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For 25 years, the Homeschool Association of California  (HSC) published The California Homeschooler.  Every member of the organization received a copy of this publication, showcasing the lives of homeschooling families in the state of California.

That magazine has been expanded, redesigned, renamed and is now available to subscribers across the United States. Our writers, while many live in California, also come from around the country.

HSC knew that other states were not as fortunate as California with its plethora of options for homeschoolers. For years, various regional, state, and local organizations used HSC’s strong support components as prototypes for creating options of their own. Camping trips, email lists, newsletters, support liaisons were all duplicated around the country.

Susanne, Managing Editor

Sue has been married for 27 years during which she homeschooled three children in Texas, Alaska and California. Her children’s interests took the entire family on a variety of adventures over the years and now she lives with her husband in a little suburb outside of Austin, Texas.  The kids come and go. One is in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, another is an actress in L.A., and the third is a hair stylist and recently married. She was a founding board member of the National Home Education Network and was active in homeschooling communities at the local, state and national levels.  Sue joins The Homeschooler with considerable experience in writing, editing and publishing.  She is currently working on a book, sharing insights from homeschooling teens and grown homeschoolers. Online, you can find her writings at Lifelong Learning.

Willow, Content Editor
Writer, instructor and activist Willow resides in the Bay Area with her amazing son, loving husband and adorable puppy. Her goal is to fill each day with laughter, compassion and empowerment. She can usually be found hiking fantastic trails, knitting on 

The Homeschooler
is a non-profit quarterly national magazine filled with helpful articles and resources for homeschoolers and anyone interested in children who learn outside of a conventional school environment. Readers will find articles that will inspire, encourage, and support their choice to homeschool.

For 25 years, the Homeschool Association of California (HSC) published The California Homeschooler. When that magazine was expanded and redesigned to appeal to a wider geographic audience,The Homeschooler was born. It is now available to subscribers across the country. This magazine is unique because it is published by a non-profit volunteer-run organization. The Homeschooler is sure to be appreciated by all kinds of homeschooling families nationwide!

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The Best Homeschool Books For Parents

The Best Homeschool Books For Parents

Finding the best homeschool books for parents can sometimes be a challenge. There are so many choices available on the market that parents can easily become overwhelmed. But I want you to know that you do not have to get discouraged because you are not alone. There are hundreds of other parents just like you who are reading up and getting their homeschooling materials in order. All you need is some guidance along the way.

So, what are the best homeschool books for parents to use in teaching their children? If you really want to get these things straightened out, then you need to make sure that you have the right homeschooling curriculum at home. When it comes to picking out a good one, there are some things that parents must keep in mind. Let me take you through them so you can avoid any costly mistakes that most first-time parents make.

First, you must read. This might seem obvious. But if you do not read, you will not know what the best homeschool books for parents are. I always recommend that parents spend a few minutes a day just flipping through a book. You will be amazed at just how quickly you learn a new concept if you spend your time flipping through a good book each day.

Secondly, you need to invest in reading lists. If you are like most parents, then you probably do not even own ten books so this may be difficult. But I recommend that you create a list of ten books that your kids absolutely must have and stick to that list until they are out of school.

Third, make sure your kids learn something from each book they have. This is crucial. The best homeschool books for parents will not be the same for every child. Each kid learns differently so each kid needs a different approach to learning. Do not get too caught up in creating “one size fits all” programs that are not flexible.

Fourth, encourage your kids to read when they are having fun. Read with them and encourage them to ask questions. This will help them to connect with you more like the parent and will also allow you some alone time. Reading is meant to be enjoyable and relaxing. If it becomes a chore or stressful, then it is probably not going to help your kids learn.

Fifth, find the best homeschool books for parents on the Internet. Believe it or not, there are some really great resources that you can find online. Not only will you have access to some terrific kids learning resources, but you will be able to compare prices and get a wider variety of books and programs to choose from.

Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas about the best books for parents. The first step is to pick out a program or book on the topic. Next, figure out what your kids learn best. Finally, begin to read! Your kids will thank you for it and so will they!

There are several ways you can choose the best homeschool books for parents. First, there are all sorts of reading lists, from the bestsellers to the newest bestseller. You can also get lists on various topics such as current events or even history. Some lists even have several popular books listed, which might be helpful for new parents. It is certainly worth your while to go through a few different lists to see what is hot and what is not. Once you have a list, you can choose from the list and buy the books that will best suit your needs.

Once you have a list, you can start to do a little research. Begin by looking at the books that you are considering buying. How does each book help your child? What types of problems does each book address? All these things will help you narrow down your list of the best homeschool books for parents.

Another thing to consider is how the book is presented. Are there any illustrations or photographs in it? Does it include helpful tips and suggestions? Are there clear instructions or do you have to figure everything out yourself? This can really help parents who find it difficult to understand many concepts in the English language.

Once you have a list of the best homeschool books for parents, you can then sort through them and decide which books will fit best with your family. In addition to the list you made, you can make a list of the books that are recommended by others. This will help you to find the right ones and may point you in the right direction when you go to get the books.

Homeschool Mom Advice – Where to Turn When You Are Searching For It?

Homeschool Mom Advice – Where to Turn When You Are Searching For It?

