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About Us

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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Unschooling in the World

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Nurturing Number Knowledge

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How to Choose the Right Curriculum For Your Child

How to Choose the Right Curriculum For Your Child

Remember, when you are deciding about your curriculum for a homeschool program, that your kids may not be too old yet, so consider waits, interruptions from other family members and teachers, and unusual parental requests, such as signing up for a scholarship or needing to tutor your child. Also, be aware that when deciding about your curriculum for a homeschool program, that your kids may not completely agree with all of it. This is why it is a benefit to get input from other home school parents on the type of curriculum that would best meet their needs.

Does the curriculum have a strong arguing side? oral presentation? Does it center on the story or the library? Is the oral presentation long enough to include facts and information, or does it have a clear message? Remember, that many students will have questions about the curriculum and the ethics of homeschooling. You can make a good faith effort to address these concerns by deciding what type of curriculum and how you will engage reluctant students and parents.

The number one thing parents can do is choose a curriculum for their children that is based on the teaching and values of the parents. Unfortunately, many parents find that the public school curriculum is more eager to please than it is to teach. Parents can quickly become frustrated, which is a fact because they now find themselves teaching a different set of standards than their kids. The problem can only be solved by finding a curriculum that is tailored to Please, meet standards, and be interesting, otherwise, you have set a course that is aimless and without direction.

An ideal curriculum will be one that is designed with careful attention to readability and contemporary ethical learning methods. You will understand that a curriculum must include well-planned units that are strictly time-bound. The learning style of each child will guide what is taught within each unit. If the curriculum is too slow, there is a big possibility of boredom or meaninglessness. If the curriculum is too fast, the students will be lost quickly and their hearts will not be engaged.

Also, be sure to check for comprehension. Is the material understood? Does the student agree that he or she can obtain strong comprehension of the subject through following the curriculum? A curriculum that is too difficult to follow does not have to be effective.

Parents are often frustrated that when it comes to educating their children, they have to spend most of their time following along with nationally certified teachers, or in their child’s life through phone calls and visits. These people are far more knowledgeable on the subject they are teaching than the parents. Of course, teachers and parents should work together to accomplish a common goal: the education of your child.

The most efficient way to learn is through direct instruction from a teacher. Homeschools are a great example of direct instruction that allows children to build the knowledge they need in their specific fields. Homeschooling is a learning laboratory that allows children to be the independent learners that they are and to develop a practice for other subjects through observation.

To stay abreast of the current trends in education, information and resources available for homeschool parents and students subscribe to Homeschool Success Newsletter and other homeschool-related publications.

If you need an online tutor, courseware, or wish to offer your services as a paid online tutor contact our website. Magic Learning Systems also provides excellent products to enhance the homeschool experience for teachers and students.

Choose The Most Effective Learning Styles

Choose The Most Effective Learning Styles

Remember, not everyone learns the same way, and not everyone will react to the same stimuli in the same way. As you now know, different people have different learning styles, and your curriculum may be well-suited for someone, but not for everyone.

Also, understand that many people will be very eager to learn and progress with you. And you will want to make sure that you are properly instructing your student (people learn differently, remember?), and that you are a good fit for the student.

There are generally four categories of learning styles, or just as I like to call them, discernible auditory, auditory-to-vision, and visual learning styles.

Visual Learning Style (Visual Learners)

People with this learning style are great with:

Visual Learners may be especially receptive to books and learning through pictures. They learn best through pictures, maps, diagrams, plans, presentations, graphs, lists, spirals, and maps. They can remember far more what someone tells them about a subject when they themselves have seen the visual representation of that subject several times.

Visual Learners may require more repetition than other learning styles can provide. However, because visual learners can process information well by seeing, it is possible to create an engaging curriculum.

By incorporating visual techniques into your homeschool lesson plan, you can:

This is particularly helpful to incorporate into lessons about the Book of Genesis. The Book of Genesis is the story of God’s great plan for human beings. You might ask why you would need to teach people about this book of scripture. Certainly, there are plenty of other Bible-based lessons and activities.

However, when you think about it, preparing a homeschool curriculum could really be a great way for your kids to learn about the Bible. Why? Because the more you teach kids about God’s great plan for the earth, the more your kids will have a “biblical worldview.” You see, when you show your children how God’s heart is always towards people, the more your children will have a personal faith in God and appreciate God’s attention to their individual needs.

Now, how do you determine what type of learner your child is? You need to consider any learning style the child possesses. Just about everybody learns differently, so there’s no way to define or size up your students’ learning styles. However, if you consider the qualities listed above, you may be able to ascertain what your students would bring to a classroom of your choosing.

For example, if your students are visual learners, you could notice a lack of pictures in their classroom and have a spare on hand to go along with their textbooks. Or, perhaps you see pictures in their locker or on the web and immediate think of a textbook on eye-tracking. If you are talking with them about the “big picture” of the evolution of our solar system, you can suggest that they draw pictures of parts of that story. Or, if you are working on the “big picture” of world history, you can point out how the Pyramids of Egypt, Great Wall of China, and the Romans are all but ancient visions of things to come.

If you notice a strong lack of focus and direction by your students, or if you see a lack of motivation coming from many of them, then perhaps you need to have a conversation with your students about their behavior and focus. Focusing on learning styles and ways to bring that lesson content to life can be a daunting task for even the most experienced homeschool teacher. However, homeschool is much easier than other modes of education. You can check out this homeschool information for more ideas, and to get a kids’ schedule, lesson plans, and more to make your classroom experience enjoyable.

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.