What Is Homeschooling?

I get asked a lot or rather people will just say (rather than ask): “I don’t see how you do it. Teach all of them at different levels and ages. I couldn’t do it.”


{Deep breath.}

I don’t teach them all.


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Let It Snow!

It has been cold outside, but no snow here … yet!

Weather predictions are ZERO degrees this weekend. Our pond is frozen already and I told the kids I’d be buying everyone a pair of ice skates if it got cold enough to skate on it. The Prez says I might have opportunity to make good on the promise.

We are enjoying some snowy-themed learning here.

We’re reading these books, which we found at our local library or we own in our library …

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2013-2014: High School Plans {9th Grader}

I usually do this post for all of our students, but I decided to break it down this year. I like to have these posts for reference if nothing else. I have fretted more over this plan than any other. This one COUNTS. Every homeschooling parent out there knows what I’m talking about.

It is not that the other years don’t count, but this one goes on the high school transcript. For the record: whether your child is in homeschool, private school or public school, grades K-8 do NOT go on their records for college consideration. So, when I say, this one counts, that is what I really mean. I do realize that those other grades certainly count and are very important and their performances go on teacher records and school records … but for the purpose of this post, this one counts means this one counts on our son’s record!

So, here is the basic overlay of what I have planned for our son, who will be 15 in about a month, and will be entering 9th grade officially on Monday. Where has the time gone?!

Before I get started, here are our state’s high school graduation requirements for those on a college prep course:

Total Credits: 22

  • Math: 4 credits  – Including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course (Students must be enrolled in a mathematics course each school year.)
  • English: 4 credits
  • Science: 3 credits – Including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Physical Education and Wellness: 1.5 credits
  • Personal Finance: 0.5 credits
  • Foreign Language: 2 credits
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit – May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance the elective focus
  • Elective Focus: 3 credits – Math and Science, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)


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