Learn about the basics of homeschooling – different methods & philosophies, ways to teach, how to find support, and more.

 

  • Vision-Casting in your Homeschool

    We can probably all agree that having a vision for your homeschooling family is imperative. It sets the foundation on which to build upon, as well as something to fall back on when the road gets a little rocky. A new year is perhaps the most perfect time to write […]

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  • Honesty in Homeschooling

    What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear someone say homeschool? How about the word honesty? It’s probably not the first word that comes to mind, right? Let me tell you how this one little word will make a huge impact in your success as a […]

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  • Ten Reasons to Homeschool

    The bus pulled up to the end of the driveway and my little boy then six years old climbed aboard. Turning toward me with a smile and wave, he was off. He seemed happy enough and excited to go to school, so why did I have a sick feeling in […]

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  • Homeschooling 101: Your Frequently Asked Homeschool Questions Answered

    What is homeschooling? Homeschooling is a highly flexible, family-based form of education where children learn under the direction of their parents outside a traditional school setting. In other words, homeschooling is simply a way of opting out of our society’s mainstream educational system. Homeschoolers are a diverse group. Some follow […]

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  • Homeschooling Philosophies and Methods

    Deciding to homeschool was one of the most exciting times in my life as a parent. I had always loved the idea of homeschooling, but never thought I would be able or willing to take the plunge. When my husband and I finally determined that I should give it a […]

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  • Finding Homeschool Support

    “Without counsel, plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22 Choosing to homeschool your children is a worthy and important undertaking. It’s exciting to think about custom making an education for your children and all the potential that exists by deciding on this incredible educational option. Along with […]

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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 Let 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, my family is in the car a lot. It […]

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  • A Gentle Preschool: The Charlotte Mason Way

    The preschool years are a special time, full of wonder and innocence as children try to make sense of their world. I don’t know about you, but when I think about what I want for my preschoolers, I want these years to be abundantly full of excitement, discovery, and learning. […]

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  • The Sense of Classical Education

    The aim of a classical education is to form children into adults who pursue truth, prefer goodness, and proliferate beauty. The art of grammar provides practice in gathering truth naturally through hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling. The art of dialectic provides practice in wisely analyzing the goodness of the things we see, hear, […]

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  • Delight-directed Learning

    When my son was a little guy and we began homeschooling, I poured over homeschool magazines, surfed the Internet for hours, joined forums and Yahoo groups, and asked every homeschool mom I encountered a million questions about curriculum, homeschool methodology, and schedules. If I was going to homeschool my bright, […]

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  • The Unit Study Method

    During my second year of homeschooling, a friend invited my girls over for a playdate. I will never forget the sound of my youngest, as she yelled across the house, “Mom, they get to make stuff and go on field trips for school! Why do we have to write in […]

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  • Relaxed Home Schooling®

    The basic tenets of relaxed homeschooling are the following: You are a family, not a school; You are a father, a husband, and the head of the family, not a principal; You are a mother, not a teacher; You have individual relationships with your children; not a classroom. Relaxed homeschooling […]

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  • What is Classical Christian Education? A Sailing Ship

    The word classical is derived from the Latin word classis, which means “a fleet of ships.” Let me, therefore, touch on some of the ways in which classical Christian education can be likened to a ship. Like an old three-masted ship built of wood and powered by the wind, classical education sailed around […]

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  • Learning is a Lifestyle

    When I began homeschooling eight years ago, like many new homeschoolers, I thought homeschooling was the same as (public) schooling at home. Boy, was I wrong! Over the years, with much trial and error, we have finally come to rest in our gentle daily rhythm. This rhythm allows for the […]

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  • Inside a Charlotte Mason Homeschool

    Pull up a chair. We’re just getting started with our homeschooling for the day. Amy is eight this year, and we’re using the Charlotte Mason method. If you’re curious about what a typical day looks like, you’re welcome to take a peek inside this Charlotte Mason homeschool. 8:30—Scripture Memory I […]

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  • How to Teach Great Literature in the Classical/Charlotte Mason Homeschool

    Oh, Mom—I’ll never forget this book!” Wouldn’t you love to hear those words from your son or daughter? Great books are special. They capture the hearts and minds of readers, century after century. Great books enlarge thinking, expand the known world, and bring abstract concepts such as justice, love, and […]

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  • Don’t Forget the Fun!

    Do you ever feel like all you do is cover the basics? Jumping from math to English, to history and science, then off to the kids’ activities or church and all those other good things you do. Before you know it, the week is over and you didn’t do nearly […]

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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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  • Understanding Learning Styles Sets Us Free

    We were two weeks into my second son’s first grade year. It was our second year of homeschooling. He was seated at his desk, and I was stationed at the whiteboard, emulating my public school teachers. This was our routine: Me: “Sit still, Honey.” I would teach. Me: “Pay attention.” […]

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  • Who Needs Evidence? But, Here it is Anyway!

    No one needs research evidence to convince him that murder is bad for people. And why does anyone need research to show her that loving parental involvement in a child’s life is good for his education? Most Christian parents homeschool because they know that parent-led home-based discipleship is biblically normative. […]

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  • The Problem with Modern Education

    In early 2016 there were an estimated 2.3 million homeschooled students in the United States and this amount appears to be growing each year (Ray). The reason why more and more families are choosing this educational option are many to be sure, but one of the prime reasons is the […]

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