Considering my aversion to making our home look like a classroom, people often ask how I approach testing my kids. Easy! I don’t.
Other than the required standardized tests my kids HAVE to take, my kids do not take tests. In my opinion, there are much better ways to assess learning than the “memorize now, forget later” effect of tests.
Since some states require homeschool documentation (including work samples), depending on your homeschooling method, it can sometimes be tricky figuring out what to use.
We’re living in a time when our very words are policed. “Speaking your mind” carries consequences (as is proven by the fact that YouTube demonetized this video ). Political correctness is none other than the “newspeak” spoken of in George Orwell’s 1984. If you ask me, anything that is aligned with the word “political” can’t be a good thing.
Think about it.
All right! You asked, I answered. Today on my YouTube channel, I shared my 30 favorite books in my home library. A word of warning: if you’re looking for the typical homeschool mom book selections, you won’t find many of those here.
I think it’s time I stop trying to schedule my video topics because every time I do, something happens that makes me go off my plan. Although I was going to share my favorite books on my shelves, I felt this was far more important.
An Ohio school district wants to require its students to wear tracking beacons upon their return to school to help protect against the rona. I wish I were joking.
And I thought the crazy CDC guidelines were bad enough.
After 11 years of homeschooling, I’m convinced that self-education is key…not just for the children, but for the parents, as well.
Be an example for your children of what lifelong learning looks like. Be curious. Read. Research. Learn how to do things. Never depend on others to tell you what is important to know.
In short, do everything you’ve been trying to impress upon your children, ESPECIALLY in this day and age.
Now that we’ve finished another homeschool year, it’s time to start thinking about the next one, which for us is next month.
Today on my channel I shared our language arts choices for our 7 remaining homeschooled kids.
I’ve heard some pretty ridiculous arguments against homeschooling in my time. I thought it was time to address the most commonly used and a few newer ones on my channel today.
Before we started homeschooling, I was a complete neat freak, and I prided myself on it. Making the transition to having my kids home all the time meant making some changes not only to my routine, but to my expectation of perfection.
Today on my channel, I shared a video from my Patreon archives: What I’ve Learned About Housekeeping While Homeschooling.
I’ve talked about this several times, but I finally decided it’s about time I devoted an entire video to it.
DISTANCE LEARNING IS NOT HOMESCHOOLING.
I don’t say this as a jab at parents who have been thrown into doing school at home with their kids. It is simply the truth.
Over the past couple months, I’ve seen more and more headlines saying that “homeschooling is failing students,” “parents have given up on homeschooling,” “homeschooling will hold students back,” etc. None of this is true! They are not actually referring to homeschooling at all, but DISTANCE LEARNING! DISTANCE LEARNING is failing students. Parents have given up on DISTANCE LEARNING. DISTANCE LEARNING will hold students back.
I will not sit idly by as our very way of life is not only misrepresented but intentionally targeted. I will not sit by as tyrants demand homeschooling reform because of issues that are occurring during this plandemic – issues that, I’ll say again, have NOTHING to do with homeschooling.
It’s time we start speaking up. Your silence is going to bite back in the end.