The Virtues of Truth, Beauty, And Goodness Have you heard any home schooling friends talk about something called, Classical Conversations? Do you have a neighbor whose kids attend a classical Christian school? Does your nephew go to a classical charter school? You could be wondering, “What in the world does “classical” mean? As you hear […]

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parent teacher relationships

Parent and Teacher Relationships Maximizing Learning Opportunities During my tenure as an elementary teacher at a classical Christian school, one day I mentioned an issue I was having with a student to my principal. Before I knew it the principal called the parents and set up a meeting with them for that same afternoon to […]

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Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Can One Person Really Make a Difference? When I landed my first teaching job I was approached on several occasions to be reminded that I hadn’t turned in my PSEA information form and dues. PSEA stands for Pennsylvania State Education Association which is Pennsylvania’s arm of the NEA, National Education […]

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learning styles

Students and Their Learning Styles Oops! Where’s the Motivation? Picture this: School has been out for a month and there is a home school curricula convention coming up. You aren’t sure what in the world to teach for middle school history next year, and you talk to several friends about what they do for history. […]

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labeling children

Labeling Children When my daughter was 4 years old I was teaching her how to read, and in the very beginning stages I noticed that she was having a hard time doing what I showed her how to do when it came to copying the print. To make a short story shorter, she needed to […]

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teaching struggling readers

How to Teach Language Arts to the Struggling Reader Can you relate to this? Your struggling student loves to read things that interest him, but fights you every step of the way if it doesn’t capture his criteria for what is interesting! You spent good money for a great language arts curriculum, and it includes […]

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Two languages too tough

Two Languages Too Tough? Do you remember high school math class? Do you remember how difficult it was to learn sine, cosine, and tangent? Now imagine you don’t speak the language you’re being taught in. Imagine perhaps, you’re on the other side of the spectrum, where you understand the language, but the teacher instructing you […]

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Teaching to Mastery Versus Teaching to the Test Why Should I Test My Students If I’m Teaching to Mastery? What does the word “test” conjure up in your mind? Fear? Anxiety? Dread?  If we were doing a brainstorm session there would be mostly negative words on the board, no doubt.  Other than negativity, many homeschoolers […]

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preventing crime

Multi Sensory Teaching Can Decrease Juvenile Crime A Plea to the US Public School System Multi sensory teaching is an important topic, and one that needs to be addressed immediately. It may be uncomfortable to discuss for some people as it requires a fundamental paradigm shift from the current public school model. However, the most uncomfortable topics […]

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phonemic awareness

Are You Qualified to Teach Your Kids? Part II Previously, I wrote about a question that often gets asked to people who homeschool their children: “Are you qualified to teach them?” Occasionally, parents do ask this question of themselves: “I want to homeschool my children, but am I really qualified?”  Almost always the answer is, […]

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