A Mission Statement for Difficult Days

by Alyssa Hemmer, The Old Schoolhouse Many families, like mine, have chosen homeschooling for the long haul. Homeschooling affects many aspects of life. It is a worthwhile endeavor, as well as a huge undertaking, with unique sacrifices each family will...

My View of January

by Marie Stout “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” What advantage does man have in all his work which he does under the sun? A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. … All the rivers flow into...

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Be Prepared!

by Roy Hanson Roy Hanson, FPM’s Founder, wrote this article in 1998, but the reasons for being prepared as a private home educator have not changed. We hope you are equipped and encouraged by this timeless article! As the home education movement has grown, so have the...

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New Year, New You?

by Katie Julius Ah, the beginning of yet another year. Where does the time go? If your social media feed looks anything like mine, you’ve probably seen many of your friends and family sharing about their resolutions, goals, new habits, or “word for the year.” The...

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An Unexpected Blessing

by Rebecca Kocsis It was just an ordinary park day; one of dozens that we had attended since we started homeschooling. The children enjoyed a few hours of unstructured play with the only interruption being for snacks and drinks. We mothers enjoyed the time equally as...

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Trusting in God’s Faithfulness

by Katie Julius I have been a part of my homeschool support group’s leadership team since 2019, and our family members since 2017. Our group has a long history reaching back to the early 1980’s, and for the last decade or so, things were pretty standard. We were...

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A Simple Christmas

by Katie Julius You’ve probably seen the meme going around recently that says something to the effect of, “The first Christmas was simple. It’s okay if yours is too.” A few weeks ago, we shared a blog with some ideas for those who were interested in Christmas School....

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Home Education: Instruction or Influence?

by Deborah Wuehler, Senior Editor, The Old Schoolhouse Though I have already graduated many children, I often feel I could have done a better job in one way or another. I could have taught them more or influenced them in a better manner. Some days I ask myself, "What...

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Five Ideas for Christmas School

by Katie Julius When should Christmas celebrations start? It’s something that’s heavily debated, with each side staunchly defending their position. I’m in the camp that Christmas doesn’t start until after we’ve celebrated what we are thankful for. The long weekend...

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We are Thankful

With a focus on what we are thankful for this week, we wanted to reflect on what we are thankful for in our homeschools. We have collected responses from some of Team CHEA and CHEA’s Support Network leaders that are featured below. We pray you are encouraged by what...

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Paco’s Perspective: An Invitation to Relationship

by Dr. Lisa Dunne In his 1936 essay “The Capitol of the World,” Ernest Hemingway tells the story of a teenager named Paco and his broken relationship with his father. When Paco runs away from home, his father begins a long, failed journey to find him. One day, in...

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