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Yes, You Can Homeschool!

“Yes, You Can Homeschool” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Do you want to homeschool… but there’s just something holding you back? What keeps you from homeschooling? For some parents, it’s a lack of courage or a belief in themselves. For others, it’s all the data they think they must keep on hand. Whatever your reason, we’re […]

What’s the Best Homeschool Curriculum?

“What’s the Best Homeschool Curriculum?” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Most homeschoolers agree – this is really a subjective question. Different families have different criteria for deciding what’s “best.” The criteria one person may prioritize aren’t necessarily the things another family would care about. That said, there are a few considerations that everyone should reflect on […]

Which Homeschool Curriculum is Best?

“Which Homeschool Curriculum is Best?” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Are all homeschool programs equal to one another? Absolutely not! In most cases, they do all cover the same concepts. But, the order in which they do so and the way the material is presented is what makes them unique. With so many choices, how can […]

Homeschooling 101 – What About Socialization?

“Homeschooling 101 – What About Socialization?” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Any time homeschooling is brought up, there’s always one question in particular that always creeps its way into the conversation: “What about socialization?” For those who aren’t familiar with homeschooling, this is pretty much the be all-end all as to whether or not homeschooling can […]

Gathering Up the Courage to Homeschool

“Gathering Up the Courage to Homeschool” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Are you scared to death to start homeschooling your children? For many first-time homeschoolers and even future homeschoolers, the idea of being responsible for teaching and everything else is intimidating. With some reassurance, we hope to alleviate these nagging fears! When Your Loved Ones Don’t […]

I Don’t Have Time to Homeschool…

“I Don’t Have Time to Homeschool…” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Time is one thing that never seems to be on our side. Regardless of the situation, you’re in, it always seems as if time is a commodity we can’t quite get under control. With so many commitments pulling you in various directions, you’re probably wondering […]

Setting Up for Summer Learning

  “Setting Up for Summer Learning” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer If you’re going to homeschool this summer, you may find yourself feeling like you need an adjustment in your schoolroom. After all, you’ve been staring at the same tired decorations for a full year now and you may need something a bit more inspirational. Sometimes, […]

Homeschooling & Loving it! – Newsletter Issue 16 – Rebecca Recommends – – The #1 Homeschooling Community

Have you wondered what deschooling or unschooling meant, but just weren’t sure? Stop by and find out how this method of homeschooling can have you stress free in no time!

Time For Reflection

  Rebecca Recommends… “Time for reflection” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Now that all three of my children are grown, it’s time for me to reflect upon what I’ve done right in life and where I could have done better. Of course, I made some “wrong” choices – but I prefer to focus on the positive […]

The Book that Made Possible

Rebecca Recommends… February 2017, Issue 6 The Book That Made Possible by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Twenty-two years ago I was working at a job that I didn’t like and that wasn’t a good fit for me. I had to work; my family needed the money, but I felt trapped. When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I […]

The Perfect Homeschool Christmas Gift

Christmas is approaching quickly! What better gift to give that homeschooling mom or family on your list than a gift that keeps on giving? Encouraging, equipping, educating, and fun, a Great Homeschool Conventions family or individual registration makes a great stocking stuffer.

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Online Courses for a Great Value

Homeschool Connections is a First Place Winner of the 2013 Practical Homeschooling iLearn Award and they offer an array of services for your home school family.

Homeschooling Deals & Freebies for You

Educents is the best daily deal site featuring the top educational products (online software, curriculum, e-books, tutorials for all subjects, learning materials and toys…) at 30-90% off!

Go Back to School with our Middle & High School Courses

The Keystone School offers more than 200 courses for grades 6–12, including core subjects, AP, six world languages, and electives. Students can enroll full time and earn an accredited high school diploma, or for single courses to supplement their education or explore new interests. Plus, they can enroll any time of the year.

Time4Learning – Cutting Edge Curriculum, Resources & Tools for Back to Homeschool

Technology is with us all day long, so it makes sense to include it as part of your homeschool approach. Sign up today and let Time4Learning’s cutting edge curriculum help your family stay in line with the demands of the 21st century.

LAST CALL for BIG Curriculum Savings at the Co-op

With over 117,000 families, the Homeschool Buyers Co-op is the world’s largest buyers club for homeschoolers, founded and operated by homeschoolers just like you! (Membership is FREE and private.)

New School Year, All New Time4Learning Homeschooling Guide!

Don’t wait until fall and end up scrambling for your homeschool tools! With summer coming to a close and back-to-homeschool on the brain, now is the perfect time to introduce Time4Learning’s recently updated “2014 Welcome to Homeschooling Guide.”

The Best Homeschool Planner Ever – Try it for Free

Like many homeschoolers, you’ve probably tried several online planners and found them either too confusing or too limiting. That’s why the Co-op is pleased to present a 30-day FREE subscription to Homeschool Planet — an easy-to-use online planner that gives you everything you need to organize your home and your home school.

Personalized Learning – The Future is Now!

More and more parents are discovering the power of individualized instruction, and their children are enjoying the benefits. Personalized learning has been the educational model at Laurel Springs School for over twenty years. Our students have individual, personal connections with their teachers, and the curriculum is adjusted to match each student’s learning styles profile.

Make Your Homeschool Life Easier

Connections Academy is an accredited school-from-home program for students in grades K–12 offering an award-winning curriculum with free learning materials and resources from leading educational publishers, and a personalized learning plan tailored to your student!

