Great Homeschooling Links: January 12, 2013

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The following is a post from writer Jenny. Mid Year Tuneup for Your Homeschool- Heart of the Matter Misty discusses how she uses the Christmas break to evaluate her homeschool.  Christmas break may be over, but it’s always a good time to evaluate. 43 Life Lessons that Kids Teach Us- Finding Joy Rachel’s list reminds […]

Am I Doing Enough in My Homeschool?

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The following is a post from contributing writer Amanda Pelser. Photo Credit If you’ve been homeschooling for more than a week, you’ve probably asked yourself this question: Am I doing enough in my homeschool? You’re probably feeling like that the answer is no. Let me reassure you that the answer is probably yes. Did you […]

To Test or Not To Test?

The following is a post by contributing writer Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home. To test or not to test? It is one of the most common questions I hear in homeschooling discussions. Every state has different requirements for testing. In our state (Tennessee), one must register in one of three ways in order to […]

10 Ways to Wrap up the School Year


The following is a post from contributing writer Jen at Forever, For Always, No Matter What It’s that time of year when many of us are counting down the days until our last official day of school.   Here 10 ways to wrap up the school year. 1. Order curriculum/books for the next year – […]

The Hidden Dangers of the Myth of Perfection

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What do these three statements have in common? The perfect homeschool The perfect homeschooling mother The perfect homeschooling family Yes, they all have the word perfect in them but, more importantly, they are all LIES. There are no perfect homeschools, homeschooling mothers, or homeschooling families. The sooner we stop believing in the myth of perfection, […]

Overcoming Homeschooling Mom Burnout {Helpful Homeschool Hints}

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It’s THAT time of year! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, the end of the traditional school year is drawing nearer, and homeschooling moms everywhere are wearing down.  They’re getting tired, losing patience, and worrying over how far behind they’ve fallen in science, or history, or mathematics.   And while ushering the […]

Homeschool Portfolios

This post was originally published on March 3, 2010.  But, since it’s that time of year again, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at it again. ——————— It’s getting close to that time of year again – assessment time! In Ohio, we have the option of standardized tests or having a […]

Back-to-School Reflections


I’ll soon be heading into my eleventh year of homeschooling. My firstborn is leaving for college, and, as usual, the dynamic of our homeschool will change. I like to take this time before we start again to prepare myself for a new year. After 10 weeks of enjoying lazy days, it’s time to shift gears […]

Reflections on a New School Year – Academics


As summer quickly speeds past, back-to-school time hovers right around the corner.  During the summer, I spend a lot of time thinking about what worked well and not so well in our homeschool the previous year.  What do I want to change for the new school year?  What do I want to keep the same?  What […]

What I Wish I Knew Then


My oldest daughter is finishing fifth grade this year, and even though we’ve homeschooled all the way through so far, I still have a hard time seeing myself as an experienced homeschooler. I second-guess myself all the time and always have. But there is one thing I’ve gotten better about in the past six years […]

Evaluating the Teacher

As the end of the school year approaches it may be a good time for you to evaluate your ability to teach your children before you start making plans for next year. We homeschool year round, but I like to take the time each year around now, when many other homeschool families are winding down, […]