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

#4: Don’t Compare If you have more than one child or have been around multiple children, you know that every child is different. Each one has different strengths and weaknesses. They have different learning styles. They comprehend, retain, and apply information at different rates. In fact, these differences are probably one of the reasons you started homeschooling in the first place. You realized that

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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 – #2 of 4

#2: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone When we first started homeschooling, we lived in a very rural mountain community. The closest little convenience store was four miles away; it took about 20 minutes just to get to the nearest grocery store of any size. The children and I spent a lot of time by ourselves at home working through lessons together. But

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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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Cicadas, Teachable Moments, and Great Memories

The other day, my son and I were busy cleaning up some branches we had clipped from the bushes. As I was trudging through the heat, I suddenly realized he wasn’t working anymore. I was getting more than a little irritated when I heard him say, “Hey, Mom. Come look at this.” After the crazy-busy year we had this past year, I’ve learned to

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Firefly Unit Study

You know it’s finally summer when you see fireflies start to light up the night. Every year, my kids (no matter how old) still try to catch them, always being careful and letting them go again. Here are a few fun facts about fireflies: Fireflies are actually beetles. There are about 2,000 species of fireflies. Each species has a unique flash pattern. Fireflies only live for

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The Anti-Coloring Book

I love looking through used book sales for bargains, and at a recent sale, I found a gem! It’s The Anti-Coloring Book by Susan Striker. The cover says that it’s good for ages 6 and up, but many of the pages would work for younger children, too. What makes this an “anti-coloring” book is that children don’t color the pictures — they draw them!

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Schooling Through the Summer

Every year, I have the best intentions of finishing up in a timely manner. Sometimes we start after Labor Day; other years we start in the middle of August. But no matter when we start the school year, we never finish by June. Unexpected life events seem to throw us off “the schedule” each time, no matter how prepared I am. So now, it’s part

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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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Interview with Kathy Kuhl – Part 2

Kathy Kuhl is the author of several books for homeschooling parents. In a recent interview, she describes her books and offers help for parents of struggling students. Question: Your book, Homeschooling the Struggling Learner, is designed as a handbook for parents in a similar situation. What types of topics are covered in the book? Kathy’s Answer: Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner is designed in a way that parents can jump

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