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How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes

How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes
Have you ever struggled to document your students co-op classes? I’ve had a few questions lately from homeschool families who are struggling to do this very thing. All co-ops have particular elements that make their classes unique and it can be hard to develop a class description for these classes when you weren’t the one teaching your student, but you want to make sure and get all of your students credits on their high school transcripts....
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Homeschool Peer Pressure

Homeschool Peer Pressure
I worry about peer pressure – not with the children, but with the parents.    As homeschooling becomes more common, and there are more and more parents homeschooling, there seems to be an increase in peer pressure.  Parents feel they should join a homeschool coop, or participate in dual enrollment, or use a specific curriculum or join a particular accreditation group.  I encourage parents to look at their children, not other parents, as they make decisions...
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Guest — Tina
I even avoid curriculum fairs and homeschool conventions. I KNOW that if I went to these gatherings I would feel pressure to chang... Read More
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:23
Guest — Karen
This is so true. And thanks for the comment JW... I agree.
Sunday, 05 August 2012 23:00
Guest — J W
Anyone ever been in a situation where an in-law is pressuring you to make all the cousins be together in an exclusive little homes... Read More
Sunday, 05 August 2012 19:21
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Homeschool High School: Pemberly Ball

Homeschool High School: Pemberly Ball
I've written in the past about our son's experience with a "Pemberly Ball." If you're wondering what that might be, check out these blog posts! Can't Get Enough Jane Austen?The Down-Side of Literature-Based EducationI Hate Literary Analysis - Part 4Now is a great time of year to start planning events for the winter and spring. If you are considering a “Pemberly Ball” for your own homeschool literary studies, you might be interested in how to find...
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What if Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?

What if Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?
My article "What If Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?" was recently published by Bizymoms.com, and it got quite a response!  I had an interesting email conversation with Julieanne that I wanted to share, because I thought others might enjoy the follow-up articles I suggested.  Thank you, Julieanne, for giving me permission to share your comments. Lee,Thank you so much!   I read your article tonight called, "What If Your Kids Want to Go to...
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Guest — J W
Julieanne said "In our area, most of them get placed into our local Christian school during the high school years, and within 3-4 ... Read More
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 19:46
Guest — Lee
Stephanie, Thank you for being willing to share your heart! Parenting is never easy, that's for sure. Blessings, Lee... Read More
Monday, 26 October 2009 13:39
Guest — Stephanie
Lee, I let my daughter influence my decision, and she went back to high school 4 years ago. I regret it, as far as academics are ... Read More
Monday, 26 October 2009 13:32
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Alternative Education = Less Control

Alternative Education = Less Control
Whenever you become involved in state sponsored Alternative Education, you have less control than when you are homeschooling independently.  In fact, any classroom setting (public school, private school, alternative education, and even co-op classes) give you less control and flexibility than homeschooling independently. You can't control the content (you have to choose what they offer.) You don't control the speed of the curriculum (you have to go at their rate.) You can't choose how it's graded...
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Guest — J W
I got out of a co-op for the very same reasons plus some - in fact, we only lasted three one-hour classes and the first ten minute... Read More
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 07:55
Guest — Lisa
Sounds like a great case for homeschooling. Thanks for the encouragement!
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 18:08
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How to Find Friends

How to Find Friends
Real socialization doesn't have anything to do with "school." Real socialization is having fun! When we were homeschooling, we didn't meet other kids at co-op classes. We got together to have FUN! We went on field trips, went to park days, met at support groups, and had show and share evenings. There is so much fun to be had! If you are looking for an opportunity for your children to find new friends, don't get stuck...
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Guest — J W
It's so funny that you're writing about socialization today! We had an adventure today that really brought home how well socializ... Read More
Friday, 06 June 2008 16:44
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"I Love Lucy" Homeschool Metaphor!

"I Love Lucy" Homeschool Metaphor!
  Following a standard school schedule is like getting on the conveyor belt of education - you follow along at the rate of the average student. Like the old Lucille Ball show, sometimes you can't keep up with the conveyor belt because it's too fast. Other times it will go too slow for the child. When you follow someone else's schedule (public school, private school or co-op) you may end up going at the wrong speed....
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The Flip-side of Co-ops

I was speaking one day to a group of homeschoolers. During the Q&A time, one mother said to me, "Do I have to use co-ops for high school or is it possible to do it myself?" I was surprised. Of course you don't "have to" use co-ops. Co-ops can sometimes serve a purpose in home education. A lot has been written about the plus side of co-op classes so I probably don't need to reiterate these,...
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Guest — Faith
I thought I was the only one concerned about the "germiness" (should that by a "y"?) of group activities. Glad to see that it's a ... Read More
Monday, 31 August 2009 14:35
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