Homeschooling Blog

Are Rewards Bad for Motivating Your Child?

Are extrinsic rewards bad for motivating your child? That’s the question Chris Gleason, a music instructor and finalist for National Teacher of the Year, recently asked after his son stopped reading as soon as he achieved a pizza coupon.

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Sally Ride and Other Notable Women in Space History

Over the 35 years since Sally Ride’s historic ride as the first American woman in space, more than 40 American women have followed in her footsteps, and in total, 60 women have now flown in space. In addition to Sally Ride, here’s a look at five other notable women in space you should know.

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World Cup Fun Facts + All 32 National Team Nicknames

Although interest in this year’s World Cup may be down since the Americans failed to qualify, soccer remains the second most played sport among youths in the United States. To prepare for the 2018 World Cup which kicks off June 14 in Moscow, Russia, check out these 10 World Cup fun facts, including all 32 national team nicknames!

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5 Prevention Tips to Avoid Device Addiction

Like so many addictions, the first step in resolving the issue is acknowledging that there’s a problem. Beyond that, Dean Heetderks, a ministry support services co-director, offers these five practical tips.

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Colors of Salvation Craft

Salvation is truly an amazing gift through the grace for God. To teach your children about salvation, use this simple 3-step lesson on the colors of salvation that includes reading related Bible verses, making a simple handmade (pun intended) craft, and singing a song.

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5 Tire Safety Tips Before Your Trip

Whether you’re planning a visit to one of this year’s top summer destinations or one of our recommendations on our list of 50 lesser-known places to visit on your family vacation, make sure to use these five tire safety tips before you pull out of the driveway and hit the highway this summer.

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Food Eats Up Largest Portion of Teen Spending

Food eats up the largest portion of teen spending, consuming nearly a quarter of all their sales at 24%. In addition to forking over money on food, female teenagers are now spending a record high $368 per year on skincare, while male teen spending on video games reached a new peak at 13%.

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Homeschool Name Generator

Use our Homeschool Name Generator to discover our suggested name for your family’s homeschool. Then, post your result in the comment section below and let us know how it compares to your actual name if you have one.

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Homeschooling with Amazon Prime

Following Homeschooling with Netflix, we continue our series on educational streaming options with a look at 10 things currently on Amazon Prime you may want to watch with your homeschool family.

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Top 25 Preschool Concepts

The end of the year on the traditional school calendar (or wherever it may fall) is an exciting time to reflect on everything accomplished and how much your child has learned in just a few months. As an end-of-year review and to see if your child is ready for kindergarten, see how many of these top 25 preschool concepts your child has mastered.

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Common Traits of Successful People

While goals are different for each person, MaryEllen Tribby created an infographic that lists 17 common traits that separate those who achieve their goals from those who often come up short. Take a look at her success indicator to see what characteristics you’re doing well in and perhaps spot a few areas where you can show improvement as well.

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Hybrid Homeschooling Receives National Hype

Homeschooling continues to grow in popularity in the United States with hybrid homeschooling garnering the latest national hype. “Hybrid homeschools offer the potential to reap the benefits of parent-driven instruction with the benefits that traditional schooling environments supply,” wrote Mike McShane.

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10 Royal Wedding Facts and Reflections of True Royalty

The excitement of a royal wedding offers a reminder to look forward to that day of great anticipation when Christ returns to earth, “prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” In the meantime, here are a few facts to know before the marriage of Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19.

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25 Basic Etiquette Lessons Every Child Should Know

Even if your child is young, it’s not too early to start teaching proper manners. To make sure your child isn’t the one with the rude ‘tude, check off this list as you help teach these 25 manners every child should know.

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Parenting in the Pew: Sermon Listening Tips for Kids (and You)

While there’s nothing wrong with using the power of the peppermint to get your children to sit still, it shouldn’t be the main thing to look forward to during a worship service. For assistance with parenting in the pew, try these select sermon listening tips for kids (and you) from Pastor Jason Helopoulos.

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Homeschool Oversight Rejected in California

In April, California homeschoolers swarmed upon their state Capitol in Sacramento to successfully reject greater oversight of home educators in the Golden State. “This is just showing if you want to do more, look at how we’re reacting to something small,” said a homeschool mom from Santa Clara.

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15 Things You Might Not Know about the Kentucky Derby

Held every year since 1875 and on the first Saturday of May since 1946, the Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States. To prepare you for the 144th edition of the famous horse race, check out these fun facts about the Kentucky Derby and the amazing animals God created who run in it.

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Top Summer Destinations

Orlando retained its ranking as the #1 summer destination for Americans, while Rome supplanted Vancouver as the top international destination in the 2018 AAA rankings. “This is shaping up to be another banner season for travel,” said one AAA executive.

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May Is Homeschooling Awareness Month

Celebrate Homeschooling Awareness Month in May by changing your social media profile picture to a special graphic from Alpha Omega Publications. Who knows? Your action may just spark a conversation with your friends about homeschooling and how it has impacted your family.

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Straw Tulip Craft with Free Printable

Following April’s showers (or snowstorms this year), come the flowers of May, and one of the most popular spring-blooming perennials is the tulip. To brighten your homeschool this spring with a fun craft, use our free printable and a straw to create your own paper tulips.

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