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Homeschoolers, Betsy DeVos, and Bears, Oh My!

Since President Donald Trump selected Betsy DeVos as his nomination for U.S. Secretary of Education, the decision has been thoroughly reviewed by all sides, including HSLDA which outlined three things homeschoolers should know about the Michigan billionaire.

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9 Historical Facts on Presidential Inaugurations

Ever since 1801, the United States of America has prided itself on a peaceful transfer of power. That transition and symbol of democracy is celebrated every four or eight years on Inauguration Day. With the commencement of a new presidential term upon us, check out these nine historical facts to get you ready for Inauguration Day.

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DIY Snow Globe

Homemade snow globes are inexpensive, easy-to-make winter crafts that are especially fun for children. Great to give as homemade gifts or keep for your own decorations, these snow globes capture the fascination of people of all ages.

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Raising a Child Now Costs Over $233,000

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the cost of raising a child to the age of 17 is up to $233,610, a cost increase of 3 percent since the last report was released in August 2014.

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Eat This, Not That

Changing some of your eating habits doesn’t have to be a scary process. In fact, a lot of times, just a minor change can make a large difference. Try to fight your cravings this year with these 13 healthy food alternatives.

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Free Printable Book Log

Whether for your homeschool or pleasure, a reading log or book list can be a great way to measure progress and an excellent motivator to help you and your children read more throughout the year. To get started, simply use our free printable book log!

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Americans Are Having Fewer Children

Americans are having fewer children according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released in late December 2016 that revealed the growth rate of the United States population was the slowest it has been since the Great Depression.

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12 Quick Facts about the Epiphany

With the busyness of the American holiday season behind us, now is a great time to return our focus to the true meaning of Christmas with a look at the Epiphany. To help you celebrate this sometimes forgotten Christian holiday on January 6, check out 12 quick facts you can learn or teach to your children about the Epiphany.

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Milestone Moments in AOP's 40 Years

Forty years ago, Alpha Omega Publications began with a promise to provide homeschool families with exceptional educational materials that promoted academic excellence and Christian values. In 2017, we reaffirm our mission to change education for the glory of God, and we celebrate four decades of dedication to Christ-centered education.

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Calories by the Numbers

Each year, losing weight, eating healthier, and becoming more active are three of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. At the root of each of those goals is a unit of measurement known as a calorie. Take a quick review of calories by the numbers so you can see how easy it is to actually keep your New Year’s fitness resolution.

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Common Sense Checklist for Cold and Flu Season

Avoiding the germs that frequent the winter can definitely be a challenge, but it’s a battle that can be fought and even won in some very practical ways. In addition to frequently washing your hands, use this common sense checklist to keep your homeschool family healthy this cold and flu season.

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Quite Possibly the World’s Most Delicious Fudge

Over the years, epic food pairings have emerged like macaroni and cheese, bacon and eggs, and milk and cookies. Yet, perhaps the most dynamic duo of them all is chocolate and peanut butter. This season, indulge yourself in this rich combination with this recipe for quite possibly the world’s most delicious fudge.

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DIY Crystal Snowflake

Whether you live on the snowy plains or near the beach, these DIY crystal snowflakes are a great way to decorate your home this winter. Best of all, they double as a homeschool science experiment, showing how water molecules move closer together as they cool, leaving less room for the Borax. As a result, crystals begin to form.

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The Benefits of Being a Restrictive Yet Loving Parent

Researchers have found that parents who are restrictive yet warm are the most effective at raising children who are wise consumers. “We found a lot of evidence that demonstrated that it is okay to be restrictive with kids,” said Les Carlson, a marketing professor. “It’s also important to explain to kids why the restrictions are important.”

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The Man Behind the Santa Claus Myth: Saint Nicholas

The legend of Santa Clause traces its roots back to a man who believed in the true Christmas story that the Creator of the world and the Son of God came to Earth as a baby boy. In a brief attempt to separate fact from fiction, take a look at 9 things we know about the man behind the Santa Claus myth: Saint Nicholas.

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Top 10 (Plus 1) Christmas Songs of Homeschoolers

From classic hymns to novelty holiday songs, it’s nearly impossible to limit a list of Christmas songs down to just ten. That’s why we didn’t even try! Instead, we posed the question to you. Based on responses from over 840 people (many of whom couldn’t just choose one), check out the top 10 (plus 1) Christmas songs of homeschoolers.

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Are You a Technology Role Model?

New research conducted by Common Sense Media indicates that while parents are spending over nine hours a day on devices, three out of every four believe they are a good technology role model.

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Say This, Not That: Using Enforceable Statements as a Parent

To help raise our children to be respectful and responsible, make a conscientious effort to use enforceable statements and clear expectations and see the difference they can make in your homeschool.

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15 Things You Might Not Know about Pearl Harbor

Shortly before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, the empire of Japan awoke a sleeping giant and tugged the United States into World War II with its attack on Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of that fateful Sunday morning, check out 15 things you might not know about Pearl Harbor.

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Homeschool Documentary to Explore Lives of Self Taught Adults

Filmmaker Jeremy Stuart is gearing up for a second homeschool documentary after a KickStarter campaign easily exceeded his fundraising goal. Titled Self Taught, the new film seeks to answer questions about how children who are non-traditionally schooled turn out and if they feel their education has helped or hindered them as adults.

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