My newly 13 year old son was insisting that he wanted different school projects that didn’t always include his younger siblings (11 year old twins). After discussing, we decided to start a teen book club that would appease my desire for him to branch out into other literary genres AND would give him a social opportunity with his friends. There would, of course, be lots of food too. Continue reading »
Homeschooling is a tough job that not only brings joy but also trying times. As the adage states, nothing worthwhile comes easy. Your enthusiasm will wane at times. And for those times when you have trouble motivating yourself during the school year, you can use socialization as a way to help boost everyone’s mood and enthusiasm. Continue reading »
Our reader Sue asked a question about homeschooling and social anxiety in response to our piece, "What About Socialization?" We thought it was such an important question, we decided to feature it as part of our Ask Jeanne column. Continue reading »
Many official homeschool groups and co-ops, as well as loose knit homeschooling companions, gather regularly at community parks throughout the United States. The "park day" is the activity that has the lowest barrier to entry for new homeschooling families. Homeschool Park Days are held at public parks, so people can come and go, and there is no cost or commitment for joining a group because you're not joining a group. Continue reading »
Despite being an ardent supporter of home education, I find myself consistently feeling obligated to set the record straight when it comes to claims of the vast superiority of homeschoolers. I've noticed a tendency of homeschool advocates commenting online to be elitist. I'm not sure many of the commenters are even homeschoolers themselves - I get the sense that they are just politically opposed to public schools - but regardless, it's not helpful or accurate. If they are homeschoolers, I'm not sure if it is a defense mechanism, a lack of knowledge, or isolation from public school families, but I find it to be disingenuous and divisive. Continue reading »
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. Continue reading »
Homeschooling a teen can be really hard. While I'm overall glad to be homeschooling, I have a high school age daughter who is difficult to work with and who is inconsistent in her approach to homeschooling. She has always been a challenging child, and as expected, the teen years have had a lot of turmoil. Homeschooling seems to catch a lot of blame for our problems -- but it’s not from outsiders or family members. She spends a lot of time lamenting being homeschooled and blaming us for trapping her in home education -- despite the fact that she has always had the option to attend school, an option we would have genuinely supported. Continue reading »
The reputation of homeschooling has progressed to the point that in addition to the occasional vitriol, I frequently get compliments for homeschooling my kids. The compliments often come from other moms who say, "I could never do that."
There are many reasons they say they couldn't do it, but maybe the most frequent one is, "I'd kill my kids."
What they mean, of course, is that they would not get along well enough with their kids to be able to get through it. The conflict and distress would be too much; parent and child would be at each other all the time. Continue reading »
It's often the first question out of the mouths of non-homeschoolers. For homeschoolers, it's the question they wish they never had to hear again. As a new parent with homeschooling friends almost 2 decades ago, I asked it. As a homeschooler with young children in an area where homeschooling was prevalent, I had pat answers. As a more experienced homeschooler with a wider exposure to people in many geographic and social settings, I wanted to take a second look at the question of socialization with some input from another experienced homeschooler, Jeanne Faulconer. Continue reading »
2012 is on its way, and my determination to make this a great homeschooling year is getting revved up right along with it. It's just so easy to get lost throughout the year, in the continuous bustling flow of everyday life, and to lose focus on why I'm going through all of this effort to teach my children. That's why at the dawning of this new year, I'm starting back at the beginning. At the foundation for why I'm doing all of this. Continue reading »