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Educating Head, Heart, Hands, and Health

by Jeanne Faulconer

I grew up participating in 4H, and while I recommend the 4H program itself, I also find myself thinking a lot about the four “H’s” as they apply to homeschooling: head, heart, hands, and health. If you want a holistic way to personally assess your homeschooling, think about whether what your kids are doing is working in each of these areas. Continue reading »

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Delaying Academics: When Homeschoolers Defer Formal Lessons

by Jeanne Faulconer

Schools are pushing standardized testing and formal academics earlier than ever, with today’s kindergartners and preschoolers asked to master skills and content that used to be learned in first and second grades.

Stories like this one from New York and this one from Chicago are popping up all over the country — frequent standardized testing of five year olds (and the accompanying test prep) is becoming the norm in public education. Formal reading, writing, and arithmetic teaching are displacing the time honored traditions of kindergarten — play, story time, learning to share, and enrichment activities that lead to numeracy and literacy.

Some school reformers see the same thing that many homeschoolers do — that a loss of play puts academic success at risk. A complete report on this was issued by the Alliance for Childhood, “Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School”. Continue reading »

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Moore Formula

by Mary Ann Kelley

Raymond and Dorothy Moore are often called the grandparents of the homeschool movement. Their Moore Foundation has been providing support and guidance for parents for many years. The Moores are best known for their theory that formal school is better started later than early, with very little or no formal schooling taking place before age Continue reading »

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Raising God-Directed Learners

by THSM Contributor

One of the goals of Christian home schooling families is to raise our children to be God-Directed learners… that means not just self-motivated, but led by the Holy Spirit. At first, whether you are starting out with a young child, or if you are just bringing your children home after months or years of institutionalized education, they will NOT be Spirit-led learners, or even independent learners. If they have been in school, then they have learned to open their minds like little birds open their beaks, and wait for someone to cram some knowledge down into their brains, and before they have even digested that morsel of knowledge, open up for the next spoonful. Even if they are home schooled the whole time, they are not able to consistently reason until between the ages of 8-10. This is not bad; this is normal. But how do we guide our children from the dependent learning stage to self-motivated learning, and then on to being God-Directed? Continue reading »

The Moore Formula

by THSM Contributor

Dr. Raymond Moore and his wife Dorothy Moore are sometimes called the grandparents of the modern home schooling movement. For over 50 years they have been educational professionals, and for the last 30 years have been sharing their research and their “formula” for successful home schooling, a program that is low-cost, low stress, and yet brings high-achievement. Continue reading »