Homeschooling Blog

Snapshot Comparison of LIFEPAC and Horizons

Find the perfect print curriculum for your homeschool family with this snapshot comparison of LIFEPAC and Horizons. By comparing our two award-winning print curriculums side by side, you can make a well-informed decision that meets your family’s needs and preferred learning styles.

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Number of Stay-at-Home Dads Has Doubled in Past 30 Years

The number of stay-at-home dads has nearly doubled in the past 30 years with the latest research estimating the number of stay-at-home dads in the U.S. at 2 million. Even if Dad doesn’t decide to stay home, fathers are still putting in more time with their children and taking greater responsibility with household chores.

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Homeschoolers Bribed to Boost Public School Enrollment

A South Dakota superintendent is receiving heavy criticism for offering a bribe to homeschoolers to boost his public school’s enrollment for a day. Superintendent Mike Lodmel sent a letter to approximately 30-40 homeschool families offering a laptop, Chromebook, or iPad in return for one day of attendance.

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Alpha Omega Academy Graduate Uses Technology to Prevent Suicides

Kasey Schlaudt, a graduate of Alpha Omega Academy, won a prestigious scholarship from Apple, Inc. Because Colorado Springs has one of the nation’s worst suicide rates, Schlaudt used his coding skills to incorporate the science behind preventing suicides into a short game.

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Top 10 Tips for First-time Homeschoolers

Opting to homeschool is a big decision; however, it doesn’t have to be a scary choice. Whether you’re making the transition from traditional schools to homeschooling or just beginning your child’s education, ease any anxiety you may have and follow these practical tips for first-time homeschoolers.

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2017 Coloring Contest Winners

Alpha Omega Publications’ 2017 coloring contest brought in 793 entries from students around the world ages 3-10. For the first time this year, we broke down entries into three age divisions, leveling the playing field and creating more winners. However, that didn’t make our decisions any easier.

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3 Pledges to Start Your Homeschool Day

Today, 125 years after it was first published, the Pledge of Allegiance is still recited daily in many schools and homeschools across the country. In addition to the historic oath for the U.S. flag, your family may also consider memorizing two other important pledges to recite at the beginning of your homeschool day.

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How to See America’s National Parks for Free

All current U.S. military members and families with a child starting 4th grade this school year are eligible for a free pass to America’s National Parks. The one-year pass for 4th graders is valid from September through the August following the completion of their fourth-grade year through the Every Kid in a Park program.

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Electives That Impress Colleges

Although you want to start with meeting the basic course requirements, consider taking your high school education to the next level with these top electives that impress colleges and prepare you for success in college and beyond.

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15 Things You May Not Know about Princess Diana

Known for her love of children and charity work around the world, as well as a life lived in the constant spotlight, Diana was fatally injured in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997. To remember her life and death two decades later, here are 15 things you may not know about Princess Diana, including a brief homeschool education!

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When Should Your Child First Get a Smartphone?

In an age of instant gratification, fewer children are learning first-hand the adage that “good things come to those who wait,” especially when it comes to the age children are getting their first smartphone.

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9 Things You Don’t Have to Do the First Day of Homeschool

As homeschool parents and students, the first day of school comes with just as much excitement as your public or private school counterparts. However, there are also many things homeschoolers can be thankful they can skip on the first day. Check out 9 of our favorite things you don’t have to do on the first day of homeschool.

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Homeschool Regulations Map

Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, you need to know your state’s homeschooling laws before your school year begins. As a helpful reference, check out our helpful homeschool regulations map and view a quick overview of the homeschooling laws in your state according to HSLDA.

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The Safest Cities in America

California is home to nine of the top 25 safest cities in the United States according to new ratings from the ranking site Niche. While the Golden State dominated the rankings, it was not home to the safest city in the country. See which U.S. city took home that honor.

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DIY Solar Eclipse Viewer

This year, 14 states will experience totality in a narrow 70-mile wide corridor, while a partial eclipse will be visible in all 50 states. To make sure you’re fully prepared to view this grand spectacle, try making this DIY eclipse viewer to see a reflection of the sun from a cereal box.

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Homeschool Swimming Lessons

Learning how to swim is a life skill that all children should have for their own safety and personal enjoyment. As a helpful guide for starting your homeschool swimming lessons, try these five practical activities suggested by Lizzy Bullock, a Red Cross-Certified Water Safety instructor.

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How Advertising to Moms Is Changing

Parenting isn’t easy and advertising geared toward moms is beginning to frequently reflect that as well. “Trying to be a perfect parent is impossible, and frankly, the best parents are the imperfect ones,” said Adam Chasnow, an executive creative director at a Colorado-based advertising agency.

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Laptop Picks for Back to School

Though any computer at the store should work well with Monarch, check out four laptop picks from our technology team to help you choose a laptop that meets your needs and budget for back to school and beyond.

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10 Money-Saving Tips from a Financial Consultant

You can do many small things that can add up to make a big difference in your checkbook. Try these ten practical, money-saving tips based on Facebook posts from Trishia Herbst, a financial consultant at Tardus Wealth Strategies.

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The Average Mom Clocks a 14-Hour Work Day

The latest study of 2,000 working moms of children between the ages of 5-12 revealed that the average mom puts in 98 hours of work a week. Find out what moms listed as their most common sacrifices and life savers that help make such a busy lifestyle work for them.

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