Homeschooling

The Best Strategy for Homeschooling When Life Gets Hard

Any homeschooling mom who tells you that homeschooling is a breeze is selling you a bag of goods. After homeschooling two kids from kindergarten through high school, well, let’s just say I’ve earned every gray hair on my head! I’ve learned that learning strategies for homeschooling are just part of the job. When I was a beginner at homeschooling, it wasn’t always easy, and these are a few tips I’ve learned since then, but over time, my family encountered many …

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The Beginner’s Quick-Start Guide to Homeschooling

I homeschooled my kids from kindergarten through high school, and this fall my daughter, our first born, heads off to college. I guess you could say I have a bit of experience when it comes to homeschooling kids. However, I do remember what it was like when we first started. How to start homeschooling was a topic my husband and I discussed for hours. I had only ever known “education” in a classroom setting. I had attended public school from …

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My top 16 tips for beginning homeschoolers

Honestly? I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when my husband and I made the decision that I would homeschool our kids. How hard could it be? After all, not only had I been a classroom teacher for several years but I had even TAUGHT classroom teachers how to teach! I fully expected to be a Master Homeschooling Mom in no time at all. Well, the reality is that homeschooling is a whole other animal entirely. In fact, …

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12 Free Online Resources For Teaching Your Kids STEM

If you’ve paid any sort of attention to the landscape of education in the last five years, you know that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects are very “in” right now. There’s been a huge push to teach children how to create videos, code, and Lego Robotics teams are all the rage in schools and at home. And then there’s the perennial frenzy over whether American kids’ math test scores are high enough. Obviously, the easiest way to teach your …

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Where There Is No School: How to continue your child’s education post-disaster

Going back to school is a time of excitement and high energy for kids across the country. It’s the season of back-to-school shopping, clean, fresh notebooks, and brand-new shoes. Even as a homeschooling family, my kids have always wanted to go “back to school” shopping, even though “school” was the kitchen table! This year, for millions of kids, the fun of going back to school was zapped by the monumental disasters that hit our country with a vengeance. Hurricane Harvey …

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School’s Out: What Will You Do if Disaster Strikes and You are Forced to Homeschool?

  A new school year is almost here. If your children attend school outside your home, have you ever thought about what would happen if their school was closed for an extended period of time? The most likely to occur disastrous events don’t have a long duration before order begins to be restored. Natural disasters can be devastating, but most are relatively localized and the response and recovery time is a couple of weeks to a month at the longest. Your …

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Why Preppers Should Consider Homeschooling

I don’t remember when I first became convinced that homeschooling was the only type of education I wanted for our children. I do know it was long before I ever became pregnant. Now that we’ve finished our eleventh year of homeschooling, I’m more glad than ever of our choice. Homeschooling has been the perfect fit for our prepping family. The foremost benefit for preppers like us is that homeschooling provides a continuous flow of education in spite of changing circumstances. …

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21 Homeschool Resources For All Ages

When my parents first pulled my brother and me out of private school to educate us at home in 1994, we were on the very fringe of an often misunderstood movement. We knew only two other families who homeschooled their kids. We heard rumors that there were others, but had no way to get in touch with them. It was nearly impossible to find resources, so my mother used a lot of the same curriculum that had been used by …

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The Practical Homeschool: Where Academics & Survival Meet

Homeschooling is quite an undertaking, but one of the great benefits of homeschooling is that you can teach your kids the real-world skills you think they will need to survive, not what some bureaucrat decreed. (For the life of me, I still can’t see why I needed that many years of math in high school!) While different parents naturally have different focuses for their kids, you probably see the benefit of having your kids learn homesteading and outdoor skills. After all, …

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The Top 15 Smart and Stupid Things I’ve Done as a Homeschool Mom

This article originally appeared on the blog of my dear friend, Patrice Lewis, Rural Revolution . As the school  year winds down and amid a lot of controversy about the Common Core curriculum, many parents are wondering if homeschooling is for them. Here in all its glory is a list of the smart and stupid things we have done as a homeschooling family. Trust me. If we can homeschool, anyone can! For the past ten years I have homeschooled our …

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