Homeschool Resources Newsletter
In the back room here at TheHomeSchoolMom, the publisher and I are rummaging around to get things ready for homeschoolers who are hitting new stages. I just finished putting together a Quickstart Guide to Homeschooling for both new and returning homeschoolers; Mary Ann has been working on a new piece that pulls together our resources on high school transcripts.
The thing about homeschooling is, just about the time you figure things out, something changes, and you need new information, different resources, or fresh inspiration.
It can feel hard - or hard all over again!
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Kids get older. Some parents are flustered when the “same ol’” doesn’t work for the kid who had settled in so well during the elementary years. Suddenly he wants grades, or he doesn’t want grades. She stops going to bed at a reasonable hour, or she is determined only to read books about horses, no matter what the curriculum says.
Family situations change. Mom needs to return to work, or dad needs to work second shift. There’s a need to take care of a grandparent. A new baby is on the way. You’re contemplating a move. Somebody wants to learn German. It’s time to think about college.
Mary Ann and I have lived changes similar to the ones many of you are facing. We keep you in mind as we sharpen our pencils using the old fashioned pencil sharpener we keep next to the box of fresh fonts here in the back room.
Some of our kids have graduated from college. Some have lived internationally. Some are indeed speaking a bit of German. We have looked after aging parents, nursed babies, and boy have we moved.
We know you need what’s in the boxes here in the back room: ideas on curriculum and transcripts and Not Back to School picnics (our featured article this issue) and deschooling. We unfold them, look for wear and tear, design new pieces to fill out the wardrobe, and offer our ideas for you to try on, just as homeschool moms did for us a few years back.
Some ideas will fit; some won’t. We trust you to figure out what works for your family.
And we know you’ll find a way to pass the ideas on: Recycle, reuse, renew.
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Celebrate Homeschooling with a Not Back to School Party (Featured Article)
In the midst of back-to-school sales and school orientations, many homeschoolers are now planning something different for September—a Not Back To School party or event. Even homeschoolers who don’t organize academic learning by a traditional school calendar enjoy this type gathering, which celebrates the distinctiveness of homeschooling.
It seems that most Not Back To School (NBTS) events include picnics. I’ve hosted numerous NBTS events, inviting homeschoolers to our home, to a nearby park, to a rec center with a pool, and to a family campground. We usually ask everyone to bring food to share and plan some homeschooling-friendly activities. At the park, we’ve had kids bring their bikes and riding toys; at the campground, we enjoyed a hayride and story telling. Depending on your venue, you may also want provide or ask people to bring such things as sidewalk chalk, bubbles, lawn chairs, yard games (cornhole, bocce ball, etc.), skateboards (and helmets), or craft supplies.
Some NBTS events are “members only” activities for those who belong to a specific homeschool group or co-op. These events provide a great way for member families to launch their year, which will include future in-person activities…
There are more and more podcasts available for kids. Here are four of our favorites: