Parents

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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Field Day – Homeschool Activities

Our homeschooling co-op is planning their annual field day! This is a great idea for people homeschooling and looking for new homeschool activities outside the home that involve the community. Each year elementary students take part, and it’s always a lot of fun. If you’re not part of a co-op, don’t worry – you can still have a field day. A friend of mine organizes

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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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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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Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program

Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program Recently, we visited the Carl Sandburg House, where author and poet Carl Sandburg lived with his family during the last 20 years of his life. When he passed away, his wife Lilian wanted to preserve his legacy; his home became part of a national park. Now when visitors tour the home, kids (of all ages) can also join

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3 Easy Ways to Re-energize as a Homeschooling Mom

As a homeschooling mom, I get to enjoy being with my children. All day. Every day. That’s every single day. Days that are full of fun activities and learning experiences, and days when attitudes and tempers are running wild. Days when I feel reassured that my decision to homeschool was the right one, and days when I sit with my head in my hands

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Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know How to Teach

Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know How to Teach Sometimes when I meet others, and they find out we homeschool, they say, “I’m so impressed! I could never homeschool my children. “ It’s usually at that time that I confess that I often don’t feel like I’m very good at it, even after 13 years. That’s when eyebrows go up in surprise, and I know

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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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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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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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