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Many children who can barely sit still through a one hour class will remain riveted to “The Chronicles of Narnia” or “Little House on the Prairie” for hours.  The ability to enjoy and learn from stories is innate to our very humanity.  A parent and/or educator who has mastered the art of storytelling has the ability to strongly influence children...

Art is a universal method of communication. Colors, shapes, and images merge to give others a sense of the artist’s interest, emotions, and message. Young artists learning to express themselves through art are also developing fine motor skills, problem solving capabilities, and the aptitude to convey their inner thoughts and feelings to others. Providing children...

The toddler years may be one of the best times to begin involving others in the educational journeys of your children. During this precious time there is no required course enrollment or testing. Most family members and friends will be open to parents fulfilling the primary educational needs of their children. This open mindedness and acceptance can lend itself to...

Raising your child to be bilingual gives them a bevy of advantages over children who are only able to speak one language. Bilingual children often exhibit a greater understanding of words and enhanced reading skills. Many developmental specialists observe increased cognitive and academic abilities in children who are exposed to even a small amount of a language other...

One of the greatest joys in learning with your children is watching them begin to make connections. Recognizing that the snowflake in the picture dictionary is representative of snowflakes falling outside, using American Sign Language for snow and white to describe winter weather changes, and dancing when she sees a snowman in anticipation of our singing “Frosty...

The “Alphabet Song,” “Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes,”, and “The Ants Go Marching In” are well known children’s song used in most classrooms and many other learning environments to help children learn. Even silly or simple songs help children become more familiar with language, inflection, recognition, and memorization. Singing also provides an excellent...

Depending on your educational philosophy, most would agree that babies and toddlers require very little to no formal homeschooling instruction. Experiencing life, being encouraged to explore their surroundings, and enabling them to observe or participate in day to day activities such as cooking or laundry is often sufficient. As little ones transition from baby to...

  Sure, homeschooling provides families with flexibility with regard to education, but it also enables families to have higher levels of influence over other parts of their children’s day.  Food availability and the accessibility of nutritional choices on school menus has been hotly contested in several areas of the country over the past decade.  In...

How many fingers do human beings have? Seems like a simple question doesn’t it? I was asked this during an evaluation in elementary school for potential placement in the school’s TAG (Talented and Gifted) Program. I answered that most people had ten fingers, but some may have less or more depending on birth defects or accidents that may have injured their hands....

This year at the family reunion, I finally started to discuss the decision my husband and I have made to homeschool our children. The topic arose amidst conversations of my relatives considering alternative schooling for their children. Of popular interest was having an environment that allowed their children to enjoy many of the celebrations enjoyed in their own...

One of my favorite parts of preparing to homeschool is knowing that I will be a first hand witness to watching my children, grow, develop, and learn. Taking time to capture photographs and document our children’s progress serves as a fabulous motivation for us as a family as we look back on what we have accomplished. First steps, birthdays, first hair cuts, favorite...

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