Benefits of Group Classes

This year, the three big children have been taking a combination swimming and gym class for homeschoolers at our local YMCA. I had initially decided this would be a good idea as YMCA swim lessons are excellent and the price was right! As time has gone on, though, (we’re on our fourth set of six …

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Planning Your Homeschool Year

It’s that time of year again. That time when we’re getting ready to put the current year behind us and start thinking about the next school year. Whether you follow a strict scope & sequence or you unschool or somewhere in between, it’s good to write out a plan. This helps you and your children set goals …

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A Guide for Homeschooling Through High School

The Home School Legal Defense Association offers a helpful brochure on homeschooling through high school. It offers information on course planning, transcript development, record keeping, SATs and ACTs, and preparing for college, military and life. Available for download: http://www.hslda.org/highschool/HSBrochure.pdf

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How to Get An Elite Prep-School Education on a Homeschool Budget

Seton Magazine has been running a great series on How to Get an Elite Prep-School Education on a Homeschool Budget: #1 How to Get An Elite Prep-School Education on a Homeschool Budget #2 How Better Writing and Public Speaking Help Students Succeed #3 Why Learning About Courts and Corporations Makes Better Leaders #4 Good Manners …

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U.S. Government – Citizenship Test

This year for history, I wanted to start with a unit on U.S. Government. The boys spent the last six weeks reading about The Constitution Convention and The Constitution and seemed to have a decent understanding of the document. Where to go from there? I saw an article on some people being sworn in as …

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Homeschooler’s Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts

Are you a homeschooler who needs to create a portfolio for end of year reporting? Do you have a student starting high school and are wondering how to record high school work in order to create a transcript that colleges or future employers will recognize? Do you have a student who is almost done high …

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How to Homeschool Your Pre-School Child

A new homeschooler recently asked me, “How do you homeschool a preschooler?” Time was, keeping a child home for his or her preschool years was a perfectly normal thing to do. Children went to school when they were five (or even six!) and somehow still managed to learn to read and write and maintain friendships. …

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ADHD and Homeschooling

Here is an interesting study on children diagnosed with ADHD and the positive effect homeschooling can have: Freedom to Learn

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Are You Thinking About Homeschooling?

Even though September seems a long ways away, this is the time of year when academic decisions for next school year are often made. Are you considering homeschooling next year? Perhaps it is an idea you have been considering for a long time, or maybe you recently met someone who homeschools and you want to …

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Sometimes You Just Have to Muddle Through Homeschooling

One of my favorite homeschooling magazines is Home Education Magazine. It was the first home schooling magazine I ever read and what started me on my journey to learn more about, and eventually to embrace, homeschooling. Sometimes, though, when reading about homeschooling you get the one-sided picture – how wonderful it all is! How natural! …

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