Homeschooling is a great choice for many families but there are certain homeschool realities that you need to be aware of - the hard things that you'll face every day. But, despite these realities of homeschooling, they are far outweighed by the benefits of homeschooling.
Why Homeschool? What You Need to Know About Finding Your Purpose - knowing your motivations for homeschooling will help you create a solid foundation for your homeschool. Use your reasons to find your purpose, choose your homeschooling methods, and create a homeschool plan that works for your family.
I have to admit I was just a little bit (okay, a lotta bit) concerned about having a 7th grader this year. Junior high… almost high school. Yeah, there were a few freak out moments about homeschooling 7th grade. But I'm learning that there's no reason to be scared of these years - we still have to work, discuss, and find a routine and schedule (and curriculum!) that works for both us.
Writing and Rhetoric book four from Classical Academic Press is the fourth in a 12-book series that teaches students writing skills using the progymnasmata - a series of exercises that prepare students for rhetoric. It's a perfect writing program from homeschooling - with in-depth exercises and a great teacher's manual that helps guides parents through teaching the writing process to their kids.
Along with my friends Chelli at The Planted Trees and Sara at Classically Homeschooling, we've been discussing the 'Eight Essential Principles of Classical Pedagogy' this year - covering one principle each month. We've arrived at our final post in the series - Educational Virtues. It's been a joy to cover the practical aspects of Classical Education and discuss ways to bring these principles to life. Focusing on Educational Virtues this month feels like the natural point to wrap-up our discussion. Let's take a look at how we can apply this to our homeschool.