Q&A: How can Simple Homeschool Help?

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Happy Friday, fabulous readers! Today I’m writing to ask you to share your thoughts with me.

Simple Homeschool has been chugging along for over eight months now and along the way, courtesy of some fabulous contributors, we’ve covered a vast array of topics: buying curricula, getting your school space organized, unpacking educational methods and philosophies, and helping educate you in your role as teacher, just to name a few.

What can we do for you now? Our team is not here just to write eloquent words but to meet the needs of you, our readers.

So please take a minute today in the comments to let us know what those needs are!

Do you hope to see specific, practical projects you can try out? Book lists for the season? Are you mainly in need of encouragement and inspiration? Do you prefer to hear stories of those who have been there and done that–personal successes and struggles?

All of the above?! Please speak up and let us know today.

Also, remember that this is a virtual community–that means we value your contributions as well! Feel free to fill out our contact form if you’re interested in receiving our guest posting guidelines.

Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.

Comments

  1. As someone who fully plans on homeschooling my yet-to-be-born kids, I love this blog for the inspiration and ideas – thank you!

    I would love to see a round-up of the most commonly asked questions, and criticisms, parents get when they “come out” as homeschoolers. When I share my plans with friends, family and others, I get barraged with

    “Won’t your kids be anti-social?”
    “How will you teach them algebra?”
    “What about college?”
    “Don’t you think that limits their life experience?”

    What questions and concerns come up most frequently? How have you learned to explain the benefits of homeschooling to cynical folks?

    Thanks!

  2. All of the above! I appreciate the coverage of every topic you mentioned. And every topic I think about wanting to see covered, you all have done! I guess if I had to pick something, I’d say it would be nice to hear a little more from veterans who have trod the road and come out the other side having been successful (by a variety of definitions). People like Jena, for example, are very inspiring and reassuring because, regardless of their method, they show us that our efforts can pay off in young adults who love learning, are pursuing higher education or a career, and most importantly, have a warm relationship with their parents.
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  3. I’m in need of more tricks up my sleeve to keep my 3 and 1 1/2 year olds happily occupied while I work with my 10, 8, and 6 year olds!

  4. I would like to see some “day in the life” posts. I saw on Steady Mom your morning routine, and I’d like to see something similar for examples of what a homeschool day might look like.

    As a mother of a one-year old, I’d also like to see what people out there are doing to start a homeschooling atmosphere for little ones.

    Thanks!

  5. I second the idea of more ‘day in the life’ posts- I’d love to see how homeschooling works for different families.

    • I agree with this!

      -Day in the Life of…
      -Creative subject/lesson plan ideas
      -keeping younger entertained while HSing older children
      -curriculum reviews
      -manipulative reviews
      -more links to free ideas (all subjects, free printables-just some “around the web” free ideas/links/printables)
      -more guest posts to get LOTS of perspective from various home schooling families, and see the hundreds of ways to learn and teach

      *** LOVE THIS SITE ***

  6. I love to see how real families make homeschooling work on a daily basis. I sometimes get caught up in feeling like I’m not doing enough if a project doesn’t work out or we have a rough morning. So I really enjoy reading real examples of how people make homeschooling work in their family, not just on the best days, but every day.

  7. I seem to be *stuck* in the actual carrying out of all my plans. I make these plans, and then I don’t know how to implement them. I draw from Waldorf, Montessori, and Charlotte Mason, and it seems like as soon as I make a plan, I hear in my mind that I’m not doing any one the “right way”, and then I freeze. I think that’s the perfectionist in me. I’m not sure how you can address that on your blog but that’s my biggest challenge. Thankfully, my “student” is 4, so we’ve got some time yet to figure it all out.
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  8. Yes, all of the above! I also second the ideas to occupy little ones. Also wrestling with how to do curriculum without feeling like it’s unnatural. Any thoughts?

