Category Archives: Getting Started

3 Tips for Homeschooling Success

Strategize – Every good endeavor starts with a good plan. As homeschoolers it’s natural to think in terms of daily lesson plans, but we should also be considering what our long-term goals are, since they will certainly impact our short-term goals. When I first took a stab at setting long-term goals for my homeschooling I…

Checklist for Your School Year

While I realize many readers may have already begun their school year by now (or school year-round) this post can help you work out the bugs and keep you on track throughout your school year. I recommend you look for the “print this post” icon at the bottom of the post so you can have…




9 Helpful Hints for a (Relatively) Happy Homeschool

Today I am offering some “helpful hints” that have been gleaned from my 20+ years of homeschooling.  I hope that you will find that applying one (or more!) of these tips helps your homeschool day go a little more smoothly! Hint #1 – Don’t get into schoolwork when you have somewhere to go or are…




Making the Most of a Home School Conference

It’s that season again!  Okay, I realize it’s nowhere near Christmas.  And yes, we’re in the middle of March Madness season but I’m not talking about that either.  I’m talking about home-school conference season. Over the next few months thousands upon thousands of home-schoolers will be flocking to conferences large and small.  Some of the…




Six Workbooks That Work

A couple of weeks ago I featured a post by a home-schooling friend who goes by the name of CaptiousNut.  His blog Marginalizing Morons is advertised as “an online home-school curriculum, for adults!”  He has frequently commented on my posts and in his comment on “Have You Ever Done This?” he mentioned that he finds workbooks…




One Dad’s Home-Schooling Philosophy: Work!

Today’s post is a guest post by CaptiousNut whose blog Marginalizing Morons has as its tagline: “An Online Homeschool Curriculum, for Adults!”  I don’t actually remember how I first “met” Cnut but he has been a regular commenter on my posts – which I very much appreciate – AND he has a distinctive perspective on…




Got Goals?

Long ago and far away there was a mom who decided to home-school… Sorry, I thought I might need to grab your attention before you jumped away to the blog with the title “How to Home-School and Lose Ten Pounds in Five Easy Steps.” But seriously, goal-setting isn’t exactly the most exciting or glamorous topic,…




The “When” and “Where” of Home-Schooling

This is the fourth, and final, post in my four-part series on “Getting Started in Homeschooling.”  In bringing up the “when” of homeschooling, I could actually be talking about  a couple of different things.  When do you homeschool in terms of a “school year?”  What time of day do you homeschool and is this the…




How To Home-School

This post is the third in a series of four posts on “Getting Started in Homeschooling.”  Disclaimer: I do not know how to teach your dog to get more biscuits. Given that the subject of “How to Homeschool” could encompass pages and hours of writing, what I am going to do here is give a…




Why Do We Home-School?

This post is the second in a four-part series on homeschooling.  I hope after you have read it you will leave a note in the comments telling me why YOU chose to homeschool or are considering homeschooling. The reasons that drive home educators to begin homeschooling are probably almost as numerous and diverse as homeschoolers…