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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.

Learning by Grace Celebrates 10 years in 2012

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:47

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Written by Mimi Rothschild

It all started when my newborn triplet needed 23 operations in 24 months due to his extreme prematurity. My triplets were born at 28 weeks, each just under 2 pounds each. I was homeschooling my then 14, 12, 10 and 6 year olds, had a premature newborn surviving triplets to care for and was mourning the death of the first triplet who died after 42 hours.

We spent 12 hours a day at the Chlldren’s Hospital of Philadelphia taking care of Riley. We took 2 buses and walked a quarter mile to get to the hospital. I went 7 days a week (5 days a week bringing with me my  homeschooled kids). While in the hospital for almost 2 years, we got to know a lot of the long time kids, that were almost warehoused there. They were beautiful.  The Internet was brand new in 1997 and I was just beginning to figure out how to use it in our homeschooling. The kids could spend ALL day, every day on it and end up learning more than I could teach them from textbooks.

The idea came to me in an instant. God showed me a vision for a school that came to the hospital so that any child who was hospitalized for a long time could benefit from a learning community and pre-planned online lessons.

That was the birth of what 10 years later has become an international Christian online homeschooling ministry serving hundreds of thousands of families in all 50 states and 20 countries. Thank you Lord for your graciousness and greatness!

From 1997-2002, I spent every spare minute (many sleepless nights) working on developing a blueprint for how an online school would operate. I wrote a 500 page document that spelled it all out. I began developing online lessons for my own children to use in their online homeschooling program and tested with children live online, in many grades, to see how my ideas would work in reality. The most amazing part is that my husband is a computer software architect. So, it was really his vision for the infrastructure, that made my educational ideas have a form from which children could learn. Howard worked on the huge amount of specification documentation necessary to build an online school. Remember this was 14 years ago when AOL was the primary launch pad for all internet users and Amazon and Google were in their embryonic stages.

After 5 years of mistakes, false starts, criticism, (even lawsuits!!! from school districts who tried to maintain their monopoly in education by saying an online school was illegal) and lots more than could fill a book, we finally launched the first online homeschooling Academy, The Grace Academy in 2002.

The response was very postive. I knew that I was not alone in my thinking that in order to homeschool successfully, I did not have to do everything myself. I could not do everything myself. I have a very limited understanding of the maths and sciences and I did not like teaching my own kids those subjects. I love creating new products and new ways to educate children, but when it came to the day to day creating lesson plans, reviewing academic material and all of that, I stunk! I knew there had to be other people who felt the same, yet wanted to homeschool. So, that is where an online homeschool program that could be tailored to the individual needs of the child was a perfect answer.

The Learning by Grace Academies gives you as much or as little support from teachers as you need. Over the past 10 years we have developed an online homeschooling Academy that meets everyone’s needs. Teachers can be available at the touch of a button, lessons are available daily, and online courses are full of multi media like videos, games, websites. We take care of all paperwork needed for compliance with homeschooling laws. In some of our Academies you can get a high school diploma.

For more information, go to Learning by Grace to take a Tour of our Online Homeschooling Program. It could change your life.

Mimi Rothschild is the co-founder, along with her husband of 32 years, of Learning By Grace, the nation’s leader in Christian Online HomeSchooling Programs.

Mimi has 8 children, 2 son in laws, and 3 grandbabies. Her grandbabies are now being homeschooled. Two of her sons are in heaven worshipping at the feet of Jesus.

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The 7 Ways to Guarantee Homeschool Success

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 10 November 2011 23:05

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Thinking about homeschooling? Want to avoid the homeschooling mistakes most people make? Below you’ll find what we’ve discovered from homeschooling our 5 children from birth to college.

In 1987 homeschooling was just as newborn as our first child. We looked at homeschooling for a number of reasons which were mostly related to our academic goals. And yet, our first child’s Cerebral Palsy tipped the scales. The simple nature of having a young and impressionable soul around active and undiscerning ‘friends’ made it clear that we should homeschool.. We really didn’t want our son settling into confusion about what he was capable of doing. So, we decided to give it a try until he was old enough to physically function well around others who were his age, but weren’t his friends. We thought it would be through third grade—it lasted until he went to the University of Texas in Austin.

