Archive for the Homeschooling Category

When You’ve Never Been on the Big Yellow Bus

When You’ve Never Been on the Big Yellow Bus   by Mary Colwell I stare out my kitchen window as I sip my coffee. A big yellow bus slows to a stop down on the main road, and I observe children disembark and walk the rest of the way up their driveways. As I watch those children trudging home bent against the chilly wind, I hear my own laughing in the other room as their attempt to build something out of

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Can I Homeschool My Special Needs Child?

Yes, You CAN Homeschool Your Special Needs Child! by Heidi Forney   You suspect that your child has or may have various special needs.   Or maybe they have already been diagnosed?   Special needs may be emotional, physical, medical, developmental, behavioral, or any combination.   Does this change your plans? You have always intended on homeschooling.  Or maybe you are already homeschooling your other children.   Or perhaps you may have your children in public or private school and are thinking, “Maybe there

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What Am I Chasing in My Homeschool?

    What Am I Chasing?     by Jessi Webb   Some days it seems as though the things I do are meaningless. I drag my tired self around the house every morning picking up clothes and toys carelessly left behind, knowing full well that by the time I finish making my rounds there will likely be a new mess awaiting me somewhere. I fold blankets that have been abandoned for some new venture, just in time for them

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The Top Twenty Advantages of Homeschooling

The Top Twenty Advantages of Homeschooling Some homeschool seminars would like to make you believe that every day is all sweetness and light, complete with joyful children who complete their assignments with enough time left over to help mom with the dishes. That is the homeschool equivalent of selling you the Brooklyn Bridge. Some days just aren’t like this. Some days, indeed some years, are just plain hard. Let me try to use a fun method to convey a serious

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You are Free to Be Extraordinary

You Are Free to Be Extraordinary: What I Want My Sons to Know       by Jessi Webb When you are young, all the moments you look forward to seem so far away. I can’t wait for Friday to get here. We’ve been driving forever…will we ever get there? When I grow up I’m going to be a pilot. Christmas is 285 days away…I can’t wait that long. But there’s a little secret that every adult around you knows

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The Truth about Idaho’s Homeschool Law

The Truth about Idaho’s Homeschool Law   There are many misconceptions about homeschooling in Idaho. Here are 10 myths you might have heard, and the facts proving each one wrong!   1. “Home schoolers aren’t regulated in Idaho.” Truth: Homeschoolers are legally obligated to provide a good-faith education to their children in the same subjects public schools teach.   2. “Idaho homeschool law has no teeth.” Truth: Homeschool parents who don’t obey the law can be taken to court like any other

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Because: Reflections on Learning to Read

Because By Allegra Reiswig I knew I loved words the first time after my mom read “The Children’s Hour” to me by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. “I’m going to read your poem, Allegra,” she said as she turned the gilded pages of a hardcover library book. The baby was down for a nap and I was perched on the arm of our peach, cushy rocking chair with my two younger brothers. “Mine?” I said, inwardly trilling to myself. “I have my

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Six Strategies for Boosting Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Strategies By Faith Berens, MA The main comprehension strategies readers use are: Connecting Picturing (using sensory images, making a movie in your mind) Wondering/Questioning Noticing the important parts Synthesizing and inferring (figuring out) Predicting and guessing (part of inferring) Monitoring (noticing when you stop understanding) As homeschooling parents, it is imperative that we teach our children these strategies, explicitly and systematically.   Six Ways to Teach Comprehension Model Reading Strategies As an adult reader, you employ reading strategies all the

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Corral Clutter in a Shoe Bag

Corral Homeschool Clutter in a Shoe Bag by Copper Webb   Our homeschool has young students, and we do a lot of hands-on activities throughout the day. Unfortunately, hands-on activities require things for students to put in their hands. Art supplies, math manipulatives, game pieces, craft materials, writing utensils, the list goes on and on. Who knew that homeschooling required so much stuff?   I often grew frustrated at the amount of stuff strewn around our homeschool room. I like things to be

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Ten Reasons to Homeschool through High School

Why Homeschool through High School? by Elizabeth Smith   When our children reach the high school years, we begin to question whether homeschooling can really provide them with what they need—spiritually, socially, and academically. But homeschooling is effective in high school for the same reasons it is effective in the younger grades. As a matter of fact, homeschooling in high school can yield great dividends in the life of your teen. 1. Continue the Family-Building Process The teen years are a

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