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3 Times You Shouldn’t Use a Boxed Curriculum

As a homeschool mom, you have to make the curriculum choice for your family. There are a few situations when you probably shouldn’t use a boxed curriculum

I remember my very first year homeschooling; I ordered one of those big boxes of curriculum from one publisher. Everything came in one box, and my shopping was done in one swoop. I was thrilled!

Fast forward a few weeks and we were miserable. Why? That particular boxed curriculum wasn’t working for us anymore…

Boxed curriculums are great, and they work for many families, including ours! But, sometimes they don’t work. And as a homeschool mom, you have to make the curriculum choice for your family. There are a few situations when you probably shouldn’t use a boxed curriculum.

You fly by the seat of your pants

If you’re a homeschool mom who doesn’t do well with structure, then boxed curriculum may NOT be right for you. Boxed curriculums are structured, and organized, and that type of curriculum may not work with every personality type.

You don’t like feeling “boxed” in

If you like choice and flexibility, then a boxed curriculum may make you feel “boxed” in. A boxed curriculum lasts you a whole year. Once you have started the year, you pretty much have to continue on the schedule to finish the year on time. This means that if you want to try something else, or follow a rabbit trail that interests you, you may not have time.

You get bored easily

Some homeschool families like to change things up often. If this is your family, then a boxed curriculum may not work for you. The boxed curriculums I have used tend to use the same pattern each day or week. The basic structure of the curriculum is the same throughout the year. If you think you would get bored with this familiarity then you probably shouldn’t use a boxed curriculum.

One good thing about any curriculum is that once you try it, if you don’t like it, you can move on to something else! The same is true with a boxed curriculum.  If you still feel like you want to try a boxed curriculum then by all means go for it! Boxed curriculums work for many families, and even if you fit in one of these categories it *may* still work for you. But, you have been warned :).

Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool mom.  She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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Homeschooling your Dyslexic Child

Are you considering homeschooling your dyslexic child? Homeschooling your dyslexic child and allowing them to work around their areas of struggle is a huge benefit of homeschooling.

As a parent interested in homeschooling, you may wonder IF you can homeschool your child with dyslexia. The truth is, you can!

Benefits to Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia

Believe it or not, there are many benefits to homeschooling a child with dyslexia.

  • Homeschooling allows for individualized education in all areas where dyslexic children struggle, including: reading, spelling, composition and comprehension.
  • Homeschooling your dyslexic child allows them to focus on areas of interest, and allows you to plan lessons around those interests.
  • Homeschooling your dyslexic child allows them to NOT be measured day in and day out by their peers.
  • Dyslexic children are allowed to work at their own pace using resources that work best with their individual strengths.
  • Homeschooling your dyslexic child allows them to avoid standardized testing and strict scheduling that takes place in public schools.

Tips to Help Homeschool Your Dyslexic Child

  • Audio Books- These are a great way for dyslexic children to experience books that may have otherwise been too difficult for them to read themselves. Many libraries offer a great selection of audio books!
  • Videos- Dyslexic children who may struggle with textbooks could greatly benefit from video instruction. Consider letting them watch lectures, demonstrations, documentaries, and science experiments. This gives visual learners a better learning experience.
  • Provide Modifications- Allow your dyslexic child modifications. These can include reading directions, allowing more time on tests, explanations when directions are unclear, and whatever other modifications your child may need.

Homeschooling your dyslexic child with these tips are not “cheating” but are ways to allow your child to excel in learning. A dyslexic child has learning differences that could hold them back in a traditional school setting. Homeschooling your dyslexic child and allowing them to work around their areas of struggle is a huge benefit of homeschooling.

Curriculum Options to Consider

There are certain types of curriculum that a dyslexic child may do better with. These include curriculums with:

  • Shorter teaching sessions
  • Auditory learning through DVD’s, audio books, etc.
  • An option for completing work orally

Dyslexic children tend to not do well with curriculums that have:

  • Lots of writing
  • Curriculums that require lots of reading
  • Difficult spelling lists

If you are considering homeschooling your dyslexic child please know that you CAN do it! Take into consideration their learning style, make modifications, and consider curriculums that are better geared for a dyslexic child. With these tips you can homeschool your child with dyslexia!

