Homeschool YOUR Way (And the hardest part of homeschooling so far.)

Homeschooling has had it’s difficulties and struggles all along, but recently we’ve been tackling a new challenge: transitioning from high school to college.  Yes, one of the most difficult things we have done so far is actually not homeschooling at all. And it has actually been very eye opening and clarifying for our way of homeschooling. Let me explain. First off, let me emphasize that my daughter isn’t struggling IN college. She has adjusted very well, she’s doing great in her classes, and she is making great grades. No, our “struggle” is a deep internal dissatisfaction with the way that

The Homeschool Graduation Ceremony; How to Graduate Your Homeschool Child Part 2

Believe it or not, planning the homeschool graduation ceremony was the hardest part of graduating our daughter.  That is both because actually graduating her was quite easy, AND because planning the ceremony had more decisions to make. Actually… the *hardest* part was doing both of those at the same time, which is the major drawback to graduating in December. But I digress.  The Texas homeschool graduation ceremony, like everything else, has no requirements. In fact, you don’t even have to have a ceremony at all. (And some don’t!) We personally know homeschoolers who have opted for a formal ceremony, a

How to: Graduate Your Homeschool Child (in Texas), Part 1

We now have a high school graduate! As I mentioned in my last post, we graduated our oldest  in December, and it was quite the adventure! We had asked around and researched the benefits/drawbacks of graduating in December vs. May, and whether or not you should consider doing that is topic for another post. 😉 In the end, we figured out all the details and we finished that race on December 16th with a wonderful graduation celebration full of friends and family. So now that the air has cleared, post-graduation and post-holidays, let’s talk about that shall we? How do

Online Resources and Help for Homeschooling in Texas

Online Resources and Help for Homeschooling “And now,.. the end is near..”  (I feel like “My Way” is kind of appropriate, don’t you feel?)  The final bit of information I have to share for this series, is a list of resources and help for homeschooling that you may find useful as you navigate homeschooling–especially in the area of high school and graduation. A lot of this is generic information that will help any homeschooler, which has been gathered with the freedoms of Texas homeschooling in mind. The first couple of sections are specifically high school related, with some grade-generic resources in the list

Homeschooling in Texas: Teaching Texas History

If you’re homeschooling in Texas, there’s a good chance you’re going to be teaching Texas History!  I frequently see homeschool moms looking for a good curriculum. There are quite a few out there, but many of them are designed to be taught in a classroom or co-op group. I’ve already compiled a ginormous teaching Texas History resource for you. But it really is ginormous, there’s a lot to dig through, and there are a ton of options. I list a handful of curriculum choices, and I also provide links to resources to help you supplement or create your own. Today, though, I want to tell

Texas Homeschooling: Field Trips in Texas

We’ve discussed the technical side of Homeschooling in Texas, so now let’s have a little fun. Let’s talk about some of the best field trips in Texas. I had planned to write about studying Texas History today but our internet has been down and that’s a longer post. 😉 So we’ll mix things up and I’ll come back to Texas History tomorrow. We love a good field trip! It’s so much more fun to get out in the world and experience it rather than just read about it –and Texas is ripe with opportunities. It would be an impossible undertaking