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Becoming a Great Teacher

One of the obvious, but often overlooked, fundamentals of homeschooling is that once you decide to homeschool, you become a teacher. Most of us begin by thinking that in order to give our children the best education we need to buy the best curricula. However, in all your years of education, did you ever think to yourself, “I love biology because of that great curriculum!” or “I love writing because of that great writing guide!” Chances are, we were never even aware of a curriculum. We loved a subject because of a teacher who inspired us. Chances are, it was a teacher who really loved the subject, brought it to life, and included you in his or her excitement. Also, the teacher may have really liked you, but that part is easy to replicate at home—we already like our students. One might say we love them enough to give our lives for them. In deciding to homeschool you’ve already done that part.

Today, I want to challenge you to change your thinking slightly. Choosing a good curriculum is important, but it’s only a small step.* The big step is to become the very best teacher you can be.

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How do you get it all done in a day? (Part 3)

Ema Lopez, like so many other homeschooling parents, can never quite get it all done on her daily to-do list. That’s understandable! There’s so much to balance, especially for those who have several children each at a different academic level. But Ema realizes that there are far more important things than checking off each task every day. See what she has to say in this short video:

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How Should I Schedule My Homeschool Day?

Wake at 7 a.m. Shower, dress, eat, and be ready for another day of learning at 8 a.m., commencing four hours of math and science. Take lunch for half an hour, then get back to it with four more hours of history and English. It’s 4:30 p.m., and the day is over. It’s that easy, right?

Well, rarely.

Creating a workable schedule is a daunting task for the homeschool parent, as this mom, Alicia, well understands. In this video, she describes her experience attempting to create the ideal schedule.

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“Help! I’ve become a homeschooler!”

If you or someone you know is a new “accidental homeschooler,” you are in good company! Today, we are excited to introduce you to Kristina Keller, a mom of three who never intended to homeschool—but is now entering her 11th year of teaching her children. In her interview with Little Rock Family Magazine, Kristina shares insights and resources from her years of experience.

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4 Tips for a Great Homeschool Year Kickoff

As this fall approaches, the world is seeing record-breaking interest levels in homeschooling. Many of you are doing this for the first time ever (or know someone who is). Whether you are new to homeschooling and trying to learn how to begin or are a veteran homeschooler who wishes to help a friend, I hope this list of first-day-of-homeschooling inspiration will be just the spark you need!

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Homeschool Hacks for Elementary-Aged Kids

Over the years, many families have asked us how to homeschool their elementary-school children from ages 3-8. I have two answers to this question. The first is that this is a rich time for parents to restore parts of their own education in preparing to teach their children at home. It’s a good time to dive into the parent resources at classicalconversationsbooks.com. The second answer is to establish the family atmosphere.

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Homeschoolers Running for Elected Office

It is important that we pray for all our elected officials, that we cast informed votes, and that we encourage others to do their civic duty. In one of our recent C12 gatherings of Christian businessmen, we were told that research shows less than 20% of voters show up for state and municipal elections, and only 56% show up for federal elections. Homeschoolers make up roughly 5% of the population, so if all homeschoolers voted in local elections, we would make up an amazing 25% of the voting populace.

We have compiled a list of formerly homeschooled candidates or candidates that are currently homeschooling that are running for office

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How can I homeschool my child with special needs?

One of the greatest parts about homeschooling is that parents, who know their children better than schoolteachers, are able to create a customized educational experience that best suits their child. In particular, for children with special needs, Classical Conversations offers parents the rare opportunity to be incredibly flexible with their children’s education. Hear what advice this experienced homeschool mom offers for parents who are considering homeschooling as an option for their special needs child.

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Is Classical Conversations enough for my child’s education?

According to this homeschool mom, just about. Of course, there are some things that Classical Conversations can’t offer, like a P.E. credit for instance. But overall, the curriculum is certainly comprehensive enough for your child to gain an excellent classical education from a Christ-centered worldview. In this short interview, this homeschool mom points out that because Classical Conversations teaches children to love learning, it is enough.

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What did you learn from homeschooling?

Homeschooling is rewarding, but the ups and downs of the homeschool journey can provide many hard-earned lessons along the way for both children and parents. The learning is constant. We learn when we ask questions and seek out the answers: from “how do I begin homeschooling?” to “how do I find a support community?” to “how do I gather P.E. credits?” Though the journey offers many valuable lessons along the way, one of the most difficult comes at its end.

In this video, Michele, an experienced homeschool mom from Illinois, shares the experience of her son going off to college, leaving the rest of the family in “almost a period of mourning.”

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