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15 Creative Places to Homeschool


Wherever your homeschool day may take you, it is comforting to know that there are ways to adapt nearly any environment into a space for learning.

One of the perks to homeschooling your children is the ability to allow a more flexible, convenient, and fun learning environment. We recently asked a group of homeschooling parents: where are some unique places your child has done their homework? They replied with some silly, clever, and conventional places: 15 Unique Places to Do Homework…
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The Benefits of Homeschooling: Reflections from a Parent


Homeschooling encourages individualization, flexibility, and personal ownership in education.

There’s no doubt about it; home education is a major endeavor that is not for the faint of heart! I remember the first time homeschooling was recommended to me due to my then-toddler’s severe allergies. I literally laughed at the thought of it! Why would anyone want to undertake something so difficult? Maybe it’s because…
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Homeschool Convention Stories: (Mis)Adventures


When you go to a homeschool convention, you see booths that are pristine and put together. You don't usually see their struggles…

When you go to a homeschool convention, you see vendors and their booths, all put together and looking pristine. They’re amiable and helpful, and surrounded by products arranged to look their best. You usually don’t see the struggles the vendors go through. As a collective at Demme Learning, we have so many stories from homeschool…
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Homeschool Convention Stories: Memorable Faces & Places


We spend months preparing for and attending homeschool conventions. Each convention is different, and so are our stories.

It can take days and weeks for you to get ready to attend a homeschool convention. You are making lists and getting childcare, or thinking through how you will feed your three little people while browsing different curricula. And what curricula is out there, anyway? So you research and ask lots of questions to your…
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Is Homeschooling Legal in Pennsylvania?


Thinking about homeschooling in Pennsylvania? Wondering what laws you’ll need to follow? Don’t worry; we’re here to get you started.

Thinking about homeschooling in Pennsylvania? Wondering what laws you’ll need to follow? Don’t worry; we’re here to get you started. Generally, you must officially begin homeschooling when your child turns 8. (Philadelphia parents must begin when their child is 6, unless they send a notice of their intent to begin before the child turns 8.)…
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What Do Homeschoolers Do All Day?


What homeschoolers do all day is as varied as the number of homeschooling families.

What homeschoolers do all day is as varied as the number of homeschooling families. Maybe you think homeschoolers begin their academics the second the big yellow bus rolls by. Subjects change when the mother, referred to only as “Mrs. Jones” during school hours, rings the bell. Other than a 22-minute lunch break, studies continue until…
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Transitioning from Public School to Homeschool


Are you switching to homeschooling from a public school? Having a plan and knowing what you want are crucial.

Are you switching to homeschooling from a public school? Having a plan and knowing what you want are crucial. Dear Parent: You‘ve decided to homeschool. Perhaps this is a decision you have struggled with for years, or perhaps it is based on a “last straw” event in your family’s current academic situation. Truthfully, how you…
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Crush Homeschool Burnout with These 7 Tips


Homeschool burnout isn't pretty, and no one is immune to it. Keep reading for some tried-and-true tips to help you beat homeschool burnout.

Homeschool burnout isn’t pretty, and no one is immune to it. Keep reading for some tried-and-true tips to help you beat homeschool burnout. We have all been there at one time or another. The school year kicks off, and we hit the ground running. We did our research and placed our curriculum orders; we crack…
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How and Why to Write a Homeschool Mission Statement


If you're new to homeschooling, writing a homeschool mission statement is an important first step to make.

If you’re new to homeschooling, writing a homeschool mission statement is an important first step to make. Congratulations! You’ve decided to homeschool. In a previous blog post, Homeschool Basics: Planning, I indicated that your first consideration should be your goals. However, that was not entirely correct. Your first consideration really should be your homeschool mission…
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How to Embrace the Chaos of Homeschooling


If you can learn to look beyond the chaos, your family can survive homeschooling and realize the sweet return on your investment.

If you can learn to look beyond the chaos, your family can survive homeschooling and realize the sweet return on your investment. Go to any homeschooling website and you’ll probably find it—a photograph of a homeschooling family, parent and child smiling sweetly at each other, lost in the love of learning. If you’re a new…
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