Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Article: Are Homeschoolers More or Less Violent?

Occasionally a news outlet makes it a point to associate a teen’s schooling type with his evil behavior. My experience is that you will (almost?) never see a headline that reads “Public-school teen shoots a peer” or “Public-school teen rapes neighbor girl.” Several days ago, however, the world was faced with “New Mexico homeschooled teen … accused of murdering family.”[note 1]

If you read the Internet for news, it seems that so many tragic stories are right in front of your face and on your mind. It appears evil is ubiquitous and you must worry all the time. And if you are part of a minority group – for example, homeschooling – then you might feel extra-sensitive or defensive about your group.

A news story like the one out of New Mexico begs the question, Are homeschoolers more or less violent than others?

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Podcast! Choosing Curriculum: Part 2 of 2

Interview with Dwight Gullion, homeschooling father & owner of Gullion’s Christian Supply; Interview with Nancy Glidewell, homeschooling mom and homeschool curriculum coordinator at the Gullion’s Winston-Salem store


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As we continue our back-to-school interviews with homeschooling moms and dads from all walks of life, our special guests today are Dwight Gullion, homeschooling father & owner of Gullion’s Christian Supply, and Nancy Glidewell, homeschooling mother and the homeschool curriculum coordinator at the Gullion’s Winston-Salem store. Together, they offer up their professional and practical tips on how to choose the curriculum that best suits your family. Be sure to check out Gullion’s on the web Gullion’s Christian Supply for an incredible range of used and new books & supplies for homeschoolers!

This is the second of a two-part series, in which we talk about the following: Why is it important to choose a specific curriculm approach? Why can’t we just “wing it” and study whatever we and the kids want to learn on any given day? How can we use the curriculum to individually nurture each of our very special and uniquely different children? How important is it to use Bible-based textbooks? Why should we stay away from books with magic and occult? How can we incorporate Bible truths by using Christ-honoring literature? Here are some of the great literature series and authors that Dwight and Nancy recommend: Journey Forth series from BJUPress, Mandy, Sugar Creek Classics, Elsie Dinsmore, G.A. Henty, Lamplighter Books, R.M. Ballantyne, Jonathan Park. You can do a websearch for any of these series/titles/authors or visit Gullion’s Christian Supply.

Podcast! Interview with Paul Munger, Writer and Producer of Animals in the Bible

Interview with Paul Munger, Writer and Producer of Animals in the Bible


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Do you have students interested in filmmaking or other creative pursuits? Then you’ll want to listen to this week’s show. This week on theThe Homeschool Show Greg interviews Paul Munger, the writer and producer of the Creation documentary Animals in the Bible. Paul talks about how they made the film–who wrote the script, the research involved, where and how they filmed, and the goal of the film. Greg and Paul also discuss the Animals in the Bible Study Guide, a full color textbook that offers students further discussion into the animals, and explain how best to use the book, and how children with various learning styles can profit from these materials as they study subjects like Bible and Science. We hope you enjoy the show!

Review: Franklin Springs Family Media delivers delightful documentaries

Franklin Springs Family Media, Family Friendly Movies for the Homeschool Family

An often overlooked genre of films that the whole family can enjoy together is the documentary. A documentary does exactly what its name says: it documents real people and events in history using factual records, reports, interviews, photos, animation and more to communicate its topic in a meaningful way. But this need not be a boring or tedious medium of communication. Rather, a well-produced documentary captivates and enthralls while simultaneously informing and opening up new avenues of learning about the subject matter in previously unexplored ways. One company that does this particularly well is the award-winning Franklin Springs Family Media. If you’ve never heard of them before, prepare to be amazed.

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Digging out of Debt begins in the Home(school)

Homeschool Economics: Digging out of Debt begins at Home

Recently we were listening to a broadcast entitled “Honey, We’re Broke” by Trevor Hammack of News In Focus in which he discusses the financial state of America. This is based upon a Washington Post article commenting on President Obama’s budget blueprint that indicates 2011 is the year in which, for the first time in history, government debt will exceed the US economy. Now I don’t know about you, but that’s a tough pill to swallow. It’s hard to watch our beloved country slip deeper and deeper into this ruin, knowing that we’re passing on such a horrible legacy to our children and grandchildren. The picture seems hopelessly bleak. Is there anything that we can actually do to reverse this situation? Certainly we can and should pray that God will intervene in the direction America is headed. But there is something else we can do to dig out of debt and it begins at home.

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