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    While many people set out to homeschool from the very beginning, I did not. As a school psychologist and product of public schools, I always assumed that my children would attend public school. And then I was blessed with an asynchronous, twice-exceptional child and public school did not work. We found ourselves suddenly, unexpectedly homeschooling and we've never looked back.

    There are so many things that I love about homeschooling. I love the time you are granted. We are afforded ample time and space. We can spend time in nature, or get lost in a book, or spend our days exploring.



    The public school bus stop is in front of our house. The bus for the elementary school leaves at 7:55 each morning and returns home at 4:00. This time of year, darkness has fallen by the time the kids reach their front door. My children will often notice the bus and ask, sadly, "But mom, when do they play?"

    The Importance of Play


    Play is the science of childhood. Children learn how to navigate their world through play and I am so thankful that homeschooling allows my children plenty of time for play.


    My children are currently 7.5, 6, and 4-years-old. We use curriculum, but a huge piece of that curriculum right now comes in the form of read alouds and board games. Yes, board games! Board games are a wonderful form of play ...
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    Infographic: Homeschooling Acronyms Abbreviations There are few things more frustrating to new (or even experienced!) homeschoolers than heading to a social community or forum and landing in a sea of unknown letter combinations. Homeschoolers have certainly created their own online shorthand for the curricula, styles, and general phrases they use over and over. This infographic will help you make sense of the most common acronyms and abbreviations you may encounter on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and online communities.

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    by Published on 11-30-2015 07:19 AM
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    Good Monday, SHS-ers. I thought I would have time to create a full FSTN discussion this week, but the holiday was far more chaotic (in a GOOD way!) than I expected, so here I sit this morning discussion-less. Instead, I thought we'd use this week to do an Almost-Mid-Homeschool-Year Check-In. I'd love to hear where everyone is in terms of progress. Share anything you'd be willing to share!
    • did you have any specific goals for this year? if so, how are they going?
    • what have been your favorite/least favorite things you've studied together so far?
    • have you changed tactics on anything specifically? what and why?
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    by Published on 11-16-2015 01:13 PM
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    When I began homeschooling my oldest child in 2000 I lived in a city where homeschooling wasnít unheard of, but finding other like-minded homeschoolers proved to be difficult. I wasnít religious enough, I was too religious, I was the wrong religion. My kids were too young, my kids were too old, I didnít have enough kids. I lived in the wrong city, I lived in the wrong part of the city, I didnít live in the country. You name the reason for not fitting in and, well, I didnít fit in.


    After spending a year trying to find like-minded friends ...
    by Published on 11-07-2015 10:08 PM
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    The 2015 Holiday Season is upon us! What does that mean to those of us at SHS! You, your family and/or your child can participate in the annual Holiday card exchange!

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