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    Just a few short weeks ago, you headed off to work, kids were in public school, life was normal. COVID-19 hits and overnight our world changes. You are now working from home, the kids are distance learning and while you expected to hate it…. You are kind of loving this homeschooling gig.


    Loving it enough that maybe you want to continue after our world returns to the “new normal.” Secular homeschool is here to help you understand how to transition from public school to homeschool. The process may seem daunting, but it really isn’t.

    Becoming a Full-Fledged Homeschooler



    • First, decide if this is 100% for you. That may mean talking with your spouse or partner. Sit down with the kids. If they are not on board, it may be difficult to continue.
    • Read up on your state laws. Every state is different and while you have been “homeschooling” the last few weeks, it is considered schooling at home via public school and therefore NOT homeschooling under the eyes of your local school district.
    • If required, file your letter of intent with your district. Be forewarned, many districts are stating that they are not accepting letters of intent for the current school year (2019-2020). Normally, you may become a homeschooler at any point in the year.
    • Start a file folder, keep all your required papers pertaining to homeschooling together. Even if your state has little requirements, I highly recommend this. Laws change, it is better to be prepared. Plus, if you move while homeschooling, you have proof to present to your new school district.
    • Do the happy dance, you are now a homeschooler! Congrats!



    Wait, what did you do? Deep breath. Breathe in, breathe out. You got this. The Secular Homeschool team has your back. I have been exactly where you are. Really. We pulled my son over issues at public school, made the knee-jerk decision to homeschool, informed the school, filed our letter of intent and then I had a panic attack. Guess what? I survived. My kids survived. And in reality, they didn’t just survive, they thrived. We loved homeschooling. Best decision ever.
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    by Published on 05-08-2020 12:31 AM
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    Welcome to our Secular Homeschool’s Special Needs series. Each month we will bring you successful ways to homeschool your special needs child and point you in the right direction for any help and resources you may need. While I do not consider myself a special needs expert, I am a parent of a special needs homeschooled child as well as a special needs childcare provider. This gives me the insight and background to assist parents of special needs.

    This month, we are tackling autism. We’ll review some basic facts about autism and discuss how best to homeschool an autistic child. Homeschooling a special needs child will not always be easy but we are here for you. If you have any questions, comments, or experiences you would like to share, feel free to PM or email me, [email protected]
    How to homeschool a child with autism?

    Whether you have decided to homeschool your autistic child since diagnosis or issues with the public school system have helped you make the decision to homeschool, we are here for you. First, homeschool is homeschool. No matter the child. You are now their teacher, your home is now their classroom. If your child is in therapy, especially speech or occupational, I recommend discussing your decision to homeschool with them. They should help you implement any educational needs at home to be successful at this.

    As with any homeschool parent, you’ll need to think about how best to instruct your child. Teaching kids with autism is no different in that respect. Do you want to create your own curriculum and pick from a variety of formats? Do you want to use an online tool with curriculum, grading and reporting all in one spot? Many online programs are geared towards special needs children, allowing them to learn at their own pace. Will you have to adjust their grade levels? Possibly. Some autistic children are behind, some are ahead and some are spot on “grade level.” It may take more than a typical school year to complete one grade level of school. That is not a problem. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You may need additional programs to assist your child, whether you picked book learning or online learning. There are programs that will read to your child, ones that can write spoken words and even programs that can assist your child — and you — with learning sign language, which is a great communication tool for non-verbal children. You may need to adjust whatever learning format you choose as you go along. Flexibility is one of the many perks of homeschooling. I recommend starting out small and slowly adding in what works best for you and your child.
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    by Published on 05-02-2020 12:24 AM
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    Survive working from home and homeschooling too!



    I get it. You were sitting in your office, drinking coffee, working, chatting with coworkers... kids are in public school, learning, hanging with friends, all cruising along perfectly fine. You had a schedule; you had a plan and then COVID-19 came along and ruined that. Feel free to scream into a pillow. Trust me, it helps!

    Suddenly you are working from home, thankful you still have a job BUT these kids! They are home too, plus your spouse or partner is working from home, the dog wants out 100x a day, the cat just threw up on the couch and your toddler needs to take a potty break while you are in an online meeting. How to make it all work? How not to lose your mind? How to get the kids focused and DO the work teachers have assigned? How to make it through this shelter-in-place order? Again, feel free to scream into a pillow at this point. You know what, just keep it nearby. You might need it a few times before we get this worked out. I am here for you because you see…. I am a work-from-home Mom who has homeschooled since 2008.

    Suddenly you’re a homeschooler!

    While COVID-19 didn’t turn me into a homeschooling Mom, I became a homeschooling Mom overnight. My son was bullied at a public school that we already had issues with. The last straw was him being suspended while his attackers were not. Why? Because he tried to stick up for himself and defend himself. He was punished, they were not. I was done and suddenly at 4:30 pm on a Thursday, we went from being public schoolers to homeschoolers. On the plus side, I already worked from home. I run a childcare. I went to college to do so, long before we had children and decided I wanted to work with kids, whether in a preschool setting or a home childcare setting. When my boys came along, I needed to contribute to the household so I opened my childcare. 24 years later, here we are. ...
    by Published on 05-15-2020 11:50 PM
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    April showers bring May flowers! Flowers, flowers, everywhere! It seems we went from the first hint of spring to yards bursting with flowers all over the neighborhood. The air smells of fresh-cut grass, morning dew, and flowers. My kitchen table has a vase full of fresh-cut lilacs from my yard. It smells divine. This month’s Homeschool Arts and Crafts Project will focus on flowers — as always, be sure to read down to the end to get homeschool educational flower facts to share with your kids.

    May is here, and that’s awesome, but we’re still living in a time warp. Our world has changed a lot in the last few months; many of us are stuck at home, kids are getting cabin fever and driving us bonkers. Secular Homeschool’s Arts and Crafts Project of the Month is here to help you! Not only will it give you something to change up your homeschooling day, but you can get out, get exercise (think PE!), and either travel the neighborhood ( don’t forget to wave to your elderly neighbors stuck inside) or explore your own yard.

    Flowers are not just for dressing up your yard or filling vases. They have so many other uses and my favorite is art. This time of year is perfect for it. Mother Nature gives us a bounty and we will show you how to utilize it for homeschool crafts!
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