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Tips for New Homeschoolers from 10 Veterans


We asked several veteran homeschoolers for their tips for new homeschooling families.

The decision to homeschool isn’t always an easy one. Even after the countless hours you spent creating that long pros and cons list leading you to the decision to homeschool, you’re still stuck second guessing if you made the right choice for your child’s education. Stop. Breathe. You’re doing just fine. Believe it or not,…
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Learning to Adapt with Personalized Homeschooling


An individualized education is one of the numerous benefits of home education. But sometimes we have learn to adapt from child to child.

A personalized education is one of the numerous benefits of home education. But sometimes we have learn to adapt from child to child. “My Johnny was a national spelling bee finalist using this spelling curriculum, but now my Jack can barely spell three-letter words using it. I just don’t understand!” As educators we need to…
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Finding Homeschool Support Online


There is plenty of homeschool support in the online world, from Facebook groups to Pinterest.

Making the decision to homeschool can be one of the easiest — and most difficult — decisions ever! It’s the only job where people judge the totality of your results by one child’s behavior on any given day. I often say it’s the toughest job you’ll ever love. Today I want to speak a little…
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Vote for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards


The annual The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards are going on, and we would love it if you would take a few minutes to vote for us.

The annual The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards are going on, and we would love it if you would take a few minutes to vote for us. The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Excellence Awards are awarded to the companies or curricula that you and your fellow home educators feel are the best of the best in…
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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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