Homeschooling Alone

When High School is Just Around the Corner

For parents who realize that middle school will soon be drawing to a close, HSLDA has some great resources to help you prepare for the challenge of homeschooling through high school, understand the personal and academic records you should keep, and begin the process of developing a 4 year plan for your teen.

Hold on to the Encouragers in Your Life

A couple of weeks ago, my family had the painful task of saying goodbye for now to my Uncle Gene. He was a father of eight and a husband of more than fifty years to his childhood sweetheart and my dad’s only sibling. He was a teacher, a preacher, a principal of a Christian school, a Sunday school teacher, head of a board of deacons and a friend to many, attested to by the line of people through the sanctuary and out the door waiting to pay their respects. More than any of that, he was a child of God. During his eulogy the pastor said repeatedly that Uncle Gene would’ve wanted less talk about him and more about Jesus.

Homeschooling Through Trying Times

I work with families who are struggling through financial difficulties, health problems, the loss of a spouse to death or divorce, inadequate housing or transportation, recovery following a natural disaster, fire or flood, and many in the midst of personal tragedy or crisis. Though they don’t always ask it aloud, each of these families want to know how to carry on, with homeschooling as well as life, in the midst of these situations.

The Real Cost of Frugal Homeschooling

To say that our family struggled financially throughout the years would be an understatement. With our primary income dependent on the construction industry, there were frequent periods of unemployment. To help make ends meet, I worked odd jobs while juggling being a wife and mother. I found babysitting detrimental to the time I wanted to spend with my own children and a huge interruption to homeschooling. I did some transcription work from home and cleaned houses for a time and even worked at one point taking magazine subscriptions...

Healthy Homeschool Moms Need Treats!

I stumbled on a fascinating blog post this week entitled We Must Have Treats! Here’s Why by happiness expert and widely acclaimed author Gretchen Rubin. After reading her post, I immediately connected with her.

What she had to say about giving ourselves treats is vitally important for homeschooling moms – well, for everyone really, but I’m targeting burned-out, emotionally drained, physically frazzled home educators … yes, YOU!

We Often Come Up Short, but God Never Does | Introducing Julie Schnatterly to the Blog!

If the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, my journey as a homeschool mom may have begun with a crawl, a limp and couple of do-si-dos which ended up leaving me facing in the wrong direction. I grew up in a very dysfunctional family and came to motherhood more unprepared than the next person. I only knew that when they placed my firstborn into my arms, I would give all of my heart and soul to protect and nurture her in the best way I knew how. 

When High School is Just around the Corner

 

For parents who realize that middle school will soon be drawing to a close, HSLDA has some great resources to help you prepare for the challenge of homeschooling through high school, understand the personal and academic records you should keep, and begin the process of developing a 4 year plan for your teen. 

We've got lots of resources to get you started >>

The Scoop on Short Stories

 

If novels are more of chore than a delight for your high school student, consider adding some short stories to the reading list. Besides being short, these stories offer students good material to practice their budding literary analysis skills. Parents interested in more information on developing discerning readers can read the Homeschooling thru High School October Newsletter.

All the Things You Can Think!

Basecamp is a communication and organization software company that offers accounts to project managers to help them successfully monitor project status, which requires effective communication and efficient organization. Basecamp software simplifies the communication process to help people streamline collaboration on various projects. This high tech tool will be a marvelous asset to any tech savvy mother willing to implement it in her homeschool.

The Price is Right: Free Online Math and Economic Resources

Because homeschooling families are always conscious of keeping curriculum costs down, many will benefit from two new free resources now being offered online by college trained professors.

Dr. Jeff Haymond, a professor of economics at Cedarville University, has authored a free online textbook,  No Free Lunch: Economics for a Fallen WorldThis introductory economics textbook investigates the free market system from a Christian worldview.

What being a Homeschooling Widow has Taught Me

In 2012 (two and a half years after my husband Chris passed away), I shared what being a homeschooling widow is like—that feeling of being alone when you need practical help around the home, missing that listening ear (which so often our husbands gave us, along with their prayers and encouragement), and desperately wanting at times the stabilizing presence of a father in the lives of your children (we KNOW we can’t be a mom AND a dad, no matter how hard we try!).

Today Is The National Day of Prayer

Have you ever considered that prayer is one of the most beautiful blessings of homeschooling? I can't think of anything more precious than hearing our own children talk to God in prayer―to have the opportunity to pray throughout the day about all the issues of life, however big or small―well, that is a wonderful thing...

When Disease, Disaster, or Death are Part of Your Homeschooling Journey

 

Living with a spouse with a chronic debilitating disease 

affected our homeschooling in ways I could never imagine. While I am thankful Chris lived 15 years after his diagnosis, through that long painful journey I often felt like the impending loss was more than I could bear...

 

I’m a firm believer that nothing we experience falls outside the realm of God’s all-knowing, merciful care

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