As a single parent, money is often tight. Child support, for me, is nonexistent, and many can’t count on it, even if they get it sometimes. Spending an arm and a leg on curriculum, websites, or materials isn’t always an option. Sometimes we need something free, or we need a free option to at least … Continue reading Homeschooling freebies I like to use
Depending on your situation, there’s a lot of things that may have happened with your ADHD child in school. There may have been pressure from the school to medicate him. There may have been threats of suspension or special education classes, or even failing a grade. You may have had countless meetings with teachers over … Continue reading Why is homeschooling your ADHD child a good idea?
My kids each went to public school for a few years before we began homeschooling – one went through the middle of 5th grade, the other through the middle of 2nd. Because of this time spent in that environment, and being able to compare that to the freedom they now experience in homeschooling, my kids … Continue reading Missing out on the experience
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
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
Let me start by saying that I am not much of a morning person. Despite the fact that I often roll out of bed around seven, I am not a morning person. Getting up that early is not something I’d choose to do, it just seems to happen, and I don’t know why. The flexibility … Continue reading The real life that surrounds homeschooling
Recently, I was with a group of other moms who homeschool and we began talking about different things our kids did that gave us pause, out of concern that maybe it wasn’t…normal. We’re not talking about biting the heads off of bats or anything, but just things that had made us stop and think, “Hm, … Continue reading Yes, that’s perfectly normal (I promise)
One of the questions that most parents ask when they consider homeschooling is whether or not they need a curriculum. This question isn’t one that has a simple, cut and dried answer. It really depends on you, your kids, and what you want for your homeschool. Curricula can be helpful in some cases. If you … Continue reading Do you NEED a curriculum?
Last week, I talked about how to simplify things if you were feeling overwhelmed. The tips may have helped you, or maybe not. Maybe you just have a general feeling that this is hard. It is hard. It is hard, but it’s okay that it’s hard. It should be kind of hard. Parenting is … Continue reading Homeschooling is hard, and that’s okay!
Your decision to homeschool shows that you value education. Regardless of the surface reasons you may have for homeschooling (bullies, time with family, getting away from hours of homework, etc.), the fact remains that if education wasn’t important to you, you would have found a different solution. Private school, changing public schools, tutors, whatever – … Continue reading Don’t let your children learn alone