb—even really smart ones. Colleges not only use it for entrance exams but also scholarships—the higher the score, the bigger the...

Teaching Your High Schooler to Write by Denise Boiko

Classic writer's block is that crippling paralysis that strikes when we're expected to come up with eloquent, edifying words—typically, under a time limit. But a different kind of writer's block can...

Sharpen Those #2 Pencils: Preparing for the SAT Exam by Denise Boiko

Whether homeschooled or traditionally schooled, high school students have one thing in common: their dread of college entrance exams. Homeschooling parents, too, may be intimidated.To begin with,...

Discipleship 101 By Mary Schofield

The first step to starting high school is to consider high school graduation. That’s right, you have to plan the graduation before you even start ninth grade. If your student is enrolled in a...

High School Students with Hearts Toward Christ by Bret Welshymer

A homeschooling mother recently shared a story about her 17-year-old son who had a job stocking grocery shelves. Within a few months of starting his job, he was awarded two promotions. Sadly, this...

Math Facts: Are They Really Important? by Julie Kotoff

Does the thought of teaching math to your children send shivers of fear down your spine? Do you have this reaction because you weren’t very good at math yourself in school? I am amazed at the...

Spelling and Grammar and Latin, Oh My by Barbara Beers

Probably the most frequent lament of homeschool parents over the past three decades centers on teaching their children to spell as well as they read. What begins enthusiastically in kindergarten...

Finding a Homeschool Group

(Excerpt from An Introduction to Home Education) With so many homeschool groups available, finding one that is right for your family will take some research. You may want to consider the following...

Choosing a Group for Your Special Family

Sometimes it can seem frightening to look for a support system among strangers. You may worry about how you and your special family will be accepted. Many homeschool groups don’t have special...

Project Guys and Building Relationships by Phil Downer

In my experience, men have a tendency to fall into two categories: people guys or project guys. Either we like people and don't care much for projects, or we love working on projects and find people...

Around the Year in 93 Newberys by Karen Koch

I read a lot in 2014.Each year I compile a list of all the books I read. I usually prepare a fresh sheet of paper and label it with the current year at the top on January 1. Then as I read books, I...

Four Simple Goals By J. Michael Smith

At graduation services I share four simple goals for success. The first time I shared these concepts with an audience I could not believe the response. After the graduation, parents came up to me,...

Preparing Our Sons to Serve by Dr. Voddie Baucham

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.—Mark TwainThere is an epidemic of mediocre, prayer-less, visionless, immoral, irresponsible men in our culture.  And if we continue to...

Raising Men by Kevin Swanson

I think my son is turning into a man. Finally. (Big sigh.) Just yesterday, for the first time, he drove solo into Parker from our home here in Elbert County, Colorado. Of course, Brenda and I were...

Sun Rises and Sets with You by Rick Boyer

It hangs on my office wall, a simple wooden plaque not as long or as wide as the lid of a shoebox. My desk is parked against that wall and the plaque is roughly centered, right at eye level. I see...

Savor the Season by Rick Boyer

In my experience, men have a tendency to fall into two categories: people guys or project guys. Either we like people and don't care much for projects, or we love working on projects and find people...

Praying Through the Homeschool Years By JulieBeth Lamb

Originallly published in the Oakdale Homeschool Support Group Newsletter, May 2003 Prayer is about the most important part of the Christian homeschooler's life. It is what keeps us focusing on God...

Is My Child Over-Socialized By Mavis Irwin

Anybody who has ever told someone that they homeschool their children knows that the inevitable question to be asked is: "What about socialization?" You know with that look of horror in their eyes...

Encouraged, Excited, Energized By Rebekah Stemm

I had a dream that my kindergartener was getting beat up on the playground at her public school. In my dream, I went to talk to three of the authorities whom I knew personally in real life. Being...

Living a Legacy By Mercy Hope

We live in a society that has effectively persuaded the majority of parents that forfeiting ones personal comfort and "freedom" for the purpose of training their own children is too great a...

The Homeschool Housewife Gets Some Sleep … NOT! by Susan Kemmerer

If you are one of those blessed women who are able to sleep through the night with nary a break in your restful repose, feel free to skip this article. This is addressed to those poor brave souls (I...

Time to De-Fragment Mommy by Karen Koch

My laptop computer has been sluggish lately — running slowly, working inefficiently, locking up doing basic functions. In light of this concern, Saturday morning I snuggled in with my laptop, my...

Eleven Reasons to Keep Homeschooling by Karen Koch

Let’s face it. Homeschooling is often hard work and sometimes discouraging because we’re stuck in the ruts and can’t envision the end results. As we near the halfway mark in the traditional school...

