Whether you need strategies for survival or ideas for infusing new life into your learning, check out these great tips from homeschool parents who have walked the walk.

  • How to Work from Home While Educating Multiple Children

    Do you work from home and now also have to supervise your children’s school work? Are you a homeschooler who also works part-time from home? Have you experienced the double whammy of switching to remote work at the same time your children have been sent home full-time? Whether formally homeschooling […]

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    More Than Just a Paycheck: How Jobs Can Help Your High Schooler

    The writer of Proverbs had much to say about the importance of work: “Those who work…will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense” (Proverbs 12:11). “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23). “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness […]

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    16 Math Games You Can Play with Cards or Dice

    Games are a great way to reinforce basic math skills. Your kids probably won’t even realize how much they’re learning. These are some fun math games you can play with just a few dice and some playing cards. Make 100 Players: 1 or more Object:  To be the first to […]

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  • 10 Options for Homeschooling Through High School: The Many Looks of Homeschool High School

    The days of sitting around the kitchen table all day to homeschool are long gone—at least for homeschooled high school students. Numerous options are now available to broaden their exposure to new subject matter, provide a group learning environment for specific subjects, or get a jump on their college education. […]

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  • 4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Have a Smoother Homeschool Day

    It’s not an easy thing to hear, but sometimes we parents are the source of our homeschool struggles. Even with our good intentions and ambitious ideas, we derail our homeschool days and bring defeat, frustration, and burnout on ourselves and our children. The good news is that it doesn’t have […]

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  • 15 Ways to Help Kids Learn and Explore Outside

    We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kristin Moon of Kristin Moon Science back to the Homeschool Compass. If you’ve seen Dr. Moon’s previous article, you know that prioritizing time in the outdoors offers many benefits for us and for our kids. But sometimes we’re just not sure what to do when we get outside. After we’ve gone to all the trouble of getting our kids outdoors, what can we do to keep them excited and learning once they’re there? Dr. Moon has some great advice for us. Enjoying the outdoors as a family doesn’t need […]

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    Teaching Handwork to Young Children

    The work of childhood ought to be filled with joyful discovery. – Charlotte Mason As a child I loved creating with my hands, no matter the season. Summer daisy chains and mud pies, autumnal pocket treasures, frosty window drawings, and pressed spring flowers float through my childhood memories, like sparkles […]

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  • Creative Ways to Keep Kids Connected to Grandparents During Social Distancing

    During this time of CO-VID19 quarantine, we are asked to practice social distancing, but I agree with those who suggest that physical distancing may be a better term. It is critical for us to remain socially connected, but also to practice safe physical distancing, especially for the sake of our […]

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  • Beyond the Dining Room Table: The Amazing Benefits of Online Learning

    Correspondence courses have existed since the 1840s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that online schools were born. Even then, the homeschool community didn’t embrace the idea of virtual learning immediately. When I began exploring it around 2008, some programs existed but were not yet popular. Ten years later, online […]

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    How to Set Up Your Homeschool Space for Maximum Learning

    Having a homeschool space that suits your family goes a long way toward making your homeschool more pleasant. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a useful school space. In fact, you might not even need a designated space at all! Here are some ideas to help […]

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  • 10 Ways to Incorporate Travel Into Your Homeschooling Adventure

    Our family loves to travel. We’ve driven almost coast to coast, in Canada, and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Homeschooling offers the flexibility to trek out on our own schedule with our own curriculum goals in mind. If you are thinking about traveling with your gang, spend […]

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  • It’s Not All About Money: Pros and Cons of Parents Who Work While Homeschooling

    By the time I began homeschooling in 2005, I was already working part-time as a bookseller. In fact, except for postpartum breaks, I had always worked at least a little. Money was tight, so every dollar counted. For all eight homeschool years, I continued to work – first as a […]

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  • The College Search Process: One Family’s Experience

    My story is not typical. Since my husband is a long-time employee of a Christian liberal arts college, also my alma mater, our older children simply attended that institution. It was close, familiar, and tuition was largely covered due to my husband’s tenure. But when our youngest daughter leaned toward […]

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    To Test or Not To Test?: Considering the SAT and ACT

    Testing. The very word can strike fear into the hearts of both children and parents. On a daily basis, we homeschoolers enjoy the luxury of deciding how often we test our children. Once our children reach high school, though, a lot more is at stake—namely college admission and scholarship possibilities. […]

