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We (the whole family) just love reading The Homeschool Minute 

While we always love and value what the ladies have to say on the various topics, we just LOVE what Familyman Todd Wilson has to say about "keeping it real". He's always very refreshing and keeps us in stitches. Please pass along the thanks to him!
Homeschooling for 11 years and loving it. 

--The Szymanski Family 





I'm bawling this morning. I know lack of sleep is part of it. But this Homeschool Minute is great. I have to confess to you that I nearly didn't open it. The last time the Homeschool Minute addressed this issue, it made me feel inadequate and then just angry. I know I should have written to you then . . . .This issue is phenomenal. Thank you for addressing struggling readers in such an understanding way.

--Debra Brinkman, Yoder, CO




This was JUST what I needed today. I'm sitting here crying over the first and last articles . . . I'm not sure I got past the tears in my eyes for the ones in between. (Okay, I just looked back, and they were advertisements I'd already had a chance to see the video of before, etc.).  

Just had to touch base with you and say thank you. They usually don't tug at my heart quite this much, but these have somehow struck a chord with me today. I appreciate your  

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Thank you so much. How timely! . . . You all work so hard year round to make our world such a better place! Thank you!! :))

--Beth Lilly, Bristol, PA



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May 2, 2012

Internet Safety (A Few Tips)


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Internet Safety--What I have to say about this topic is this: We MUST be extremely vigilant in monitoring what our children read, see, hear, and spend time doing online. We must protect them from evil influences that come as angels of light. There are many safety sites available for all your different devices, so don't put off finding the right ones for your family. You just might save your children from a lifetime of struggle.


On a completely different note, someone recently told me that they thought I must be a saint to homeschool all of my children. It reminded me of this entry from many years ago and I wanted to share it with you:


Am I a saint or am I insane?

I normally receive one of two extreme responses when folks find out I am homeschooling my children. They either think I am a saint, or they think I am insane (maybe not using those exact words, but their attitudes and facial expressions reveal their amazement either way).

Let's look at the first reaction for a moment. The grand response of, "You are lifted up in my eyes and must be on a whole different level to be able to raise all those children AND homeschool them on top of it--you must be a saint!" Well, in reality, they are right. We are all called saints if we are called children of God. However, we are all on the same level before Him: one of humility before HIS greatness, not ours. And I think that all of us homeschoolers would be quick to say that, but for the grace of God, we would not be doing what we are doing. And that we are nothing and can do nothing without Him. So, really, HE is the One to be lifted up, and not we ourselves. We must always point back to Him and say, "God is good, not me." And yet, even knowing our lack of goodness (as there is none good, no not one) God calls us saints before Him - even ninety-five times in the KJV! Here is one of those ninety-five that proclaim just Who is the One to be not only "looked up to" but to be humbly, fervently, worshipped: 

"And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints." Rev. 15:3

Now the opposite extreme response is to assume we are insane! Don't you love those looks of disdain and condescension? Those voices saying, "How could you, why would you, don't you care, don't you worry, aren't you afraid, I would be crazy to attempt it," seem to ring throughout your being trying to shake your conviction. But praise be to God, when we stand strong in our calling and convictions, the Lord takes up our offense. Let's think about that word, "insanity." A current humorous definition, which I'm sure you've heard, is this: "Continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results." If that is true, then that is exactly what the government is doing by continuing to pour billions of dollars into a failing public education system and expecting different results. Oh but wait, the results have changed, and current research states that things are getting worse than ever before.

Insane. I kind of like that word. It really means "not in one's right mind. Utterly senseless or foolish." Now, why would I like such a word? Well, biblically speaking, God has made the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. While some look at homeschooling as foolish, God raises up children of excellence in character who are growing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Man's wisdom is really utterly senseless in the eyes of God. To not be in one's right mind can also be a good place as we seek to exchange our thoughts and feeble wisdom in order to know the mind of Christ and operate under His thoughts and wisdom. Totally foreign thinking to the world, but life--changing to the believer. 

"Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 

"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." 1 Corinthians 2:16

So, the next time someone thinks you are a saint or that you are insane, let them know that you are BOTH, and be sure to let them know that you will continue to keep those children Home Where They Belong.


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Everyday Explorers USAFor our Canadian lessons, we'll study a province each month. Each week Everyday Explorers will provide five daily lessons that help your student learn about locations in the chosen province. Students will also create charts that they will use throughout the month. In May, students will learn about Prince Edward Island.


