Tag Archiv: homeschooling

To Homeschool does NOT mean to Abuse

This morning, as I do most every morning, I turned on my computer and clicked on Google Chrome and brought up the various news and social media sites that plug me in with the rest of the world. Tab after tab of my browser showed startling headlines.
Apparently yet another child abuser has labelled themselves a “homeschooler” and, in doing so, has given homeschool skeptics more ammunition for their arsenal.
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Interview with a Veteran Homeschooler #6

When I first started down the path of homeschooling, I found a wealth of information on curricula and learning styles and the benefits of homeschooling, but I was still left questioning what exactly homeschooling would be like. What would it really be like to be a homeschooling mom? This was the question I set out to answer when I reached out to seasoned homeschooling moms.

Today we are hearing from Melinda S.
Melinda has been homeschooling her 4 children for the past 16 years and she has a very realistic view of the homeschooling lifestyle.
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Interview with a Veteran Homeschooler #5

As I am rounding out my first year as a homeschooling mom, I look back and see quite a bit that I’m proud of and happy about as well as quite a bit that I’m unsure of and nervous over.  In times like these, when I’m pondering our homeschool, I find it helps to hear from someone who has “been there, done that.”
Jennifer Lambert is a former higher-level English teacher turned homeschool mom and professional homeschool consultant. She writes about homeschooling at Royal Little Lambs and she writes about natural health, essential oils, and marketing at JenniferLambert.com
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Interview with a Veteran Homeschooler #4

As I mentioned last week, I recently  made a post in the new Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook Community asking if there was any seasoned home educators willing to take part in our interview series. Today I’ll be sharing one of the respondents from that post, Cari Miller.
Cari has been homeschooling her three daughters for the last decade and half. Her enthusiasm for the homeschool life style was very evident in my communications with her.
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Interview with a Veteran Homeschooler #3

It had been awhile since our last interview and my attempts to reach out to individual homeschool moms weren’t panning out so I made a post on the new Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook Community asking if there was anyone willing to take part in the series. Several women responded and those I’ve spoken with so far have been just lovely. Today I have the wonderful task of sharing with you the wisdom of Laurie Wilhelm.

Laurie is a mother of two with two decades of homeschool experience under her belt. She blogs over at Green Ginger, so when you’re done reading what she has to say here, head on over to say “hi” to her at Green Ginger.
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Who, as in The Doctor, not the band

Considering that Dr Who is a long running, much loved tv show with a mass of fans, you would think it would be easier to find Dr Who related activities for children. Yet my Whovian friends tell me that finding such activities online is as difficult as ever. So I searched the net and collaborated with my better half and, while it took some time, I think we’ve found some activities that the littlest time lords would love.
Super Simple Dr Who Fun for Kids, Suzy Homeschooler (more…)

Binary, Computers, and Learning How They Work

I am computer illiterate. Well, maybe not as much as some people. But when it comes to things like knowing how technology works, I am almost completely hopeless. Much of the behind the scenes tech stuff is handled by my IT-savvy husband.

Truly, needing to ask my hub for advice when writing a few lines of coding is my not-so-secret shame, both as a geek and as a homeschool parent.

Just because I’m ignorant to technology doesn’t mean that I want my children to go without instruction in this crucial subject. If anything, having personally experienced set-backs in life due to my lack of computer knowledge is what drives me to ensure that my children are well versed in common software and basic programming and all that other stuff which is over my head. (more…)

Fun Early Literacy Ideas from Letter Recognition to Early Readers

Literacy is something I’m fairly passionate about so I’ve spent a great deal of time and effort trying to instill in my children a love of words and books and the knowledge that they can bring you. For your convenience I’ve gathered many of my past literacy posts in this one page so you can find them all in one place.
Early Literacy Ideas from Suzy Homeschooler
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Homeschooling Through Crisis: Looking to the Future

This is the final installment on our three day series on homeschooling through crisis. If you haven’t already, you may want to read day one: Should you? and day two: Emergency Relocation and Your Homeschool
Homeschooling Through Crisis

It can be difficult to look at the big picture when in the middle of a crisis. Many of us focus on the loss and we struggle to see hope. If you are not careful, this line of thinking can take you to a dark place where you don’t want to go.
I frequently try to remind myself and my children that no matter how bad the situation is:
1- It could always be worse.
2- It is only temporary.

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Homeschooling Through Crisis: Emergency Relocation and Your Homeschool

Welcome to part two of our series on homeschooling through crisis.
Homeschooling Through Crisis
There are a lot of reasons one might have to pack their homeschool materials up on a moment’s notice. Some positive, such as your family won and all-expenses paid trip to Europe and has to leave right away! However, there are many not so positive reasons as well. Death of a loved one, loss of income, natural disaster, unexpected illness or injury in the family, loss of home, legal troubles, and a wealth of other unexpected and unpleasant reasons might cause your family to have to relocate with only a few days – or even a few hours – to prepare.

In this situation you may decide to leave your homeschool materials behind or you may choose to make room for a few things in your luggage, the choice is up to you. (See part one of this series, Homeschooling Through Crisis: Should you?)

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