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The "Ideal" Teacher - part 1

by Steven Horwich

Either you are a parent who is considering homeschooling a child (or several children), a parent who is already homeschooling, a tutor, or a trained teacher. So you, like millions upon millions of others, are now directly involved in the education of children.

This is a book about homeschooling specifically, and education in a broader context. There are many reasons a family may elect to homeschool.

Consider, When Considering Homeschooling

by Steven Horwich


Homeschooling is safer than sending a child to school – any school. Even at the best schools, hazing, bullying and harassment happens.
Kids in large groups can be particularly cruel. And in most schools, there are far greater worries over safety.

Not to belabor this, but we all know about the rash of recent school shootings – over 70 incidents in the past year and a half in the U.S. alone.

Adapting Curriculum for Your Gifted Learner

by Jan Pierce
As a parent of a gifted learner you know the problems involved in finding “just right” units of study for each subject area. And you also know that gifted children are not necessarily gifted in every subject area. Choosing the proper materials for each subject can be a daunting task.

Fires, Buckets, and Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Gaps

Homeschooling parents often have trouble keeping their focus on the broader aims of education rather than the minutia of daily lessons. There is a well-known quote by William Butler Yeats that is used often in homeschooling circles for encouragement: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I certainly agree that the overarching goal is the fire, but should we really stop digging, shoveling, and filling up pails too?

15 Things More Important Than Passing Tests

by Sarah Major M.Ed.

There is so much out there to read.

Usually when online, I am in “scan-the-page mode”, clicking from article to article barely taking the time to read the intros, never mind the articles themselves.

But once in a while an article is so spot-on and so painfully relevant that it hooks me and keeps my focus clear to the end.

Recently I came across such an article in the Washington Post. I paused because it was about our schools. But I read on because of the content.

Why We Educate at Home, a Discussion of the Classical Education Method

by Teresa Dear

The Smithsonian Institution’s recipe for genius and leadership:
1.    Children should spend a great deal of time with loving, educationally minded parents;
2.    Children should be allowed a lot of free exploration; and
3.    Children should have little to no association with peers outside of family and relatives. –H. McCurdy

How to Homeschool – Part 1: Plan

by Natalie L. Komitsky

If you have made the decision to homeschool, the next step is to decide how you would like to approach this challenge. Here we will discuss the steps involved in planning and pursuing a successful homeschool program. In Part 1, we will focus on the initially planning steps and in Part 2, we will explore practical aspects and educational philosophies.

1. You will be doing a lot of research and analysis through this process so you will want to have a notebook and folder to keep track of your findings.

Recognizing Your Hidden Curriculum

by Barbara Frank
Sometimes we homeschoolers start to get a bit weary of the curriculum we’re using, so we boost our spirits by thinking about what we want to use next year. We also look forward to our upcoming homeschool convention, where we can go on the hunt for new materials.

Balancing the Fundamentals with your Child’s Interests

by Ms.Tirtza Koren Gal

As a homeschooling parent, you are probably more often than not struggling to find a balance between structure and flexibility. A homeschooling parent needs to maintain structure and cover the necessary fundamentals within traditional curricula (like reading), but, at the same time, many of us like to play up one of the great virtues of homeschooling – the ability to focus on the individual child’s interests and strengths.

Teaching is a Dynamic and Active Thing

by Steven David Horwich

(The following is excerpted from Connect The Thoughts first Parent/Teacher Training Course, The Goals of Education.)