New homeschool moms have fears - here's how to deal with them

Tackling Your Homeschool Fears

Nobody likes to face down their fears. It’s scary and challenging and just plain hard work. Nobody likes to live in a state of fear either. Whenever you start something new, there’s bound to be some fear associated with it. Motherhood is like that. So is homeschooling. Now that you’ve embarked on this grand plan to educate your own kids, …

Socialization Is Important When You Homeschool

Yes, Socialization Matters

What’s the question most new homeschool parents are asked by their doubting friends and relatives? “What about socialization?” This seems to be a major concern for the public-schooled crowd. Most homeschooling blogs and books address it, too. They hit it head-on with important truths like: Homeschooled kids socialize with people of all ages, not just their peers (making them “super-socialized”) …

How to homeschool if you've pulled your child out of a bad school experience

Homeschooling After a Bad Classroom Experience

When I ask new homeschool moms why they’ve decided to homeschool, a sizable group say they are pulling their child out of the classroom because of a bad experience. Whether it’s bullying, labeling, boredom, or bad company, bad school experiences are a major cause of families deciding to homeschool. Now that homeschooling is seen as an acceptable academic alternative, more parents are …

Simple tips for talking to your family and friends about your homeschool decision

How To Talk To Your Family and Friends About Homeschooling

Not everyone is a homeschooling fan. Maybe you were a doubter yourself at one time. When you decide to homeschool, it can be a lonely decision. You’ve done the research, read some books, lurked on some homeschooling blogs, and committed to giving your children a different kind of education. But not everyone thinks your decision is a good one. Some …

Talk to your kids about homeschooling early rather than late

Talking To Your Kids About Homeschooling

When you decide to homeschool, you do have to tell the kids. It’s only fair. It’s especially important if you are bringing your kids home from public school and double-dog important if they tend to be the kind to resist or resent change. There’s nothing quite like having a serious talk with your kids about their education. Usually, kids just …

Here are the supplies my homeschool can't live without

Homeschool Supplies I Can’t Live Without

When you homeschool, you tend to forget about all the supplies that you have to buy to make school happen. Or that make homeschooling easier. I’m sure my kids could get by with just a slate and chalk like Anne from Green Gables, but it sure is nice to have lots of efficient supplies at my disposal. Here are the …