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Homeschooling Options

Homeschooling Options for Busy Parents

Are you contemplating homeschooling your child? 

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:


As I write this, many parents have been forced into a “homeschooling” situation as schools closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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.

I was self-aware enough to know I’d never have the patience to homeschool my only child and had no idea how she had managed it with three kids. 

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.

Once my son and I took the tour and met the staff we knew it felt like the right place. 

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.

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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.

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This is a guest post by Samantha Green from BusyKid.

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6 Helpful books for parents of school aged kids

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By Melissa Uhles

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!

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As a part time work from home mama of a fourth grader, May is when I start making summer plans. School days allow me lots of time to do my writing work. Then June comes along! Summer activities for school-aged kids can be harder to come across than activities for little kids. Around age 10, it starts to feel like tweens are caught in the in between. Even parks in the summer are filled with the under 5 crowd. So what’s a mom to do? 

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My fourth grade son recently had to write a five paragraph essay for the first time. The essay had to include an introductory paragraph and three body paragraphs. The final paragraph needed to have a conclusion that summed up what he discussed in the essay. In solidarity, I decided to challenge myself to do the same assignment and share it with him. If this is your child’s first time writing an essay, let them choose a topic that they love and already know a lot about.

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Surviving Dining out with Toddlers

This is a guest post is by Judith Klein Rich of the Eaty Pie Blog.

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As a working mom finding the right routine for taking care of toddlers can be tough. By the time you pick them up from daycare or preschool they’ve had a full day and so have you. But I’ve learned some tricks that make my working mom routine with toddlers easier.

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Adult friendships can be difficult to start, especially when you need mom friends with similar interests and kids around the same age. This is further heightened for stay at home moms who aren't thrust into many social situations outside of the occasional play-date. 

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8 Summer Workout Tips for Busy Moms

Are you a busy mom looking for workout tips that will help you lose weight or get bikini ready? I know that after having two babies in two years, I struggled to find the time for fitness and eating healthy. Self-care is important  for anyone but even more important for moms. These eight summer workout tips for busy moms will get you on the right track fast.

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