The Four Components of Really Good Writing

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This is a guest post by Jennifer Courtney. Is our entire civilization in danger because of our impoverished language? Is text speak a sign that we are losing the ability to construct and communicate complex ideas through written language? In a philosophy class, I led a group of high school students to come up with a thorough definition of man (as in mankind). After thinking, discussing, reading, wrestling with ideas, and refining, we came up
 

How to Get Scholarships to Ivy League Schools

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This is a guest post by Elizabeth Hartley. College tuition has increased almost 500% over the last twenty years, causing many families to conclude that a college degree is out of reach. While the sticker shock can be intimidating at first, there are many ways to approach the process strategically and intentionally so that the student ends up with options that are optimal and affordable. The first step in knowing how to tackle college funding
 

3 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Homeschooling With Toddlers

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  Let’s take a look at the best ways to be a great parent for your toddler, while still devoting a good portion of your day to teach and train older kids at home. Do you get nervous when it gets really quiet around your house? Do you have to put markers, glue, and other creative art supplies up on a high shelf? Do step stools located in unusual places around the house make you
 

I’m a Homeschool Graduate… Now What?!?

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  At times, it seemed like it would never end. Week after week, month after month, grade after grade—surely my home education would last forever, I thought. As a child, I wanted to finish my schoolwork as quickly as possible so that I could play. As a teen in homeschool high school, I had writing and filmmaking projects for which I needed to make time. I dreamed of the freedom I’d have one day. Suddenly,
 

16 Mistakes Weary Homeschool Moms Make

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  The baby will not stop crying,your toddler is fighting with the preschooler, your second-grader refuses to work on anything without you, the fourth-grader asked permission to go to the bathroom an hour ago, you’re late getting your sixth-grader to dance class, and your husband wants to know what’s for dinner. These are the days we just want to go back to bed, the days we lash out in anger or dissolve into tears or
 

How to Go from the ABCs to Learning to Read

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  Learning to read isn’t something that happens overnight for most kids. In fact, it takes hard work and dedication to go from learning the ABCs to learning to read. If your child is in the stage of learning their alphabet and they are eager to learn how to read, then these tips are for you. Start by learning the alphabet One of the best ways to go from the ABCs to learning to read
 

DIY Reading Nooks for Homeschoolers

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I had one goal when I was homeschooling my children and that was that by the time they left my home they could read and would love to read.  My philosophy is that if they loved reading, they could learn anything they wanted to. In today’s world of electronic devices, getting kids to settle down with a book (even if it is on your Kindle!) can be difficult.  I found it’s helpful to give them
 

Tips for Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs

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  Have you made the decision to homeschool your child with special needs? You might feel intimidated and a little nervous, but have no fear because there are plenty of resources available to help you with this new journey. Check out these tips for homeschooling a child with special needs. Before we begin, understand that you know your child best and what will work and won’t work for them. Sometimes trial and error is the
 

Homeschooling a Middle Schooler

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  Are you considering homeschooling a middle schooler? Here are some tips to get you started in helping your child get quality education at home. Buy your books personally. You want to give your child proper math, science, spelling and history lessons, right? By personally choosing what books to use, you are making sure that the books you get for your kids are in the correct grade level and came from reliable writers and publishers.
 
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