Melanie Hexter

Melanie Hexter and her husband, Matthew, started their homeschool journey in 1998. With two graduates and four children still at home, they ask the Lord to teach them how to uniquely educate each child. The Hexters love to travel the US, using their Colorado Springs home as a western base. Melanie is working on two books and offers several homeschool curricula, including the U.S. National Parks Unit Study, for download at www.LEMILOEpublishing.com. LEMILOE is their family motto: Live Every Moment In Light Of Eternity.

The Bravest Homeschoolers I Knew

The Bravest Homeschoolers I Knew

I believe they are among the bravest homeschoolers I know—right up there with the pioneering parents of the 1970s and ’80s who educated their children at home when it wasn’t yet legal. Any parents who remove their children from the…Read
Report Cards - for Homeschoolers?!

Report Cards - for Homeschoolers?!

The blessings of working toward mastery.
When my husband introduces a new seminar topic for his training business, he works hard to develop the new course. Before he can present any new workshop to a paying audience, he must understand the concepts and become proficient with…Read
Homeschooling With Purpose

Homeschooling With Purpose

Discipleship disguised as schoolwork
There’s an adage that says, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” True in life, true in parenting, true in homeschooling. Want an example? Imagine two sets of parents. The first parents let their children lead the way. The…Read

Tips for Holiday Homeschooling

As I sit at my computer pondering what it’s like to homeschool during the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, it’s the middle of summer and 89 humid degrees. (Editorial deadlines will do this to you.) Sitting on my…Read
A Homeschool Glossary - Part 1

A Homeschool Glossary - Part 1

Demystifying homeschool lingo
When you first consider home education, common homeschooling terms can sound like a foreign language. Once you commit to homeschooling your children and spend a few months teaching them, you will learn there are even more words in a…Read
Breaking Out of the Grid

Breaking Out of the Grid

Embracing the blessing of flexibility
Grandma and Grandpa are coming to visit next week. The surgeon is recommending I have my thyroid removed. My husband has a February business trip to Annapolis scheduled; his customer is suggesting he brings the family so we can visit…Read
A Homeschool Glossary - Part 2

A Homeschool Glossary - Part 2

Demystifying homeschool lingo
Welcome to Part 2 of the Homeschool Glossary! New homeschool parents run into so much lingo that not understanding the terms can be a barrier to feeling confident and capable in teaching your own children. I hope the definitions that…Read
Homeschooling: A Handcrafted Workshop

Homeschooling: A Handcrafted Workshop

The blessings of a tutorial approach
I attended public schools for many years, as did my husband. For thirteen years, from kindergarten through graduation, we were grouped for school with many other kids our age. After graduation, we attended public universities. The vast…Read
No Fear of the Future

No Fear of the Future

How to homeschool with confidence.
Drawing this series to a close has been a great time of reflection for me. For this magazine’s past ten Beginning Homeschooling columns, I’ve tried to address the fears and reservations that are common to new homeschoolers. I’ve thought…Read
Understanding Learning Styles

Understanding Learning Styles

Gaining insight into how your child learns best
What academic lessons do you remember from your days as a student? It’s been more than a few years since I was in school, so my memories of the classroom are increasingly fuzzy. For the most part, what I remember involves my teachers…Read
The Ladder of Learning

The Ladder of Learning

Last fall, as my husband worked outside on our house, he invited our oldest child, a daughter nearing her teens, to climb the ladder and join him on the roof. She handed him tools and provided encouragement. Eventually, our oldest son…Read
5 Ways to Adapt for Your Kinesthetic Student

5 Ways to Adapt for Your Kinesthetic Student

Teaching the "Do It" Learners.
A son who “wiggles too much” to finish a worksheet. A daughter who asks to dress up in historical costumes to show others what she’s learning. A student who can’t sit still through a chapter of a book but can confidently deconstruct and…Read
Don’t Let Academics Intimidate You

Don’t Let Academics Intimidate You

When I enrolled my son in swim lessons last summer, he objected for a variety of reasons. It was too hot. It was too cold. He wouldn’t know his instructor. He wouldn’t know the other students. He didn’t know how to dive. His goggles…Read
Stretched Thin

Stretched Thin

Dear Mother of Young Ones, I’ve heard you and your husband have been blessed with several children: one who is now school-age, a toddler, and a newborn baby. Your fears concerning how to teach the oldest at home while juggling the…Read
No Blindfolds

No Blindfolds

If someone asked you to put on a blindfold and walk down a winding passageway in the dark, you probably wouldn’t jump at the chance. Walking in the dark is something few people enjoy. The anxiety that builds with the unknown route is no…Read
Honest Questions - Or Criticism?

Honest Questions - Or Criticism?

Overcoming the fear of handling homeschool critics.
Back in the day, I was a young mom with five small children, all under ten years old. I carefully planned our outings so as not to interrupt nap times (so precious to me!). Because we homeschooled, I also limited days outside the house…Read