Category Archives: homeschooling

Into the Surf: The Story of This Painting

The story of Into the Surf, the original oil painting by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Children are the world’s best imitators. Naturally observant (until we educate it out of them), they learn by watching, reflecting and doing, … Continue reading

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Alone Does Not Mean Lonely; and Lonely Does Not Mean Loser

I live in a society that is desperately afraid of being alone. So alarmed are we of solitude that we define normalcy by how many groups we belong to: “I go to church, Sunday School, and small groups.” “I volunteer through our … Continue reading

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Did That Christian Just Call Your Child a DOG?

Those of you who have lived with, or through, a fifteen-year-old girl know that adolescents of this age generally fight self-esteem issues. Call it hormones, peer pressure, society, or fat days, 15-year-old girls need a lot of love and reassurance … Continue reading

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We’re Not Rich, but We OWN Our House

Sixteen years ago, my husband the Norwegian Artist and I had an improbable dream: we wanted to find a place in the country and raise our kids there. I say improbable because 1) we had four kids and 2) we … Continue reading

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The Hostess Twinkie Reading Plan

When I was growing up, I heard the mantra, “You are what you eat!” all the time. It’s not said so much these days, which is ironic since much of what we eat is grown with pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides; … Continue reading

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You’re Not Too Dumb to Read the Bible Yourself

How much education does the average Christian need in order to be qualified to study the Bible? Within conventional, establishment Christianity — the kind overwhelmingly and depressingly practiced in countries like the one in which I was born and live, … Continue reading

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Wild Child: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting Wild Child by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve: Deep down, no matter how cynical we are, we know that childhood should be a precious age. If you have spent any time with … Continue reading

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What “Should” Your Child Be Reading?

I grew up in a household of books, and given that there were five kids and two parents with widely divergent interests — from molecular biology to Bobby Sherman, the singing heartthrob — there was no end of variety. As … Continue reading

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We Never Could Afford Piano Lessons

Some things in life we consider inviolable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness immediately come to mind, but this is because I have a rudimentary familiarity with the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Just because the words are written … Continue reading

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The Problem with U.S. History

In 20 years of homeschooling, we never did find the ultimate resource for teaching U.S. History. We knew we didn’t want textbooks similar to what we had endured in our own public school childhoods: the end result of carrying around … Continue reading

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