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Life’s Bumps and Thumps

Life often throws bumps in your road to achievement. Through elementary and middle school, your parents may have helped smooth the bumps into manageable pebbles. During your high school years, however, the bumps have grown and now they threaten to affect your future. Reality sets in when major obstacles put your goal of achieving a high school diploma in danger.

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What is STEM?

The term has grown in prominence in the news and in articles across the United States, but not everyone knows what STEM is, what the acronym stands for, or what its purpose is. As a teacher, I have tried to follow the development and implementation of STEM topics when instructing my students. In this article, we will look at what STEM is and why it is important.

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Heroes give young people someone to look up to and emulate. They teach students that they can have a positive impact on the world around them when they use their God-given talents and that greatness in the pure, unselfish sense is something for which we should striver. This does not mean we should focus only on their greatest accomplishments. Instead, we should accept that the whole life of a hero or heroine is part of their legacy.

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Homeschooling laws in Virginia at first glance can be very intimidating. There may be a lot to understand and specific terms and circumstances which need to be defined. So with that said, I want to assure you that this article will help you understand homeschooling laws in the state of Virginia.

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We often feel the pressure in Christian circles to be something: Thankful. It’s actually become kind of stressful for me to be thankful lately. It’s a funny thing, and I deeply enjoy being thankful, but the pressure to be thankful around the holidays has begun to bother me.

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Christians have commemorated Christ’s resurrection since this historical and miraculous event occurred. However, the celebration of Easter began in the 2nd century, roughly 1,800 years ago. By reading through the New Testament, we can see how crucial the resurrection is to our Christian faith. Peter writes in 1 Peter 1, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” And in 1 Corinthians, Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.”

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Dear Students,

Most of you don’t have cause to know this, because most of you do your best not to plagiarize, but I am very strict about plagiarism. I take plagiarism seriously because I believe that as a teacher it is my job to prepare students for their futures, and I know that academic dishonesty, and really any deceptive behavior, can create huge problems for students in school, in college and in the workplace.

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March 17th has long been observed as the feast day of St. Patrick in the greater Christian tradition. However, much of what is purportedly known about Patrick is traditional legend. Some of the stories that you may have heard about Patrick include his explanation of the trinity using a three-leafed clover, or the fact that Ireland does not have snakes because Patrick chased them all away. While these events cannot be definitively proven, and they do make for a great story, what we do know about Patrick is equally as fascinating and inspiring.

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There are a lot of things to take into consideration for students attending an online school to help keep their computers safe, secure, and running smoothly.

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As we drove into Igoda, I could hardly believe my eyes. When I left in 2011, most of these houses had grass roofs. A motorcycle was still a novelty, to be exclaimed over by children. Little one-room shack shops had just started to pop up along the main road.

This little village in the mountains of Tanzania had undergone a transformation. Now, signs of new affluence were in evidence everywhere: new buildings, new tin roofs, new beautiful, big shops selling fabric, fresh fruit and even toothpaste. And there were cars, CARS parked in front of houses.

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Being born into a bilingual family, I have never thought about how beneficial it could be to speak another language. My parents did a great job creating an environment that helped me learn two languages easily. At the age of five I started learning my third language, and by the age of eight I could read, write, and speak in three languages: Ukrainian, Russian and English. During my university years I started learning two more foreign languages (French and German), and I faced the reality that learning complex languages can be very challenging. It can be difficult to comprehend varying verb conjugation, genders, and bizarre numeric systems. I’m still trying to understand why seventy-five is pronounced as “sixty and fifteen” in French.

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If you live in the state of Illinois and you’ve been considering the options of homeschooling or enrolling in an online school, you have probably noticed that there are not only many schooling alternatives to choose from, but also many laws and regulations regarding this type of education. This article should help you navigate through the homeschooling laws in Illinois.

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As an avid reader and lover of books, I can testify to the fact that there are many benefits to reading. Not only does reading expand the brain’s capacity to think creatively and use language, but it also opens up a world of adventures and imagination.

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President’s Day has been around since 1800. Since then, the holiday has taken on some unusual practices across the United States. Below are three weird facts you may not have known about President’s Day.

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Each student has an ideal ecosystem in which to learn. For public school students, it’s often a classroom for eight hours per day sitting in quiet with 30 other students. For online homeschool students, the learning environment is not a classroom but a living room or a study. It then becomes the parent or guardian’s responsibility to help each student find his or her best learning environment. It’s the student’s responsibility to honestly (and respectfully) communicate what variables in the environment are and are not working for them, all the while doing the schoolwork to the best of his or her ability.

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Everyday technological capabilities grows at an exponential rate, and so does our need for reliable, efficient, and safe internet connections. Over the years, online learning has also developed and became one of the main learning platforms. With a huge pool of customers, Internet Service Providers have come up with different internet connection options to provide to users, including students enrolled in online private schools.

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Are you a Californian who recently decided to start homeschooling? Maybe your family wants more control over the content of your student’s education. Maybe your student is an athlete who needs a more flexible school schedule. Maybe your student had a tumultuous year at school and you are just looking for a better option. Whatever the reason, your decision to homeschool is the first step in a journey. We would like to help you along your way.

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I love Jesus. There is no doubt in my mind. I also love people, and I know that Jesus calls us to share His love with others every day. Even so, sometimes I get distracted. From paying bills to watching sports, grocery shopping to reading a good book, there are a thousand things to compete for my attention.

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A new year is now in full swing, and I am sure that there are a number of New Year’s resolutions that we have already failed to keep. The anticipation of a New Year is always exciting, and we get caught up in the possibility of self-improvement. We think that a new year will bring a new version of ourselves, or a new life, or a new whatever. But when we wake up on the second of January, we soon realize that it is just another day, and we are still the same as we were the day before.

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Parents have both a great responsibility and opportunity as they build a home to create an environment that is nurturing for their children. The home is at the center of children’s lives, especially when they are young. It is the place where they learn important values and behaviors at an early age, and it is the place they return to at the end of the day. In order to foster a positive atmosphere in the home, parents need to be strategic in how they encourage communication, growth, and well-being.

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