Can homeschoolers fail?

Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

I’ve heard people wonder if homeschooled students can fail.

I don’t mean having something not turn out as planned or not doing well after graduation. I mean fail. You know, be held back a grade.

In a public or private school, everyone has to move at roughly the same pace. While students may have access to after-school tutoring, special education classes, or help from their teacher, ultimately if they don’t learn enough of the material to be successful in the next grade, they are held back so that they have time to learn those concepts before moving on.

But homeschooling parents can give their students time to master the concepts needed at one level before moving on to the next. Grade levels are arbitrary in a homeschool. Our kids really only need to worry about grade level in situations which require separating students into same-age peer groups, such as co-op,  church classes, or recreational sports leagues.

That doesn’t mean, however, that we just let our kids skate along and graduate without acquiring the skills they need to be successful in life, work, and secondary education after their homeschooling years are over.
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5 back to school sanity savers

Written by Cait Curley of My Little Poppies

When it comes to homeschooling, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected.

No matter how much time you put into homeschool planning and organization, things will pop up.

  • Sick days
  • Car trouble
  • Leaky ceilings
  • Awful weather
  • Broken dishwashers
  • Orthodontist appointments
  • Toddlers underfoot
  • Unexpected work deadlines

You get the idea.

I don’t know about you guys, but I always feel better when I have a few go-to resources tucked in my back pocket.

5 Back to School Sanity Savers | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, Simple Homeschool

Photo by David Pennington

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ADD teen struggles and how you can help

Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

I used to joke (except it wasn’t entirely a joke) that my job in our early years of homeschooling was to hover near my oldest and say, “Do your work” every few seconds.

Having a child (or two) who struggles with attention and focus can be challenging, particularly as they move into the middle and high school years. The teen years are when most of us hope to start seeing our students transition to independent learners, but that can be difficult for kids who have trouble staying on task.

Many areas can be affected by difficulty focusing. I won’t say that the following are the main areas because that can vary significantly from child to child, but these are areas of struggle that I’ve seen in my kids. They are also areas that I’ve had other parents of ADD or just hard-to-focus kids ask me about.
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Technology RULES in our homeschool

Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

Imagine if you will this scene: three children, heads buried deep in their Kindles, sprawled in the middle of the living room floor. They discuss strategies, show each other their progress, jump from game to game. Meanwhile, the parents busily work in the same room.

This was our life for the last two weeks.

We were in the midst of getting our house ready to sell. While the children played for hours, we painted for hours. A win-win for everyone.

In our home, we do not shun technology. We love it.

In fact, technology rules in our homeschool! Let me explain exactly why we embrace video games and other screens:
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The beauty of unschooling kids with special needs

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

I have two twelve-year-old boys.

One reads at a college level.

One reads at a 1st grade level, on a good day.

Both have been nurtured in the same environment, raised on a diet of the same beautiful books. Surrounded by an environment rich in words and the classics since the day they joined our family.

They have one more thing in common, as well: Both love learning and feel smart, confident in the knowledge that they each have God-given strengths and abilities.

THIS is the beauty of unschooling children with special needs.
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