How our mini co-op is holding me accountable


Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I heard this rumor that homeschooling families like to hear about what’s working well for other homeschooling families. So I wracked my brain trying to think of what I could share with you.

There’s Teaching Textbooks, which makes me so happy because I don’t have to teach algebra, but that would be a pretty short blog post. There’s the fact that my teens are now working mostly independently, but I’m not sure that would help moms of younger kids.

Then it hit me – our small weekly co-op!

If I had to pick just one thing that’s worked exceptionally well for us this year that could work just as well for other homeschooling families, it would be our mini co-op.

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5 high school truths I wish I’d known

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

We graduated our first homeschooled student in 2014.

While homeschooling high school wasn’t a bad experience for us the first time around, there are things I wish I had known because I would have done them a bit differently.

They would have made our good experience an even better one:

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A call to homeschool high school

Homeschool high schoolWritten by contributor Cheryl Pitt of the 2:1 Conference for homeschoolers

When we began homeschooling in 2001, we decided to take it year by year.  Don’t get me wrong.  I felt homeschooling was a calling, something I was supposed to do.  But that didn’t make it any less overwhelming.

So, being the level-headed, open-minded, easy-going mom I thought I was, I lived by the motto:  We’ll homeschool until it doesn’t work for us anymore.  We’ll let our son decide if he wants to go to public high school.

Now, honestly, I’m not here to judge anyone.  I firmly believe that every family has to do what they feel called to do as a unit. But for me, for my family, that motto is a cop out.  It’s a non-committal stance based on fear.
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Are you qualified to teach high school?

This post is sponsored by Uzinggo.
Resources for teaching high school at home

“I‘m just not qualified to teach high school.”

Have you ever thought this? When someone says these words, they often carry in their minds an image of the stereotypical high school, believing they must duplicate every aspect of it from pre-calculus to biology lab.

It’s enough to make a homeschooling parent wave the white flag of surrender before even getting started.

But thankfully teaching upper level grades is not at all like this anymore! A TON of resources now lie at our fingertips–incredible options like online math and science, foreign language with native speakers via Skype, and early enrollment in community college.

I haven’t reached the high school years yet, so I asked for backup on Facebook from those of you who have. Many of you chimed in with the resources you’ve found most useful along the way, creating an excellent thread to bookmark for later reference.

As you approach the high school years, here are a few resources that can help you teach with confidence.
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Easy ways to show teens you care

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Written by contributor Cheryl Pitt of the 2:1 conference

I‘m one of “those moms”. The irritating ones who refuse to accept society norms as the status quo. Just because society as a whole says this is the way it is, doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be. I’m sure many of you would agree with me because homeschoolers, in general, are a very independent-minded group.

That’s why whenever I hear horror stories of teens who suddenly refuse to hug their mothers in public, who quit saying “I love you” and roll their eyes ten times a day, I refuse to accept it. It doesn’t have to be that way, I tell myself. Our teens can choose to rise above the low standards society has set before them.

I believe that, wholeheartedly! My family has been blessed to know several teens who haven’t gone through a difficult phase. It does happen…

It just hasn’t happened in my house yet.
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