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What are Unit Studies?

While unit studies do tend to be labor intensive, their flexibility appeals to many homeschoolers, both as a long-term and a short-term option. Whether you are deschooling, trying to figure out your child's learning style, or just needing a change, unit studies can provide a great option for your family....

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What About Common Core?

The Common Core Standards and their implementation have caused understandable concern among homeschoolers. By becoming educated, preparing our children for the situations in which they may encounter the standards, and choosing curricula based on our needs, we can implement the solid components of the standards while standing up for the...

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Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities have both positives and negatives. On the one hand, they can offer creative electives options and help build experience. On the other hand, they can take over a family's schedule, both academic and otherwise. It is important to go into all extracurricular planning with balance and boundaries in...

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Homeschool Terminology

Whether you have been homeschooling for a while or are brand new to the community, you have probably run across homeschool terminology that just leaves you scratching your head. Homeschooling seems to have its own language at times, and it is not always easy to find a "dictionary" to help...

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Learning Styles

Although we all take in information through our senses, we process this information differently. While every individual’s learning preference is unique, researchers in the fields of psychology and education have divided them into three main categories called learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic....

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Teaching Methods

One of the greatest benefits to homeschooling is the ability to teach your children in a way and at a pace that works best for them. There are as many ways to do this as there are homeschooling families, but many homeschoolers follow one of the following popular teaching methods:...

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My Child Doesn’t Understand!

One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is the freedom to tailor education to our children's needs. Determining just how to accomplish that tailoring, though, is a challenge to even the most veteran of homeschoolers. After all, what worked beautifully for child number one may completely flop for child number...

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I Need Some Me Time!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the biggest advantages to homeschooling is all of the time that you get to spend together as a family. This can, unfortunately, also be a disadvantage. Everyone needs some time to themselves, with certain personalities needing more time than others. When you are both parent and teacher, that time can...

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What About Socialization?

If you mention homeschooling to very many people, you are likely to get the 20-million-dollar question. It comes in a variety of forms. While it may sound like, “How will they make friends?” or, “What about the prom?”, these questions all fall into one category: “What about socialization?”...

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Can I Afford to Homeschool?

Any whirl around the Internet or a homeschool convention will reveal that homeschooling can be quite expensive. While still cheaper than many private school options, hundreds of dollars can be spent each year on curriculum and resources. But, it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, when you take...

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Is Homeschooling Legal?

While at one time most children were educated at home by their parents or private tutors, by the 20th century compulsory education laws reduced home educators almost exclusively to the Amish and families living in extremely rural areas. The number of homeschooling families began rising again in the late 1970's...

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