Homeschooling

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

Our family spent fourteen years homeschooling and during that time I helped a lot of other families get started. If you’re in the beginning stages of homeschooling, then here are ten pieces of advice that I would offer you. 1. Why are you homeschooling? Write down all the reasons why you’ve chosen to homeschool. Believe …

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 …

Save Your Memories with an Easy Email Journal

Save Your Memories with an Easy Email Journal

I’ve kept an “email journal” since my children were born. Periodically, I would write an email to my parents and sister about my family’s activities, then I would print it out and keep a copy for myself. It’s hard for me to believe that so much time has passed, but I’ve put over twenty years …

Warnings from a Retired Homeschool Mom

Warnings from a Retired Homeschool Mom

If you arrived at this post while researching homeschooling, I’m glad I caught you in time. I need to warn you about some things before you make this life-altering decision for your family! Once you begin to see learning everywhere you just can’t unsee it. Once you’ve learned to think outside the box, it’s really …