Many families are hesitant to take up homeschooling simply because they view the option as very expensive. It’s true that some people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on homeschooling, but it is possible to homeschool on a budget?Read More
Homeschooling is actually an excellent way to educate your child. However, even though many families homeschool, there are still numerous myths about homeschooling that can often cloud the concept of homeschooling.Read More
Once you’ve assembled your curriculum for the year, as well as any resources and online programs you’ll be supplementing with, you’ll be ready to get a solid plan and, lesson plans for homeschooling, prepared for the school year. Even if your plan is loose, or you intend to utilize Unschooling or child-led learning, it’s still a plan, and you can make the most of it.Read More
In many ways, the various digital aspects to our homeschooling routines are incredibly beneficial, but there are pitfalls as well. We can take advantage of this vast “digital wealth” but, at the same time, we must be cautious in allowing our children indiscriminate access.Read More
If we’re being entirely honest, a bad homeschool day is still better than a good public-school day. And yet, just knowing that really does nothing to help us through surviving the bad homeschool day while it’s going onRead More
Homeschooling parents, especially those just getting started on the homeschooling journey, will have to address the issue of homeschool homework at some point. There has been great debate over this topic for years, but it all boils down to personal choice.Read More
A homeschooling planner can be a part of your daily routine, even if you’ve never had one before. Even if you’re not new to the idea, I hope that you’ll find some tips here to help you put together your best one yet.Read More
It’s my hope that you’ll find some tips here that help you to understand deschooling and all that it can do for you and your child. Yes, I included you here, because sometimes, parents need to deschool as much as their children do.Read More
If you were to ask any veteran homeschooling mom what one of their biggest hurdles has been on the journey, they would likely tell you “try to avoid homeschool burnout”. Yes, it happens. Maybe not to every single homeschooler, but certainly to most of us.
We’re going to talk today about addressing educational gaps in homeschooling and many of the details you’ll need to know if you find yourself in this situation. Sometimes it just happens and there’s no reason to panic. It’s important to know that we can catch up and keep moving forward, sometimes surpassing everything we imagined possible when it’s all said and done.Read More
Unit plans are easy to create (once you know how), and they can be tailored to your child’s specific interests, and it’s FUN. Find out everything you need to know in this article about creating and using unit plans in your homeschool!Read More
So, what do you do when your unmotivated teen doesn’t seem to have the will to finish their lessons or do much of anything? Hopefully, these tips will help.Read More
Learning how to be a productive part of society, by teaching life skills, is one of the most important things you can teach your child. It’s more important than math, science, or literature, and has a direct bearing on the rest of their lives. And it’s far more than your child’s being able to talk to a variety of different people.Read More
Keeping track of your child's progress when you're homeschooling can be one of the things that causes a great amount of stress for many homeschooling families and they end up asking, "how do I create a homeschool report card?"Read More
Today, we simply want to catch a glimpse of the woman behind the Charlotte Mason method. As you dive deeper into the Charlotte Mason educational philosophies, you’ll find, as I did, that her way of thinking can turn education on its ear.Read More
The specific rules and regulations on hoemschool record keeping vary by state. Some
states require vigorous record keeping while other states are very lax in their demands. Finding
out exactly what your own home state requires is your first matter of business.
Homeschooling High school is quite a bit different from homeschooling middle school or elementary grade levels. As you navigate these next four years of high school together, you'll want to focus on the tips in this article.Read More
The idea of homeschooling high school is often the tipping point in many homeschool family decisions to quit in their child’s eighth-grade year, fearful that they are not qualified to teach their child, especially in areas such as science, math, and foreign language. You can do it with the tips included in this article.Read More
As families embark on a new homeschooling journey, it’s important to know that there are both homeschooling advantages and disadvantages. Of course, for many families, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, given the results of the process. But we’ll go into a little more detail as we proceed
through this article.
As any veteran homeschooler can tell you, homeschooling in the winter can require a lot of effort and
encouragement for all parties involved. The good news is that just like with other slumps you’re sure to experience throughout your homeschooling career, you’ll get over this one too!
Some things can only be studied in the winter. That’s why it’s always important to keep an open mind
and schedule in plenty of time to get those nature studies underway. That’s what we’re going to talk
about in today’s blog: winter nature study ideas.
Now that the slower pace and the fun that surrounds the winter holidays are over, it's not uncommon to feel a bit sluggish when getting back to your normal homeschool routine. The good news is, we have some tips that will make the entire process, if not perfect, then just a little bit easier.Read More
There's no doubt that homeschooling middle school children will be incredibly beneficial to both you and your child. If you’ve been homeschooling the entire educational process, then you already know some of those benefits. But even if you are just getting started on the homeschooling journey, there are still amazing days ahead.Read More
If you’ve found yourself homeschooling preschool, then you’ve obviously decided to homeschool right from the start. So, first: congratulations! You’ve taken an excellent first step in your child’s academic future.Read More
Homeschooled children not only have more opportunities for homeschool socialization, but they also have a larger diversity in that socialization. Children in public schools get to socialize with same-age peers and a few adults, but homeschooled children spend time around people of all ages and in a variety of settings.Read More
Homeschool conventions could be just what the doctor ordered for all homeschoolers. Whether you’re just starting out and have yet to embark on the first year, or you’re a veteran with tons of experience, there’s always something new to learn from attending one of these spectacular events.Read More
A young homeschool mom came to me for advice concerning her oldest child, a sophomore in high school. “He totally bombed his chemistry test!” she exclaimed. Should she be concerned? Is homeschool testing even necessary?Read More
As I was thinking about what to write for this article, my son suggested that I talk about why I started homeschooling. A “start from the beginning” if you will. I thought that was a good idea because as I spoke to parents during the Great Homeschool Conventions last year, I got so many questions from people who were just starting out or who were thinking about starting their homeschool journey.Read More
We love our kids and we will do anything for them. We want to protect them. We want to help them. But sometimes, in our effort to do these things, we take away their ability to experience life. We take away their ability to experience consequences. And worse yet, we take away their ability to take responsibility and practice accountability for their actions.Read More
Have you ever wondered why reading the story yourself instead of someone relaying it to you helps you comprehend the information better? It’s because you’re most likely a visual learner! Everyone has their own learning style types. To succeed in school, relationships, jobs, etc., it is best to know your specific style and follow related practices that help you succeed!Read More
When I give talks at homeschool conventions, I generally tell the audience that I work with homeschoolers today because while I was on the faculty at Ball State University, I started noticing that I had an enrollment, of what I found out later to be homeschool graduates, in my chemistry and physics classes. At the time, I didn’t know anything about homeschooling.Read More
When people ask me why I started working with homeschoolers, I tell them it’s because I saw the products of home education, and they really impressed me. While I was on the faculty at Ball State University, I had students who graduated from public schools, students who graduated from private schools, and students who were homeschool graduates.Read More
He slowly walked along the sidewalk with his face pointed down to avoid eye contact. I reached for his chin when he got closer and noticed redness around his eyes.
I asked quietly, “Is everything okay? You look upset.” He had been bullied.Read More