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Homeschooling & Loving It! – Issue 28

Don’t miss this month’s newsletter – addressing Women’s History Month with curated articles on raising our daughters to be great women!

Realizing Motivation: A Guide for Homeschool Moms

Motivation is a tricky thing… sometimes it’s our best friend right there with us keeping us going, and at other times it’s so elusive we wonder if we’ve ever known motivation at all! The lack of motivation in my life often results in procrastination and all the ugly that goes with it. But, the presence […]

Taking Care of Yourself – Self-Care is Family-Care

Taking Care of Yourself – Self-Care is Family-Care Rebecca Kochenderfer When is the last time you stopped and asked yourself if you were doing alright? As parents and homeschoolers, we spend the majority of our days helping others.  We plan nourishing meals, seek out curriculum our kids will enjoy, drive to activities and playdates—and WE […]

What’s in Your Curriculum Bag this Season?

What’s in Your Curriculum Bag this Season? By Jamie Gaddy Some of you may be saying, “Nothing!” Which is what many homeschoolers do during the holiday season, (and don’t beat yourself up about it.) We homeschool to enjoy our freedom, and if it’s best for your family to take off during the holidays – then […]

Help! Our Schedule Isn’t Working!

“Help! Our Schedule Isn’t Working!” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Help! Our Schedule isn’t Working! For many people, scheduling can be a safety net. Sure, it’s a way to create guidelines for your day and to ensure that there is a goal for accomplishment. Yet, sometimes we inadvertently create schedules that are doomed from the start. […]

Do We Need a Dedicated Homeschool Space?

“Do We Need a Dedicated Homeschool Space?” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Staying organized is a key aspect of ensuring success in your homeschool, but where to start? We know that not everyone has the space for a designated homeschool area but, don’t despair! If you don’t have room for a dedicated homeschool space, making an area […]

Deschooling – Why It’s So Important

“Deschooling – Why It’s So Important” by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Remember how you felt when you started? You knew the school systems weren’t working for you, yet you decided to take the plunge and homeschool. When you did, you discovered that it’s actually fun to purchase school supplies and set up study areas! You eagerly […]

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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?” 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 you choose the one […]

Homeschooling and Socialization: Does Homeschooling Affect Social Skills?

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 work.  While most people asking the question have good intentions, […]

Gathering Up the Courage to Homeschool

“Gathering Up the Courage to Homeschool” 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 Support Your Decision Homeschooling […]

I Don’t Have Time to Homeschool…

“I Don’t Have Time to Homeschool…” 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 how in the world […]

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, […]

What is Deschooling and Should You Do It?

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 […]

Is Your Homeschool On the Right Path?

Inspiration Station March 2017, Issue 7   Is Your Homeschool On the Right Path? by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer Self-doubt can rise during any part of your homeschooling journey. Sometimes the reasons for this are obvious. Perhaps your child is struggling with a specific subject area or a family member doesn’t support your decision to homeschool. […]

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 […]

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Thank you for being a member of the community. We have some great advice, ideas and resources to help you start the school year off with fun and purpose.

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!

The Scoop on 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?

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.

5 Homeschooling Secrets

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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.