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    Public and private school teachers choose to homeschool own children

    Amanda Hoerschelman used to teach 75 children a day. As a 5th-grade public school teacher in Texas and Georgia, she had a revolving door of 10- and 11-year-olds. She loved teaching and her students but knew they weren’t getting the one-on-one attention they needed. Still, when Hoerschelman had her eldest daughter Ava, she didn’t think twice about sending her to a brick and mortar. That all changed when the family moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, with their 5-day-old daughter Autumn in tow. The plan was Hoerschelman would go back to teaching, but the family ran into trouble finding daycare so she decided to stay home and give her daughters the individualized…

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    Leading Homeschool Magazine Measures Years and Reasons | State

    GRAY, Tenn., July 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The publication that started as a dream and an eBay store twenty years ago has transformed into 120+ glossy pages of inspiration and encouragement delivered quarterly as The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine to home educators across ninety nations. Over 120 staff now help with production and run the SchoolhouseTeachers.com online curriculum division. As the magazine celebrates twenty years, it remains a constant support for parents invested in educating their children at home.  Why do parents choose to homeschool? Gena Suarez, who publishes The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, can answer that question with confidence from two decades of expertise in the industry. “Homeschooling allows a child…

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    Another homeschool myth busted

    An attorney says a recent situation in Tennessee shows that many school officials and parents don’t realize that homeschool students can participate in sports at public schools. Homeschool student Warner Hamm told his parents he wanted to try out for basketball at a local middle school. The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association said it was OK, but school officials did not. That was when the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) got involved. “24 states have some kind of law that grants homeschool students access to either extracurricular activities or classes, or both,” explains HSLDA attorney Dan Beasley. “So we sent a letter the day of the tryouts, and to…

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    The Homeschool Loft provides resources for parents who are new to homeschooling

    DE PERE (NBC 26) — School’s out for summer, but many moms and dads still have education on their minds. With districts announcing mask policies for next year, and data showing homeschool has grown in popularity since the COVID-19 pandemic started, some parents are considering the option. “If there’s ever been such a time for such a thing, it’s now,” said Jenny Tetzner. “Since the pandemic, it has exploded. Parents are really questioning, do they want their kids to sit behind a computer screen all day, or do they want to have on-and-off school?“ For a parent who’s never homeschooled a child before, it can be challenging to figure out…

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    How to Homeschool Children with ADHD: Organization Advice

    Q: “We’ve decided to homeschool our two children (10 and 13) for the new school year and I want to try to get a jump on setting up our classroom. I’m not very organized (I’m the one with ADHD!) and don’t know where to start. I have one room set aside for homeschooling but want to also use other rooms for projects or science experiments. I have bins for storing supplies and materials but that’s it for now. Thanks!” — ADHDHomeSchoolMom Hi ADHDHomeSchoolMom: For homeschooling families, getting ready for back-to-school goes WAY beyond a trip to the local office store for brand new notebooks and binders. Curriculum materials need to…

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    Black homeschool families quintuple during pandemic, but what will happen this fall?

    Homeschooling in the 1980s typically called to mind white, middle class families who opted out of traditional district or private schools to focus on teaching their children through the lens of their religious faith. In recent years, homeschooling has moved far beyond being the preferred learning method of a handful of American families, increasing in popularity as parents become less satisfied with more traditional choices. The pandemic accelerated that trend as parents looked for innovative alternatives to public or private school virtual programs or wanted to avoid exposure to COVID-19 at in-person schools. Across the country, the Black community led the way. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report shows that…

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    As Homeschool and Remote Schooling Increases, Parents Share Some Common Challenges

    When Dr. Dene Schulze-Alva first started homeschooling her children six years ago, she wasn’t aware of the amount of research it would require to be a successful parent educator. “It’s a huge shift in time because you’re 100 percent dedicated to learning where and what the resources are,” Schulze-Alva said. “That’s the initial challenge.” Once Schulze-Alva found other parents and homeschooling families to network with, the licensed chiropractor began to exchange ideas and learn what resources are available locally in California for her two daughters, who are 8 and 13 years old. “It’s become easier and easier,” she said in an interview. “The most beautiful thing about homeschooling is that…

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