Starting the year right

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The following is a guest post by Laura Thomas of This Eternal Moment.

 A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge” – Thomas Carlyle

I will never forget my first day of kindergarten. I wore my favorite ruffly dress that twirled nicely, my hair in pigtails, and clutched my favorite pink doll tightly.

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I was excited and terrified all at once. I was eager to learn and even more eager to be liked by my classmates.

Thankfully, the first face to greet me that morning was my teacher, Ms. Neal. Ms. Neal was one of those people created to make small people feel significant, loved, and happy. We were a group of more than 20 kids, but Ms. Neal made us all feel special.

And there was nothing that we wanted more than to see her smile and sense her approval of our oddly-cut shapes or wobbly-written letters. And approval she gave — loads of it.

More than 30 years later, my brother, a Delta pilot, returned to sit in the back of her classroom just to watch Ms. Neal work her magic. The children quietly sat in their places, raised their hands, respecting her and each other. How did she do it?

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Learning to be more committed to our kids than to our educational ideals

Being More Committed to Our Kids Than to Our Educational Ideals

The following is a post by contributor Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home. We never set out to be homeschoolers.  I had never even heard of homeschooling until I was in college.  I was working on my first degree in education, and when I heard … [Continue reading]

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My favorite thing about back to school time

My favorite thing about back to school time

Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom "It's back-to-school time, or as homeschoolers call it, stay-where-you-are time." ~ Stephen Colbert He wakes early--and I always know when. I hear his … [Continue reading]

Weekend links

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This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support of this site! Celebrating 16 years of married life with Steve this month - so blessed! That's not your thing :: From contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera Don't teach … [Continue reading]

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