Friday, December 31, 2010

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Learn about Snowflakes

Make paper snowflakes! Learn about snowflakes, too.

For snowflake folding and cutting instructions, visit our "Christmas Unit Study" at Then click the "Make Snowflakes" link.

Or check out books from your library, such as Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes or Snowflakes for All Seasons.

To learn about snowflakes, read Snowflake Bentley or The Story of Snow.

How do snowflakes form?

Click this link to find out!

How Snowflakes Form.

Happy homeschooling at!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

No. 8 of 365 Homeschool Activities

As This Homeschool Year Begins, consider using some of the Unit Studies on our site.

Many kids enjoy them and learn more through Unit Studies, as well.

Today's Activity: Choose from these Unit Studies:

- Ancient Egypt Unit Study

- 13 Colonies Unit Study

- Presidents Unit Study

- Weather Unit Study

- Movies Unit Study

- Autumn & Fall Unit Study

- Holidays Unit Study and more.

Select the "Unit Studies" button in the menu on the left of our site at and have fun!

Happy homeschooling at!

Friday, August 13, 2010

No. 7 of 365 Homeschool Activities

A new "homeschool year" will begin soon.

Remember: Homeschooling is not "school at home." When we keep this in mind, we have a much happier, successful homeschool year!

Today's Activity: Think about the upcoming homeschool year.

What do you want to learn about this year? What are your favorite hobbies? What new hobbies or interests do you want to explore this year?

Write about your favorite hobbies and interests. Describe why you like them and how you spend your time on them.

Then make a list of all the new hobbies or interests you'd like to explore in the coming weeks and months!

Happy homeschooling at!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

No. 6 of 365 Homeschool Activities

August is here. It's still summertime, yet for many, thoughts are turning to "school" topics.

Sometimes, the media makes "school time" come too soon, with images of school buildings opening their doors in the sweltering heat.

Sometimes, the stores place their "Back to School" items right inside their front doors, tempting families to purchase "school supplies."

Sometimes, the school bus comes rolling up the street, turning our thoughts toward "school" matters.

But, as homeschoolers, we know that education takes place every day, every month, regardless of whether it's August or September, January or June.

Sigh a big sigh of relief as the school bus rolls on by!

Thankfully, we don't need a school bus, we don't need "school supplies," we don't need a school building!

Today's Activity: Turn back to your children and embrace them and the summer!

Have a picnic in the park, take a nature walk, name the different trees you see!

Skip stones on a stream, discuss the erosion of stones and soil, count the minnows in the water, gauge the water temperature with your toes!

Name the cloud types in the sky, forecast the weather for the next 24 hours, measure the distance from the park to home!

Read a wonderful book together by a new or favorite author! Write a story about your fun day at the park!

And be thankful you are homeschoolers who can still enjoy Summer in August!

Happy homeschooling at!

Monday, July 5, 2010

No. 5 of 365 Homeschool Activities

If your children aren't sure what they'd like to learn about, or where their interests lie, help them with this activity.

Today's Activity: Each day, have your children write a sentence (on individual strips of paper) about something they like. Maybe it's baking, bicycling, building things, or anything else they enjoy.

Also, on individual pieces of paper, have children jot down something new they'd like to learn -- such as how to play the guitar, how to crochet, or how to create a web page.

Place the strips of paper in a basket, bowl, or jar. Each day, add more strips of paper containing ideas and interests to the basket or jar. Every time an interest or idea comes to mind, have your child add it to the container.

Shake up the container and have children draw a strip of paper from it each day. Use that idea as your "Learning Guide" or "Activity Guide" for the day. If the idea on the paper isn't particularly interesting at the time it's drawn, have your child put it back in and draw another!

Try to keep dozens and dozens of ideas circulating in the Idea Container at all times!

Happy learning, and happy homeschooling at

Sunday, July 4, 2010

No. 4 of 365 Homeschool Activities

Here's an activity listed in our "365 Homeschool Activities."

Today's Activity: Learn the history of ice cream -- and have fun making it and eating it. Click this link to learn more about the invention of ice cream, how it's made, and why we enjoy it.

History and Making of Ice Cream

Happy homeschooling at

Saturday, July 3, 2010

No. 3 of 365 Homeschool Activities

Try this activity listed in our "365 Homeschool Activities."

Today's Activity: Run a Lemonade Stand! See how to build a Lemonade Stand. Then play the Lemonade Stand Game. And try the Lemonade Stand Activities, all listed on our Free Homeschool Activities page at this link:

Or click the "Free Activities" button on our home page.

Happy homeschooling at!

