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How to meet kids’ social needs while homeschooling

Homeschooling | Practical tips on helping home-educated children connect with other people
by Emily Whitten
Posted 10/26/20, 05:07 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced many first-time homeschool parents, and some feel trepidation at the thought of being responsible for their child’s education. This edited Q&A is the second in a series in which we pose questions about home education to several experts. In this installment, Alice Churnock, Sally Clarkson, Cathy Duffy, and Mystie Winckler address the issue of social needs.

At school, kids socialize with peers, teachers, and coaches. How can we meet kids’ social needs at home?

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“Who’s who” in social studies

Education | We need a fresh approach to a tired subject
by Joel Belz
Posted 10/21/20, 11:24 pm

For a decade and more, I’ve been wrestling with some ideas that could reshape the way Christian school and homeschool students engage in what we’ve typically called “social studies.” 

At least, we used to call it social studies. It had its moments, but it wasn’t usually the high point of the day. We typically didn’t allow the use of the word boring at our house. But if we had, social studies would have been an apt target. 

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How to motivate kids to learn at home

Homeschooling | A panel of homeschooling experts talks about the importance of relationships, tangible rewards, and routines with flexibility
by Emily Whitten
Posted 10/05/20, 03:06 pm

Scenario: Deanna is a new homeschool mom with three kids. The oldest is in 10th grade and loves volleyball. The second is a fourth grader who loves math. And the third is a kindergartner with special needs. All planned to do in-person school this year, but because of COVID-19, their family chose to homeschool. Deanna feels some trepidation as she starts her homeschool journey.

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