Homeschooling 101: Pray!

We think if we follow guidelines, advice of other homeschooling mothers, get the best curriculum, challenge our children, etc. we are guaranteed success in this journey of educating them. There are no guarantees. There are obstacles all along the way which reveal to us our own inadequacy in getting the job done. Although I wouldn’t…

Day 24: High School Tip – For the College-bound Homeschooler

Not all colleges have the same entrance requirements for homeschoolers. Some schools require SAT II tests in the major subject areas or 2 classes in an accredited institution for entrance. Others want a detailed syllabus for each class taken throughout high school. Universities may require other hoops for the home schooled senior to jump through….

Day 17: Homeschooling Tip – Limit the Use of Electronics

Although I am writing this tip on my computer while my kids text me and my husband updates his birding list on his iPad, I recognize there is such a thing as too much in regard to the use of electronics. Just like every other habit, entertaining ourselves with electronic devices can be a difficult…

Day 16: High School Tip – Encourage Literary Devices

My hair is a nightmare!  Metaphors   Encourage the use of literary devices. Surely students survive the stress of statistics.  Alliteration Childhood disappears like the morning dew on a mountain lake.  Similes The drama followed her like a Jane Austin novel.  Literary references The waves appeared to be guided by the hand of God.  Thematic…

Day 13: Homeschooling Tip – Embrace the Holidays

Each year I homeschooled my younger children it seemed the months of November and December got so hectic with extracurricular activities, parties, service projects and Christmas gift shopping, it was difficult to keep the school schedule intact. After a number of years of frustration, I gave in to the season and embraced it. Now I…

Day 12: High School Tip – Seek Advice

  Ask Moms who have successfully homeschooled their students through high school for advice. Ask them both what they were glad they did with their children as well as what they wished they had done differently. They are invaluable assets to your homeschooling journey. They can be a wonderful source of encouragement!

Day 10: High School Tip – Take Standardized Tests

Don’t wait until junior year (11th grade) to take the first standardized test. The best preparation for standardized testing is taking tests. The more familiar with the testing routine the more comfortable your students will feel and the more confidence they will have taking the test for college entrance (if that is your goal). The…

Day 5: Homeschooling Tip – Let Your Words Edify

Keep your students challenged in the areas of their strength, identify their weaknesses, but don’t demoralize your children. There is a tricky balance between working at improving areas of weakness and focusing so much on them that your student feels like a failure. I found my responses had a very profound impact on my children’s…

Day 4: High School Tip – Read the Classics

Read at least one classic a month! Books like Great Expectations by Charles Dickens or To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee broaden vocabulary and will have a lasting impact on your student’s writing skills. Don’t forget to keep a list of books read throughout high school – both fiction and non-fiction. Happy Reading! Nicole

Day 3: Homeschooling Tip – Read Aloud

Read aloud regularly. The benefits of reading aloud are numerous. I was able to access whether my children were reading word-for-word or if they were reading phrases, how much they understood what they were reading (reading comprehension), and how confident they were just by listening to them read aloud. It also afforded an opportunity to…