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4 Reasons to Do Fun School in the Summer

Fun School

Summer is a great time for parent educators to relax and regroup for the next school year, but should you be throwing a little bit of fun schooling into your summer mix?  Here’s four reasons you might want to do so.

  • Keep your kids in the practice of doing school:  In the fall, some kids have a difficult time getting back into the swing of doing school.  If you do some school throughout the summer, it is more likely kids will remember how to sit down and work.
  • Keep your kids out of trouble:  During the school year, your students had many activities plus their school work, which probably created a somewhat hectic schedule.  Now, during the summer, there might not be a lot of preplanned activities for them.  Yes, I believe kids should learn how to entertain themselves, but if they have to entertain themselves all day every day, you might not be too pleased with how they do so.  A little bit of fun school scattered throughout the week can help keep them occupied in a good way.
  • Help your kids remember what they learned: Three months is a long time, especially if you are trying to remember that last math concept taught in May.  Finding a fun way to review concepts throughout the summer can keep things fresh in your students’ minds so they are ready to jump back into difficult subjects in the fall.
  • Try different teaching methods:  You have, no doubt, read or heard about many different teaching methods.  Notebooking, unit studies, Charlotte Mason style, textbooks, and lapbooking are just a few.  Before you buy new curriculum for the fall, you might want to switch things up and try something new to see how you and your children like it. 

Every family is different and school in the summer might not make sense for everyone, but if your kids have trouble remembering their multiplication tables or have difficulties getting back into the swing of school in the fall, if they are bored and driving you crazy, or if you just want to try out a new teaching method, fun school in the summer might be the perfect thing for you!

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Not Now, I’m Busy

Not Now, I'm Busy

“Not now, Tommy, I’m busy.”  “I can’t play, Mommy is on the computer.”  “Go look at a book, I am on the phone.”  I can’t even begin to imagine how many times I have said something like that to my children because I thought I was too busy.  Sometimes, I really am busy doing a task that needs to be completed.  Bills must be paid, dinner must be fixed, and so on.  But probably much more frequently, what I am doing is really not that important.   Certainly not as important as responding to my child’s plea for attention.  Here are a few ways to answer that plea from your child.  [Read more…]

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Three Reasons Homeschoolers Should Do Their Best on the SAT / ACT Tests

3 Reasons for Homeschoolers to do their Best on the ACT / SAT Tests

You are probably aware that if your child wants to attend college, his or her score on the SAT or ACT tests is important.  Perhaps these scores are even more important for homeschoolers than for their traditionally schooled peers.  Here are 3 reasons why. [Read more…]

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Do You Have the Patience to Homeschool?

Do You Have the Patience to Homeschool?

Probably the most common response I hear when someone learns that I homeschool is, “Oh, I could never do that, I don’t have the patience. I am never quite sure how to respond to this because I really have very. little. patience. When things don’t start on time, I am continually looking at my watch and thinking, “come on, let’s get started…”. Waiting at the license bureau, doctor’s office, or really anywhere else really causes me to get quickly irritated, especially if someone butts the line. But, somehow I have managed to homeschool for the past 14 years. So, how do I do it? [Read more…]

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New Year’s Homeschool Resolutions

Homeschool Resolutions

The practice of setting New Year’s resolutions can be traced back to the ancient Babylonians, who promised to their pagan gods to return borrowed objects and pay their debts.  Later, Christians would reflect on their previous mistakes and resolve to do better the coming year in watchnight services held on New Year’s Eve.  In the modern world, people make resolutions concerning everything from their health to finances to housework.  But what about homeschooling?  Should we make resolutions about improvements we can make in our homeschool?  I can’t say whether or not you should make any resolutions, but if I was going to make some, here’s what they might be. [Read more…]

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How to Keep Your Sanity While Homeschooling This Holiday Season

Keeping your SanityThis morning, I received an e-vite to a homeschool orchestra concert. In the near future, we also have a drama performance and dance recital. That in itself isn’t too busy, but when you add in all of the Christmas parties, December birthday parties, visits to family, holiday baking and crafting, it can be hard to fit in your regular day to day school work. So, how do we get it all done? We don’t. Here’s what we do instead. [Read more…]

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Why Homeschoolers Should Vote This November


The choice facing us this November on election day is not a pretty one.  Many of us will go to the polls and choose which candidate we least dislike.  Unfortunately, this unpleasant choice will keep many homeschoolers at home on election day.  I want to encourage you, however, to exercise not only your freedom but also your duty to vote; and here’s why. [Read more…]

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Thoughts for a Homeschooler Starting College

Tips for CollegeThis month’s article was written by my daughter, who is just starting her second year in college.

I have put together some thoughts and advice for a homeschooler going to college. I will not even try to help you choose where you go to college or what you major in college, but I do have some tips that apply to students at any college and with any major. [Read more…]

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Some Academic Benefits of Homeschooling

Academic Benefits of HomeschoolingFourteen years ago, we started on our homeschooling journey and we still have a few years to go before we are finished. Along the way, we have discovered many benefits to homeschooling. Here are just three of the many academic benefits I feel are important. [Read more…]

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How Many Homeschoolers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

How Many Homeschoolers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? - Homeschool Helper Online


It takes three homeschoolers to change a light bulb. 

One to realize the light bulb, while not actually burned out, isn’t serving the needs anymore.

One to research all the available light bulbs to determine which bulb would better serve our needs for lighting.

And one to actually unscrew the old bulb and put in the new, more applicable light bulb.

I think that curriculum can be like a light bulb that has become dim.  Sometimes it takes someone else – our children, perhaps – to point out that the bulb is dim – to point out the curriculum isn’t working.  It might have been the perfect fit for our oldest, but it is drudgery for our second child.  We had that problem with our spelling curriculum.  It worked fine for our two oldest, but it just wasn’t clicking for the youngest.  After much struggling, we decided we needed to change directions.

Then comes the research!  There are countless sites in which you can look for reviews, curriculum fairs to attend for browsing books, and friends to ask about which program they prefer.  If you let it, this can consume many days (weeks) of your summer. In the end, we did find a new spelling curriculum.  We chose one that was more of a workbook style than what we had been using.

Last, is the hardest part – you have to pull out the wallet and actually purchase the newly chosen curriculum.  But wait, you might find it cheaper on Ebay or a Facebook swap group!  OK, after you have determined the cheapest place to purchase it, you will have to throw out the old, ineffective curriculum (or re-sell it) and let your child use the shiny, new curriculum.

So, if you find yourself with curriculum that needs changing, don’t be afraid to try something new.  It just might turn out to be a great way to help your students see the light!