homeschool high school, grade 8 & 9: the churning
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homeschool high school, grade 8 & 9: the churning

Lots of churning and change in the grade 8 and grade 9 years — said a homeschool conference speaker. I didn’t need someone to say that out loud — I have personal experience. (Obviously, because I have a few kids, and also, I was a kid.)  I thought these years were turbulent because they were tough times … Continue reading

high school options and post secondary school
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high school options and post secondary school

A homeschool family considering homeschool high school is a different kind of homeschool commitment.  “They say” that homeschoolers must renew their homeschool intent when they cross the threshold from grade 8 to high school homeschooling. A whole new world of commitment. There’s a whole new world of social pressure too. “Let them go to high school. … Continue reading

homestead in any home
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homestead in any home

The classic term “homesteading” had something to do with the government offering pioneers land for development. But here we are, with motivation to be as self-sufficient as possible, since our grocery stores reveal occasional lapses of items we’re accustomed to purchasing. So let’s get homesteading. But I don’t have any land, you say? Gotcha. I … Continue reading

Having a high school homeschooler at home
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Having a high school homeschooler at home

What’s it like having a homeschooled high schooler in the home? Everyone assumes I am teaching high school mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Having a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, I can handle biology. The rest is lost on me. High school homeschool looks like college prep time in our home. (But that’s because … Continue reading

entering homeschool high school
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entering homeschool high school

Transition to homeschool high school There’s a bracing moment in each homeschool mama’s world where she realizes that the homeschooled kiddos aren’t staying kiddos forever. They are moving on, moving up, growing into their own persons and deciding to approach their lives independently.  Despite fully acknowledging that I knew I wasn’t going to be ‘mommy’ … Continue reading

Homeschool Mama’s Reading List
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Homeschool Mama’s Reading List

All you need is time and motivation to prepare as an unexpected home learner. (Oh wait, you have time now and possibly motivation (for sanity’s sake). Here is your homeschool mama’s reading list: John Holt, author of How Children Learn. A thirty year schoolteacher who watched his students engage their learning has taught me about … Continue reading