Shanxi Omoniyi

Public education is doing worse with more money, so let’s give parents more options

If an educational option costs less and produces better results, wouldn’t it be foolish not to fund it? Yet the opposite is happening. As a…

7 ways to teach your children financial skills amid inflation 

As inflation continues to impact American families, many are trying to find creative ways to stretch their spending power. Why not include children in that…

Homeschool nonprofit counters unlawful challenges to parental freedoms 

A $2,000 bill just to process homeschool paperwork in New York? A threatening letter from a school district in West Virginia, stating that a student…

Homeschool families: Consider these fall outings and opportunities in the Kansas City area

From campus visits and field trips to standardized tests and special celebrations, the fall can bring numerous opportunities for homeschoolers in the Kansas City area. …

‘Grow’ event builds community among KC-area homeschool moms

An evening just to meet other moms, get encouragement, and enjoy dinner without any cleanup?  It may not sound like much, but Tuesday’s “Grow: Back…

Parents and schools are fighting for control of the nation’s children. Who gets custody of the kids?

Relations between parents and schools look increasingly like a divorcing couple preparing for a custody battle.   In the best of times, parents and schools…

New study: Homeschooling improves children’s ‘social competencies’

New research suggests socialization may be a bigger issue for children in public schools than those who are homeschooled, contrary to popular stereotypes.  A recent study…

Battery charges filed after alleged assault on pro-life teen canvassing in KC suburb

A woman has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery after an alleged assault on a pro-life teen going door to door in support of…

Moms report censorship, bullying on social media over pro-life stance in leadup to Kansas election

Casey Thomas has used local Facebook moms groups as a parenting resource for the last seven years and had never been bullied – until recently.  “From…

Pregnancy center leaders explain their work amidst slander ahead of important Kansas election

As Kansans prepare to vote Tuesday on a constitutional amendment to allow regulation of abortion, pregnancy resource centers are coming under fire for community services…

Report reveals national crisis of fatherlessness linked to higher crime rates, poverty and school failure

Active, engaged dads in the home improve the chances of future generations of men graduating college, finding gainful employment and staying out of prison.  That’s…

Eight ways to involve the whole family in community service

Many parents want to model volunteering with their children as a practical, hands-on method to help teach the importance of giving back to local communities. …

As homeschool numbers rise, nonprofits warn of public-school overreach

Looking to withdraw your children from the public school system? You may face procedural hoops and obstacles that aren’t required by law – and ongoing…

Homeschool workshop to answer parents’ questions, equip them with tools and confidence

As more families choose homeschooling over public school, a Kansas City-area workshop can help them consider their options and explore local resources.  The Midwest Parent…

‘Increasingly militant’ public schools threaten U.S. system of self-government, Barr warns

The public school system’s attack on religion and traditional values threatens the basic foundations of a free society, says former U.S. attorney general William Barr. …

Here’s what success in homeschooling looks like, according to this 12-year veteran  

What does success in homeschooling look like? Simple, says Christina Perry.  “Success looks like my kids growing up to be who God makes them to…

Five ways homeschool families can find educational savings  

If you’re new to homeschooling near Kansas City (and beyond!), you may be wondering how to save money as you educate your children.  Here are…

Homeschool moms dispel common stereotypes, misconceptions about their work

Since the dramatic increase in U.S. homeschool families after the COVID-19 pandemic, several critics of homeschooling have expressed concerns over the long-term effects of educating…

Declining public school enrollment spurs media calls for comprehensive change

A recent op-ed by Michael Bloomberg argues that 1.3 million students’ flight from public schools since the start of the pandemic highlights the need to…

Homeschooling helps all of society, contrary to MSNBC columnist’s claims

An MSNBC columnist made headlines recently for supposedly explaining “How the conservative Christian right is hijacking homeschooling.” University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler warns in…

Used curriculum sales: 7 ways to homeschool on a budget

Homeschool families tend to have a reputation for being frugal, and for good reason: many of us make financial sacrifices of some sort or another…

This Mother’s Day, second-generation homeschool moms reflect on family legacy

As homeschool rates hold steady two years after the onset of the pandemic, many longtime homeschooling mothers are celebrating the freedom to not only fulfill…

Failure of public schools is a common reason homeschooling is growing among all demographics

Homeschooling is attracting large numbers of families from all demographics and backgrounds. A fascinating article by The Hechinger Report explores this trend in more detail,…

Homeschooling rates hold steady even after schools reopen

Melanie Moore started homeschooling her 10-year-old son, Asher, at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. As a single mom who runs a full-time massage…

Colorado’s universal preschool program fails to address potential pitfalls

Based on recent studies that suggest pre-K programs can cause long-term harm, the jubilation over Colorado’s new universal preschool law may be premature. The state’s…

KC-based nonprofit plans to help full-time working parents with homeschool

Rhonda McAfee thought her homeschool journey had ended when the last of her three children completed high school. “When my youngest son graduated, I thought…