  9. jamie,
    i absolutely love this blog. it has been my lifesaver this past year as we have dipped our toes into homeschooling. i think the suggestions above are great. also, i would love to hear from homeschoolers in college now and also those who have graduated and are in “the real world”. finally, i would love to hear from someone who is homeschooling more than one very active son (i have 2 who are 21 months apart and its tough!) and how they keep the guys’ attention, get them enough activity, keep them from competing all the time,etc.

    many thanks and keep up the good work!

    kim
    slowmomama.blogspot.com

  10. i wish you had SIMPLE homeschooling “subject in the life” ideas. ideas compiled weekly or monthly. 15- minute math and science ideas that others have done. for example my kindergarten son and will count ALL the seeds in our pumpkin next week.
    Math, simply. i luv this blog too.

  11. I was originally drawn to homeschooling when I learned my baby (almost 2 now) has a neurological condition that might make traditional schooling more challenging, but after spending a little over a year reading anything I can get my hands on about homeschoolling and education, I’m pretty confident I’ll homeschool her sibling(s) (I’m preg now) too. I would also love to see more ‘day in the life’ posts especially from parents with a non-traditional schedule. While I’m not sure I will always work full-time (in 3 days a week), I know there are those that do it -would love to hear from them… also, posts from parents of those w/ special needs or from those who’ve helped children overcome a specific learning road block (handwritting, reading, confidence etc.).

  12. I would love more:
    specific curriculum reviews by expereinced homeschoolers
    day in the life posts
    reccomendations and advice for those of us parenting special needs kids
    Thanks!

  13. I’d like to see some more posts addressing older children, specifically third grade and up. I would also like to see some more in depth posts on a specific subject, rather than just a broad overview. Is someone using a specific method or technique (such as lap books) that they could not only give an overview of, but share how it specifically fits into their planning and their day? Possibly some posts on frugal homeschooling, or how working parents manage homeschooling in these economic times might be helpful as well.
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  14. These are great ideas, keep them coming! And thanks for your input!
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  15. I really appreciate the diversity of the content here, since my children haven’t reached school age yet, and I’m completely undecided as to whether I will home school them. I’ll join the others in voting for more day-in-the-life posts, and I’d also like to see more posts written by and aimed at those of us just beginning to teach the littlest students. My sister-in-law’s oldest learned in his first year of home schooling (at age 4) to ask whether an activity was “for school,” and to resist it if it was. I haven’t even started with my oldest (also 4), and already I see the seeds of the very same reaction when I try to engage his attention. How have other home-schooling parents managed to introduce a more structured, deliberate kind of learning into the day without instigating an endless battle of wills?

  16. I’d love to post a day in the life post : ) I love those kind of posts (but don’t know if I could do it under 900 words!)

    • Renee,

      I have a read at least one such post on FIMBY and I loved it. I just wanted you to know that so much of what you’ve written has deeply resonated with me. Thank you!

      Jamie, I really love how I feel calm after visiting Simple Homeschool. I hope that vibe will continue.

      -Carrie
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  17. I’m a homeschooling big sister of 5 with disabilites. This is our first year, and we’ve already looking for a new curriculum because the one we first committed to just isn’t working. The questions I’m constantly asking myself are: “Are they learning?” “What do others do for a schedule?” “Am I spending too little or too much time on this?” How can you “test” their knowledge without an actual test? What are some ideas you’ve used to communicate lessons?

    That’s a lot of mumble jumble but they’re straight from this brain!

  18. I’m interested in the social emotional journey. How to set boundaries with different personalities and wills. when to set a boundary and when to let it go with out feeling inconsistent.
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    • Second! How do home-schoolers prevent familiarity from breeding contempt (to say nothing of self-contempt)?

      • Yes! This year, my kids have gone from inseparable to intolerable–they bicker constantly and it is wearing me down. The things that brought us such joy in years past no longer do, and without the joy, I find my enthusiasm for homeschooling waning by the day. And I too, struggle with the setting boundaries/letting it go issue…

  19. I’m a grown homeschooler who is now homeschooling my own children, 6 yr old twins, 16 month old DS and a baby on the way. They “day in the life of” posts feel too perfect and hunky-dory. Not all the days are like that so I’d like some rough days thrown in there to balance the plate :) What I mean is that we’re all still learning and growing even on the “bad” days that feel like we’ve accomplished nothing. Our kids get to see that this too shall pass. As a friend of mine says they are lessons in social civics.

    I’d be happy to post about life after homeschooling as a grown homeschooler.