Friday, July 2, 2010

No. 2 Activity of 365 Homeschool Activities

Blog Post No. 1 of our "365 Homeschool Activities" stressed the importance of understanding that homeschooling is not "school at home."

We suggested that it's helpful to listen to children's ideas on homeschooling, and to be in tune to their interests and suggestions.

Yesterday's Activity centered on asking your children what they'd like to learn about or what new hobbies they might like to try.

Today's Activity: Encourage children to keep an ongoing scrapbook of their hobbies. The scrapbook can be as simple as a notebook or loose-leaf papers kept in a folder. Or it can be as creative or unique as a child likes.

Have children take pictures of their hobbies, draw illustrations of them, research and write about them, describe why they like their hobbies, and keep all the information in their Hobby Scrapbook.

Happy homeschooling at!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

No. 1 of 365 Homeschool Activities

The Number 1 Criteria for homeschooling your children is to understand that homeschooling is not “school at home.”

Homeschooling is not a mysterious, difficult task.  Rather, it's a pleasant, natural part of living each day.

We repeat this often on our site and throughout my Everything Homeschooling Book.

Why is it important to remember that homeschooling is not school-at-home?

Because it’s the one area that causes the most frustration -- and often failure -- for homeschool families. Misconceptions and unrealistic expectations trip up even the most well-intentioned family.

Some parents might find themselves trying to fill two full-time roles in the home -- as a parent and as a schoolteacher -- which adds unnecessary stress to their lives.

You needn’t turn homeschooling into "school at home" nor turn it into an overwhelming task.  Homeschooling is simply a part of everyday parenting, of interacting with your children each day.

There's no need to stand in front of a desk to teach and instruct!

There's no need for textbooks, tests, and quizzes!

Your role is to help your children learn by providing guidance, resources, assistance, and encouragement to start them on the road to an enjoyable educational experience.  Listen to your children's ideas; be in tune to their interests and suggestions.

You can still have structure in your days, without each day mimicking a traditional school day.  Remember that learning is a natural part of living, and homeschooling is a natural part of your family’s lifestyle.

Today's Activity:  Ask your children what they'd like to learn about or what new hobbies they might like to learn. Then jump into those activities and have fun learning, right alongside your children!

Happy homeschooling at!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

365 Homeschool Activities Coming Soon!

Starting tomorrow, we'll begin posting an Activity-per-Day, here on our Everything Homeschooling Blog!

Check back often as you begin preparing for the upcoming homeschool year!

We all know what the first posting will be, don't we?  The No. 1 criteria for homeschooling, right?

Check back tomorrow to see if you guessed what the first post will be for our 365 Homeschool Activities!

Happy Homeschooling at!

Sherri, Author of The Everything Homeschooling Book

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Homeschool Graduation, Homeschool Diploma, and College

Yes, you can issue your child a high-school diploma through your own privately established homeschool and by keeping high-school transcripts of your child's credits earned.

As stated by the U.S. Department of Education:

"Home schoolers should be admitted to colleges and granted financial aid without having to take additional tests beyond what is required of traditionally schooled students. Ignoring a home school graduate’s diploma and requiring him to take a GED, SAT II, or ability-to-benefit test, while graduates from traditional high schools are not required to do so, is discriminatory." (Quoted from HSLDA's website: Home School Diplomas for College Admittance at

What is a diploma?

A high-school diploma is simply a document stating that your child has completed his or her high-school education according to the standards you set for your child's overall education. The diploma you issue is proof that your child did meet your standards, did earn the appropriate number of credits during the high school years, and has completed his or her high-school education.

What's more important than the diploma:

Your child's:

* Overall education
* Happiness
* Character
* Knowledge base
* Capabilities
* Growth and development
* Quality of life
* Desire to learn (now and in the future)
* Happiness in his or her future, career, and life.

Happiness, knowledge, the ability to learn and be self-dependent, to have morals and values to believe in and adhere to, to have goals and desires, to awaken each day with excitement and enthusiasm for life and learning -- these are true, meaningful accomplishments. No diploma, nor certificate, nor piece of paper can adequately measure and convey these accomplishments as accurately and realistically as the child or young person with that glow of excitement and enthusiasm for life and learning.

Your child can attend college:

Remember that you can award your child a high-school diploma, your child can attend college and apply for financial aid, and your home-educated child cannot be discriminated against, as stated by the U.S. Department of Education.

More on this topic:

See our "Articles" page at this link:

Happy homeschooling!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

End of Homeschool Year

Assess and Evaluate

The end of the homeschool year is a good time to evaluate the past year and plan for the year ahead. You might be like us -- we often start each year with more plans than we can work into nine months!