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  • Education for the Real World

    A few years ago, I was a 25-year-old homeschool grad without a bachelor’s degree. But I didn’t think I needed one either—after all, I worked in the editorial department of a Christian publishing company and loved it. All of a sudden, though, God gave me a thirst for something different. […]

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    Politeness: The Fine Art of Teaching Manners to Children

    “Your children are so polite!” Have you ever heard these words? Many of us who homeschool hear these words from elderly neighbors, church members, and even restaurant cashiers. Ironically, homeschooling critics quickly assume we will fail to “socialize” our children, yet homeschoolers receive these appreciative words that warm the heart: […]

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    Learning Made Easier Through Effective Teaching Strategies

    Homeschooling children with learning disabilities presents its own set of challenges. However, these challenges can lead to teachable moments that develop into lifetime solutions. For example, computational accuracy, making connections between mathematical concepts, and applying these math skills to real life situations are all essential. As an educator and parent, […]

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    5 Ways Your Family Can Supplement the Household Income

    We can devise a thousand honest ways of making a livelihood. —Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte The Bronte sisters knew firsthand the value of frugality and infused their fictitious characters with the strength and ingenuity to overcome scarcity. Much like Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey, our family has enjoyed “practicing the […]

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    Manners and Respect: The Big Four

    “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” —1 Peter 2:17 Much has been written regarding the importance of teaching children manners and respect. A web search produces a plethora of resources such as books, podcasts, video series, parenting classes, etiquette classes, and blog articles. It can […]

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    Giving Gifts From the Heart

    “Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet?” “Ugh. No. I’m still trying to find the perfect gift.” Can you relate to this conversation? I can, too. But all that is changing this year. Let’s redefine the “perfect” gift. (Send it to the recycle bin, along with trying to find […]

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  • 15 Games to Add to Your Homeschool

    Games are the perfect way to infuse some delight and wonder into your homeschool. Did you know some homeschoolers build their entire curriculum around games? Even if you don’t go that far, we all know that learning happens best when kids are engaged and having fun. Adding one of these […]

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    How to End Your Homeschool Day Right

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. – 2 Cor. 5:17-18 Homeschooling offers many benefits — flexibility of schedule, […]

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    Mastering the Grading Process: What Every Parent Should Know

    Few challenges have any more ability to erode a home educator’s sense of confidence than the responsibility to assign accurate grades. Most parents feel like they are “standing in spaghetti” when it comes to evaluating their children’s academic work, and many attest to an overwhelming impression that their best efforts […]

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    Preparing for Upper Level Studies: Intellectually Gifted Children

    Living with intellectually gifted children and preteens can feel as if some alien creature is sucking the very life out of you! They need more, more, and MORE: discussions, challenges, limits, opportunities, and time. They are brain-draining black holes bursting with questions, bottomless pits needing input, input, INPUT. They are […]

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    Field Trip Hacks: Educational & Recreational Activities on a Budget

    Fall is an excellent time to take a field trip as a family or with a homeschool group. The weather is pleasant, and there are plenty of local events and activities available. With a little planning, homeschoolers can take advantage of discounts, making it easier to enjoy these activities on […]

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    Field Trip Discounts: Clever Ways to Save Some Green

    An exciting aspect of homeschooling is the opportunity to take your children on field trips to enhance the lessons they are learning. The possibilities of places to visit are nearly endless, yet going to museums, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, science centers, planetariums—most anywhere—comes with a price tag. If you’re educating […]

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    Multi-Level Teaching: Tips and Perks

    How to teach your kids all together, otherwise known as multi-level teaching, can be boiled down to these few words: use hands-on activities in units … it is that simple! Hands-on activities are the great levelers, because everyone is doing the same activity regardless of age or grade level and […]

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    Homeschooling and Working: How We Do It

    One of the myths about homeschooling is that the mother has to be a full-time, stay-at-home mother. I am here to say that is not true. For most of my children’s lives, my husband and I have both worked outside the home. I have also homeschooled. How are the two […]

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    Stocking the Pantry with Self- Serve Snacks for the School Year

    Anyone else find their homeschool lessons sidelined by kids asking for snacks again? Here is a shopping list of non-perishable items you can stock your cupboards with so your kids can easily make their own (somewhat) healthy snacks during the homeschool day. Peanut Butter or other nut butters Spread on apples, […]