Now, these 23 plus years later, we know seven things that we make sure all of our homeschool coaching students start to understand–inside and out. If you want a successful homeschool embrace these seven (or violate any of these at your own risk)!

  1. Define Homeschool Success for Yourself
  2. Use a Curriculum that Matches Your Definition
  3. Don’t Compete with Public or Private Schools
  4. Find a Support Group(s) or Network
  5. Learn to Use Systems for Success
  6. Make Discipline a Nice Word
  7. Find a Coach


Here’s a quick summary to get you started:

Define Homeschool Success for Yourself

Definitions determine everything. If your definition of “learning math” is to ‘get through the book’—then things will turn out very different from the family whose definition is to “learn how to do math.” The definition for homeschooling success that we use is our basic understanding of education. Education is learning how to learn. We want our students to develop skills for learning so they are prepared for anything. How sad when people think knowing information means education…especially when information changes and your are obsolete because you didn’t keep learning.

Use a Curriculum that Matches Your Definition

There are as many curricula as there are people (so it seems). Every curriculum is build on some set of assumptions or educational philosophy. Some writing curricula believe (falsely) that we learn to write by studying grammar, while others show the students the power of learning to write by actively writing (for example see Whatever the curriculum for whatever subject-make sure it matches your own definition so you aren’t caught wanting one result while using a process that takes you in the opposite direction.

Don’t Compete with Public or Private Schools

One of the great mistakes is to compete with schools. A homeschool does not have large buildings, massive funding, and a variety of specialized teachers. So, trying to produce the results they aim for will simply exhaust you. Homeschool can actually produce greater skill and knowledge, but trying to match all the subjects a school offers is chasing the wind. By the way, the students aren’t always leaving a school system as educated as you think!

Find a Support Group(s) or Network

It is the height of arrogance and the height of inefficiency to go it alone. Why not benefit from the wisdom and knowledge of others? Why not let others benefit from the insights you’ve gained along the way? There are groups online, groups in your part of the world, or groups just waiting to be started by you and a few like-minded families. You’ll never be like the people you don’t hang around…so get busy and connect for your own good.

Learn to Use Systems for Success

One of the great insights in life is how things operate by cause-and-effect. Good cooks can reproduce the same quality meal over-and-over because they follow some type of system (recipe). The practical results you see in life are largely the result of the systems we use. Homeschooling itself is a ‘different system’ of education which is aimed at a bit different result (included the character, sense of family, etc., it often affords). If you don’t have an overall sequence of steps you are moving toward following, then you can rest assured your results will be as shoddy as your system.

Make Discipline a Nice Word

One of my favorite mentors, Robert Fritz, offers a helpful definition of discipline: “Discipline is when you itch, but don’t scratch.” The truth is that some amount of discipline is necessary for learning. Very few children naturally gravitate to wanting to learn in all the areas important to education. It turns out then, that we must help them do what they don’t “feel” like doing, so they can ultimately benefit. External discipline tends to lead to life-long internal discipline. We all need help doing what needs to be done. Homeschool (or any school) simply won’t work without making discipline a nice word which is practiced often.

Find a Coach / Mentor

In many ways it is the ultimate hypocrisy to ‘tutor’ our own children without having a ‘tutor’ for ourselves. There is something powerful when we discuss, interact with, and learn from someone who is ahead of us in any field. Sports training knows the value of coaches because the competition and economics involved are so great. Without a coach you can’t compete. If you find a voice or two you trust, a person or two whose results you want to see in your life— find them, pay them, beg them to coach you. Nothing will save you more time and heartache than to learn from someone with wisdom.

Dr. Lybrand is an author and educator who is responsible for changing the lives of students all over the world through his innovative approach to applying systems thinking to practical learning. Go to for a free learning gift.

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“Oh, Really?” — Becoming A Homeschool Defender

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Wednesday, 5 October 2011 20:00


Author: Linda Difino

Shortly after my oldest daughter completed her second semester in college, a friend who happens to be a retired public school teacher and administrator, asked me a simple question. I’d been homeschooling for 17 years by this time, but this single conversation was a major turning point for me.

Over the years since I first began my homeschool journey, I have had dozens of conversations with people about homeschooling, and more specifically, about my decision to homeschool my children. Occasionally, though not often enough, I have felt free to express my views with complete honesty. Often — in fact, all too often — I have felt compelled to “tone down” my comments so as not to offend the listener.

