Dear Homeschooling-in-the-News Reader:

Hello, my name is Rebecca Kochenderfer and I am the Editor of I have been homeschooling for 19 years now.

I wanted to check in with you and make sure that you are building your child’s curriculum around his or her interests. Remember, the school-at-home approach to homeschooling, where the kids are practically chained to the table doing work they hate, has the highest burn-out rate. Neither the parents nor the children can keep this method up for long. So I encourage you to ask your children over and over, “What do you want to learn? What are you excited about? What is your #1 goal.”

I think this last question is the most important. For 19 years now I’ve asked my children, “What is your #1 goal right now?” Their answers have always surprised and inspired me. “I want to learn to drive every kind of boat.” “I want to write a book.” “I want to get ’on pointe’ in ballet.” “I want to be the first 8th grader to pass the AP Biology exam.” “I want to move to Hollywood and see if I can be an actress and model.” So ask your children today what their #1 goal is. Don’t wait. Ask right away. Then move heaven and earth to help them achieve that goal. It will change their lives and yours too.

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Proudly forwarded by:
Susan Harris News Editor

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