As a homeschooler you most likely have an array of options in order to evaluate your child’s progress each year. Creating a homeschool portfolio is a popular option for many states. Before you start creating your homeschool portfolio, make sure you check with your state's requirements. In Maine we have the option of preparing a homeschool portfolio in order to show progress of our students … [Read more...] about How to Create a Homeschool Portfolio – What is the Purpose?
When we first started homeschooling, I knew that I did not want to follow the “school-at-home” model. The school-at-home model is essentially what you would think of when you think of public school – kids sitting at their desks with a teacher at the front teaching them. I’m not saying this model is wrong, I’m not even saying setting up cute little old fashioned school desks is wrong (I … [Read more...] about How to get out of the Public School Mindset
What does it mean to pivot? Well, I think most of us remember the Friends episode where Ross is trying to move the couch up the stairs. "Pivot! Pivot! PIVOT!" But, all joking aside, what is a pivot? Why would you want to make a pivot, and how do you go about giving yourself permission to actually make that pivot. Pivot means a shift, or a change in direction. It is well … [Read more...] about How to Make a Pivot in the Middle of Your Homeschooling Year
There are affiliate links in this post. If you click on one of these links and then make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. When I ask other homeschool moms what their biggest struggle is with homeschooling, they often say consistency. I have to be honest and say that it is one of my biggest struggles as well. By consistency we mean - getting into a regular routine … [Read more...] about How to Create Consistency in Your Homeschool Day
Can you believe that it is time to be thinking about getting back to school? We actually started back up a couple weeks ago, and are quite happy to be back into more of a normal routine around here! I know that back to school means a lot of shopping, for new clothes, new school supplies, homeschool curriculum, or supplies that are needed for our amazing public school teachers to be … [Read more...] about Back to School $250 Giveaway!
One of the most exciting yet complicated parts of homeschooling is that there are so many wonderful curriculum choices and learning styles available to us. It is wonderful because we are able to completely tailor a child’s education based on specific homeschooling philosophies and learning styles. The hard part is that there are seemingly endless ways to teach a child, and finding the … [Read more...] about Homeschool Planning – How do you Choose Curriculum