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How to Shop for Online Curriculum at Homeschool Conventions

by Online Education Contributor

If you’re shopping for a homeschool curriculum program (and even if you’re not!), a great place to see the products in action is at a homeschool convention. Think about it, you have all the vendors in one place and they’ve been preparing to showcase their products for weeks — all for you and your fellow homeschoolers. You don’t get this type of attention when you’re visiting a website or talking to a person on the phone. Continue reading »

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Ask Jeanne: Homeschooling and Immunization Law

by Jeanne Faulconer

I have a 4-year-old little girl. We have always wanted to homeschool her. The main reason for this decision is we don’t agree with vaccinations. My fiancé is older than I am. He grew up in the ’70s, so in his mind, this was going to be easy. Well, times have changed. I have been doing research, and it seems so much harder than I was thinking. I’m so overwhelmed with information that I don’t know where to start. My little girl is so smart, and she’s easy to teach, so we’ve got that down, but as far as the law goes we, of course, want to make sure we follow the guidelines so it doesn’t backfire on us. If there is any way of simplifying all of this, I would greatly appreciate any advice. Continue reading »

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Ask Jeanne: Homeschool a Prospective Dropout?

by Jeanne Faulconer

I am seriously looking into whether homeschooling would be an appropriate option for my high school student who is failing in the public school system. She’s extremely bright, and excels in honors and higher courses, but is failing everything else. I believe homeschooling might be helpful, but I also know it could backfire too. We desperately need some expert advice! ~ Concerned in Colorado Continue reading »

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Ask Jeanne: Homeschooling and Social Anxiety

by Jeanne Faulconer

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 »

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March Writing Prompts Calendar

by Mary Ann Kelley

The March writing prompts calendar focuses on favorite foods, pets, colors, rainbows, and–of course–St. Patrick. Each month we are offering writing prompts (you will be able to find them all on the main Homeschool Writing Prompts page), and you can download our March-themed prompts below. Continue reading »

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The Online Curriculum Advantage

by Online Education Contributor

What’s the capital of Montana? How many teaspoons are in a quarter cup? How long do rhinoceroses live? If your homeschool student asked you one of these questions, you’d most likely answer, “look it up.” Your student would probably sit down at their computer or pull out their tablet or phone to do so. In today’s day and age, the thirst for knowledge is almost unquenchable and going online to learn is as natural as breathing. That’s why it’s a wonder that families balk at the idea of using online curriculum in their homeschool. Continue reading »

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February Writing Prompt Calendar

by Mary Ann Kelley

The February writing prompt calendar focuses on favorite books, love, and poetry writing prompts. Each month we are offering writing prompts (you will be able to find them all on the main Homeschool Writing Prompts page), and you can download our February-themed prompts here. Continue reading »

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Controlling Internet Access While Homeschooling

by Jeanne Faulconer

Is your older child or teen sneaky about using the internet, even though you have rules limiting computer use to online curriculum? Some parents complain of kids straying from school assignments and hiding browser history, especially as kids approach and pass into the teen years when they are more computer savvy and more aware of internet content beyond their curriculum. Continue reading »

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January Writing Prompt Calendar

by Mary Ann Kelley

The January writing prompt calendar focuses on goals, memories, travel, and winter-themed writing prompts. Each month we are offering writing prompts (you will be able to find them all on the main Homeschool Writing Prompts page), and you can download our January-themed prompts below. Continue reading »

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