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Monthly Archives: March 2015

How to Connect with Other Homeschooling Parents

Homeschooling can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. Read these tips on how to connect with other homeschooling parents.

Art is Irreplaceable

Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world. There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories, or songs, or images. Art delights, instructs, consoles. It educates our emotions.

When school districts are facing difficult budget cuts, one of the first things that gets tossed out the window is the arts: the marching band, the theater troupe, the painting class. STEM – science technology, engineering, and mathematics – often take precedence over the humanities. However, research continues to suggest that art is valuable, beneficial,…
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Guide to Homeschool Styles

The following summary will help you understand some of the common homeschool styles used today.

If you are shopping for homeschooling curriculum, you have probably seen the same buzz words occur over and over in product descriptions. You may be wondering who on earth Charlotte Mason is or why classical education is so popular. The following summary will help you understand some of the common homeschool styles used today. Homeschool…
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Getting Your Kids Engaged in Culture-Making

Read Ethan Demme's tips on getting your kids engaged in culture-making.

During the 1860s, a writer and artist named William Morris began a movement that would later become known as the Arts & Crafts movement. Originating in the British Isles, this movement eventually swept all of Europe and North America as well. William Morris encouraged people to “have nothing in your home that you do not…
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10 Spelling Activities for Early Learners

Try some fun, easy, multi-sensory, and low-stress spelling activities to jump-start your young speller’s curiosity and confidence.

When you tell your child it is time to practice spelling, you may get a range of reactions from “Can’t wait!” to “Do I have to?” Because of a child’s natural inclination to explore and play, it can sometimes be difficult to engage a young child and help him develop a positive attitude toward spelling.…
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Expose Your Family to Art

Not everyone will be the next Vincent Van Gogh but everyone should have the opportunity to learn about and talk about his art.

I grew up in a family that wouldn’t be considered artistically talented. Some families have members who all play stringed instruments while other families have a family choir. The most we ever managed was recorders and color coded hand bells. Even though we weren’t the most artistically gifted, my parent made an effort to expose…
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Student Mastery Guide

How do you know if your student has achieved mastery?

Student Mastery Definition Mastery is the idea that you learn best incrementally, with one skill building on the next. In a mastery program, a student develops a thorough comprehension of one topic before moving on. The mastery approach presents a given set of topics that repeat from level to level. Each time the material is…
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Art Is Not Mere Luxury

One of things that makes art so important and even crucial to our lives is that art expresses ideas. And not only does art express ideas, but by very nature of art being rooted in the physical materials of the earth, art expresses abstractions in concrete form.

It was a symbol that inspired the hearts of the people. The name of the symbol carried the connotation of goodness – the word was literally, “good” combined with “to be” – and the man who made that symbol so famous declared the red to represent the “social idea” while the white was meant to…
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