Cargo Cults and Good Results | HSLDA Blog

Cargo Cults and Good Results

Recently I was pondering the question of how to determine what qualities or actions will lead to a superior homeschooling experience. It can be so easy for aspiring homeschoolers to look at a “successful” student or school program and draw incorrect conclusions about what must have been the secret to success, without realizing the behind-the-scenes […]


Teaching Kids to Learn with Pride: An Interview with Kara Siemens | Homeschool Helpers

Kara Siemens is a 5th and 6th grade math teacher and math and science curriculum specialist at the Arkansas School for the Deaf (ASD) in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also the sponsor for the school’s Upper Elementary after-school Robotics Club and Movie Making Club. Kara recently achieved National Board Certification as an Early Childhood […]


Just Being (Not) Me

“You can be anything you want to be!” God never said this, as far as I know. He designed us in a maddeningly specific and personal way. However, it’s the central promise of children’s shows and Facebook memes. I’m already a writer, wife, mom, and homeschooler, and I’m happy with that. But sometimes I’d like […]

Helping Deaf Students Succeed: An Interview with Chelsey Cahilly | Homeschool Helpers

Helping Deaf Students Succeed: An Interview with Chelsey Cahilly | Homeschool Helpers

For many Deaf students, not even their families know sign language. This can leave them feeling isolated and lonely. But homeschool graduate Chelsey Cahilly is working hard to make a difference in these students’ lives. Mike Smith: My guest today is Chelsea Cahilly. She’s a homeschool graduate who works as a high school sign language interpreter. Chelsea, […]


Connecting with Patients: An Interview with Kim Tackson | Homeschool Helpers

Kim Tackson is an emergency room nurse and cardiac stress testing nurse. Kim’s husband is a firefighter. The Tacksons have two young children, whom they homeschool. HSLDA: What does homeschooling look like for your family? What’s your favorite experience from it? Kim Tackson: I currently homeschool my 5-year-old daughter. My 2-year-old son participates, but obviously […]

Sibling Frenemies | HSLDA Blog

Sibling Frenemies

It’s often been observed that you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. In the homeschool culture in which I was raised, it was typical to emphasize the importance of making your siblings your friends. In retrospect, I think this was (partly) in reaction to the narrative perpetuated by the mainstream culture—at […]

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