Author: Kris Bales

10 Skills Every Child Should Possess

As homeschooling families, we make sure we cover reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic, but we all – whether we homeschool or not – need to make sure our kids are equipped with some basic life skills before they leave home. (Some of these are based on my own inexperience, others are those I’m really glad I knew.) 1. How to Plan a Balanced Menu. Planning a menu – especially a healthy, balanced one – not only ensures good health and nutrition, but it also saves money and unnecessary repeat trips to the grocery store. 2. How to Cook a Healthy...

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7 Tips to Increase Productivity

We homeschool moms (and dads) are busy people. I think it’s safe to say that, on a whole, our outlook on life is happier when we feel productive. So, I want to offer you some tips to increase productivity. I mentioned a while back on a Weekly Wrap-Up post that I have Fridays when I just feel kind blah – sort of on the verge of feeling depressed. Once I began to pay attention to that phenomenon, I discovered that it consistently happened on Fridays when I went to bed the night before feeling like I was going to...

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How to Graduate a Homeschooled Student

Once your kids hit middle school or so, the age-old socialization question gives way to the “how are they going to graduate high school” question. The big difference is, most homeschooling families recognize the socialization question as a non-issue, but graduation is something to be seriously considered for those who intend to homeschool through high school. Know the law. Most importantly, you need to make sure that you are familiar with the homeschool laws governing your state. My go-to site for understanding homeschool law is HSLDA. I also like to reference my statewide homeschool support website, GHEA. If you’re...

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Keeping Your Sanity While Homeschooling Teens

Remember when I said homeschooling teens is easier than homeschooling littles? I wasn’t lying. But you know what? Parenting teens can be hard. That means that some days homeschooling teens can be hard. Homeschooling doesn’t give you a teenage angst immunity card. Homeschooling doesn’t mean a free pass in which your teen isn’t going to talk back, make poor decisions, or outright rebel. I’ve got good kids, but they’re still teens struggling to discover who they are in this world. The road to adulthood has not been without its bumps and bruises. I have grey hairs etched with each...

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Homeschooling Teens

We’ve been homeschooling for 12 years now. I have now officially schooled every age and grade from birth through graduation. There are pros and cons to each age and stage, but from where I’m sitting, I am of the opinion that homeschooling teens is easier than homeschooling little ones. Why? Because… They are becoming independent learners. All those homeschooling years leading up to middle and high school are very mom-intensive. Let’s face it, most kids don’t learn to read and write on their own. (I know some of you have kids who learned to read with minimal input from...

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