When Failure Isn’t

by Alyson Redford So often my balance between important things and urgent things gets skewed, not always by choice but by necessity, and then I feel like I failed. But what if I didn’t? What if I am evaluating the wrong things?  Several years ago when the new year rolled around I was tired of … Read more

Health in 2021

by Jen Altman. Originally published at Chestnut Grove Academy, on January 5, 2015, updated December 2020. Used by permission. I know it’s nothing extraordinary, but when I was trying to come up with an all encompassing word for this new year…HEALTH is what came to mind.  I want to work on being more healthy…physically, mentally … Read more

Homeschooling and Places of Security

by Jenny Fletcher, mother of two boys from Idaho We live in a unique time in the history of our world.  Because of a global pandemic and its accompanying uncertainty, more families are choosing to educate their children at home. It is important to realize that the Lord can use difficult times to bring about … Read more

Helpful Homeschooling Hints

by Crystal Hessing of Boise, Idaho When, why, and how your home-educating adventure began (or is yet to begin) is unique to each of us.  Ours began six years ago when my, then-fourth-grader, would no longer go to school.  I would forcefully drop her off at school, despite what should have been my better judgment, … Read more


by Jen Altman. Originally published at Chestnut Grove Academy, on January 23, 2014. Used by permission. One of the number one concerns that comes up with discussing homeschooling always seems to be SOCIALIZATION!  With Homeschooling becoming more and more mainstream, the number of opportunities to come together with other homeschoolers is increasing more and more! … Read more

This Christmas, Mend a Quarrel: A Month-long Relationship-enhancing Plan

By Rachel Spigarelli As homeschoolers, we are not immune to troubled relationships with our children.  If anything, when these problems occur, we feel a heightened awareness of them.  Sometimes a child is feeling surly, and then this might develop into a habit of sarcasm.  Sometimes we are tired and overwhelmed and make impatient demands, losing … Read more