If so, I wrote a quick guide for you. There are so many choices, I wanted to give parents a short overview of what might work for their family. Included is information about online schools, traditional homeschooling, and unschooling options.
Following is an excerpt from my new ebook:
That said, in the homeschooling groups I’m in, I’ve heard long term homeschooling parents warn that this might more aptly be called “panic schooling”. Homeschoolers get out of the house to explore and connect with other kids during normal times.
During this time many are trying to decide if they will send their children back to “traditional brick and mortar schools” or if they might want to give homeschooling a real try instead.
First off, I should explain that I never planned on educating my own child at home. In fact, his cousins had been homeschooled and I admired their mother for her efforts. But I always thought I’d never be able to do it myself.
And as a writer, working from home, those hours from eight to three were delicious time alone where I could get work done without interruption.
After an extremely challenging year that included bullying and an ADD diagnosis, I decided that my son needed a chance to experience a different kind of educational opportunity.
First, I applied to a charter school but he was put on a waiting list and my anxiety mounted as I worried about what we’d do if he didn’t get in. Sending him back to the school he’d attended since kindergarten was off the table for me at that point.
As I waited and wondered what was next, I spoke to the mom I mentioned who had been homeschooling my son’s cousins. I thought of her as a trusted friend but was confident, she’d never talk me into homeschooling.
However, she’d let me know about an online public school that her kids had recently transitioned to. It was a hybrid model that included online, at home schoolwork and onsite activities. She was so happy with the experience she’d had with the school, that I eventually scheduled a tour to see what it was like for myself.
As of this writing, he’s just finished his fifth-grade year at this online school. There was a learning curve for both of us, but in the end, it was the best decision we could have made for our family.
That is the end of the excerpt from my new ebook about homeschooling options. Would you like to learn more? Have you considered homeschooling but don't know where to start? My quick guide will help get you started.
I've been reading like crazy over the last few months. Whenever I hear about a good book I save it to my Amazon or library wishlist. Lately I've read some super thought-provoking parenting books. When I read something I feel like I have to share it!
By Melissa Uhles
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By Melissa Uhles
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By Melissa Uhles and Amber Roshay
Raising strong girls is on the minds of most parents. One way to help accomplish this is to line your daughter's bookshelf with books that will boost girl power. Young girls need to read stories with characters they not only connect to but also provide a reflection of leadership, strength, and perseverance.
By Melissa Uhles
When it comes to writing, I’ve had my pen in lots of different pots.
I’ve written novels, short films, plays, blogs, marketing, and web copy. Each time I dive into a new type of writing I try to read a book or two to get some advice. For example, writing a novel is vastly different from writing a screenplay.
And writing informational nonfiction for a small business’s website that is concerned with their SEO also requires a different skill set.
Aren’t we all lucky there is a book on every subject to help us out.
Here are my 12 favorites: