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If you are educated at home, you can learn in whatever way your parents will allow! The key is getting them on board in creating the learning environment that will help you truly thrive. This might mean having an animal by your side as you work: a school dog. While the benefits of a school dog may seem apparent to you, you may have to spell things out for your parents. A dog can improve your learning environment and help you become more complete physically, mentally, and spiritually. These are all things that your parents want for you. Below are 10 points that can help you make the case for getting a school dog.


1. Stewardship

Your parents want you to be the best you can be, growing up into the calling God has for you. A great way to make the case for pets is by emphasizing that having a pet will make you a better steward of God’s creation! After all, when God first created man in His image it was with the expressed purpose of caring for the earth and its creatures:


"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Genesis 1:26


Contemporary life doesn’t give you many opportunities to interact with wild animals very often, so learning alongside a school dog is an opportunity that your parents can give you to learn about and practice the role that God has given humanity.


You can even quote the French Poet Anatole France, who noted the spiritual nature of loving animals: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” What parent wouldn’t want your soul to be fully awake?


2. Responsibility

Having a dog to sit beside you as you complete your school work will also make you more responsible. Of course, you have to take care of the school dog once you get one!


Show your parents how responsible you’ll be by doing a little research on all the things a dog needs and telling them how you plan to make sure the dog is cared for. Also look up any special requirements for the breed of dog; some dogs need special food or constant grooming.


Once you’ve shown them you’re ready to be responsible for your school dog, be sure to emphasize that this sense of responsibility will carry over into other areas of your life, too.


3. Compassion

Now that your parents see how responsible you are and will become with a school dog, it is time to pull on the heartstrings. Explain to them that caring for a dog will make you a more compassionate person. Caring for a dog involves paying attention to and understanding the needs of a being outside of yourself. If they get you a school dog, you will become more aware of the needs of others.


Now you can quote Albert Einstein and St. Francis of Assisi:


Albert Einstein said that we must widen “our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”


St. Francis of Assisi noticed that people who treat animals well, also treat humans well. If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” Your parents definitely want you to grow up to treat people well, so keep this quote in your back pocket, in case you need it!


4. Social Skills Make the Most of Learning at Home by Having a School Dog pinterest

Your parents also want you to develop social skills, and a dog will help with that. You will see all the more clearly that if you want to be treated nicely, you also need to treat others that way. Animals won’t pull any punches; if you are mean to an animal, the animal may respond unkindly by biting, nipping or snarling. If you treat your dog well, though, he should respond in a loving manner. Eventually, the school dog may become one of your best friends, always lending a sympathetic ear.


5. Understanding the Love of God

Jesus often uses our care of animals to show that he cares for us. In Luke 14:5, Jesus tells people that if one of their animals fell into a pit, of course they would pull it out regardless of the circumstances. And Jesus will rescue us, no matter what, too.


"Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?"

Tell your parents that caring for your dog will teach you about the love of God. However much you love your dog, God loves you infinitely more. If you take care of your dog, won’t God take care of you? Your parents will love that when you care for the school dog, you are reminded of God’s care for you.


6. Calming Presence

Your school dog will also help with your emotional well-being. When you feel down, a school dog can lift your spirits. When you’re working oh so hard on school work, a little moral support can go a long way! As the philosopher Martin Buber said, “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language,” one that can encourage you in your school work!


7. Loyalty

Dogs are incredibly loyal. It is likely that your parents value loyalty, so make sure they know that the school dog will be loyal to you, and it will teach you to be more loyal to others. You may want to reference some news stories of dogs who have saved, warned, protected, or traveled thousands of miles for their owners. There are so many to choose from!


You can also point out that animals don’t judge people by what they wear, what they have, or where they live. This is another great thing you will learn from your school dog.


8. Physical Activity

Having an animal will also make you more physically active. School dogs need to be walked and played with in games such as fetch or tug of war. Playing with the school dog is sure to keep you physically engaged.


9. Curiosity and Imagination

Tell your parents that your school dog will definitely help you learn better. Dogs are so curious and are constantly figuring out the world around them. This is a great quality in a school dog, and it is sure to rub off on you! As environmental activist John Muir said, “Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.”


The school dog will also ignite your imagination. How many writing projects could come just from your interest in his or her pet? Think of a couple of school projects that you could base on your pet to prove your point. For example, one school dog project could be a short story written from your dog’s perspective!


10. Laughter

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and school dogs can be very silly. They perform funny tricks without even knowing it, which will make you laugh, relieving stress. Explain that being more relaxed will help you focus on your school work!


“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.”Samuel Butler

There are many advantages to having a school dog, especially when you learn from home, where you can constantly benefit from the dog’s presence. Enlightium Academy is a fully accredited online Christian school that offers students the opportunity to be schooled at home, in their own learning environment, with the comfort of a school dog, while working at their own pace through an award-winning curriculum.

