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Things I Learned About Public School — One Homeschool Mom, 4 Months

This fall, I experienced my very first encounters with a public school. As a child, I attended private Christian schools for day care, preschool, and elementary. Then I was homeschooled during secondary school. So I never attended a public school. My children have only been homeschooled. I’ve taught them myself for over 15 years. So until recently, I didn’t even know what it was like to parent a school child. I never expected to ever send any of my children to a public school, because I knew (for several reasons) that it isn’t right for our family. Then suddenly, I was. We are foster parenting twin first-graders whom we will adopt in a couple of months. As a condition of placement, we agreed to put them in public school until adoption (this was recently ammended and now we can homeschool them with their siblings). So for one semester, I got a personal education in public elementary school. And what I learned surprised me. I started sharing my observations with my Facebook friends in what came …

Why Homeschool High School?

MOST HOMESCHOOLERS start off in the beginning for just “one year at a time” during the elementary years, trying out the homeschool lifestyle to see if it works for their family culture. I put that “one year at a time” in quotes because this has become an infamous homeschool phrase. We all get sucked in to try it for “just one year,” and then we are hooked. Even me. I did not initially want to homeschool, but my husband told me to try homeschooling our preschooler for “just one year,” and that is the end of the story. Maybe you started homeschooling to overcome learning difficulties, to help your gifted child reach his full potential, or to better meet the challenges of your special needs student. Perhaps you wanted to avoid bullying, negative peer pressure, and other worldly influences in the public school system. You may have even set out to give your child a firm moral foundation, to pass on your own values and principles, to prepare the young person for a lifetime of …

Training Kids to Become Independent Learners

Training Kids to Become Independent Learners

My friend Trisha Mugo is more than a facebook buddy and homeschool compatriot. Trisha is also the founder of a local Homeschool Moms Who Write support group. This busy woman works hard to help her friends reach their dreams. So you can imagine she has her homeschooling as streamlined as possible. I invited her to share her easy homeschool secrets with us today. There’s a line from Pride and Prejudice that haunts my homeschool dreams. When Mr. Darcy’s mean old aunt finds out that Elizabeth Bennett never had a governess, she’s aghast. “No governess! … Your mother must have been quite the slave to your education,” she says. That line haunts me because I don’t want to be a slave. I’ve felt enslaved to my children’s education before. I’ve been the mom doing way too much, making it harder than it needs to be. Homeschooling doesn’t have to feel like a sentence of indentured servitude. We can lighten our load by teaching our children to become self-starters. Earlier this year, I realized in horror that …

Learning to Enjoy Homeschooling Teens

Not everyone likes homeschooling teens. It’s actually common for homeschoolers to quit when they hit high school. But that’s not at all necessary. It’s not only possible to make homeschooling high school easy, but moms can actually have fun doing it. My friend Jackie Card shares how she found happiness with hers. I could never homeschool my kids, they drive me crazy! We’ve all heard it, right? And while we all want to staunchly disagree with such a statement… there are days that we would have to agree. So how do we ensure that the good days outnumber the days that we are searching the roads for a big yellow bus to flag down? We learn to enjoy homeschooling our children, especially our teens. It sounds cliche, but ask any mom with a high schooler – it goes by so, so fast. You wake up one morning to these young adults walking around your house, calling you mom, searching for food, and asking for help with algebra. Since we can do nothing to slow time …

Can I give you two free books?

You know I wrote Homeschool Made Easy and Homeschool High School Made Easy just for you, right? Because I really, really, really wanted you to know you CAN homeschool, and that it doesn’t have to be difficult. People quit homeschooling when it gets hard, and it doesn’t have to be hard. I know that for sure, because every day I homeschool a large family for only 2-3 hours a day, and they’re smart and competent. I’ve got the test scores and college scholarships to back it up. And I’m here to tell you things get easier every day. I want homeschooling to be easy for you, too. So I wrote you two books. The first one, Homeschool Made Easy, gives an overview of every stage of homeschooling from preschool through graduation. It tells you what’s going on with your student, what he needs to learn, how to know if he’s ready to progress, and how to simplify your classes. It works no matter your teaching style or his learning style. Hey, I tell you how to identify both and …