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  • A 'Typical' Week Homeschooling Grades 1-3
    by Tamara Eaton
    What would a “typical” homeschooling week look like? Typical is in quotes, because there isn’t really a typical week we all need to strive for, nor even probably a typical week within one homeschool family, but you can learn a lot from reading about how others homeschool. So we bring you one homeschool family’s “typical” week for their primary aged children.
  • A Foundation that Handles the Hard Times: Part 1
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    I've spent some time, lately, thinking back over our homeschooling years and comparing how we fared with the stories of other homeschoolers I've known and worked with. Inevitably, these thoughts led me to one basic question. What did we do, and what have others done, that made the difference? Why is it that we were able to homeschool through graduation, through the very same hardships that drive many away from homeschooling and back into the system?
  • A Foundation that Handles the Hard Times: Part 2
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    Jesus is our first, best example in all things, especially when it comes to having our priorities in order. He understood priorities and, more than anyone else, lived a life in which God truly came first.
  • A Foundation that Handles the Hard Times: Part 3
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    Most homeschoolers are fully aware of the importance of family; I would dare say it has a lot to do with why most of us homeschool. Unfortunately, in too many instances, homeschoolers are as likely as the next person to forget how vital the husband-wife relationship is to family health, and how much it takes to maintain that relationship.
  • A Foundation that Handles the Hard Times: Part 4
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    In parts one through three of this series we discussed the importance of keeping our priorities in order and the absolute necessity of God being first and our spouse being second. In this article, we cover the rest of the list – children, church, and homeschooling/job/family business. It would seem unnecessary to even mention to homeschoolers the necessity of keeping our children high on the list. After all, they are why we homeschool, correct?
  • A Moment’s Envy
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    I followed the bus for a series of four blinking stops and then watched as, at each, a number of young children clad with backpacks, boarded. Many small hands waved good-bye to the group of congregated mothers on the street corner as the vehicle drove off.
  • A Quiet Heart
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    A quiet heart, is that possible amidst all the clamor and commotion of a busy household especially one in which children are home on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis?
  • A Real Life Education
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    What do you do when life interrupts homeschooling? Perhaps the answer lies in the definitions of “homeschooling” and “interruptions.”
  • A Relaxed Home Education
    by Beki Cowling
    I think the most important thing about educating our children at home is to ask God what is right for our child(ren)...and then actually listen to His promptings! For some people this is going to look like Charlotte Mason, for others it will look very much like a classical education at home...for us, it looks rather different.
  • A Slice of the Homeschooling Journey Notes at HS Blog November 7 to 15
    by HS Bloggers
    This is but a slice of the homeschooling journey notes found at HS Blog from November 7 to 14th. Topics include: Not all homeschoolers fit the stereotype at UNL, A Little Pride and Prejudice, Study: Preschool harms children's development, and Science Animations, Movies & Interactive Tutorial Links. To read all the posts and the current postings, visit HS Blog.
  • A Wasted Day?
    by Tamara Eaton
    Do you ever look back upon your day and think, "What did I really accomplish?" Every week I hear from frustrated mothers who feel they don't have enough hours in the day to do all that's needed. Most of them have young children and when someone asks them, "What did you do today?” they look back and have a hard time producing tangible evidence of a full day's work.
  • Anti-Homeschooling Excuses: Are They Valid?
    by Tamara Eaton
    Ten common anti-homeschooling excuses that are actually reasons to homeschool!
  • Appreciating Our Strengths
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    God created each of us as unique individuals intended to fulfill specific purposes. He made us each strong in certain areas because He fully intended to use us in those areas, but if we don’t appreciate these strengths for what they are – His precious gifts to us – we will count them less than worthy, or less than important, and hold ourselves back from fully answering His call. We will be like a craftsman who fails to use the most important tools in his box.
  • Avoiding Homeschool Cabin Fever
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Reaching out and finding support from other homeschoolers is important for beginners and veterans.
  • Back to School List: Essentials for This School Year!
    by Tamara Eaton
    Summer is almost over and homeschooling parents everywhere are gathering curriculum for the coming year. Catalogs are filled with items that promise to bring success to your homeschool, things you don't dare skip...but don't let the advertisements fool you, here are the only things you really DON'T want to do without...
  • Bringing Thanksgiving and Christmas to Mississippi: A Personal Response to the Personal Tragedy of Mississippi Hurricane Victims
    by EHO Staff
    Several homeschool family’s decided after the latest hurricanes to make it their mission to assure that their donations are put to good use by going to Mississippi to deliver them themselves. They plan to leave for Perkinston, MS on November 23 to bring Thanksgiving as well as needed clothing and food to the many families still living in temporary facilities, many in tents or with tarps over the roofs. The following is a list of supplies needed and contact information to help in the donation process or to find out how you can make the trip yourself. They also have plans to bring Christmas to those still needing hurricane relief.
