Category Archives: Homeschool

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

It's back to homeschool school time for this family.

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 […]

How to Make Homeschool and Public School at the Same Time Successful

homeschool and public school at the same time

Consider for a moment the possibility of not having to choose between public school and homeschool. What if there were an alternative that allows a different type of opportunity — one not completely offered by the public school system and not offered by solely homeschooling? Many families have already learned how to make homeschool and public school at the same time successful. Having a choice in this matter can make a world of difference to some families. According to the EdChoice’s 2017 Schooling in America survey, the average is 3 percent of students that are homeschooled. It was interesting to discover from that survey that although only 3% of students were actually homeschooled, approximately 7 percent of the surveyed families would homeschool if they had the opportunity. Although many public school families strongly believe that homeschooling is not for them and many homeschooling families wouldn’t want their child to attend public school, there is a middle ground that some families have deemed beneficial. When a child can split a schedule to attend homeschool and public school at the same time (often called hybrid homeschooling) they can take away a unique educational experience. Splitting time and courses between homeschool and public school can […]

Benefits of Live Online Homeschool Courses with Luma Learn

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Many educational supervisors outside the mainstream of American schooling value the enormous benefits of self-paced educational opportunities. This is particularly true with homeschooling parents. That the ability to set the schedule for your child’s classes offers advantages is undeniable. However, many educators and students from all forms of schooling also insist that there is something valuable about live online homeschool courses. Benefits of Live Online Homeschool Courses 1. Don’t Be Late for Live Online Courses     The first benefit of live online homeschool courses is one with which homeschool families tend to struggle: timeliness. It is equal parts frustrating and funny, but so many homeschoolers simply aren’t used to living life to someone else’s schedule. Live online homeschool courses, however, do have a schedule that your student must adhere to, and can thereby give them practice at living in a world that is obsessively dedicated to an external schedule – and an often hectic one at that.  When the parents are leading a class, it is not a problem if something comes up and work gets delayed until tomorrow. When you are paying someone else to teach your child, however, and you will lose teaching time per dollar if […]

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