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What Curriculum Should I Use For My 4 Year Old?

by Mary Ann Kelley

Recently on TheHomeSchoolMom's Facebook page someone asked for recommendations for her soon to be 4 year old. It took me back to when I had a 4 year old and a 1 year old and had recently decided to homeschool.I. Was. So. Excited.What curriculum should I use? (I bought KONOS and timeline … Read More...

College Prep Homeschooling: Worldview and Confirmation Bias

by Jeanne Faulconer

A big emphasis of homeschooling at our house is thinking critically about the resources we use for information. I have always wanted my kids to understand that books, websites, presentations, magazines, television, and newspapers have a point of view, and that in order to be well-educated, we need … Read More...

10 Ways to Create and Maintain Balance as a Homeschooling Parent

by Living Education Contributor

By Amanda WitmanKnow your priorities. Be clear with yourself about what is most important. Make sure everyone in the family knows what those things are. Talk regularly about the reasons why your family does things the way you do. Be open with each other when it feels like it’s time to revisit … Read More...

Ten Things Homeschoolers Don’t Have To Do

by Jeanne Faulconer

You’re excited about the new homeschool year, and you have a list of things to do to get ready. Do you have a list of things you don’t have to do? Homeschoolers don’t have to:Buy new curriculum. Really! You don't need to purchase a new curriculum to homeschool. You can use free online … Read More...

Learning with the Olympics

by Jeanne Faulconer

I'm cautious about twisting every interesting thing into a "learning opportunity" that can turn off otherwise interested kids, but the Olympic Games are compelling, and your kids will probably want to know more.Watching actual competitions on television or via internet is surely the hook. … Read More...

Technology and Learning

by Living Education Contributor

By Lawrence Williams, PhD, Oak Meadow Cofounder and PresidentWhen the modern homeschooling movement first began a few decades ago, the personal computer didn’t even exist, but now the majority of homeschooling families use a computer as part of their educational program. This not only reflects … Read More...