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Cyber Socialization

“What about socialization?” Homeschoolers have been fielding this question for two generations now. The responses range from positive reassurance (“Our kids are involved in church/sports/clubs/volunteer work”) to defensive (“Mainstream ‘socialization’ has a lot of negatives that we want to avoid”). The good news for today’s homeschooling parents is that the answer is a lot easier […]

Homeschooler’s Novel a Double Triumph

When newly-published author and homeschool graduate Joel Schlaudt started writing his dystopian novel as a teen, he didn’t expect that trying to get his work in print would make him feel—like his protagonist—that he was trapped in a heartless system. Homeschool graduate Joel Schaludt writes under the name Ransom Grey. His novel When Stars Go Out is […]

My Coffee Date with Me

I occasionally have coffee with my younger self, and we compare homeschooling notes. When we sat down last time, Past Sara was homeschooling four kids, ages 9 down to 1. It was hard to keep her focused on the conversation. One kid was crying over math, another one had “forgotten” to set his computer timer, […]

Learning from Fostering Kittens

In a recent post about art and nature classes we participated in, I wrote about helping kids experience things that broaden their perspective and enrich them. One experience we have failed, until recently, to give our children is having a furry animal in our home to nurture and love. It’s not that my husband and […]