Archive for the 'Homeschooling Boys' Category

Planning Your New Homeschool Year

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Planning … it doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? When we look back at our more than two decades of homeschooling, though, we see that the years we planned well were much more productive than the years we flew by the seat of our pants. It’s not that hard, really. The most important thing is…
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Tips for Learning Online

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

  Years ago when we were newlyweds (and dinosaurs ruled the earth), we both took graduate classes by a extension program. A box of video tapes and textbooks arrived in the mail, and we arranged for some one to proctor our exams. It was a great improvement over the old “correspondence courses” we used to…
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Why You Ought To Persevere

Monday, January 5th, 2015

  Are you homeschooling? If so, you’ve discovered that things are seldom as easy as you supposed. All of us at one time or another have looked at the yellow buses going by and thought, “Well, there’s always that …” But here are some things which help us keep on course when the headwinds pick…
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Helping Boys Love to Read

Friday, August 8th, 2014

“How do I get my son to read???” is a common question when we speak about homeschooling boys. Here’s what we’ve done: Be patient when you are teaching them to read. Earlier is not better when it comes to boys. The average boy five years old has the same developmental reading readiness as a girl…
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Ten Ways to Keep Your Family From Being Devastated by Porn and Predators

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Get 60 Days Free to Try Covenant Eyes if You Sign Up Through Our Link by 5/25/2015 – and Support our Ministry, Too! We got another one last night. My heart sank as the sweet mama sobbed out her story. Please, Lord, not another one. Please no. It was, though. Another family crashing into the…
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Spring Fever

Friday, April 11th, 2014

A mom approached us at a conference, “I just can’t get my son to concentrate!” she said. We asked her to explain. “Well, he does pretty well until about half-way through the morning, then he just loses focus! I tell him, ‘Look, we only have three more subjects! Buckle down and concentrate and we’ll be…
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Four Famous Failures (That Should Change the Way We Parent)

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Q. A mom came up to us at a conference where we’d been speaking about entrepreneurship, “My teenage son is constantly coming up with business ideas, but I’m afraid to let him try. What if he fails?” We are not doing our boys a service to protect them from ever failing. When we do that,…
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Explore Nature This Spring: Shining Dawn Books Giveaway

Monday, January 27th, 2014

To enter these giveaways, join us for our free LIVE webinar, Ballistic Parenting: Surviving and Appreciating Boys on Monday, January 27th at 3pm Eastern OR download the workshop and listen any time before February 3rd. Register free here! Spring will be here soon…hang on! The Early Spring NaturExplorers Bundle includes Animal Signs, A Fungus Among Us…
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The Write Time for A Novel Idea

Friday, November 1st, 2013

We’ve always found boys like a challenge and some competition — who’s fastest, strongest, and scores the most points. Here’s a program which plays right into that trait: See how much you can write in a month. Several years ago I ran across a peculiar little project. The National Novel Writing Month is a tongue-in-cheek…
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A Neat Use of Technology for Homeschooling

Monday, September 30th, 2013

We started homeschooling when dinosaurs walked the earth. Well, not really, but it was before social media, websites, even email! It’s amazing all the inspiration and help you can find these days. Melanie’s brother lives in China, so our children have cousins who speak Chinese. That motivated us to chose Mandarin as our homeschool’s foreign…
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