Running the Race: A Lit Lesson in Preparation for Labor Day

Running the Race: A Lit Lesson in Preparation for Labor Day

Man, that Apostle Paul must have been a lit teacher! Consider how well he chose his metaphors: In a passage of Scripture that is being intoned and memorized by homeschooling parents all over the world this week, he urges his readers to“run in such a way as to get the prize…Go into strict training…to get a crown that will last forever” (I Corinthians 9:24-25).Is there any better image to describe the upcoming year than a race...

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Of Lists and Laws: Busy Lives and Back-to-School Plans

Of Lists and Laws: Busy Lives and Back-to-School Plans

August is upon us, and if you’re anything like me, in addition to the sunshine and heat, it brings with it a crushing realization that the long list of summer to-dos that we penned with great hope in late May is not going to be accomplished.  Mine sits before me, a glaring accusation... 

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Fair Trials and Kangaroo Courts: An Interpretive Philosophy

Fair Trials and Kangaroo Courts: An Interpretive Philosophy

I spent March on the road traveling to homeschool conventions. These are interesting events:  educators, professionals, and entrepreneurs of every stripe fill exhibit halls with their wares and spend literal hours on concrete floors explaining their materials. Wide-eyed parents are just trying to figure it all out so that their precious charges can get what they need to survive in the world... 

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"Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!" – Grace for the Dog Days of Winter

"Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!" – Grace for the Dog Days of Winter

February’s doldrums are upon us. The festive season is long gone, and summer break is far beyond our reach. As an antidote, I would like to recommend Mem Fox’s classic picture book Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild!  (Harcourt, 2000). If you are anything like me, you will relate to the protagonist in this story immediately – and her experience might help you redeem the Dog Days of winter.

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Freedom from the Law of the Booklist

Freedom from the Law of the Booklist

It was spring of my oldest son’s eighth grade year, and I, like homeschool moms all over the country, was planning for the fall. Except this time, my son would be starting high school. This time, it would “count.”

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Plagued With Doubts

Plagued With Doubts

We discussed Great Expectations the other night in our online class. Great stuff! The kids had a million comments – in fact, they waited online for an hour after class to read their favorite parts out loud, just to laugh at Dickens’ crazy characters. I even got a call or two from pleased Moms, saying their kids really enjoyed it. Still, this morning I am plagued with doubts...

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A Homeschooling Mom's New Year's Resolution: Part 2

A Homeschooling Mom's New Year's Resolution: Part 2

Is it possible that even our deficiencies as a homeschoolers are part of God’s gift to our children? I don’t know about you, but my kids are turning out a lot like me– not that they’re carbon copies, but there are, say, family resemblances.  Realistically speaking, my kids are sinners, and no amount of spit and polish, no quantity of education will change that...

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