Category Archives: Homeschool

Grow Your Musical Education with Online Music Courses

Young musicians in music education class

Online music courses are a lifesaver for many homeschoolers. Today, it is even possible to study music via the internet. Before they could be completed affordably online music courses were difficult for many to incorporate into their home education. Classes could be expensive and it might be difficult to find local musicians offering lessons. Luckily, finding online music courses is not a struggle anymore. If you’re like most, you want to give your students the best education possible. Unfortunately, life often gets in the way. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in a day to juggle yet another activity. Also, the cost is a big factor, especially if you have multiple learners to attend to. Did you know your student can take music courses online? Today, the options are limitless for music instruction. The best part is, your student can take affordable music courses online from anywhere — even at home! Find numerous options for music courses online at Luma Learn. Here are some ways you can benefit from these course offerings. Discover a New World with Music Education An advantage of homeschooling is the extra ability you have to introduce your children to wonderful new things such as music education. One of […]

3 Ways to Keep a Flexible Christmas Homeschool Schedule


All of the sudden November is here and you realize the holidays have just crashed your daily homeschool party. Your kids haven’t opened their school books this week, and you’re overwhelmed at the thought of catching them up on their learning as each day goes by. The Christmas season has a way of weighing you down with enough guilt to sink a ship, doesn’t it? All you want to do is keep your head above water, the kids alive, and juggle the holiday shopping, baking, and event planning. Somewhere in the midst of this chaos…SCHOOL! We still have lessons to complete in the midst of our Christmas homeschool schedule. Did you know the Christmas season offers the best hands-on learning opportunities and character-building moments?  You should never have to feel guilty for skipping the school books during the holidays. Here are 3 ways you can use your crazy daily schedule to create a flexible schedule for the kids that keeps them learning, productive and growing in character during this time of year. Shopping Lessons: Flexible Christmas Homeschool Schedule No matter how much you want to avoid the over commercialized aspect of Christmas, you find yourself there anyway. Whether you are shopping […]

The Homeschool Socialization Paradox

“All the fear in the world doesn’t prevent death – it prevents life.” Leonore Skenazy He walks into the room, shoulders hunched over. Despite living in sunny 80 degree weather, today he is wearing a jacket that covers his head. I can’t really see my cousin’s face very well. He barely whispers a “hello” back when I greet him in my kitchen. I ask if he’s found a job yet or decided to pursue any further training or education, after all, he finished high school more than eight years ago but somehow time has stood still for him. He has many excuses as to why no job is the right job for him. Since he has been studying Portuguese at home for the last four years, he thinks he has to move across the world to Portugal where he will find the magic job waiting for him. Our entire city, never mind the state or country is just not a safe culture or place for him to find the right job. True story. This is the story of one of my cousin, a sheltered homeschooler, whose mother chose to homeschool him after he was being picked on by other children […]

5 Ways Online Classes Simplify Homeschooling

Luma Learn is the new marketplace of online homeschool courses all taught by independent Christian teachers. Great, you say. So how does that benefit YOU? Easy:  You get to leverage other people’s talents You get to teach your student accountability in a real world setting You get to gain some much needed free time You get to prepare your student for college You get to choose the what AND when for a course Leveraging Others’ Gifts with Homeschooling We homeschoolers are committed to training our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord by raising them in our homes, but sometimes the academics can be challenging.  Why is it that we feel that we need to be an expert in multiple subjects across multiple grade levels?  We all know that God has gifted each of us differently, so why not utilize the giftings of others around us?  If we’re not gifted with an ability to, say, elaborate on the depths of math, science, or language to our children, then why not find someone who is?  We can be the managers of our children’s education in areas where we don’t feel comfortable. That’s one of the areas where Luma Learn […]

The Myth of the Perfect Homeschool Curriculum

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) It’s the eighth week of school and the math homeschool curriculum you purchased at the last homeschool curriculum convention back in May is starting to get on your nerves. Your child doesn’t like it. Even though he’s only 9 years old, he whines and complains that there are too many problems to work through plus he already knows all of the information in the book. You look over from the kitchen sink only to see your little Einstein hunched over the textbook playing with his pencil. He is clearly bored! And that’s when ANXIETY starts to kick in. You start to wonder if you have made the right choice selecting this homeschool curriculum and if you should rush to the Rainbow Resource catalog and take one more look. The truth is you spent almost two days interviewing the various math vendors at the convention, attended all the math seminars and asked all the right questions, but MAYBE you missed something!  Then the doorbell rings. It’s your friend dropping […]

Planning Your Homeschool Schedule

Buys homeschool Mom reminders

“Just one more…” Do these words ever go through your mind when planning out your homeschool schedule for the upcoming year?  They do with mine! And I’m not referring to just one more year; I’m referring to just one more OPPORTUNITY. “I know we’ve already signed up for a few things, but my kids just can’t possibly miss this opportunity!” Before the year begins, everything seems to become the next “ultimate opportunity.”  I totally understand (and agree) that there are some phenomenal opportunities out there for our children.  The issue is that we somehow think we can, or need, to participate in each one. We stretch ourselves so thin that by the end of the year we’re like an over-stretched rubber band; it only takes a little extra tension and we snap.  I’ve seen this play out time and time again. Why do we do this to ourselves? For those of us who plan late, I’m familiar with the drill.  It actually starts at the end of the previous year.  The summer comes, we are ecstatic for a break.  We don’t want anything to do with books, co-ops, curriculum.  We simply want our long break.  Then, ever so slowly, the […]