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Updated: April 2, 2020

Celebrating Your Child's Birthday While Social Distancing

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Much of the world has been thrown into lockdowns, told to shelter in place, and instructed to practice social distancing. Even though all of this is out of our control and was totally unpredicted, this is still a disappointing time for a child with a birthday. Of course parties can always be postponed or rescheduled, but if your little one’s birthday falls during this time it is still important to acknowledge and celebrate it.

Understanding the Reasons for Transitioning from "Regular" School to Homeschool

Understanding the Reasons for Transitioning from "Regular" School to Homeschool

If your child is already in school and you have decided to homeschool him or her, your reasons for doing so probably fall into one of the following two categories:

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Updated: May 14, 2020

8 Reasons Why I Plan to Homeschool Even After the Pandemic

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I have been homeschooling my daughter since her school closed mid-March, and I have decided that I will continue teaching her myself, even when schools eventually open again. She thrives in our current set up, and I know that continuing it is the best choice for her.

Here are eight reasons why I have decided to continue homeschooling after the pandemic is finally over:

Updated: March 2, 2021

The Ultimate Homeschool Supply List

The ultimate honeschool supply list

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Special Education Placement

What is "appropiate?"

A Federal District Court judge in Massachusetts has now answered this question in dramatic fashion by ordering reimbursement to parents for several years of tuition paid to a private sectarian (Christian) school which has no special education certified teachers on its staff. The case is called Matthew J. v. Massachusetts Department of Education, 989 F.Supp. 380 (D. Mass. 1998).

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Adding Audio-Visual Equipment to Your Homeschool Classroom

Adding Audio-Visual Equipment to Your Homeschool Classroom

There are thousands of DVDs, videotapes, cassettes, and audio CDs available today that you will find valuable additions to your curriculum. These include documentaries on DVD, such as Ken Burns' seminal The Civil War miniseries, to instructional programs to foreign language lessons on CD. To take advantage of all these types of resources, you'll need to equip your schoolroom with the following equipment:

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Why Do People Homeschool?

Lifestyle advantages

  • More efficient use of time. Homeschools use time more efficiently than do institutional schools. The use of time in homeschools is driven the by the educational and other goals for a child rather than by a rigid schedule. Also, homeschools don't use as much of a child's time in administrative and other nonproductive activities. Homeschoolers can usually accomplish more learning in less time than those being educated in institutional schools.

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    Homeschooling Teens: Teaching and Record Keeping

    Homeschooling Teens:
    Teaching and Record Keeping

    Isabel Shaw  

    What Subjects Do I Teach?


    Homeschooling: The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen outlines how to set up and follow a high school curriculum. If your child plans to attend college, Cohen advises you to begin your studies with the following subjects:

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    What Has Your State Government or Local School System Got to Do with Homeschool?

    What Has Your State Government or Local School System Got to Do with Homeschool?

    Although the general requirements regarding education are laid out at the federal level, public education is mostly the responsibility of state and local governments. Because of this, federal education regulations won't have any impact on your homeschool.

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    Finding Homeschooling Mentors

    Finding Homeschooling Mentors

    One of the best relationships that you can cultivate is with one or more homeschool mentors – a mentor is simply someone who has more experience with homeschooling than you do (hopefully quite a bit more), who is willing to share their experience with you. A homeschool mentor is especially important when you are just getting started. While it is my hope that this book and the resources it connects you with provide lots of information you can use to get started with your homeschool, there is no substitute for a real person as a mentor.

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    Preparing for Homeschool

    Preparing for Homeschool

    Homeschool, like traditional schools, is based on a year period of time for planning and assessment purposes; progress through a student's education is measured by grade level. There is lots of work you need to do to prepare for a school year; some of this work has to be done only once or periodically, while parts of the work are done annually or more frequently. The major tasks involved in preparing to homeschool are in the following table.

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    Updated: May 15, 2019

    Getting Homeschooling Children to Focus

    Getting Homeschooling Children to Focus

    In the Beginning...
    My first day homeschooling was a disaster. I'd turned our den into a little classroom full of "educational" stuff: posters, blackboard, desk, and workbooks. My five-year-old daughter, Jessica, was excited and ready to begin.

    So what went wrong? Within a very short time, major boredom set in. Jessica was simply not interested in what I was trying to teach her. She became uncooperative. I was frustrated and angry. The more I pushed, the more she resisted.

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    by: Dr. Annie Valuska, Senior Scientist, Purina

    How Reading to Pets Can Help Boost Kids' Reading Skills

    Reading to pets builds kids' reading skills

    With millions of students learning from home, parents may have an unlikely teaching assistant closer than they think. A mounting body of research shows that there are many benefits to kids when they read to dogs. Here are four reasons to consider incorporating your family pet into your child’s reading routine. 

    More: How Pets Can Impact Kids' Mental Health

    Updated: May 29, 2020

    Avoiding Homeschool Burnout

    Avoiding Homeschool Burnout

    Mother Overload
    Yes, there is one downside to homeschooling. Does it happen to everyone? Are some moms more prone to burnout than others? How can you cope, and more importantly, how can you prevent it? To find out, I asked my team of experts -- dozens of homeschooling moms -- if they experience burnout, and how they deal with it. Their answers may surprise you.

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    Updated: January 13, 2021

    At-Home Learning Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Resources for learning at home during COVID-19 school closures

    Every working parent has time management challenges. Most of us have systems that we rely on to manage our family and work responsibilities (thank you Google Calendar and Wunderlist!). One of those systems is our schools.

    Thousands of those schools have closed their doors due to COVID-19. Many parents are working remotely, and many of us are wondering how to structure our days. Teachers have been tasked with developing remote learning plans and using them to keep students on track. The organizational challenges we are facing at home and in our schools are unprecedented.