Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Not Back to School

Stepping Stones classes begin Thursday, September 5, 2013!

Whether you generally follow the public school schedule or homeschool year-round, it is NOT back to school time for homeschoolers. Does that mean we are missing out?

Here is a list of some of the things homeschoolers miss out on during the back to school season:
  • Paying extra for that gym uniform when you have ample play clothes at home
  • Easing your children's anxieties about a new teacher, a new schedule, and new friends
  • The smell of fresh carbon monoxide first thing in the morning as the bus arrives
  • Chaos and long lines at enrollment
  • Paying in advance for lunches
  • Restrictions on what we can and cannot learn
  • Standardized testing (in some states)
As a homeschooling family, what do you miss out on during back to school time?

Friday, August 9, 2013

What is Your Library Worth to You?

Homeschoolers tend to use library services - a lot! Public libraries offer free access to books, movies, music, video games, research materials and so much more. Think about how much you would have to spend to purchase all of the materials you have borrowed from a library.

Services like research assistance, computer use, internet access, classes and programs that libraries provide are invaluable to the communities they serve. Have you ever wondered what those services are worth in dollars?

Try using the Library Use Calculator below to find out just how much money you would have spent if you had to purchased everything you borrowed during your last trip to the library. I think you will be surprised!

How valuable is your local library? Use this handy Library Value Calculator, created by the Massachusetts Library Association.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free Homeschool Planner

With another school year about to begin, most of us are rushing to get organized. To make things easier, The Home School Mom is offering a free planner!

I am impressed with how customizable and comprehensive this planner is. You can download the entire planner or just the pages you need. Pages come in lined and unlined versions. Yearly, monthly, and weekly calendars are available. She has even included menu and meal planning pages, chore charts and to-do lists! My personal favorites are the Unschooling Record Keeper pages.

It's available in PDF or Excel. Click here to access the download files. Happy organizing!