Training your child’s character can be likened to tending a garden. Nurturing to life the good character qualities you want to see grow and blossom. It’s about watching over what’s sprouting up and carefully cultivating that which will one day bear fruit. It requires tilling the soil and weeding out anything that is not fructiferous and fragrant and beautiful. Charlotte Mason considered character traits to be habits. Habits of thought and habits of deed. A mother’s role is to gently guide the child, like a guardian angel, into habits of gentleness, courtesy, candor, respect for others, and truthfulness. The work […]
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Many of you who have gone on to graduate a homeschooler have moments of nostalgia that make you stop and sigh. I call this phenomenon “homeschool nostalgia.” I had one such moment while watching a Youstream video of my daughter dancing in the Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen pageant. I watched the video and reminisced. Not only was I reminded of this special moment of accomplishment, I thought of all the hours I put into my child’s education, passions, and heart. It seemed endless—those years, months, weeks, and days. Even the hours and minutes at times felt like a heart wrenching […]
The thought of homeschooling can seem overwhelming at first. But like everything, if you take it one day at a time, you’ll find the reward far outweighs the sacrifice. In fact, you’ll discover homeschooling was not a sacrifice at all, but an investment. An investment in your family, your children’s character, and your life. Is it hard? Sometimes (especially if you have a tendency to overdo things.) But now that I’m on the other side, I can say it was well worth it. If you are considering homeschooling and looking for some specific reasons to take the plunge, consider my top […]
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After reading the past posts, you now know everything you need to know to help your homeschooled child find the college of his dreams. Whew! It’s been quite a journey, but you’ve been faithful and you’re almost there. Now it’s time to let them go. Sending a child off to college can seem like a scary thing. We as moms know there are potholes out there and lots of problems to be tackled. We wonder if our child is fully prepared. We know him better than anyone—his strengths and his weaknesses. And it’s those weaknesses that keep us up at […]
Most universities and scholarship boards require applicants to submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher. This can be tricky for homeschoolers since colleges do not want letters from parents. When my daughter began her college application process, she had never completed a class outside the home except for an online dual enrollment course through Liberty University. She was enrolled in classes her senior year but barely knew the instructors when she started applying to colleges. My daughter ended up asking for letters of recommendation from her ballet instructors and mock trial coaches. It’s important to begin thinking early about […]