Worth Quoting

Worth Quoting

From a lovely blog called A Homeschool Story: “Parents: choose your battles, pick your subjects, the ones you believe in, the ones that speak to your child; her developmental readiness, his interests, and delve into them with all you’ve got. Let them have your time and energy and enthusiasm for this present moment, this...
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“Expert” Advice

“Expert” Advice

“Expert” Advice by Helen Hegener, September/October, 2002 Every so often someone will ask Mark and I when we’re going to write our book on homeschooling, as though it were a given and the only question is a matter of when. When one works with the written word for a living, as we have for...
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Good Relationships

Good Relationships

Every parent wants to establish good relationships with their children whether they are homeschooling or not. ~Marty Layne That line practically jumped off the screen at me as I scrolled through a 1999 interview I did with homeschooling mother Marty Layne, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Marty had just written an encouraging and thoughtful...
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A Non-Homeschooler Gets Published

A Non-Homeschooler Gets Published

Submissions to Home Education Magazine are wide ranging. Most of our content is generated by homeschooling parents, but we also get articles from non-homeschoolers. The article “Using Writing Contests” by Thursday Bram, a non-homeschooling writer, is coming up in our November-December issue. Most submissions by non-homeschooling writers don’t get published, usually because the articles don’t reflect an understanding of the ways home...
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Thoughts on “Get Schooled”

Advocating for home education is aplenty for me. A decade ago, I decided to make home education my focus rather than “school reform.” However, I still pay attention to efforts to reform public education. One of the latest is the high profile campaign, Get Schooled. The Get Schooled website is snappy and well-edited. There’s...
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Homeschooling and College Entrance Seminar

I’ve heard a few non-homeschoolers doubt that homeschoolers can get prepared for college. They wonder if their parents have the chops and connections to assist their high school age children. Besides knowing a ton of homeschooled-to-college kids who disprove their presumption, I’ve also been fortunate to see the valuable opportunities homeschoolers provide for one another. One such opportunity...
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College Son’s Odyssey

Preparing homeschooled kids who plan to attend college can be challenging, and some of us have occasional doubts about whether we’re doing well enough. I was happy to receive this text message from our middle son last night: “I just got out of my western culture class. I’m glad you had me do The Odyssey because...
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Mother Matter

Editors, of course, pay a lot of attention to words, though some eurekas take longer to develop than they should. Reading to my youngest from The Story of Science again tonight, I realized that “matter” – the basic structural component of the universe – has its roots in the Latin word “materia,” which is...
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The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way

Having a much younger third son to homeschool while I edit for Home Education Magazine gives me a chance to revisit resources I used with his considerably older brothers, who are now young adults in college. Today’s read-aloud was several chapters from The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way, by Joy Hakim. This book captivates my 11-year-old son ...
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Distractible kids who like the sizzle?

A website where “highly distractible people are celebrated, encouraged, and empowered?” That would be Sizzle Bop! Homeschool mom, author, and speaker Carol Barnier has put together some respectful and entertaining stories about kids who sizzle and bop: That is a part of their wonderfulness…and also a part of the challenge in sharing daily life with them. That...
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