HSE Blogs

A Product of Environment?

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on July 24, 2016
A worldly philosophy permeates our culture that goes something like this: Children are a product of their environment.  Give a child love, stability, and opportunities and they will grow up to be productive, successful adults.   Like…Read

More Family Summer Fun!

10 great ways to get out and have fun - together!
Posted in Mom Time with Kari by Kari Lewis on July 16, 2016
Summer vacation is well underway and going by MUCH too quickly, isn’t it?  I hope you’re enjoying the summer and getting some wonderfully productive planning in for the upcoming school year too.  While you’re thinking and planning for…Read

Avoiding the Pigpen

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on July 13, 2016
"I'm a mature enough Christian that I can read whatever I want and I'm not offended." I've heard this statement more than once and I disagree with the logic.  So let's unpack this. There is truth that a certain level of maturity as both…Read

Not For All the Money

Posted in Homeschool Devotionals by Maribeth Spangenberg on July 10, 2016
“For a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesses” Luke 12:15b. We had been looking forward to it for three months, knowing that the anticipation of such an adventure was half the fun. My husband had…Read

How I Organize My Homeschool

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on July 09, 2016
I have six kids and there is a 14-½ year age gap between the oldest and the youngest.  We have everything from preschool to pre-calculus going on in our homeschool.  Things can be a little loud and chaotic at times, but there are several…Read

Discover Science with Your Preschooler

Posted in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques by Susan Stewart on July 08, 2016
I sat on the porch step as two-year-old Alyson brought rocks to me. Oh, they weren’t particularly spectacular rocks. Just driveway rocks. For Alyson they were special. They were rocks she had picked out and wanted to keep. Soon Alyson’s…Read

Through The Linn

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on June 25, 2016
Once again I have read a wonderful, terrible, convicting Lamplighter book.  Through the Linn by Agnes Giberne was originally published in 1881.  The story of a young woman who along with her younger sister was suddenly orphaned and sent…Read

What is “Summer Learning” Anyway?

What summer vacation looked like in our homeschool
Posted in Mom Time with Kari by Kari Lewis on June 24, 2016
Back when our kids were young, I looked at summertime as an excellent time to further their education beyond what we did during our regular school year.  Before you roll your eyes, or feel bad for not “doing school” during the summer,…Read

Programming: Where to go from here?

Posted in Random but Relevant by Matthew Lewis on June 16, 2016
I've enjoyed doing this series on computer programming, but as I began working on the next segment, I came to the conclusion that the stated goal for this series (i.e., illustrating how and why almost all students can benefit from…Read

Pain Fuels Compassion

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on June 09, 2016
After finishing graduate school, I became a science teacher at a small Christian school.  There were 5 teachers up on the high school floor and we each had our area of expertise - science, English, history, math, and Spanish.  That first…Read