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Independent Homeschool

College is not right for everyone, but it is for some. I know the current climate tempts us to fear the indoctrination of our kids with the growing avoidance of free speech. However, college or high school or work or play--- all of these contexts are places we can learn to be winsome. We have five college grads who made it through and are impacting their worlds through good minds and hearts.

The key is growing independent thinkers. Students who can teach themselves, who have learned how to learn, who are independent learners. Frankly, the homeschool environment is ideal for this approach (though any home can reinforce clear and independent thought).

I've been re-thinking our approach, and so we've changed to www.independenthomeschool.com

Here are the reasons why!

Hope it helps,

Fred Ray Lybrand

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The Ultimate Skill for the Educated

There are many skills that are important for learning and becoming educated. Obviously there is communication, and of course, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic (the Three R's). One of all of these stands out as the most strategic or leveraged. Please don't miss making this skill the first-and-last focus of all your homeschooling.

Fred Ray Lybrand

The Right Mindset for Educating Kids

Your teaching or education mindset kind of runs things 24-7, so don't you think it might be important? Our conviction is that homeschool families really need to think through what they are doing and why (mindset), so they can stay on course. There is one way to think that is for superior than most of the notions about education out there these days... I dare you to re-think it!

Fred Ray Lybrand

Is Negativity a Problem in Your Homeschool?

There is probably nothing worse than having students who gripe and complain all the way through school, true? Negativity is a real problem for people becoming a success in almost any field. On the other hand, there's an advantage in there too. Why not consider both sides of negativity as a positive for life in your homeschool?

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​​

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Homeschoolers, Salaries, and College Graduates

How much do college graduates make? What do high school graduates make? Nowadays it's en vogue to pooh-pooh (sorry) college as unnecessary, citing counter-examples like Jobs, Zuckerberg, and Gates. However, when you get down to it, college is a big-time money producer in our culture.

Although people can do well without college, homeschoolers probably need to re-think being dismissive about it. Why not get your kids ready and let them pick (even if they pay for a lot of it)? 

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​​

Moms and Dads Make a Difference by being Different

In this tense, sexual equality world, we are having a hard time talking about differences between men and women, which sadly keeps us from seeing what makes men men, and women women. Just because there are differences, it doesn't mean either is inferior as a person.

This issue explodes when it comes to how moms and dads affect the family. We are so busy trying to pretend we don't need each other and children are just fine with a single parent, that we don't really appreciate the amazing impact a Mom and Dad can have together.

Are we saying kids are hopeless without two parents? NOPE...but we are saying that God's preferred parenting plan includes a Dad and a Mom (who are actively involved). Here are a few thoughts that might help:

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​​

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