Well, on this particular day, all that changed. Tom asked, “So how was Darcy’s first year in college?”  I answered quickly, failing to recognize the underlying question. “She did GREAT!”  He continued, “Darcy’s been homeschooled since kindergarten, right? How well did she do keeping up with her classmates?” Now the question being asked “between the lines” was being heard loud and clear!

“Was your daughter, educated at home by her mother, really able to keep up with students who have been taught by well-trained, highly-specialized teachers?”

That was all it took.  My defenses were up and I was ready to fire.  I proceeded to explain to Tom just how well Darcy was doing in school.

“Thanks for asking, Tom. Darcy’s doing great. She was invited to join the Honors program at Northern, and during her first year managed to achieve a 4.0 grade point average, despite having a schedule crammed with Honors classes. In fact, she recently explained her thoughts on WHY she has done so much better that most of her honors program peers. ‘Mom, I don’t think I’m smarter than the rest of the kids in my classes, I just think that I’ve been taught how to study and to learn so much more effectively than they have. They just don’t seem to know how to learn.’ “

Tom replied with an inkling of an attitude,

“You do know that you’re talking to a public school educator, right?”

Oh, Really?

In that single moment, I decided never to worry about offending again. All of a sudden it dawned on me that in our compulsory education driven society, it was absolutely fine for Tom to ask me questions that might offend me! But he made it perfectly clear that it was NOT fine to voice opinions which offend the politically correct institution of public education. Over the years I have been asked SO MANY questions that have offended me, and for the first time in nearly 17 years, I decided that it was time to tell the truth… no matter who it offended.

“Yes, I know you’re an educator, Tom, but that doesn’t change the truth. You asked a question and I answered it — truthfully. Darcy was incredibly well-prepared for her college academic experience by her homeschool education. In fact, her experience seems to suggest that she was much better prepared than many of her “traditionally” schooled peers.”

So, homeschoolers, despite evidence that shows overwhelmingly that home educated students do better than their publically-schooled peers in almost every measurable area, it would seem that we are the only ones who have to be careful not to offend. Evidently we are NOT free to question the cultural norm or offend those who so fiercely defend it.

Oh, really??

Linda Difino is a 40-something blissfully married, work-at-home, homeschooling mom of 4 amazing kids–23, 21, 19, AND 6. When she’s not home-making, homeschooling or working, she can be found blogging the joys and rewards of homeschooling and life at The Joyful Journey and at The Homeschool Apologist. A 20-year veteran of homeschooling, Linda enjoys being an educator and supporter of homeschool families in her hometown and around the country.

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Written by Mimi Rothschild
Thursday, 8 September 2011 02:48

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Helen Hegener…Is She Ruining Homeschooling?

Helen Hegener….is she Ruining Homeschooling?

We’ve waited 6 years to write this post, believing it’s best to err on the side of caution when the stakes are potentially very high. Having waited six years, and having considered all the harassing comments, all the blisteringly-written anonymous posts, all the  defamatory, slanderous and libelous, gossip, deceptions and lies… well… enough is enough. This article will raise questions and concerns in an attempt to understand the issues raised in Learning By Grace’s defamation and conspiracy lawsuit against Helen Hegener and Heather Idoni.

Our first priority in this article is to speak the truth in love. Without love, we are clanging cymbals. This article is dedicated to exposing the truth because the truth will set us free. This article is dedicated to promoting the gospel and glorifying God. Evil flourishes when good people do nothing. Help us, Lord to be fair and honest and open to the truth.

First, here is a link to Helen Hegener’s profile on Google. so you can see what she says about herself.

This page will examine Helen Hegener’s history as well as her current conduct in an attempt to probe the question, “Is Helen Hegener  ruining homeschooling?”

What are Helen Hegeners motivations in her  almost decade long campaign to discredit and harm Mimi Rothschild and Learning By Grace and the people who love their online homeschooling Academies ?

Is Helen abusing her First Amendment rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press so that she can defame others, gain a competitive advantage and gain more market share? Or is she abusing freedom of speech laws to promote what seem to be her ideologies that ” unschooling” is the only real way to homeschool and that any different  homeschooling is not “pure”? Or is it something else?

Has Hegener deceived her readers by publishing false information about longstanding leaders in Christian homeschooling ministries like Learning By Grace and the Home School Legal Defense Association and others?

