Homeschool 101: Join a Support Group!

It’s helpful to have a network of support as you forge your homeschooling journey. In the high school years, other homeschooling parents are especially helpful. I leaned heavily on many of my friends as my children passed through middle school and high school. They gave me advise in regard to curriculum, college preparation, and building…

Homeschool 101: Hand Over the Reins!

Homeschool Help for High School: Hand over the reigns to your high schooler! Let your high school students take ownership of their education. This is a simple statement which takes quite a bit of time to finally accomplish. What I mean to say is, the process of handing the responsibility over to your student is…

Homeschool 101: Challenge Middle Schoolers to Do Big Things

Homeschool Help for the Middle Schoolers: Do Big Things! My daughter was the first in our family to accomplish the National Novel Writing Month challenge (www.nanowrimo.org). During middle school, she wrote a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I had never heard of NaNoWriMo, but I let this challenge fulfill her homeschooling requirements…

Day 29: Homeschooling Tip – Don’t Neglect Service

The majority of our homeschooling days center around our children and meeting their physical, emotional, social, and academic needs. It is easy to become so wrapped up in their lives and their future we neglect to teach them to be sensitive to the needs of others. Service is a wonderful opportunity to teach our children…

Day 26: High School Tip – Share the Teaching Load

Have your high school students teach their younger siblings! We homeschooling moms know how much we learn when we teach, our students will find that they do too. Not only does this help to lighten the teaching load, but it teaches the elder brother or sister responsibility. When the older student teaches it reinforces what…

Day 22: High School Tip – Tailor Your Student’s Education

The beauty of homeschooling is that we don’t have to fit into the public school system’s box!┬áBut sometimes we forget how freeing this fact is and how it can make our student’s high school experience extraordinary! In Florida, the requirements in high school are no different from┬áthe elementary grades – an annual evaluation and an…

Day 20: High School Tip – Take AP Classes/Tests

AP (Advanced-Placement) Classes, Dual-Enrollment classes, and CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) tests, what’s the best option? Some colleges don’t give credit for CLEP tests, so you should check with a prospective college before your student spends the time and money in CLEP preparation. Dual-Enrollment courses give your student both high school and college credit. But not…

Homeschooling 101: Give your students time on the computer

I know this seems like a contradictory statement, just a couple of days ago I encouraged homeschooling parents to limit electronic use in their children’s lives. But they do need to be competent when it comes to working with computers, so it is necessary to prepare them adequately. In the grammar school years, it is most…

Day 18: High School Tip – Participate in Nanowrimo

Doing big things could include participating in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month – November). At Nanowrimo.org you and your student can join the annual November challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. My children and I participated in the challenge for a number of years and succeeded. The Young Writers Program gives…