New to Homeschooling
Homeschool convention season is here and we are gearing up for our Southeast Homeschool Expo as we speak. This will be my first time speaking at the Southeast Homeschool Expo and I can’t wait! My first homeschool convention was an experience in itself, after homeschooling for awhile you’d think I would have been prepared for my first convention experience. I wasn’t. And I think very few first timers are. In fact, I made quite a few homeschool convention mistakes. So, today, learn from my experience!
Whether you are a new or seasoned homeschooler, I am sure you have heard of different homeschool methods. Some you may have tried out, others you may have NO clue what they are, what they mean, or why you would want to consider them.
As the 2014-2015 school year ends, it is a great time to take a look at the goals we have set for ourselves and our children. Homeschool goals are important to have because they help keep you and your kids on task for the year. It also helps you see at a glance how far each child has progressed, and what areas you may need to work on.
As a homeschool mentor in our local homeschool group, I have been asked a few times “Can someone else homeschool my child?”. This question stems from a variety of scenarios and comes from aunts, or grandparents having custody of their family members, foster or adoptive parents, or from parents who may have to work outside the home full time and has someone else willing to educate them while the parent is at work. The answer is dependent on where one lives. Some states allow it, some do not.
As the kids get out their school books, each child has different numbers on their books. I have a 4th, 6th and Kindergartner, yet the numbers on their books range from PK to 7th. Why? Because I don’t worry about what the grade number is on the front of my children’s books. One of the luxuries of homeschooling is that we don’t have to work on grade level. We can let our kids work at their own pace. This is a luxury for them, and us.