Is School Ever Out When You Homeschool?

School ended on Friday. But when you homeschool, “School’s Out!” only means, “The majority of our formal schooling is over.” Because every homeschool mom who declares school over is really thinking, “Except for the math we’re going to catch up,” or, “Well, we’ve got some reading to do.”...more

Well, the learning for children never stops. Homeschooling stops for us but schooling continues ...more

What is Self-directed Learning and Self-learning When Homeschooling?

Our homeschool operation is teacher-directed and teacher intensive but necessary for my young elementary age child. Yet this approach of teacher- directed learning leads to friction with my newly minted teenage daughter. What my teen daughter and I need to cultivate is more self-directed learning and self-learning and less teacher-directed learning....more

On the Road Again

Today, my family (us and our team the Stallions) is on the road again.  We will be traveling to play one of the toughest teams in basketball, the Asheville Trailblazers.  It's an important game and we'll give them a good run for their money, because our team is one of the toughest too.  ...more

Why We Homeschool

When Ethan was born and then diagnosed with Down syndrome, I knew that I would never take him to a therapist, a school or a doctor that I didn't think "got him". Of all the emotions I felt when he was born, the one most fierce was of protection. Although I needed the opinions and expertise of many medical and developmental professionals, I ultimately felt a sense of great responsibility for the decisions that would be made for him. He needed me to advocate the best I could for him and I believe that Ethan made me radical....more
@oceank Hi - never saw your question?! We are in NJ.more

Our homeschool success with MATH! Free Choice Friday

 So, I know this isn't about birth, but I really have to talk about our greatest success lately with Math. My daughter has had a difficult time getting certain concepts in math; while my middle child is fairly gifted in the math realm.  I have always been on the search for a math program that would appeal to the both of them....more

E's Wii Mii

  Every time I see it, it cracks me up! I think it looks like Ethan all shrunk up and popped into the Wii. Ethan lost his hair when he was six years old due to Alopecia Universalis. It was a very difficult time, for me, not for him. He has always thought it was funny, cool and convenient. This is the kid who needed held down for haircuts and I always felt like his hair never looked quite right. It was a constant battle - then, he became bald - go figure! ...more

I can relate to your post as my son with Down Syndrome started to lose his hair at the age of ...more

Homeschool Rookie: If I screamed would anyone listen?

My best friend bought me a luxurious eye pillow.  I mean it was a gift in season.  I'm 32wks pregnant and everyone knows that at 32wks pregnancy=insomnia.  Not only am I pregnant, I'm pregnant with twins.  I must stress this so that you can understand why my eye pillow is so precious.  It is filled with leaves of lavender which emit a calming scent while its satiny exterior provides comfort and coolness to the eye area.  There are extra satin folds which cusion the eyes while the mask is worn....and let's not forget the comfy band that holds it securely in plac...more

Homeschooling the Preschooler

I'm not ready to send Athena to school. I'm just not. And you know what? I might not be ready to send her next year either. But hey haters, that doesn't mean that she's going to be behind. I'm using some of that crazyweirdhippie homeschooling that runs rampant in my family. And guess what... it's going amazingly! My first homeschooling purchase was this book: ...more

I Work From Home ... and I Homeschool

We are going into week 2 of our homeschooling adventure. It's been QUITE the whirlwind.And I am learning a REALLY valuable lesson with homeschooling. EVERYTHING IS EDUCATION. Everything. Helping bathe the baby? Learning. Grocery shopping with me? Learning. Running after the baby so he doesn't tear all the books off the shelf at Borders while I am trying to figure out what literature to buy you for next month? Learning. ...more

My son is 13 (nearly 14!) and he's always been homeschooled as has his 6-year old sister. We are ...more

New Series: We've Decided to (Gulp) Homeschool

Since the middle school here is so huge, we have ALWAYS considered homeschool for these years (with a return in high school). And so, I have been turning it over and over like a rusty hamster wheel in the back of my head for a long, long time. ...more
This is the first year that I am homeschooling my little one. I have had a lot of opposition. ...more