Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child

Homeschooling has become a haven for kids the traditional school system has failed in some way. Listen to this podcast about homeschooling your special needs child.

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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling

Our children aren’t perfect, and our homes aren’t always blissful, but sometimes we just need a reminder that homeschooling is truly a gift! Let’s count the gifts that homeschooling provides.

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Why I Started Homeschooling

My Kindergartner came home and asked me what “sex” was, after an all-school assembly on AIDS. I was alarmed that my five-year-old was being spoken to about sex and AIDS. I was alarmed no one had told me about the assembly ahead of time. That year and the next, he became close buddies with another …

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Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

TeepeeJoy.com has put together a great resource on the pros and cons of homeschooling. They asked 41 Homeschooling veterans (including yours truly) to weigh in on one pro and one con of homeschooling. For those considering homeschooling, it can provide a realistic look at the blessings and challenges of this lifestyle. For those in the …

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Do You Need to Rethink School?

Susan Wise Bauer is a work in progress, just like the rest of us. The author of The Well-Trained Mind and the Story of the World series can sometimes come across as super-intelligent (which she is) and having it way more together than the rest of us making our way through the daily challenges of …

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What Happens When You Ask Unschoolers ‘What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?’

My daughter is a baker. When people ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she responds breezily: “A baker, but I already am one.” You see, with unschooling there is no postponement of living and doing. There is no preparation for some amorphous future, no working toward something unknown. There is …

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10 Ways Homeschooling Can Heal Your Family

Homeschooling can heal your family. Here are 10 ways to find joy again. The phone rings. The number is familiar. I can barely hear the words for the screams. “…in the principal’s office…” MOMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!!! “…unable to control…” STOP IT!!!!! LEAVE ME ALONE!!!! “…need to come get her…” NONONONONONONONONO!!!!!!!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! There is a crash and I …

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The Value of End-of-Year Homeschool Reporting

The past week I’ve been knee-deep in end-of-year reporting, collecting materials and writing my report for our local school district. Not every year finds me doing this task. Some years I’ve sent in standardized testing reports which only involved my visiting a copier at the local library. But with two high school students and a …

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Why Teens Should Have Meaningful Work

I don’t agree with everything in the following article (all people have intrinsic value independent of their economic contribution and I am very thankful for the social safety net for senior citizens), but I do think it offers much food for thought. Teenagers should be able to make a meaningful contribution to society via the …

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The Gift of Sight: Cultivating Our Children’s Gifts

Recently I was reading a book on the intersection of faith and science. It is no doubt a wonderful book, but the simple truth is that I had a hard time understanding it. Science has never been my strongest subject and I got bogged down in the explanations. What the book did do for me …

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