Ways to Socialize Homeschooled Children

Ways to Socialize Homeschooled Children

Ways to Socialize Homeschooled Children

As a homeschool family, you may find that it is sometimes challenging to provide social experiences for your child that is important for their development. Here are a few ways to socialize your homeschooled children.

Local Recreation Department

Check your local recreation department to find out what sports teams, dance groups, etc. they offer that your child may be interested in. Often the sign up fees are fairly minimal and not only will your child get some much needed socialization, they will also have weekly activities that are often physical and may find a sport that they excel at.

A lot of areas have town sponsored sports, dance classes, karate, art classes, and more through their community center or recreation department. These can offer great opportunities for socialization for your child.

School Sports and Extracurricular Groups

It isn’t commonly known, but most states allow homeschooled children to participate in the public school sports teams, band, choir, and other of their extracurricular groups. Check with your local school administration to find out if that is the case in your state. You may have to prove that your child is up to par on their education for their grade, but this is one way to have your child interact with other students on a school level without having to be full time public school students.

Church Groups

If you are a religious family, seek out socializing experience through your church. Most churches have youth and children’s Sunday School classes that your children can attend. Also, make sure you are signed up to receive the church bulletin or newsletter. There may be activities outside of regular Sunday services such as socials, Bible studies or Vacation Bible Schools that your child will enjoy.

Local Homeschool Groups

Ask around to find out if there is a local homeschool group in your area. Locals on Facebook, the local newspaper office, or the library are just a few places where you could possibly get information. Many areas have local homeschool groups that meet together frequently for the children to have group interaction. You may even find a group that swaps teaching times so that your child can experience being taught by an adult outside of your home.

Neighborhood Play Groups

Ask around to see if your neighborhood or town has a play group. If not, create one yourself! You can post on your social media accounts or just let your social circles know that you are forming a group. Set a specific weekday and time to meet each week. If you create a Facebook group page you can easily communicate with everyone about where you’ll meet each week and other upcoming outings you would like to do.

Child Care Swapping

Find other families in your area that you trust that have like-minded parenting skills and similar aged children to yours. Offer to swap out child care occasionally. For example, they could drop their children off at your home every other Friday for their date night and you could do the same on the alternate Fridays. Or just swap child care with a trustworthy stay-at-home mom friend during the day so you each can run errands without children coming along.

Not only will this help you to have more child-free time to date your spouse or have a couple hours of productivity, but your child will also be able to form friendships with other children their age and learn important social skills.

Stay Busy

As a homeschooling parent, one responsibility that you take on is making sure your child learns how to interact in group and public settings. It would be easy to stay home all day everyday as a homeschooler, but it deprives children of important learning opportunities.

Look for local museums, parks and other places to regularly take your child to. Plan once a month field trips that are part of your teaching lessons for that month. Whether you are meeting with a group of other parents and children or not, just the exposure to the public and situations outside of your home will provide teaching tools for your child to learn how to interact with the outside world.

DIY Reading Nooks for Homeschoolers

DIY Reading Nooks for Homeschoolers

DIY Reading Nooks for Homeschoolers

I had one goal when I was homeschooling my children and that was that by the time they left my home they could read and would love to read.  My philosophy is that if they loved reading, they could learn anything they wanted to.

In today’s world of electronic devices, getting kids to settle down with a book (even if it is on your Kindle!) can be difficult.  I found it’s helpful to give them a special place dedicated to reading.  It doesn’t need to be very expensive or take up a lot of room.  It could be in the corner of your family room, some unused space under the stairs or anywhere you have a little room.

Here are some great ideas from other families.  Which one do you like the best?

Closet Turned Book Nook

DIY Reading Nook 1Closet turned book nook from Thrifty Decor Chick

Playroom Reading Nook

Diy Reading Nook 2Playroom reading nook from Goat and Lulu

Indoor Tree House

DIY Reading Nook 4Cozy indoor treehouse from Apartment Therapy 

Little Girl’s Library

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Little Girls’ Library from Cote de Texas

Closet Turned Cozy Reading Nook

Diy Reading Nook 3

Closet turned into a cozy reading nook by Little Hell Raiser

Window Reading Nook

DIY Reading Nook 5Window reading nook from House of Turquoise

Wasted Space to Reading Nook

DIY Reading Nook 6

Wasted space to reading nook from These Moments of Mine

Plywood Reading Nook

DIY Reading Nook 7Plywood Kids Reading Nook from Ciburbanity

Butterfly Cove

DIY Reading Nook 8Butterfly Cove from Stuff Parents Need

Pod Swing

Reading Nooks 10Pod Swing from Indulgy

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Getting Ready to Homeschool - Featured

Getting Ready for Homeschooling


Getting Ready to Homeschool - Featured

Now that the decision is all set up and you and your kids are preparing for this new chapter in your lives, the next thing to think about is how or where to get ideas and resources to help your kids’ studies.