One common theme you will find among homeschool moms is frustration with the lack of resources available to them. There are a number of ways for a homeschool mom to obtain the help she needs. In this article, I will share one particular tip that I have used to help me with my frustrations. However, I do not recommend this tip to parents who are homeschooling young children. If you are not raising young children, this tip may work well for you. It is for the homeschool mom who is frustrated and confused by the limited amount of homeschooling resources available to her.

My trip begins with an examination of our culture and education system in our society. Too often, our educational system emphasizes what the government can teach us. Too often, we are left to our own devices to learn the material we need. The homeschool mom is often the forgotten member of the family. This can lead to frustration, confusion, and even depression.

If you homeschool your children, then you understand the necessity of keeping them healthy and safe. You also understand the joys and challenges of homeschooling. Yet, at times, you may feel overwhelmed and inadequate when faced with the demands of homeschooling. The good news is that there are many other sources of homeschooling information.

The first source should be your local library. I know that this seems like the logical place to look for many things. However, keep in mind that you want to be able to properly reference materials. The internet can be overwhelming for a new homeschooler. If you only have access to a library with books and minimal online resources, your learning experience will suffer.

Another great source of homeschool mom advice comes from other homeschoolers. You can find both positive and negative homeschooling experiences through the internet, in blogs, and on other homeschool websites. Take the time to really examine the advice that you can collect and really consider how applicable it is to your situation. There are many things that you can learn from others who have been where you are now and found success with homeschooling their children.

A third excellent source of homeschooling advice should come from your local church. There are likely many homeschooling churches in your area. If you are active in your church and the homeschool activities are on good follow-up, you might be able to talk with the pastor or the church office about homeschooling. They may even be aware of someone in your local area who is homeschooling. If not, there is no reason why you cannot research online and find contact information for several people who are knowledgeable about homeschooling.

If you feel that you are doing a good job as a homeschool parent, then homeschool information websites might not give you the source you were looking for. One of the best ways to get accurate advice is to talk to actual homeschool parents who are successful at homeschooling. You will be able to learn about what works best for your child, what they would recommend if you need help, and hear directly from the source. You might also learn something new about the homeschooling industry that you didn’t know before.

One last source for homeschool mom advice should come from other homeschooling professionals. This is perhaps the most useful form of homeschool information out there. You can approach other homeschooling professionals with a concern about a particular aspect of homeschooling, whether it is learning a new curriculum, finding a homeschool curriculum that works well, or whether your child is actually being homeschooled correctly. In many cases, you can network with these professionals for free, and you will benefit from their experience and insight into the homeschool industry. Just because you need homeschool mom advice doesn’t mean you have to turn to homeschool experts for the answers!

The Importance of Playing With Science

The Importance of Playing With Science

As a homeschool teacher, do you think of science as a “hard” subject, that is one that requires serious learning and deep discussion? If your goal is to get your kids excited about science, then you are going about it the wrong way. Because young children are instinctively curious about the world around them, it’s natural that they prefer poking and prodding and testing and testing it – in other words playing with science. And that leads to the wonderful ideas that promote science discovery and help them learn more about the process of science.

Play versus Learning Facts

In the traditional science classroom, children are taught to memorize facts; the focus is on rote learning. It’s no wonder that so many kids today are uninterested in pursuing science topics above and beyond what is required in the classroom!

Unfortunately, the rote fact teaching methodology does not involve real science. It is concerned more with helping kids return the right answers in a passive learning framework which involves no risk, no decision-making, and no demands on a child’s inquisitive nature.

Real science has a tangible substance. Real learning of real science involves active participation and teaching kids how to use science by learning the process, not the facts. It encourages them to think, compare, investigate, and experiment. And that can be considered “play” because it’s fun and exciting for kids to learn science in this manner.

Teaching Science In a Playful Manner

When teaching your kids about science, it’s important to get them involved both mentally and physically. There shouldn’t be any concrete answers in their science textbooks and workbooks; instead the curriculum should encourage questioning and help students probe for their own answers based on experimentation and observation. As E. Duckworth states in the 1987 work The Having of Wonderful Ideas and Other Essays on Teaching and Learning, “Any wrong idea that is corrected provides far more depth than if one never had a wrong idea, to begin with. You master the idea much more thoroughly if you have considered alternatives, tried to work it out in areas where it didn’t work, and figured out why it was that it didn’t work, all of which takes time.”

Children want to try to understand the world around them. As they make observations, they will come to conclusions, some of which will be right, others will be wrong. Science becomes fun when kids can take their beliefs about the natural world and compare them to the way things really work, as noted through experimentation. This allows them to play with science and observe the results to form factual conclusions that get them excited about learning more. This teaching methodology encourages kids to let their imagination run wild with new ideas and promotes the continual use of curiosity to form other hypotheses they can test.

Inquiry and discovery lie at the root of the process of real science. This is how scientists work in the real world and it works well for helping your kids get excited about learning science in a homeschool setting.

Many parents believe it is easier to teach homeschool science using the more traditional curriculum that focuses on rote learning. Actually, the reverse is true. A science curriculum that helps the homeschool teacher and student together discover whether or not a hypothesis is correct allows both of them to apply the process of science to everyday life. And that results in real learning of real science.