Homeschool vs. Public School

I know, I know. I say all the time that school and homeschool are two different things. But for those who don’t know much about homeschooling, they might have a hard time understanding what that means.

In today’s video I shared a side-by-side comparison of how schools approach certain things, such as curriculum, learning differences, family vacations, etc., and how these same things can be approached in a home educating family.

Homeschooling Doesn’t Have to Be…

I’ve been thinking about how often I’ve talked about what homeschooling is, and how I’ve regularly addressed different approaches that can be used, but today’s video is coming from just a little different angle…

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be ________.

How would you fill in the blank?

Homeschooling 101: Let’s Talk About Grade Levels

When it comes to homeschooling and grade levels, different families believe different things. Some families do everything they can to adhere to the grade their child would be in were he/she in school. Others ditch them altogether.

In today’s video, I shared some practical advice on grade levels, when they might be necessary, and why they’re not nearly as important as we’ve been led to believe.

How We Homeschool American History WITHOUT Textbooks

For our family, learning the history of the United States is vitally important. Not only is it required by our state homeschool laws, but it can serve as a reminder of the once sovereign spirit the people of this nation once held. It can instill courage and inspiration in those of us living today in a world of ever-increasing tyranny.

In today’s video, I shared how we approach one of my favorite topics WITHOUT textbooks.

Simple Homeschooling for Multiple Children

Homeschooling multiple children can feel like a juggling act, and the more children you have, the more tricks you need to have up your sleeve.

Today on YouTube, I shared some ideas for homeschooling when you’ve got more than one or two kids.

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.