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Rediscovering the Most Important Subjects

When I first started homeschooling, mumble-mumble years ago, I went all-out on all the subjects. I was one of those homeschoolers who purchased the mega-ultimate-deluxe package of curriculum, covering every single subject in depth with extra workbooks and posters and teaching aids. For preschool. After the mega-ultimate-deluxe bill for that order, we had to eat ramen noodles for several weeks, but we had flannelgraphs, so that was all that mattered. Right? I grew up and gradually learned how to do without and pare down the excess. By the time I was ready to add younger siblings to the homeschool group, I was prioritizing our subjects as well as our expenditures. Our homeschool elementary studies no longer majored on laboratory sciences, extensive book reports, research projects, and flannelgraph presentations. We were honed in on reading, writing, and arithmetic with laser focus. But something was missing. Cutting the fat out of my homeschool budget and daily schedule helped save (some of) my sanity and reignite my children’s love for learning (or at least of finishing really fast …

7 Surprising Lessons I learned teaching my children to read

7 Surprising Lessons I Learned From Teaching My Children to Read

I have warm, fuzzy memories of teaching each of my four children to read. I can remember holding up flash cards for my oldest when he was three years old, drilling those phonics until we were both exhausted. I remember how he struggled to blend consonants and vowels together, so I taped letters to the cars of his Thomas the Tank Engine set to visualize how you connect the sounds to make one sound, exaggerating my pronunciation as he looked at me like I was crazy. I realize now that I was, indeed, crazy. I remember my four-year-old daughter standing beside my desk, sounding out sentences I had printed for her to read. She was proud of her accomplishments, though she couldn’t tell you what she had read by the time she got to the last word. Again, I was crazy. Then there was the little Sweetie Pooh who just wanted to cuddle. He’s the one who finally got it through to me that reading takes time, for there was no rushing the love bug …

The Secret to Homeschooling High School | Homeschool High School Made Easy 31

This post concludes my thirty-one-day series on “Homeschool High School Made Easy.” Like last year’s Homeschool Made Easy, (now available on kindle), this series is designed to give you the information and encouragement you need to simplify your homeschool efforts and regain your family’s love for learning. You can homeschool high school, and it can be easy! My purpose in writing Homeschool High School Made Easy was not just to add yet another homeschool book on the Amazon list. I wanted more than just yet another guide to creating transcripts and planning high school courses. Because, quite frankly, you can get all of that with a quick google search. Homeschoolers have been passing ACTs and SATs for years, submitting transcripts to colleges for a couple generations, and successfully graduating into adulthood by the millions. Simply getting you over the finish line was not the purpose. Find the Purpose in YOUR Homeschooling Instead, it is my goal to help you reframe your questions entirely. I want to shake up your view of homeschooling high school and cause you to question …

Commencement | Homeschool High School Made Easy 30

Welcome to the month-long series “Homeschool HIGH SCHOOL Made Easy,” a follow-up to the popular “Homeschool Made Easy” series (now published on kindle). I’m sharing tips from my experience as a homeschool graduate and homeschool mother, showing YOU how easy and enjoyable these high school years can be for you and your teen. Be sure to sign up for the entire series so you don’t miss a thing! You did it. Congratulations! You braved your fears, you bucked the system, you forged your own path and you made an adult. It’s time to launch them out into the world, into the glorious future God created them for. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these …

Graduation Checklist | Homeschool High School Made Easy 29

Welcome to the month-long series “Homeschool HIGH SCHOOL Made Easy,” a follow-up to the popular “Homeschool Made Easy” series (now published on kindle). I’m sharing tips from my experience as a homeschool graduate and homeschool mother, showing YOU how easy and enjoyable these high school years can be for you and your teen. Be sure to sign up for the entire series so you don’t miss a thing! I hope this past week has helped calm your homeschool high school graduation nerves. Hey, I know it’s scary to first think about graduating your homeschool student. But honestly, it really can be simple. Easy, even. Easier than getting rid of the smell in their room (what IS that?). Not sure if you are ready to close the books on homeschooling? Here’s a final checklist to make sure you are completely finished. Homeschool High School Graduation Checklist Academically Check back on the course guidelines here. Has your student completed the requirements for high school graduation in your state? Find your state’s guidelines here. Has your student completed the …