Anti-Homeschooling Excuses: Are They Valid? by Tamara Eaton
Ten common anti-homeschooling excuses that are actually reasons to homeschool!
Beyond Pudding: How Expectations Make the Education by Lisa Tiffin
One of the reasons we chose to homeschool is that we feel schools today are not challenging the minds of the young people entrusted to their care. It seems to me that expectations have been lowered to such a point that, while inclusive of every possible learner, have nevertheless lowered both the level of learning and the self-esteem of the learner. We learned over the summer that the more we expected from and the more we challenged our boys, the more they learned.
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.
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?)
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.
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?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?
Sour Grapes or Turned Around Truth? by Tammy M. Cardwell
“You get so much done because you’re homeschooled. I don’t have as much time to work on it as you do.” Words similar to these were spoken to Thomas, my oldest, a few years ago when he earned a special Royal Rangers’ award - one that no other boy in our outpost had ever earned. I’m sure the words were repeated as, right up until the day he left the program, Thomas helped set standards that had never been set among our group of young men.
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?"
Vision for the Future by Michele Hastings
“A picture paints a thousand words.” Leafing through photo albums that acted as portfolios for the boys' assessments in the early days of homeschooling, I began to reminisce. We'd dug the albums out in response to the curiosity our houseguests expressed about homeschooling and what it actually looked like.
Walking in Harmony by Tammy M. Cardwell
Learning together as a family.
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.
A Helping Hand Advice Column Questions
I have a daughter that has been in a home bound teaching situation for nearly two years. Now they made her go back. She hates it, and has always hated school, but she's a straight A student who loves to learn. I just don't know what to do? I don't know how to get her started in homeschooling. Every one at the school board tells me I can't do it. Please give me some feedback!