Why The Homeschool Movement Is Growing

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No Longer on the Fringe: The Homeschooling Population Continues to Grow To some, homeschooling may seem like a relatively new trend, something that only just started over the last 10 years or so. The reality, however, is far different. Home education has taken place since as far back as 350 BC, with Alexander the Great. In fact, homeschooling was commonplace in North America from colonial times until the 1900s, which marked the movement toward compulsory
 

Easy Resolutions for Homeschoolers

Without fail, every new year, I found myself making the most admirable of resolutions about my homeschool. I had BIG plans. I was going to be SUPER organized, REALLY creative and my kids were going to start a parade chanting “Mom is the best mom! Mom is the best mom!” Unfortunately, my resolutions were either a little too ambitious, didn’t fit our lifestyle, my children’s personalities or were just plain unrealistic. Over the years I learne.....
Without fail, every new year, I found myself making the most admirable of resolutions about my homeschool. I had BIG plans. I was going to be SUPER organized, REALLY creative and my kids were going to start a parade chanting "Mom is the best mom! Mom is the best mom!" Unfortunately, my resolutions were either a little too ambitious, didn't fit our lifestyle, my children's personalities or were just plain unrealistic. Over the years I
 

The Four Components of Really Good Writing

This is a guest post by Jennifer Courtney. .....
This is a guest post by Jennifer Courtney. Is our entire civilization in danger because of our impoverished language? Is text speak a sign that we are losing the ability to construct and communicate complex ideas through written language? In a philosophy class, I led a group of high school students to come up with a thorough definition of man (as in mankind). After thinking, discussing, reading, wrestling with ideas, and refining, we came up
 

How to Get Scholarships to Ivy League Schools

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Hartley. .....
This is a guest post by Elizabeth Hartley. College tuition has increased almost 500% over the last twenty years, causing many families to conclude that a college degree is out of reach. While the sticker shock can be intimidating at first, there are many ways to approach the process strategically and intentionally so that the student ends up with options that are optimal and affordable. The first step in knowing how to tackle college funding
 

3 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Homeschooling With Toddlers

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  Let’s take a look at the best ways to be a great parent for your toddler, while still devoting a good portion of your day to teach and train older kids at home. Do you get nervous when it gets really quiet around your house? Do you have to put markers, glue, and other creative art supplies up on a high shelf? Do step stools located in unusual places around the house make you
 

16 Mistakes Weary Homeschool Moms Make

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  The baby will not stop crying,your toddler is fighting with the preschooler, your second-grader refuses to work on anything without you, the fourth-grader asked permission to go to the bathroom an hour ago, you’re late getting your sixth-grader to dance class, and your husband wants to know what’s for dinner. These are the days we just want to go back to bed, the days we lash out in anger or dissolve into tears or
 

How to Go from the ABCs to Learning to Read

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  Learning to read isn’t something that happens overnight for most kids. In fact, it takes hard work and dedication to go from learning the ABCs to learning to read. If your child is in the stage of learning their alphabet and they are eager to learn how to read, then these tips are for you. Start by learning the alphabet One of the best ways to go from the ABCs to learning to read
 

Homeschooling Your Young Black Child: A Simple Getting-Started Guide & Workbook {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received the homeschooling guide and workbook in exchange for this post and giveaway. .....
Disclosure: I received the homeschooling guide and workbook in exchange for this post and giveaway. "Homeschooling Your Young Black Child: A Simple Getting-Started Guide & Workbook" was created by Rachel Garlinghouse. The getting-started guide and workbook is "for parents and caregivers who wish to give their children an education that fosters creativity, self-confidence, attachment, and balance." What is included? A workbook for parents/caregivers A 12-month homeschooling plan Monthly checklist Extensive resources list featuring Black musicians, authors,
 

DIY Reading Nooks for Homeschoolers

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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
 
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