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Dirt Road Days of Homeschooling

Dirt Road Days of Homeschooling

Dirt Road Days   by Audra Talley   Ah, the sweet lazy days of summer where the cool shade of the tree in the backyard beckons me. I decide that today is one of those days, so I head to the back yard, blanket in hand. My kids, who were scattered all over the house, somehow know I have exited and come traipsing after me. For the next hour we lay under that tree, everyone gazing up through the leafy

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When You Meet a Mountain

When You Meet a Mountain

When You Meet a Mountain by Audra Talley   The choice to homeschool is a big one. We may start off with a preschooler or have older children already halfway through their schooling. While we can be crazy-enthusiastic about the challenge, we often approach the homeschool road with a healthy dose of trepidation, even fear. And it is certainly not unfounded fear. The enormity of the responsibility of both parenting and educating our children can be overwhelming. The huge range

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A Day in the Life, Baker Family

    What is homeschooling really like? Well, each family is unique, and, therefore, each homeschool is unique! “A Day in the Life” is a series of blog posts featuring real Idaho homeschool families. In this post, we introduce you to the Baker family, home educating their three children ages 13, 11, and 9.   Hello friends! I am Jenny Baker. I am married to Pat and we are homeschooling three middle-aged children. They are not preschoolers and not yet high school

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A Day in the Life, Harris Family

    What is homeschooling really like? Well, each family is unique, and, therefore, each homeschool is unique! “A Day in the Life” is a series of blog posts featuring real Idaho homeschool families. In this post, we introduce you to the Harris family, home educating their three children ages 7, 5, and 2. MORNING 7:00am – My alarm clock goes off. I get dressed and say goodbye to my husband of ten years, as he heads out of the house

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The Other Side of Service

The Other Side of Service   by Niccole Perrine   For those of us who find pure joy in giving blessings to others- it’s a burden to accept someone’s help. It’s acutely painful to watch others step in and take on our needs. If you’re like me- you want to avoid this pain as much as possible.   In the ideal world, we would be self-sufficient, able to tackle every obstacle. But the facts remain: We don’t live in an

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part Sixteen

Idaho Homeschool History Part Sixteen The Golden Age 33-202 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY … a parent or guardian shall either cause the child to be privately instructed by, or at the direction of, his parent or guardian; or enrolled in a public school or public charter school, including an online or virtual charter school or private or parochial school…   In 2009, the passage of new language in Idaho Code 33-202 gave Idaho the best homeschool law in the nation, and thus the

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part Fifteen

    Idaho Homeschool History Part Fifteen The Golden Age of Homeschooling   In the years following 2009, Idaho Education Code 33-202 read: 33-202 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY … a parent or guardian shall either cause the child to be privately instructed by, or at the direction of, his parent or guardian; or enrolled in a public school or public charter school, including an online or virtual charter school or private or parochial school…   The Idaho Education Code change in 2009 placed

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part Fourteen

Idaho Homeschool History Part Fourteen The Golden Age of Homeschooling   In the years following 2009, Idaho Education Code 33-202 read: 33-202 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY … a parent or guardian shall either cause the child to beprivately instructed by, or at the direction of, his parent or guardian; or enrolled in a public school or public charter school, including an online or virtual charter school or private or parochial school…   With the stroke of Governor C. L. Otter’s pen, in 2009 Idaho

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Stay the Course

  Stay the Course by Audra Talley   Gah! Some days I am ridiculously unmotivated . . . for housework, schoolwork, wifework . . . pretty much anything. On the sunshiny days I want to lie in the greening grass and soak up months of missing vitamin D. On the rainy days I just want to huddle under a blanket with a cup of coffee and a . . . blank stare. My kids are struggling, too. With months of

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Why You Should Go to a Homeschool Convention

Why You Should Go to a Homeschool Convention By Audra Talley   Three years ago, with a soon-to-be second grader, another ready to start school, and a 10 month-old on my hip, I went to my first homeschool convention. Another homeschool mom encouraged me to go, so I went out of curiosity, hoping to find new ideas. Mostly I went out of sheer desperation. The program I had used for my oldest had become frustrating and it was clear it wouldn’t

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