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If you ask average high school students if they think the quality of their education is important, most of the students will say that education is very important but won’t fully understand why. Similar to how newly-weds have no experiential knowledge about the challenges of caring for a newborn child until they have one, most students do not realize the precise impact that the quality of their education can have on their future. This is just as true of online high school programs.

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As the end of January draws near, there is an entire semester of school remaining in the school year. The weather is frigid and everyone is tired of shoveling snow. People are sick of the cold and flu season. New Year’s resolutions are falling by the wayside. It’s common to feel like life’s circumstances are unbearable and it is hard to keep trudging along when you encounter the difficulties of life. This blog article, written by Enlightium Academy’s very own Bible teacher, Heath Robertson, serves to provide you with some biblical guidance on what Scriptures you can turn to when you could use help staying the course. His insight on these 3 Bible verses about persevering through hard times may be just what you need to rely upon God’s word to stand firm and carry on.


  • 1 Timothy 4:7

  • Galatians 6:9

  • Romans 5:3-4

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In the United States of America, we are about to inaugurate a new president into office. The word president means “the elected head of republican state,” and it is a word that ought to command the respect and honor of the people. “President” is a title that our country has bestowed upon 44, soon to be 45, leaders. For parents, it is particularly important that we teach our kids about the history of the inauguration, the importance of the peaceful transfer of leadership that it represents, the biblical principles that underlie our submission to the authorities placed above us, and the ways we can do God’s work in that submission. 

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If you are interested in homeschooling in Florida, there are a few requirements that you must meet for your student to be exempt from compulsory attendance laws, which apply to all children ages 6–16 by February 1 for the given school year. Fortunately, you do not need to hold a Florida teaching certificate. Just being your child’s parent or guardian will qualify you to teach them as you see fit, so long as they are keeping up with grade level requirements. Learn the basics about how to begin homeschooling in Florida with these five facts.

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When is Martin Luther King Day 2017?

Now that the holiday season is over, it may seem like there isn't much left to celebrate. Many of us are focused on getting back into the swing of things at school and making good on our New Year's resolutions. Regardless, January is full of holidays, from Russian Christmas to Chinese New Year and Fun at Work Day. Although you can find something to celebrate nearly every day of the month, one January holiday stands out from the rest. Martin Luther King Day is a very important holiday in the history of the US, is federally recognized as a national holiday, and falls on Monday, January 16th this year.


In this blog article, you will learn more about the important significance of this holiday, including:

  • The reason we celebrate Martin Luther King Day

  • Little-known Martin Luther King Jr. facts

  • Some of Dr. King’s famous quotes

  • The history of Martin Luther King Day as a holiday

  • A list of the public and private offices that are closed to observe Martin Luther King Day 

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It is very important to carefully consider your options when it comes to online middle school. There are many middle schools online; some better, some worse. Choosing the right one takes some effort and research. Consider if online middle school learning is good for you. Everybody learns differently. Match your online middle school choice to your personality. If you are more of a hands-on learner, you probably need hands-on to learn Science. There are science kits available for many online middle school curriculums. If your faith is a priority and you want a God-centered education, you should look for an Christian online middle school like Enlightium Academy.

Once you and your parents decide that you will go to online middle school, you may not know what to expect, and you don’t know whether you will like it or not. Here are a few things you should know about online middle school.

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If you are pursuing alternative education for your children and you live in North Carolina, consider yourself lucky. Homeschooling in NC is much simpler than many other states. You live in a state that has respect for the role you play as a parent in determining how your student is educated, especially when you are willing to put more energy and commitment into making sure that education is just right for your student. North Carolina trusts you as a parent. That must feel good.


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Bon jour. Comment allez-vous? In case you were wondering, this means “Hello, how are you?” in French. It seems like forever since I took my first French class in high school, but one thing is for sure: I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I signed up for it. To be honest, I learned much more than how to say a few phrases in a foreign language. In fact, there were quite a few unexpected benefits I received from my French class that you stand to gain too, when you sign up for a French class.


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When most Christian families first start looking into homeschooling, they quickly realize that there are far more options available now than there were 25 years ago. Many are plagued with the question, “How do I find the best homeschool curriculum?” There are so many things to consider: the time investment of designing an interesting program for your children, the worldview of the authors and editors of the curriculum used, how your children best learn, and how much it would cost in both time and money. I am hoping that some of my ideas will help you along your journey to find the best homeschool curriculum for your family.

