TheHomeSchoolMom Encouragement, tips, and practical helps for homeschool moms Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:47:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Homeschoolers, Beware Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:05:28 +0000 New homeschoolers are bombarded with information from which curriculum to use (see #11) to how to train their children (see #3). Homeschoolers are a wonderful group for crowd-sourcing information, but not all of the information available online or from other homeschoolers is helpful, useful, or productive. New homeschoolers are wise to beware the following...]]> 2 Helping Homeschoolers: Information, Not Advice Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:16:31 +0000 If you've homeschooled for a couple of years, you may be in a position to help people who are considering homeschooling or who are in their first year or two of homeschooling.Chances are, by now, you've learned a lot of content for answering homeschooling questions. You know your state law. You know six or eight different approaches to homeschooling. You've examined ten math curricula in detail. You've seen the transcripts of homeschoolers who have gained admission to college.So you have information to share.But do you know the best technique for communicating homeschooling information to interested parents?]]> 0 What Is a Homeschool Co-op? Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:42:50 +0000 A homeschool co-op is a group of families who meet together and work cooperatively to achieve common goals. Co-ops can be organized around academics, social time, the arts, activities, crafts, service work, or projects -- or some combination of these.Activities and classes that are part of a co-op may be led by parents, or the parents may chip in to pay all or some of the teachers and activity leaders. There may be as few as three families in a small co-op or as many as several hundred children in the largest co-ops.]]> 0 Tips for Homeschooling with a Baby or Toddler Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:14:01 +0000 Parenting a young family is challenging. Babies and toddlers are needy, and homeschooling can feel like a huge responsibility. Here are some helpful tips for homeschooling with a baby or young toddler in the family.]]> 1 Instead of Curriculum: Lies and Statistics Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:10:22 +0000 One of my favorite "instead of curriculum" titles is the book Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists by Joel Best.This book is a great book for your high schooler to read. While it can be paired with a traditional study of statistics, it also works well on its own for kids who need to understand statistics from either a consumer point of view or for fact-checking research or stories in the media.]]> 0 Successfully Navigating the College Admissions Process Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:58:05 +0000 Despite all of the benefits of homeschooling, many students (and parents!) can feel apprehension when it comes time to apply for college. The college admissions process is not easy for anyone, but homeschooled students can put their best foot forward and know what to expect by following these tips.]]> 1 6 Tips for Homeschooling Multiple Children Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:33:00 +0000 How can I homeschool multiple children? If you've asked this question, you're in good company. Meeting the needs of multiple children is a challenge for any parent. But homeschooling parents needs to be able to do it all day long. How is that possible?]]> 1 Do Homeschoolers Hate Public Schools? Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:04:33 +0000 Do homeschooling parents hate school?I run across this assumption on the internets here and there. Commenters or bloggers or journalists or politicians will respond to a homeschooling parent based on the assumption that all homeschoolers are anti-school.]]> 1 Deschooling: More School Rules You Need to Break Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:37:40 +0000 Do you think of yourself as a rule breaker?Well, if you're starting to homeschool, I’ve got news for you...You will be.Home educators take pride in the fact that we violate some of the most sacred (often unwritten) rules of school - and we do it with gusto! Part 1 detailed the first 4 rules we like to eschew, in the efforts of giving our kids the most effective, individualized education possible. Although it can feel daunting to break out of the box when you embark on the homeschooling journey, it won't take long before you begin to revel in the freedom of loosing the large-scale schooling chain of expectations and creating your own way -- a path unique to your special student.]]> 0 Deschooling: The School Rules You Need to Break Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:15:24 +0000 If you’re new to homeschooling, you’re going to have to think differently. Yes, you’re going to have to be willing to break the unwritten "rules of school" and forge your own, often uncharted, path. And although this can be nerve-wracking and downright terrifying at first, it is the key to an effective, individualized, fulfilling homeschool experience.]]> 0