Homeschooling Language Arts Without a Curriculum

Language Arts…you either love it or you hate it. Like other subjects, the approach you take can make it or break it.

Contrary to popular belief, a formal curriculum isn’t required to effectively teach language arts, so today I shared some tips on how to homeschool this subject WITHOUT a curriculum.

https://youtu.be/wJXKYvGIEZ8

Homeschooling Is Only Good for Farmers (And THESE Famous Homeschoolers)

Did you know that homeschooling is only good for farmers? Me neither! I also never realized that farming was something to look down upon (because we need it to survive and all), but wrong again. I heard it straight from the mouth (or keyboard) of someone who knows better than we do.

So tune in to my YouTube channel today to hear some other “sound” wisdom of someone in the know…and to hear an extensive list of famous homeschoolers who were/are not farmers.

Go figure.

The Hidden Benefits of Twaddle (or “Shallow” Literature)

Let’s talk about twaddle. I know a good many homeschoolers who refuse to let it enter their homes, but does it really have to be all or nothing?

Believe it or not, there are benefits to letting your children read superficial literature from time to time.

John Taylor Gatto’s Stark Warning Against Common Core

As I was reading the essays in the back of The Underground History of American Education yesterday, I realized that not only was John Gatto awake to the history of compulsory schooling, he was awake to a lot of things.

Take Common Core for example. Mr. Gatto’s criticism of it goes far beyond the faulty academics of it and gets to the root of the problem – its purpose.

Parents, If You Lack This Quality, Your Homeschool Is DOOMED

As a homeschooling parent, there is something far more important than how much money you have, how stocked your supply shelves are, or how intelligent you are.

This one quality can be enough to make or break your homeschool. Find out what it is by watching my latest video on YouTube.

Homeschool Writing Tips for the Reluctant Learner

As someone who has always enjoyed writing, when I began homeschooling and realized not all of my kids were as enthusiastic about it as I am, I became a woman on a mission to find ways to make writing more palatable for them.

Today on my YouTube channel, I shared some things I’ve learned along the way.

Help! My 7-Year-Old Still Can’t Read!

We homeschooling parents are professional worriers sometimes, don’t you think? It’s understandable. We’re paving a route for our families in a direction we’ve likely never traveled before.

One of the most common concerns homeschoolers possess is literacy. After all, it’s foundational to functioning in society.

Unfortunately, though, we often place arbitrary schoolish timelines on our children for no other reason than that it’s all we know.

Take advantage of the flexibility afforded to us in homeschooling and break that school mold.

My Response to NPR’s “How Should We Regulate Homeschooling” Podcast

I never post videos on Saturdays, but today’s going to be different.

After stewing over NPR’s “How Should We Regulate Homeschooling” podcast all day yesterday (after many, many people sent it to me), I finally caved in at 12:39am and “let my feelings out” via a video.

To sum up my mood during the recording, four words bring it together nicely – I HAVE HAD ENOUGH.

Homeschooling | The One Thing You Need to Let Go

If you would ask five different people what they need to let go of in their homeschool, you’d likely get five different answers. What I’ve discovered, however, is that the reasons usually have one common root.

To find out what it is, watch the video. 🙂