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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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Should You Homeschool Year-Round?

One of the options homeschoolers have is to organize their school in a year-round fashion. Here we share our experience with having school throughout the year, and why it makes life easier in so many ways.

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​

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Sugar, Kids, and the Home

How many sweets are too many for a child? How much sugar do we allow in the home? Is it 'no sugar' or 'let them be happy kids'? In this vLog we explore these questions and share our practical solution that worked well enough in our home.

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​

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Can You Teach Your Kids to Teach Themselves?

We're convinced aim of education should be to help the student learn how to learn. How do you pull this off, especially in a homeschooling environment? How do you raise a self-taught student who can excel in college and life?

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​

The Real Reason We Have Communication Problems

Most of us think communication is difficult because we don't know how to say it right. Except for the problem of the curse on communication (see Genesis 11), the REAL REASON is about our behavior, even more than our words. Here's a quick explanation that could change everything!

Fred Ray Lybrand​​

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The Easiest Way to Understand Why Your Child Might Not Focus

This vLog is about the nature of Flow and how competence and challenge relate to crippling motivation in our kids and students.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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The Shortest Course on Logic (Ever) ?

Education: Know-How is Better than Knowledge

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