4 Things to Start the Year Before High School

4 Things to Start the Year BEFORE the First Year of High School - www.HSClassroom.net

The following post is from Shannen of Middle Way Mom This school year is my, and my daughter’s, first year homeschooling high school. The anticipation and fear was much greater than the reality of it all, but I do wish there were a few things I would have done her 8th grade year to prepare! […]

Homeschooler’s Guide to Standardized Testing

Homeschooler's Guide to Standardized Testing - www.HSClassroom.net

The following post is from Shannen of Middle Way Mom: Are standardized tests required in your state? According to HSLDA in 2012, 24 states require some type of standardized testing for homeschooled students. Some of these states require submitting the results, while others do not. Even if your state doesn’t require standardized testing, some parents […]

How to Create a Homeschool Schedule

Creating a Homeschool Schedule

The following post is from Roan of Joyful Always: If you have homeschooled for any length of time, you probably have seen, or at least desire, the benefits of some sort of routine or schedule for your day. I understand that some people are “free spirits” and the thought of following a detailed schedule for your […]

How to Make a Homeschool Writing Center

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The following post is from Kris of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers: photo credit: dotmatchbox on flickr We’ve used a variety of writing centers in our home over the last 11+ years of homeschooling. Many people think of writing centers as something for elementary-aged students, but they can actually be effective for middle school, high school, and […]

Occupying Older Students While Working With the Younger Ones

Occupying Older Students While Working with Younger Children

The following post is written by contributing author, Roan of Joyful Always. Many articles have been written by homeschoolers (myself included) sharing ideas about what to do with the younger children while you are teaching your older ones.  But what about occupying the older ones while you are teaching the younger ones?  I believe this takes some […]

Training Kids to Take on Responsibility

Training Kids to Take On Responsibility

The following is a post from contributing writer Shannen from Middle Way Mom Responsibility is a tough thing. We all want the freedom to have it, but don’t want the burden of it. A budding teen looks forward to the possibility of being able to make their own decisions on major items where their parent […]

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Christmas Crafts for Kids

The following is a post by contributing writer Jamie. Oh, y’all. I could’ve listed 100+ fun Christmas crafts here, but I refrained! Instead, I whittled the vast array of yuletide craftiness down to just a dozen (and a half!) truly delightful creations for kids of all ages. And if you’re like me, you might make […]

Duct Tape Crafts for Kids

Duct Tape Crafts for Kids

The following is a post by contributing writer Jamie. In this house 13-year-old Kathryn is the resident duct tape expert, so we have a running list of projects she’s either already made or is planning to make. For this list, I managed to find a few she hadn’t seen before, which is really saying something! […]

Preparing Your Homeschooler for College

Preparing Your Homeschooler for College

The following is a post from contributing writer Roan from Joyful Always. Recently, I dropped off my oldest child at college (well, I actually did not drop her off; I stayed in the area for two weeks to help her get settled and to make sure she would be able to survive without her mother). […]

15 Life Skills Essential for my Children

As homeschoolers, we often like to think that our children are better prepared to handle life situations than many of their public school counterparts. After all, they do see us “living life” day after day. But after speaking with many homeschooling moms that wonder if they are allowing their children enough opportunity to truly interact with […]

Simple Sewing Projects for Kids

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The following is a post by contributing writer Jamie. There are roughly a gazillion or so sewing project ideas and tutorials online, but I narrowed it down to a few that are actually worth your while! My kids love crafty projects but it annoys me to go to the time and trouble to make something […]