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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Vision

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Vision
21. Homeschooling is the Gift of Vision We can teach our children history, so they will not be destined to repeat it.  They can place events in the bigger picture, and see the long-term consequences.  Delight directed learning can encourage the creativity that is so important in the 21st century. We can teach them faith, so they can make the world a better place. As they grow and face the world, their faith can spill out...
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Adaptability

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Adaptability
20. Homeschooling is the Gift of Adaptability  The world is changing so fast, we can’t be sure what the future will hold. But we can teach our children how to learn, so they can adapt no matter what the future holds. No matter what jobs they have in the future, our children will be ready for them when they know how to learn.
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Passionate Interests

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Passionate Interests
19. Homeschooling is the Gift of Passionate Interests  Colleges want to see passion in applicants.  Passion is what homeschoolers call delight directed learning, the cornerstone of home education. The interests that students develop can guide college and career planning. Passion can improve the chances of college admission and big scholarships.
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Eager Minds for Employers and Universities

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Eager Minds for Employers and Universities
18. Homeschooling is the Gift of Eager Minds for Employers and Universities The love of learning continues right into college. Homeschooling can foster eager minds and creative thinkers unencumbered by mass education. Homeschoolers who enjoy learning will grow into adults who enjoy learning, and the eagerness for education is a valuable commodity for colleges.
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Educated Applicants for Employers and Universities

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Educated Applicants for Employers and Universities
17. Homeschooling is the Gift of Educated Applicants for Employers and Universities Homeschooling produces truly well educated kids. Not all homeschoolers have stellar test scores, but they do become better educated than public school students. Their self-teaching skills provide educated applicants with better test scores, but more importantly an eagerness to learn. Colleges love homeschool students!
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Educational Alternatives

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Educational Alternatives
16. Homeschooling is the Gift of Educational Alternatives  Friends and neighbors will see us homeschooling and recognize it as an option. Our example can free them, so they aren't stuck with only public or private school options. Children will see us and feel free to ask their parents about homeschooling. Other parents will see our lives, and begin to think of alternatives to the failing public and private schools. They will see us in all our...
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Thank you, Lee. This is so true. As a Co-op leader, any time I was out during "school hours" and saw another family, I automatic... Read More
Monday, 16 December 2013 17:23
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Fellowship

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Fellowship
15. Homeschooling is the Gift of Fellowship It is such a gift that we can spend time with friends and neighbors! Our evenings free of homework mean we as homeschooling parents have more time to develop adult relationships and pursue our own interests. Teens benefit from this too – without homework weighing them down, they have plenty of time to socialize. But recognize that adults have more time to socialize more often, too!
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of History

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of History
14. Homeschooling is the Gift of History Grandparents have a longevity and perspective that makes them a tremendous resource for history and current events. From grandparents, we can get a long term view on world events. We can urge them to discuss their personal history and views over their lifetime, and get a unique perspective on recent history and the decades through which they've lived, long before the children were born.bullies, or fear rebellious classmates during...
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Family Values

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Family Values
13. Homeschooling is the Gift of Family Values Grandparents can be a terrific example of character and family values. Having more time for them in your lives can be a great influence on your children. Caring for the elderly is a critical message to pass along to our children. As you spend time as a family caring for your ailing grandparents, what could be a better example?
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Hello Lee. We are in this season of life. So many blessing!
Friday, 13 December 2013 18:15
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Time for Grandparents

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Time for Grandparents
12. Homeschooling is the Gift of Time for Grandparents  The gift of time is the best way to show love for grandparents. Homeschoolers often reach out in love during homeschool lessons, writing letters or caring for their grandparents’ needs. Grandparents can enjoy the company of their grandchildren at unusual times. Family vacations are possible when the school year is flexible.  
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Co-socialization

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Co-socialization
11. Homeschooling is the Gift of Co-socialization Homeschooled siblings have mutual friends and mutual play dates when they are younger. As they get older, and grow into “big kid” schedules they may have mutual lab experiments, or socialize with friends together. Often families will spend more time exploring areas of interest together, rather that separately. Siblings can be a great example for each other. Instead of being in an artificial environment where every child is the...
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Sibling Bonding

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Sibling Bonding
10. Homeschooling is the Gift of Sibling Bonding As we monitor our children’s behavior to encourage closeness, we prevent bullying that can destroy adult sibling relationships. While their schooled counterparts think it's "not cool" to be seen with younger siblings, homeschoolers usually don't mind and often even enjoy the company of their younger siblings. In fact, you will often find siblings going out of their way, younger and older alike, to do something special for each...
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Family Harmony

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Family Harmony
9. Homeschooling is the Gift of Family Harmony All parents are a major influence in their children’s lives. But homeschool parents can spend more time gently guiding their children in matters of manners and proper behavior. We have the time to provide both correction AND positive encouragement. Just having a parent around can lead to more peace and harmony in the family. Family harmony and improved behavior are usually the first improvements that a new homeschool...
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Hi Lee. You are right. My dearest auntie just reminded me that we are doing the best thing for our dear children by homeschoolin... Read More
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Peace

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Peace
8. Homeschooling is the Gift of Peace We can choose to have peace in our lives. Although many choose to have busy schedules, at least we have the option of slowing things down when we want to or need to. Parents come to realize that homeschooling is a way of life. We can remove ourselves from the “rat race” if we want to. We can enjoy a slow start to our days. Yoga pants and pajamas...
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So glad you are enjoying the series! Blessings, Lee
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Lee, if my dear children saw me in yoga pants they would first stare at me in shock and then tell me to go put pants on! Hee, hee,... Read More
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Closeness

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Closeness
7. Homeschooling is the Gift of Closeness Homeschooling encourages (even forces!) family closeness and time together at home. In a typical, two-income family, parents probably only get an hour or two with their children every day. Even worse, when a parent is working the night shift, they will rarely see their children at all! Homeschooling gives families a chance to spend more time together! No matter the work shift or deployment, homeschooling can increase your family...
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