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Interview With Co-op Founder Suzanne Brown

Every homeschooling co-op is different. Although co-ops are started to meet the needs of homeschooling families in a particular area, the way each one grows and develops is as unique as the students involved. Suzanne Brown is a long-time homeschooling mom and a founding member of the Upstate Homeschool Co-op, one of the largest co-ops in the upstate of South Carolina. The Upstate Homeschool Co-op

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Making Friends When You’re Homeschooled

One of the objections many homeschooling parents hear is that homeschooled students are not as well socialized as students in a traditional classroom. Some may even say that homeschooled children don’t have many friends. After all, where would they meet them if not at school? We have met our friends at many different places. We’ve met them at storytime, at playgroups, on field trips, at

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Learning With Legos

I have a child who loves Legos. In fact, Legos have been a regular staple in our home since my oldest son was about five – almost 15 years ago! My youngest still asks for new sets for his birthday and Christmas. And it’s no wonder! Legos are a lot of fun, and (don’t tell the kids) educational, too! Our latest Lego discovery was

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Ready for the Real World

One of the common criticisms about homeschooling is that the homeschooled child isn’t ready to face real world. After all, they haven’t been in a school setting dealing with peer pressure, difficult classmates, and lots of distractions. But I would argue that many homeschooled students are actually MORE prepared for life after school. Here’s why: 1. Homeschooled children receive more one-on-one instruction when they

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A Little Whine with that Cheese Stick?

Usually I have a couple of months’ break, but this time, it started almost as soon as the school year did. I tried to stave it off from the beginning. I hyped up the new subjects and textbooks. I was excited about all the new things we were going to learn together. I talked about fun field trips we could take as we studied

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Where Do You Homeschool?

It may seem obvious that if you are homeschooling, you’ll be homeschooling at – where else — home! But this may or may not be true. As homeschooling parents know, learning can take place almost anywhere! In the Home We do most of our schoolwork at home. When all of my kids were small, we had a couple of Little Tikes desks where they

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Homeschool Photos

We’ve homeschooled in a lot of different ways over the years. Sometimes we were part of a county-wide group that met for occasional field trips and created an annual yearbook. Other times we participated in weekly activities with a playgroup. Still other years we were part of a co-op; one for a year, another for a year and a half, and the third for

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Help With Homeschooling

We’re about to start our thirteenth year of homeschooling with two in high school, one in middle school, and one in elementary. And while it would be nice to take all the credit as their primary educator, I have to confess – I have had lots of help with homeschooling. Play Groups and Field Trips Even when my children we small, help was there.

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Being Present

The most wonderful benefit from homeschooling is really knowing who your child is and in turn them really getting to know you. This happens with time. However, it must be noted that really connecting with your child is not an instant and guaranteed outcome of being with them 24/7. Genuine connection can take place even if you only spend a couple of hours with

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Build Character With Fish!

Summer is a good time for me to catch up on some reading, especially when I’m sitting by the pool as the children swim. One of the books I just finished has served as a great reminder to me that even as a homeschooling mom, I can choose how I approach my daily work. The book is Fish! by Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul, and

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