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A Dangerous Trend for Boys

Rebecca writes about the increasing neglect of boys within the educational system. 
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Are Books Just Magic?

This fascinating article examines the role that books play in a young person's development. Did you know that the simple presence of books in a home is a highly dependable indicator of future academic success! Rebecca examines the remarkable role books play in shaping who we are.
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Boredom Leads to Creativity

Free yourself from feeling obligated to always entertain your children! Rebecca examines the essential role boredom plays in the creative process.
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Busy-ing Ourselves to Death

In our cultural emphasis on busy-ness, Rebecca sees a clear threat to our ability to truly engage in life. Read for encouragement to slow down...and maybe read a good book.
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Caldecott Medal Classics

Check out a listing of our favorite Caldecott Medal winners. You want to have these in your library!
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Celebrity in Light of Historical Context

As our culture becomes more and more obsessed with celebrity Rebecca argues that an historical perspective is an essential antidote. 
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Children as Resources

Rebecca takes a closer look at an educational system that views our children as resources and its effects on how we think about education and human value.
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Compulsory Education

A look at the development of compulsory education and its effects on how our students are taught.
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Cultivating Contentment

A look at the value of contentment.
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Curiosity: The Essential Element

Rebecca writes about encouraging the development of your child's natural curiosity.
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Educating Thinkers

In a world where education is focused on the development of marketable skills, Rebecca makes the argument that creative thinking is one of the most important skills to develop in students and homeschoolers have a unique opportunity to excel in this valuable skill.
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Education as Legacy

Need encouragement to keep pressing forward in educating your children? Rebecca provides it here in this article about viewing education as a legacy to pass down to future generations.
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Family Read-Alouds Part 1

A listing of our favorite read-alouds curated by Rebecca.
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Family Read-Alouds Part II

A listing of our favorite read-alouds curated by Rebecca.
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Family Read-Alouds Part III

A listing of our favorite read-alouds curated by Rebecca.
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Family Read-Alouds Part IV

A listing of our favorite read-alouds curated by Rebecca.
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Geography: Traveling the World through the Pages of a Book

An article by Rea C. Berg on the world that books open to their readers.
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Homeschooling as an Equalizer

Read an article on the benefits of homeschooling as backed up by statistical studies. Rebecca's take on this data is unique in that she see's homeschooling as a force to overcome inequalities.
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Introducing Youngsters to Ancient Classics

Some tips for picking great ancient classics for young readers.
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Introducing Youngsters to Medieval Classics

Rebecca provides some guidance for choosing medieval classics for young readers.
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Losing the Classics

Why are the classics important? Rebecca answers this question and provides encouragement to those parents and teachers who are working to instill a love of these great works in their children and students.
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Mason and Schaeffer

An article by Rea C. Berg on the Charlotte Mason approach to education.
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Preserving a Tradition

Rebecca writes about why developing the skill of "deep reading" is essential.
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Raising Educated People

A wonderful article on what it means to raise well-educated children, from Covenant Seminary professor Jerram Barrs.
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Reading Ourselves into Great Literature

Rebecca examines the current trend towards solipsistic literary analysis and the risk we run of missing out on the timeless themes in great literature. 
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Reluctant Readers

Rebecca shares tips on helping you encourage your reluctant reader.
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Socialization and Narcissism

"What about socialization?" is probably the question most commonly encountered by homeschooling parents. Rebecca takes a look at new studies that show a link between socialization and narcissism! 
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Stories that Keep Families Together

Rebecca investigates the role that stories play in creating a family narrative and encouraging the development of close bonds.
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Struggling Student? Here's food for thought

Many of us are thoroughly discouraged when one of our students persistently struggles to learn a subject. What if the problem is our perspective on struggle? Rebecca examines a different cultural paradigm that values struggle and finds it to be an encouragement to teachers to challenge their students.
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The American Revolution: Our Literary Legacy

An article by Rea C. Berg on the great literature of the American Revolution.
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The Literature of War

Read an article by Rea C. Berg on the literature of war.
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The Power of Story

Rebecca examines the ability of story to bind us together, define who we are, tell us where we come from and where we are going
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Unstructured Creativity a.k.a. Boredom

Rebecca writes about looking at boredom as an opportunity instead of something to be overcome.
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What is a Classic?

Rebecca takes a look at what makes a book an enduring classic and provides a listing of book you don't want your children to miss!
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What is Most Important in Eduction

While the focus is nearly always on test scores and educational outcomes, Rebecca examine the role of character development as an educational goal.
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When Should I Teach Ancient History?

Read an article on BFB's philosophy on teaching ancient history.
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Why Teach American History First?

An article on the importance of teaching American history first.
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You Are What You Read

How do the books we read shape us? Rebecca argues that they are one of the most profound forces and choosing what you read is of utmost importance.