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Heather Shanks aka Professor Mom
The Beautiful Midwest
Heather Shanks, aka Professor Mom, is an author and researcher specializing in education and family life issues. Much of her work centers on creating a positive home environment and the affect of character and faith on educational success. Her website and blog, ProfessorMom.net, offers moms a productivity and renewal resource to help them maximize their time and energy, as well as education planning and coaching. Heather believes that children have huge hearts and huge brains and are capable of great things when given the right foundation. Her goal is to unite American parents in recognizing that faith, character and academics are the supports of that foundation.
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When I heard that Veritas Press published a new history narrative, I had to check it out. With their rich literature selections, rigorous academic offerings, and terrific customer service, Veritas is one of my favorite homeschool curriculum suppliers. So what... Continue reading
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When I was doing my planning for the year, one thing that had me scratching my head was what we would use for a timeline. We started on our second four-year cycle, and we had filled our Book of Time... Continue reading
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It's almost time for the Great Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, and I am busy making plans. Two years ago, I attended this mammoth homeschooling convention for the first time and loved it. So, this year, I am packing up... Continue reading
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L ast time, we discussed the importance of creating a meaningful family life. I talk to alot of different people about their family struggles. What touches me about these conversations is that most people want to be wise parents who... Continue reading
I hadn't heard of that series, but I checked it out and they look like really worthwhile reads... thanks for the tip, Phil!
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Family. Really, really important. Bedrock of society. Foundation of the culture. Cornerstone of the future. Have I mentioned really, really important? Over the last century, the place of family in society has shifted from that of bedrock (or foundation or... Continue reading
Excuse our mess; we are currently under construction. Check back soon to get the latest updates on Professor Mom's brand new virtual classroom. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Briefcase Studies
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It's that time of year again... December 15th - officially 10 days before Christmas. Maybe you have all of your shopping done, cookies made, and cards delivered and are currently curling up on the sofa with a nice cup of... Continue reading
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The newest release in the Professor Mom Historical Homeschooling Series is on sale now! True to the Old Flag, by beloved author, G. A. Henty, is a tale of the American Revolution, respectfully told from the unusual perspective of a... Continue reading
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SO EXCITING! After months of planning, I am absolutely thrilled to announce the release of the first title in Professor Mom's® Historical Homeschooling Series™! I fell in love with George Alfred Henty's books a few years ago, when I stumbled... Continue reading
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Like our friend in the photo, I spent the better part of last week flat on my back on the couch. (Unlike her, however, my appearance would have scared off... well, anyone but my very loyal husband!) Bronchial problems, sinus... Continue reading
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I realized that, unless I wanted to put you all to sleep with a marathon blog post, I had better split this trip in two. Our Colonial Times/American Revolution trip to Virginia didn't stop at Colonial Williamsburg, although we did... Continue reading
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We just returned from our Colonial Times/Revolutionary War learning trip to Virginia, where we were happy to see the first signs of spring had begun to pop out. (When we left Wisconsin, it was a frigid 10 degrees!) We packed... Continue reading
Hi ladies, Just a quick note. You may see some odd things happening around Professor Mom for the next week or two. I am working on some site updates that will not only make the site more functional and a... Continue reading
My TOS article on math showed up on Crosswalk... http://bit.ly/d5z6SI Continue reading
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For many homeschooling families, Bible education is a double-edged sword. On one hand, parents desire to teach their children about Scripture: its wisdom, values, and revelation of the power of God. On the other hand, I've noticed a hesitation, maybe... Continue reading
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In The Antidote for Childhood Laziness: Purpose Part 1, we were challenging the assumption that kids cannot be expected to seek out meaningful purpose in their lives. We came to the conclusion that purpose is what kids are already seeking,... Continue reading
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Michael is a sweet 9-year-old boy, pretty funny with average grades. His mom and dad love him, but a growing concern has been nagging them for a few months now. You see, Michael is lazy. He would rather play tennis... Continue reading
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Mar 15, 2010
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Teaching writing can be daunting for homeschooling parents, especially if your own background in writing is a bit shaky. How do you know what to focus on to help your child improve their writing skills? Clear feedback is critical. Teaching... Continue reading
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Homeschooling gives us a terrific opportunity to use the outdoors to academic advantage. In my recent post on the positive effect of nature on children's attention spans, I promised some practical tips on how to incorporate more 'green' time into... Continue reading
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Homeschooling or not, parents across America recognize that short attention spans plague many of today's children. Between flashing television images, text messaging, pre-digested information, and sound bytes, young people are surrounded by opportunities for distraction. Focus is a key skill... Continue reading
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Check out this week's edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling... good reading! Continue reading
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The sun is shining, the air is brisk, and the house looks grand! Hmmm, except the faded throw pillows and the tattered rug at the front door. Oh, and the small army of porcelain figurines, closets stuffed with clothes that... Continue reading
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A time for new beginnings... I spent some time this morning peaking in on some fellow homeschooling bloggers. Here's a quick wrap-up of some interesting New Year's posts: Miscellaneous Musings of a 5X Mom points us to a 90-day Bible... Continue reading