Homeschooling

The “S” Word ~ What about Socialization?

What about Socialization?

What about socialization? I, too, asked that question when I began investigating homeschooling. Reading what homeschool veterans had to say about it really helped me to see socialization from a different viewpoint. Since then, I’ve helped many other parents get started in homeschooling and I can tell you that almost every one of them has …

The Miracle of Homeschooling

The Miracle of Homeschooling

There’s often a push for legislation that would require homeschooling parents to be certified teachers. I think the assumptions behind it are that only certified teachers are capable of teaching children, and that a student’s learning ability is limited by what the teacher knows. I want to share through personal examples, scripture, and research, why …

Homeschool Graduates in College ~ From the Professors’ Perspective

How do homeschool graduates perform in college? Are they well enough prepared to compete with other students? I wanted to find out what college professors had to say about them. Through Facebook, I found some who’d had experience with them in their classes and were willing to answer a short survey. With the responses I …

Homeschooling as a Ministry

Homeschooling as a Ministry

Have you believed the enemy’s lie that if you stay home with your children that you’re not doing anything important? The truth is quite the opposite, you know – there is nothing more important that you could be doing. Even some of us who know better can find ourselves succumbing to his lies without realizing …

Looking Back, Looking Forward ~ 2016 in Review

Looking Back, Looking Forward ~ 2016 in Review

The new year is a time when many people make “New Year’s Resolutions,” but I quit doing that a long time ago. For me, that term has become synonymous with “January goal,” because not many of them make it past the end of the month. They’ve become a bit of a joke, don’t you think? …

How to Have Happy Homeschool Holidays

How to Have Happy Homeschool Holidays

December is such a busy month with so much to do! When our kids were younger we took a break from our usual curriculum and did things related to the holidays. Kids are always so excited and restless during that time, anyway. Just not fighting that battle reduced a lot of stress. Letting the kids …

7 Lessons I Learned from The Animal School and How They Shaped Our Homeschool

Homeschooling encouragement

During our early stages of homeschooling I did a lot of reading to learn about approaches, learning styles, and such, to create a vision for what I wanted our homeschool to be like. Somewhere along the way I came across “The Animal School.” It’s a fable that was originally written in 1940 by George Reavis, …

Learning How to Learn…And Loving It!

Learning How to Learn...And Loving It!

When I retired as Homeschool Teacher, I started blogging because I enjoyed writing and wanted to learn more about using the internet. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, but that was right before the internet came to be, so my education didn’t include anything about it. I haven’t always enjoyed writing, either. I went to …

10 Pieces of Advice for New Homeschoolers

10 Pieces of Advice for New Homeschoolers

Can I really do this? What if the naysayers are right? If you’re new to homeschooling, then you probably have these anxieties, and many more. I know how you feel because I spent fourteen years homeschooling my two children, and all along the way I had anxieties and doubts. Now that I’ve reached the end of …

Thinking Outside the Desk while Homeschooling

Thinking Outside the Desk

When we first began homeschooling, I was a voracious reader about teaching styles and methods. I read many books that caused me to rethink education and convinced me that I didn’t need to recreate my own school experience. Maybe it was even better not to. With my mind opened to new possibilities, I was motivated …