  20. Hm… I don’t know. I guess I’d like to hear more about people’s experiences with specific curriculum’s in detail. Especially for math!
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  21. I truly look forward to reading the posts daily and I am forever awed by the diversity of the homeschooling community. We all have so much to learn from each other…young, old, new to journey or nearing the end of the path. That being said I would love to see more info on doing school at home with “tweens” including curriculum ideas, transitioning to high school and fun service projects.

  22. Hi, I think all the topics are helpful however I prefer bigger picture topics that get you thinking about why we do certain things. Maybe what we are doing doesn’t make much sense if we look at it from another angle.
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  23. I’m not sure if it’s already been covered (I’ve been reading from day 1, but I have mommy brain, forgive me please)….but maybe some articles about how to start. Some of us have never been exposed to homeschooling and we’re trying to do it, but for me, I don’t know where to start. At what ages do I teach what. Sounds really simple, and common sense…but sometimes it isn’t. ANd I know every kid is different.
    Also, maybe something about supplies every homeschooler MUST-HAVE (things most people might think “wow, that is an excellent idea, I never thought of that!”
    * how to teach various ages, levels at once
    * how to teach in a small place without people going crazy
    Above all, I love how every article you’ve all put up is encouraging. This is an excellent blog!

  24. I have really started to think about homeschooling my two kids (7 & 9) next year so I’ve pretty much been devouring every piece of info I can get on this subject! I’ve been to the library, bought some books and have been online literally until the wee hours of the mornings for weeks now. I can’t even describe how heavy this has been on my heart. Both of my kids have only ever been to school and I have such doubts, fears and worries about pulling them out and “experimenting” with them. I’m curious how and if any has ever had to deal with a child who did not want to be homeschooled or switched over from public school. I am also the kind of person who needs to see the bad side too because I will feel like a complete failure if I read about how wonderful it is for everyone else while I’m struggling. Also, the curriculum choice has been very hard for me but I don’t know how anyone else can really help because all kids are different and what works for one, might not for another. However, I’m curious if you do buy some curriculum and realize it’s not working, can you send it back and get your money back or are you stuck with it? Organization and motivation are always wecome too! Thanks so much for this site…it’s giving me hope that maybe it can be done in our case!!

  25. I too would like curriculum reviews and maybe suggestions for GOOD books.
    For example: mysteries for different age categories.

    Thanks-I find reading your blogs encouraging!

  26. My children are in a Montessori pre-school right now that we love and will most likely go to a very strong public k-3 school after. However, I have many concerns-the time commitments (homework, school calendar, afterschool activities), a good, but not great curriculum, and peer interactions that I’d like to avoid. I’d be curious about any experiences switching from public school to homeschooling. The pros, the cons, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I picture my children, who both thrive on social interaction, hating me for keeping them home. Yet in the next mental image, I see my children in school all day then doing homework (busy work) for hours at night. Is it all right to start public and then switch to home if that seems like a better fit? Or should we make a firm decision from the start? Has anyone gone in and out of public school? Has anyone ever had siblings schooled in different settings-one child in traditional schooling, the other at home? And yes, like all the others, what does a day-in-the-life look like? How about a week or a month? Thankyou for this site! I’m gaining ideas to use with my children even if I never homeschool.

  27. Thanks for this opportunity. I plan on homeschooling next year, my son does better in a quiet environment we have come to learn. So I will be quitting my job and homeschooling a first and third grader. Some things that come to mind:
    *How to help kids adjust going from public school to home school.
    *How adults adjust from working to staying home and home schooling.
    *Engage boys in writing!

    I know some may not apply to most people, but would love to hear about any advice/ experiences! Thanks so much!

  28. Add my vote for “day in the life” posts. I also find inspiration from the posts of gone before me veterans who talk about the unique/creative/practical ways that they instilled a love of learning, how they tackled certain issues ie., lack of diligence, boredom, frustration, interruptions of the schedule, and so on. It is also an encouragement and sweet comic relief to read the humorous stories of homeschooling. Maybe like a Funnies column on the weird and crazy that happens while homeschooling.

    All in all, I’ve benefited from this website and thank the writers/editors for their dedication to encouraging and helping homeschooling families.

