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Learning By Grace is the online homeschooling leader. Partnering successfully with families for almost ten years, we reach Christian homeschool families in all 50 states and 20 countries. Founded by veteran homeschooling parents of 8 children, we understand your needs and meet them, because we've been there.

Online homeschooling is fast becoming the preferred way to homeschool because it saves work and gives you more time to do the important things. Let technology deliver the Daily Lessons, grade Student Assignments, track Attendance, report to District, create Portfoliio, build Transcripts,

Learning By Grace's online homeschooling program enables you to fulfill the Lord's mandates from the scriptures to teach our children about Him all day, every day. Train up a child in the Lord and when he is old he will not depart from Him. A simple promise. Hard to accomplish. We are here to help.

Our online homeschooling curriculum works so well because it is filled with rich multi media experiences through its 28,000 video clips, 120,000 hand-picked websites, and fun learning games. It engages. It empowers. It can be done 24/7/365. It can be done fast, slow, paused, or skipped; the student is driving and that makes him learn.

FREE Worksheets for Homeschoolers

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 10:48

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-by Mimi Rothschild

“Worksheets” can be almost synonymous with “boring.” For some homeschool families, the opportunity to switch from endless worksheets to hands-on learning is one of the reasons they’ve chosen to homeschool. So I was a bit surprised when my sons disagreed with me as I sympathized with them about having to do worksheets.

“I know worksheets are lame…” I began

“Not necessarily,” said one. His brother joined him in listing the benefits of worksheets:

  • They let you practice things so you don’t forget.
  • They help you figure out whether you really understand something you think you got – because sometimes you don’t.
  • They’re fun, for students who like them.
  • They’re easy, and sometimes you need something easy.
  • If it’s hard to concentrate on a chapter sometimes, and a worksheet can help you focus as you read.
  • They can be a good way to review and make sure you haven’t forgotten things.
  • You can see how you did on it easily, unlike complex projects, and a good score makes you feel good.

“It depends on the worksheet,” one of the boys pointed out.

But worksheets do have their advantages. Especially if your students enjoy them. Here are some tips for making the best use of worksheets:

  • Choose wisely. One of the benefits for homeschool parents is that worksheets are easy to find. They come with your curriculum, or you just go to your favorite search engine and type in “Multiplication worksheet” and print something out. But take the time to look over them before you assign them to your student, and make sure that they’re good quality. Errors in the worksheet, confusing directions, or sheets that are much too hard or easy for your student will make the worksheet frustrating rather than helpful.
  • Balance worksheets with other kinds of practice and discovery. For example, you might read about a science topic, spend some time doing an experiment, and then cement that knowledge with a worksheet. Doing page after page of worksheets can be tiresome, and may not really show what your student knows and understands about the topic.
  • Save the worksheets your student completes. It can be very encouraging to look back on earlier papers and see how far they’ve come. You can also make cumulative tests by pulling questions from earlier worksheets. Don’t save so much that you run out of storage space (maybe, if that happens, then you’re relying too much on worksheets), but keep a nice file for each student.

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Mimi Rothschild is the Founder of LearningByGrace.org the nation’s leading provider of online PreK-12 online Christian educational programs for homeschoolers.



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Skills and Knowledge

Written by Howard Mandel
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 10:00

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-by Mimi Rothschild

Are you struggling between giving your students the knowledge they need in the form of information, and helping them develop the skills they’ll need for life?

It can be a tough choice. We have limited time, and lots to cover. Sometimes we feel that knowing about Shakespeare might not be as important as being able to use the computer, or that being able to read maps might be less useful than knowing geography. We might even struggle to decide between teaching our kids how to multiply, and having them memorize the multiplication tables.

The question is made more difficult in some ways, as it seems that the amount of information available keeps growing, and the skills needed in the future work world become harder to predict.

How can we balance skills and knowledge?

First, let’s see what the Bible has to say on this subject.

In Exodus 31:3, God says, “I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.” “Crafts” is a word we now sometimes use in the sense of hobbies, but a craft is a set of abilities: the craft of writing, or of drawing, or of building. The Proverbs 31 woman is a collection of skills. Jesus showed skill in all that He did, and indeed we’re told that God “doeth all things well.” The subject of skill arises repeatedly throughout the old and new testaments, as individuals are identified by their skills in everything from embroidery to warfare.

