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Starting the New Year Off Right, by Jennifer

Starting the New Year Off Right, by Jennifer

Now that Christmas break is over and it’s time to get back to school, there are a few things you can do to help start off right!

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Full Speed Ahead!, by Kami

Full Speed Ahead!, by Kami

Learning is now a FAMILY event. Sure most of our son’s assignments were done by him with a book, paper and pencil; but when it came time for things like field trips, book reports and science experiments, it quickly became a group lesson with our daughter, me and even the daycare kids getting in on the action!

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What We Use, by Jennifer

What We Use, by Jennifer

When someone finds out we’re homeschooling, one of the most common responses is, “Oh, I could never do that!” Nonsense. You’ve been homeschooling since the day your child came home from the hospital. Where do you think they learned to speak, to use a fork, to mind their manners?

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Our First Day of School, by Kami

Our First Day of School, by Kami

The day had finally arrived! The first day of school! I, of course, had spent the week before trying my best to figure out how the assignments were organized, how to use the online programs (OLS), how to schedule the subjects so we could get enough done to meet the progress goals, and the list goes on.

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Christmas Break, by Jennifer

Christmas Break, by Jennifer

I thought homeschooling would be different, but it’s not. Kids are kids, no matter where they go to school, and all kids are squirrelly right before Christmas break. And so are their teachers.

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Shipments, schedules, and school shopping….oh my!, by Kami

Shipments, schedules, and school shopping….oh my!, by Kami

Our first day of schooling at home was fast approaching. We were excited and nervous all at once! Would we like this as much as we thought we would? How hard would it be to be home with each other every single day with no breaks?

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Tis the Season!, by Jennifer

Tis the Season!, by Jennifer

Now that I don’t have a job outside the home, it seems my conversation options with these people I see maybe once a year are even more limited. It takes all of about ten seconds for them to ask if we have children and what I do and then it comes out: We homeschool.

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Then came the paperwork….

Then came the paperwork….

I never really realized how much paperwork was involved. Since K12 via OKVA is contracted with one of the school districts here in Oklahoma, we were basically transferring our son from the Moore Public School District to a new one.

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Great Holiday Books, by Jennifer

Great Holiday Books, by Jennifer

Happy Holidays! As we’re busy with Christmas preparations during December, I usually try to look for seasonal books that lend themselves to some good lessons.

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Learning something new…, by Kami

Learning something new…, by Kami

Once we made our decision, we were very excited about it. My son and I gladly shared our excitement with anyone willing to listen! We called family members and friends that we had discussed homeschooling with as we had done our research that had gotten us to this point.

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Schooling on the Road, by Jennifer

Schooling on the Road, by Jennifer

One thing I love about homeschooling is the freedom to leave schedules behind and hit the road. I wouldn’t describe myself as a big traveler, but I love to take (short) road trips with the kids. Sometimes the trips are educational, and sometimes they’re mostly just for fun, but we always enjoy the chance to veer off our regular path for a day or two.

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Our Homeschool Choice, by Kami

Our Homeschool Choice, by Kami

As I mentioned before, there are lots of ways to homeschool. I cannot tell you which one is best for you and your family. What I can tell you which way we choose and why!

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Teaching Art When You Don’t Really Know Anything About Art, by Jennifer

Teaching Art When You Don’t Really Know Anything About Art, by Jennifer

I don’t know a lot about art. Yes, I made an A in art history in college and I know what I like to look at, but I don’t know much about the technical details of art, and I really am not sure about how to teach it.

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Did you know there is more than one TYPE of homeschooling? by Kami

Did you know there is more than one TYPE of homeschooling? by Kami

Once we decided that we were going to homeschool, we had to decide how we wanted to accomplish this goal. I am not new to the idea of homeschooling. I have a lot of family members that have chosen to homeschool. Their children are all shining examples of why homeschooling can be just as good —and in some cases better—than a public or private school education!

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We’re Homeschoolers, by Jennifer

We’re Homeschoolers, by Jennifer

We’re homeschoolers. There. I said it. The child of a public school teacher, 13 years as a student in public education (plus another 5 if you want to count college and grad school), and another 6 years as a public school teacher myself, and I ended up keeping my kids home.

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Our Decision to Homeschool, by Kami

Our Decision to Homeschool, by Kami

The decision to homeschool is a very personal one. No one can tell you if it is the right choice for your family or not. As a parent you have to look at all your reasons for considering this avenue and weigh all the pros and cons. For our family the idea to try homeschooling actually came from our son.

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