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Articles, Meanderings, and Thoughts from the Homeschool Community

Natural Ways To Improve Focus

The number of American children being homeschooled is currently thought to be around 3.5 million. The reasons for homeschooling are different for every family but often include the chance to implement child-lead interactive learning in a 1:1 situation.  However, even...

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My Homeschooling Story

by Jennifer Eager My eldest daughter was four years old, and she was reading. Not memorizing a story and parroting back, not sight reading three letter words and laboriously sounding out others. Reading. She could pick up any children's book and read it, cover to...

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Going Beyond the Classroom: Life Skills for Students

Individual needs are well met in a homeschool environment BY SALLY KEYS When it comes to providing the best education for your child, you want to make sure that they have the best resources possible. That is one of the reasons why more and more families opt for...

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Making Youth Fitness Fun

I walked by a soccer practice the other day and witnessed a coach yelling at his players. The children seemed to be about 10-12 years old, certainly not yet teenagers. He was pretty demanding, I’d hate to say foaming at the mouth, but it definitely seemed that way. As the coach shouted at his players, he prompted them to do various calisthenics and exercises. I was only walking by so I wasn’t able to take in too much, but in my observation I heard commands such as:

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Why Homeschool?

Families have been homeschooling since the dawn of time. The reasons we do so now are varied yet we are all under the same umbrella of home educating our children. Over the years the trends change and homeschool group notice an influx at certain times of the year or during education regulation or curriculum changes, such as the Common Core issues in New York that are still playing out as of January 2014.

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Common Core and Homeschooling

Common Core is nothing new. It’s just the latest round of “fixing” public education by proposing new standards, tests, etc. The modern standardization movement goes back to the Nation At Risk report 30 years ago, and its biggest push was in the form of No Child Left Unstandardized a dozen years ago. Yet homeschooling regulation hasn’t gotten stricter over that time. There was concern in the wake of No Child Left Unstandardized that “they’re going to come for the private schools next, and then they’re going to come for us”.

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Can My Home Schooled Child Play a Band Instrument without Going to Public School?

Your child hears a really great saxophone solo on the radio, or hears a beautiful classical flute piece on YouTube. You want to provide a good musical education for your child, but you realize that there are few to no resources for instrumental music, unless your child plays piano, guitar or violin. Lessons on any of these instruments are great because it provides a solid harmonic background and rich musical experiences, but what if your child wants to play the flute? Where can you go to find information or services for this?

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How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Once upon a time all children were homeschooled. Around 150 years ago, states started making public schooling mandatory and homeschooling eventually withered out or became illegal in certain states. It wasn’t until the late 90s that all states made it legal again. Today, with more than 2 million homeschoolers, it’s the fastest growing form of education in the country.

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Socializing the Homeschooler

Homeschooling in New York City may seem like a rarity but it has become quite the movement. Even I, a native New Yorker, originally thought of homeschooling as something done in more rural areas. Instead, many New York families have chosen to pull their children from public school and use the vast wonders of the city as their classroom. There are museums, science labs, historical sites, various cultures and cuisines. So much, that years worth of curriculum could be covered without traveling beyond a few subway stops.

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