EDUCATION: One Size Fits All doesn't fit anyone

EDUCATION: One Size Fits All doesn't fit anyone

You want to know that if you choose to homeschool, your child will receive the same quality of education as their public and privately schooled friends. You want assurances that their future will be happy and successful. Of course you are nervous about taking on the responsibility for providing an education for your child.

Let's get down to the bottom line, right now.

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Embracing your dual roles of parent and teacher

Embracing your dual roles of parent and teacher

Parents often feel conflicted about being both parent and teacher. They don't know how those two roles will combine, or how to 'switch hats', so to speak. 

Here's some good news—you don't have to switch hats. Parent and teacher are not separate roles. How do I know this? Because every parent teaches their child important core skills, starting at birth. How to speak, identify objects and concepts, how to crawl, then how to walk. Parents read to their children, take them to the store, the doctor, the zoo, the children's museum. 

Every one of these experiences adds up to a child learning about the world and their place in it. When parents divorce themselves from the learning process, they do themselves and their children a disservice. 

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Do I need a homeschool room and a schedule?

Do I need a homeschool room and a schedule?

There are several ‘first questions’ that new homeschoolers ask, and one of them is:  “Do I need a detailed schedule and a dedicated schoolroom?”

Because of our own school experiences, we picture learning as taking place at a specific time in a special space, requiring one-piece desks, chalkboards, charts, and other schoolish trappings. Some find the idea of doing anything else intimidating and even frightening.

Homeschooling frees our children from classroom constraints and conditioning, and allows us to find our unique learning style.

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Six organization tips for parents and students

Six organization tips for parents and students

When we plan ahead and stay organized, things run much smoother. We know what to do when, we know where to find our things when we want them, stress is lessened and everyone feels more relaxed. 

Mornings spent in a rush looking for shoes, keys, coats, books, pencils, etc. make me feel stressed and cranky, and we feel it in our homeschool. You feel it in yours too.

Looking back, the good habits I acquired at home were incredibly helpful, but my bad habits were difficult to overcome. I knew when I started to homeschool that I needed to teach my kids to prioritize their time and keep track of their stuff. But when to start? 

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Our Foundation for Home Education

Our Foundation for Home Education

You'd think the summer and fall months would be when most families decide to begin homeschooling. After years of writing about homeschooling and being part of a homeschool support group, it became evident that Christmas break is also a popular time for families to remove their kids from public/private school to homeschool.

We were one of those families back in 1996. Seth was doing well in school, but between the complete rejection of phonics instruction, altercations with other kids, and PG-rated movies being viewed during nap time, we became very dissatisfied with his school. So the term "Christmas break" meant more than just a week off school--it was a transition from traditional school to homeschool.

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How much structure does your homeschool need?

How much structure does your homeschool need?

Without structure children can become confused and distracted. Kids need a certain amount of predictability to feel safe and secure, and plans can provide confidence and calm. Time spent looking for books and supplies is time that could have been spent learning.

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How to teach your homeschool Bible class without curriculum {free printable}

How to teach your homeschool Bible class without curriculum {free printable}

Studying Scripture is essential for every Christian family, but the Christian homeschooling family often asks, "How do I teach Bible class in my homeschool?"

Like most homeschool families, we immediately started searching for a Bible curriculum. An organized program is like a security blanket. It makes us feel as though all bases will be covered, and there will be no knowledge gaps. Teaching involves little to no elbow grease, as lesson plans are already laid out. We have confidence someone with expertise has chosen this material for a specific reason, and approved it for publishing. After all, how many of us homeschooling parents are theologians or curriculum publishers?

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