Here are some tips to know where and how to get those resources to keep your homeschool going:

Get in touch with the state homeschooling organization.

These organizations, also called homeschooling organizations, are there to help those who are new to homeschooling. They should be able to connect you with other coops and groups in the area who may have other resources.

Make use of the internet.

You can use the keywords “homeschooling resources” to generate results which can be very helpful to you. But make sure that you only access the internet whenever the kids are not around or are already sleeping so that you can focus on doing your research.

Ask the city librarian.

Befriend the city librarian. Leverage the librarian’s expertise and let him or her recommend and show you good books to read.

Check out Yahoo, Google and even Facebook groups.

Social media can be a very great tool when it comes to finding great resources. Many make use of the technology for them to be known and also to help others. All you have to do is patiently look for the proper groups that will give you what you need. Joining those groups are free so you do not have to worry.


Five Reasons Kids Who Were Adopted May Benefit from Homeschooling

Five Reasons Kids Who Were Adopted May Benefit from Homeschooling

Five Reasons Kids Who Were Adopted May Benefit from Homeschooling

I used to be one of the moms who claimed I would never homeschool. I only knew a few homeschooled kids growing up and they were socially awkward, never fitting in with the rest of us. I didn’t want my children to feel excluded, nor did I wish for them to be labeled or stereotyped because of being homeschooled.

However, two years ago, as my daughter was in her second year of private preschool, I became increasingly concerned with the lack of Black history being taught. Once she entered half-day kindergarten at a public school, I figured that there would be more of an emphasis on Black history. There was, but it was relegated to February (Black History Month) and Dr. King’s birthday. What about the rest of the year?

As a mom-by-adoption to three Black children, I wanted my kids to be racially confident and competent. I wanted them to know more about their history beyond Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and slavery. This is how I “fell” into homeschooling.   For year, my oldest attended part-time kindergarten and my middle daughter attended preschool six hours a week. Every afternoon, we would sit in our designated homeschooling room, while their baby brother napped, and we would read, do workbooks, listen to music, play educational games, and do art projects. On the days I was too tired or too busy, my kids would beg me to sit with them and “do homeschooling.”


Children who join their families by adoption can benefit from homeschooling in many ways, and here are five of them:

1: Children can learn more about their racial culture and history beyond what most public and private schools choose to offer. Instead of a “bare bones” understanding, my oldest two children already know more about Black history than my college students did! (I taught college writing courses for eight years at a local university.) This empowers and educates children, helping them become confident in who they are and being proud of where they came from.

2: Children aren’t forced or pushed to get through material they truly do not yet understand. Many kids who were adopted have gaps in their learning due to where they lived before they were placed in the adoptive home. There can also be language barriers, cognitive delays, and learning disabilities. Instead of throwing a child who is struggling into a “herd” which is prodded along as a group, the child can receive individual attention, only moving forward when the material is truly understood.

3: Children are encouraged to express their emotions and be heard. Kids-by-adoption have sometimes come from a traumatic past due to abuse or neglect. Their feelings, in the past, may not have mattered or been listened to, accepted, or responded to. Therefore, the kids have been conditioned to be quiet (struggling in silence) or to behave erratically in order to try to be heard. Homeschooling can be a time of teaching the child how to appropriately express emotions and ask for help, as well as help parents really tune in to their children’s needs.

4: Children are able to bond with their siblings and homeschooling parent. Some children who were adopted may have a hard time bonding and attaching due to a traumatic past. Attachment to primary caregivers may impact the child’s future relationships; therefore, it is critical that children who struggle with attachment get the help that they need. Cooperative activities with siblings, sitting on a parent’s lap for a story, making eye contact with siblings and parents, etc. can help with the bonding process.

5: Children learn to be themselves. When a child who is adopted first comes into a family, often times there is a honeymoon period in which the child is on “good behavior” and the parents believe that everything will be just fine. However, once this period ends, a child’s “true colors” begin to show, leaving some parents frustrated and overwhelmed. Homeschooling gives parents and kids the time and safe place to work through these difficult times, hopefully until the child feels comfortable to be themselves and have his or her personality, talents, and quirks celebrated and encouraged.