  • Burnout! -- Facing the Challenge
    by Hank Tate
    "I'm struggling with Burnout! I don't know if I can take it anymore." This common refrain rings out so frequently through the homeschool community that some outsiders might think it was the homeschool motto.
  • Clarkson Nourishes Homeschool Moms & Champions Children
    by Deborah Deggs Cariker
    If there's one thing I can tell you about Sally Clarkson after soaking up two seminars, several books, and an hour's phone conversation, it's that she is nourishing. There's just something about having spent time with her - even sitting on the floor in a crowded room - that made me feel two things: I'd had a booster shot of encouragement, and I'd spent time in the company of Jesus.
  • Coming Back to Homeschool
    by Bonnie Fitts
    After eight years of homeschooling, a few weeks ago I willingly loaded my eager eleven year old daughter Rebecca into our green mini van and plunked her in the lobby of a private Christian school two miles down the road from our home. Since I have an inordinate amount of time to reflect now that we're not homeschooling, I keep wondering why both of us, who value and love each other and education, want nothing more to do with each other and homeschooling.
  • Comparing Kids
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    "...take with a grain of salt all the glowing reports you will hear from other homeschool moms about their children."
  • Confession Time
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    This has been, perhaps, the hardest piece of writing I’ve ever worked on. I’ve begun it more times than I care to think about. I even wrote one complete article and tossed it because it didn’t say what I felt needed saying. Some would ask why I’ve bothered with it at all, but I’ve seen things in the past month that…well… I’ve confessions to make – not big ones in the overall scheme of things, but big ones in my personal world – and I hope that in making them I can help someone else have an easier homeschooling experience.
  • Critical Thinking: What Is It and How Do I Help My Kids Do It?
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Learn more about critical thinking and how you can incorporate it into your every day homeschooling.
  • Cures for Cabin Fever!
    by Tamara Eaton
    Cabin Fever:"A condition of increased tension, boredom, blahs, etc. caused by living for some time in a confined space or an isolated area, especially in winter." It's January. You're stuck inside...is cabin fever taking over your homeschool?
  • Doing Enough?
    by Tamara Eaton
    Summer is almost upon us! Homeschooling families are busy finishing up studies and looking forward to a change of pace. Many parents look back over the past year and wonder, "Did I do enough? Did the children progress well?" Others worry about too many outside activities and not enough homeschooling. Or maybe both parents and children are burned-out from too many formal studies and not enough time enjoying learning and being together. It's a time of evaluation of the past year, and of looking ahead and setting new goals for the coming year.
  • Doing It All: The Struggle for Your Family
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Do you find yourself feeling guilty when one of your children gets more of your attention than another? Have you truly embraced homeschooling as a lifestyle? Answers to these questions are the starting point for winning the struggle for your family.
  • Eclectic Homeschooling
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Eclectic homeschoolers use what "seems" best at the time. The choices eclectic homeschoolers make are not erratic. The methods and resources they select to use are chosen to further the educational goals they have for their children.
  • Education Freebies
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    It's been said that you can homeschool for free or practically free. For a thorough look, read Homeschool Your Child for Free by Laura Maery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski. The title of their book offered me a challenge to see what I could find that was free on the Internet to use in our homeschooling.
  • Encouragement for Homeschoolers
    by Tamara Eaton
    Tamara Eaton answers common questions. How much time do your kids spend on homeschooling? How are you measuring their progress and do you worry that they won't be as capable as "schooled" kids? Is this normal for parents who have taken their kids out of public school to worry and why am I just now having those feelings after having homeschooled for 1-2 yrs. now?
  • Encouraging Creativity
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    Creativity has many forms. It includes the small child building castles in the sandbox, the young boy setting up toy soldiers in strategic positions on the family room floor, and the teenager putting together a power point presentation on the computer. All of this involves a creative mind and a child using his or her imagination.
  • Ending the School Year Right
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    May is looming and with it the end of the school year. If you’re not a year-round-schooler, you may be looking forward to tossing everything in a box and locking it away for the summer before collapsing into a chair and heaving a huge sigh of relief. Don’t. Not yet.
  • Exhibit Hall Survival Skills
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    Exhibit hall...book fair...vendor room&... Whatever you call it, it's the place to be when you're ready to do your homeschool shopping. The exhibit hall can be the most exciting of places. It can also be the most intimidating and financially dangerous, especially for the new homeschooler. The quality of your exhibit hall experience will be determined in large part by how well you prepare for it, so I've compiled the following list of suggestions in hopes of strengthening your exhibit hall survival skills.
