Schooling

Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Protecting Your Child's Faith in Public School (Part 2 of 2)

In a discussion based on their book Navigating Public Schools, Stephen Williams and his wife, Sarah, offer parents practical advice for helping their children stand strong for their Christian beliefs in public school. The couple addresses topics like knowing your religious rights, speaking the truth with love, preparing kids for classes that promote a secular worldview, and more. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Protecting Your Child's Faith in Public School (Part 1 of 2)

In a discussion based on their book Navigating Public Schools, Stephen Williams and his wife, Sarah, offer parents practical advice for helping their children stand strong for their Christian beliefs in public school. The couple addresses topics like knowing your religious rights, speaking the truth with love, preparing kids for classes that promote a secular worldview, and more. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Weekend

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Helping Kids Thrive in the Middle School Years

This weekend, Cynthia Tobias and Jean Daly explain how parents can successfully navigate the challenges they face in dealing with the physical, emotional and social changes their children experience during the middle school years.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Helping Kids Thrive in the Middle School Years (Part 2 of 2)

Cynthia Tobias and Jean Daly explain how parents can successfully navigate the challenges they face in dealing with the physical, emotional and social changes their children experience during the middle school years. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Helping Kids Thrive in the Middle School Years (Part 1 of 2)

Cynthia Tobias and Jean Daly explain how parents can successfully navigate the challenges they face in dealing with the physical, emotional and social changes their children experience during the middle school years. (Part 1 of 2)

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Navigating the Early Grade School Years

Author Erin MacPherson and her mother, Ellen Schuknecht, an educator, offer encouragement and advice to moms of early grade school-aged children.

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Illustration of a parent on a homemade phone, talking to his middle schooler

Series

Middle School

Don't be caught off guard when your children move from elementary school and into the middle school years — and begin to change. 

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Article

How to Prepare Your Child for Middle School

Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuña

Plan ahead and make adjustments to pave the way for a strong transition from elementary to middle school.

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Series

Back to School

Find some great ideas for getting back into your family's school routine.

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Students in a classroom reading at their desks

Article

Easy Ideas for a Better Back-to-School

various authors

Searching for ways to ease your children into the school year? Try these ideas for getting them accustomed to the routine

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Series

Schoolwork at Home

Help supplement what your kids are learning at school and find ways to encourage them to do their own homework in a timely manner.

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Schoolgirl struggling to understand math problem as she stands at a chalkboard with her forehead leaning against it

Article

Is Your Child Underachieving in School?

Grant Martin

Children labeled as "underachievers" are often more capable than people realize.

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Article

Beyond Basic Academics

Mark Einkauf

Dads can model a love of learning, especially when home schooling.

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A mother sitting with her two children at the kitchen table while homeschooling

Article

7 Things Every Home-School Rookie Should Know

Debra Bell

As a home-school parent, don't be afraid to learn along with your kids.

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Girl trying to complete homework places head on table in frustration

Article

End the Homework Battle

Cynthia Tobias

Create a homework plan based on your child's learning style.

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Illustration of family doing homework together

Article

Managing the After-School Chaos

Esther Feng

Find the right strategy to keep your kids from ending up with a chaotic readjustment, homework time and home life.

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Illustration of exhausted student hitting snooze on his alarm clock

Article

Back-to-School Blues

Vicki Caruana

Parents can help their kids who dread the new school year.

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Photo of a child sitting on a chair with feet extended. The bottom of one foot is covered in paint. The other foot wears a sock. On the floor in front of the chair are paints and brushes and papers that have been painted on. One paper has a footprint.

Article

Encouraging Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic Learning

Randi Perez Helm , Teresa Jansen , and Stacey Pardoe

What works for one child academically may not work for another. Figure out how to support your children in their learning

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Various stickers for motivating students: Great job, Nice work, Keep it up, Well done are examples of what is on the stickers.

Article

What Motivates Your Child to Learn?

Sheila Seifert

Understand what motivates each of your children and whether those motivators are formed within themselves or developed through external circumstances.

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Article

Thoughtful Kids in a Rapid Sound-Bites World

Tammie Haveman

Kids are increasingly pressured by our media-saturated world to react quickly to information — but there is nothing wrong with a deliberate thinker.

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Female student raising her hand in classroom

Article

Back to the Books

Karen Ehman

Karen Ehman gives tips about getting ready for the new school year.

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A girl in front of a chalkboard filled with equations

Series

Your Child's Intelligence

Like adults, children have intelligence, or smarts, in different areas. Find out more about how your child learns.

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young boy with world globe cut in half and wearing as a bowl on his head

Article

Beat Summer Learning Loss

various authors

Encourage your kids to actively learn and engage their brains during the summer months so they'll be ready for the rigors of school in the fall.

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Three children costumed in patriotic clothing with aa log cabin wall behind them. Girl is dressed in a Betsy Ross style, middle boy is dressed in a colonial suit, third boy is dressed in Abe Lincoln style with top hat and coat tails

Series

Teaching Kids About Voting

Voting matters! Help your children, no matter their age, understand that voting is a privilege and part of our democratic process. Registering to vote is the first step.

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