When you start buying homeschool curriculum, who do you think about first? Whatever the latest homeschool guru recommends? The program your best friend gushes about? That’s what we usually do, isn't it? Instead, I want you to own it -- own your authority as the expert for your homeschool and children. Don't buy curriculum based on someone else's opinion. But there is someone's opinion you need to consider -- YOURS. You need to think about YOU and your homeschool teaching style.
Why do you need a homeschool mission statement? Homeschooling isn’t just a matter of buying a few books and working through them. You need to know what subjects to cover and when to cover them. You need a purpose that will sustain you when things get difficult. You need a vision for your homeschool that you can use to create a mission statement.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit nervous when it comes to homeschooling 8th grade and homeschooling the junior high years. It’s all about preparing them for the high school years at this point. That means study skills, learning to take notes, and maybe even taking a few high school level classes to get a jump on those high school credits.
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.
Learn about informal fallacies with The Art of Argument from Classical Academic Press. Middle school is a great time to introduce logic - kids at this stage are ready to discuss and argue - use it to your advantage and teach them to argue logically.