Category Archives: Homeschool

New to Homeschooling, Where to Start?

If you are new to homeschooling, where to start is the most challenging question you can ask yourself. Where do I start? Where can I go first? The times we are in right now, have many families looking into online programs for homeschooling. It is like with everything new thing we try, starting is the point at which we all find the most struggles. We are afraid of failing, scared of doing the wrong thing, and worried we aren’t qualified to make these decisions. Here is one thing that might ease some of your concerns – you are not alone.   Don’t feel qualified? That is quite alright, even providing a few online courses can ease your burden and create a smoother transition for you and your new homeschool student. Here are a few tips to help your new homeschooling family not just to start but to start well. 1. If you are in America, know your state homeschooling laws. Thankfully, the United States has the HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) as a guide. Click on here, then select your state for a simple summary of the basic homeschooling information. Your state summary will let you know if you […]

Online Classes During the Holidays

When the winter season starts to roll around, our thoughts are diverted to holiday celebrations, snow, decorating the house, and most importantly, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It can be so hard to encourage your unmotivated student due to all the distractions around them. Online classes can help! But, how? Although your “normal schooling” might come to a temporary halt during the holiday season, your child(ren)’s education doesn’t have to. Short one week or even one day holiday classes can boost your student’s excitement for learning again. For example, on Luma Learn Renai Ruiz offers inexpensive, short, Spanish classes for grades K-5. In these classes, students are able to learn Spanish vocabulary words relating to the winter season or various Christmas songs like White Christmas or Jingle Bells. These no-pressure classes constitute a fun yet educational holiday activity that your students, whether younger or older, will love. Maybe your student wants to learn how to bake/decorate perfect cookies (especially for people with special dietary needs — me included!). Or your student might be one who enjoys history. If so, you could find a class on the Pilgrims and their adventurous, audacious quest across the ocean on the Mayflower […]

Ultimate Fun Back To Homeschool Ideas

Kids headed back to school with their teacher

For most kids, the words fun and school do NOT go together. That is understandable. No matter what happens during the school year, thinking about school after summer may bring back memories of tests, studying, frustration, boredom, and more unpleasantry. We can help our children put some fun memories into their schooling, with these ultimate fun back to homeschool ideas. Every year homeschool parents start anew to make back to school memorable – and motivating for kids. Even if your family does year-round homeschooling, making special events to celebrate another year is worth every effort. These ultimate fun back to homeschool ideas will give you an excellent start to making back to your homeschool fun. Over the years you can develop some ideas of your own – don’t forget to share them with others or us! Some homeschool families make the mistake of letting back to homeschool fall into a humdrum and monotonous routine. Back to homeschool fun isn’t only for the public school kids. We can make this time of year fun and engaging – even more so. Making back to homeschool important is the key to catapulting the year into a whirlwind that you are all enthused about. […]

The Pros and Cons of a Very Involved Homeschool Dads

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It appears that for many years, the mom has been considered the primary teacher of the homeschool family. Many homeschool families are very traditional, meaning that Dad is at work while Mom stays at home to take care of the kids. Even though this general family structure continues to prevail among many homeschool families, that does not mean that dads are not involved in the process. Many homeschool dads are very involved in homeschooling their children. Is this a good thing?  Let’s consider the pros and cons of very involved homeschool dads. Cons of a Very Involved Homeschool Spouse Different Opinions First, a look at some of the potential negatives of homeschool dads becoming intimately involved in the teaching process. One potential problem is the simple mathematics of two humans with two opinions about the same project. It is no secret that people tend to become very convinced about the merits of their own opinion and tend to think less of the opinion of others. While this is not a problem at all unique to homeschooling families, it still applies to them: husbands and wives don’t always see eye to eye on everything. Once two opinions take the place of […]

Resources for Homeschool Parents: Keys to Successful Homeschooling

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Beginning a homeschool journey can make you feel somewhat lost. Even as a seasoned homeschool parent, planning for the next school year can have you stumped on where to begin. You either don’t know where to find the best resources, you can’t find the resources you need, or you find so many resources that all can seem quite overwhelming. Finding the right resources for homeschool parents can most often be the key to successful homeschooling. Although there is a slew of resources for homeschool parents out there, there are a few staples that you don’t want to do without. They are a go-to for when you need quick resources; they are an if-all-else-fails reliable resource; they are filler resources or resources you can use consistently to round out your homeschool curriculum. We could look all around us at the resources available in our community and to the internet to provide the keys to successful homeschooling to fit our families perfectly. The internet has made available amazing high-quality resources at your fingertips — either completely free or at a low cost. Note: Even if you don’t homeschool just yet, or you know a family in need of extra resources to supplement […]

Back to Homeschool: Make the First Day Fun

Let's confront our homeschooling fears. These moms are a support system for one another.