072 copyRachel Garlinghouse is the author of four books including the newly released Homeschooling Your Young Black Child: A Getting-Started Guide and Workbook. Her adoption education and experiences have been featured on NPR, MSNBC, Huffington Post,, Yahoo, Huffington Post Live, Scary Mommy, Babble, and many other places. Rachel and her family live in St. Louis. Learn more about adoption, homeschooling, and her family’s adventures at White Sugar, Brown Sugar.







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PEANUT BUTTER PRINCIPLES – 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

PEANUT BUTTER PRINCIPLESIn Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids, Eric Franklin has assembled a wealth of wisdom he learned from his parents, extended family and other influencers that has stuck with him — like peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth! 🙂

Franklin’s simple concepts can prove to have lasting power to develop young leaders, including:

  • “Be thankful you don’t get everything you ask for.”
  • “The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.”
  • “Your accomplishments should speak for themselves. Don’t interrupt.”
  • “If you don’t make your own decision, someone else will make it for you.”
  • “Count your blessings, not your problems.”

Let’s read the reviews:

“Peanut Butter Principles” by Eric Franklin is a very insightful and encouraging book. Mr. Franklin touches on some very good points on how to encourage children and others to reach their full potential. As the author points out, our journey to reach our full potential and to make our lives a success is not easy, but with hard work and perseverance it is possible. Mr. Franklin speaks about how to build up the child’s self esteem when helping them. He mentions that they should think for themselves as opposed to giving the child the answers or completing a task for them. Mr. Franklin tells us the importance of persevering in our endeavors and not giving up so easily.”

“Eric Franklin has opened my eyes to the power of leadership lessons. As a father of three and a businessman, it’s hard to find books that apply to both aspects of my life. Peanut Butter Principles does that and more. The 47 leadership lessons will teach you basic human truths: take responsibility for yourself, what a goal truly is, wisdom for your journey, and many more. When we apply the principles in this book, we don’t just change our lives, we change the lives of the people we love and have influence over.”

Eric Franklin’s Peanut Butter Principles is simply outstanding! With its succinct focus, process-oriented style, and easily applicable lessons, I highly recommend this book for ANYONE who has ever been, is being, and will ever be a parent and/or guardian. Furthermore, I STRONGLY recommend this as required reading for a yearlong PLC (Professional Learning Community discussion in any K-12 and post-secondary environment. Assistant Principals, Principals, Curriculum Facilitators, Professional Development Coaches, Superintendents etc., use this book with your staff!!!!!! My husband serves as a high school assistant principal, and I am a former high school principal and current college instructor. Given our careers, coupled with our honorable title as parents of children at various stages of their lives, I am eternally grateful for the captivating wealth of information Mr. Franklin has chosen to share with the world through these easily relatable, and candid messages that some parents may not have even been aware – including us!! What makes the reading even more relatable is the homage Mr. Franklin pays to both his parents and his own family. He takes pages out of his own playbook!!! You won’t regret this reference tool!!!”

Purchase your book here: Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

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Gauging Your Child’s Learning Style

learning style of kids

In order for you to give the proper education that your child really deserves, it is best to evaluate and assess first your child’s learning style and pace. In determining your child’s learning capacity, you should always keep in mind these following tips:

You should be aware of the three main learning modalities of children.

There are the auditory learners. They are kids who learn from mainly talking or listening. They don’t require reading to learn. Aside from that, there are what they call the visual learners who learn fast through watching videos and seeing images. The last one will be the tactile or kinesthetic learners who learn through participation and experience.

Know your child.

You should always be vigilant with every single thing your child does whenever you are with them. Take note on his reactions to certain events like a scene in the movie he’s watching. Learn how he responds to the natural things happening around him and you will be able to identify what type of learner your child is.

Support your child’s potentials.

If you see your child getting interested in music, support him. Give all the love and understanding you can give and tell them it is okay to explore other things.

Highlight your child’s strengths and boost his weaknesses.

As a parent, you should be aware of what his strengths and weaknesses are. And from there, you can create or look for learning curriculum that would definitely help him in managing his strengths and weaknesses.

Let your children be aware of what type of learner he is.

In that manner, he can also engage himself to things that could definitely help him learn – at the same time have some fun.


