Gearing Up for Your First Home Schooling Year

So, you decided to make the big leap and home school your children? As significant as this decision was, you will be faced with many more as you embark on this journey. Here are some basic advice to guide you through the first questions and decisions you will face. Of course, things are not always this simple, but it’s best to keep our perspective and not get too overwhelmed. Home schooling is a learning experience for the parent as much as the child. What curriculum should I use? This is the question mainly asked by new home schooling parents. What … Continue reading

2006 in Review: Homeschooling Blog at a Glance

As a new homeschooling blogger at, I wanted to know everything that has been discussed to date. In response to my own curiosity, and in an effort to make perusing our articles easier for you, our readers, I have compiled all of the blogs for the year 2006. Deciding to Homeschool Why homeschool Am I qualified for this? Reasons that Homeschooling Works! My Most Important Advice for Homeschoolers. The Cost of Homeschooling Instead of standing up for their own kids, why not stand up for all kids? Disclaimer: I am hardly an expert in education. Did You Know? ‘Empirical … Continue reading

Kinetic Books: Algebra 1

Format: Online Age: Any student ready for Algebra 1 Teacher Prep: Minimal Homeschool Method: Any Learning style: Works well with any learning style Quick Rating: Excellent Cost: $34.95 for singular user What is Kinetic Books? Kinetic Book is an interactive learning system composed on CD-Rom or through an internet connection. Unlike many internet products, Kinetic Books is comprehensive and complete replacing the textbook entirely. Benefits of Kinetic Books Algebra 1: Interactive format with instant feedback. Keeps track of student progress. Text shows the steps of each equation to ensure the student is working through the process. Correlates to national and … Continue reading

Yesterday Was My First Day of Homeschooling. . .

. . .all five of my children. For those of you who don’t know, I have a 3rd grader, a “sort of” 1st grader, and three preschoolers. Until recently, I had provided minimal instruction to the preschoolers mostly because I really feel strongly that they learn best through play. In fact I’ve written several articles on how I don’t do a specified curriculum with them and how I don’t believe in early childhood education (a formal one that is). However, my children don’t agree with me. Up until yesterday, I called the older children to the table and my oldest … Continue reading

Why Homeschool?: Personalization

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the ability to personalize everything for Jonathan. I can personalize his curriculum to his learning style. I can personalize my teaching style and methods. I can personalize his schedule. I can personalize everything. As I said before, Jonathan is a very kinesthetic and tactile learner. He needs to have movement involved in his school activities. He needs a lot of hands on activities. Instead of being packed in a room feeling like a sardine 7 hours a day, he spends his entire day doing science experiments, playing with manipulatives, cooking dishes or … Continue reading

Why Homeschool?: Energy Level

If I was ever asked to describe my son in two words or less, I would say “pure energy.” I once had a mom with twins tell me she felt sorry for me. Jonathan’s energy is one of the many reasons I chose to homeschool. That statement may not make sense right off the bat, but let me explain. If Jonathan went to public school, I am sure he would be diagnosed with ADHD. If that were the case, I would be pressured to put him on drugs to help with that. If I were to diagnose him, I would … Continue reading

Intuitive Students and the Classroom

Opposite to the personality of sensing people are intuitive people. While sensing students enjoy learning facts, intuitive students enjoy taking facts and manipulating them to see how they relate with one another. Intuitive students had rather think about things than do them. They want to understand how things work and find the theories behind ideas. Their focus lies mainly in the future. In a sense, intuitive students will work backwards. They solve the problem then go back to decide which facts are significant and which are not. They want to quickly get to the solving part without investigating all of … Continue reading

Sensing Students and the Classroom

So far we have discussed the personality types of extroverts and introverts. In addition to your child having one of these two personalities, he or she will also have three other personality labels. The next label given by Myers and Briggs is either sensing or intuitive. If you are sensing, you often use your senses to observe the world around you. Sensing people like to process information that is realistic and concrete. They prefer to be able to see and touch what they are learning about. Sensing people carefully observe what is happening around them. They are often practical and … Continue reading

Introverts and the Classroom

In my last article, I discussed the signs of a student that has an extrovert personality. This article will discuss the other group of learners. If a child does not fall into the extravert category, he is typically thought to be an introvert. Introvert students are thinkers. Introverts are driven by personal reflection and assessment. Unlike extroverts, they do not need the social interaction of others. Introverts prefer planning out exactly what is to be said before saying it. They usually think before doing. Introvert students enjoy assignments that they can complete alone such as reading, writing, or listening. They … Continue reading

Extroverts and the Classroom

In my previous article, I discussed how ones’ personality can greatly affect how he or she learns and processes information. In this article, I will begin describing the personalities as discussed by Myers and Briggs. Myers and Briggs are quick to assure everyone in their research that there are no right or wrong personality types. All of the types described are normal. I will begin with an extrovert often referred to as (E) by Myers and Briggs. An extravert typically has much energy. These personality type people enjoy talking with others. They are quick to participate in activities. Extroverts learn … Continue reading