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Direct download: Homeschooling_Me_Part_Three_-_Learning_to_be_Independent.m4a
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Direct download: Homeschooling_Me_Part_Two_-_Learning_to_be_Teachable.m4a
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When I first started homeschooling twenty years ago, I thought it would simply be doing school at home.

But, as I began the process of educating my children and in turn homeschooling myself, I realized the power of thinking outside the box.

In this first of a series, I share the power of learning to think "outside the box."

Direct download: Homeschooling_Me-Thinking_Outside_the_Box.m4a
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Diana Waring, author of Beyond SurvivalReaping the Harvest and Diana Waring's History Revealed world history curriculum, discovered years ago that "the key to education is relationship."

Extremely happily married since 1979, Bill and Diana Waring homeschooled their three children nearly twenty years. The Waring kids (now all grown) were the proving grounds for all the concepts and encouragements Bill and Diana teach—real-life examples of the wonders of home schooling! In 1999, their youngest, Melody, competing against 75,000 other entrants, won the VFW National Youth Essay Contest, receiving the opportunity to read her winning essay before 8,000 VFW members. Having graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University as a government major, she is focusing on her MSW. Michael, their second-born, returned safely to his wife Ashley and baby Zachary from a tour of duty as a U.S. Navy Corpsman in Iraq. Now with their second son, Zeek, Michael is continuing his education and enjoying his career in the Navy. The eldest, Isaac, after graduating from Cornish Institute of the Arts and marrying Lissy, is a professional actor/director, musician, teacher, and songwriter.

Diana studied music, drama, and French in college, graduating with a B.A. in French. Diana and Bill have worked in speaking and writing for the Christian home school and private school community for over 20 years. They served six years on the Board of Directors for Washington Association of Teaching Christian Homes. Through their business/ministry Diana Waring Presents (formerly, Diana Waring—History Alive!), they have met and talked with home schoolers throughout the U.S. and Canada, and on three other continents. The curriculum for world history study that Diana wrote, beginning in 1994, has been updated and expanded with new research and a more user-friendly presentation of the material. She is well known for her rapid-fire history recordings and workshops, but is also appreciated for her workshops and books of home school encouragement, like Beyond Survival and Reaping the Harvest. Some of the fascinating concepts covered in the books received emphasis while she was reading and being mentored on how students learn and how teachers can facilitate learning. These have also been incorporated into the history materials.

Direct download: November_2008_Interview_with_Diana_Waring_on_BTR__-_Part_One.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT
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How can you get the most out of your family's involvement with Artios?

In this short podcast, you will learn ways to augment and integrate all that your student (elementary, middle and high school) is learning and experiencing with Artios in such a way as to make the most of your child's instruction.  

Direct download: Getting_the_Most_Out_of_Artios.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm EDT
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One of the most common questions I am asked is, "How can I make Artios work with my homeschool so that what we are doing is integrated with Artios?

In this podcast, Lori Lane, Founder and Executive Director of Artios Academies, covers some easy ways to make your involvement with Artios work for you and your homeschool.

Direct download: Making_Artios_Work_With_and_For_Your_Homeschool.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT
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In this second of a two part series, Lori and Rea visit about the importance of finding a mentor in our homeschooling journey, someone that can offer experience, wisdom and insight into what can sometimes be a confusing and challenging path. 

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The importance of "living books" is brought home and made practical in this interview with author and Beautiful Feet Books publisher, Rea Berg.  Serving the homeschool community since 1984, Rea has much inspiration and encouragement to share with us during this first of two episodes.

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The first in a series of two podcasts taken from Lori's Summer 2008 Workshop for the Heart of the Matter's Online Conference.

From Lori:

If you want all the details and statistics of my “professional” training, experience and background, you can find all of that below.  However, if you are anxious to hear my heart, then this is the place to start.

