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What About Socialization?

“What about socialization?” Ask 100 homeschoolers which question they get asked the most from people who do not homeschool and they will tell you that it is “What about socialization?”. Homeschoolers generally answer politely and begin to list off all the things their kids are involved in. Can you imagine if homeschoolers asked everyone they met who contracts out their children’s education “What about bullying?”. Homeschooling is exploding, more and more families are fleeing government schools, the reason used to be that they were not receiving an adequate education, now it because they are not receiving a safe education. Bullying…

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Wyoming’s School Districts Are Unaccountable to the Taxpayers, to the WY Dept. of Ed, and to the Legislature

The faint sound of battle drums can be heard in the distance, as the majority of Wyoming’s 48 school districts test the waters to see what homeschoolers will let them get a way with.  Whether you think this applies to you or not, it does, because the Wyoming Supreme Court already ruled that, contrary to the Wyoming Constitution’s first seven words in Article 1: “All Power is Inherent in the People”, the tax payers have no legal standing against a school district. This was decided when parents of a special needs child who was severely mistreated and captured on video,…

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Dear New Homeschool Parent…

Dear new homeschool parent, Breathe. You have got this. You have walking, talking, and potty training down, if you haven’t already you will have shoe tying and two-wheel riding down too. You didn’t need a teaching degree or credentials to do any of those things, you only needed to provide an environment for your children to learn, and they did! Yes, some of our children didn’t walk or talk as soon as others, some of our children left us wondering if they would be in Velcro shoes wearing Pull-Ups on their wedding day, but eventually when the time was right…

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Homeschooling Through High School, You Can Do It!

I get asked about homeschooling through high school several times a year, so I thought it was about time to write about it. Full disclosure, we have a VERY relaxed child-led learning based homeschool. My oldest homeschooled child (I have two older step sons who went to public school most of their lives with one year each of homeschooling) is currently 17 years old, has completed four college classes through the BOCES program at our local community college.  This January she will have been at the same job for 2 years and will be staring a second job, so she…

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Why Homeschool? Because, There is No School Like Home.

There is no school like home. That could actually be the entirety of this post, but I will expand on it and explain why. First, schools tend to send home hours and hours of nonsensical homework. Parents of and children attending school outside the home spend all day a part from each other, only to have family time between school and bedtime curtailed by homework. Homeschooling allows the parent to set the “school hours”, and because homeschooling is a way of life, even non- “school hours” are full of learning opportunities. Homework is not necessary. In Wyoming, standardized testing is…

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Which Box Does Your Child Fit in? The Problem With Educational Standards

Confession: I love “Doctor Who“, almost as much as my 7 year old daughter, who is most definitely a “Whovian”. So what does “Doctor Who” have to do with education? Well, besides traveling back in time to visit historical people and witness historical events, “Doctor Who” shows us that one size doesn’t fit all. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a copyrighted set of academic standard that were adopted by nearly every state in the union. The “appeal” to the states was the grant money promised by the federal government if the state agreed to implement the CCSS, join a CCSS…

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You Have Educational Choices: Here are the Pros and Cons of Each

    What are the pros and cons of the various educational opportunities available to us? Let’s find out! Public Education Pros: -It is “Free” -Most teachers are fluent in the subject they teach -Transportation to and from school is “free”. -Your children have access to school sanction sports, activities and clubs. Cons: -“Free”- isn’t free, it is paid for with tax payer dollars… And when it comes to “free” remember, you get what you pay for…. -Common Core is mandatory and soon Next Generation Science Standards will be. Click here to learn more about Common Core and here to…

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So, You Are Thinking About Homeschooling…

Click here to see the Wyoming Homechool Laws for the 2015-2016 School Year. Homeschooling. The thought seems overwhelming and exciting, and back to overwhelming… And the negativity from family and friends who think you are insane doesn’t help the feeling of being utterly overwhelmed… Well never fear, we are here to help you! We want to be there for you when you feel like you are drowning in a sea of curriculum and style choices. We want to be there for you when you feel like your family and friends couldn’t possibly be more hurtful. There are a few things…

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    • Words on the Vine, Grades 5 - 8 November 13, 2018
      Publisher: Carson-Dellosa PublishingA top-selling teacher resource line, The 100+ Series(TM) features over 100 reproducible activities in each book! Ancient Latin and Greek live on in the words we speak every day. Introduce your students to the fun and challenge of word genealogy with WordPrice: $12.99
    • Pilgrim Letters November 11, 2018
      Publisher: Passkey PressPilgrim Letters is a Thanksgiving activity matching uppercase and lowercase letters using three levels of learning! Black and white images are also included. A template is also included to fill in letters. For early learners and students with Autism.Price: $2.25
    • The Nutcracker Ballet Coloring Book-Level C November 4, 2018
      Publisher: Write Bonnie RoseThe Nutcracker Ballet Coloring Book-Level C: Discover the story of Clara, Fritz, Drosselmeyer, an army of mice, toy soldiers, the Prince, the Land of Snow, the Land of Sweets, and much more with this coloring book based on the Nutcracker Ballet. There are 27 coloring pages with large cursive, traceable copywork. It’s […]
    • The Nutcracker Ballet Coloring Book-Level B November 4, 2018
      Publisher: Write Bonnie RoseThe Nutcracker Ballet Coloring Book-Level B: Discover the story of Clara, Fritz, Drosselmeyer, an army of mice, toy soldiers, the Prince, the Land of Snow, the Land of Sweets, and much more with this coloring book based on the Nutcracker Ballet. There are 27 coloring pages with large print, traceable copywork. It’s […]
    • The Color Purple November 3, 2018
      Publisher: Passkey PressThe final installment in Passkey Primers' rainbow series.  Early learners and students with Autism will learn about the color purple by: Placement of color purple objects, matching and coloring.Price: $2.50
    • Turkey Tom's Visual Discrimination Cards November 2, 2018
      Publisher: Passkey PressEarly learning students and students with Autism will match the turkeys with the colorful pattern of turkey feathers.  Students can also sort the picture cards according to their colorful patterns. Extra cards included to create your own patterns. Also included is a large turkey for students to color.Price: $0.00
    • Word Families Cards November 1, 2018
      Publisher: Passkey Press Early learners and students with Autism will create different words within word families using three different methods. 1. Metal rings. Create flip cards for each word family. 2. Use a small stand or set flat on a desk. Have the student place the letter cards on each card. Velcro or tape can […]
    • Nature Study Mini Journal October 30, 2018
      Publisher: A Home With LifeThis Nature Study Mini Journal is both educational and fun. It includes brief art, writing, and science-based activities. Get outside with your students today and enjoy nature!Price: $0.00
    • Daily Planner October 30, 2018
      Publisher: A Home With LifeOrganize your day with this elegant Daily Planner.Price: $0.00
    • Exploring the United States Coloring Book with Cursive Copywork Bundle October 30, 2018
      Publisher: Write Bonnie Rose50 states, 5 eBooks, and 425 pages are included in this United States bundle! We’ll discover various state icons such as the animals, important people, key places, and more. The state flag and an outline of each state are also included for a total of ten or more items per state.  Exploring […]