Category Archives: Homeschooling

For many – THIS is the one singular option that is available. It is not for everyone, as there may be family and/or other issues which would prevent this option – however – think back – at one point in time – our parents were teaching us at home – from the very beginning. In the early days of this nation – all of the teaching was done at home. If one has concerns for the future of their children – THIS is where you SHOULD be looking.

Our Children Are Not Slaves of the State

Last week brought two special delights…

Though I had read and even taught Francis Gray Patton’s novel Good Morning, Miss Dove, I had never seen the movie. With forlorn hope, I went to YouTube, punched in the title, and there it was, a wonderful film released in 1955 starring Jennifer Jones as “The Terrible Miss Dove,” an elementary school teacher whose principles, stern classroom discipline, and general demeanor terrify her students but make her a beloved figure in the town of Liberty Hill. Continue reading

Attacks on Homeschooling Suggest Nervous Government Schools

It’s funny how homeschooling – that once-upon-a-time fringe movement of education – has now become the norm. Everyone’s doing it out of sheer necessity.

For some, it’s going great! What was at first a stressful and uncertain task is now becoming routine. In fact, a recent poll conducted by EdChoice found that over half of respondents hold a more favorable view of homeschooling as a result of the coronavirus. Continue reading

Science Teachers Adapt To Lockdown With ‘Burping Bags‘ And Other At-Home Experiments

With most schools out across the country due to the coronavirus lockdown, science teachers have been getting creative when it comes to finding experiments to keeep their students entertained.

“My thing has been to get science into their homes and get them doing science… it’s about discovery,” said Lockhart, Texas science teacher Avri DiPietro, who’s assigned a “burping bag” experiment to her 160 or so students between the ages of 11 and 14. Continue reading

Not All Learning Is Done In A Classroom

5 Techniques For Raising A Fully Awakened Child

In some ancient cultures, the birth of a child was grieved.

It seems counter-intuitive to grieve life, but they believed the soul of the newborn child was wrenched from the spirit plane where truth and timelessness prevailed and forced into an existence of limitations and grief.

Maybe it’s true and maybe it’s not. But children are a precious asset to this world. Continue reading

Harvard Law Prof Calls for Ban on Homeschooling

“It’s ‘Dangerous‘ to Leave Children with Their Parents 24/7!”

It’s ironic at a time when 56 million children in the U.S. are being homeschooled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that Harvard Magazine would publish an article calling for a ban on homeschooling.

The article by Erin O’Donnell, headlined The Risks of Homeschooling, sets up one straw man after another to make the case that the government must step in to protect children from their own parents – who are presumed guilty and ill-qualified to care for their own children. Continue reading

The Left is Panicking That the Pandemic Will Encourage Homeschooling

Can’t have parents teaching children to think for themselves now, can we?

One of the more significant social and political consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is the fact that countless American parents of public school-enrolled children suddenly find themselves faced with the daunting prospect of having to homeschool those kids for an indefinite period of time. When normalcy returns, most of those families, who for various reasons are unable or unwilling to continue homeschooling, will simply fall back into their old groove and schooling will resume as before. But many parents may find themselves enlightened and excited about homeschooling’s benefits and how it actually operates, as opposed to common misconceptions, which are usually pejorative. This is a possibility that the secular leftist elites in education will not tolerate. Continue reading

Legal Team Challenges Governor’s Coronavirus Order That ‘Bans‘ Some Homeschooling

Critics blast back: ‘Parents have a fundamental constitutional right to raise and educate their children

Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order closing public school buildings also bans homeschooling, which is unconstitutional, contends a legal non-profit in the state.

“The Great Lakes Justice Center calls upon Gov. Whitmer to correct this unconstitutional action and assure parents in Michigan that they may continue to safely home school their own children while the EO is in effect,” the organization said in a statement Thursday.

The April 2 order states “in-person instruction for pupils in kindergarten through grade 12 … is suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.” Continue reading

What the Homeschooling Surge Reveals About Compulsory Education

My sixth-grade visit to the Pavek Museum of broadcasting was the most memorable field trip of elementary school. The live radio broadcast my fellow students and I produced while there was probably why.

As part of the broadcast, several students were instructed to write a news bulletin. The gist of it? The governor of Minnesota had decreed that schools would close and everyone would be homeschooled the following week. Parents who couldn’t manage it on their own could send their kids to the governor’s mansion for help. Continue reading

Thirteen Tips for the Unexpected Homeschooler

You never thought you would school your kids at home. But along comes coronavirus and WHAM! You’re a homeschooler.

You may think homeschoolers have the life of Riley, with no schedule, no need for clothes other than PJs, and really no obligations whatsoever! But successful homeschooling takes grit, and surprisingly, good manners to pull off. Here are a few ways families can maintain balance and structure while running school from home… Continue reading

The ‘Civil War’ ~ Medical Care, Battle Wounds, and Disease

The Civil War was fought, claimed the Union army surgeon general, “at the end of the medical Middle Ages.” Little was known about what caused disease, how to stop it from spreading, or how to cure it. Surgical techniques ranged from the barbaric to the barely competent.

A Civil War soldier’s chances of not surviving the war was about one in four. These fallen men were cared for by a woefully underqualifled, understaffed, and undersupplied medical corps. Working against incredible odds, however, the medical corps increased in size, improved its techniques, and gained a greater understanding of medicine and disease every year the war was fought. Continue reading

Five Reasons COVID-19 is the Best Thing to Happen to Public Education

“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God-Almighty that we’re Free at Last!” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the world scrambles to curtail COVID-19 with social distancing, millions of parents are facing the prospect of involuntarily homeschooling their children for the foreseeable future.

As of Monday, 45 states have ordered all schools to be closed. At least 54.8 million school students are now home. Though initial school closures have ranged from a few days to a month, many speculate it could be a lot longer before schools reopen, if they do at all for the rest of the academic year.

While it is disruptive to the economy, as well as public school children and parents, a whole lot of good will come out of school closings — beyond the obvious benefit of slowing the spread of the disease.

Here is what parents and the public as a whole should take away from the school closings. Continue reading

6 Sanity-Saving Tips for Newly Homeschooling Work-At-Home Parents

Photo via Pixabay

Welcome, everyone! Every day is a grand adventure these days, and if you have children, you’ve been forced into the amazing world of homeschooling because America’s schools are closed due to the Chinese COVID-19 pandemic. First, don’t panic. I’m a veteran homeschooling mom, even though I sent my kids to private school a couple of years ago. I have six years of homeschooling and working from home under my belt. Even still, I felt the same twinge of the panic I know you are feeling when I found out we were going to do it again. But don’t worry. Everything is going to be okay. You can do this and still get your work done and I’m going to help you with these very helpful tips. Continue reading

No need to panic, parents, over homeschooling

Hundreds of schools across the United States have shuttered their doors during the outbreak of the coronavirus, and now parents have suddenly been thrust into a new role that their friends and neighbors have been accustomed to for some time: homeschooling.

Approximately 64,000 schools have been closed in 33 states, affecting about 32 million students, Education Week reported in a March 16 story. Continue reading