We have high expectations for each year and might feel let-down if we don't accomplish everything we've planned. But don't fret about those things not accomplished! Just make note of them and work them into next year's plans, or try slipping some of them in during the summer.

Summer Catch-up

If you didn't get around to the study of the solar system in science this past year, don't fret. During the summer, visit the library and choose some nicely illustrated and informative books on the solar system. Read them together on lazy summer afternoons.

If possible, visit a planetarium. Or rent a video from your library on the sun and solar system. Pop some popcorn and sit down with your children to watch and discuss the video.

Get the family involved in making a mobile of the sun and the planets. Your children can invite their friends over to take part in the fun, too. Let them work on the project on the back porch or on a table where they'll have plenty of room to spread out their materials.

Do the same with a variety of topics and learning activities over the summer.  But keep the activities fun and interesting, so that it doesn't seem like homeschooling!

Learning Ideas

For more ideas, see our Free Activities, Summer Activities, Articles, Daily Calendar Fun, and more on our Everything Homeschooling site at!

Happy summer!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Books for Homeschooled Kids on Our Homeschool Message Board

What are your child's/children's favorite books? As homeschoolers, we often find books that are interesting -- BUT they revolve around a classroom, a teacher, or school event. This can be a disappointment to our homeschooled readers who don't relate closely to those situations.

Has this been an issue for any of your children?

On our Homeschool Message Board at, we asked this question.

A Homeschool Mom replied with descriptions of a few books on homeschooling that she and her children have read:

1. Allison's Story: A Book about Homeschooling – It’s about homeschooling, which is nice. But it’s not our style of homeschooling….

2. I Am a Home Schooler – We liked this book better. It’s more like reading about a child’s “typical homeschool day.”

3. Kandoo Kangaroo Hops into Homeschool – It’s okay for very young children, but we preferred I Am Learning All the Time.

4. I Am Learning All the Time – Our 5- to 7-year-olds liked this book. It also helps others see that homeschooling is a process of learning-through-discovery and through everyday events.

5. Shouldn’t You Be in School? – This book “rings a bell” with all homeschooled kids who are often asked this question!


Visit our Homeschool Message Board to add your child's favorite books -- whether about homeschooling or any other topics -- and to read suggestions by other homeschool families.

Simply go to and click the Message Board button.

Happy homeschooling!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Everything Homeschooling, Homeschool Help, & Love of Learning

I came across the 1st Edition of my Everything Homeschooling Book a while back. Someone had highlighted various passages with a yellow marker.

It was interesting to read the parts that "clicked" or made an impression on that reader. Here's just a few of the passages that she (or he) highlighted in my book:

* "Children are natural learners, and parents are natural teachers."

* "Homeschooling, however, is not 'school at home.' Rather, it is a lifestyle, a learning style, that is a natural part of each day."

* "Every child benefits from learning in a safe, caring, stimulating environment surrounded by those who truly love and value him. Never doubt that you are the best teacher your child could have."

* "Children are natural learners. Learning is an integral part of their lives, woven throughout the hours that make up each day. As they go about their normal lives, they encounter, gather, process, and grow from the information they naturally absorb. This is learning."

* A statement by former Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, was highlighted. He said: "I believe that all parents, indeed any adult, regardless of his or her station in life, or even their level of education, has the capacity and obligation to teach their children a love of learning."

These are just a few passages from the 1st Edition. The new 2nd Edition of my Everything Homeschooling Book was released in February this year. New chapters were added to the 2nd Edition: "Fun Learning Activities" and "Frugal Homeschooling Hints." Plus, updated homeschool resources and information are included in the new edition.

The new Everything Homeschooling Book also includes homeschool help, activities, and ideas for:

* Veteran homeschoolers
* New homeschoolers
* Single parents
* Two-career families
* Only children or multiple children
* Special-needs children
* Early-years learning at home
* Elementary-years homeschool
* Middle-years homeschool
* High-school homeschool and graduation
* College and career preparations
* Typical homeschool days, curriculum choices, record-keeping tips, and much more!

Visit our online homeschool site at for more information or to purchase the new 2nd Edition of my Everything Homeschooling Book.

Happy homeschooling!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Get Published! Homeschooled Kids Writing

Homeschooled Kids: Get Published!

Encourage your children to write poems, plays, stories -- fiction or nonfiction -- book reviews, articles, descriptive writing, comics, and other creative writing projects.  Then send them to us at

We publish writing by homeschoolers on our "Creative Corner" page at:

See your writing published, and receive a Certificate and Bookmark for your Creative Contribution, too!

See what others have written on our "Creative Corner" page at:

Remember, we provide Over 300 Creative Writing Ideas -- plus Weekly Lessons and Homeschooling Activities -- on our Homeschool site, every day, every week.