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Holidays come in many forms, highlighting religious beliefs, cultural ideals, and important historical events and people. Kwanzaa is one such holiday that focuses on cultural values without a specific religious affiliation. I was introduced to the Kwanzaa celebration through a musician friend a few years ago. Prior to our conversation and subsequent invitation to participate, I had only heard about the Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations this time of year. Be prepared to learn about Pan-African culture with some interesting Kwanzaa trivia as you continue reading.

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There is no better time than Christmas to inspire creativity and have fun while doing crafts. This year, I looked to the Bible for ideas and was inspired to make a baby Jesus craft. “Hark! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger." Luke 2:12. The most iconic image of the nativity is baby Jesus lying in the manger.


This scene had been prophesied in the Old Testament and had long been awaited by God’s chosen people. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7. This is a great theme to center a baby Jesus craft around. The craft I’ll be sharing today is appropriate for children ages 4–10 and is easy enough that you can do it at home, school, sunday school, or for a children’s ministry! Gather the kids around and reflect on the miracle of Christ’s birth while creating baby Jesus in a manger.

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If you're anything like me, you start organizing details well in advance of Thanksgiving to ensure the month of December goes off without a hitch. I find myself making shopping lists, sending greeting cards, planning exquisite dinner menus, scheduling Christmas parties, and attending Christmas services. At the heart of many of my preparations is carrying out the traditions our family has handed down from one generation to the next. Having celebrated many Christmases, I've come to realize how easy it is to get distracted by all the hustle and bustle of our Yuletide celebrations.

Although some planning and preparations are necessary to make sure the family gets fed and transported from point A to point B, it is important to take some time and meditate on the reason for this season. JESUS. As part of our family tradition, we read the story of the nativity in the Bible, recite "The Night Before Christmas" and sing "Away in a Manger". I'm concerned that these traditions have become rote over time and we do them without actually experiencing the season in a way that touches our soul.

This year, I'm choosing to find new and intentional ways to reflect on Christ's birth, so I don't get stuck in the rut of complacency. This means that I may have to break tradition somewhat and find some new ways to celebrate this special time of year. Starting with the Bible, which is rich with beautiful poetry and has spoken to many hearts over the years, I decided to explore some non-traditional Christmas poems to help me stop and reflect on the gift of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you'd like to break tradition and share these Christmas poems with your family, too.

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With the holidays approaching, there will be many opportunities for us to gather with friends and family to enjoy each other’s company and socialize. Sometimes these get-togethers are with people we know well and other times we find ourselves having to strike up conversations with complete strangers. Being prepared with a list of fun questions to ask can help you spark a conversation with someone you may not know very well. When I was a kid, one way my family sparked conversation was to ask silly or fun questions during conversations at meals or get-togethers. Here are some fun questions to ask people of all ages:

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Interested in switching to a non-traditional environment to earn your high school diploma online? You’re not alone. In the last ten years, the number of students enrolling to earn their high school diploma online has increased tenfold. Four of the top reasons families are making the switch are:


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If you're like me, you did not grow up in a Jewish household and really don't have much first-hand knowledge of celebrating Hanukkah. Aside from recognizing the shape of the Menorah and finding amusement in Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song," I have not had a lot of exposure to celebrating Hanukkah or any other Jewish traditions, for that matter. Like so many other holidays we grow up somewhat aware of, I had no idea of the rich history and culture behind this special time of the year.  

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The era of education that we live in is festooned with many an option for accredited online homeschool programs. Trying to find the right fit for your student may seem like an endless effort. For many families, navigating homeschooling options is a brand new experience that leaves them with many unanswered questions. We understand how paramount it is for your family to find a program that is tailored to your student to promote academic excellence. We’ve designed a quick rubric to assist your family in making a decision for your student that you can be proud of. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before enrolling your student in an online homeschool program:

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Christmas lights illuminate the streets and songs fill the air while the Thanksgiving leftovers sit simmering in the pan. The holiday season brings a mix of emotions, memories, smells, and plans. Have you ever thought about where some of the traditions we celebrate originated? Here are some Christmas fun facts for you to enjoy during this festive time of year.

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Congratulations! You’ve made the choice to homeschool in Arkansas. Now is the time to gather important information, understand what resources are available, and choose a curriculum that's a good fit for you. Taking the time to understand what steps you need to take will pay off in the long run. This blog article is designed to provide a roadmap for successfully homeschooling in Arkansas. Please don't be afraid to share what you have learned along the way. We want you to forward this article to your friends or anyone who may also be interested in homeschooling in Arkansas.

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Eating turkey and pumpkin pie, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day 2016 Parade, or looking at Black Friday ads. Are these some of the things that come to your mind when you think “Thanksgiving Day 2016?” For many, these images encapsulate the way we will spend November 24th, but how did Thanksgiving start and how did it become a widely celebrated holiday?

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