A few days ago, I happened to see a screenshot of some back-to-school advice that someone shared. Written specifically for the parents of those registering their kids for kindergarten, I have no reservations about the fact that the author meant well.
I was appalled and astonished to see that this advice proved what I was saying the other week about the schools usurping parental authority This post, on the other hand, is suggesting that you hand it over willingly.
No usurpation required.
Okay, it’s time to fess up. If you’re a homeschool mom or dad, how many times have you had someone either hint or outright say that parents aren’t qualified to teach their kids?
I’m guessing it’s happened to you at least a few times.
A few months back, I was binge-watching homeschooling videos on YouTube. (Hey, I do that sometimes.) As I was scrolling through the comments, I came across one in which the author was adamantly opposed to homeschooling because, once again, “parents aren’t qualified to teach their kids.”
That one comment really got me thinking – and a little fired up – about how ironic that mindset is.
Here’s why. Continue reading “Think Parents Aren’t Qualified to Teach Their Kids? Oh, the Irony!”
It’s that time of year again – that period when we homeschooling families tend to finish up what we’ve been working on and either take a break or begin preparing for a new year.
A common theme I’ve noticed perpetuating social media threads is that of “missed work.” I’ve seen many people posting about prolonging the year or homeschooling through the summer specifically to make up for missed work.
That, my friends, is never something you should fret about.
Let me tell you why. Continue reading “Why We Don’t Make Up Missed Work in Our Homeschool”
If you’ve been here before, you know that once I get started on my tirades about the public education system, it can take awhile for me to get it out of my system.
That’s where I am right now. 😉
Last week, I shared with you why my husband and I have decided that school isn’t even an option for our kids. Today I am going to tackle one of the reasons for that – the usurpation of parental authority.
While I could come up with dozens of ways schools have stolen the rights of parents across the country, today I’m going to share the five that have hit me the most. Continue reading “Parents, Wake Up! School Is Usurping your Parental Authority”
As many of you are probably aware, I am no fan of the public education system.
A while back, I decided to share with my readers seven reasons school is NOT an option for my kids. Recently, I have, again, become convicted to share how and why we came to this decision. This time, however, I decided I would publish it on YouTube instead of writing another blog post because, frankly, sometimes it’s just easier to get it all out when I’m talking.
Are you like that, too? Continue reading “Why School Is Not an Option for My Homeschooled Kids”
Come on, admit it.
As a parent, there have been times – lots of times – that you’ve wanted to “lose” one of your kids’ books simply because you couldn’t take one. more. reading.
One of my favorite things to do with my children is to sit and read aloud to them. As much as I’ve adored reading The Foot Book with each of them, after reading it dozens of times a day for months at a time, I did grow a little weary.
Shh! Don’t tell my kids!
Recently, however, I came across a colorful, comical picture book that I’ve been enjoying as much as my kids… Continue reading “A Picture Book You’ll WANT to Read Over and Over Again”
4 Easy Steps to Getting Started with Interest-Led Notebooking Today!
I remember a time when my kids would actually cry whenever I would try to get them to write. The mere mention of the words “essay,” “report,” or “composition” would immediately induce a flood of waterworks.
It was bad.
As a writer, the fact that my kids hated writing was doubly hard. How could my children despise doing something that gives me so much pleasure?
Then one day, the answer to this question hit me like a ton of bricks: I enjoy writing because it’s my choice. I choose the topic, the style, and how long it will be. Whether I write 300 words or 1,500, when it comes down to it, I have no restrictions. This freedom makes a task that sends so many people running in the opposite direction not only manageable, but enjoyable.
I knew I wanted to give that gift to my kids so that they, too, would come to know the joys of producing the written word, but how could I accomplish that? Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Interest-Led Notebooking”
Have you ever found a homeschool curriculum that literally made you giddy with excitement?
(I received this product for free and was compensated for writing an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)
One that not only did what it promised to do, but also seemed to simultaneously fit your teaching style, your children’s learning style, and your homeschool philosophy? No?
Believe me, I hear you. As a homeschool mom of many, finding a curriculum that meshes well with our hectic lifestyle can be tough. Our ideal learning resource has to be interesting, cross-curricular, living books-based, and gentle, all rolled into one. Continue reading “Homeschooling History with Beautiful Feet Books”
I know what some of you are thinking, so let me reassure you right off the bat –
No, I haven’t given up on homeschooling.
Perish the thought!
In fact, as we come to the close of our 9th year of homeschooling, I am more confident in our decision now more than ever. So…..you might be wondering what this is all about then.
Where should I begin?
Continue reading “Why I Will Never Call Myself a Homeschool Teacher Again”
Well, here it is – my final post dedicated to presenting next year’s homeschool curriculum.
As with our chosen curriculum for the littles and middles, my teenagers’ (who will be in grades 9 and 11) learning remains as relaxed as possible, which I know really goes against the grain when it comes to most homeschooled high schoolers.
The thing is, last year I graduated my first homeschooler, and that experience really helped me to realize that I’m far more interested in preparing my kids to become adults than I am in stuffing them with trivial facts and dates. So if you’re looking for a vast array of textbook selections, you won’t find that here. 😉 Continue reading “Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for High School”