Visit us daily for fun, educational ideas at:

And remember to send your creative writing projects to be featured on our "Creative Corner" page!

Happy homeschooling!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Online Homeschool Fun

What are you and your children learning today, this week, this month?

Share your current homeschool experiences with other homeschool families!

What science experiments are you conducting? What projects, activities, or unit studies are you involved in? What are you and your children reading or researching?

Spark new ideas for other homeschool families by sharing your learning experiences. Or get new inspiration from others! Visit our Homeschool Message Board at to see what others are doing and learning!

Happy homeschooling!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Free Homeschool Lesson Plans

The Free Homeschool Lessons at our "Everything Homeschooling" website can be accessed simply by clicking:

The many lessons include Historic and Current Information, Activities, and Games for many of the topics, such as:

- Airplanes
- Animals & Sleep
- Elevators
- Solar Energy
- Lasers
- Static Electricity
- Human Skeleton
- Medieval Times
- Geography Fun
- Green Living
- Paper Structures
- Geometric Shapes in Nature
- Ostriches, Owls, Bats, Spiders, and More!

These are just a few of the thousands of activities on our Everything Homeschooling website, designed to make homeschooling easy, yet educational for your entire family! Visit us at

Happy Homeschooling!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Everything Homeschooling Book!

The new, updated Everything Homeschooling Book is now available on our website at

The 300-page, glossy-cover book provides all the help you need to homeschool your children from Kindergarten through High-School Graduation.

This Book Provides:

* Low-Cost Homeschooling Hints
* Free Learning Activities
* Curriculum Guidelines
* Unit Studies and Thematic Learning
* Unschooling and Natural Learning
* Typical Homeschool Days
* Learning Styles and Homeschool Methods
* Record-Keeping and Organizing Tips
* Only-Child Homeschooling
* Multiple-Children Homeschooling
* Single-Parent Homeschooling
* Working-Parents Homeschooling
* Gifted and Special Needs Homeschooling
* Homeschool Help through All the Years
* High School and Teen Years
* College and Career Preparation
* Chapter-by-Chapter Resources and Tips
* Curriculum Providers and Homeschool Resources
* How to Avoid Burnout and Keep Homeschooling Fun, Interesting, and Educational.

Remember to visit our website at

Happy Homeschooling!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Plan Homeschool Lessons & Homeschool Lesson Plans

Use These 5 Tips to Plan Your Homeschool Lessons:

1. As you go about your day, think of topics that you and your children would like to learn more about.

2. Keep several small notebooks handy for jotting down learning ideas as they come to you throughout the day.

3. Briefly search book websites, such as, to find books to complement your topics of interest.  For History lessons, for instance, you'll find "The Civil War for Kids" or "The American Revolution for Kids."  For Science experiments, try "Science in Seconds for Kids" or "150 Captivating Chemistry Experiments."  Note the book titles on your "Library List" and take a field trip to your local library this week to pick up the books.

4. With your ideas and books in-hand, spend a comfy afternoon relaxing, sipping tea or hot chocolate, and jotting down homeschool lessons for the coming week.  Use each book's table of contents and the index for lesson plan ideas, including reading and writing activities, hands-on projects and art-related projects, plus math and reasoning exercises, all gleaned from the books you've selected.

5. Follow this format with every topic or idea that comes to mind, and you'll have plenty of homeschool lessons and activities for each month.

Or, Use the Homeschool Lesson Plans Already Created for You and Your Children:

1. Visit our website at

2. Click your child's grade level and follow the "Weekly Homeschool Lessons" outlined for you.

3. If you'd prefer to follow the "Free Homeschool Lessons" and "Free Creative Writing Lessons," you may click on those, instead of the Weekly Lessons.

4. Print the "Weekly Planner Log" and "Reading Log" Sheets from our "Homeschool Forms" page, and fill them out with the "Weekly Lessons" and "Books to Read" Suggestions.

5. Do lots of fun Hands-On Activities and Experiments to complement the Weekly Lessons. Keep the Log Sheets, your child's completed projects, and photos of projects in your child's portfolio or homeschool binder or box.

Happy homeschooling!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year + New Homeschool Lessons!

Happy New Year to Homeschool Families everywhere!

We at wish you all the best with your homeschool experiences and homeschooling goals for the coming year.

Remember that we are always here for you, every day of every week, throughout each year.

We answer all your questions, offer support and guidance, provide an interesting homeschool curriculum and weekly homeschool lessons, plus daily activities for learning fun every day of the week!

Visit us often at

Have a wonderful, interesting, and educational homeschool year!

Happy homeschooling!