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Amanda Beaty

Amanda is a freelance editor and proofreader because it allows her to get paid for her otherwise-annoying perfectionism. Her blogging ranges from book reviews and stories about her kids to rants about things that annoy her to posts about nutrition or autism.

Her time is filled with reading, her kids, her friends, writing, and watching select shows on Netflix, specifically Mythbusters, Star Trek, and other shows that cement her geek status. She is also a homeschool mom and active in a local support group for parents of children with special needs.

Amanda is passionate about encouraging women to love themselves and encourage each other, and founded the Celebrating Womanhood Event in 2012. CWE is an annual online event that focuses on sending positive messages to and about women.

Homeschooling: How Do I Know If I’m Doing Enough?

by Amanda Beaty

At some point, every homeschooler has probably asked, “How do I know if I’m doing enough?” The short answer: “It’s always enough, and conversely, it’s never enough.” Helpful, right? The long answer: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about one-third of college freshmen take remedial courses. There are no statistics for how that breaks down into public, private, and homeschool graduates, but homeschool students only account for 3-4% of the K-12 student population. Odds are pretty low that those in remedial college courses are all homeschoolers. Continue reading »

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Styles of Homeschooling

by Amanda Beaty

When you mention homeschooling, many people instantly imagine denim jumpers, large families, and kids sitting around the kitchen table with textbooks all day. The reality is a little more… realistic. There are endless ways to homeschool, as well as countless reasons to do so. There definitely aren’t any typical homeschool families. Unless “different” counts as “typical.”

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Is Homeschooling Right for You? What You Need to Know

by Amanda Beaty

Trying to determine the best path for educating your children can be confusing. Education is important, and we’re all trying to keep from messing up our kids any more than necessary. It’s not an irreversible decision (neither is any other education decision you make, such as putting them in a certain school or using a specific curriculum), but it will affect your whole family, so it’s worth putting some thought into. Continue reading »

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Thinking Outside the Textbook

by Amanda Beaty

I’m a member of several homeschooling groups and email loops, and the most common questions are all related to, “It’s a battle to get my child to do her work. I thought homeschooling would be better for my child, but it’s all tears and yelling. For both of us. I may have to put her back in school.”

The specifics vary, but many parents new to homeschooling are trying to recreate a public school environment in their home and finding that it doesn’t work. It’s not their fault. Most of us went to public school; it’s what we know. We’re taught that this is the only way to get an education. That children won’t learn if we don’t tell them what to learn and force them do so. We shouldn’t be surprised when we find homeschooling not working under these circumstances. Continue reading »

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