  • Facing Uncertainty
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    When someone chooses to homeschool, they are breaking out of the familiar American educational rut. They are taking a risk.
  • Feeling Frazzled?
    by Tamara Eaton
    "I'm often asked if I ever feel like sending the children all off to school. Honestly, I don't, but there ARE days when I feel the need for some peace and quiet and time alone!" So states Tamara Eaton as she shares that's okay to take time to recharge and then gives us some terrific ways to do so.
  • Field Trip Guidance
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    Maribeth describes how sometimes field trips come together quicker than you might be prepared for…but God’s guidance can be like that.
  • Finding Used Curriculum
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Anyone who has been to a large curriculum fair will tell you, you may go planning to look at only a few things, but you will leave with a long list of things you’d like to buy if you had the money. What's a homeschool parent to do?
  • Flexibility
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    "Why do you homeschool?" Oh, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked that question! (And if you had a dollar for every time you’ve heard that expression?)
  • Flip-Flopping or the Freedom to Be Flexible
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    How Maribeth learned to flip-flop and found the blessings of God in her homeschooling, even higher math studies.
  • Formula for Failure
    by Tamara Eaton
    Flirting with disaster but not quite there yet? Hang on, here are a dozen tips that will turn your mediocre homeschool into a sure failure!
  • Freedom to Grow in an Environment of Grace
    by Mark Hamby
    If it were not for my adventurous imagination, school would have been like solitary confinement in a maximum security prison. In elementary school my high grades reflected only my ability to memorize facts; my level of reasoning and comprehension remained below average. In high school, where a higher level of reasoning was required, my grades tumbled and with it, motivation to apply myself to study. “Why would anyone “give their all” when there are so few rewards and so much failure?” I reasoned.
  • Genetics and Ability
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    Many parents think that they are incapable of teaching their own children, or that their ability to home-educate plateaus at a certain grade level. Some even see their children surpassing their own abilities, and thus feel inferior. What role do genetics and ability play in teaching your children? Let Maribeth encourage you by pointing out how genetics and God are on your side.
  • Having a Baby in the Middle of the School Year
    by Laura Carter
    One of the hardest things to overcome in a school year is having a baby, but there are ways you can prepare for that precious little bundle.
  • Help for on the Road or in the Air Homeschoolers
    by EHO Staff
    Whether you're planning a short trip to the festival in the next town over or an extended tour around the country or even planning to go abroad, the right advice will save you time, money, and headaches. Get great advice on practical matters to prepare you for both the unexpected educational opportunities that come your way or life's little emergencies, which never seem to take a vacation.
  • Home Schooling and Mental Illness
    by Dianne Stuckey-Killian
    Is it a sin to take anti-depressants? How do I know if I have a spiritual problem or a physical/mental illness? How can a Christian home schooling mother get depressed? How can I help a friend who is depressed? These are hard questions with no easy answers.
  • Homeschool Boot Camp: Dealing with Attitudes!
    by Tamara Eaton
    Picture this scene: its fall and homeschool parents are filled with great ideas to start the new school year! They have goals, new materials and can't wait to get started. Chores are divided up so that everyone shares the burden of caring for the home. Expectations are high— learning together will be fun! Only one problem...there is a child who is not being cooperative!
  • Homeschool Comfort
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Just as most people love to eat "comfort food", homeschoolers need their own special dose of comfort from time to time.
  • Homeschool Flying Buttresses
    by Beverly Krueger
    When you look at the various meanings of the word support, you get the general notion that those who require support are under some kind of load or strain. They’re engaged in bearing a burden that, unless they are sufficiently strong in themselves, could cause them to buckle under the pressure. Is this or could it be you?
  • Homeschool Management Tips!
    by Tamara Eaton
    Time-management has always been an interest of mine, but when I had four children in four and a half years, it became more than an interest, it was a matter of sheer survival. I couldn't possibly do everything, so I had to learn to establish priorities, find creative ways to do the necessary things, and put everything else on hold.
  • Homeschool Politics
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    How can the average homeschool parent affect the homeschooling policies that determine their homeschooling practices? How do school choice, vouchers, cyber schooling, and other educational issues affect the right to homeschool? What is homeschooling, and who gets to define it?
  • Homeschool Resources - They're All Around Us
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    A short list of readily available, inexpensive substitutes I've discovered over the years.
  • Homeschool Success Story
    by Charlie & Susan Eavenson
    People were telling us that we were going to ruin our son's life if we didn't let him go to public high school to play baseball. We told them that if God wanted Clay to play college or professional baseball that He could certainly make a way."