Yet the word of God also tells us that God’s knowledge is perfect (Job 37:16) and that human knowledge comes from God (Proverbs 2:6). We are advised to seek wisdom and knowledge, and knowledge is referred to as “riches” more than once. In fact, knowledge is included along with other fruits of the spirit in 2 Peter 1:4-6, in which we are exhorted to “make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness.”
If we look at the many passages in the Bible that discuss skill and knowledge, we can see that God doesn’t distinguish these two things, considering one more important than the other. So why should we?

Is the skill of being able to read worth gaining without the chance it gives us to get knowledge from reading? Is knowing about technology useful if we can’t apply that knowledge?

Let’s follow God’s leading in this as we do in other areas of our lives, and help our children gain both knowledge and skill. When we teach information, we should give our students the opportunity to apply it. When we teach skills, we should practice them with worthwhile information, not with meaningless examples.

Have your students practice their handwriting by copying out Bible verses they need to learn. Let them practice math skills by preparing a family budget or planning to build a dog house. Encourage them to use their knowledge about nutrition to plan nutritious family meals, and to teach things they’ve learned to younger siblings.

This approach will encourage both skills and knowledge, for an efficient and well-rounded educational experience.

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Mimi Rothschild is the Founder of LearningByGrace.org the nation’s leading provider of online PreK-12 online Christian educational programs for homeschoolers.



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The Light at the Beginning of the Tunnel

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 13 March 2008 15:45

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By: Michael C. Broome

Home schooling is not only a right of each and every American, it is also a joy with blessings that many home schoolers wouldn’t trade for anything. Not just the children, but the mothers and fathers that give so much of their time to ensure their children have the best life can offer.

Today, I had the pleasure of speaking with Andrea Scully, a homeschooling mom from Arkansas. Andrea shared with me the joys that she, her husband (Adam) and her four children experience. And what started out thirteen and a half years ago, for them as an idea, soon developed into a six month trial before their oldest was scheduled to attend school.  At the end of this trial period, a mutual trust was formed thus paving the road to home schooling all their children. Where did that road end? So far, it isn’t close to ending; but the oldest is a first year student at a college of pharmacy. She just turned 18. The second oldest is a freshman in college. The youngest two are still being home schooled.

Andrea is a disciple of Jesus in her everyday life, and a home schooling Mom with an English degree. Their children were taught to not only acknowledge the presence of Jesus in their everyday lives, but to think of Him as their best friend, their inspiration and foundation.

Being someone that is expecting twins in just a few months, I had to ask, “How did you combat ‘burn-out’ and stay focused on your duel role as a mother and a teacher?”

“Jesus,” she said. Genuine. Confident. And knowing His presence in her life, her husband’s life and the lives of their four children. Jesus is not an entity they fear or hide from or eliminate from their daily educational activities, rather they embrace His role in their lives as their pillar of strength.

Andrea told me that whenever adversity turned its ugly face her direction, she always found the presence of Jesus offering an answer. Like the time she was searching in vain for a more “user friendly” grammar curriculum.  She took her kids to a dentist appointment and found a young girl diligently doing her grammar work on the floor. Andrea asked the young girl’s mother what grammar she was using, and the woman was more than willing to share what curriculum she used. The two younger Scully’s are still using this grammar to this day. 

“Andrea, one of the main complaints home schooling parents deal with is the question of socialization. Was this a struggle for any of your children?” I asked.

“That’s funny. I hear that one all of the time too,” she said. “Honestly, my children are comfortable around anyone. They do what kids do when they are around other children and aren’t afraid of talking to adults. I’m not sure if that is just them or the home schooling, but socialization has never really been a concern for any of them.”

We talked more about this issue and eventually the word “confidence” materialized. We talked about how home schoolers tend to have confidence without the swagger. Confidence without the ego. Confidence to be approached or approach another, without the fear that is generally associated with immaturity. My philosophical side emerged and tried to claim that public schools can categorically force a bully system based on age, size and grouping by grading that forces children to learn where they belong and squeeze themselves into that space, either with comfort and ease or with force and shame.

Andrea wasn’t willing to comment on the wrongs with public schools, but rather what worked for her and her children. We did agree though – society questions home schooling socialization. Home schooling parents don’t. And the kids tend to laugh at not fitting in, since as home schoolers they are taught to fit into the entire world, not merely the class of children their same age.

