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What Does Homeschooling Look Like?

What Does Homeschooling Look Like?
What does homeschooling look like? It looks like a child, a book, and a dog, at least in our home! Homeschooling provides a safe and secure learning environment, and a comfortable, relaxing education. Pets are welcome! There are so many benefits to homeschooling, it’s hard to list them all: rigorous academics, positive socialization, time for specialization ... the list is almost endless. Many families choose homeschooling because they believe the safety and comfort of home is the best learning...
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Socialization: Can't Mess with Destiny

Socialization: Can't Mess with Destiny
Socialization: Can't Mess With Destiny Years ago, my husband and I went on an Alaskan cruise with my parents. It was wonderful, and we had SUCH a good time! It was fun to see a client and her family on the ship, too! Midway through the cruise, I had the chance to speak to our cruise director, Jason Venner on the Holland America MS Westerdam.  Jason was raised in the Pacific Northwest. He lived in a remote location of...
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A little story for the next time you're asked about socialization...

A little story for the next time you're asked about socialization...
A little story for the next time you're asked about homeschool socialization... In 2006, my boys were two of 108 top applicants invited to compete for ten full-tuition scholarships at Seattle Pacific University. All 108 invitees had great SAT scores. All had compelling personal stories. Between them, they had thousands of hours of community service. Indeed, there was very little - on paper - to distinguish one from the other. That is why, I suppose, SPU...
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How Can I Meet My Child's Social and Academic Needs?

How Can I Meet My Child's Social and Academic Needs?
If you aren't worried about meeting your child's social needs, you're probably worried about meeting their academic needs and vice versa! How can you possibly meet your child's social and academic needs in your homeschool? Click on Lee's video below to get some tips! Are you confident about socialization and academics in your homeschool? What are you worried about? Let me know in the comments below! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when...
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How do You Answer the Socialization Question?

How do You Answer the Socialization Question?
What do you do when people ask you about the socialization of their children?  Do you blow them off with a flip answer, or have you had any good conversations where people ‘see the light?' I asked a few of my friends what kinds of experiences they’ve had with this question, and they shared some of their stories below. “My husband is military and last summer brought a move; our first move since we started home...
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The Dreaded “S” Word: Socialization

The Dreaded “S” Word: Socialization
Recently I was talking with friends online about the dreaded “S” word: socialization. I wondered whether it was still a common question, and how other parents handled it. I got quite a variety of different responses, and thought you’d enjoy hearing some of them! The Dreaded "S" Word: Socialization “We heard many a doubt expressed by friends, extended family, and others regarding homeschooling through high school. Our two oldest are now attending private colleges, on scholarship, and doing...
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What about it? Socialization in the news.

What about it? Socialization in the news.
It was a bad day for local schools in my newspaper the other day.  In the Thursday paper I read these stories: Highline student charged with violent rape attempt By Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI.  A Highline High School student accused of attacking a teen girl with a brick has been charged with attempted rape. Des Moines teens could face pornography charges by The Associated Press Public school teens at a party shared cell phone video of...
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Searching For Homeschool Socialization

Searching For Homeschool Socialization
Socialization is not about a group of kids all the same age.  True socialization is about people of ALL ages getting together. When kids are feeling alone, then getting out into the world can provide the socialization they are craving.  Here are some suggestions for socialization activities: Family and family outings. Play-only groups;  many support groups will have park days in the summer.  It may be worth joining a group JUST to meet kids are park...
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Homeschool - Make Time for Fun!

Homeschool - Make Time for Fun!
When we were homeschooling, I found a family that had boys the same age as my boys.  Almost every week, we would meet together.  The boys would play board games together, or other activities.  Many times they played educational games, but not always.  Sometimes it was just goofing off!  At the same time, I would sit and have coffee with the other mom.  What a joy!  Sipping coffee, tasting a brownie, stitching some needlepoint, we would...
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Homeschooling High School and Feeling Alone?

Homeschooling High School and Feeling Alone?
Some homeschool families feel all alone.  They may be the only homeschoolers in the area, the only people who know that homeschooling high school is possible.  I've received phone calls from remote households across the country.  Although the parents are committed to homeschooling, some feel isolated and completely alone. One hero of the past was perhaps the most isolated person in world history.  Noah.  If you are alone, think about Noah for a moment.  He was...
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Coffee with a Friend

Coffee with a Friend
I have a friend with children slightly older than mine. When we were homeschooling, we got together once a week for coffee.  At first, we pretended it was for the kids - they had to have some socialization, you know!  Later on we realized that we both needed each other's support.  I thought I got the better end of the deal, though.  Since her kids are older, she was usually just finishing a stage in her...
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Do you have a Homeschool Stress Manager?

Do you have a Homeschool Stress Manager?
A friend stayed at a Holiday Inn Express the other day, and there was a unique greeter at the door!  Kip Holiday was his name.  The official title on his business card states that he is the "Stress Manager" of the hotel.  His bio on the hotel website says "When you stay with us, you arrive as guests, leave as family! Just ask the resident Stress Manager, Kip Holiday, our Golden Retriever!"  Read about him here...
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Sunday Morning Homeschool Segment

Sunday Morning Homeschool Segment
Here is a very interesting segment on homeschooling from Charles Osgood's Sunday Morning program.  On the plus side are some very eloquent homeschool parents and impressive students.  On the negative is a professor from John Hopkins who will say some things that will make blood come spurting out of your eyes.  All and all, a pretty balanced piece, even though you will have to endure another round of the "socialization" question. In this story you will...
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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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