Parents

Bring It On Home With These Homeshooling Resources

A few years back, I was annoyed by social media. I found it unnecessary.  Now that my son is almost a decade old, I realize I need to embrace media and technology so that I can keep up and to ensure he is exposed to all that’s available. The multitude and variety of online information is priceless for a homeschooling family. You feel lonely,

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Use Your Moodle!

Homeschooling parents who want to teach their child via online classes for free, live with peers and a teacher, along with online materials and resources can use Moodle. Moodle a free and open-source e-learning software platform. It has a general public license, which means it can be downloaded for free, copied, modified and be used forever by individuals and organizations. It does need to

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Good Deeds

Walking to the car from the store, suddenly my son grabbed my hand and said, “wait”. We waited as I looked around in anticipation of some unseen danger.  He said, breathlessly, “see her there, on the right?”. So I surreptitiously turned in that direction and there she was, a tiny little bird, obviously injured. We sprung into action to help with my son leading

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Solitude

As homeschoolers and having an only child for so long, socialization became of utmost importance. Setting up play dates, outings with other children was imperative. Socialization is the anti-homeschoolers main complaint about homeschooling. For years, if my son played alone for a while, hours sometimes, I would sigh inside and think how lonely he must be. I would whisk him away as soon as

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Enriching your Child’s Environment

Sometimes when we are out and about, my son will see something he likes- not a toy or a game.  It’s a rock or a piece of bark.  He picks it up and takes it home.  It’s a habit he started as a toddler. My first instinct was to stop him, my mother’s voice in my head,”don’t touch – it’s dirty!”. What I remember

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Funding Homeschooling

In a recent web group discussion, homeschooling parents were discussing the cost of education. The discussion took a turn when one  post pointed out that Connections Academy (the online public school option) receives approximately $8,000 per student from each of the states it is available in. Another homeschooling mom posted that in NY, public schools receive $17,500 per student.  It’s shocking really, to see

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Empowerment

For the first time, my son slept over a friend’s house. As we prepared his overnight bag, I caught myself telling my son “be good; behave…”. I stopped myself because a warning bell went off in my mind.  What exactly was I doing by saying “be good”? We teach our kids to respect their elders, to obey grown-ups and to do what they are

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Hug It Out! – The Importance of Hugs

During the course of the day, homeschooling and taking care of everything else, my children and I can become very detached from each other. We do our thing, fall into our respective roles. Sometimes before we know it, the day is almost over and very little of emotional significance has transpired. I feel a sense of loss, emptiness and sadness when I realize this.

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Roles On The Gender Spectrum

The other day, my daughter picked a toy truck to play with. She studied it, rolled it around the room, bathed with it etc. It was great to see her analytical skills at work. I took pictures. When I posted the pics to share with loved ones who watch my daughter grow from afar with delighted commentary, I wondered at the silence. One family

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Awesome, Simple Record-Keeping for Homeschooling!

Record-keeping just got a lot easier! Evernote is a  fantastic free tool for homeschoolers to keep records of their children’s learning. Up until now, I have had to print out web pages, get pictures printed, summarize details of a lesson in a notebook, keep written track of the resources we use etc. It’s time consuming, hard to keep up and sometimes very unpleasant. Now

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