  • Homeschool Support: An Interview with Dick and Dorothy Karman
    by Interview by Jean Hall
    Dick and Dorothy Karman, homeschoolers since the early 1980s, share their understanding of homeschool support past, present, and future and offer advice for those starting their own support groups.
  • Homeschooling in Perpetual Motion: That's My Boy!
    by Tamara Eaton
    My seven year old son is perpetual motion and does math problems while hanging upside down or thumping his leg against the furniture. He's relatively still when he reads to himself and to me now, but when he first learned to read, he would bounce around so much he would sometimes lose his place. If that describes your son, youll find some terrific ideas in this article for dealing with boys in perpetual motion.
  • Homeschooling in Time of Trials
    by Tamara Eaton
    No matter what we're going through in life, if God has called us to homeschool, He will give us the grace, wisdom, and strength! In all the years we've homeschooled, we've done so through many different circumstances and trials. It's not like God calls us to homeschool and we say, "OK, Lord, now will you please hold off all the trials for the next 12 years so we'll be able to really concentrate on academics?" He promises to help us THROUGH the trials, and in the MIDST of the trials!
  • Homeschooling in Tough Times
    by Jean Hall
    It is possible to continue homeschooling under tough circumstances, though perhaps not easy. Those circumstances may vary, but the solution is at heart similar in most cases.
  • Homeschooling: A Balancing Act
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Advice on maintaining your homeschooling balance. You're not trying to do it all by yourself are you?
  • How to get going when the going isn't good
    by Jean Hall
    It's the first week of February. The holidays are well behind us, and we still haven't settled into some kind of academic routine. It's not just me; every time I try to get the girls to buckle down, to sit down and work, not only do I meet direct resistance (easier to deal with), but subtle sabotage as well.
  • I Can't Homeschool! My Kids Would Drive Me Nuts!
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Are you one of those that regularly states that you haven't the patience to be around your children all day, day in and day out? Is this a position you really want to take? Do you really want to claim that you haven't the patience or the means to attain the patience to become more intimately involved in the lives of those you love and who love you?
  • Let's Get Motivated! Encouraging Self-Motivated Learners
    by Tamara Eaton
    How do we raise responsible, self-motivated learners? Some say rigorous, structured academics will teach our children self-discipline and perseverance. Others counsel us to turn children loose to follow their interests and eventually they will mature and become self-motivated. Is motivation taught, caught or inbornor a combination of all three?
  • Life is a Song!
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    Most church members simply come and go without ever really looking around them, without questioning. I like to think that homeschoolers are different.
  • Listen to the Children
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    We cruise the aisles, listening to sales reps and our fellow home school parents expound upon the benefits of this curriculum and that teaching style. We peruse catalogs and absorb magazines. We sit at rapt attention through seminar after seminar and high light our how-to books until they're more colorful than circus tents. We listen to all the experts, both professional and non-, and pray we'll make the right choices. But do we listen to the children?
  • Making Lemonade
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    A few years ago, life handed us a bowl of lemons. In the beginning, they were lovely to look at and wonderful to eat, bringing pleasure to both taste buds and eyes. After a while the novelty paled. We no longer cared to look at them and no longer savored their tangy meat.
  • Managing Our Time
    by Tamara Eaton
    Successful time-management consists of so much more than who can get the most done in the least amount of time--as Christians, we want to be sure we're about our Father's business and fulfilling His plans for our lives. We need reminders of this often--it's easy to get caught up in doing, doing, doing and get ahead of the Lord so much that we end up asking Him to bless what we've already decided to do instead of waiting for His wisdom and timing.
  • Mind Mapping for Homeschoolers
    by Michael D. Krueger
    Sometimes organizing your thoughts is all that's needed to get started writing an essay or making a decision. Learn how mind maps can help you and your children can organize your thinking.
  • Minimal Homeschooling
    by Beki Cowling
    When we met together last July to plan the topics for our monthly mom's meetings, the term "Minimal Homeschooling" came up. I am not sure that I understood exactly what that term meant to me at that time, but it sure struck a resounding note in the back of my mind. I felt drawn to it and since then I have wondered, off and on, perhaps exactly what it means and how it is applicable to my life and how we are educating our children in our home.
  • Moments of Joy
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Small rewards make a life time of memories.
  • Motivating Mother
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    You may think that, because I homeschooled both of my sons through graduation, I never had any trouble with motivation. You would be wrong. Motivation was a constant challenge for me. Tammy Cardwell shares how she kept herself going through years of homeschooling.