In Ruth Beechick’s book, Heart and Mind, she explains the many different ways the word “heart” is used throughout Scripture.  The word heart can refer to the mind, the seat of affections, our passions, our desires, our beliefs…and the list goes on.  God puts a high priority on our heart.  He tells us to “guard it.”   He tells us that out of the “abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  AND, He tells us to instruct the heart of our children.  Given the emphasis that God gives the heart throughout Scripture, we need to pay attention to what He considers to be important.  He is telling us to instruct the WHOLE child…not just their mind…not just their actions….but the WHOLE child.

Beginning With the End in Mind

When we begin our lives, begin our marriages, or begin raising our children, we need to have a clear picture of what God desires as an end result in each of those areas.  Knowing this will affect our choices and decisions on a most basic level.  In raising four boys, John and I searched God’s word to determine what we felt like HE wanted us to focus on as we raised our sons. We wanted to “begin with the end in mind.”  The more we searched the more narrow our focus became.  It wasn’t to be about their achievements, their grades, the college they were accepted into or any of the myriad of things that we are tempted to focus on as parents.   Instructing the “heart” was to be our priority. Yes, I have lots of credentials, training and experience in arts and education and I love doing these things with excellence in order to reflect our Savior.  But, to me, arts and academics are vehicles that should be used not worshiped. Human knowledge and wisdom shouldn’t be elevated above what God says is important.  They should simply be vehicles to reach the hearts of our children and students.  That’s what we have endeavored to be about in our family and that’s what we strive to be about through every aspect of our ministry through Artios.

I could write much more on this subjet.  If you’d like to hear more of my heart, you can do so by reading,Artios:  Beginning with the End in Mind.

For now, I invite you to listen to this podcast to find encouragement, inspiration and just good ‘ole transparency along your homeschool journey.  I certainly don’t have all the answers and I won’t pretend that I do.  I have just been on the path for awhile now.  I’ve made big mistakes and I’ve had great victories along the way.  I invite you to share your journey with me.

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The first in a series of two podcasts taken from Lori's Summer 2008 Workshop for the Heart of the Matter's Online Conference.

From Lori:

If you want all the details and statistics of my “professional” training, experience and background, you can find all of that below.  However, if you are anxious to hear my heart, then this is the place to start.

In Ruth Beechick’s book, Heart and Mind, she explains the many different ways the word “heart” is used throughout Scripture.  The word heart can refer to the mind, the seat of affections, our passions, our desires, our beliefs…and the list goes on.  God puts a high priority on our heart.  He tells us to “guard it.”   He tells us that out of the “abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  AND, He tells us to instruct the heart of our children.  Given the emphasis that God gives the heart throughout Scripture, we need to pay attention to what He considers to be important.  He is telling us to instruct the WHOLE child…not just their mind…not just their actions….but the WHOLE child.

Beginning With the End in Mind

When we begin our lives, begin our marriages, or begin raising our children, we need to have a clear picture of what God desires as an end result in each of those areas.  Knowing this will affect our choices and decisions on a most basic level.  In raising four boys, John and I searched God’s word to determine what we felt like HE wanted us to focus on as we raised our sons. We wanted to “begin with the end in mind.”  The more we searched the more narrow our focus became.  It wasn’t to be about their achievements, their grades, the college they were accepted into or any of the myriad of things that we are tempted to focus on as parents.   Instructing the “heart” was to be our priority. Yes, I have lots of credentials, training and experience in arts and education and I love doing these things with excellence in order to reflect our Savior.  But, to me, arts and academics are vehicles that should be used not worshiped. Human knowledge and wisdom shouldn’t be elevated above what God says is important.  They should simply be vehicles to reach the hearts of our children and students.  That’s what we have endeavored to be about in our family and that’s what we strive to be about through every aspect of our ministry through Artios.

I could write much more on this subjet.  If you’d like to hear more of my heart, you can do so by reading,Artios:  Beginning with the End in Mind.

For now, I invite you to subscribe to this blog to find encouragement, inspiration and just good ‘ole transparency along your homeschool journey.  I certainly don’t have all the answers and I won’t pretend that I do.  I have just been on the path for awhile now.  I’ve made big mistakes and I’ve had great victories along the way.  I invite you to share your journey with me.

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