• Know Your State Laws

    One of the first questions people used to ask when we were first starting out was “is that legal”? It is absolutely legal in all 50 states for you to homeschool your own children. Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government, which means that you will need to look specifically at your state laws to find out what…

  • Getting Started With Homeschooling

    New to homeschooling?  The very idea of homeschooling can be overwhelming. There’s so much information out there. So much curriculum. So many different approaches. Where are you supposed to start? Stop. Breathe. You can do this. Learning takes place every day. You taught your child to walk and talk. If you have a toddler you can teach them to love…

  • Curriculum Choices 2014-2015

    Remember that time I decided what we would be using for this year? Yeah, well, I made a few light changes.  Don’t be surprised, don’t act like you’ve never done it before!!! In my last post I said we were leaving Heart of Dakota. Well here’s my mash-up of a replacement. I think I’ve got my mind made up on…

  • The Homeschooler’s Contract

    Before we moved to NorCal I took a good survey of the local private schools. I found two that I deemed worthy of even a glance, which upon further inspection, I narrowed down to one. It’s a cute school – tiny, African-centered, intensive, basically everything I’d want in a school. Of course, in the end we decided to continue homeschooling,…

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    Why do I homeschool? Why DON’T you?

    The Kidd is entering 4th grade this year and apparently this is the year people believe that school is getting “serious” and we need to stop “playing around” with his education. Because, you know, middle school starts soon and he’ll never “fit in” because he’ll be weird and unsocialized. He also won’t know how to take standardized tests or learn…

  • 10 Black Homeschooling “Extras” {List It Tuesday}

    I’m always looking for fun, interesting, and ‘different’ things to add to our homeschool experience. Here’s 15 things I hope to be able to add to our year. Not necessarily to be used all the time, maybe not even regularly, but things I’d like to have around the house to use when we’re looking for some kind of change–oh, and…

  • Curriculum Planning 2014-2015

    It’s that time again! Can you believe it?! This school year really has flown by. I can’t believe it’s March! In fact, it’s almost April, which means that current  curriculum will be done soon and it’ll be time to start new stuff. Such is the nature of a year round schedule. Our goal for the year is I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-C-E. All together…

  • Why We’re Leaving HOD

    You ever totally second guess yourself about your curriculum choices?…Don’t lie! I do it all the time. But in the end, I love Heart of Dakota. How do you not love pre-planned lessons that tell you exactly what to do, great books, and an all around fabulous company? I have nothing but fabulous things to say about HOD. “Well then…