Author: Kris Bales

10 Clues You Might Be a Homeschool Dad

We’ve covered how to tell if you’re a homeschool kid or a homeschool parent. This one is specifically for the dads! I know there are plenty of homeschool dads who are the teaching parent, but this one is for all those dads who are the primary financial backers and moral support for the moms who are teaching their kids at home. See if any of these sound familiar. 1. Some of the other guys at work take sick days, but not you. You take field trip days. 2. You’ve eaten a science project – on purpose or accidentally. 3....

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10 Things You Should Know About Homeschool Moms

The Homeschool Mom is, to many, a strange, elusive being. I thought I would share with you today 10 things you should know about this fascinating creature. It should go without saying – but it probably doesn’t – that I don’t speak for all homeschooling moms. It just seemed more fun to me to write in the “we” voice. You know, as if I were speaking for me and my posse. So, if you’re a homeschool mom and some of these don’t apply to you, that’s okay. I’m really not speaking for all of us. If you’re not a...

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How Do You Handle Sick Days?

One question that I’ve heard many times since we began homeschooling is, how do you handle sick days? It’s inevitable that the days are going to occur when one or — God forbid — all of your kids are sick. If everyone is sick, it’s pretty much a given that we’ll just take the day off — or a few days, depending on the severity of the illness. Just one sick child is a different story and it depends on how sick they are. If it’s just a general, “I don’t feel good,” they’re typically expected to complete their...

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Encouraging Independent Learning

If you’re like me, you love learning alongside your kids and getting in there with them during the school day. However, I doubt there are many among us who aren’t also enjoying or looking forward to having more independent learners. I mean, let’s face it, at some point, our kids are going to have to learn to work independently and just imagine the things you could get done if you had an hour or two a day in which all of your kids were working independently. *sigh* Okay, I’m back. I slipped off into a beautiful daydream of working...

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10 Homeschool Lunch Ideas

If you’re anything like me, it’s about this point in the homeschool year — if not sooner — that you find yourself in a lunchtime rut, unable to come up with any new, tasty ideas. Another problem I’ve had lately is my kids’ changing tastes — things that used to be favorite are now met with groans of dislike. I thought I’d share our current top ten favorites to give you some ideas (and so I can refer back to it later when I forget about foods the kids have enjoyed in the past). If you’d like to share...

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