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Understanding God – Is it Possible?
Did you grow up in church hearing the same Bible stories every year? I did. In fact, kids get little[...]
10 Ways to Inspire Young Learners
How can we inspire young learners? Here are 10 ways parents can develop a passion in their children for life-long[...]
Is It Ever Right To Lie?
Is it ever right to tell a lie?  We all know that "honesty is the best policy," and have been[...]
Taming the Tattling Tongue – 7 Rules for Friends
Nobody likes a tattletale. Tale-bearing breaks trust in friendship and damages the reputation of both parties. But is it always[...]
10 Commandments for Childhood Friendships
My granddaughter is in 5th grade now. I remember 5th grade was hard. Every day on the playground, girls who[...]
Is God Really Good?
Is God good? If so, why is there evil in the world? The saying “God is in control” quoted after[...]
A Novel Idea: Constructing the Plot
The PLOT or storyline is a series of events in the order they happen for the reader. “Hook” your reader's[...]
A Novel Idea – Crafting Characters
One mistake young writers often make, is introducing too many characters without developing their background or reasons why they do[...]
Who Am I Writing For?
In the 1990's I began writing children's books. At the time, I was acting President of the North East Mississippi[...]
A Novel Idea – Setting
Books written in the 19th and early 20th Century often had extensive description of setting at the beginning of the[...]
A Novel Idea – Genre
What Is Genre? It's a category.  In stories, they would be broken down into the type of story. Here are[...]
A Novel Idea – Introduction to Creative Writing
As we begin, we meet in the middle. Have you thought about writing a book or short story? Stories represent[...]
Economic Life Lessons For Kids
While math concepts may seem obscure, kids have no trouble understanding money; at least the spending part! The more difficult[...]
5 Things A Parent Should Never Say
It doesn't matter how old we get, the words of our parents carry a lot of weight. The wisest man[...]
6 Steps to Orderliness
Training children through housework  bring so many benefits! Implementation of these skills can make their lives less stressful (no more[...]
Do All Things in Love
We are instructed in Scripture to do all things in love. Our first priority is the Lord. But how do[...]
My top 10 Picks for Educational Youtube Subscriptions! (Middle-Schoolers)
My granddaughter is turning 10, and beginning 5th grade. Some of the educational channels we enjoyed are far too childish[...]
My Top Picks of Free or Cheap Web-Sources for Elementary-Middle Schoolers.
We try to buy the best curriculum for the least money we can. But even the best curriculum may not[...]
Step by Step Techniques to Teach Poetry Writing
Poetry expresses what you think and feel using choice words to evoke emotion or create a picture. It can express[...]
Learning Logs
Note taking is a crucial skill that is rarely taught.  While shorthand or abbreviations, keywords, and pictures are useful when[...]
Is there a “right way” to homeschool?
We chose home education to provide what was needed and not available through traditional means.  For our family, the choice[...]
Avoiding Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo Copyright infringement - Publishing a plagiarized work. This is a crime.  Ideas are not copyrightable. Titles are not either.[...]
Proofreading and Grading the Essay
Evaluating the First Draft When inexperienced students are starting out, go through the process with them, assisting in each step of[...]
Part Two: Help Your Child Write an Essay
The 5 Part Essay Structure is not the only method for writing an essay but it is a good tool[...]
Help Your Child Write an Essay (without writing it for them) Part 1
Your child has been asked to write an essay. The first question you need to ask is: "What exactly is[...]
Negative and Positive Numbers
Negative numbers may seem an obscure concept, until you bring in examples from life. The best one I know of[...]
Mastering Simple Math Through Games, Part 1
Very young children may recognize and name digits on paper without understanding the concept of number. Or, they may be[...]
Knowledge and Understanding
Isn't it frustrating when knowledge is barricaded by complex systems of learning that don't seem to make sense? That was[...]