“Andrea, are you familiar with what is going on in California and home schooling?” I felt compelled to ask.

“I am, but only from what I’ve been able to follow on the internet,” she said.

I briefly explained some information about it, and Andrea responded by telling me a quote her Grandmother constantly repeats, “I don’t know what the world’s coming to.”

We again agreed.  People don’t send their kids to church anymore; it’s no wonder why there is so much evil creeping its way into their lives. Without Jesus, we are robbing the world of hope. Christianity nurtures our youth with hope. Hope for today, tomorrow and for the entire foundation that is. Without Jesus, we are without hope. And without hope, we are without the foundation to build a sound platform.

Hanging up with Andrea, I thanked her and let her know that her story is one worthy of more than merely a blog posting. It is bigger than the papers, and stronger than one person’s account of home schooling. She politely interrupted me and told me that I wasn’t only capturing her story about home schooling, because without her husband and his support, their lives just wouldn’t be the same. I was also crowning her children’s vast accomplishments.

Truthfully, Jesus and Christianity would certainly remain a constant, but their road to enlightenment would have had a lot of different turns and speed bumps. The children might not be in the same places today, but all of them would have traveled together, with Christ as their guide. For some, perhaps this is a road less traveled. For the Scully family, it has been the best route from point A to point B, earth to God’s kingdom.



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Teaching Strategies for Home School Students with ADD

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 18 October 2007 06:49

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 By Mimi Rothschild

More and more homeschooling parents have asked me about Attention Deficit Disorder and the best way to homeschool their children who have ADD or ADHD.  I found this list of ADD/ADHD resources online, I thought I’d share it with everyone.

“Excerpted from Teaching Strategies: Education of Children with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Effective classroom teaching requires knowledge about attention deficit disorder, a solid grounding in behavioral management, skill in instructional design, and an awareness of the disorder’s medical components. This understanding is enhanced when strong relationships are built between professionals and families.

The following articles outline suggestions and strategies to use when working with students with ADD/ADHD:”

Getting Help for Students with ADD/ADHD

Classroom teachers play a key role in identifying students who are ADD/ADHD. The first step in identification is being clear as to what attention deficit disorder is and what it is not.

A brief description of why schools have teams consisting of qualified professionals, on which medical professionals often serve, to identify students with attention deficit disorder.

Suggestions on ways to find useful information on identifying students with ADD/ADHD.

Tips and suggestions for working as a part of a decision-making team to evaluate the assessment data for students with ADD/ADHD.

This article briefly explains formal assessment guidelines when working with a student with ADD/ADHD.

Teaching Students with ADD/ADHD

This article describes the diverse needs of students with ADD and how to meet these needs.

Suggested modifications to make for students with ADD/ADHD.

Strategies and suggestions on managing a classroom with ADD/ADHD students.

This article describes successful ways to communicate with an ADD child’s family.



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The Grace Academy Summer Reading List and Summer Programs

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Wednesday, 6 June 2007 10:43

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By Mimi Rothschild

What are your homeschoolers doing this summer? Going back in time? Sailing on the high seas? Hanging out with the three little pigs? Summer is the perfect time for homeschoolers to improve their readings skills and have a blast while doing it. We’ve compiled a comprehensive summer reading list for each Grace Academy grade so that your homeschoolers can improve their reading skills over the summer and have fun reading a variety of amazing stories. Encourage your homeschooler to read everyday and see their reading skills improve dramatically over the summer!

Homeschool parents should also check out our homeschool summer school program. Our summer school program helps homeschoolers grow their minds, gain credit toward a high school diploma, and surge ahead academically instead of developing lazy habits. Have a great summer!!!



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Homeschoolers Safe as Lecturer Encourages Public School Students to Have Sex and Do Drugs

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Wednesday, 6 June 2007 09:41

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By Mimi Rothschild

On April 10th two different speakers encouraged students at Boulder Valley High School in Colorado to have sex and use drugs at a required attendance lecture entitled “STDs: Sex, Teens and Drugs.” State lawmakers are furious over what was said at the lecture and are trying to fire Superintendent George Garcia.

