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Keeping Kids in a Bubble

When I first started homeschooling, my family and friends were alarmed. They shared their concerns that ‘sheltering’ my son was not going to do him any favors. That homeschooling would only help him stay a baby. I don’t know exactly what they had in mind homeschooling entailed. Though we homeschool around his interests, it does not mean he will think the world revolves around

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Studying Science — It’s Easier Than You Think

If you’re like me, as your children grow older, you may find it increasingly difficult to accomplish all that needs to be done during a typical homeschooling day. Reading and math are a must, and sometimes just getting through those two subjects can take easily- distracted students several hours to complete. Lunchtime often becomes a much-needed break for everyone. And if you’re schooling multiple

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It Takes a Village…or Maybe Not

My son has three parents. His father, stepfather and me. So imagine my surprise when a mother in one of our homeschooling playgroups reprimanded my son for something I would not have bothered to call him on myself. I don’t know who was more shocked at her sharp tone and threat of punishment: me or him! He lowered his eyes and apologized to her.

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On Taking a Break

My son has been asking for a sibling since he could say the words. After trying for many years, we were ecstatic when we got pregnant.  No one was more excited than my son. He didn’t care about a boy or a girl. He just knew he would be a big brother. The best one ever. As the pregnancy progressed and I got bigger

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Location, Location, Location!

My son’s favorite announcement is “I’m bored!” What he doesn’t know is that sometimes, I am too!  Over the years changing up our learning location  has been the very thing that we needed to get some perspective. Whenever we’ve hit a block, my son is out of sorts or I’m just not feeling so great, our back plan is “Let’s escape!” We are transformed

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Help With Homeschooling

Whether you’re new to homeschooling or more experienced with teaching your children at home, it’s likely you’ll have days when you need a little extra encouragement. Fortunately, there are a number veteran homeschoolers who have put that encouragement down in writing so you can refer to it whenever you need to. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or uncertain, pick up one of the following books

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Homeschooling Co-ops

Everyone craves community. Homeschooling families more so, not just for the companionship for our kids and possibly for the adults, but for the resources such friendships can provide. For example, I love writing and portrait painting. My husband is a math wiz and an avid tennis player, and my ex-husband a wonderful guitar player and agriculturalist. All we were missing to complete our homeschooling

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Homeschooling Thru High School

As a homeschooling mother, I find myself wearing many hats. As kids get older, I am less of a teacher and more of a guide. If the goal is to home school all the way through high school, it seems a prepared parent is the most successful. Getting kids through high school is more about planning than knowing the intricacies of geometry. Once your

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Volunteering for Home Schooled Children

For years, I have volunteered at the local Humane Society and Wilderness Center. I love to work with animals, but the main reason I do it is because I believe compassion is learned as we help others. I want to set the example for my children so they can one day feel the fulfillment I have felt while volunteering. Though there are few organizations

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Homeschool Conventions

Years ago, when my sister began homeschooling, Bob Jones University offered a week-long homeschooling conference for interested parents. The conference included classes for those just beginning as well as veteran homeschoolers. Those coming from out-of-town could also bring their children along for day camp programs hosted by the university. Not only did parents learn tips and techniques, but they were able to meet and

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