General Homeschool Posts

Homeschool Programs For Elite Athletes: A Student Showcase- Ryan Overstreet

May 20th, 2015 | By | Category: General Homeschool Posts

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Some families decide to homeschool out of a strong desire to home educate, some are forced to because of circumstances, and other families, like the Overstreet family, never imagined or considered homeschooling. However, after stumbling into a homeschool program, the Overstreet family found benefits and joys they never expected. They soon discovered that homeschooling can do more than just bring families closer together. Homeschool programs and flexibility have the power to open doors to dreams that would be nearly impossible to chase without the flexibility and freedom of home education.



10 Things Young Mom’s Should Know

May 12th, 2014 | By | Category: General Homeschool Posts

As I look to the reality of my oldest child heading off to college and a home filled with nothing but teens, I am beginning to look back and realize that there are many things I would do differently now that I am at this new stage of motherhood. So this post is for those young moms out there who may be looking forward to the teen years and missing the treasures of these early years.



You Don’t Have to Accept Common Core

Mar 6th, 2014 | By | Category: General Homeschool Posts

Common Core Standards and the curriculum designed to implement have been quietly developing over the past several years with many parents completely unaware of what was coming. But in 2013 when the first states began to implement new testing to determine whether schools have been successful in implementing those standards, the public suddenly become all too aware of the many issues that come with nationwide standardization.



Recharge Your Homeschool Classroom and Avoid the Mid-Winter Slump

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: General Homeschool Posts, Lead Article

The holidays have passed us by, yet spring is still quite far away for many of us. Has your homeschool classroom tumbled upon the dreaded mid-year slump? It’s a difficult time of year – even many of us “grown-ups” have grown bored and restless, and ready for a new season. But there are ways to generate some energy and enthusiasm in your classroom, today! Here’s how.



Do You Schedule Your Homeschool Day Efficiently?

Feb 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Articles, General Homeschool Posts

Scheduling, or the lack thereof, is one of the top ten issues many moms struggle with when organizing curriculums and classroom activities for their homeschoolers. When should the school day begin? How do I keep kids of varying ages and levels on task? Should I be more rigid? Should I be more flexible? Does it really matter in the end? I have some answers.



No More Winter Blues! 10 Great Ideas to Keep Your Homeschooler Active During Winter

Dec 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles, General Homeschool Posts

Baby, it’s cold outside! For many of us the time of year for shorter days and winter hats is upon us. And, while this means the holidays and snowmen and hot cocoa, it also means less activity, more time indoors, and fewer opportunities to get out and do. For many families and bookworms, this is the best time of the year. But, for others, it signals a season of frustration, unspent energy, and malaise. But, the good news is that winter doesn’t have to bring the blues. With a little creativity, a few supplies, and a smile, you can engage your homebound learners in active play that opens their minds and gets them moving.



Common Core, Testing, and Your Rights

Nov 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles, General Homeschool Posts

No doubt you have heard the uproar surrounding the Common Core State Standards, or CCSS. We’ve discussed previously the realities of the “newest thing” in education and its negative impact upon our school systems and nation. Though a majority of states have not fully integrated the standards into classrooms and standardized testing, the preliminary results are in, and they are dismal.



Ten Creative Writing Dos and Don’ts for Students

Nov 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles, General Homeschool Posts

It can be said that a solid creative writing technique doesn’t actually appear automatically for students. They can’t merely “consult an inner muse” and voila – witty and polished prose or short stories then appear as if their genealogy chart contained the bloodlines of Bronte, Dickinson, and Poe.



The 3 E’s of a Homeschool Classroom: Enthusiasm, Energy, and Enjoyment

Sep 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles, General Homeschool Posts

It is likely an understatement to say that homeschool families have many varied reasons for embarking on their homeschooling journey. But once you’ve laced up your hiking boots, and headed out to conquer the mountain peaks with a fresh curriculum and a strong faith – peppered with an iron dose of willpower – you certainly want to make the most of your journey. And exactly how can you do this? By giving your child the most precious gift you can as their teacher – a fundamental love for learning.



Love Tech? Try Our List of 7 Teen-Friendly Apps for Education

Sep 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles, General Homeschool Posts

We’ve got a bit of good news for tech savvy teenagers. Learning online continues to grow with more interesting, more varied, and simply more fun technologies than ever. App designers are in a head-to-head race to create educational programs that engage both kids and teens of all grade levels.