Encouragement from a ‘Retired’ Homeschool Mom

If you are educating your children, you are doing GOOD WORK. As a Homeschool Mom, sometimes we might feel that we should be “doing something more”. No. Teachers don’t also try to be lawyers or bankers at the same time, right? Well, YOU are a teacher. Don’t let society try to tell you that you are “just a” anything.

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Walk like an Animal

It’s cold here, like really cold. We finally are warming up slightly, with 0° – 10° this week. It’s been -25° or so for the past month. Makes it hard to want to leave the house; which leads to cabin fever, which leads to crazy kids and stressed out mom.

An easy way to break out of the rut, and burn energy in the process is having the kids go through different modes of walking that exist in the animal kingdom. (this makes a great segue into the mechanics of the animals that cause them to move that way!)

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Homeschoolers Terms and Definitions

Home Education is a scary thing to start. Very daunting. Here is a list including a good start on the vocabulary associated with ‘Creative Learning’

Homeschooling is a type of education where children learn outside of a school setting under the supervision of their parents. The family determines what is to be learned and how it is to be taught, while following whatever government regulations apply in that state or country.

Today homeschooling is a widely accepted educational alternative to traditional public or private schools, as well as a valuable method of learning in its own right.

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Why We ‘Officialized’ Our Homeschool

Some homeschoolers who use a lot of school-like structure and think of their efforts as duplicating school may automatically seek out a name for their program, just as they naturally use school textbooks and start the day with the Pledge of Allegiance.

In some states, homeschooling – or one of the options to homeschool legally – may actually be the formation of a family-size private “school;” hence, that school has to have a name.

Why name your homeschool?

  • Some co-ops and umbrella schools might require your family’s education plan to be identified by a name.
  • If you make a student or teacher ID you will need a school name.
  • Some incentive programs like Book-it ask for it.
  • If you are planning to prepare high school transcripts at some point, it’s nice to have a name to put at the top.
  • It will help your kids identify with a thing bigger than themselves.
  • It can be used when on field trips.
  • For education discounts at various stores and online suppliers.

Registering with the State

We didn’t do this. We don’t plan to unless we move to someplace it’s required. So we are ‘Official’ but not “Officially Registered.” The kids like knowing what will be on their certificates and transcripts, and we do make ID cards. We are Independent homeschoolers and don’t utilize any State programs, charters, or allotments.

Independent homeschooling parents assume full responsibility for their children’s education. This includes not only financial responsibility, but total responsibility to create an educational journey specifically tailored to their child. This can be done through choosing or creating the child’s curriculum; deciding to take standardized tests or not; being accountable to themselves, first, and the community for the full education of their children; scheduling school hours and vacations; creating distinct, individualized transcripts and course descriptions; the flexibility to set academics aside for a time to serve those around them; and the list goes on.

Parents not only have the final say over their child’s education, they must actively pursue this freedom. Perhaps the best part is being able to design and present your child with a unique, distinct diploma that appropriately reflects his/her extremely exclusive education.


Wanna know more about how we have labeled ourselves? Mosey on over to our About page, and find out (:

Homeschooling: Our Reasoning

Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular with an average increase of 2-8% every year according to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). What once was a stigma is now slowly becoming the norm. What used to be considered “cutting-edge” by many is almost “mainstream” today. And why not? The benefits are a plenty and it’s never been easier to enroll in a homeschooling program that provides the curriculum and teaching aids for the parents.

But let’s face it; the road of homeschooling is not all sunshine and roses all the time.  Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of homeschooling your children…

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