Homeschool Programs and Elite Athletes: A Student Showcase

Some families decide to homeschool out of a strong desire to home educate, some are forced to because of circumstances, and other families, like the Overstreet family, never imagined or considered homeschooling. However, after stumbling into a homeschool program, the Overstreet family found benefits and joys they never expected. They soon discovered that homeschooling can do more than just bring families closer together. Homeschool programs  have the power to […] READ MORE

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Best Hands-On Spring Homeschool Lesson Plans

It’s spring, and for many families the end of the school year is in sight. After a long, cold winter the last thing we want to do is sit inside at a desk or table and look outside at the beautiful sunshine. And as homeschooling families, we don’t have to! While nature walks, hiking, and […] READ MORE

10 Things Every Young Mom Needs To Know

It’s almost Mother’s Day and many around our nation are wondering what great Mother’s Day gift they should give and how to truly honor mom. If you’re a mother like me, you’re most likely not thinking about gifts and flowers, but considering your role, the good times and bad, and the blessings hearing the word […] READ MORE

How to Encourage Arts and Music Education in Homeschooling

This is a guest post by Brenda Farrell, Director of Applications for Bridgeway Academy I have five children, all of whom have strengths in art and music. In fact, now that they are grown, four of them have chosen careers in music and visual arts. My youngest child plans to go into a career in […] READ MORE

Mother’s Day: How to Enjoy Your Day with the Kids

While Mother’s Day is centered on mom (of course!), it’s still important to find ways for everyone to enjoy the day! My family loves taking me out for brunch after church, or making me breakfast in bed to begin my day. While I greatly appreciated those gestures in the past, I still wished there was […] READ MORE

Homeschooling Autistic Children: Tips and Ideas

Last week, you read about my personal experience as a parent of a child who has faced learning struggles. When my son was younger he was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), given his struggles with communication, sensory integration, and fine and gross motor skills. This disorder is often referred to as atypical autism because […] READ MORE

Homeschooling Autistic Children: The Blessings

“He can’t sit still to hear the story,” his teacher said, “and he is too much of a distraction to the others. So we let him do his own thing.” There is a moment carved into my memory of when *Josh was younger, the moment I realized that he was different. He was a joyful, […] READ MORE

CCSS, Teachers, and Your Homeschooling Rights

We recently discussed the current standings of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in this country, and highlighted how some of our initial concerns are proving to be true. We left off outlining the overly intense standardized testing process. It’s important to understand that the stress these tests have caused is tangible and long-standing. Kids and […] READ MORE

Finding the Best Summer Camps for Homeschoolers

Homeschool parents know all too well the pressure that comes with choosing a homeschool curriculum, and often, parents apply those same pressures to themselves when choosing summer camps – but they don’t have to! For many homeschool families, summer provides the much-awaited chance for everyone to get a breather, and a change of scenery, and […] READ MORE

Fears Realized: The Negative Effects of CCSS for Students and Parents

We’ve been concerned about Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, for many reasons including the emphasis on standardized testing, the loss of individualized learning, the unrealistic requirements for teachers and students alike, and the lack of parental communication and involvement in the implementation process. And our concerns have proven to be founded, in ways we […] READ MORE