Author: Kris Bales

The Public School Parents’ Guide to Homeschool Parents

We all know that there are a lot of misconceptions about homeschoolers, and, while most of those tend to be centered around the kids, there are a lot of misconceptions about homeschool moms (and dads), as well. I’m often surprised to hear some of the things that people who don’t homeschool think about homeschooling parents. I guess I shouldn’t be. I used to be a public school mom (for two years) and I imagine that I thought some of these things, too, though it’s been so long that I really can’t recall for sure. Anyway, I’d like to make...

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Homeschooling Do’s and Don’ts

Our homeschool has changed quite a bit over the last ten years. We’ve added two “students” (officially) and I’ve relaxed quit a bit. I’ve grown comfortable in my homechooling skin. From my ten years’ of experience, I offer you ten homeschooling do’s and don’ts (one for each year!). Our homeschool has changed quite a bit over the last ten years. We’ve added two “students” (officially) and I’ve relaxed quit a bit. I’ve grown comfortable in my homechooling skin. A lot has stayed the same, too. We’re every bit as eclectic as we were back then. That was back in...

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How Do I Convince My Husband?

A reader recently emailed me and asked for my suggestions to help convince her husband that their children should be homeschooled. She mentioned that his concerns included finances, as well as the academic and social shortcomings that he perceived with regards to homeschooling. Thanks for writing. My husband was resistant to homeschooling, at first, too. I’m good at making grandiose plans, but not so good on follow-through. He was worried about that and my oldest wanted to go to “big school.” Because of the combination of those things, she went to public school for Kindergarten and first grade. By...

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How to Have a Smooth Start to Your School Year

For many homeschooling families, it’s time to start thinking about the start of a new school year – if you haven’t started already. That first week or so back to school can be difficult after a more relaxed schedule and too much screen time. (Tell me that’s not just my house!) We’ll be starting our 12th homeschooling year in the next week or so. Over the years, I’ve picked up some tips on how to get the school year off to a smooth start. 1. Don’t try to start everything at once. This is one of those lessons I...

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10 Clues You Might Be a Homeschool Kid

I offer you 10 clues that you might be a homeschool kid. Just in case you aren’t sure. 1. Sometimes, when people ask you what grade you’re in you stare at them blankly while trying to remember. This can be especially confusing if all the grade numbers on your school books aren’t the same. 2. You have occasionally seen a look of horror cross your mother’s face when you answer the question, “Where do you go to school” with “Oh, we don’t go to school.” 4. School lunches are actually really good. Read the Full Article on Weird, Unsocialized...

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