  • Motivation Tips
    by Tamara Eaton
    Motivating our children can seem difficult at times. Tamara takes a look at ways we can be more successful especially when the complaint is "It's boring!"
  • Motivation: Carrots and Sticks
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Rewarding an activity will get you more of it. Punishing an activity will get you less of it. Carrots and sticks work. Or do they?
  • Motivation: Carrots and Sticks Part 2
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Knowing that rewards and punishments don't work in all circumstances is half the battle. Understanding how and why they work is the key to winning the motivation struggles with your kids.
  • Non-Homeschoolers Views on Homeschooling
    by EHO Staff
    From the NEA's resolution against homeschooling to papers discussing the boundaries of parental authority over education, we bring you a compendium of non-homeschooling viewpoints about home education.
  • Other People's Little Geniuses
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Ever feel like you couldn't stand to hear one more homeschool mom tell you about the accomplishments of her children? You hear their success stories and immediately start playing your failures over in your mind. Me, too...it's time to stop it.
  • Overcoming Anxiety
    by Tamara Eaton
    Probably all homeschooling parents have struggled with anxious thoughts before--am I making the best decision for my child? Which curriculum is best? What method should we use? What if I fail to adequately prepare him for life (or his next achievement test!)? What if homeschooling laws get worse and we can't meet the requirements?
  • Peculiar People
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    Do you ever feel peculiar as a homeschooler? Well maybe that’s a good thing! Let Maribeth explain.
  • Planning Support Group Special Events
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Special events are possible to hold by even small homeschool support groups. Proper planning and organization along with a true need in the homeschool community for the event will guarantee success.
  • Preschool Homeschooling
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Plunging into homeschooling while your child is still preschool age. What you should do now. What can wait.
  • Priorities
    by Tamara Eaton
    Do others expectations and perceptions sometimes drive the way you do things. Tamara Eaton shares how she has learned "to battle the urge to explain my priorities to others and worry about what they must think of me sometimes."
  • Prioritizing Your Planning
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    If you're like me, when it comes time to plan for the next school year, you want to dive into selecting curriculum immediately. That's not the best way to go about planning.
  • Profile: Mark Hamby: Helping Parents Model Christ to Their Children
    by Deborah Deggs Cariker
    Hamby realized that children need captivating literature that is character-building and, most importantly, Christ-honoring. He wanted to provide the life-transforming literature that he had missed as a child. God honored Mark's desire and, in the mid-1990s, birthed Cornerstone Family Ministries and Lamplighter Publishing, responsible for republishing more than fifty literary works known as the Lamplighter Rare Collector's Series.
  • Proverbs 31 Homeschool Moms
    by Tamara Eaton
    Sometimes we just need to take time to do a "reality check" in our homes. We have to remind ourselves, "What does the LORD require of me?" Perfection, in this season of life, in our houses, in our homeschools, and in ourselves, is not going to occur!
  • Rachel Starr Thomson: Well into Words
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    About five years ago, when she was 21, Rachel Starr Thomson realized she was grown up and needed a job, but also that she didn't particularly like jobs. As a result of these revelations, she started her own business as a freelance writer and editor, began coaching high school students in writing, and launched a small publishing company. Impressive? Yes. So is the life that brought her to this place.
  • Racing to the Finish
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    What's a Mom to do when that finish line is approaching and she's getting tired of the struggle to coax, encourage, prod, and push her kids towards it?
  • Release the Creativity
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    According to Scripture, man was created in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26) This means that man, every one of us, whether we believe it or not, is designed by God as a creative being. If God created us in His likeness – or to be like Him – then we should walk in creativity just as we should walk in love or any of the other attributes that help us be “like” Him. I especially appreciate how Alice Bass expresses it in The Creative Life: “...each one of us has the nature of our Creator woven into our DNA. When you come to Jesus, you can expect redemption of your imagination and a continual flow of the expression of Christ through your creative life.”
  • Scrapbooks and Home Schooling = A Winning Combination!
    by Kelly Crespin
    If you are reading this article, chances are you already home school. Most of us have been through curriculum reviews, textbook decision making, choosing which units to teach and making numerous lesson plans. One way to reduce the planning, decision making and testing formats is to use scrapbooks in daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly lesson plans...and with wonderful end results!
  • Selecting a Study Guide with Bloom's Taxonomy
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Using Bloom's Taxonomy to determine the types of questions in a particular guide will allow you to plan that portion of your study to meet specific goals.
  • Setting Examples
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    You know, you really never do stop learning. Just this morning I was marveling over how much I learned from a friend I stayed with last week. She never had any idea she was teaching me by her example.
