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Homeschooled College Graduation Reflections

Homeschooled College Graduation Reflections

College Graduate Sigh.After homeschooling from birth to high school graduation my son, Ian, has now also graduated from college. Graduating in December feels odd in every way.  There is no graduation ceremony in December.  There is no college diploma...

Sorting Through 12 Years of Curriculum

Sorting Through 12 Years of Curriculum

On my son’s last day of undergrad classes I was ready to go through 12 years of workbooks, papers, notebooks, art, books and all the other things I had saved.  We were so excited that day, undergrad was done!  But those boxes in the basement full of our...

SWS: Socializing While Shy

SWS: Socializing While Shy

“I’ve made a huge mistake.” These were the words that went through my head in November of 2021. At that time, myfamily was a year and a half into our homeschooling journey. Like many families, we had begunhomeschooling during the onset of COVID, and had found...

What Grade Are You In?

What Grade Are You In?

“What grade are you in?” the cashier asks. My child stares, like a deer caught in headlights, and turns to me before slowly answering, “ummm….we don’t really do grades…. But I love history!”  Grade levels. Homeschoolers wonder about them often, asking questions like: ...

Deciding to Homeschool

Deciding to Homeschool

Like any change in life the first step is a decision. For me homeschool was always a thought  tucked away in a journal page, carelessly written while I sat next to my first napping toddler. I sent that toddler into the public school system for kindergarten. It was...

Homeschool Mom

Homeschool Mom

I’m awoken abruptly by the roar of an engine and a strobe light illuminating my bedroom.  The sky is still dark as I glance at the clock.  5:49 a.m.  The high school bus groaned down the road with the teenage girls who live across the street aboard. I let my head fall...