A Thanksgiving Reading for Home Educators

By Mike McHugh, November 4, 2011 10:51 am

A Thanksgiving Reading For Home Educators

In the U.S., one of the few holidays on the calendar that has not been stripped of its biblical and historical significance is Thanksgiving. It is still vital, however, for Christian home educators to continue to celebrate and promote this most excellent holiday before the face of their communities in order that this special celebration will remain centered on giving thanks to God for His manifold blessings.

The text that follows, originally written in the nineteenth century by Mr. F.W. Greenwood, would make an excellent reading for home school families during the Thanksgiving season. A true Thanksgiving celebration, after all, is not complete unless families take the time to come together, in spite of their busy schedules, to sing praises to the God of their fathers and to talk of the ways in which the Lord has blessed and moved in the past. If you are determined to make this Thanksgiving season one of genuine spiritual significance, then by all means take the time to sing praises to the God of all grace and read portions of the Holy Scripture to your family. In addition, set aside time to share readings with your children like the one listed below, so they will learn more about the faith of their pilgrim and puritan forefathers …the ones who originally established the thanksgiving tradition. Continue reading 'A Thanksgiving Reading for Home Educators'»

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The Struggle for Home School Liberty

By Mike McHugh, September 13, 2011 10:56 am

The home school movement in the United States is now entering its second generation phase. The pioneers who began to home school during the 1970’s are, for the most part, finished with the task of teaching their own children and are now watching them marry and have children of their own. It is entirely likely, however, that many of the parents who are just beginning their home school journey will be unaware of the significant price that was paid by home school pioneers to make home education possible.  For this reason, I am concerned that home educators today may be tempted to think that the right to home school has always been easy to pursue without legal harassment. Continue reading 'The Struggle for Home School Liberty'»

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Helping Children to Esteem the Church

By Mike McHugh, August 5, 2011 2:38 pm

A great deal has been written in recent years regarding the need to re-unite the family and the church. This plea should come as no surprise to anyone who has taken the effort to notice how much the modern church has been influenced by secular culture, and how little time is spent by parents to give young people a biblical view of the church. Leaders in the home education community such as Doug Phillips, as well as popular Christian speakers like Ken Ham, have openly addressed the fact that an unprecedented number of children from God-fearing households are electing to leave the church. The growing problem of young people from Christian homes feeling alienated from the body of Christ is indeed real, and this negative development must be addressed by parents as well as church leaders without delay. Continue reading 'Helping Children to Esteem the Church'»

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The Father’s Role In Home Education

By Mike McHugh, June 9, 2011 3:24 pm

It has been my observation, after working in the field of home education for over thirty years, that most fathers are not really sure how they fit in the puzzle called home schooling. In fact, a significant number of dads that I have spoken to over the years, do not appear to be persuaded that they even have a primary function in the process of home education.

Fathers who find it difficult to become fully invested in the commitment of home education, commonly struggle for the following two reasons: Continue reading 'The Father’s Role In Home Education'»

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Ice Cores, Ice Age, and the Age of the Earth

By Pastor Calvin, May 10, 2011 11:48 am

On May 4, 2011 Michael Oard a researcher with Creation Ministries International spoke at Christian Liberty Academy. In the morning he addressed the subject of a biblical view of the Ice Age. In the afternoon, he spoke on the subject of dinosaurs to the younger children in the school.

I had the opportunity to sit down and interview Mr. Oard along with Walt and Sharon Sivertsen, directors of Midwest Creation Fellowship. We discussed a variety of topics including ice cores, the ice age, and the age of the earth.

To listen to this interview click here.

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Godless Redemption

By Pastor Calvin, March 3, 2011 12:25 pm

The following article was written by Pastor Tom Chantry of Christ Reformed Baptist Church in the Milwaukee area. Before pastoring this church, Tom taught 5th grade and US History (12th grade) at Christian Liberty Academy. He continues to be a good friend of the school.

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A number of friends have now offered commiseration to me upon the defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Coming as it does from the denizens of Packer Nation, this is either enormous generosity or base mockery. It matters little. I am a follower of football in much the way that many Americans are Christians; I self identify as a “fan” but never watch the games because I have other commitments on Sundays. Continue reading 'Godless Redemption'»

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400th Anniversary of the King James Version

By Pastor Calvin, February 21, 2011 3:03 pm

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the most important English translation of the Bible – the King James Version.

Leland Ryken, a professor at Wheaton College, has written an excellent article on the importance of the King James Version. This would be a good article to read with your family. Many have moved beyond the King James Version. Is it wise that this great translation is becoming more and more neglected?

Leland Ryken’s Article

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The National Debt Road Trip

By Pastor Calvin, February 11, 2011 7:14 pm

The author of this video has several other very clever videos explaining very large numbers in ways people can more easily understand. How about some CLASS students putting together videos similar to this? Please let us know if you come up with anything. We will post it to this blog.

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Every Lesson Needs A Target or Goal

By Mike McHugh, February 11, 2011 4:16 pm

Every Lesson Needs A Target or Goal

In marksmanship training, students are commonly taught how to properly acquire their target, or to take aim. Junior marksmen also learn how to pursue every shot with care and deliberation, while they remain focused on their target. A popular saying that has been utilized by both archery and rifle instructors over the years is, “Aim small, miss small.” This old phrase is meant to remind students that if they set their sights on the smallest spot in the center of their target, they are far less likely to miss their mark by a wide margin.

The principles of marksmanship training also have relevance in the realm of education in general, as well as in home teaching in particular; for no instructor will be able to achieve excellence unless he knows how to set clear goals for each of his lessons. Teaching, after all, is never an end in itself; but always a means to the end that certain valuable skills and information can be imparted. Instructors who make the effort to clearly define the goal or goals that they have for each lesson will, therefore, be in a much better position to achieve success in the teaching process. One reason this is true, stems from the fact that when a teacher knows where he is taking his students, he is also in a much better position to intelligently arrange the means that are necessary to ensure that pupils actually comprehend each lesson. Continue reading 'Every Lesson Needs A Target or Goal'»

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Hope for the Weary Home Educator

By Mike McHugh, January 11, 2011 12:53 pm

Hope for the Weary Home Educator

My wife and I have been teaching our children at home for over two decades. Even though we are clearly in the ranks of “seasoned” home educators, it is still common for us to question whether our efforts are truly enriching our family and forging godly character traits in our children. This self-examination process is, in our view, a necessary endeavor for the simple reason that home education is not an end in itself. In other words, we did not start our family in order to enrich a home school program; rather, we elected to pursue home schooling because we sincerely believed that it would help us to establish a Christ-honoring household by the grace of God. Continue reading 'Hope for the Weary Home Educator'»

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