Archive for the ‘Home Schooling 101’ Category

  • Homeschooling: 10 Action Items To Help You Start Right

    on Feb 5, 13 • in Home Schooling 101 • with Comments

    The start to homeschooling can be a daunting task for first timers.  Especially for those coming from a traditional school environment.  For traditional school families there are some preparation tasks, but not a whole lot. Tasks such as purchasing basic school supplies, attending orientations, showing up for meet-the-teacher night, and making sure their child is at the bus stop or dropped off for the first day of school

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  • Getting Started Home Schooling Your Child

    on Jan 25, 13 • in Home Schooling 101, Parents • with Comments

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    At some point in time I think many parents wonder or at least give fleeting consideration to the notion of homeschooling their children. However only an exceptional few have the direction and confidence to move forward along the path with clear goals and a plan of action for enriching their children’s education.  The vast majority of parents stall in the moment not really knowing how to start or if they could be successful at doing so.  Questions and doubts emerge as to qualifications, ability, and legality of homeschooling.  Friends and family would  feed these doubts

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  • {Parent’s Corner} Preconceived Notions about Virtual Education

    on Jan 14, 13 • in Home Schooling 101, Parents, Policy • with Comments

    Preconceived notions about virtual education annoy me. When it comes to preconceived ideas about a public virtual school, it truly runs the gamut. Comparing a virtual education to a traditional home school is relatively fair, but even then it is not the same concept. Looking at it from a brick and mortar school standpoint is closer, but still not the same. From no socialization to getting to work whenever you want,  I want to try to put some of those assumptions to rest. For example, the idea that a virtual school is one where you

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  • A Homeschooling Mission Statement. Do You Have One? Should you?

    on Sep 5, 12 • in Featured, Home Schooling 101, Parents • with Comments

    Almost every successful company,  organization, and institution has a mission statement.  Apple, Nike, the YMCA, Harvard, and Stanford all have mission statements.  All are some of the most successful organizations and institutions in the world. If you do a poll of successful individuals you will likely find they have some form of written mission or vision statement that has been a guide for their actions, basis for their goals, and a foundation for their decisions. So, if successful organizations, institutions, and successful individuals have mission statements, should homeschoolers have mission statements?  Yes, if we want them to

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  • 10 Educational Websites for the Homeschooler

    on Aug 13, 12 • in Home Schooling 101, Policy • with Comments

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    The Internet is a Home Educator’s best friend. In the past, homeschoolers relied, to varying degrees, on the local public library and the postman.  Now, with always-on internet and smart phones, information is available in seconds. I have bookmarked hundreds of websites in my 6 years of homeschooling and find additional ones everyday. Here is a list of helpful websites for homeschoolers. This list doesn’t scratch the surface when it comes to learning tools, but it’s a good start. When I first started homeschooling, the only purchase I made for my then 3 year old

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