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The Day I Decided My Daughter Will Not Choose Her Own Friends. By Leslie Blanchard I will never forget the day my daughter told me that Bethany, a girl in her 4th grade class, was annoying her. “What is she doing to you?” I questioned, instinctively protective. “She’s following me around on the playground and sitting by me at lunch!” “You mean she’s trying to be friends with you?” I realized immediately that I had a problem on my hands. The battle of two very strong wills ensued at my home the next morning. I’m sure there are parents out there who will say I overreacted. We would serve our children well, in my opinion, if we had a frank conversation with them about what motivates human beings to accept and reject others. It’s simply not enough to instruct your children to “Be Nice!” As for my girl, I instructed her that she was going to invest some time and energy getting to know Bethany. “Let’s invest!” She got dressed reluctantly and I drove her to school. I checked back in with Bethany’s mother by phone two weeks later.

Homeschooling Advice & Help | Noodle. Homeschool This — The Synapse. Homeschool This “Sometimes getting away from school isthe best thing can happen to a great mind.”― Ken Robinson “…good things happen to the human spirit when it is left alone.”― John Taylor Gatto “Thank goodness my education was neglected.”― Beatrix Potter “How do you do that?” “Why do you do that?” “You’re insane — who would do that?” “What about socialization/academic rigor/character/etc.?” “Can they go to college?” “I could never do that.” I’ve heard it all — and more — throughout 20 years of homeschooling 4 kids. First, a word about parenting, because everything that can be said about homeschooling is really just about parenting.

Let’s not kid ourselves. So, the truth — about homeschooling and parenting — is complicated, ugly and beautiful, like most things worth the trouble. Calm down. Whatever it is that I’ve done here, in whatever hodgepodge, organic, ever evolving way, seems to have worked. I have many examples, I’ll give you two. So, okay — how do you do it? Honestly, I’m not sure. Erasing Misconceptions: Setting the Record Straight on Six Homeschooling Myths | Inspirational. I never planned to homeschool. I am the daughter, niece and granddaughter of excellent public school teachers. I cheerfully volunteered in my children’s classrooms and worked on parent committees. I believed in doing my best to change a flawed system from within. Yet I kept seeing that school wasn’t a good fit for my children. Our 4-year-old already knew how to read, but had to practice sight words in preschool anyway. Our sweet but inattentive second-grader was deemed a good candidate for Ritalin by his teacher.

Our fifth-grader could do college-level work, but due to cuts in the gifted program had to follow grade-level curriculum along with the rest of her class. We became homeschoolers overnight when those teens pulled a gun on my oldest in the school hallway, telling him he wouldn’t live to see the end of the day. The next morning every reason I had to avoid homeschooling stared me in the face. Here are a few of the misconceptions homeschooling erased for me. Kids develop unevenly. Why WEIRD People Limit Technology: and why it doesn't work. -  Together Walking. A Thousand Rivers. Before there was Phonics or Whole Language, there was the "Alphabet method," sometimes called "syllabification," where students were taught the letters of the alphabet followed by rote memorization and then combination of simple two-letter syllables, like BA BE BI BO BU and AB EB IB OB UB.

Combined with ample doses of the "Whipping" method, it was apparently highly effective. The New England Primer, widely used throughout the northeastern colonies through the end of the eighteenth century, followed a short list of these syllable combinations with illustrated verses designed to show each letter of the alphabet in use (“In ADAM’s fall, we sinned all,” or “The idle FOOL is whipped at school.”) and then went promptly on to full texts of prayers, hymns, dialogues between Christ, Youth, and the Devil, and thrillingly lurid illustrations of Protestant martyrs being burned at the stake. What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning. photo by Wade Davis by Carol Black. I refuse to steal my kids' dreams (On homeschooling as a social movement) Learning to be more committed to our kids than to our educational ideals. Best Homeschooling - Homeschoolers' Best Advice, with Links to Educational Sites and Free Learning Materials.

Answering the Critics of the Gentle Approach to Homeschool. Under the label of gentle, I am lumping together several different homeschool styles – Charlotte Mason, unschooling, delight directed. This would be the opposite of a school-at-home, textbook, or classical style of education. I am not here to criticize people who choose a more rigorous method. My focus is to defend gentle homeschooling against the opponents who demand that everyone fit the mold of traditional learning styles. In my experience, the criticisms of gentle learning aren’t direct attacks but subtle statements that create doubt and fear. A child can’t get into college if…..Xyz curriculum is not enough….You have to ….. Usually the homeschool mom who says these things is honestly trying to help. First of all, I think that our definitions of success may vary greatly.

I understand that mindset. My thinking is that high school is for high school. You actually can get into college without any previous college credits or AP classes. We are all unique. This is the path I have chosen. Homeschool: When You Feel Like Giving Up. The following is a post from contributing writer, Mary Prather. We all know homeschooling is DIFFICULT. It is a unique type of stress we shoulder as homeschooling mothers. For the majority of last year I seriously considered GIVING UP.

