Homeschooling works – and I'm hoping to be able to use my experience to show you how.
Meet our resident homeschool experts
William and Catherine
For me, teaching my children at home was the natural choice because that's exactly what my parents did - making me one of the very few 'second-generation' homeschool families.
O.K. – maybe that makes me a bit biased, but it also gives me the confidence to know that academically there's no contest.
You can achieve the highest academic standards if that's your goal.
More importantly you have the ability in your hands to sow the seeds for a happy, creative and fulfilled young person.
All you need to decide is whether it's the right choice for you. I'll be looking at the advantages as well as some of the disadvantages (yes, there are some!).
You'll soon find there are lots of different ways to do homeschooling.
To me, it's not important whether you follow a structured approach with scheduling, worksheets and a specific curriculum or you decide to be totally unstructured and 'go with the flow.'
What is vital is that you make sure you're following your childrens' interests and cover what is in their heart.
We all face challenges. Here's some Sarah posted on my Facebook wall:
How do I make time for fun and still get all the work done?
How do I teach the higher grades when I'm not sure I know the stuff they are learning!!!
Finding the right material can be tricky with so many choices!
By helping each other and sharing ideas for the best curriculums and free homeschooling worksheets around I hope you'll find what suits you best.
As you can see, I've started by bribing Catherine to illustrate these lovely free printable story story worksheets.
I hope that one look at the homeschool activities we have done here as a family will convince you that following my children's delight in dragons and dinosaurs has taken us far beyond anywhere a school curriculum would dare to go.
Meet a whale in our Ocean Creatures activities.
Join us in the Rainforest for home school science.
And you'll see we use lots of fun free worksheets and activities to make homeschool math come alive.
Above all, I hope you'll find this journey as empowering as it has been for us.
Sonya, Rob, William and Catherine
"Thanks for all the great ideas....You have helped me more than you think. You are part of my gratitude journal. It was a blessing to have found your website. Best wishes," Marcia March 2013