Homeschooling

How to Overcome Homeschool Challenges at Every Grade

Nobody ever said homeschooling was easy. Nobody ever said, either, that there are new homeschool challenges every school year and at every grade! Looking back, this does not surprise me at all. My children grow and change every year, and our difficulties with homeschooling often reflected these changes. Both my kids have graduated high school and are now in college, so I wanted to think back and talk about how we overcame obstacles in our homeschool over the years. As …

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Why Homeschooling is Worth it, Even When It’s Hard

My kids and I finished our 8th year of homeschooling two weeks ago.  It was the very best year we’ve ever had, in spite of being interrupted by endless sessions of editing my book and then launching the book in March, complete with lots of interviews and excitement. As I think about our 8 years as a homeschooling family, I have to be honest.  It hasn’t all been happy faces and gold stars.  There are some homeschooling downsides that not …

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Our journey to the “best” homeschool curriculum

When I first began homeschooling, I thought my chosen curriculum (KONOS) would be the one to see us through high school.  It was activity based with lots and lots of great ideas for every unit, as well as an emphasis on character building, which my 5 year-old daughter needed at the time!  (Our first unit was ‘Obedience’!) I think we were about halfway into our second year when I noticed that one of our next assigned activities was to make …

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A Mom’s Advice to the Homeschool Mom Wannabe

Are you a wannabe homeschool mom? Are you looking for some sane advice? You’re in the right place! No doubt about it, jumping into the homeschool world can be terrifying. Not only is a parent going against the flow, but most homeschooling moms don’t consider themselves to be teachers and are unsure of their own abilities. I know there’s a lot of interest out there when it comes to homeschooling, and when one of my readers submitted several questions to …

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Smart & Stupid Things I’ve done as a Homeschooler

I promised you that I would share some of the smartest and stupidest things I’ve done in my seven years of homeschooling, and I have.  They’re just not posted on my blog! My friend, Patrice Lewis, has posted my list over on her blog, Rural Revolution.  You can read it there.  See, I owed her an article from a couple of months ago and had to keep my word!  I hope you enjoy my list and feel free to add …

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How to Decide if Homeschooling is Right for You

Surely by now you know at least one family who homeschools. Perhaps you’ve wondered if this choice might be a good fit for you and your family. As a homeschooler for the past seven years and a professional educator for fifteen years before that, here are a few things to consider. 1.    How happy are you with your child’s school? Many different elements make up your child’s school experience. The mix of children in his or her classroom, the homeroom …

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Stepping into homeschooling

As the current school year comes to an end, a lot of parents begin wondering if homeschooling might be the right option for next year.  My family is finishing our seventh year of homeschooling, and there’s never been a doubt in my mind that it was the right choice. I believe that homeschooling is the best option for many, but not all, kids.  When I was a classroom teacher, it was impossible for me to know in depth the strengths …

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