Throwing in the towel. I know what the tuition is at our local private schools. I am so thankful God worked in me to give me the courage and strength to keep going. Yes, it’s that simple. Take time to take care of yourself and just be your children’s MOTHER and not their TEACHER. We finished our school year at the end of April last year – not by design. It was not time wasted. Investigate Your Options Much of the stress in our house came from having a preteen that was changing as a learner. I knew that we needed accountability and structure coming from someone other than myself.

Share Do not suffer in silence! I bore this weight of wanting to quit all by myself for several months. If you are having a hard time, please talk to someone. I was getting tired. But What About College? Thanks to my friend The Libertarian Homeschooler for today’s guest post! How do you know your children will be ready for COLLEGE? It must be because I come from an over-educated family full of great degrees and flagrant under-achievement and I married into a family of happy, well-adjusted, hard-working people who made something of themselves without letters behind their names that I’m totally unimpressed with college and its magical powers.

My family bought into the whole “college makes you superior, darling” mentality. I am here to tell you that people with letters behind their names are not exempt from debt, angst, failure, drug addiction, bankruptcy, divorce, bad decisions, or anything else. College is not the cloak of invisibility. College is a tool and, as with all tools, you may need it and you may not. People are walking around thinking “Everyone needs college, darling” and putting children into hock for an urban legend. Stop this. Is it important to prepare your child for college? Homeschooling and The Fear of Not "Fitting In" - Home - Homegrown Learners. People make all kinds of assumptions about homeschoolers. As we were making the decision to homeschool I remember worrying about what people might think of us, and being hurt by offhand comments people would make about homeschoolers. I'm ashamed to admit that I let my silly fears and worries about what others would think of us almost stop me from making the best decision of my life.

One thing is for certain: through homeschooling I have learned that our family DEFINITELY doesn't fit in a box. If anything, we have seen that it's better to be outside of any box and make your way in this world according to what YOU believe is right. I've been having a lot of revelations over the past few months - remember when I wrote about when being normal looks weird? If you homeschool and are trying to fit in the traditional homeschool "box", STOP! If you are contemplating homeschool and are worried about the stereotypes others have about homeschoolers, please STOP.

Hmmm.... let's see. Wow. OK. 10 ways you're making your homeschool day harder than it needs to be. Homeschooling advice from graduates who have been there. Organizing Your Homeschool in a Tiny House. Homeschool High School–How to Log Hours for High School? Gentle Ways to Start Homeschooling Young Children | Forever, For Always, No Matter What. Photo Credit When my two oldest were young we started our research into homeschooling. Once we made the decision to give it a go, I was ready to get started! That’s how I work, once I have made my decision about something I’m ready to jump into action. I loved reading about what other homeschool moms were doing and blogs were nothing like they are now in terms of shear volume and there was no Pinterest!

I can’t even begin to fathom homeschooling without the internet Even then I enjoyed researching curriculum and book lists. Anyway, I was eager to start doing “real school” with my oldest. While I wanted more structure in our day, I knew that workbooks and drilling ABC’s/123′s were not the way to go – at least not for us. Ideas to Nurture Learning in Young Children Start building a good routine – meals, snack time, nap time and regular time to do simple chores.

Go to Mass – mass during the week is short and a great training time for little kids. READ – take weekly trips to the library. 5 Ways to Add Delight-Directed Learning to ANY Homeschool - Ben and Me. Welcome to the Teaching Creatively Blog Hop, hosted by the Schoolhouse Review Crew! For the next 5 days, I, along with 80 or so other bloggers, will be writing about creative ways to homeschool! For those of you who are wondering exactly what I mean by delight-directed and don’t have time to go read those articles linked above, basically it just means using your child’s interests and passions to direct what you teach. It’s not quite unschooling because you may in fact use curriculum to do this. But it is more relaxed than most curricula out there, and not much planning is required. As I was pondering what direction I would take today, it occurred to me that in the past I’ve written mostly about why we homeschool in this manner, how we came to discover it and why I think it’s an amazing way to homeschool.

But, I never really have given many tips on how to incorporate this method into any homeschool, whether you want to try it for a day or a season. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Don't miss a thing! Homeschooling in Small Spaces with Style. Every homeschool is as unique as the people in it. Our lives are different too. And our homeschool spaces also vary from huge rooms and remodeled spaces to the dining room table. No situation is necessarily better than another.

