Author: Jennifer

How to Find College Scholarships

When I was in high school, we had special counselors to help us choose colleges, fill out applications, and find financial aid and/or scholarships for school. Unfortunately, as homeschoolers we don’t always have that option. So are homeschooling kids eligible for scholarships? That’s what we’re going to talk about today! Can Homeschoolers Get College Scholarships? The simple answer is: “of course they can!” Honestly, at least in my case, it’s just not something most parents think about! Public schooled kids are told about the many financial aid options in a variety of seminars, meetings with guidance counselors, etc. But...

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Teach Kids How to Think, Not What to Think

In my experience, public schools tend to teach kids what to think rather than how to think. This is a serious problem! This type of teaching will mass produce a bunch of robots unable to form an original thought. Harsh? I don’t think so. We need to guide our children’s minds, not program them. “The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.” – Bill Beattie...

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How to Be a Super Organized Homeschooling Mom

One of the biggest things I have learned about homeschooling is that organization can make things a lot easier all the way around. While I have learned this, I haven’t necessarily applied it…but it’s my goal to be more organized, especially since I now have a college bound teenager in high school. I thought it would be helpful to share how to become the best organized homeschooling mom around! Part of getting your homeschool organized depends on your personal preference. For example, are you a mom who wants each day fully planned out? Do you need to keep attendance...

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Top 7 Tips for New Homeschoolers

Regardless of the reasons for homeschooling, it can be hard to determine where to start. Which curriculum should you choose? Should you buy curriculum at all? What kinds of records do I need to keep? Perhaps the biggest question (or doubt) that many parents have is can I do it? Homeschooling is growing by leaps and bounds, as more and more families are taking their children’s education into their own hands. Regardless of the reasons for homeschooling, it can be hard to determine where to start. Which curriculum should you choose? Should you buy curriculum at all? What kinds...

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How Do You Know if Your Child is Learning Enough?

One of the questions I get asked most often is “how do you know if your child is learning enough?” To someone in the public school system, this seems like a valid question. It certainly did to me, as someone who attended public school as a child. But then you must ask yourself: who dictates how much a child should learn? The public school system! One of the biggest problems I have with the public school system is that it tries to put every child in the same “box”. Every child is given the same materials and expected to...

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