  • Seven Laws of Teaching
    by Renee Mathis
    When I first began, it seemed that my homeschooling efforts centered on the search for "the perfect curriculum." I just knew that if I found the perfect match for my children and their needs that school would just be a breeze. Surprise, surprise - most of you know by now that there is no such thing as the perfect curriculum. And even though most years I was very satisfied with our materials, "real life" seemed to rear its ugly head. I knew there had to be a solution and I decided that the answer was in learning how to become a better teacher.
  • Sharing Your Favorite Resources
    by Beverly Krueger
    We all like to talk about our favorite resources, especially when that information may be vital to another homeschooler's success. Read how you can share about things you like (even things you don't like) and help other eclectic homeschoolers.
  • Should Christians Attend Secular Homeschool Conferences?
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    I've heard non-Christians refuse to attend a Christian homeschool conference because too much of the material would be Christian oriented and they wouldn't get their money's worth. I've heard Christians express the idea that attendance at a secular homeschool conference would bring a potential taint into their Christian homes. Both these viewpoints come from the same fundamental belief that that which is other is inherently bad and therefore can have absolutely no value to me.
  • Sifting the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    "No two children are necessarily going to get excited by the same thing. We have to go the extra mile to find out what interests them. Once they begin the romance, then they are much better learners in general." Howard Gardner
  • Sifting Through the Advice
    Experienced Homeschoolers Speak About the Advice
    They Were Given as Beginning Homeschoolers

    by Beverly S. Krueger
    If you could just ask experienced homeschoolers, not what they use but the kind of questions that could help you sort out all the advice a beginner's life would be so much easier. We've done that for you.
  • Source of Homeschool Prosperity
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    Have you spent weeks planning for your first day of homeschooling this fall? Have you purchased the books, planned your first science experiment, and bought up the necessary school supplies while they’re on sale? Excellent, but what about your attitude? Maribeth shares the importance of and a plan for preparing more than just the academics of the coming year.
  • Special Homeschool Event Ideas
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Support group events can have one or more of the following emphases: children's accomplishments, fellowship or edification.
  • Straight-Cut Ditch or Free, Meandering Brook
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook. Henry David Thoreau

    Are you educating your children by making a "straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook?"
  • Stress-Free Summer Plans: (Or How to Homeschool Year Round without Noticing!)
    by Tamara Eaton
    Shhh…I’ll let you in on a secret –we’ve always homeschooled year round but don’t tell my children! Frankly, by the time most summers roll around, we’re all ready for a break from our normal studies and routine, including me. So I’ve learned to slip in summer studies in a simple, enjoyable way without anyone stressing out –no grades, no tests, no tight schedules, no record keeping!
  • Summer Homeschool Pizzazz
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Now that summer is here to stay, I wanted to share some ideas to add a little pizzazz to a hot summer day.
  • Summer Homeschooling Ideas
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Now that summer is here to stay, here are some ideas to add a little pizzazz to a hot summer day.
  • Summertime Dabblings
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    Over the years I have found that my summers are more productive if I take a little time beforehand to plan. One characteristic of a true homeschooling mother is that learning is never over. While I relish my times off, I still find myself gravitating towards teachable moments and opportunities for learning.
  • Testing Services
    by EHO Staff
    A listing of testing service providers. These include testing you can order through the mail, services done in person in various areas of the country, free testing resources, and information about testing.
  • The First Week of Homeschool
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    When we started homeschooling, I had spent three months preparing for that first day. I had curriculum. I had the day all planned out. I had school supplies etc. I also had a huge lump of worry in my chest.
  • The Freedom to Change
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Let's go off road! Perhaps the most difficult thing for a new homeschooler to grasp is that they have the freedom to change.
  • The Future of Homeschool Support: An Interview with Jay and Heidi St. Johns
    by Interview By: Jean Hall
    An interview with Jay and Heidi St. Johns founders of FirstClass Homeschool Ministries about trends in homeschooling support and their take on public school "homeschool" programs.
  • The Homeschooling Father's Role
    by Tamara Eaton
    While some fathers are the principle teachers in the homeschool, more often, it's the mom doing most of the teaching and actual homeschooling. What are some of the things a father and husband can do to help the homeschooling process go smoothly?
  • The Most Important Thing to Do to Help Your Child Become a Good Reader and Why It Works
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    Author Tammy Cardwell tells us how she made a big…huge…massive mistake while homeschooling her sons. Learn how you can avoid the mistake she made and how doing this one thing is the most successful thing you can do to help your children become good readers.
  • The Right Goals
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    It has rightly been said that you cannot reach a goal you have not set. In homeschooling, it is imperative that you not only set goals, but also consider them carefully, because not all goals are created equal.
