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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

IS GOOGLE MAKING US STUPID? - There are clearly advantages to having immediate access to such an incredibly rich store of information, inasmuch as this hyper-access to people, news, and facts assuredly has far-reaching effects on cognition, as well as the way we see, or don’t see, the world. #homeschool #technology

Technology: Hyperseeing from the Towers of Babel On the influence of media and technology, discussions abound. “Is Google making us stupid?” “Is Twitter bad for the soul?” “Is Facebook changing the way we relate?”1 In fact, there seems a recent ...

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A Technology Tool Kit

A TECHNOLOGY TOOL KIT - "Our kids will be using technology for school, work, and life. The sooner they learn how to make good choices when it comes to using technology, the better." #homeschool #technology

I was not surprised when, at age two, my oldest son was able to unlock my smartphone. He comes from a long line of technologically gifted men. My husband has been programming computers since he was a child. My father-in-law ...

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Fun with Field Trips

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For many of us, the word “school” may bring to mind rows of desks, blackboards, recess, and bringing an apple for the teacher. With the right mindset as homeschoolers, we can make the world our classroom. Students learn best when ...

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The Comparing Game

THE COMPARING GAME - "You have weaknesses galore. The important thing is not to compare your weaknesses against someone else’s strengths. If you do, you’ll lose the comparison, and you’ll spend all your days trying to be something you were not made to be." #homeschool #hsmoms

There’s just something exciting about the start of a new school year. The smell of freshly sharpened yellow pencils, along with new art boxes, new schedules, new classes, and unknown books to discover await everyone. Anticipation hangs in the air, ...

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Homeschool Debate Club

HOMESCHOOL DEBATE CLUB - Teaching students debate skills has numerous life benefits as it teaches intellectual skills like critical thinking, social and professional skills like defending a viewpoint respectfully, and literacy skills like argumentation and composition. #homeschool #debate

Anyone who interacts with teens knows that getting them to argue is not difficult. The problem is getting them to argue well, and about things that actually matter. As a high school history teacher, I have noticed that while my ...

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Lapbook Basics

LAPBOOK BASICS - "Lapbooks can improve retention in learning, reinforce study, and motivate reluctant students. They are also easy to display, easy to store, and easy to pull out for review!" #homeschooling #basics

No matter what you call them—lapbooks, flapbooks, flipbooks, notebooks, portfolios, share books, shutterbooks, unit studies, and more—lapbooks are fun, hands-on tools for students of all ages. With a few simple supplies, a little bit of creativity, and a lot of ...

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Fun Without Fireworks

FUN WITHOUT FIREWORKS - Don't let a lack of fireworks dim your holiday! You and your family can bond and have fun by enjoying any of these alternate activities. #4thofJuly #homeschool

One evening a few years ago, my husband and I loaded our children and a ton of gear into the minivan. We were eager to head off and expose our girls to one of summer’s finest delights: Fourth of July ...

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Work at Home Organizational Tips

WORK AT HOME ORGANIZATION TIPS - It’s been twenty years and I’m still a Stay-at-Home-Work-at-Home mom. If you’re like me, here’s a few things I’ve learned over the years that have tremendously helped me keep my sanity, my relationship with my hubby and kids, and dinner on the table. #organization #homeschool hedua.com

Upon the arrival of our first daughter, my heart melted. The desires of a corporate job flew out the window, as I was in love with the idea of being a stay at home momma. Spending time with Jenny was ...

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How to Hang on to Your Towel

HOW TO HANG ON TO YOUR TOWEL - As I prayed, the Lord gently reminded me how prayer should have been my first remedy, not my last. It is so easy to get caught up in the struggles and strains of homeschool that we forget who empowers us to do what we do each and every day. #homeschool #encouragement

Staying the Homeschool Course I’ll never forget the day our family truly considered throwing in the towel on homeschool. It was a sunny day outside, but gloomy and dark on the inside of our home, as the tension was so ...

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Teaching Controversial Literature

TEACHING CONTROVERSIAL LITERATURE - How do we study great American literature and not be snared by aberrant cultural symbols and norms? #homeschool #literature

In the World but Not of It . . . Reading, studying (analyzing), and evaluating (judging) literature presents Christian students with the good, the bad, and even the ugly. First, all literature, but especially American literature, especially in the short ...

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Relating to Mom

RELATING TO MOM - “Opening up and seeing that your mom used to be exactly like you makes her seem a little less intimidating to you and makes her feel more loved, important, and interesting. Story seeking is a win-win.” #momanddaughter #homeschool

To be honest, this topic seems to be a bit of a taboo. Relating to our mothers should be natural. It seems to be a given, because our mothers relate to their own mothers with ease. They have a commonality ...

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