When You Need Help Homeschooling

In its early days (1970s-1980s), modern homeschooling was often a complete rejection of traditional school. Homeschooling parents, many of whom had to fly under the radar, truly embraced learning at home and had a fierce independent streak. They encouraged other parents to believe that they had the knowledge, tools, and love to educate their own …

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How to do “Active Reading” with your Young Child

Reading to your child from the time he or she is born is a wonderful, rewarding activity. Not only does it serve as an opportunity for bonding and developing a close relationship, it is also educational, helping your young child develop vocabulary, comprehension, and pre-reading skills. Active reading takes that process one step further. According …

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Help your Homeschooled Introvert to Thrive

Are you homeschooling an introverted child? Introverted and extroverted are ways of describing how people prefer to interact with the world. According to Susan Cain, author of Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, “introverts are drawn to the inner world of thoughts and feelings, while their opposites, extroverts, crave the external world of people …

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Senior Year Hail Mary Play for College

Bad Things Can Happen “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray” ~ Robert Burns When you start homeschooling, you don’t plan on having a health crisis or family trauma, but bad things can happen to good homeschoolers.  We are not immune from difficulty just because our children are counting on us. …

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How to Fight the February Funk

Despite being the shortest month, February is the bane of most homeschooler’s year. The holidays are far in the rear-view mirror, family members are aggravating each other due to being stuck inside too much together, cold and flu season is in full swing, and spring still seems far away. It is enough to make a …

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Does Your Homeschool Need a Mid-Year Makeover?

Are you excited (or at least content) to return to homeschooling after the Christmas break, or are you screaming on the inside, “Please, no!” There’s no denying that homeschooling can be hard, and the winter doldrums can make it even harder. This time of year is perfect for taking a hard look at your school …

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How to Help Children Prepare for Confession

Many children who are making their First Communion this coming spring make their First Reconciliation during this season of Advent. In addition, it is a great time for whole families to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation together, whether that be at a regularly scheduled time or at a parish penance service. There is no better …

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Let Fiction Help You Socialize Your Children

Did you ever consider fiction as a way of helping with socialization? Socialization in a nutshell means getting together with others and learning acceptable behavior. But, what might pass as acceptable behavior in the world, doesn’t necessarily pass as such in our homes. And as Catholics, we must do more than just learn how to …

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How to Set Up a Space for Homeschooling

As we plan for or get settled into the new school year, it is a good time to think about how to set up your homeschooling space. This can vary widely from family to family. It can depend on many factors such as your philosophy of homeschooling, how many children you are working with, and …

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Should You Homeschool High School?, Part Four

Continuing our series on aspects to consider, from a college prep perspective, when considering whether to homeschool high school or not, we here consider issues that may come into play when applying for financial aid in college. Should You Homeschool High School, Part One Should You Homeschool High School, Part Two Should You Homeschool High …

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