Back to homeschool time for kids can either be a bad experience or a great one. As the parent, you can set the tone for how your students will view the rest of the homeschool year. Kids look forward to starting back to homeschool — if there is something that might pique their attention. Make the first day of homeschool fun with these ideas that will get your kids encouraged and motivated to start their next academic year. Do you remember some of the best first-day-of-school experiences you have had as a child? The very reasons your first day was awesome, could be what helps your kids have an excellent first day as well. New books, new supplies, new clothes; they all added to the excitement of starting school. Even if school wasn’t your favorite place to be, at least one of these things could put a smile on your face. Now that you and your children are in a homeschool environment, the possibilities are endless for you to make their first day back to homeschool fun and enjoyable.  Making the first day back to homeschool fun starts with a little bit of planning. Preparation and planning for first-day fun […]

Back to School Hacks for Homeschoolers

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The start of the school year brings a renewing atmosphere. The struggles of the past years are long gone, and the idea of a fresh start to your homeschool seems quite appealing. The time has arrived to organize, plan, and get our students geared up for learning! Get ready for your school year with these back to school hacks for homeschoolers you absolutely won’t want to miss. Back to school is just as exciting for homeschoolers as it is for traditional school students. It is just as thrilling to get new school supplies and clothes for homeschool kids as it is for others. However, just like traditional school families, homeschooling families are on a tight budget. Sometimes they experience even tighter budgets due to the many homeschooling families that are in single-income homes. Starting a normal school routine again can be one of the toughest things about the homeschool year. This transition back to the full swing of the school year can use some back to school hacks to help homeschoolers make the most out of what they have and to pinch pennies wherever possible. Use these simple and thrifty back to school hacks to get everyone back into learning […]

Truth Revealed: Homeschooling Advantages and Disadvantages

Study teacher ratios are a huge benefit of homeschooling. This mom is reading one on one with her child.

It is possible that homeschooling is a deep mystery to you. It can be easy to think of cultural subsets like those that make up the diverse homeschooling universe as a murky, odd, or even potentially dangerous group of outliers. Have you ever wondered what is really behind those unique faces that “do their school” in their pajamas? Is it worth the oddity? Is it really all they crack it up to be? Well, here at last, the truth is revealed. Here, straight from the homeschooler’s mouth, are the real homeschooling advantages and disadvantages. Homeschooling Disadvantages Financial Responsibility As you think about homeschooling advantages and disadvantages, you first need to think about all the “extras” homeschooling requires of the parents.  It takes extra money. You’ll still pay school taxes and have to purchase the educational materials yourself. It requires extra effort. You have to decide on just about everything yourself – will you teach algebra one or will you find a tutor, or will you not even enter a diploma program in which algebra one is required? You’ll spend a lot of extra time with your children – no school day hours where the house is empty. Homeschooling also requires […]

How to Start Homeschooling: Confronting our Biggest Fears

Let's confront our homeschooling fears. These moms are a support system for one another.

Confronting fears is one of the biggest struggles to face when first deciding to home educate. A caveat to that is that the fear looks different to each family. Each family has to overcome the fear or are still overcoming the fear in their respective journeys. If you have concerns about homeschooling, you are not alone. Confronting our biggest fears on how to start homeschooling isn’t easy, but the fears can be conquered. We face fear on both ends of the spectrum. Sometimes fear is the driving force for us to start homeschooling. For instance, we are fearful of our children getting bullied, we are afraid of our kids joining the wrong crowd, we are afraid of the negative influences, and we fear our kids will fall behind. These fears drive parents to homeschool, and then once they decide on homeschooling those fears turn into insecurities of not teaching well enough, of not managing their education, or of not having the financial budget to homeschool. Know that your fears may not completely go away, but they can be faced head-on by the defining reasons that made you want to homeschool initially. Homeschooling is merely a precious opportunity to join your […]

Sleeping in and Other Unbelievable Homeschool Benefits

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Making the decision to homeschool can be life-changing. Homeschooling is no easy feat, to say the least. Amidst the challenges that come along with homeschooling, like the adjustment, the financial cutbacks, or the struggles of teaching with no experience, we also can rest assured that the end justifies the means. If you are contemplating homeschool for your family, explore the idea of sleeping in and other unbelievable homeschool benefits that may help you decide to take the plunge. When a family decides to homeschool, there is a simultaneous understanding of the sacrifice and commitment it will take to follow through with it. This is why the decision to homeschool is so crucial. It takes some families many years before resolving to commit to home education. There are over 2 million families who are homeschooled at this time. However, homeschooling remains banned in almost 40 countries. Just the mere thought that we have a right to educate our children depicts freedom that not many others are privy to. There are lingering questions on any parent’s mind when considering homeschool. Is homeschooling better than public/private school? Do homeschool students perform better or worse? Regardless of the pros and cons of homeschooling, some […]