Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching … and How To Fix That

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by Tricia Goyer

I’m a mom of six children. I’ve been homeschooling eighteen years, and now that I have three preschoolers, I have another eighteen years of homeschooling to go!

Three of my children are adults. Cory is 24 years old. He’s a working man and a caring husband and father. Leslie is 21 and graduated from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, last year. She’s a stellar student who's living in Europe as a missionary right out of college. Nathan is 20 years old and after one semester of college he was asked to work as a writing coach in the university’s writing center. Even more important than how well they’re doing in life, my three older kids love God and have a deep, growing relationship with him.


What's the problem with math? - Part 2

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by Penny Ross
AHEAD Partner Blogger

What’s the problem with math? Is it driving you or your children (or both) to tears? Daily? Hourly?

My last post covered some of the causes of the math problem? Are there any solutions—other than buying tissue by the case?

Actually, there are enough math resources available today to totally bury your house. Listed below are a few that I am familiar with. To begin searching for more, check out the Rainbow Resource Center catalog with more than 100 pages devoted to math textbooks, workbooks, manipulatives, DVDs, and computer software, or look at other homeschool suppliers.


What's the problem with math? - Part 1

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by Penny Ross
AHEAD Partner Blogger

What’s the problem with math?  The students in our homeschooling group struggle in this area. Standardized test scores confirm it in the elementary grades, and it is further validated as our students tackle algebra and higher math in the upper grades. Furthermore, I get many questions from other homeschooling moms concerning math. And recently, when I spoke to another homeschool group, one of their leaders mentioned math as a struggle for many in their group as well.

What causes this math problem?


Who controls the education of my child?

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by Kevin Swanson

It’s 7:00 in the morning and the doorbell rings. The year is 2020. You answer the door and imagine your shock when you glance at the? business card offered you through the doorway. He serves the State Department of Child Nurture. You are curious. This whole new bureaucracy is new to you so, of course, you would like an explanation as to the origins and purposes of this government agency. He patiently explains the whole thing over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table.

"The whole thing started about ten years ago. A conservative caucus of well-meaning parents happened to notice that there were children growing up without proper discipline. In fact, these children were seen everywhere–supermarkets, post offices, libraries–entirely without proper discipline and training. Excuse the expression, but these children were ‘brats,’ and they were proliferating.


Help your children connect the information skeleton

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by Susan August

I've read a lot of homeschool magazines and books over the last several years. A lot of the things I've read have long been forgotten. There is one idea, however that has stuck with me. I would even venture to say that it has become somewhat central in a lot of my homeschooling decisions. I don't remember where I read it, but it was in an article by Mary Pride. She said that her blueprint for homeschooling was to create a sort of information "skeleton" and then keep adding on to it until it was a living thing instead of just bare bones. In other words, link new material to things your kids already know.


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