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Preschool

You can prepare your preschooler for learning.


Elementary

Articles from experienced homeschoolers to help you with specific subjects.

Jr. High and Sr. High

Jr. & Sr. high school needn’t be so scary. Be encouraged with these articles.


New Additions

Around the Year in 93 Newberys
I have read all the Newbery Medal winning books and share with you some of my favorites, not-so-favorites, and some interesting finds.

Recordkeeping: Required Records
“What records am I required to keep to make my homeschool legal?”

This is a question we may wonder when we first begin to consider the homeschooling option. We wish, of course, to be sure we have all of our “i’s” dotted and our “t’s” crossed. This is a good thing. We want to know what the workload will be in keeping these records also. Will the stress of keeping records make the dream of home education out of reach?

Preschoolers and Worksheets
Picture the typical preschool worksheet, numerals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, arranged across from drawings of grouped objects. These worksheets are available by the dozens, free online or in purchased workbooks.

Why Go To Conventions?
It’s time to decide whether to attend the Annual CHEA Convention. As a new homeschooler, you may look at the list of workshops and all the activities and feel like it will be too much for you.

For Dads

Savor the Season
If anybody ever invents a time machine, I want the first one off the assembly line. I’ll have a thousand things I want to do. I’ll explore history and find out what really happened on a number of occasions.

Project Guys and Building Relationships
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 to be somewhat of an interruption of our goals.

Sun Rises and Sets with You
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 it every time I look up. It says, “Dad, I think the sun rises and sets with you.”

Raising Men
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 praying fervently. I called him on his cell phone to remind him to make use of his mirrors.

Preparing Our Sons to Serve
There is an epidemic of mediocre, prayer-less, visionless, immoral, irresponsible men in our culture. And if we continue to train our sons the same way, we will not stem the tide. If we see home education as nothing more than a means to better scores, a safer environment, and individualized learning, then we will miss a golden opportunity.

Four Simple Goals That Will Benefit Families
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, asking, “What was that second point?” and “What was point three?” and “Those principles are so simple and are common sense. Where did you get them?

Encouragement and Inspirations

Weathering a Homeschool Storm
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 standard for the next generation.

The Children’s Symphony
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. Each has its unique qualities of range and pitch and dynamics—played together creating a beautiful blend of melodies and harmonies.

Focus: Eleven Reasons to Keep Homeschooling in 2011
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 year (although we all know schooling actually goes on year-round), we at CHEA thought we would encourage our readers with some Focus: Eleven Reasons to Keep Homeschooling in 2011.

Time to De-Fragment Mommy
My laptop computer has been sluggish lately — running slowly, working inefficiently, locking up doing basic functions.

The Homeschool Housewife Gets Some Sleep … NOT!
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 count myself among them) who are awakened night after night, several times a night.

Living a Legacy
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 sacrifice. But as I look back over my life I am ineffably thankful that I had a mom who was willing to literally invest her life in mine. I know that as her child, I came first and that meant a lot.

Encouraged, Excited, Energized
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 very concerned, I kept pressing them, "What are you going to do about this?" "What are you going to do?" But they didn't respond.

Is My Child Over-Socialized?
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 that says only a moron takes their children out of such a utopian setting as public school. It's close to being un-American!

Praying Through the Homeschool Years
Prayer is about the most important part of the Christian homeschooler's life. It is what keeps us focusing on God and able to hear His plan for our schools and our children. It should include daily personal prayer time, regular prayer with your spouse and children, and frequent prayer with other homeschoolers.

Four Simple Goals
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, asking, “What was that second point?” and “What was point three?” and “Those principles are so simple and are common sense. Where did you get them?

What is the Definition of a Homeschooler?
If I were to describe my life as a homeschooler in one word, I would say chaotic. Fortunately, I can’t describe it in one word without thinking what an oxymoronic crime that would be, so I’m afraid you will get the whole scoop.

Child Training and Parenting Skills

Boys and Girls Are Different
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 student body. John was invited to sit in on a freshman economics class, and he came back fired up.

Homeschooling and the Sandwich Generation
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. Waiting for the neurologist to read results of her MRI, we speculated about what was ahead.

Encouraging Homemaking Through Stories
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 dress-up dress and a gingham apron.

Raising Men
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 praying fervently. I called him on his cell phone to remind him to make use of his mirrors.

Seasons, Gardens, and Rocks
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 of kelly green, rain drenched hills.

What is True Education?
What is real education? Well, the Noah Webster's 1828 American dictionary of the English language says it is the bringing up, as of a child. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable.

Goals for Spiritual Development
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 the time we spend together reading Bible stories, memorizing the word, training character, and praying.

Mission Accomplished, Game Not Over
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 in college. Game over. We did it; all three boys were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school.

Other Tips and Topics

Why Go To Conventions?
It’s time to decide whether to attend the Annual CHEA Convention. As a new homeschooler, you may look at the list of workshops and all the activities and feel like it will be too much for you.

A View from the Other Side
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 bon bons and watching TV sounded appealing, but not realistic.

Helping Children Love to Learn
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 history time, we were expected to find the appropriate textbook and quietly listen to the teacher. When each class was complete, we put the book away and in many cases, failed to think of it again.

Fledgling Fun
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 age. Of course, I seem to have blocked the more difficult part of homeschooling at that time: not getting time to myself, always having to stay vigilant to dangers my young children were oblivious toward, and not having another adult to converse with all day long.

Creation Science Investigation
“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 students abandon their faith in droves, as recent studies suggest?

What’s Up With Your Worldview?
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 Bible tells us that God created all things and they were created for His glory.

We are Thankful
As Christians, we are told to “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:17,18 NIV).

'School' Portraits Tips
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 and elevate them to the wall.

Re-Discovering Your Hometown
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 they had lived on the spaceship Axiom so long they had ceased to see what was literally before their eyes.

Going Fun Places to Learn
“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 can do something wonderful to turn around such apathetic and sour attitudes and mundane moods: Go on field trips.

The Shelving of Classic Books
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 emphasis on ideas present in today’s society, such as the struggles of a Mexican immigrant trying to gain acceptance in a new school, or a lesbian and the conflicts she has with her family.

Microscopes, the Bible, and Real Science
It is often said that the Bible is not a book about science. Skeptics maintain that it contains no scientific facts within its pages. Furthermore, it is said that accounts in Scripture that deal with scientific things, (in particular the account in Genesis describing the origin of the universe, the stars, planet Earth and life on Earth) are merely poetic allegories, which should not be taken literally.

Free Writing Lessons

If We Don't Remember, We Forget
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 by Armin Mueller-Stahl) is a young Jewish immigrant in the early 1900s who comes to America with his three brothers to find a new life.

Leaving Time for Catch-Up
One of the things that drains me the most is being rushed or not having enough time to complete whatever it is we're doing. Knowing this about myself, I decided, several years ago, to schedule in time to take a breather and to catch up on our work.

Homeschool History
"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 educators-- home educators in the United States.

God’s Tapestry: A Homeschool Memoir
I didn't see it coming. One is seldom privy to a prophetic glance into the future, and that's probably wise.

Developing an Educational Philosophy
If you were a fly on our wall you would have seen a very silly sight recently. There sat a middle aged, gray headed grandmother weeping uncontrollably while she folded laundry. The truth is I was caught up in a moment with our Lord.

 

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