EDUCATION: One Size Fits All doesn't fit anyone

EDUCATION: One Size Fits All doesn't fit anyone

You want to know that if you choose to homeschool, your child will receive the same quality of education as their public and privately schooled friends. You want assurances that their future will be happy and successful. Of course you are nervous about taking on the responsibility for providing an education for your child.

Let's get down to the bottom line, right now.

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Embracing your dual roles of parent and teacher

Embracing your dual roles of parent and teacher

Parents often feel conflicted about being both parent and teacher. They don't know how those two roles will combine, or how to 'switch hats', so to speak. 

Here's some good news—you don't have to switch hats. Parent and teacher are not separate roles. How do I know this? Because every parent teaches their child important core skills, starting at birth. How to speak, identify objects and concepts, how to crawl, then how to walk. Parents read to their children, take them to the store, the doctor, the zoo, the children's museum. 

Every one of these experiences adds up to a child learning about the world and their place in it. When parents divorce themselves from the learning process, they do themselves and their children a disservice. 

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Do I need a homeschool room and a schedule?

Do I need a homeschool room and a schedule?

There are several ‘first questions’ that new homeschoolers ask, and one of them is:  “Do I need a detailed schedule and a dedicated schoolroom?”

Because of our own school experiences, we picture learning as taking place at a specific time in a special space, requiring one-piece desks, chalkboards, charts, and other schoolish trappings. Some find the idea of doing anything else intimidating and even frightening.

Homeschooling frees our children from classroom constraints and conditioning, and allows us to find our unique learning style.

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Six organization tips for parents and students

Six organization tips for parents and students

When we plan ahead and stay organized, things run much smoother. We know what to do when, we know where to find our things when we want them, stress is lessened and everyone feels more relaxed. 

Mornings spent in a rush looking for shoes, keys, coats, books, pencils, etc. make me feel stressed and cranky, and we feel it in our homeschool. You feel it in yours too.

Looking back, the good habits I acquired at home were incredibly helpful, but my bad habits were difficult to overcome. I knew when I started to homeschool that I needed to teach my kids to prioritize their time and keep track of their stuff. But when to start? 

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Our Foundation for Home Education

Our Foundation for Home Education

You'd think the summer and fall months would be when most families decide to begin homeschooling. After years of writing about homeschooling and being part of a homeschool support group, it became evident that Christmas break is also a popular time for families to remove their kids from public/private school to homeschool.

We were one of those families back in 1996. Seth was doing well in school, but between the complete rejection of phonics instruction, altercations with other kids, and PG-rated movies being viewed during nap time, we became very dissatisfied with his school. So the term "Christmas break" meant more than just a week off school--it was a transition from traditional school to homeschool.

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The Impact of Technology on Our Daily Lives

The Impact of Technology on Our Daily Lives

Many brilliant and creative people have worked over the last few decades to develop digital technology. As with many inventions, the conception and the consequences were years apart, and what was imagined as the possible uses of technology is probably very different from the reality.

So now we have this amazing variety of tools at our disposal. Nearly every house has a computer, and there seems to be a phone in every hand.

As with anything, there are extremes of attitude about technology.

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Ways kids can volunteer

Ways kids can volunteer

There are many ways families can volunteer and include their children. It starts by being aware of opportunities in your every day life.

Begin exercising a giving spirit where you live, finding out who needs help by getting out in your neighborhood, being friendly and kind. That used to be the norm, but since retro is In, it's OK to do some things the old-fashioned way. 

You will soon discover, whether you are in the city or a suburb, there are neighbors who could use some help.

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