  29. I’d love to see a snap shot of how homeschooling looks in different families. And book lists are always excellent! I love it when you provide excellent resources I’ve been wondering about but haven’t had the time to hunt down…like the recent field trip post. And a commenter mentioned having grown homeschoolers write about “life after homeschool”. I’d love to read that!

  30. I really enjoy reading your posts and find encouragement & support in your words and love helpful information that is shared.

    If I were to provide a short list of topics that I come face to face with and would love to hear other points of view on they would be:

    1- Ideas/support on homeschooling the child that has trouble with reading & writing (may have a learning disability, but has not been diagnosed); a child that is VERY difficult to engage

    2- How to balance schooling my older child (almost 10) who has difficulty concentrating to start with… with a toddler in the picture

    3- How to balance homeschooling with working part time and trying not to burn out

    Otherwise, may I say keep up the great work. It is such a pleasure to reach each and every post, whether the topic fully touches me or not.

  31. First, let me show my gratitude to the writers found here for their insight and wisdom, I have learned very much as a first year K homeschooler. Second, I would appreciate knowing how to better excite my children about homeschooling, without trashing public school. My daughter is enjoying homeschool, but has a rose colored view of public school having never been exposed to it, and still at times expresses desire to attend “real school.” I want to get her to a point where if given the choice, she would choose homeschooling for herself.

  32. I find your posts add to the inspirational motivation to homeschool. My 2 oldest are currently in public school, I’d love to homeschool with a more unschooling philosophy drawing from several philosophies as they suit each child rather than a set curriculum.

    What keeps me from homeschooling is finding “planning time”. I’d love to see ideas of how parents fit in that time to research how each different philosophy might approach the strewn materials to present several opportunities.. all within that 5 minute window of opportunity so often presented by the 12 and under set :)

  33. Jamie,
    Great idea to ask for feedback. And I have to admit I’m gleaning a few topics for writing myself! ;-)

    I usually like practical posts, something that makes me go, “Yeah, we can do that next week!”
    Inspirational posts are best when practical. Tell me HOW to improve my parenting. What specific steps will make our HS routine smoother? I really like nuts and bolts posts.
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  34. Hi would love to see more of the following:
    – a day in the life (from a variety of homeschooling types)
    – specific project/unit/lesson ideas
    – organizing schedules
    – book lists (for different ages/reading abilities)
    – book reviews
    – online resources to help the homeschooler
    Thanks!

  35. I am a new reader, but have been homeschooling our seven children for 18 years now. I am enjoying seeing the vision captured by a whole new generation. Our oldest is 23 and now married to the most amazing young man, for whom we are so grateful. Our 20 and 18 year old children are now in college, but still living at home. Our four youngest (13, 12, 12, and10–two who came by way of Siberia 6 years ago) are still in our homeschool. All that to say, just about anything you have to say will be interesting to me.

    I do think one of the most critical aspects of homeschooling, especially for those who are fairly new to this undertaking, is that of personally defining “education.” So many times people begin homeschooling by modeling their process after what they have seen. I always try to challenge them to first define education for themselves. The answer to that question, “What is education?” will define how they proceed. It will guide them through curriculum choices, scheduling questions, outside activities, etc.

    An excellent place to start the definition process is by reading Dorothy Sayer’s essay on the Lost Tools of Learning. (http://www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html)

    My “two cents worth”.

    Thank you for providing an avenue of discussion.
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  36. I really love this website and love the less is more mindset. I would like to see posts on organizing school related stuff. I am working on that today in my own home. We have several children and not a huge amount of space. I think homeschoolers in general have more “stuff” than non-homeschoolers. Or maybe a post on way we don’t necessary need so much stuff to a good job educating our children!! I love book lists and reviews – both for kids and for moms – fiction and non-fiction. I have also enjoyed the posts on different education philosophies such as unschooling, and curriculum reviews. Keep up the good work!
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  37. Great post, Jamie! Love these responses!
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  38. Jamie,
    Great question today! Thanks for asking for input on future post topics! I am a veteran homeschooler (ten years and counting ) and have always homeschooled from an Art and Nature FIRST foundation. My homeschool blog DANDELION HOUSE HOMESCHOOL is just a baby at under a month old! I started it with the CREATIVE HOMESHOOLER in mind… There’s a wealth of info for the ” nuts and bolts ” homeschooler but not much for us creative types who homeschool from a more INTUTIVE place. I’ve got some homeschooing widsom ( and fun art projects and ideas for easy nature study ) I would love to share with your readers in a ” day in the life” post from a CREATIVE HOMESCHOOLING perspective. Children of all ages make so many wonderful connections in learning through creating art of their own.
    It really does work!
    I love all the input offered here today.
    Just imagine what everyone can learn from eachother by more shared experiences!