What’s really important is the quality education we strive for. However, a good space is an important place to begin no matter how small. It is possible to homeschool in small spaces. And if you are in the same preparation phase for homeschooling as I am, then you are probably getting your curriculum ordered and a space made for your homeschool. I am a military spouse. My desk drawer stores office essentials and baskets above store scissors, pencils and index cards. Homeschooling in Small Spaces: The Basics Here are a few things that I think most homeschools require: Basic office supplies- computer/printer, stapler, pencil sharpener, paper cutter, scissors, tape, etc. Clutter Free Homeschool Homeschooling With Style. Homeschooling in Tiny Spaces - Raising Lifelong Learners. Tools to Enhance Homeschool Learning {Intro} | Forever, For Always, No Matter What. As if we don’t have enough to do as wives, moms and homeschoolers, now we need to enhance our children’s learning?

You might read this title and think, “are you kidding me? We just need to get math done this week, I can’t even think about any other “tools” to enhance anything!!” I get that! Really. The extras always seem like so much work! Making the Homeschool Extras Work The goal isn’t to cram as much as possible into a week or month or a homeschool career. If you have read my blog for very long, you know I’m not very crafty. Also, another thing that bears repeating, take what you see on the internet with a grain of salt. Many times what show up on a blog seems as if our days are always perfectly pleasant. Most of what you see on a blog should be considered the ESPN highlight reel at the end of each sports day. Having a Plan Equals Flexibility I like having a plan. Here’s what’s up this week: Enhanced Learning Begins with Mom (oh yes it does!) Enhanced Learning with Field Trips. FREE homeschool mini-course ~ 31 Days of Homeschooling ~ a month of tips, advice and wisdom from "Quick Start Homeschool" | Quick Start Homeschool.

Introducing, our FREE 31-day getting started homeschooling series! This homeschooling mini e-course was designed to help you — the beginner, the experienced AND the long-time veteran homeschool parent, too! In the next 31 days (or as fast as you choose to read), you’ll find answers to many common homeschool questions. We have also included lots of other popular homeschool topics for you, too! An overview of the series is provided below. It’s best to read the series in order. But, feel free to jump around if you prefer! Get started: {Day 1} Is Homeschooling Really Right for You?

{Day 2} Do Homeschool Parents Need Special Qualifications? {Day 3} What Are Homeschoolers Supposed To Teach? {Day 4} Where Do Homeschool Families Get Supplies? {Day 5} How Can Parents Be Sure The Children Are Learning? {Day 6} How Do Families Afford Homeschooling? {Day 7} How Do Homeschooled Children Make Friends? {Day 8} What Laws Must Homeschoolers Follow? {Day 9} If Mom Is The Teacher, What Is The Father’s Role? Frugal Homeschool Preschool. I Can’t Homeschool Because I Don’t Have Any Patience | Bright Ideas Press.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB) I can’t homeschool because I don’t have any patience! Ever heard that comment before? Thought it? Said it?! Of all the reasons I’ve heard not to homeschool, that is easily the most common. There is a straightforward truth hiding in this statement—one we don’t want to admit or even recognize. I’m right.My way is best.You slow me down.You keep me from doing what I want to do.It’s all about me. In a word, it means pride. Homeschooling or not, if there is anything we parents need, it’s patience. Before you get mad at me or think I am acting all holier than thou, I’ll let you in on my biggest sin that impacted our homeschooling.

The good news? Over the years I grew, they grew, our homeschool flourished, and our family flourished. What about you? This post may contain affiliate links. Classroom Of Life: The Wish To Learn - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger. “The important thing is not so much that every child be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” -John Lubbock I’m a little slow with getting these posts up, but I have a valid reason. We have been travelling for the past week – leaving our home in Kansas in order to visit family and wind up here in Seoul, South Korea where hubby is stationed for another year. Every few days, I will be posting a quote about how life itself is our classroom. I will break down each quote, sharing my thoughts and observations about it as well. These posts are a part of the Quotable Wisdom hop over at iHomeschool Network. Teaching is only one aspect of education.

The day will come when we cease to be our child’s teacher. I don’t think there is anything wrong with teaching your child. More importantly than teaching our children is instilling a lifelong love for learning and wisdom. Humans are born with a curiosity about the world around them. Let the whole world know! To the homeschool mom that is ready to quitThe Joyful Family. 10 Lies People Believe About Homeschooling Families.

Homeschooling Through Depression. Panicking About Preschool. Living on ONE Small Income as Homeschooling Families. How to homeschool: Links to help you get started. How to Find Free and Inexpensive Homeschool Curriculum - Abundant Life. iHomeschool Network. 5 Things You Should Never Tell a New Homeschooling Mom - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger. Why I am Not a Militant Homeschooler. 7 Ways To Save Money On Homeschool Curriculum. How to Minimize Your Homeschool Shopping. How To Swim Through a Sea of Resources and Find Exactly What You Need. Homeschool Blindspots - Joshua Harris. The Benefits {And Struggles} Of Homeschooling In The Military - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger.

Homeschooling should be joyful! - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger. Using discernment at homeschool conventions - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger.