Blogs about homeschooling

Pros and Cons of Year-Round Homeschooling

Pros and Cons of Year-Round Homeschooling

I’ve always loved summer vacation. For me, it represented freedom. Freedom to sleep in. Freedom from instruction, tests, and schedules. Freedom to spend the day however I wanted.

I fully intended on giving my kids summers of freedom, but I realized it wasn’t going to work with our type of homeschooling. Luckily, we have the ability to choose how we satisfy our required number of school days, and I've found that year-round schooling works best for us.

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No, My Homeschooled Children Are Not Normal

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No, my homeschooled children are not normal. But it's not for the reasons you think.

One of the most disheartening assumptions about homeschoolers is that they are not normal. They are weird misfits.

What is normal anyways? What does normal look like? Does normal have brown hair and blue eyes? Does normal wear jeans and t-shirts? And why would being homeschooled exclude you from the normal label?

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Sending My Kids (With ADHD) Back to Public School Was a Disaster

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After homeschooling for six years, we decided to send our kids to public school for a few months last year. During those few months, we saw them change. Unfortunately, it was not for the better.

We originally thought that public school would be a positive change, especially since we have been handling their ADHD without medication. As we observed them, however, we realized that sending our children to public school had actually made their ADHD worse.Here’s how.

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5 Ways to Homeschool a Child Who Hates Reading

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For many of us, reading is not only a way to educate, but also our preferred method of entertainment. As a book lover, it has come as quite a shock and challenge to discover my eight year old doesn’t like reading. What a wrench in my idyllic homeschool vision of home libraries and reading parties!

Unfortunately for him, reading is a necessary part of our school days. While we require our kids do their schoolwork —even the parts they hate—, there are ways to make the homeschool day more palatable for a child who hates reading. And when school is a happy experience for our kids, it's also happier for us!

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The Two Main Challenges of Working at Home While Homeschooling

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The Two Main Challenges of Working at Home While HomeschoolingWorking at home while homeschooling means that you actually have two full time jobs. One is caring for your kids and managing their education while the other is fulfilling the responsibilities of your paid job. This dual role brings with it a number of challenges, but these two stand out as the most distressing ones: lack of me time and distractions.

If you can overcome these two biggies, you can get through your homeschool years swimmingly.

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7 Ways to Afford a Boxed Homeschool Curriculum

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Do you want to use a boxed curriculum but worry that you can’t afford it? If you feel that a boxed curriculum like BookShark is best for your children, don’t give up on purchasing it because you’re intimidated by the price tag. BookShark offers Payment Plans. You may find that with strategic planning, you can afford a boxed curriculum.

Before looking for additional money in your budget, first put the price into perspective. For example, consider the price per child if multiple children will be using it.

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Four Reasons Why Homeschool Feels Like It's Not Working

Believe me, you’re not the only mom who hid tears from her child because she was certain she had bitten off more than she could chew with this whole homeschooling thing. Homeschooling is not for every parent out there. We’re traveling down a road less traveled, and it’s normal to feel like a failure at times.

While some us may be blowing our doubts out of proportion, there are valid concerns that give us reason to worry. I have a few ideas why your homeschool might feel like it’s not working and why you might be ready to throw in the towel. (Ask me how I know.)

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Evaluating Your Homeschool Year with a Positive Lens

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We’re getting close to the finish line! The air is starting to smell like summer, and the cluttered bookshelves are looking more neglected as we’re spending more time outdoors with our composition notebooks in the sunshine. Even if you homeschool year round, the spring gives an aura of finality to a school year. Outdoor activity speeds up while academics slow down. The excitement for summer mounts day by day!

Sometimes we homeschool mamas can get a little anxious at this time of year. We might be looking at our physical or mental lists with dismay at all the unchecked boxes.

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How to Add Volunteering to Your Homeschool

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From the time my kids were young, I have wanted to volunteer in our community both to teach selflessness and to provide ways for my kids to give back to the community. Being a homeschool family means that we have more flexibility to volunteer, so we use that benefit to serve others.

By being deliberate about looking for volunteering opportunities, I have found three great options that really make a difference. 

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7 Insanely Clever Ways to Add Homeschool Storage to Small Spaces

It can be challenging to keep the overflowing amount of homeschool materials organized especially if space is at a premium in your home. Focusing on the endless possibilities of creating storage options and having a tidy homeschool space at the same time, these storage hacks will have you rethinking small homeschool spaces.

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