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

Can Someone Else Homeschool My Child?

Can Someone Else Homeschool My Child

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.

One thing to consider in regards to homeschooling another person’s child is that homeschooling ultimately is the parent’s responsibility. That being said there are cases when a parent cannot step into that role full time. Sometimes a grandparent, aunt, or friend can come in and help the child. However, the parent is still responsible for the education of that child.

For example, if mom works outside the home 3 days a week, and grandma watches the children and makes sure school is done on those days, she is filling in for mom. However, mom leaves the assignments, mom makes sure the work is complete, and mom grades the papers. Mom is still in charge of the child’s education.

Another scenario may be that your child is having a hard time mastering geometry. You hire a college student from your church to come in one day a week and tutor your child. This is not someone else homeschooling your child. This is asking and receiving help. The parent is still in charge of their child’s education.

In the case where the parent is not in the picture, and an aunt or grandparent steps in, I highly recommend seeking legal counsel. Maybe a temporary custody agreement should be met, or a contract set up. The education of someone else’s children is one that should not be taken on lightly.

Can I homeschool another person’s child? Here is the answer from HSLDA:

It depends on the homeschool law for your state (find your state’s law here). Please read it carefully to determine whether you may homeschool a child who is not yours. Even if homeschooling someone else’s child is legal in your state, HSLDA will not defend your right to teach a child other than your own. This is because our mission is to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their own children.

In regards to foster and adopted children the answer from HSLDA is:

Parents may homeschool their adopted children. However, if you are a foster parent, the option of homeschooling is determined by your caseworker.

If you are considering homeschooling another person’s child, please check out the laws for your state. If you are wondering if someone else can homeschool your child, remember that as a parent, you are the one solely responsible for your child’s education. Seeking help is one thing, but the education of your child rests on you. You can read the laws about parental responsibility and homeschooling for your state here.

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.


Persevere with Laughter

persevere in homeschooling

My favorite nuggets of advice when we began the homeschooling journey were:

“You know your weaknesses, so pray.”


“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.”

I’ve relied on those treasures of wisdom for thirteen years now!  There were a few years where I modified the second one to “If I’m not having fun, we’re doing something wrong.”  Your home may be different than ours, but our reality has been that sometimes the kids do not look at homeschooling as anything more than drudgery.  I still believe the love of learning that often launches we parents into homeschooling will be ‘caught’ by our children—but there are definitely days they will not have that love!

This week, as we struggled through two very difficult courses high school courses, (read that, ‘difficult for me’) the laughter in the midst of perseverance reminded me how very right this has been!!  I was the Valedictorian of my class; a nerd who felt bad if I did not have an “A” in every subject.  Even then I knew that there was merit to lesser grades and fuller lives, yet I could not quite grasp that concept for myself.  Praise God, my husband, children and our home education journey have taught me better.  Lest you think we do not take grades seriously, we do.  The children demonstrate a competitiveness in grades and a desire to excel that I appreciate.  Yet we have learned together that the deepest lessons of home education transform our character.  My heart rejoices that laughter sweetened our hard work.  I want that to be a lesson the children apply the rest of their lives.  Balancing a chemical equation  and efficiently utilizing a compass for angle re-creation are beneficial; a right attitude in hard times is priceless.

This is a truth we have lived for several years.   Math struggles faced by my son taught him more about perseverance—and his capabilities—than soaring through his Bible lessons.  The college-level Counseling program my daughter is taking (in her sophomore year of high school) instructed her in the value of talking through confusing topics to deepen understanding.  For most of our years, academics have not been a struggle from the ‘parent’ perspective.  I must admit, though, some of our high school courses reveal how much I did not really learn in my own years of education.  While those times are weaknesses, they are not failures.  In fact, those things which I know well are sometimes the most difficult for me to teach. I cannot give a process when it is something I just ‘do.’  Beyond that, I do not expect my children to learn things I am unable to learn.  Therefore, my weaknesses allow me to set the example and persevere with them.  I suspect that the subjects we work harder at will be the content they remember best.  I know the attitude we approach our difficulties with will be part of the legacy of our homeschool.

-Billie Jo