What was actually said is quite shocking and disturbing. Read two of the quotes from the speakers below:

“I’m going to encourage you to have sex and I’m going to encourage you to use drugs appropriately. Why I’m going to take that position is because you’re going to do it anyway, so my approach to this is to be realistic, and I think as a psychologist and a health educator, it’s more important to educate you in a direction you might actually stick to.” – Joel Becker, associate clinical professor of psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles

“Find some balance with having the fun and experimenting, and enjoying what you’re doing — whether it’s learning or sexually or with drugs and alcohol and hanging out with your friends — but keep focused, because it is your life.” – Andee Gerhart, Ernst & Young International Accounting Firm

While some parents, teachers, and politicians are angry at this lecture it still shows that certain individuals in public schools will go to certain lengths just to get their agenda across, especially to vulnerable high school students. Telling high school students to have sex and try drugs is an absolute disgrace, but it certainly isn’t the first time public schools have embarrassed themselves.

Public school teachers and administrators are constantly trying to push their agenda onto the young people of America. Homeschool students don’t have to deal with any of that nonsense or the rest of the chaos that comes with a public school education. Homeschool students have already proven to be better students and learn more than their public school counterparts.

The question in 2007 shouldn’t be “Why homeschool?” It should be “Why not homeschool?” Public schools are failing the young people of America and confusing them with lectures like “STDs: Sex, Teens and Drugs.” Does anyone else find it amazing that students can be encouraged to have sex and do drugs at public schools, but cannot be taught The Bible?

Read more about the lecture in Colorado here.



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Famous Homeschoolers Who Changed the World

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 31 May 2007 14:12

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By Mimi Rothschild

Some of the most famous artists, composers, writers, judges, inventors, religious leaders, and presidents in the world were homeschooled. It’s no coincidence that some of the most brilliant minds in history were developed and challenged in homeschools.

A homeschooler’s education isn’t limited by one dimensional curriculums like those offered by public schools. Homeschool students learn in unique and education focused environments which are why homeschoolers, on average, test 30-37% higher than public school students in all subjects! A homeschooler’s mind is challenged academically on a daily basis because the curriculum is custom made to fit their strengths and weaknesses.

Homeschoolers don’t have to deal with the consistent distractions that plague public schools. Homeschoolers can learn in a quiet setting that allows them to interact with adults in a mature way.

Some of the greatest leaders, artists, and writers ever, who are fervently studied in most schools, excelled because of their homeschool educations. It is exciting to think about which one of our Grace Academy homeschoolers will become the next Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci, C.S. Lewis, or Abraham Lincoln.

Click here to see the complete list of famous homeschoolers.



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Homeschool World Series

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 24 May 2007 09:13

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By Mimi Rothschild

Congratulations to all the teams that qualified for the Homeschool World Series tournament in Pensacola, Florida this week. Listen to the live internet broadcast for today’s championship game here. The Homeschool World Series Association is a nonprofit organization that coordinates varsity-level baseball competition throughout North America. The Homeschool World Series Association seeks to honor God and bring young Christian men together through the game of baseball.

We here at The Grace Academy are all very proud of the Homeschool World Series Association and the homeschoolers participating in this week’s tournament.

Read more about the Homeschool World Series Association.



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The Questionable Future of Abstinence Education

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 10 May 2007 13:42

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By Mimi Rothschild

The fate of abstinence education is up in the air, as evidenced by current educational policy changes in the state of Washington.  This YouTube video illustrates the implication of such legislation.

The best way to fight this kind of legislation is to pull our children out entirely.  Public sex education programs tend to lean on the very liberal side, often encouraging abortion, promoting homosexuality, and condoning the use of birth control in pre-marital sexual activity.

It’s clear that a political agenda is at work here.  We need to teach our children that abstinence is the only way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and emotional dysfunction.



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Stupid in America

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Friday, 4 May 2007 16:31

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John Stossel’s “Stupid in America” is not a new documentary. However, I think it’s important that we revisit this landmark documentary every once in a while and discuss its implications. It’s clear that socialism simply does not work. Why do we use this outmoded system in education?

What makes this video stand out is its accessibility. You’ll never find a clearer, more basic argument against the public schools. It’s almost poetic in its indictment of the teacher’s unions. I have to laugh every time I see these teachers declare in complete seriousness that money is the answer to all of our problems. What a joke.

Please, homeschoolers, pass this along to your friends.



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