Things to do With Your Foundations Student

As my daughter approaches the transition from Foundations/Essentials to Challenge A, I often find myself reflecting on the time we spent together throughout her younger years. Like every parent, I smile remembering the things we did well, but also have a few things I know we could have done better. My goal is not to throw a pity party, but rather to inspire you to try the things in your homeschool that I didn’t do with her.

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Homeschooling through Every Season

One thing you can predict about life is that it’s unpredictable. You can’t anticipate every life situation that comes up. Life goes on with broken bones, health scares, funerals, financial difficulties, you name it—all while you’re homeschooling. How do you continue to stay diligent when truly all you want to do is go back to bed? I think we’ve all asked that question.

I’m not sure I have all the answers. But I do have one answer—God. During seasons of difficulty, I press into Christ, asking Him for the provision I need, the wisdom I need, the energy I need, the daily portion to walk one day out.

Here are some lessons I have worked on for homeschooling through the hard seasons:

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How do you homeschool your high school student?

Teaching kindergarten? Fine. Teaching elementary and middle school? Not easy, but doable. But teaching high school? Let's be real. You probably think you've basically forgotten everything from your own high school years, right? How could you ever teach this level to your own children?

If these questions are swirling around in your head, this homeschool mom has good news for you—the job of a homeschool parent is not so much about providing your high-school students with information; it’s about teaching them how to learn.

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What's one concern you had going into homeschooling?

Homeschooling scares a lot of newcomers, and understandably so. There is a lot to be concerned about, from wondering how your children will fare in social activities to how they will get their PE credits to whether they will stir up too much trouble from being home all the time.

When they first started homeschooling, this homeschool dad and his wife worried about whether or not their children would develop the ability to thinking critically.

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How do you know you're doing enough in homeschooling?

"Am I'm doing enough to homeschool my children?" This is a common question, no doubt. Despite the effort invested in their child’s home education, parents often still feel anxious and inadequate. To alleviate the anxiety, this homeschooling mom recommends asking yourself a simple question: does my child love learning for the sake of learning?

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How does Classical Conversations prepare students for bigger challenges?

If you have been familiar with Classical Conversations for even a short while, you’ve likely heard a phrase something along the lines of “equipping students with the tools to learn.” Throughout their education, CC students develop perhaps the most valuable skill anyone can learn—that of learning how to learn. Hear this homeschool dad describe CC preparing his children to undertake seemingly impossible challenges with this acquired skill.

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Are you afraid of not doing enough to homeschool?

Most homeschooling parents wonder whether they are doing enough to educate their children. If you have a similar concern, it might help to know that you’re not the only one! Listen to this homeschool mom’s perspective on the often-overwhelming feeling that she is not doing enough to homeschool.

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How do you schedule your day as a homeschool parent?

One of the more stressful responsibilities of a homeschool parent, especially for those with more than one child, is creating a schedule that works for the children while still allowing mom and dad to accomplish their own tasks. This homeschool mom offers a solution to scheduling her days—the older Challenge students can handle themselves.

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How do I know if my kids are on grade level?

What homeschooling parent hasn’t second-guessed their child’s academic placement? Without a standardized system, it can be overwhelming to decide whether to hold your child back a year or promote him or her to the next grade level. This homeschooling mom provides some encouragement for parents who find themselves in this situation.

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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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