1 Million Open STEM Jobs…Is Your Child Prepared?

Programs offering summer tech education are at the forefront of a learning revolution, connecting students with STEM subjects-outside the traditional classroom setting. This includes iD Tech Camps, iD Programming Academy, iD Game Design & Development Academy, and iD Film Academy. These tech camps teach kids and teens to innovate and create their own apps, C++ and Java programs, video games, websites, and more—rather than simply consuming these technologies.

Save 20% on Homeschool Curriculum Bundles

Save 20% on all curriculum bundles at Pearson Homeschool—everything you need to successfully teach your child is bundled together saving you time and money.

The Must-Have Summer Learning App for Kids

Add Word Study to Kids’ Summer Fun! Kids can experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Keep your children actively learning with VocabularySpellingCity’s Summer Program.

June Only – Get 50% Off At Time4Learning!

No matter what your plans are for the summer, Time4Learning lets you turn any activity into an interactive learning experience your kids will remember.

Daily Homeschooling Deals

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What About Socialization?

If only homeschoolers had a nickel for every time they heard the question, “… but what about socialization?”  That infamous socialization question, for any seasoned homeschooler, is quite a humorous one!

What about Socialization?

The question of socialization comes up often in conversations about homeschooling. Parents who are new to homeschooling or considering it as a future option may recognize that school provides more than just academics. They may worry about how they will recreate those other learning opportunities in their home. Well-meaning neighbors and family members may ask, “But what about socialization?” Well, what about it?

Squash Summer Reading Loss With Reading Kingdom — 30% Off and 30 Days

Do you want your kids to have fun this summer, but not lose reading skills they’ve attained during your homeschool year? Are you looking for a reading program to continue your home-education efforts throughout the summer months? Do you have a child that just needs a little extra reading assistance? Reading Kingdom can help!

What Practical Life Skills/Values Are You Going To Teach Your Children?

It’s important that we teach our children practical life skills–skills that teach them how to survive in society–how to thrive in society. These practical life skills can be divided into at least six categories and the skills that fall within each category are many, varied and probably endless.

Homeschool EVENT of the YEAR

Great Homeschool Conventions is the Homeschool Event of the Year – bringing encouragement, education, and resources to the homeschooling community. You may choose from 100s of workshops and shop the largest homeschool curriculum exhibit hall available! Make plans now to attend!

Parents Respond to Time 4 Learning Curriculum

We hope your homeschool year has gotten off to a great start! Ours, at Time4Learning certainly has! The addition of our new high school curriculum has brought a better response than we ever could have imagined! And speaking of responses—The diversity of our members and the innumerable ways they use Time4Learning amazes us every day.


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Back to School with Time4Learning – Preschool through High School!

Now is the perfect time to see if Time4Learning’s online homeschool curriculum could fit into this year’s family education plan. And with high school courses about to become available, you’ve now got options for everyone in your family!

5 Homeschooling Secrets

Connections Academy is an accredited school-from-home program for students in grades K–12 offering an award-winning curriculum with free learning materials and resources from leading educational publishers, and a personalized learning plan tailored to your student!

Socialization And Collaborative Opportunities For Your Student

Socialization—the key argument people make for NOT homeschooling their children. But really, have you walked the halls of your local middle school or high school lately? Is that the type of environment… the type of socialization…. you want for your children? Probably NOT, if you are a homeschooling parent! Still, socialization IS important!! After all, as parents we want our children to be well rounded. We want them to be able to interact with others. We want them to have meaningful friendships. We want them to have the opportunity to engage in collaborative learning projects.

Homeschooling Approaches

Although every family is unique, certain homeschooling approaches have become popular in one form or another. Most homeschoolers do not exactly follow one style or method, but rather select ideas and methods from among different approaches to best fit their family’s needs. Many of these methods have several common elements such as defined objectives, lesson plans, frequent library visits, family nights, portfolios, and even tutoring and mentoring. When looking at the differences between homeschooling approaches, it is important to see what they have in common as well as their differences.

How I Educate My Family and Friends About the Decision to Homeschool

With 56,000 families and growing rapidly, the Homeschool Buyers Co-op is the world’s largest purchasing cooperative for homeschoolers. Founded and
operated by homeschoolers, we use our group purchasing power to give homeschoolers access to the very best curriculum at the lowest possible prices.

Get State Accreditation with The Genesis Academy!

Looking for a way to homeschool with state accredited courses? Then, you should enroll your child in the distance learning program at The Genesis Academy! Providing families with qualified teachers and an experienced staff, The Genesis Academy is a state accredited* academy that offers customizable, Christian-based curriculum in both online and print-based versions for grades K-12. Plus, full-time or part-time enrollment is available, and you can register your child at any time of the year!

The Ten Most Important Things You Need to Know About Homeschooling

When parents first consider homeschooling their children, there is so much for them to contemplate and learn that it can be very overwhelming. Before deciding to move forward with homeschooling, parents will read many articles about the how’s and why’s; they will learn about different homeschooling approaches, available curriculum, how to set up a homeschooling space, and companies that can help parents create a successful homeschooling year for their children. has put together a list of the 10 most important things parents need to know about homeschooling to help you in your homeschooling endeavors, or to pass-along to new homeschoolers.