life skills

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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Homeschooling Through The Tears

  Some days are great homeschooling days. Other days, there are a lot of tears. Some are the kids’, and some are mine. Today was one of those days. I knew it was going to be a harder school day. My son had some extra work to do since he didn’t get it done the day before. So he got up a little earlier

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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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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #3

#3: Life Will Happen Life does just happen. Even the best-laid plans for getting the schoolwork done can be thwarted by the unexpected. Doctors visits, out-of-town company, car problems, bill payments, sick pets, necessary phone calls, friends or family in trouble, a neighbor in need — all types of situations can throw off a school day. If your children were in school, you could handle a lot of things

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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #1 of 4

We have been homeschooling since my oldest was in Kindergarten, and soon he’s going to be a sophomore in college. This fall will begin our fourteenth year. And while I don’t consider myself a “model” homeschooling mom (in fact, I could make a long list of all of my mistakes), there are a few things I’ve learned along the way. #1: Homeschooling Isn’t Easy

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Grocery Store Schooling

The other day, I sent my eighteen-year-old out to the store to pick up some sweet rolls. He called me while he was there, asking where to find them. I told him to go along the back wall by the dairy and they would be in the corner to the right. “How did you know that?” he asked. “Because I’ve been grocery shopping for

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Deciding to Homeschool Again

We’re in our thirteenth year of homeschooling. We started with my oldest in kindergarten, and he went all the way through to graduation. My other children are currently in tenth grade, eighth grade, and fifth grade. But this has been a different kind of year for us. In our area, there’s a public charter school for high school students. We had heard that it

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Playing Soccer & Learning Life Skills | Homeschool Lessons

All of my children have played soccer sometime during their elementary years. Sometimes it was through our local YMCA; other times it was with organizations such as Upward Sports. For a while, two of my children even played on teams that were put together by a coach in our area who wanted to work with homeschooled students. Playing Soccer & Learning Life Skills Although

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The Gift of Consequences

During the holiday season, it seems that gifts are always on my mind. Gifts for those less-fortunate. Gifts for co-op and music teachers. Gifts to take to parties and get-togethers. Gifts for extended family.  And of course, gifts for my children. 🙂 But as every parent knows, some of the best gifts are the intangible ones. This month, our family has been learning about the

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Homeschooling Support Required

Homeschooling Support Required Sometimes, when I look at homeschooling blogs online, I feel quite put to shame. Other moms have their school days meticulously scheduled with lots of great hands-on activities, all with a passel of children sitting around the table eager to learn. Or perhaps it just seems that way. The thing I have to keep reminding myself is that many posts often

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