Monday, December 18, 2017

The Importance of Time With Our Children  

FCM spending time with children

A young girl has passed away and is in Heaven.  She has asked to return to earth for one day – her 12th birthday.  Her wish is granted.  Imagine you are standing with her during her visit.

She stands in the middle of those she loves — her mother stands in one corner, her father in another corner, her brother … Read the rest...

Staying True In A Changing Culture

July 18, 2015 by  
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As we are moving on with the summer, I cannot help but reflect on how much society and culture has changed since I began teaching over 50 years ago.

When I was called to the ministry of preaching and teaching, God was still a part of the educational system.  Prayer was still in public schools.  People said prayers and thanked … Read the rest...

Staying Current On Special Needs

Staying Current On Special Needs from Scott Newton Smith 
An update on staying current on topics of cognitive development and educational development for special needs homeschooling. … Read the rest...

Lucas’ Successful Development (One Of Our Students)

February 11, 2015 by  
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We received a great message from the parent of one of our stellar students. We got permission to share here.

Hi Dr. Cates and Kirk and Patti,
I know you expressed interest at Lucas’ last testing date in May to hear some of Lucas’ piano playing.  I have sent these videos for you to enjoy.
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Educating the Autistic Child – Case Study

If you are wondering if the insurmountable challenges associated with autism can be overcome through education, please see this video of Ethan Bailey.  The video is a little choppy in places but that was beyond our control.  Much of what you see Ethan doing in this video they said he would never do.  If you’re the parent of an autistic … Read the rest...

Kimberly L. Cates Scholarship Fund

March 30, 2011 by  
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In the aftermath of tragedy in our family, I am so proud to see hope and redemption continue to bloom through the lives of our son and granddaughter.  Our readers may be interested in seeing how David and Jaimie are moving forward.  Here is the article Union Leader just published about the new memorial scholarship fund they have set up Read the rest...

Help one of our students win a contest

January 27, 2011 by  
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We just received this from one of our parents…

Dear Friends and Family,

As many of you know, our kids have had a blast participating on a LEGO Robotics team through the FIRST LEGO League over the past three years.

This year, the theme was BODY FORWARD and we were challenged to research a bio medical topic. We chose to

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Student Receives Congressional Award Gold Medal

January 14, 2011 by  
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I was delighted to receive this update from the parents of one of our students.  (Shared with permission.)

Dear Dr. Cates,

Don’t know if you want updates like this, but…

Here is a picture of Matthew receiving the Congressional Award Gold Medal from Congressman Duncan in his Knoxville office last Monday. To earn this award Matthew greatly surpassed the required

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One of Our Students Wins Finals of the State First LEGO League

December 9, 2010 by  
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We received this good news from the parents of one of our students this week:

Dr. Cates,

We wanted you to know that Team iBrick, our LEGO  Robotics team (consisting of John, Josh and Caleb Pottebaum, and Eli, Sam and Jesse Parham), won the Finals of the State First LEGO League competition December 5,  and advanced to the International competition.

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[Podcast] I Can Get Bitter or I Can Get Better

November 17, 2010 by  
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