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How to determine your child’s TRUE academic level…

Do you know how to determine what grade level your child is in? I don’t mean what classroom is he in, or how old he is or the age of his peers who he attends school with. No, I mean, “What academic level is he honestly proficient in?”

Here’s a few minutes of training on how to observe your child to determine what academic grade level he really is. Enjoy!

-Judith

Join our workshop for high-level training on Homeschool 101! Our Foundations Workshop is made for any new, prospective, or even experienced homeschooling parents who want to build a solid homeschool foundation. Click the link to learn more:

Homeschool Foundations Workshop – LIVE!

Announcing: The Homeschool Foundations Workshop

This is a live, six-week workshop for new or prospective homeschool parents who want to learn the basics – the foundations, if you will – about the art and craft of homeschooling.

  • Not sure where to start?
  • Intimidated by all the resources out there?
  • Everyone told you to get XYZ curriculum, but you’re not sure if it’s worth the cost?
  • Or maybe you’re wondering why that XYZ curriculum works for everyone else, but doesn’t for you?

For these and a whole lot of other reasons, we’re happy – “ecstatic” is a better word – to finally be able to offer the Foundations Workshop.

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The Parent is the Primary Educator

Have we outsourced too much of our critical duty as parents?

The default presumption in our culture is to believe that education is the realm of professional teachers. This is why we send our children away to school and, statistically speaking, almost nobody questions why we do this. It’s also why those considering homeschool often ask “am I qualified?” But the Christian understanding has always held that parents are the primary educators.

There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with sending your children to school, but parents should always consider those institutions and professionals as assisting them in their duties as parents.  

The Catholic Church has done a great job in articulating this for all Christians.

Parents are the primary educators. Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: They are educators because they are parents.

“Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: They are educators because they are parents.”

– Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to the Family, #16)

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“Homeschooling is for hippies and organic gardeners!”

How my mom persisted when it seemed everything was against her

That’s how my mother felt about homeschooling back in the early 80’s – back when homeschooling was quasi-legal at best. But as it happened, it was her best option for a variety of reasons.

And it was an incredibly daunting project considering how fringy homeschooling was back then. But she did it anyway, and, I would say, did it very well.

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Hello Again!

So, life is funny…

We’ve been working on Sophia Homeschool for a while now. You might say that Judith has been working on it for 30 years, if you count all the time in that world. It’s probably no surprise to anyone that when you start a business, you meet all forms of resistance. After all, you’re doing something different. Something unique. Something that most people just don’t do. And it’s like “the universe” senses an anomaly and tries to correct it.

Or maybe it’s just life. Whatever the case, just as we began moving forward, life threw us a curveball and we found ourselves in a radically new situation. In short, I was laid off from my day job without much of a backup plan. It’s not the optimal situation in which one launches businesses.

It’s just not done!

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Great Resource for Audiobooks: Libby by Overdrive

I’m a huge fan of audiobooks. Back when I had an epic commute everyday (at least an hour one-way), they were a great way to learn. A 30+ hour course on the French Revolution was particularly memorable. (After frying my brain with hard labor and then spreadsheets, the drive home was usually something in the less-than-educational zombie military fiction genre…)

But Audible is a bit pricey, at least if you “read” more than their one free book per month. So, when a Facebook friend tipped me off to Libby by Overdrive, I was intrigued.

It’s basically an app that connects to your local library’s audiobook collection. Here’s the blurb from the app store:

“Meet Libby. Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand… It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Libby has a ground-breaking built-in ebook reader, and a beautiful audiobook player. If you prefer, you can send books to your Kindle for reading.”

Full disclosure – I haven’t yet tried this out, but I’m going to. My FB friend calls it “life-changing.”

Cheers!

-Chris

Hello! And welcome…

If you’re reading this sometime around the end of July 2019, then…how did you get here? Lol. No, seriously – I’m writing this about two days after I finally got around to launching the website. If anyone can find it right now, I’d be shocked.

Right now there isn’t a lot going on at this website, but that’s about to change. Judith and I just spent the last six months writing, shooting and editing our Discovery Workshop, an online course about how to get started in homeschooling.

Judith applying last-minute edits to the Discovery Workshop

As of this writing, we’re just beginning to promote it. More – a lot more – is coming soon.

What is the Discovery Workshop? It’s Judith’s genius method for building a solid foundation for parents new (or newish) to homeschooling. Most people (me included if I’d somehow had to figure this out on my own), might start exploring home education by asking all their homeschooling friends what to do, which curriculum to buy, etc. They might go to a few homeschool conferences and…immediately lose heart. With, as we say in our workshop introductory video, “acres of vendors,” it’s easy to give up before you’ve even begun.

Where on earth do you start?

That’s where Judith’s plan comes in. It’s several hours of basic advice about the things new homeschooling parents should be thinking about before they ever whip out the credit card for a particular curriculum. Feel free to ask us about that, or, you can find the page for that here.

Anyway, bear with us as we try to get this thing off the ground. We’re passionate about helping people get their homeschool into some sort of order. No, it’s more than that – we don’t just want to help people impose control, but to build an environment filled with a love of learning, family harmony, and peace. Homeschooling, as Judith says, is an endurance race. It’s absolutely critical to start right – with training, education, and best practices.

If we do our job well, we believe we can help a lot of people.

So, please come back soon, and again, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!