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So You've Decided to Homeschool

Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley | Posted 08.12.2016 | Parents
Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley

Uh-oh. I know that face. You’ve decided to homeschool... and now you are completely overwhelmed. Breathe, mama. Come here and have a seat. We’ll h...

3 Things Your Homeschooling Friend Isn't Telling You

Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley

When people find out we are homeschooling, they say certain things. Well-intentioned comments like: "Wow, I could never do that!" "What do you do al...

Don't Say These 10 Things to Homeschool Moms

Kellie Daab | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Kellie Daab

"What makes you qualified to be a teacher?" Not only is this offensive but it's also incredibly ill-informed. Many homeschool moms are college educated, intelligent and intuitive women.

5 Things You Should Never Say to an Unexpected Homeschooler

Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley

If you had told me, two years ago, that I would be homeschooling my children, I would have burst out laughing. Homeschooling was never on my radar and...

10 Reasons I Homeschool My Children

Lisa Burns | Posted 02.08.2016 | Parents
Lisa Burns

I am an accidental homeschooler. I didn't plan on educating my children at home. I didn't plan on joining the ranks of parents who are sometimes viewed as insular and anti-social. Like many others, I thought that all homeschoolers purposely sheltered their kids from the real world. Seven years after my kids have dragged me into this lifestyle, I can wholeheartedly declare that I am more connected to the world than ever before.

5 Reasons Why We Choose to Homeschool

Jennifer Bly | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Jennifer Bly

My daughter's allergies started us on our homeschool journey, but now that we're in it, even if my daughter outgrew her allergy, we would still choose home education.

When Elementary School Crushes A Child

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Amy Aves Challenger

Elementary school has fallen and shattered over our ten-year-old's mind. It has suffocated his love for learning, piled over his kindness and trust, and eroded his childhood. Today, five years after he started kindergarten, my son, my husband and I crawl about, attempting to gather and paste the pieces of school together.

3 Questions to Help You Become a More Effective Teacher

Amber Kane | Posted 10.15.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Teachers of all kinds, public, private, homeschool, need to remember why they're teaching, they need a framework that brings focus to chaos.

The Most Frustrating Things People Say to a Homeschooling Parent

Jennifer Bly | Posted 08.24.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

I have recognized that there are several frustrating things people say to a homeschool parent. I've heard these statements on numerous occasions, and while I realize they may be innocent, many of them are indirectly hurtful and even obnoxious.

I Homeschool My Preschooler, and I Don't Care What You Think About It

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 08.13.2016 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Before you pipe up about socialization or public school preparedness or homeschooling stereotypes (all homeschooled kids are weird) please remember this. The homeschooling parent standing next to you is doing what all good parents do: what's best for their children.

How Introverted Parents Can Homeschool Their Kids (And Still Get Alone Time)

Quiet Revolution | Quinn Cummings | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Four years ago, my daughter Alice was coasting through school on the parts she did like (words) and charming her way out of the bits she hated (number...

Bringing the Wonder Back to Alice

Joanne Rendell | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Joanne Rendell

It's a warm spring evening in Central Park and a group of teens are gathered at the Alice in Wonderland statue, just up from the boating lake. For most of them, frolicking on the iconic statue is probably something they haven't done in a while. But today the teens don't hold back.

Homeschooling: Setting the Record Straight

Chris Sosa | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Chris Sosa

During the late 1980s, my mother heard a radio report about an educational method called "homeschooling." At the time, it was framed as a predominantly religious response in the U.S. to the secularization of schooling. But what mom saw was an opportunity to spend more time raising her children in the way she believed to be best.

Boners + Belly Laughter: Laughterbating With Aella's Avant-garde, NSFW Performance Art (Part II)

Jesse Damiani | Posted 11.02.2014 | Weird News
Jesse Damiani

Weird stuff happens here all the time. Sometimes we have dance parties. I have these lights that flash and stuff, and they play a lot of rap music.

What Is It Like to Raise Unschooled Kids?

Quora | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Quora

As unschoolers, we live as though school (K-12) doesn't even exist. When my son shows an interest in any particular thing, I find ways to help him explore his interests in a way that will be productive and fulfilling for him in the long run.

I Was Homeschooled During High School -- And Regret Nothing

Justina Sharp | Posted 07.15.2014 | Teen
Justina Sharp

If I had not packed up my cubby that day in June of 2006, if my extraordinarily patient mum had decided this wasn't working, if I had registered for school every time I felt lonely, or bored, or like I was missing out, I wouldn't be who I am today.

Five Myths About Families That Homeschool

Monica Swanson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Education
Monica Swanson

While I have seen families who let their kids run wild under the guise of "homeschooling," I think this is the exception. Most families that choose to homeschool do so committed to giving their kids the best education possible.

18 Ridiculously Successful Home-School Alums

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.23.2013 | Parents

These days there is debate about the best forum for children to receive quality education: public schools, charter schools, private schools, school vo...

Why I'm Glad I Was Homeschooled

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 08.18.2013 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

There are a million different aspects that went into me being homeschooled. I would be doing all my classes online and honestly, I was skeptical. I thought that there was only so much you could learn online. And I was right.

The Year I Went to School and Why I Left

Ruthie Gopin | Posted 01.08.2013 | Teen
Ruthie Gopin

I have spent my life in and out of the school system. No, I am not a delinquent, or on the run; just someone who has always been torn between schooling and homeschooling.

Why I Will Never Homeschool My Children

Eva Glettner | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

You know the age old adage "absence makes the heart grow fonder?" Well, in my case, it makes me adore my children (almost) unconditionally. When I am given a bit of a break from my brood, I relish the time that I do spend with them. Homeschooling parents, HOW DO YOU DO IT?

The True Story of Homeschooling

Elena Kervitsky | Posted 09.22.2012 | Teen
Elena Kervitsky

When someone mentions homeschooling, do you think of someone who is socially awkward or really nerdy? If so, you have the WRONG impression of homeschoolers.

Unschooling Shouldn't Be Child-Centered

Pamela J. Stubbart | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Pamela J. Stubbart

Advocates of unschooling and critics alike seem to understand the practice as a radically "child-centered" form of education. However, this distorts the vision of unschooling's intellectual father.

Bachmann Campaign Accused Of Stealing

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is the hot seat for allegedly stealing a coveted email list in order to target Iowa ...

I Am Not for Homeschooling, I Am It

Kate Fridkis | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
Kate Fridkis

Thinking differently from most people about school is just part of my identity. How could I not? I grew up without school. My reality is different.