FIRST LEGO League Season and Tournament Recap – WHS 183

My kids and I participated in our first FIRST LEGO League (FLL) season this year. We all learned a lot and I thought I share what I learned as a coach and interview my kids and get their impressions of FLL.

FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition 2016

Hudson Valley FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition 2016


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A Lesson for Homeschooling Parents: These are the 10 Apps to Use!

As a homeschooling parent, you’re certainly aware of all those apps that can help your child learn. Now, it’s time to go beyond that point: did you know there were tons of apps that homeschooling moms and dads can (and should) use?student_ipad_school - 030
You have the two most important and demanding roles in your child’s life: you’re both a parent and a teacher. Thus, it’s hard to preserve your sanity when you’re dealing with that much responsibility. The best apps for homeschooling parents will help you improve your teaching skills and gain the self-confidence that will make this journey more productive. Continue Reading →

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Lifestyle Choices

Homeschooling is a lifestyle.

It’s not something you “do” five days a week for 12 years.

You have to dedicate many hours to homeschooling.

You make financial decisions based upon homeschooling.

Sometimes you plan vacations around homeschooling.

When you choose to homeschool you also have to choose your children’s friends.

They homeschooling lifestyle often isn’t stylish, hip, or high-tech.

You need to be prepared to dedicate a lot of time, effort, thought, and tears to homeschooling.

Choose wisely.

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The End of the Day

When you walk in the door at the end of a hard day’s work you probably want to sit down, put up your feet, and relax.

I know I do.

Here’s the catch: your wife wants to do the same thing too. 

She’s been working all day teaching the children, cleaning the house, making meals, and dealing with harassing telemarketers.

Work out a deal with your wife so that on some days you get to relax right away and on others you take over the house so she can relax.

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Principles not Principals

You’ve probably seen this play out among homeschool dads before:

Someone asks a woman’s husband, “Do you help homeschool the children?”

He smugly answeres, “I’m the principal.”

This is usually said to establish a fictional chain of command or authority. In truth, our wives make 99% of the decisions about homeschooling our children.

We come in when little Susie or Johnny are misbehaving and straighten things out. We’re more of an enforcer, not a principal.

It’s good that our wives have someone to back them up when it comes to matters of discipline but it’s more important that we instill in our children guiding principles that will serve them into adulthood.

Husbands and fathers are there to establish a moral and spiritual foundation for our wives to build upon. 

It’s not a job to be taken lightly. Occasionally we act as a principal when needed but it’s more important that we act as a master builder and establish a stable, strong foundation for our children’s education.

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