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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...

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...

10 Ideas for Making the End of the Year Special

by Living Education Contributor

By Amanda Witman, Oak Meadow Social Media CoordinatorIs yours one of the many families whose "school year" has a beginning, an end, and then a break before the next year begins? Schooling at home is something to celebrate, and when the end of the year arrives, it presents an opportunity for … Read More...

Arranging a Strong Week: Your Homeschool Schedule

by Jeanne Faulconer

As a homeschool evaluator in Virginia, I've worked with hundreds of kids in families who have used all kinds of weekly homeschool schedules. I'm also in my 19th year of homeschooling, and since we've moved around a lot, I've been in a ton of different homeschooling communities and groups with so … Read More...

Finding Community as a Homeschooler

by Living Education Contributor

by Amanda Witman, Oak Meadow(first published in Oak Meadow’s blog, In the Meadow/March 2016)At first, particularly if you are new to homeschooling, it may seem like there are no homeschoolers around at all. But chances are very good that they are just hidden in plain sight!Families in … Read More...