Anyone who has homeschooled for any length of time has no doubt heard this reaction to the news that they educate their kids at home:
You homeschool?? I could never do that.
This isn’t something I take offense at because I used to feel this way, too. While most people who make this statement don’t feel any inclination to homeschool anyway, unfortunately, I know there are many parents who would like to, but feel ill-equipped. Whether it’s a perceived lack of patience or a lack of confidence in their qualifications, they literally feel that they could never do it, to which I say this:
If you can help your kids with their homework, you can homeschool.
Here’s why. Continue reading “10 Ways Helping Your Kids with Homework Can Be Harder Than Homeschooling”
Ever since I took off my kid gloves last week and finally addressed the truth about public education, I have been pondering the question behind why schools do things the way they do.
Take special education, for example – specifically, the education establishment’s approach to children with ADHD.
As a mom to a child who was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in school, I have had firsthand experience with this, but for the sake of time, I won’t be getting into our specific story today. Right now, I’m more concerned with the general treatment of these children in the school setting. Continue reading “Public Education and ADHD – A Question of WHAT IF…”
There are few things in life that can get me riled up like the truth about compulsory schooling.
I’m not normally someone who likes confrontation. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs, but since the horrendous school shooting that happened barely two weeks ago, I cannot think of anything else.
So, yes. I’m going to do another epic rant about public education because I don’t think parents of school students recognize these schools for what they truly are. Continue reading “A Homeschool Mom’s Epic Rant About the Public Education System”
Have you ever had an issue you were really passionate about but felt like you had to tiptoe around, so as not to upset a bunch of people?
For me, that issue is public education.
To be sure, I’ve certainly tackled the issue more than a few times here on my blog, but I’ve always held back just a bit because I didn’t want to make anyone mad. (Although a few people always seem to get irritated, anyway.)
Well, I’ve decided that I’m not going to hold back any longer. Continue reading “Here’s the Real Reason Why Public Education Will Never Get Better….”
What’s your homeschool Kryptonite?
For me, one of the most difficult things to overcome as a homeschool mom has been getting over my instinct to recreate the “educational” environment I grew up in. After all, aren’t we absolutely inundated with propaganda about how great school is?
Over the years I’ve increasingly become more and more awake to the mess that is called the public education system. Continue reading “The Public Education System Fosters Ingenuity…or Does It??”
Can you believe it’s 2018 already? It seems like only yesterday I was sharing my most popular posts of 2016. In what seems like a blink of an eye, here we are one year later.
Anyway, after allowing myself to take a much needed one-week break from the blog, my YouTube channel, and most social media last week, I’m feeling refreshed and ready to get this new year started!
Before I kick off my own countdown here, I just wanted to say thank you so much to all of you for reading, commenting, and being such a huge encouragement to me. Believe it or not, I had over a quarter of a million views on my blog in 2017 and my fledgling YouTube channel has almost 2,000 subscribers. Is that crazy, or what?
So, without further ado, here are my: Continue reading “My Top 10 Most Popular Homeschooling Posts from 2017”
I have made a lot of mistakes as a homeschool mom. A lot. And while I now neither claim to be perfect at this job or have everything figured out, there is one thing I can assure you I am 100% confident of:
Out of all the traps you can fall into as a new homeschooler, there is one that stands out above all the rest as potentially the most destructive and the most joy-draining mistake you can make.
Before I get into what that is, don’t lose heart if you discover you’ve been doing this all along. I think most of us are guilty of having done this to some extent in our homeschools- I know I have.
Ready for the big disclosure? Okay. The biggest no-no you can run into as a new homeschooler is… Continue reading “The Biggest Mistake You Can Make as a New Homeschooler”
I hate standardized tests. As a homeschool mom, I think they’re one of the most useless things on the planet- right up there with cockroaches and mosquitoes.
Yet, just the other week I had a conversation with someone about homeschooling that went something like this: Continue reading “Homeschoolers, Don’t Fall for the Standardized Testing Gimmick!”
5 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself
If there’s one thing I know about homeschool moms, it’s that we love to focus on the good things that happen during our homeschool time.
In our efforts to express to people how much we love this way of life, we can sometimes forget that people, especially other homeschoolers, need to hear the negative aspects, as well.
Today I’m going to set the record straight on one thing…
Not all kids adore homeschooling. Continue reading “Help! My Child HATES Being Homeschooled!”
As someone who has been around the homeschooling community both in real life and online for the past eight years, I’ve come across some real whoppers about homeschooling.
While those of us who actually know what this life is all about may roll our eyes at these falsehoods, they can actually pose a real problem for those who are either considering homeschooling or who may have just started. (I made a YouTube video about this here.) Continue reading “10 Lies About Homeschooling You Need to Ignore”