    Happy CREATIVE homeschooling,
    Deb
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  39. I started reading the Simple Homeschool blog a few months ago. I’m really interested in homeschooling and hope to be able to homeschool my daughter when she reaches kindergarten age (she’s 18 months now).

    I would really love to posts about how other people approach teaching toddlers and preparing them for kindergarten.

  40. I’m contemplating home-schooling a 12-13 year old (he’ll be 13 next March) and would love to read more stories about and tips for parents of children making the transition from school to home school. Something presented a little more objectively than just presenting one mother’s journey with this. Perhaps as a hub for the home-schooling community, you’d have the opportunity to look at various approaches out there and sum it up for us? Also point us to a variety of links about homeschooling teenagers.

    Thanks for this great blog!
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  41. Hmmm… I’m not a new homeschooler and I feel pretty good about how things work for us. I most enjoy ideas for projects or fun ways to learn things. We are very delight-driven (for the kids’ delights and ours!) and I love creative ways of teaching that go beyond curricula. Contests and opportunities for HS kids are always fun too.
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  42. I would enjoy doing school the unit study way occasionally but need to “see” it done by someone seasoned in it. So, a day in the life post about families who school this way would be great. (I have 8 children 12 years down to 5 months old.)

  43. I love simple homeschool! And I love the ideas listed here. I particularly second the “day in the life” posts, plus a “beginner’s toolkit.”

    A couple of questions that have been on my mind lately:

    1. I’ve been reading a lot of pro-homeschooling books lately as I investigate the possibility of homeschooling my now-4-year-old daughter next year. I am wondering — are there any pro-public-school books? Any books that describe the benefits of sending your kids to public school? I’d love to read the other side, too, but I haven’t seen any literature on this.

    2. I would love suggestions for board games. I am just finishing reading Alison McKee’s “Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves” (which you recommended awhile back), and I’ve loved it. I was intrigued by her mention of several educational board games, but when I looked them up online, they’ve been discontinued (the book is a bit dated). I’d love to hear recommendations for educational board games for different age groups.

    Thanks for asking for ideas!
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  44. I’ve been reading since the inception of this blog and always feel validated and empowered after I visit. So thanks.

    The things that have been most helpful to me have been your curriculum reviews and posts dealing with diplomacy when talking to non-homeschoolers.

  45. So many of the ideas already presented sound wonderful! In addition to enjoying the “day in the life” and manipulative review posts, I would really love to see creative lesson plan ideas– sometimes I feel like I’m hunting around for a better way to teach this or that and it would be so nice to have it on this blog!

  46. I want input on what curriculum companies to go with. For example, I am “this close” to purchasing Oak Meadow preschool materials. But, I have a friend that claimed K-12 is the best. However, K-12 does not allow me to get a “feel” for them readily, and then when I inputed my info (just to get past their iron gate), I got nothing but a generic phone call later from an overly perky woman (thankfully it went right to VM). I got the feeling that the exclusivity and hoops at the front end mean that K-12 is more commercial and… that… sends me running in the opposite direction. Then, I get scary stories about some programs (not that it matters at Preschool level, but it will later) not being “accepted” so the kid cannot just go right to college after 12th grade. Then, it differs by state. So, rather than finding conclusive information, I’m left to make that phone call to the state Ed department that will get put off…and before I know it…it will be January and I will not be ready to start preschool work with my already 3-year old. Such are the thoughts of a newcomer to homeschooling.

  47. I didn’t read all the comments, but there are some great ideas! I am a grown homeschooler myself, but am just starting the journey with my fourth-grader (first-grader still in school and preschooler in part-time preschool). I have felt terribly overwhelmed and frustrated so far. I don’t know how my mom did it. And yet, we’re loving it!

