Things I Want To Shout From The Rooftops!

My homeschool philosophy or
Things I want to shout from the rooftops or
Things I seem to say over and over….by Kim McIntyre

1. If you’ve decided to embark on the homeschool journey, good for you! If YOU call yourself a homeschooler, I will too. Who am I to say otherwise? And being a homeschooler does NOT mean I am anti other schooling. Thank goodness we have choices.

2. There is no right or perfect way to do it. There are tons of methods, resources, curricula etc. Chances are what works for one kid won’t work for another. (Maybe even the other kids in your family!) Thankfully, whatever you choose only has to work for your kid. And it only has to work today. It might not work tomorrow and that’s okay because there are tons of methods, resources, curricula, etc.

3. Kids learn ALL the time. Even if it doesn’t really look like it. Even if it doesn’t look like you want it to. Kids often learn in spite of us. Kids’ learning often looks a lot like play and like a lot of fun. Join in! You just might learn a thing or two.

4. You WILL miss things! It’s impossible to teach EVERYTHING. Instead focus on basics (reading, writing & arithmetic), help them figure out their learning style, how to find information and to think critically. Hopefully, you can demonstrate that even adults still need and want to learn things. Hopefully, they will LOVE learning. There is no rush! They have their entire life.

5. High school is just a continuation of what you’ve been doing. Or maybe you are just starting…if so, good for you (see #1)! In some ways it is easier because the kids already know the basics and can clearly express their interests and preferences. (Oops, sometimes that makes it harder!) It’s really great when they can drive themselves to lessons, classes, and activities. You CAN give them a diploma and transcripts (the important part) are not that hard!

6. Going to college is no more of a challenge for homeschooled students than any others. Colleges have DECADES of experience with homeschoolers! Research and prepare but DO NOT WORRY!

7. Savor this moment because it will not last. If it’s a bad one, it will soon pass. If it’s a good one, it will soon pass. Be kind to your kids. Be kind to yourself. It’s a journey…don’t forget to look at the scenery along the way.

Kim McIntyre is a veteran homeschooler with 17+ years behind her. Her youngest graduated from home in the spring of 2014. She has two degrees from the University of Michigan. Currently living in Great Falls, MT and substitute teaching. Quirky fact: She has lived in four different states, all beginning with the letter M. Wonder what the other two are? 

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Download Our Teleconferences! Listen Anytime, Anywhere!

We, here at N.A.S.H., are pleased to provide downloadable mp3 versions of the 5 teleconferences we hosted during National School Choice Week, January 26-30, 2015.

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1) How to Start Homeschooling

Making the decision to homeschool your child(ren) is exciting but it can be a bit overwhelming. N.A.S.H. offered some helpful suggestions in getting started, during our National School Choice Week teleconference recording, “How To Start Homeschooling” from January, 26, 2015.

2) All About Secular Curricula

The topic of this teleconference, recorded on January 27, 2015, during National School Choice Week, is secular academic homeschool curricula and programs. This includes curriculum, co-ops, and live and online programs. One of the most challenging issues for homeschoolers is choosing curriculum and programs for their kids. For those of us who want secular academics, finding curriculum and programs that we like, and that also work for our children, can be extremely challenging. This hour-long discussion includes some practical tips for finding secular academic materials, a discussion of some common misconceptions about these materials, and a thought provoking discussion about why it is important to find and use academic materials of a secular nature.

3) Demystifying Homeschool Methods

Did you know there are many different ways to homeschool? Do you ever wonder what homeschooling style would work best for your family? In the Methods of Homeschooling Teleconference, recorded on January 28, 2015, for National School Choice Week, our panel of homeschoolers discussed how their unique homeschooling styles works for their families. The panel included unschooling father, Dennis Wolf, eclectic homeschooling mom, Beth Suitt, curricula­-based homeschooling mom, Jill Harper, and roadschooling mom, Larah Ritchie. These speakers along with the moderator, Jai Cook, the Programs and Services Senior Director for N.A.S.H., will help you demystify the various methods of homeschooling.

4) Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling comes with a lot of questions and uncertainties, and one of those is our ability to homeschool our children through high school. Many misconceptions surround homeschooling high school and many parents have questions and feel insecure about their ability to homeschool grades 9-12. As a result, this seems to be the prime time in which parents decide to send their children to school, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Fortunately, the passage before you has been walked. Two people who have navigated this path, Blair Lee and Jaime Cook, are here to help you. Along with Meg Grooms who moderated the Homeschooling High School Teleconference, recorded on January 29, during National School Choice Week.

5) The Dreaded “S” Word ~ Socialization

One thing that new homeschooling families often worry about is the dreaded “S” word ~ Socialization. They worry their child(ren) will grow up to be odd or anti-social because they’re missing out on the social aspects of public schooling. The National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers (N.A.S.H.) invited three women to come and discuss their thoughts on socialization during a teleconference recorded on January 30, 2015, during National School Choice Week.

Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling comes with a lot of questions and uncertainties, and one of those is our ability to homeschool our children through high school. Many misconceptions surround homeschooling high school and many parents have questions and feel insecure about their ability to homeschool grades 9-12. As a result, this seems to be the prime time in which parents decide to send their children to school, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Fortunately, the passage before you has been walked. Two people who have navigated this path, Blair Lee and Jaime Cook, are here to help you. Along with Meg Grooms who moderated the Homeschooling High School Teleconference, recorded on January 29, during National School Choice Week.

Questions addressed in this session include:

  • How do I plan for high school?
  • Can homeschooled kids go to college?
  • What about prom?
  • How do I keep my teen on track?

It’s our sincerest hope that this discussion helps ease your mind and gives you courage. You, too, can homeschool the high school years!

Additional links:

Homeschool Gameschool (Meg Grooms)

Blair Lee Blog

Pandia Press

National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers (N.A.S.H.)

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