In May, we also have Michelle Miller's fabulous reading list, Adam Andrews' literature lessons, Kim Kautzer's writing prompts and lessons, Joey Hajda's Friendly Chemistry lessons, Terri Johnson's geography lessons, Diana Waring's Christian Luminaries, Joy Sikorski's music for the whole family, a lapbook by Hands of a Child, our Everyday Easels lessons, This Day in History, daily menu plans, Andy Harris' technology lessons, Matt Glavach's Struggling Readers series, and more articles and everyday encouragement!


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This is the first time I've ever written an article on my iPhone and how appropriate that it's about Internet safety. Actually, I think everyone who has access to the Internet in their home should have some sort of safety net of protection in place. 


On my phone and on all of our Internet devices, we have one of two Internet safety browsers called K -9 or Mobicip. They are easy to install and do a great job of blocking crummy images and websites. 


There are other options as well, such as Covenant Eyes or Cyber Nanny. The important thing is to have something . . . for everyone. Never assume the Internet is safe, because it isn't. I've heard so many stories from moms and dads who did assume that it was safe for their children, but are now picking up the pieces from a bad situation. I know others who decided not to use safety filters because they wanted their children to fight off the temptation with verses or to prove their trust, and they've all had bad results. Let me just say that I don't even trust myself! I want my wife to "help" protect me and my children by putting those safety filters in place.


So don't be guilty of assuming everything is okay . . . and don't be naive and think that it won't creep in. Be as severe as needed to ensure your family will be safe!

Be real,



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Diana Waring, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine columnist and history teacher, is author of Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest, and the History Revealed curriculum published by AiG. She discovered years ago that "the key to education is relationship." Beginning in the early 80s, Diana homeschooled her children through high school--providing real-life opportunities to learn how kids best learn. Mentored by educators whose focus was to honor Him who created all learners, and with an international background (born in Germany, a university degree in French, a lifelong student of world history), Diana has been enthusiastically received by audiences on four continents. received by audiences on four continents.


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What a difficult era this is when it comes to parenting!  You know, I remember back in the day when the big issues were things like keeping our kids from getting sunburned, feeding them broccoli, and ensuring they didn't get cavities.  Those days are long gone (though broccoli is still important!).


I want to encourage you with how important YOU are when it comes to Internet safety.  It requires a vigilant mind, an active love, and prayerful wisdom. 


For me, this whole topic reminds me of the year my middle son shipped out to Iraq as a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman.  The intensity of my prayers and awareness increased in direct relation to the new level of danger he faced.  No longer was it the common difficulties of everyday life for which I prayed and sought wisdom on his behalf. Now it was hidden enemies in a foreign land that were actively trying to destroy him.  My concerns deepened by leaps and bounds as I recognized that my son would encounter perils beyond what we had ever known.


Make no mistake.  The potential danger on your computer has a lot in common with a war zone, because there are hidden enemies actively trying to destroy your children through the world-wide web.  It is time to be vigilant, to set boundaries, to police the perimeters.  So, be aware.  Get savvy about the Internet; use appropriate filters and limits; and remember to pray for wisdom!


Be relational, 





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For the month of May, 2012  


Amazing Science! (DVD)


It's pretty amazing to find a product that kids love and just want to keep watching and doing over and over. Especially when it's educational, and school related. This year has been a bit of a challenge with a Kindergartener who would rather ride his bike and build forts all day than do anything he thinks is school.


When we received Amazing Science to review, that all changed. His interest in school and learning has been sparked by a friendly Rocket Scientist and some really cool experiments. Amazing Science is one of the coolest things we have reviewed in the 4 years we've been cruising with the Crew. It's more than amazing!


This two volume set of DVDs has 23 experiments with high quality recording of demonstrations, step-by-step explanations of concepts, and easy to find materials for each experiment.  The teacher-host, Jason Gibson, has a very friendly dad-like conversational style, and an amazing way of explaining some pretty complicated science principles so even my Kindergartener can understand on his level, yet my high school student comes away with a deeper understanding. Mr. Gibson has earned advanced degrees in Engineering and Physics, worked as a Rocket Scientist for NASA, and has a passion for teaching Science and Math. Pretty cool that my school-phobic kindergartener has been turned on to school by a Rocket Scientist!


This two volume DVD set retails for $19.95 plus shipping, or can be downloaded for $17.99 for immediate use with no shipping charges at the website. You can see a little video trailer there of Amazing Science. They also have a whole bunch math DVDs to check out. (...)


Read the rest of this review from TOS Homeschool Crew blogger, Chris, at her blog: Armyof5


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