Category Archives: Homeschool Basics

Homeschool 101, getting started, and articles for those new to homeschooling. Here are the basics every homeschool parent wonders about and needs to have clarity on.

From Public School to Homeschool: What Counts as School?

In public school, it’s easy to quantify school time. School time is from the time you arrive to the time you leave, approximately seven hours or so. Defining school hours gets a little murky, though, when we begin talking about … Continue reading

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From Public School to Homeschool: Shedding a Testing Mentality

Spelling tests on Friday, language tests every other Friday, math tests after each unit (usually landing on Friday somehow), science test after each unit (also on Friday).... If your school experience was like mine, Fridays were usually test days. In … Continue reading

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From Public School to Homeschool: Deschooling

You’re toying with the idea of homeschooling. You’re beginning to imagine what it could look like to school at home instead of sending your kids back to public school. You may be searching online for some school desks and chairs. … Continue reading

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From Public School to Homeschool: Accepting Being Different

Having been a public school graduate and a public school teacher, I never even considered homeschooling. I had already sent my oldest child to kindergarten at the local public school, and he was successful. However, something kept nagging me. I … Continue reading

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Can I Homeschool? Practical Reassurance for Unsure Parents

When my oldest child was just shy of 4 years old, I was sure she was ready for kindergarten. She had known her shapes and colors for years, and could read. She could recite the alphabet and do basic addition. … Continue reading

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Does Learning Have to Be Painful?

Some educators seem to suggest: “Learning is painful. Get used to it.” They expect kids to learn to grit their teeth and persevere. And yes, education may be hard. Perseverance is a valuable skill. But should that be our starting point … Continue reading

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Help! I'm Scared to Teach Math and Writing

Two subjects in particular can strike fear in a homeschool parent's heart: math and writing. You know they're crucial for your child's academic success. But you may doubt your ability to teach them well. Perhaps you struggled in these subjects … Continue reading

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