It was once criminal ‘subterfuge’: Previous generations discuss early history of KC-area homeschooling

Some 40 years after they made history, several families in the Kansas City area are publicly sharing their memories of homeschooling before its legal status…

St. Patrick: The Christian legacy behind the legend

As an immigrant to the United States, I had never heard of St. Patrick’s Day until my music teacher told me she was wearing green…

A race to the bottom? CDC lowers expectations for child development, raising new questions for parents

The CDC has changed its list of children’s developmental milestones for infants and young children, marking the first update of its kind since 2004. The…

Homeschool association seeks to end discriminatory practices for college placement exams

Preparing to take college placement exams such as the ACT or PSAT? You may face trouble if you’re a homeschool student. That’s the conclusion of…

KC-area homeschool conference to offer curriculum options, educational resources

As the number of homeschooling families increases nationwide, support groups and organizations are stepping up to help parents explore this alternative education option. The Midwest…

Saving snow days: 5 reasons to keep this popular American tradition

As remote learning surges nationwide in response to the pandemic, several officials are calling for an end to snow days altogether. After all, why close…

State-run pre-K programs may cause long-term harm, studies conclude

As political rhetoric heats up over government-funded pre-K programs, studies suggest that pushing academics too early on children can create unintended long-term consequences. While children…

C.S. Lewis and John Taylor Gatto: Intellectual giants who foretold today’s crises in education

Although C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) and John Taylor Gatto (1935-2018) lived at different times and places, both found many of the same flaws in the education…

‘World Read Aloud Day:’ 7 benefits to reading aloud, especially for children

If your family is anything like ours, winter can inspire some of the best indoor activities of the year, including reading books aloud! Some of…

Homeschooling numbers surge in Virginia during pandemic and public education conflict

After two years of extraordinary growth, approximately 62,000 homeschool families in Virginia now represent about 5 percent of the state’s total public school enrollment –…

School Choice Week celebrates freedom to choose the best education for your child

If you love your school (or better yet, the freedom to choose the best education for your child), this January provides the perfect time to…

College prep test that raises the bar sees rapid growth during pandemic

Imagine a college admissions test that you take from home, is only two hours long, and helps you gain entrance into the university of your…

KC newspaper’s Christian education guide, a generational resource

The faith-based news site, Metro Voice, will celebrate a milestone this February – 30 years of publishing its popular K-12 Christian Education Guide & Directory.…

Homeschooling trends up across U.S. demographics

Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that during the pandemic, homeschool rates significantly increased in the United States—increases seen across demographics. The highest…

Celebrating Christmas around the world: 7 global traditions

Where in the world do you celebrate Christmas? For our family that spans several continents – Europe, Asia and Africa among them – the answers…

Harvard study finds homeschoolers become healthy, happy, virtuous adults

A recent study by Harvard researchers has cast doubt on common misconceptions about homeschool students, particularly concerning their lives after graduation. The study was released…

Making the switch: Five steps to withdraw your child from school mid-year

Many parents can feel overwhelmed at the thought of pulling their child from public school right in the middle of a school year. But take…

Interest in classical Christian education is on the rise

As Christian schools see record enrollment numbers after COVID-19, a subset of this group has also witnessed increased growth in its approach to learning: classical…

Teaching children where their food comes from at Thanksgiving

What happens when you want to teach children about food and where it comes from, but you’ve lived in the city all your life and…

Thanksgiving is more than turkey: The biblical notion of gratitude has proven health benefits

3Approximately 2,000 years ago the Apostle Paul encouraged a fledgling church to “give thanks in every situation.” Even earlier than that, a Jewish king explained…

Apprenticeship Week highlights growing demand for skilled workers

This week marks National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 15-21). Innovative organizations around the United States continue using this age-old practice to tackle current employment challenges.  The…

Three ways to get your children involved on Veterans Day

For non-military families, Veterans Day may not hold much significance. However, it is a significant holiday for everyone in the United States. As the U.S.…

Learning pods and homeschool co-ops: New twists on old ideas

Since COVID-19, learning pods or micro-schools have exploded in the education world as an increasingly attractive alternative to the existing public school system. After all,…

Three steps to involve your child in the local voting process

As local elections approach, you may have wondered how to get your child more involved in the voting process. Even if they can’t vote yet,…

Move over, Avengers. Your child will love meeting these real-life faith superheroes

Almost every child has heard of Spiderman, Black Widow, and Thor. But do they also know about Prince Kaboo, Mary Slessor, and Eric Liddell? Instead…

Missionary kidnapping in Haiti: Teaching children that Christianity can cost us our safety (and lives)

Like many people in the United States this weekend, I was shocked to read about a group of missionaries kidnapped Saturday in Haiti. Seventeen people,…

Seven Tips to Get Started Homeschooling

Are you interested in homeschooling, but not sure how to begin? Take heart! Almost all of us homeschool “experts” still remember that moment (or let’s…