Homeschooling 911 is a comprehensive homeschooling resource that encourages interaction, all in one blog! Let’s give Anne, an author and a homeschooling mom, a warm SITS welcome.
Tell us about your blog. What can we expect when visiting?
One of the primary purposes of Homeschooling911 is to answer the questions that prospective and new homeschoolers have about home-schooling. However, I also offer information of benefit to veteran homeschoolers such as how to prepare your homeschooler for college. And occasionally I write posts about general parenting issues or I offer commentary and observations on the “issues of the day.”
What made you decide to become a Homeschooler?
When I first heard about homeschooling in the mid-80’s I was so thrilled to think that I could keep my adorable daughter home with me for more than her first five years! I loved being a mother and my time with her was so precious. Additionally, imparting our Christian values to our children is something that is crucial to me and my husband and homeschooling is an ideal vehicle for that. As it turns out, over the years I have discovered so many reasons to homeschool, not the least of which is the phenomenally close relationships my kids have with each other. It is a delight as a parent to see how much my kids love and support one another.
What are your favorite resources to share?
I have used dozens of homeschooling resources over the years but to narrow it down a little for your readers:
- For Teaching Your Child to Read: The “Explode the Code” phonics workbooks.
- For Language Arts: I love the “Write With the Best” composition program. I spent many years looking for a good composition program and “Write With the Best” is without question (in my opinion at least) the best program out there.
- For Math: Calculadder Math Drills.
- For History: Hands-down my favorite history resource is Greenleaf Press and their “Famous Men” series. I’ve used this program for over 15 years.
What is one piece of advice you’d give other mothers wishing to homeschool their children?
After homeschooling for over 20 years it’s going to be hard for me to give just one piece of advice but…what I would say is that the key ingredient to successful homeschooling is commitment. Studies have consistently shown that homeschooling success is not dependent on the parent’s level of education or socio-economic status. The #1 ingredient necessary for homeschooling success is commitment, plain and simple. The tools, resources, and support are out there. Avail yourself of these tools and combine it with a sincere commitment to educating your children and, in my opinion, you can’t help but succeed!
Homeschool Credit and Other Christmasy Thoughts: Great ideas, but also of interest? A link to an article she wrote published in the New York Times.
Have You Ever Done This: When you’ve had “one of those days”, try writing about it…
How To Teach Your Child To Read: Great article on ways to teach to read and resources available!