How to Stop Your Children From Arguing in Your Homeschool


Children argue. As much as parents hate it, as much as we try to look for ways to nip it in the bud, it’s not going away. It’s part of being a kid and having a sibling. If you are hoping to stop your children from arguing altogether, this isn’t the article for you. If, however, what you want some ideas for keeping hold of your sanity and minimizing the annoying squabbles, read on for some practical advice:

See to Your Children’s Health

No, this isn’t a joke. Children who are well-fed and well-rested are less likely to be cranky and pick fights. Just think about how you feel when you’ve gone too long between meals or have been loading up on tasty-but-not so-good-for-you treats. Likewise, consider what lack of sleep does for your mood. Throw lack of exercise in there, too. Adequate physical activity can do wonders not only for a person’s health but also for his disposition.

Minimize or Eliminate Violence as Entertainment

Those TV shows with the mouthy kids who argue with their siblings and talk back to their parents demonstrate the wrong type of behavior. Likewise, violent television shows and video games do little to encourage peaceful resolution of disagreements.

Provide Individual Attention

It can be hard to give each of your children individual attention, but try to spend a little time focused on one child at a time each day. This reinforces how important your children are to you and may reduce petty squabbles caused by jealousy.

Model Good Conflict Resolution

If you and your spouse, friends, and other adults yell at each other in front of your kids, your children will learn that behavior and copy it. It’s never too late to start demonstrating better ways to resolve conflicts.

Use Time-Outs

When fights do break out, don’t become embroiled in screaming matches with your kids. Send them off to separate areas to cool off. Once they’ve calmed down, speak to each of your children separately, giving them a chance to calmly air grievances and helping them figure out how they can better handle the situation in the future.

Teach Your Children How to Vent Anger Appropriately

Often, children just don’t know how to deal with their anger, and ignoring it isn’t the answer. Offer some help in this department. Your child could practice deep-breathing exercises, jog around in the backyard, do some jumping jacks or push-ups, head outside for some fresh air, or write an angry letter and then tear it up.

Be Fair

Don’t ever play favorites or take sides. It’s a mistake to tell one child to be more like the other. Tell your children that you love them equally. If one child begins to feel less loved or held to a stricter standard, you can bet you will have more fights on your hands.

There’s really no reliable way to put an end to all fights in your homeschool. However, you can use the above tips to minimize their frequency and severity.

Have something to add to this list? We want to hear how you stop your children from arguing.



8 Ways to Encourage Kids to Save Money

8 Ways to Encourage Kids to Save Money

8 Ways to Encourage Kids to Save MoneySaving money isn’t easy as adults, imagine how hard it is for kids! Teaching children to save at an early age can help establish good habits that last long into adulthood.

It might seem like teaching them this process will take forever, but it is possible. Take a look at these different ways to help encourage your child to save money.

Show Them the Money

Find a video that your child will watch and show them this way. Some children will never “get it” until you find a way to reach them. There are some incredible videos out there. For starters, see what YouTube has to offer.

Rewards, not Bribes

Show your child that there are rewards to saving money. One of those rewards is actually saving up to purchase something large. Another reward could be that you give them a certain dollar amount for every dollar they save. for example: you can give $10 for every 100 dollars they save. Remember, kids are kids and they deserve to be rewarded for saving their money properly.

The Gimmies

There is going to come a time when your child wants to buy something they don’t need. This is a great way to teach your child the importance of saving. Of course, it’s also vital to talk about purchasing something when you need it.

Chat It Up

So many people have money trouble and do not talk to their kids about saving money. This is because most adults can’t even save money. Talk to your child about the value of savings and this will do wonders for their life.

Pretend Money

If your child is really little, then teaching them to save with fake money is brilliant. You can eventually replace the fake money with real money, when the child is ready to spend it. Every time they do something worthy (chores), then give them the money and allow them to put it in their savings.

Ditch the Piggy Bank

Piggy banks are so 1955. Clear jars are the way to save money now. For one, they are free in most cases, and secondly the child can see how much money they are saving overtime.

Set a Good Example

If you are out blowing your money and not saving, then your child will realize it. They learn by watching. Make it a point to set a better example anytime you are spending or saving.

Just Say No to Plastic

It’s important for kids to learn how to save money and they can’t do that with plastic. Always show your child how to save by using cash. Pay them in cash and then show them how to take it to the bank and put that cash into the bank. They need to know that real money takes hard work.

Helping your children learn to save money is a task on its own, but an important one. Without mom and dad teaching them how to save, they may never truly grasp it. Don’t forget children turn into adults and will have to make their own money decisions some day. Helping them get on the right path now can help them have a secure financial future!

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