My best dozen pieces of homeschooling advice

January '13-55Written by contributor Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home

Our support group’s annual Homeschooling 101 is coming up soon, and I’ve been putting together notes and packets in preparation for my presentation.

I love looking out at the audience and seeing so many people; and whether their faces are eager, apprehensive, confused, or even terrified, they all have this in common: they desperately want to do the best for their children. Some of them will find out that homeschooling is the absolute best choice they can make; others will pursue different avenues.

Invariably, sometime during the session, the question comes in some form:

what piece of advice would you give a newbie?

Much more important to me than choosing curriculum or having well-organized shelves or even deciding whether to keep homeschooling is the tremendous task of being a good parent.

My pieces of advice really apply to any parents, not just homeschooling ones.
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Homeschooling an adopted child: The whys and hows

Homeschooling an adopted child ~ SimpleHomeschool.net
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I sat in a wooden chair at the dining table, telephone nervously propped in one hand, my heart beating unevenly. Steve sat across from me, listening in and ready to speak when called upon.

“So what will you do about Trishna’s education if you adopt her?” the social worker’s professional, yet friendly voice at the end of the line hung a question mark in the air.

Before answering I took a deep breath. I knew exactly what was in my heart for my kids’ learning, but I also knew not everyone agreed with me.

“I believe we will homeschool her,” I blurted out at last, summoning up my courage. Then came the awkward pause, waiting for her judgment…

“I think that’s a great idea,” the voice pronounced, and I finally exhaled.

Why did we choose homeschooling for our adopted children? And what unique issues are there to consider if you’re adopting and trying to decide on an educational path for your family?

Here are some of the whys and the hows Steve and I took into account.
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How an unexpected homeschool fight can further your resolve

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The following is a guest post by Heather Woodie of Blog She Wrote.

I was taken by surprise recently at a response to my declaration that we homeschool.

We were at a local qualifying meet for First Lego League and I was speaking to the coach of another team. We were there as a family to support my husband who is a coach and my tenth-grader who is a long time team member competing his last eligible year.

She approached us and engaged my daughter about team participation and was shocked to hear that she was not on a team. It’s not the first time well-meaning people have suggested my “creative to her core” girl should embrace math and engineering. To do anything less would be sacrificing potential.

So, I attempted to divert the conversation and we talked about schools. She is a teacher educator. We both taught middle school. We talked about differences in schools here (New York state) versus Maryland where I  taught.

Then I did it. I simply said, “… and so we homeschool.”

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Last chance for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle – Offer ends tonight!

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This year’s bundle has ended, but you can still buy any of the books individually!

I have the flu and should be asleep right now.

But I’m forcing myself into an upright position long enough to let you know this:

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale ends tonight (Monday, April 28th) at 11:59pm ET!

It’s true that authors like myself make money from these bundles, and that is an awesome blessing to my family. But that’s not the only thing keeping me from snuggling under the covers right now. The fact is that some of you really, really need this bundle! In fact, it just might be a turning point in your life.

Not all of you do, and that’s okay as well.

But if you any of these describe you:

  • in need of a mothering mentor and don’t have an in-real-life option right now
  • had a bad experience in your own childhood and never saw quality parenting modeled for you
  • you’ve just brought the kids home to homeschool and could use some guidance and resources in the transition
  • you’ve lost yourself in motherhood and want to reconnect with who you are and who God wants you to be
  • you’re making the transition to “real food” and healthier lifestyle
  • you’re a new blogger trying to find direction and purpose for your writing
  • you’re friends with a new mama and would like to gift them the bundle for Mother’s Day!

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10 ways you’re making your homeschool day harder than it needs to be

10 ways you're making your homeschool day harder
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I woke with dreary eyes. The thought of the day ahead seemed pretty bleak.

At breakfast time I pulled out our latest read-aloud (an activity I usually love), thinking I’d rather go to the dentist than proceed.

But I plodded ahead through gritted teeth–I have a job to do after all, my inner drill sergeant announced–the result not at all inspiring for any of us.

We would have been better off that morning with a Sparkle Story to listen to over breakfast, a cup of warm tea for the mama, and a few extra minutes to regroup and plan peace for the day ahead.

Ever have a day like this?

Homeschooling can be hard enough, but I sometimes find I make it even harder on myself by falling into negative patterns or mindsets.

Here are a few ways you may be doing the same.
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