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Thankful That I Can Homeschool My Struggling Learner

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

Has your child ever blurted out, “I’m not smart like my brother and sisters. Mom, what subject am I good at? Name one!” Our children, just like us, compare themselves to their friends, their sibling and those around them. When they don’t measure up like they think they should it is very frustrating to them....continue reading

 

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Homeschool writing—overcome the obstacles and accomplish your shoulds.

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

We've heard all the obstacles. And we know they are real! 

  • I'm a math and science person. Writing doesn't come easily to me. So we skip it.
  • My kids hate writing. It's like pulling teeth! I avoid the battle altogether.
  • I have no idea how to grade my children's writing. So I don't.
  • We do a little creative writing and report writing here and there. I know it's not enough, but I don't really know how to teach writing in a comprehensive way.
  • I have great plans, but they never seem to come to fruition. I'm not good at spontaneously adding writing to our other lessons like history and science.

We've heard all of your guilt-filled shoulds:

  • I know I should teach more writing. My kids are now in middle school, and they still can't write a decent essay!
  • We should spend more time on writing. I just don't know where to start. I get overwhelmed.

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Are my kids the only average homeschoolers?

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

In nearly 20 years of homeschooling I have certainly heard an abundance of absolute BALONEY about the wonders of home education. 

We’ve all seen the articles about families with a dozen homeschooled children that have all somehow turned out to be child prodigies and geniuses that are graduating from college.

The reality.....

All kinds of kids are homeschooled. Smart ones. Struggling ones. Geniuses.  Kids with learning disabilities.  Kids that.... continue reading

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5 Ways Boys Learn Best

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Reading this article (below), written by Kelli Miller, reminded me yet another reason why homeschooling is so beneficial. It was not until around our sons senior year and first year in college that he was diagnosed with a mild case of ADD. At first, I felt terrible that I never realized it. "How could I have homeschooled him and not seen it?" But then I began to understand why it was not evident to us. His whole life he was able to learn in an environment that allowed him to explore, move, take breaks, talk, etc. Because I homeschooled .... continue reading

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Important Things That a Test Can't Measure

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Important Things That Tests Can't Measure - All About Learning Press

 

You see, I’ve seen what can happen when a child takes a test score too seriously. The shoulders slouched in defeat. The voice shaking with embarrassment. The sad eyes letting you know that your child is sorry to have let you down. 

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