Posts tagged: Homeschooling

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'»

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'»

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'»

Running the Homeschool Race

By Mike McHugh, October 1, 2010 12:43 pm

Homeschooling Decently And In Order

The purpose of this article is to challenge parents to home school in a disciplined and orderly manner, for it is my sincere belief that only a structured approach to home schooling is consistent with biblical standards. This message is born out of a desire to see more parents prosper in their commitment to home school by adopting or maintaining approaches to learning that are true to Holy Scripture.
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Establishing a Home School Routine

By Mike McHugh, September 8, 2010 1:36 pm

Establishing A Home School Routine

The task of home education presents some unique challenges to parents who are involved in the teaching process. Perhaps the most difficult part of the routine of many home educators, is the daily struggle to try to be all things to everyone who is in need. Parent educators, by the very nature of their calling, must multi-task on a regular basis for when the school bell rings there is no way for them to shut themselves off from all so-called distractions.
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Before and After

By Larry Hovde, January 18, 2010 8:39 am

Some products that promise good results offer as proof before and after pictures. While we are in the trenches, educating our children, we really can’t tell how they will turn out. I can’t make any promises and results may vary, but I am able to tell you a little bit about the before and after of homeschooling and Christian education. Continue reading 'Before and After'»

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