Is Helen Hegener Ruining Homeschooling by picking fights with other homeschooling businesses and ministries? Doesn’t that reflect poorly on all homeschoolers? Shouldn’t homeschoolers by supportive of one another? Shouldn’t we embrace all  homeschooling methods and  curricula?

Does Helen Hegener have a history of persecuting Christians?

Has Helen Hegener conspired with others to persecute Learning By Grace because she is hostile to the gospel? Court documents say “absolutely” and evidence is submitted with those documents to prove it.

Why does Hegener seem to hate the Homeschool Legal Defense Association and specifically Michael Farris?

Pray for Helen Hegener and Heather Idoni Please

How should we be praying for Helen? Does she need to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ? Can and should we as the Body of Christ pray for her salvation?  What is our responsibility towards a non believer who may not want to be “prayed into the Kingsdom?  How can this page be used to glorify God and bring reconciliation? It is not knowne whether Helen is a Christian as she has refused to answer that question.

These are important questions to consider. For over 6 years, LBG and their founders have been harassed relentlessly by Helen Hegener et al’s internet gossip and libel. Her “articles” about Mimi Rothschild are almost entirely written by “anonymous” posters. As we know from the recent rash of teen suicides who were victims of cyberbullies, cyber harassment can be a very serious crime. It can even lead to suicide. The Internet makes it possible for anyone to publish anything about anyone anytime anywhere anyhow. The Internet can be used to create an entirely different reality. For example, when a young teen age girl believes the “reality” that a boy hates them, they have killed themselves. Permanent “solution” to a horrifying abuse of free speech.

Is there any Evidence of a Click Fraud

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Encouraging Teamwork among Homeschoolers

Written by Mimi Rothschild
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 16:15


-by Mimi Rothschild

For families of multiple children who also home school, dealing with the challenges of different age groups and sibling rivalry can be a daily battle. One of the most important and valuable skills we can teach our children is that of teamwork.

The Bible tells us that “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

This means that God wants us to help one another. To build each other up and not tear each other down. So how do we pass this critical lesson on to our children?

Start educating them early. From as young as toddler age, children can be taught to help each other. Tasks as simple as assisting one another at putting away toys can begin to instill a sense of giving in their hearts. This is also the time to reinforce manners such as saying “please” when asking for things, and “thank you” when someone helps them. Remember, encouragement of others is part of teamwork too.

Recommend that your older children help their younger siblings. Perhaps your fifth grader could spend some time helping your third grader with his homework. The time spent doing this will teach your younger child humility, give your older child a sense of accomplishment and build a strong bond between the two of them that won’t easily be broken.

Team building activities are a wonderful way to teach trust and togetherness. Here are a few good ones:

Build a Bridge

The idea is simple – split your group into teams of 2 or 3 (if you have only two, just make them one team) and give each team a “Building Kit” consisting of a shoebox and a variety of building materials such as popsicle sticks, bluetack, paper clips, string, glue, etc, and a bowl of water. Each group has 30 minutes to build a bridge to span across a bowl of water.

At the end of 30 minutes, each group has to demonstrate their bridge. You then test it for strength by adding pebbles one at a time, until the bridge collapses. The team with the strongest bridge wins!

Make sure each group has the same amount of materials, just to keep things fair.

Encouragement Game

Sit in a circle and give everyone a piece of paper and pen. Each person should write their name at the top of the piece of paper, and then pass it to the person on their left. Each person then writes one or two (or more) positive characteristics about the person whose name is at the top of the paper. After 30-60 seconds, everyone passes the pieces of paper around to their left again. This continues until everyone has written on everyone else’s paper.

A typical piece of paper would look like this:


Always thinking of others
A good cook!

The final step is that everyone receives their piece of paper back again. It works best if you collect them and hand them out one at a time, so everyone can see people’s reaction seeing the positive comments about themselves. You may even choose to have each child read their own list out loud.

Done well, this is an incredibly affirming game and can be a night that people literally remember for years to come.

As an added benefit, these activities also foster critical thinking and writing skills, thus reinforcing some of their daily school lessons as well.

Helping your children to learn the value of teamwork will provide them with an invaluable attribute that will serve them throughout their whole life. It will also help make your home a peaceful one.

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

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