I wrote on Tuesday about a man who was once a part of our homeschooling group and his recent arrest, talking about how it rocked our group and shocked me personally. This is still on my mind quite a lot. It’s made me do a lot of thinking about the people that I know, the … Continue reading Meeting new people in homeschooling – and being safe
Like you, I spend at least some time reading homeschooling blogs. Whether things are working or not, I’m always looking for new, fresh ideas to either improve things or totally revamp them if they’re not working. I read this blog the other day. It’s about having parent-student conferences with your kids. I’ve done something similar … Continue reading Involve the kids with a parent-student conference
This homeschooling thing has a major benefit: flexibility. We can schedule appointments during school hours, because we can shift our school hours. We can take days off when we want, schedule field trips as often as we want, decide when we start and end our school year (or to school year round), take vacations when … Continue reading Doing this your way – even if you’re the only one!
We’ve just had an interesting experience around here, and it’s one that shows that the argument that your kid has to go to public school to get socialization and interact with others is pointless. My kids both went to public school for a few years before we began homeschooling. Oldest is now in his early … Continue reading An excellent example of why the socialization argument isn’t valid
Between two blogs, writing books, doing marketing and publicity for those books, keeping up with our homeschooling group’s plans through our online component on Facebook, and doing website usability tests for a little extra cash, I personally spend a lot of time on the computer. Roughly 90% of it is legitimate reason to be on it, … Continue reading Screen time limits and how to set them
“I’m not touching you!” “That’s my toy, not yours!” “Quit breathing on me!” “Mom, he’s hitting me!” We all hear variations on these, and many more, when we have more than one kid. No matter how much siblings might love each other, they’re going to fight, argue, and bug each other at least every now … Continue reading I’m not touching you!
Socialization is one of the biggest myths we deal with as homeschoolers. We have people who don’t homeschool constantly asking us how we ensure our children socialize, and for those of us who are rather introverted, we often struggle with worry about whether we’re getting the kids out enough to socialize, among other concerns. The … Continue reading The size of your homeschooling world
One of the hardest parts of homeschooling and dating is probably the fact that if you’re not working, you’re with the kids, and vice versa. You have such limited time for yourself that the traditional ways that most people might come up with to meet someone – going out to a club, for example – … Continue reading How to meet a date – and what you need to say to them
Because most of the other homeschooling families we meet are married parents, one question I frequently hear is: Do you date? You may hear this question a lot, too, depending on where you live and the groups that you’re a part of. Now, I could answer this question as it’s asked, with my specific circumstance. However, having been … Continue reading Dating while homeschooling – can it be done?
As a writer and photographer, I’m all about creativity. Whether it’s writing, taking photos, drawing, painting, carving, sculpting, or writing code to make a video game, I think it’s all wonderful. I have one child who has an artistic side, like me – sort of. He draws – I can’t draw a straight line if … Continue reading Encouraging your child’s strengths