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Independent Homeschool Support

Independent Homeschool Support
I encourage parents to homeschool independently. Homeschooling is legal in every state, and you can educate your children in a way that makes sense, without being tied to a school system.  That will allow you to homeschool outside the box, keeping your children challenged but not overwhelmed.  When you homeschool independently, you can choose homeschool curriculum that is a perfect fit, and teach any elective class under the sun.  The world is your oyster! But when...
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Learning To Learn Independently

Learning To Learn Independently
As I often say on this blog, our goal as homeschool parents is NOT to teach something. Our goal is for our kids to LEARN.  Sometimes they will learn how to learn a subject on their own, without having a teacher teach them. I believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If they go to college, they will be expected to learn all the textbook material on their own. College lectures are most...
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Accredited vs. Independent Homeschool

Accredited vs. Independent Homeschool
I was looking at an accredited homeschool program the other day, looking for "messages".  At first I was very impressed.  Then I read the details.  Let's do a little compare and contrast. "Each curriculum package is individualized" - but they only use the textbook/workbook/school-at-home learning.  That's not a very high percentage of homeschoolers' chosen strategy. "These outstanding curriculum choices coupled with the expertise of your advisor" - but the only expertise you truly need is the...
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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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Revolving Door Strategy

Revolving Door Strategy
People are starting to panic about their choice to send their kids to public school.  As homeschoolers, sometimes we look at the other side of the fence, and think the grass is greener over there by the public school.  You may not realize how many public school parents are thinking the same thing about homeschooling! When people ask me about pulling their kids out of public school for a while, "until they get up to grade...
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Creative Course Creations

Creative Course Creations
Do you ever feel like you're cheating when you create a high school course based on your child's special interests?  I know I did.  Two favorites from my children's transcripts were Critical Thinking in Chess and  Russian History.  I mean really.  Who was I kidding? I just spent time with my lovely niece, driving to Oregon, and we were talking about her high school experience years ago.  I knew that her father had taught a class...
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