Published with Permission
Written by Leigh Bortins
I am in a season of deep thinking about the future of my two youngest sons. My husband and I have a different plan for our two youngest sons than we had for our older sons. When our oldest two children graduated high school, we had been part of the generation of homeschool pioneers. We had tried something radically new, and we were so excited that it had worked! As we sent them off to state institutions of higher education, we did it with great confidence that we had prepared them well for the logical next step in a young person’s life.
Over a decade later, as our two younger sons approach graduation, we have different thoughts. Rob and I are wondering why we would work so hard to give them a solidly Christian education for so many years and then turn them over to secular institutions. Can’t we find an option that serves our mission and vision? In my book Echo in Celebration, I wrote that the final end of a classical, Christian education is doxology. Echoing in celebration is the obvious response to learning more about our Lord through His creation. Shouldn’t our higher education plans serve this mission?
As Christians, we live in constant tension. The Lord commands us to be in the world, but not of the world. One of the ways people have responded to this tension has been to homeschool their children. Christian homeschoolers have rejected the thought that our children can be vivisected into parts—the soul for the church, the mind for the state school, and the body for juvenile pleasures. Instead, we have claimed each child wholly for Christ. Nonetheless, each beloved child inevitably approaches adulthood, and then the question of what to do after homeschooling looms large. Continue reading
Published with Permission
Written by Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP
“When my son reads, he struggles so much because he has to sound out the same word over and over again in the story.”
“When I give my son three simple directions, he only does one . . . if that! I’m sure he has an auditory processing problem.”
How the Brain Processes
What is happening when bright, hardworking kids and teenagers have to expend so much energy to process things auditorily? For all of us, the left auditory brain hemisphere is supposed to learn new material and then transfer it to the right visual hemisphere for long-term storage and easy retrieval. When a child or teenager is struggling in this area, the hemispheres are not communicating as they should, as if there is a “disconnect.”
What Are the Symptoms of an Auditory Processing Problem?
When a child is experiencing a significant auditory processing problem, the child/teenager almost always has difficulty with these areas of learning: Continue reading
Written by Gena Suarez, Publisher of TOS
Homeschooling with babies and toddlers–now there’s a challenge. It’s especially difficult when you’re dealing with sleepless nights and sick days when the little ones just need their mama. But you can do it. The Lord gave you those beautiful children and called you to homeschool them, and He’ll help you with all the challenges you face.
These magazine articles can give you more advice than I can pass on in this column about practical ways to homeschool with littles:
3 Sanity Saving Strategies for Homeschooling with Toddlers – Terri Johnson
Homeschooling with Preschoolers – Deb Turner
Preschoolers to High Schoolers–All at Once – several articles on pages 148-168
You may want to read two free E-Books TOS published about homeschooling preschoolers, too. Visit the Schoolhouse Store and use the code preschool2013 to get them FREE!
I also want to talk to you about doubt. I heard you are doubting yourself again. Failure. Really? Let’s find out: Continue reading