Last fall, I conducted my first-ever reader survey. Results indicated that you love reading personal stories from other homeschoolers. I do, too! I thought it would be fun to have an entire series dedicated to personal stories from homeschool families and so I created Homeschool Voices: A Series of Personal Stories. This is a living post and will be growing over time, so be sure to check back!
Homeschool Voices: A Series of Personal Stories
Welcome to Homeschool Voices: A Series of Personal Stories, a new series for homeschool families. I will be adding to this post throughout the year. It is my hope that these stories will help you navigate your homeschool journey.
Fear Not: Homeschooling Tweens & Teens | Jen, Practical, By Default
Are you worried about homeschooling during the tween and teen years? Fear not! Jen will set your mind at ease in this post!
For those looking ahead and only seeing dark clouds, doom and gloom, I want to send some sunshine your way. Homeschooling older children isn’t as bad as you fear…
10 Practical Ideas for Homeschooling Multiple Children | Shelly Sangrey, There’s No Place Like Home
Do you have a large family? Are you trying to wrap your brain around how to make homeschooling work for all of your children? In this post, Shelly shares encouragement and simple strategies for homeschooling multiple children.
One of the greatest, yet scariest, undertakings can be that of homeschooling multiple children. The sheer idea of trying to keep things under control in order to educate in an already hectic house can seem petrifying and sometimes downright impossible.
But it is possible…
5 Ways To Let Your Kids Have A Tablet And Not Go Crazy| Purva Brown, Classical Unschooling
This post tackles a tricky subject: children and electronics. I know this is something that our family struggles with, and I found this post to be so helpful in navigating these waters.
Last Christmas, I did something I had promised myself I never would. I bought a pad computer for my children.
This hasn’t been our first foray into electronics – my children love playing video games – especially Minecraft – but this has definitely been our first victory with a handheld electronic device. We’ve had some disasters in the past – one involving a phone and another a different pad.
This time has been different. This time has been successful. I strongly suspect it has been so because of the following five reasons…
The 5 Best Homeschooling Decisions We’ve Made | Lucinda Leo, Laugh, Love, Learn
Are you an unexpected homeschooler? You aren’t alone. In this post, Lucinda Leo shares her family’s best homeschool decisions.
I never intended to home-educate my children. It was something we fell into when school clearly wasn’t working for my 5-year-old son (who I later discovered is twice-exceptional).
But even though we didn’t choose it, homeschooling Jasper (now 11) and his gifted sister Cordie (13) turned out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to our family.
When Cait kindly invited me to write a post for My Little Poppies, I thought it would be fun to look back over the last six years and reflect on some of the best homeschooling choices we’ve made along the way.
When Your Child is Academically Beyond You | Shawna Wingert, Not the Former Things
Shawna is an amazing homeschool mama to two outside-of-the-box learners. I connected with Shawna early on in our homeschool journey and I am so thankful I did! I love her honesty, her openness, and her love for her boys. In this post, Shawna talks about something that so many parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children worry about, particularly those who homeschool: What do you do when your child surpasses you academically?
My son is brilliant. He is so far beyond me academically that I am often asked how I can homeschool him, with my own apparent lack of genius.
It’s a good question, and one that I have wrestled with over the years.
Here’s how we make it work.
Dear Teenager, I Have No Idea What I’m Doing |Alicia Hutchinson, Learning Well Community
Alicia is a homeschool mama of four kiddos, and she has been homeschooling for ten years. She is also the founder of the Learning Well Community, a fantastic resource for homeschool parents. I absolutely adore the Learning Well Community IG feed, especially the weekly takeovers. Today, Alicia is here to chat about homeschooling teenagers!
Because the huge changes in technology means that a phone is no longer a big phone in your cigarette lighter in your car, but rather a small computer in your pocket, I think the approach of parenting a teenager has had to adjust a lot.
The chances of an embarrassing photo of me being passed around the school in .003 seconds was very low, but this is the reality for our kids now. I’ve tried to wrap my mind around what it might be like for a kid in high school these days.
I can’t imagine the pressure.
But regardless of what I might not understand about being a teenager in 2017, there are a few things I do know. And a few things that I really really want my kid to know before he heads out into the world without me two rooms away to offer him support.
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram