How to: Taking Your Own Homeschool Senior Portraits

How to Take Your Own Homeschool Senior Portraits Taking your own homeschool senior portraits is a bit of a challenge but something you can totally pull off with some planning and effort. (This is something else we were trying to do in the middle of graduating early and planning a graduation and registering for classes.) Ideally, you won’t be trying to get all of these things done at once. Even if you do have more time to get this done, you’re still going to run into some challenges, learning curves, and hurdles. It turned out that one of our biggest

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

Homeschooling in Texas: High School, Diplomas, and Transcripts–OH MY!

  Welcome back! Today, let’s take a look at homeschooling high school, diplomas, and transcripts-shall we? After many homeschoolers get over their initial trepidation about homeschooling, they seem to find a good groove for a while until they start thinking about high school. When a homeschool mom realizes that high school is around the corner, a lot of those old fears and worries can come flooding back. I WAS THERE! I KNOW! Don’t worry–I’m here to tell you that a lot of those fears are unfounded, and it’s not as hard as you think it will be. It’s definitely something to

Homeschooling High School Geography

  Homeschooling High School? Need to teach geography? Over the past two months, I’ve written a trio of posts about homeschooling high school geography, over on the Bright Ideas Press blog. I can’t repost them on my blog, since I wrote them for Bright Ideas Press, but I can point you to them. If you’re trying to choose a geography curriculum, looking for help teaching it, or looking for ways to make geography more interesting for high schoolers, maybe these can help you make some decisions. Take a peek at these three high school geography posts: What To Look For

Homeschool High School Dual Credit

One of the scary things about homeschooling is entering new phases and doing things you’ve never done before, especially if you’re the “trailblazers” in your group. Like, say, homeschool high school dual credit. Though we personally know a few homeschoolers with kids older than ours, most of my kids’ homeschooling friends are their ages and younger. So we don’t have a friend who “just did this last year” and can tell us what to expect. But one of good things about homeschooling is that we aren’t doing this alone! There are those who HAVE gone before us, done this before, and