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Homeschooling Your Last Child

My wife attended a Bridal shower Sunday. Kathleen got caught up with several moms from our homeschooling days. She felt the weight of homeschooling as moms shared their stories.

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Better Writing With Public Practice

The moral of the story is that practicing in public makes you a better musician. Same thing is true when it comes to learning to write. You need to practice a lot and you’ll get better faster when you know others will read your articles.

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When life gives you weeds, make dandelion salad?

We lived in a log home in the woods for most of our homeschooling years. Yet we had a great big lawn because we grew up in suburbia. With a big lawn came lots of dandelions in the spring. This usually meant a lot of work for my wife Kathleen and me. We picked a ton of weeds to make things look nice for ourselves and our guests.

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My Grammar Nazi Mom

It wasn’t easy growing up in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s.

The Vietnam War. Inner city riots. Bell bottom pants. And the New Math and Scientific Reading. Fads and fashions come and go. You deal with it and know that ugly fashions eventually go out of fashion.

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Ever get a call from Dr. James Dobson?

Our first year of homeschooling had been going a few months. Kathleen was trying to teach Christina how to read along with other kindergarten subjects. How hard could it be? The student to teacher ratio was in our favor. And Kathleen had “home educated” Christina from birth.

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My first day of Kindergarten

My Mom told me about that day often as she faded into Alzheimers. “You didn’t say goodbye! You ran to class!” Most kids would cling to their mom’s skirt and not let go. Many would sob. Hissy fits happened.

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The Confidence To Homeschool

We’re supposed to walk by faith not by sight. This is much tougher than it sounds especially when you’re just starting out. One episode of Focus on the Family and I was ready to jump into homeschooling with both feet. Nike had been running “Just Do It” ads for 4 years and I always liked going against the grain. I was ready to roll with it. Kathleen was a bit more skeptical.

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Why Homeschool?

Our homeschooling journey began with an episode of Dr. Dobson’s Focus on the Family show. In 1991 we had no idea what homeschooling was or how it worked. We wanted the very best for our daughters. This included education.

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