So you’ve got junior at home now. And then it hits you–what am I supposed to teach him–how am I going to teach him–I don’t know how to teach him–WHAT HAVE I DONE!? As I’m always telling my son, the first rule is “don’t panic.” Take a deep breath and tell yourself that you can do this. You may not know how, but you’ll figure it out. The following are some suggestions on how to go about it. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Starting Homeschooing
6 Reasons NOT to Homeschool
If you care about making everyone else happy and conforming to society’s expectations, you should not homeschool. Here are six reasons not to homeschool.
You will make people nervous about their decision to have their children attend public schools. Actually, what they’re nervous about is the fact that your decision to homeschool means that they have to acknowledge that they too have a decision regarding their children’s education. Continue reading
I’ve Decided to Homeschool–Now What?
You’ve made the decision to homeschool, so what’s next? The following is some friendly, non-legal advice from me to you based on my experiences and others who also homeschool in Texas. If you have something you would like to add, please send it to me so that I can add it. Continue reading
Homeschooling Methods: Charlotte Mason
If you are new to homeschooling and know that you need something other than a home version of school or maybe you’ve been doing a structure school at home and find it isn’t working, Charlotte Mason is where you should start looking. Continue reading
6 Education Resource Websites Every Homeschooler Should Know About
There are gajillions of education related websites out there. Some focus on the ins and outs of homeschooling. Others provide subject content, science, history, foreign language, you name it-it’s there. And then there are the ones on how to teach the content. Some are amazing, others not so much. Some are current, others are populated with dead links. It’s really overwhelming. You can’t possibly keep track of them all. Continue reading
What is curriculum?
Curriculum is basically a grouping of subjects of study. We tend to think about curriculum by organization or subject. For example, any public high school curriculum in Texas is required to include math and science. Math and science are just parts of the curriculum. Continue reading
What is it Like to Homeschool? You Have No Idea
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
Why, How, and When Should My Child Learn a Second Language
The following article is from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement which is part of the Department of Education.
Much media attention has recently been focused on the importance of early learning experiences on brain development. Newsweek devoted a special edition to the critical first 3 years of a child’s life and indicated that there is a “window of opportunity” for second language learning starting at 1 year of age. A February 1997 article in Time magazine suggested that foreign languages should be taught to children as early as possible. With so many demands already placed on children, parents might ask: Is it important that my child learns a second language at a young age? Why? What options are available? Continue reading
What do Homeschoolers REALLY do all day?
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
Homeschooling Methods: Waldorf
Waldorf is an education system developed in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner in Europe. The basic premise of a Waldorf education is the rejection of materialism and embracing the spiritual aspects of humanity. The Waldorf method addresses the three aspects of humanity as defined by Steiner, physical, emotional, and thinking often referred to as the hands, heart, and head. Steiner believed that the education system spent too much time on the “thinking” at the expense of the “physical” and “emotional.” Continue reading