Homeschooling

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What Records Should You Keep?

Homeschool Records: Souvenirs of Your Homeschool Journey Just like your banking records, there are certain papers that are useful for you to stash away for the future, whether for a school official, or for your children, or for you to reminisce! It is helpful to put together a portfolio each […]

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When Mom Goes Back to Work

Re-entering the Workforce Homeschooling moms often wonder how they can best position themselves to re-enter the workforce after the last child has “left the nest”—or even to augment the family income while still homeschooling. Here are a few tips to help you confidently land that job. Update Your Resumé Your resumé […]

Read Aloud to Build Skills and Relationships

Most of us read aloud to our little ones, but once they are able to read on their own, it’s tempting to leave the reading to the children themselves. No matter the age of our children, reading aloud is still a valuable family activity! Hearing good literature read aloud fosters […]

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Suddenly Homeschooling: The Basics

Well, you thought life would be back to “normal” by now, but it’s not looking promising. Perhaps you suddenly find yourself considering homeschooling because your local school is not currently an option for your family this fall. Let me share a few basics that I hope will encourage and equip […]

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Keeping Preschool in Perspective

I didn’t go to kindergarten, nor did I have the benefit of a preschool program, yet I might be perceived by some to be a well-adjusted, academically adequate, productive person. As recently as twenty-five years ago, kindergarten was a half-day program in most areas, with an emphasis on school readiness. […]

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Homeschool Fun & Games

Especially during this time of quarantine and distancing, your children may spend more time indoors. You can make the most of all this togetherness with some fun and games designed to build family relationships while reinforcing skills. Games promote family bonding while building math, language, and thinking skills. Game play […]

You Aren’t in This Alone

Consider Your Local Homeschool Group I’ve been part of a local homeschool support group for almost 30 years. As a “graduated” homeschool mom now, most of my friends are people I met through the group or other homeschool connections. My children’s homeschool group buddies provided the counterpart to their school […]

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Civics for Preschool through Middle School

Why Study Civics? A parent recently shared with me that her family has been studying American history this year and has enjoyed learning about the Pilgrims, the battles of the American Revolution, and other stories of our nation’s Founding Fathers and their incredible faith. However, her family is dismayed by […]

What Should I Be Teaching My Child?

You may wonder, “What should I teach my child this year?” If your child is in, say, kindergarten or third grade or sixth grade, you may wonder what most kids might know at that grade level. If you are using an all-inclusive curriculum package, this may not be a pressing […]

To Grade or Not to Grade

[This post contains affiliate links.] At the elementary and junior high levels, grades are a progress report of sorts, a mechanism for a teacher in a conventional setting to let parents know how a child is doing. The report card qualifies and quantifies how the child is doing in school—in […]