All posts tagged: homeschooling

Writing is Fun!

Writing is Fun!

Surprisingly, I enjoy teaching my homeschoolers to write. I say surprisingly because when I was a student, I would do anything to avoid writing. It wasn’t until well into my adult years that I discovered my love for writing. Then it took considerable practice–and a lot of mistakes–to find how simple and effective writing can be. So when Jonathan Lewis, the editor of Home School Enrichment Magazine asked me to write a series on “how to teach writing,” I enjoyed the opportunity to examine the writing process from both sides of the kitchen table. So last summer, Jonathan shared some of his thoughts, too. Writing is Fun! By Jonathan Lewis  When I was growing up as a homeschool student, I don’t think anything tied me in knots faster than a writing assignment. My mind seemed to go into lockdown and all efforts to coax words out of my pen were fruitless. Over time, I’ve obviously overcome my seeming inability to put words on paper (as this blog post demonstrates!). I’ll share one strategy you can …

Dear Homeschool Mom — You Didn’t Mess Him Up

This week, I shared with you why my high school students are not taking dual credit classes. While a few homeschool moms have spoken out in favor of not only dual credit but also CLEP testing for homeschoolers, the vast majority of my readers have expressed relief. There is so much pressure in high school — especially for us mommies — that our freedom and individual choices sometimes get lost. So I think we all can take a deep breath of gratitude this week that, in reality, we all agree on the most important truth: each of our teens need the right education for THEM, and high school homeschooling is not one-size-fits-all. One of my readers commented with a question, though, that I thought deserved a longer response than a quick reply would allow. So let’s look at it together and see if we don’t all identify with her fears and frustrations. I need some advice, please. My son is in 9th grade, and we are doing teaching textbooks algebra 1, he spends more time …

24 Ways to Serve as a Family

24 Ways to Serve as a Family

Teens are naturally self-centered. The high school years are a time of great self-discovery as young people decide who they will be, what they will believe, and how they will interact with the world. That’s why we as parents work hard to bring them out of themselves, to show them the tremendous impact they can make on the world around them. We all learn so much through service. We learn true humility, proper perspective, higher priorities, and broader worldview by meeting the needs of others. When we bring our children and teens with us in service, when we include them in regular ministry, we help them reach a higher potential far beyond themselves. As parents, we cannot instill values and habits into our teens that we don’t practice ourselves, right? That’s why serving together is so important. When we model the right behaviors and attitudes before our teens, these values will become much more contagious. But this is not a one-time thing. Putting the needs of others ahead of ourselves is a constant struggle with our …

Why My Teens Don’t Dual Credit

My oldest is graduating from high school in just a couple months, and no, he’s not receiving a bachelor’s degree at the same time. He isn’t transferring credits as a high school freshman, and he’s not accelerating his studies. He’s just graduating as a normal (don’t laugh) homeschool student with a mixture of regular and honors courses and a normal amount of high school credits. According to my facebook feed, that should make me a complete failure as a homeschool mom. Why didn’t he take dual credit and CLEP and community college and Oxford prep? For Pete’s sakes, how do I expect him to get into college? What have we been doing for the last four years, anyway? When my students were younger, I was so enamored with the idea of dual-credit. After all, as a homeschool student myself, I had worked hard to complete four full years of high school material in three. If college work had been available to me, I know I would have jumped at the chance. But my own students …

7 Ways to Make People Fall in Love With Your Teen

7 Ways to Make People Fall in Love with Your Teen

I think one of the nicest things a mother can hear is, “I just love your teen!” Ok, it can be a little embarrassing (what do you say to that? I just stammer, “Thank you!” and stand there awkwardly), but in hindsight it is so affirming. Rearing children through the teen years is so daunting, and those adolescent years are especially frightening. We can’t help but wonder what kind of person is our teen becoming and what is he really like when he’s away from me and all those scary unknowns. It’s those scary unknowns that makes us want to clamp down and grab harder and control more, but in reality the opposite is what they need. We have to let them go so they can grow. I’m not a teen expert (this is not “kickenitmomofteenswithstyle.com” — but if you get that reference we are BFF’s), but this is a short list of ways my husband and I have handled this. If you are just entering the teen years with your children or looking for ways to make it easier …