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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

Why are You So Tired?

Besides a medical condition, there are two reasons people get tired. This is especially true for homeschool moms (and dads), given all they are trying to accomplish through the home.

Here are the two basic things that explain what's up...and that can give us the insight we need to make a positive change.

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​​​

Episode 101 – What is a Homeschooling Education Really About

There is a lot of misinformation about homeschooling. Some think it is about isolation and protection from the horrors of the world. Others think it is about character development more than academic preparation. Still others see it as a smart reaction to the failing school system. Our view was that it is the most efficient way for us to prepare our kids for life as self-teaching adults. There are 4 basic things that are essential to understand about a homeschool education; in fact, grasping these can change everything!

In this Episode You’ll Learn  the 4 Essentials:

1. The Homeschooling Mindset

2. Skills vs. Content

3. The Environment

4. Education as Freedom

Resources:

1. Why Homeschooling Needs the Arts

2. The Easy (Sure-Fire) Way to Become a Better Speller

3. FREE MINI WRITING COURSE

 

Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Politics is unavoidable, but how do you help your student think about all the issues? Sure we can have them study, but we can also push so hard they push back. I suggest we overcome a ‘psychological dysfunction’ and learn to approach debates with some maturity and perspective. It doesn’t always lead to agreement, but I think it is the best path to long term health.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

 

Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler

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The #1 Tip for a Less Stress Homeschool

 

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The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels

Oh, maybe there are more, but honestly teenage rebellion comes down to a couple of simple motives. If you can understand the motivation for your child, then you can probably do a little something to fix it.

Fred Ray Lybrand​

The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels

Why Homeschooling Needs the Arts

In a STEM focused age we can miss the value of Fine Arts in our educational process. We homeschooled 5 all the way through to college. They all, in varying degrees, had instruction in painting/drawing, music, and theatre (going UK on the spelling). The important lessons involve beauty and the creative process, and we wouldn't trade the impact on our home.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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The Shortest Course on Logic (Ever?)

The aim of this vLog is to share the most essential aspects of logic. Basically, it comes down to "If..then", "Does it Follow?", and "Bad premise..."

These are the important things to keep in mind and practice to be rational in the world. It isn't everything, but it is plenty (for homeschoolers, adults, liberals, and conservatives) 🙂

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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