  • The Truth About Education
    by G.K. Chesterton
    It is quaint that people talk of separating dogma from education. Dogma is actually the only thing that cannot be separated from education. It is education. A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
  • The Value of Testing
    by Beth Waltman
    We home educators have an opportunity to handle test-taking at our own discretion. However, before we throw out tests entirely, we must evaluate whether tests help or hinder in the learning process.
  • Things I Have Done to My Children
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    They grow up, and then they tell you things. Are you making memories while homeschooling that your children will later recall as moments mom tortured us? I have. I'll get you are too, even if you don't realize it...yet!
  • Time to Assess
    by Beverly Krueger
    The traditional Aschool year@ is com¬ing to and end. Looking back over the last nine months can cause a person to think one of two thoughts, AWhere did all the time go?@ or ALook at all we’ve accom¬plished.@ I’d guess about 95 per-cent of home¬schoolers would ini¬tially react with the first response. There never seems to be enough time in the day, week, or month to accomplish everything you set out to do as a homeschool mom. The task of assessing what you’ve actually accomplished can seem like looking for last night’s roast beef in a refrigerator, which has been accumulating leftovers for weeks. You lose your appetite from thoughts of what you could run into before you find the roast beef.
  • Tips on Schooling While Traveling
    by Laura Carter
    Doing schoolwork while you’re traveling can seem like a daunting task, but if you use a little imagination and preparation, it can be done smoothly and effectively. The most important thing is to realize that you’re not at home. You don’t have your normal resources, and it won’t be the same.
  • To Test or Not to Test
    by Beverly S. Krueger and Tammy M. Cardwell
    Arguments for and Against Standardized Testing
  • Too Busy to Hurt
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    Homeschooling and raising a family is definitely a hectic lifestyle. Trying to balance teaching children with keeping a home is a challenge for every mother. Some of us are better at it than others.
  • Too Busy?
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    In the past year has life always been overflowing with active responsibilities, leaving you feeling, far too often, as if you were spinning your wheels, accomplishing nothing though you were in constant motion? Learn what you can do about it.
  • Too Much Encouragement?
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Is it possible to get too much encouragement from your homeschool friends? Beverly Krueger tells us how too much of the wrong kind of encouragement can actually cause frustration and a desire to give up.
  • Transition
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    Transitions – from school to home, season to season, or day to day – homeschooling is full of transitions.
  • Verbalizing an Indication of Non-assent (Saying NO)
    by Tammy Cardwell
    Ado Annie in Oklahoma famously, “cain't say no!” She has a problem saying no to the advances of men, which most of us can handle. Tammy Cardwell looks at other circumstances for which homeschoolers “cain't say no!”
  • Walking in Harmony
    by Tammy M. Cardwell
    Learning together as a family.
  • Weekend of Hospitality: Real-Life Homeschooling
    by Maribeth Spangenberg
    When you're homeschooling in real-life, real-life often becomes the learning experience. Do you recognize the real-life learning happening in your home?
  • What Constitutes a Good Education?
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    What constitutes a “good” education? We all have our thoughts on the subject because, after all, we homeschool our children and we want them to have a good education. The trick is in threading a path through the practical considerations to a philosophy of education that is expansive enough to last a lifetime. We contemplate the balance between developing skills and instilling facts, but these fall on the practical side of education. If we focus on these things, we still haven’t gotten to the heart of determining what we believe makes an education good.
  • What Defines Homeschool Success?
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    Becoming a life-long learner, that’s something that seems to come naturally to most homeschoolers no matter the homeschooling method used by their parents. Homeschooling is just that much more personal and the education derived is a personal education not something prescribed by a system bent on standardizing and leveling to the lowest common denominator.
  • What do I do with This Boy?
    by Laurie Bluedorn
    Laurie Bluedorn of Trivium Pursuit shares her answers to some of the commonly asked questions about boys and the difficulties they sometimes present.
  • What is an Accidental Homeschooler?
    by John Edelson
    While some families know from the start that they want to homeschool, others arrive somewhat "accidentally". These are families who had initially put their children in traditional schools. Then, “something” happens. Perhaps it happens over and over or different “things” happen. Sometimes there are a few classroom or school changes but it still is not working. The problems can be with other students, the school culture, the academics, or even the faculty and staff. But over time, it becomes clear that traditional schools are not working and they become convinced that the available schools are unacceptable.
  • What To Do When You're Stuck Inside
    by Laura Carter
    While most of the country needs rain, it can really be hard on home-school families that are then stuck in the house with no outlet. There’s just something about not being able to go outside that really makes you want to go outside. But there are things you can do to make your day that has been rained out, more fun.
