Last week I talked about some of the reasons why we decided to homeschool through high school. I realized that I left out one very important advantage. It’s easy to hold a student back if necessary. It doesn’t have to be the result of bad grades and there isn’t any social stigma of repeating a grade. Continue reading
For many homeschoolers, the decision to continue to homeschool through high school is probably the second biggest decision they make after deciding to homeschool in the first place. It’s the time when some family and friends will start with questions something along the lines of “you don’t intend to homeschool them through high school, do you?” Continue reading
So the boy is going to be heading off to college in less than eight weeks. Yes, a college actually accepted him and even gave him money. Who would have thought?
What was I even thinking when we decided to homeschool eleven years ago? Did I know what I was getting into? I thought I did. I can be an obsessive researcher and believe in being prepared whenever possible. Just ask my family about my travel notebooks of maps, hotels reservations, and itineraries. Continue reading
What do Thursday nights have to do with homeschooling? Everything.
My son was in first grade and wanted to play baseball. My husband and I both worked. So I would take off early from work to pick up Ethan from daycare and get him to practice by 5:30 or 6:00. After practice, we would pick up one those healthy and homey meals from a fast food place and eat on the way home. This allowed us more time for Ethan to study for his spelling test, do any other homework, take his bath, and get to be so that we could all get up at six the next morning and do it again. Continue reading
I had a very good friend who decided to start homeschooling in the middle of her chemotherapy treatment. She had been very active in the PTA and was actually president for the second time when her son began having problems in the fourth grade. She had been considering the idea of homeschooling for a while but the final straw came just before Thanksgiving. Continue reading
I know, it sounds like the headline for some celebrity gossip magazine. What superstars do in private isn’t the same thing that they project to the world and we all want to know.
Well, this is actually a pretty similar situation except what homeschoolers really do isn’t the same thing that non-homeschoolers or even new homeschoolers believe is happening or should be happening. Continue reading
10. Help reduce public school class size
9. You know what they’re eating for lunch
8. Lost permission slips aren’t a problem
7. Forgot books at school-so what?
6. End “what to wear” to school arguments
5. Don’t have to worry about missing the bus
4. Can’t forget projects at home
3. Parent-Teacher conferences are a breeze
2. Who knows? You might like your kids!
1. Learning is something you do, not where you go
This is what is different about homeschooling. My son recently attended a Dafur Awareness meeting. In July. It was hosted by another teen who had only learned about the extent of the crisis in Darfur in the past few weeks–since after the local schools let out. About a dozen kids attended the meeting and all left with a better understanding about the genocide that is occurring there. Continue reading
Recently I had a party and the main course was pizza. When we lived in Amarillo, I used to make pizza frequently since heating up the apartment by using the oven wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is any day in San Antonio except for the day when the northerner comes in sometime around the Texas-OU game and the one day after all the stores winter clearance sales where the temperature drops below freezing and you realize that none of your kid’s winter clothes from last year fit. Since we were long past those days (or they were still in the distance days to come-depending on how you look at), I really wanted to use the bar-b-que grill so I wouldn’t heat up the house. Continue reading
Have you ever watched “The Magic School Bus?” It’s a show about a teacher, Ms. Frizzle, who teaches her students science by taking them on field trips via the “magic school bus.” These aren’t your normal going to the museum or taking a tour of the power plant type trips. Nope, the bus usually turns them into a water molecule or something similar to experience the science first hand. Naturally, it’s these experiences that bring home the lesson to the students. Continue reading