    The kinds of things I’d like to see addressed have probably already been mentioned, but I’ll write them anyway. :)

    I’d like to see more about “how to start.” What do people’s general routines look like? What are the bare minimums, especially with older kids, and especially with kids who’ve been in school? How do you get a kid to do something when he’s really resistant? How do I know what subjects I should be teaching at a given age? I don’t feel like we’re doing much, but when I really list it out, it’s actually a lot. I’ve loved the posts on the different philosophies, but what do you do when you like them all? Is it possible to be an interest-led classical homeschooler with a Charlotte Mason influence?

    I’d also love some help with teaching my son to be more independent in his learning. Since he’s been in school until now, he’s used to being spoon-fed and while I’d like to give him more freedom, that’s a little scary, too.

    I also need help with older kids. So many of the blogs and comments that I read have really young kids. But I am finding that working with a pre-teen, especially one who is G&T, is much more challenging than I had anticipated. I did tons of reading and learned so much about working with my littles, but there doesn’t seem to be as much help out there as the kids get older. Maybe the moms are just too busy (I know I barely have time for blog reading anymore!), but it seems harder to find help with the mid-range kids.

    Another topic I would love to see addressed is homeschooling with different personality types. It seems that so much stuff is geared toward high-energy, extroverted, outdoors loving homeschoolers. I am very low energy (I have health issues), am extremely introverted and don’t enjoy being outside (although I like looking at it and learning about it!). So many of the things I read make me think that maybe I’m not cut out to homeschool (since I’d generally prefer to stay home and read a book than do practically anything else, especially if it involves people), but I don’t see any other feasible options for my children in the future. I’m feeling a lot of tension between their needs and mine and it’s tearing me apart. I know there have been posts about making sure the mom’s needs are met, but nothing has seemed to fit me yet.

    I would also like help with how to involve my husband in ways that don’t just make him the “bad cop.”

    Great post, great responses! I can’t wait to see what you do in the future! And I love this blog so much! It’s one of the few I read regularly!

  48. Hi. Thanks for receiving our input. As a former classroom teacher and current full time mom/homeschool teacher of children ages 6, 4, and 1, I would love more reviews on books and curricula. I would love to see discussions on learning models and learning types. I would love to see pros and cons lists of anything and everything done in homes in the name of education!

    Although this may reach beyond the scope of this blog and its purpose, I would also love to see posts geared toward people who choose to send their children to traditional “out of home” schools. The reality is that every child is homeschooled to some extent. The basis for everything children learn comes from the home. Many parents would love to homeschool but feel they can’t for many reasons. Empowering these parents to make effort to teach and train and model learning in the home could widely affect a culture where generation gaps is the norm. I am convinced that we are blessed so that we may bless others…including others who are not exactly like us. Those of us who have the privilege of being home with our children all or most of the time may have worked and developed learning patterns that could be useful to those who cannot be home with their children.
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  49. First, I would like to say that Simple Home School and your own blog have been a huge help to a rookie home schooler like me. This year was my first year of being a full-time Mom and our first year of home school. My oldest daughter is five and in kindergarten.
    My youngest daughter is three, and she is actively participating in our kindergarten curriculum with the exception of reading and phonics.

    I would like to see:

    A science curriculum review for primary grades
    A social studies/history curriculum review for primary grades
    A day in the life of various home schoolers
    How do sports and other activities fit into the schedule?
    Carving out time for Mommy in a home schooler schedule
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  50. I am in my 3rd year of homeschooling my 10 year old daughter. We started out in a christian private school and then she was diagnosed with ADD, Dyslexia and some cognitive challenges. Since most private schools don’t have the one on one resources we had the tough decision to send her to public school. We live in a suburb of a large city that doesn’t have it’s own school system so we would be in the large city schools. That was just not an option for us. The church is pretty equally split between homeschoolers, public schooled and private so we got some encouragement to maybe look into it. There is also a wonderful school for kids with learning issues and it has a wonderful price tag of 20k per year. The harder I prayed the more the answer was homeschool. Anyway, I would love to hear about anyone out there who has had success with kids with learning issues and how they deal with it. I have somethings to say as well if you are interested I am willing to share what I have learned so far.
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