  • When Homeschooling Becomes a Juggling Act
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    We cannot always predict what will be happening to ourselves or our families. Accidents, sudden illnesses, loss of a job or natural disaster are never part of our plans. When they occur they can put a real roadblock in our homeschooling path.
  • Whitney Stockett: Future Senate Member or Minister?
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    Ever wonder how homeschool graduates do in real life? We profile one homeschool graduate, Whitney Stockett, who has used her homeschool education, which was built around her personal passions and interests, to become a terrific example of where homeschooler’s passions can take them.
  • Why I Stayed
    by Tammy Marshall Cardwell
    “My youngest son graduated in 2004, but I’m still here, busy in the homeschool world. Why?” So says Tammy Cardwell. If you’ve begun thinking about what you’ll do once you graduate your last homeschool student, let Tammy share her thoughts and how they’ve lead her to keep working in homeschool circles.
  • Zoo Tales
    by Jean Hall
    Get the most from you zoo pass by visiting often and making each trip a unique experience with ideas from a seasoned homeschool mom.

Out and About - How to Homeschool Articles on the Web

  • History of Homeschooling
    by Helen Hegener Added: 6/26/2006
    One name written large in the history of homeschooling is that of the widely acclaimed author, relentless education reformer, and respected social critic, John Caldwell Holt. His great legacy is the homeschooling movement itself, which, without his considerable guidance and patient nurturing during its most formative years, would today be a horse of a very different color.
  • Modeling School Choice: A Comparison of Public, Private-Independent, Private-Religious and Home-Schooled Students
    by Clive R. Belfield Added: 8/15/2004
    U.S. students now have four choices of schooling: public schooling, private–religious schooling, private–independent schooling, and home-schooling. Of these, home-schooling is the most novel: since legalization across the states in the last few decades, it has grown in importance and legitimacy as an alternative choice. Thus, it is now possible to investigate the motivation for home-schooling, relative to the other schooling options.
  • Independent Study/Umbrella Schools
    by Cafi Cohen Added: 8/15/2004
    While not for everyone, homeschooling families around the country use ISPs and umbrella schools for different purposes. Should you consider one? To help you answer that question, two sections follow: (1) reasons homeschoolers use ISPs and (2) questions for any umbrella schools and ISPs on your short list.
  • Being A Homeschool Dad Can Mean Being a Different Kind of Dad
    by Patrick Farenga Added: 8/15/2004
    During my twenty-one years on the road at homeschooling conferences and in my work at the John Holt Associates office, I’ve met lots of homeschooling dads. I’ve known a few who handle all the homeschooling chores while their wives work, a smaller number of men who are single parents and homeschool, and many dads who take responsibility for certain subjects or activities. Science, math, and sports are what dads most often take charge of in home schools, according to what I hear. Some homeschool dads are politically active on behalf of homeschooling, and some organize conferences and events, but still, based on my experience, it is women who do the brunt of the organizing work in homeschooling and women who make homeschooling happen, in every sense of that phrase.

Our Latest Educational Links - How to Homeschool

  • Confessions of a Homeschooler
    A blog resource with home-school deals, ideas, practical articles, and encouragement.
  • Mrs. Price is Right Homeschooling
    This blog gives ideas and inspiration for homeschooling outside of the box. She also lists free books, coupon deals, and sales that pertain to a homeschooling family. It's worth following!
  • STP Calculator
    A simple online resource for calculating speed, torque, and power. Useful for high school students learning engineering, physics, and motors.

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Unit Study Articles

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  • Museums and Learning: A Guide for Family Visits
    by Wilma Prudhum Greene
    Housing rare collections and treasures of all sorts, museums have the ability to inspire and amaze us. As keepers of our cultural history, museums preserve the memories of different cultures and individuals, their handmade objects—artifacts, inventions, art works, and historical documents. As custodians of our past, museums through their collections and exhibits invite us to become part of our history, while at the same time helping us to understand our future better.

Unit Studies - How to Homeschool

  • Homeschooling in the Kitchen
    by Beverly S. Krueger
    You'll often hear homeschoolers talk about how there are so many things a child can learn from the every day activities that go on in the kitchen. Using measuring cups and spoons to teach about fractions immediately springs to mind, but would you believe that you could easily spend an entire year on 'kitchen studies' and do so much more than just cook? As I started to do the research for this article, I didn't realize all the avenues one could wander down if you wanted all your studies to center around the kitchen. I've put together a list of places you could go, and with the additional resource lists, I'm sure you will find many more little side streets to tempt you into new paths.
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