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    10 Back to School Traditions for Homeschoolers

    As parents we’re often excited to jump right into a new school year and immerse our kids in all the learning we have planned. But our kids may benefit from a gentle start to the homeschool year, especially if they’re still in summer mode. Choose one or two of these […]

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    5 Strategies for Back to School Success

    We homeschool year round, but September marks the start of a fresh school year for us. This means August is all about getting my brain and my home ready to tackle the challenges of a new season of homeschooling. Here are some of the ways I try to get us […]

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    Build a Reader, Build Her Library

    As a kid, I had a lot of books . . . for a kid.  We lived on an island, and it was easier for my parents to buy me books than to try to find a library.  One of the most calamitous events of my short life occurred when […]

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    Read to Me Forever: The Joys of Family Reading

    When our kids are small, it’s a special joy to snuggle up with them on the couch or the bed or the big, comfy chair and read to them. We look at the pictures together, learn the rhymes together, and our hearts say, Yes. This is good. Good for them. Good […]

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    Nifty, Thrifty Summer Fun!

    “We do not remember days. We remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese Create some of those memorable moments with your children this summer, without leaving home and without spending much money. Here are some thrifty, old-fashioned, fun ideas to get you started. Even now as an adult, I recall the joy […]

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  • Getting Started with Nature Journaling

    Have you wanted to explore nature journaling with your kids, but you’re not sure how to start? Never fear! We’ve got your back. In this article we’ll answer all the nature journaling questions you’ve been dying to ask. What’s the deal with nature journaling anyway? It seems like nature journaling […]

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  • How to Create a Simple, Successful Homeschool Portfolio

    It’s the time of year when many of us are winding down our homeschool for the season. You may be finishing strong and looking back on a year of exciting successes. Or you may be collapsing in exhaustion, eager to leave this year behind you. No matter how your school […]

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  • How To Host Your Own Year-End Homeschool Celebration

    I live two minutes away from the local elementary school. We drive by it to go almost anywhere: grocery shopping, library, dance class. Often the latest school event is displayed on the sign. I confess that I often became envious about all the neat things the elementary kids were doing […]

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  • 6 Tips for a Stress-Free Field Trip

    Flexibility and freedom to follow your passions are great perks of homeschooling. There’s no better way to capitalize on that freedom than through field trips and learning adventures. With the stress of planning, prepping and keeping everyone happy over the course of a long day, sometimes it feels easier to […]

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  • 10 Tips for Including Chores in Your Homeschool Routine

    Ah, chores. Sometimes they can seem never-ending, right?  Like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get through that to-do list.  Not to mention when you add that carefully curated homeschool lesson plan to the agenda. But, have you ever considered chores being a part of the homeschool […]

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  • 4 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder In Your Homeschool

    Are you working hard every day, but can’t figure out why you never seem to be able accomplish every task? Feeling frazzled and wondering if you’ll ever be able to get on top of all that you manage? Well, you are not alone! At some point all home educators feel […]

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  • Team Teaching: Ways to Include Dad (or Grandparents) To Bring Balance and Flexibility to Your Homeschool

    Not all homeschoolers have family members who are willing or able to share the responsibilities of homeschooling, but for those of us that do, there are many creative ways to outsource a portion of your teaching responsibilities to another family member. Family Devotions Have Dad lead family devotions. Breakfast and […]

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  • Carschooling for the Homeschool Win

    If you’re like me, you’ve found that the term homeschooling can be a bit of a misnomer. Between driving to the grocery store, the park, meet-ups with friends, swimming lessons, dentist appointments, and an occasional long distance trip to Grandma’s house, not to mention summer road trips and vacations, my […]

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  • Explore, Discover, & Create . . . with Notebooking!

    At the end of each school year, are you finding yourself swimming through mounds of worksheets, quizzes, tests, and half-finished workbooks wondering just what to do with it all? Where does the organization begin? What do you keep? Where will you keep it? How much should you, dare I say, […]

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  • College Prep 101: Teaching Responsible Study Habits

    For high schoolers, there’s more to planning for college than simply getting accepted. Unless your student has experienced a more rigorous course of study and learned some good study habits, he’ll be overwhelmed to arrive on campus and discover the mountains of reading, writing, and studying that await him. You […]

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