Blog Topic: Personal Stories

Home Education Memoirs: A Personal Biography of Our Journey – Part 2

In the April 2002 issue of Home Rules, Jeanne wrote about her family’s ‘journey’ through the school system and ultimately discovering homeschooling. This is Part 2 of her story. How did we do it? In 1989, we started out very simply as far as school work; using Golden Work books and lots of field trips.

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Home Education Memoirs: A Personal Biography of Our Journey – Part I

Our research about preschool: When our eldest, Leigh, was a toddler there was much talk about nursery schools, preschool programs and Four Year Old Kindergarten which was the school issue of the early 80’s. Though we had already chosen many alternatives as far as birthing and diet we were pretty steeped in the idea of

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How Do Homeschooling Parents Know Their Children Are Learning?

The assumption that homeschooling parents somehow lack awareness of their children’’s progress, and therefore require formal evaluation of that progress, is related to the fact that homeschoolers function beyond the arena of the schools, and our philosophies and methods are not always well-understood. How do homeschooling parents know their children are learning? The answer to

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Topics: How People Learn, Personal Stories, Testing & Assessment, Unschooling

How Do I Maintain My Child’s Interest?

When can the kids quit? I think one of the more difficult questions in homeschooling is deciding when to let the kids quit something they don’t like and when to insist that they persevere. A few points to consider, when weighing the pros and cons: There are infinite numbers of different ways to learn and

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Learning to Tell Time the Unschooling Way

Most parents who are new to homeschooling, probably put in more hours than are necessary, making it more like school than it needs to be. Since my children have never been to school, this has made it easier to steer clear of unnecessary structure.  I have just continued with the sort of life we led

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Topics: Personal Stories, Unschooling