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Shop Alpha Omega Publications and discover the LIFEPAC® difference with Bible-based homeschool curriculum that's both time-tested and affordable. Consumable, mastery-based worktexts designed for independent learners in grades K-12 are sure to provide both you and your child with a rich, rewarding homeschooling experience you'll love!
Posted On : 03.07.14
Do you ever feel like you pick up messes all day? As a homeschooling parent, I quickly learned not to wait until the end of the day to clean the house. Walking through each room throughout the day, I continually organized and put a few things away as my children were studying. If I didn't, I knew I wouldn't have enough energy left to tackle the mountains of laundry, dishes, and clutter before bed....
The Homeschool Convention
Posted On : 03.06.14
Take a light-hearted look at homeschool conventions in this illustration created by Alpha Omega Publications....
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Posted On : 03.06.14
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, as the old saying goes. As you homeschool through spring, download and print these free activity worksheets from AOP for your learner to complete....
Hollywood Set to Explore Topics of Noah and Heaven
Posted On : 03.06.14
Russell Crowe plays Noah and a child visits heaven during a near-death experience in two faith-based films opening this spring....
Classic Snack Doubles as Handy Household Tool
Posted On : 03.06.14
Snack time isn’t the only time peanut products comes in handy. Celebrate Peanut Month by making your own peanut butter and trying some of these unusual uses for the classic sandwich spread....
Posted On : 03.08.14
Homeschooling can bring out the worst and best in you. As I sat on the kitchen floor crying, I knew that today was one of the worst. I had put the children to bed early, and my husband was working late. I was hoping a good cry would relieve my stress from the week of teaching, responsibilities, and housework. My inabilities to be supermom seemed immensely larger than the homeschooling blessings, and I felt like I was constantly disappointing my husband, my children, my extended family, and myself. Failure waved its ugly banner over me, and I was tempted to cut my losses and give up entirely. God seemed far away, and I felt alone....
Death at My Door (Part 1)
Posted On : 01.19.14
One evening after hosting a Bible study for homeschooling friends around a campfire, my observant son noticed a small amber-colored bottle lying on the ground. Walking up to me with the bottle in his hand, he began to read the letters on the bottle's torn label, "S-t-r-y-c-h . . . what's this, Mom?" he asked....
Death at My Door (Part 2)
Posted On : 01.20.14
Somehow we arrived at the hospital within minutes, even though it was 12 miles away from our house. We ran through the hospital doors to the emergency room and found the doctor waiting for us. Immediately, he began force feeding our daughter a charcoal mixture to neutralize the strychnine's effects. Since strychnine is normally fast acting, the next half hour was agonizing as my daughter suffered through gulping more of this mixture in between terrified sobs. Expecting the worse, we all watched and waited. After two more hours of this treatment, the doctor believed our daughter was out of danger. No visible effect of the poison was apparent in my daughter's body, and we became hopeful she was going to be all right. Miraculously, her condition seemed to indicate she hadn't swallowed any of the poison. However, the doctor gave strict instructions to monitor her through the night....
Posted On : 01.28.14
Satan really takes advantage of homeschoolers. When you jump into something different, such as teaching your own children, you become susceptible to his attacks of doubt and fear. Unsure of your abilities, you second-guess your decisions and desperately look for affirmation and direction. Added to those doubts are questioning remarks and comments from those who don't homeschool, and soon you begin to think, "I could really mess up my children's lives if I do this wrong!" The multiple battlefronts of spiritual, emotional, and physical attacks call for reinforcement from the Lord. Only His divine strength, wisdom, and power can counteract Satan's fears....
Back by Popular Demand
Posted On : 02.06.14
In all my years of teaching, "popular" was one word I never heard used to describe homeschooling. Many times I heard words like illegal, over-protective, and crazy, but certainly never popular. Going against the educational norm led to some hot debates, especially within my family. When talking to relatives who were certified teachers, I never heard phrases like, "Oh, how interesting!" or "That's great, how can I help you?" Instead, my ability and sanity were questioned, and I was warned about the practicality of such an undertaking. Even today, 25 years later, most people still think it's odd that I homeschooled my children....
Comment by: MARIA D
When we first started homeschooling, receiving support and encouragement from other homeschooling families was crucial. Without it, we might have given up in our attempts to teach our children at home. However, as time went on with our small homeschooling support group, I noticed there seemed to be one or two families who always wanted someone else to do the work of homeschooling for them. They loved their children and the idea of homeschooling, but they repeatedly left their children in someone else's care or advocated having other homeschooling families educate their children in a co-op class. Although I was happy to help, I realized later that these families were simply taking advantage of others. When the problem repeatedly robbed my family of the care and homeschooling they deserved, I said "no" more often....
Comment by: SABRINA M
How many times have you been accused of sheltering your children from the real world because you homeschool? After experiencing this confrontation numerous times, I finally realized an important fact my accusers were ignoring. They sheltered their children from the real world, too. Most caring parents draw a line and set limits on what they allow their children to experience. The only difference between my sheltering and theirs was that I had simply drawn our children's line in a different place. R-rated movies, magazines and books that promoted sex outside of marriage, violent video games, and other activities that violated God's Word were not a part of our family life. The standards I wanted to set were for training in righteousness, not for training in the ways of the world....
Comment by: ROSETTA G
"OK," I asked my daughter. "Where is the book report you were supposed to have done today?" "Oh, that was due today?" she responded innocently. "Yes, you knew it was due today. I reminded you last week, remember?" I replied. I could see another excuse beginning to form in her mind, and from past experience, I knew what was coming....
Comment by: LINDA S
Just two percent of all homeschool families in the U.S. are headed by single parents, according to homeschool researcher Dr. Brian D. Ray.Two percent doesn’t sound like much, but that represents approximately 20,000 single moms and dads who have overcome the challenges of this seemingly superhuman feat. So, how do they juggle everything? Where do they find the time to parent, teach, and work? And how do they make ends meet? Let’s find out....
Comment by: KELLY S
Do your younger children drive you crazy with all their questions each day? With an insatiable desire to know "why," they ask a barrage of unending questions that homeschooling parents are forced to answer as best they can. Some questions like "Why is the sky blue?" and "Where do babies come from?" might set us back for a few minutes as we think of the best way to answer. However, other questions like "Why did Grandpa die?" and "Why did God let my sister get cancer?" pose a much bigger challenge. Sometimes, questions are simply unanswerable, and the "whys" of life's problems have no answer keys for us....
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