education

Top Ten Reasons Why I Homeschool Revisited

In March of 2009, I wrote a post about the top ten reasons why I homeschool. That was five years ago, when my children were in grades K-4, 2, 4, and 7. Today they’re in grades 4, 7, 9, and 12.  I thought I’d revisit those reasons and see if anything’s changed. Homeschooling puts my children’s character education back in my hands. This is

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A Senior, a Fourth-Grader, and Two Between

It seems as if every year of homeschooling has presented us with new challenges. And that’s as it should be, as each year the children learn and grow and change. But this has been my most challenging year yet. This year, I have a fourth-grader, a seventh-grader, a ninth-grader, and my first senior. And while academically my senior doesn’t have much left to complete,

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Homeschooling Co-op

For the past five years, we’ve been a part of a smaller homeschooling co-op. It’s actually the third co-op we’ve joined, and it’s the one we’ve been able to stick with. But not all homeschoolers are part of a co-op, and that’s okay too. Homeschooling Co-op #1 We joined our first co-op when my oldest was just in third grade and my youngest was

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Out and About During the School Day

The area where we live has lots of homeschoolers. Some parents teach all the lessons themselves, some have their children participate in co-ops, and others use online programs. However it’s done, there’s usually some time during the traditional school day when families have to run errands. It’s no surprise anymore to see kids out and about during school hours. But as a homeschooler, you

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Homeschool Record Keeping

Homeschool Record Keeping When I hear the word “homeschooling”, I think about hands-on projects, field trips, learning games and crafts, and fun activities. But just like any job, there are aspects of the “homeschooling parent” position that can be, well, a bit tedious.  While it’s tough enough to get beyond the occasional bad attitude or lack of focus, you also have to keep accurate

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Physical Education in the Winter

It’s easy for my kids to stay active in the summer. They swim, bike, run, and play outside, and there’s rarely a shortage of things to do. During the winter, though, it’s a little harder to get them motivated and moving. If you want to add physical education to your child’s schooldays this season, here are some things you could try: Join a Team

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Hands-On Learning

Hands-on Learning Over the past month or so, we’ve had a big family project going on. Actually, it was a big extended-family project. My mother recently purchased a house, but it needed some cosmetic work. Actually, it needed a lot of cosmetic work. Walls were taken down and new flooring and carpeting was put in; in fact, a whole new room was created from

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Keep A Reading Journal

If you’re like me, you love learning with your kids – just not keeping up with the paperwork. But there is some paperwork that’s rewarding for both you and your child. It can even be fun! A reading journal is just that kind of paperwork. What to Include No matter what age your child is, he can keep a record of the books he’s

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The Struggling Reader

For quite a while now, I’ve told our co-op teachers that my youngest son is a “late-reader”. “He just isn’t reading quite yet,” I would explain to them, and they would reassure me, telling me they understood completely, and they wouldn’t call on him in class to read. Many people would reiterate what I’ve heard a number of times: sometimes it takes boys a

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The Perfect Pet

There’s a new picture book out this fall – and I wrote and illustrated it! It’s published by Sylvan Dell Publishing, a company that combines math or science with a great story. In The Perfect Pet, a child uses animal classification to choose just the right pet. The story begins when Mom says “yes!” to a pet. To help him decide, the child starts

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