Weathering a Homeschool Storm by Norm Wakefield

Do you sometimes feel like a Category Five homeschool hurricane is going to obliterate your faith and smash it upon the rocks? As parents and leaders of your family, your faith in God sets the...

The Children’s Symphony by Deb Wallace and Cindy Kirkland

What sound is more beautiful than a symphony orchestra playing a well-practiced piece, with each instrument taking its turn to display its most beautiful attributes? No two instruments are alike....

God’s Homeschooling Tapestry: A Memoir By Susan Beatty

This article was first printed in the Summer 2007 issue of The California Parent Educator magazine on the occasion of CHEA's 25th anniversary.I didn't see it coming.One is seldom privy to a...

Prayer Partners

CHEA's ministry rests on a foundation of prayer. The tenth of each month is CHEA's day of prayer for homeschoolers in California, group leaders (local and state), and CHEA's ministry to all...

Homeschool History By Susan K. Stewart

"Children at risk." "Students hunted down." "Parents arrested and jailed." Sounds like headlines about a third-world country or a secretive cult. They are not. These are headlines about home...

If We Don’t Remember, We Forget By Gregg Harris

One of my family’s favorite films is one called Avalon, made in 1990 by director Barry Levinson. It tells a beautiful story about how easily the next generation can be lost. Sam Krichinsky (played...

Microscopes, the Bible, and Real Science: Why a modern microscopist believes the Bible to be God’s Word.

by Mark Armitage, M.S., Ed.S., Creation Research Society It is often said that the Bible is not a book about science. Skeptics maintain that it contains no scientific facts within its pages....

The Shelving of Classic Books By Sarah Schwab

In the late twentieth century, there was a move to replace classic western literature used in most schools and universities with a more diverse reading curriculum.  The new curriculum would place an...

Going Fun Places to Learn by Susan Peterson

“This subject is sooo boring.” “School is not fun.” “I don’t get anything out of just reading about it.” These and numerous other comments like them are what we homeschoolers hear so often, but we...

Re-Discovering Your Hometown by Karen Koch

I chuckled while watching Pixar’s Wall-E with my kids the other day when the captain and other characters said incredulously, “I didn’t know we had a pool” and “We have a jogging track?” Apparently...

School Portraits Tips by Julie Horn

With the sophistication of digital cameras today, great quality photos are easier than ever. However, there are some tricks of the photo trade that will lift your portraits from the snapshot pile...

What’s Up With Your Worldview? by Lalo Gunther

As a young father, I am challenged by an ever-increasing wave of ideas in our culture today that run counter to my Christian faith—the faith I hope to see bestowed upon my newborn daughter. The...

Creation Science Investigation by Nathaniel Jeanson

“The Bible is a bunch of cute stories and fairy tales—no one really believes what it says.” That’s what a lot of kids and teachers are saying today. Where do they get that notion? And why do...

Fledgling Fun by Beverly Imano

Part 1 Where did the time go? When I look at the young families in our group, especially those of you with pre-K to early elementary, I become starry-eyed and remember how much fun we had at that...

Helping Children Love to Learn by Dawn Hudson

Most of us grew up in a traditional school atmosphere: desks in rows with assigned seating, a stack of textbooks stored neatly (or not so neatly) inside each desk. At math time, reading time, or...

A View from the Other Side By Dianne Padget

After homeschooling for 19 years, all my children had graduated and moved on with their lives. I prayed, and asked the Lord to show me what I could do with the rest of my life. Sitting around eating...

Preschool Prerequisites

by Rebecca Kocsis I was sitting quietly with my husband before church. The wife of one of our pastors introduced me to a friend who was planning to homeschool. She hoped that I could help her friend...

Mission Accomplished, but Game Not Over By Julie Walker

My husband and I, even when we were dating, spoke of homeschooling our children. Now, over 25 years and three sons later, our youngest is a freshman...

Of Seasons, Gardens and Rocks By Eileen Shaffer

Hooray for spring! The roses are finally budding with the coming of warmer weather. "Purple wallflower bushes" cheerful pansies and bright impatiens form a kaleidoscope of color against the backdrop...

Encouraging Homemaking through Stories by Angela Mills

A few days ago, I told my seven year old that we would be skipping school to do a day of chores. “Yes!” she exclaimed. “I can help you like Laura and Ma!” She then proceeded to don her fanciest...

Homeschooling and the Sandwich Generation by Mindy Chenault

As I sat waiting in the hospital with my sister and my dad, I knew that our family's Christmas break plans were never going to materialize. My mom had suffered a stroke sometime around Christmas....

Boys and Girls Are Different By Hal and Melanie Young

When we were visiting colleges with our eldest son, a friend recommended a small liberal arts school nearby. They have a historic campus, top-flight academics, and just incidentally, an all-male...

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