April 25, 2016

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Can You Homeschool Against All Odds?

by Pam Geib Speakers at CHEA’s 33rd Annual Convention Originally published in 1990 Have you ever wondered if you are the only homeschooling family who has problems that seem catastrophic and insurmountable? Have you wondered why no one else ever mentions that they too have problems and how they have overcome them? I have wondered […]

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April 19, 2016

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Summer Stealth Schooling

by Karen D. Koch When asked recently if we do year-round school, I answered, “It depends on what you mean by ‘year-round,’ or by ‘school’ for that matter.” By the time summer rolls around, I’m pretty desperate to catch up on my to-do list, and the kids need a break, so we don’t do much, […]

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April 11, 2016

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Dear Moms, From a Homeschooled Teen

By Madeline Koch I’m 13 years old and I have been homeschooled my whole life. So there are a few things I wanted to hit on in this blog post. The majority of people reading this are homeschooling moms, so this is to all you moms out there, including my own. First of all, through […]

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April 4, 2016

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Common Core: Clones, Drones, and Lots of Moans

by Davis Carman 33rd Annual Convention Keynote Speaker I’ve read my share of articles on the Common Core. I’ve watched the cute promotional videos explaining how important it is that we all work together to help each child climb the ladder to educational success. These marketing messages raise some real-life concerns, such as when a […]

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March 28, 2016

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Homeschool Mommy Wars?

by Karen D. Koch We’ve all heard of the Mommy Wars. Working mom vs. home mom. Cloth diapers vs. disposable. Nursing vs. formula. Vaccination vs. non-vaccination (or somewhere inbetween?) Car seats minimum time or carseats until age 12? Daycare vs. mom at home? Strict feeding schedule or on-demand nursing? Organic or McDonald’s for lunch? The […]

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March 14, 2016

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When the Going Gets Tough

By Rachael Carman, Keynote Speaker, 33rd Annual Convention Some days are bad. Some weeks are bad. Some months. Some years. Life is hard. Sometimes it’s just one thing, while other times trouble seems to come at you from all directions. Sometimes everyone knows, and sometimes no one even suspects. There are times in life that […]

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March 7, 2016

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Coping with Criticism

by Karen D. Koch Choosing to homeschool at times can feel as if we’ve placed a target on our forehead and asked people to take shots at us. But we don’t need to cower or always be in defense mode. Our Decision We chose homeschooling a long time ago for many reasons. My husband’s job at […]

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February 29, 2016

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Help! My Child Won’t Listen to Me

by Janelle Knutson Many moms have come to me ready to give up on homeschooling. The culprit is an ongoing battle between them and their child over school work. Perhaps you can relate? Maybe you’ve given homeschooling a try only to find that being home all day with your child brings ongoing conflict. Perhaps you […]

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February 22, 2016

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When Should My Child Take Pre-Algebra and Geometry?

by Janelle Knutson For many homeschool parents, the upper grades can bring on a wave of anxiety as they try to figure out what they need to teach their child. Math is one of those areas. When is your child ready to move from the foundational math he’s been doing in the elementary years to […]

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February 5, 2016

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Slaving Away?

by Rebecca Kocsis How well I remember those days of caring for small children and homeschooling, too. I remember collapsing on the sofa after we put the kids to bed and not being able to move. I didn’t even want to walk to my own bed. I remember being so mentally exhausted that it hurt […]

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