Homeschooling 911

By Aug 31, 2011January 28th, 2015154 Comments

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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!

Favorite Posts:
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!

About Alina Thomas

Alina is a Northern Virginia wedding photographer based out of Leesburg, VA. She has a passion for arts and design, and strives to express it through her work. She is creative at heart and loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge in photography with other Virginia wedding photographers on her blog each week. Alina loves being a new mom to her first-born and spending time with her husband who helps her run her businesses. Please feel free to follow her on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.


  • Melanie Carroll says:

    If I did that many years of homeschooling I may have to be committed, HA HA HA! I think “commitment” has to be the best answer I’ve ever heard for advice on successful homeschooling.

  • Jen@MamaZen says:

    Heading over to your site right now! I have a preschooler and a toddler atm and I am putting serious thought into homeschooling my children. I need resources!

  • Heather says:

    Great blog, looking forward to sharing it with my friend who is a new homeschooling mom.

  • misssrobin says:

    I have great admiration for those with the temperment that works for homeschooling. I’m pretty sure my kids and I would kill each other. I’m glad we have options.

  • Definitely interested in learning more about homeschooling! I will stop by of course! 🙂

  • Great article! Happy SITS day! 🙂

  • What a neat and useful blog idea! Its honestly something I will probably never do, but its always neat to see the tricks and tools that I could use for future “at-home” time!

  • mangiabella says:

    i’m so motivated after reading your post – I have young children but am already mentally preparing myself to homeschool when the time is right. My daughter is 3 and we are already doing homeschool pre-school with her. I am intimidated when it comes to some things, but feeling like this is the right choice for us

  • Happy SITS day!!

  • Jessica says:

    As a public school teacher, I never thought I’d be tempted to homeschool. And yet, as my older son heads off to preschool this year, I am finally getting it! I think “commitment” has to be the best answer I’ve ever heard for advice on successful homeschooling.

    • Anne Galivan says:

      Thanks Jessica! I do believe it all comes down to commitment. The rest is just details! There are so many wonderful resources out there and websites…oh yeah, that would be me! 🙂

      Hope to see you at my site!

  • Craftwhack says:

    I admire you homeschoolers. I am far too happy to have my children schooled in a public school, but I am fascinated by the amount of time and patience some parents put into it. Nice job!

  • Sadaf says:

    Happy SITS Day :)))

  • God bless her! I think homeschooling mothers are brilliant. I don’t know if I could do it!

  • Amanda says:

    I don’t know that I want to homeschool my children, but I appreciate the efforts of those who do. Looks like she has lots of great tips.

  • sara826 says:

    Very interesting! I don’t know a lot about homeschooling, but it looks like you are doing a great job!

  • I’m always in awe of successful homeschoolers! I used to want to be one, too, but it’s looking more and more like I will have to work during those years to make things like college a possibility.

    • Anne Galivan says:

      You need to read my posts about high school and college. Our family certainly has struggled financially but my two older children are both college graduates. My daughter has some debt but that’s because she went to grad school (she has a Master’s degree in Forensic Drug Chemistry). Homeschooling actually played a huge part in paying for college for my kids because they received excellent academic scholarships.

  • Lamb says:

    Interesting 🙂

  • I’m not sure I want to go down the homeschooling path, but I like finding resources to help me to support and supplement my children’s learning at school (when they go to school). This blog sounds great!

  • Brandie says:

    Homeschooling – what a job! Today I posted some cute holiday stuff to help us all start getting into the spirit! Check it out:)!

  • That is an amazing gift of commitment and love you have given your children. How do you keep that going day after day for 20 years?

  • Stephanie says:

    I have been curious about the details of homeschooling! The ladies who do it are amazing!

  • Ashleigh says:

    Great post! My daughter is only 11 months old, but homeschooling is definitely an option I would like to research further for her.

  • Roses daughter says:

    I am so in awe of moms who homeschool! Adding you to my google reader because you never know!!!!

  • OMG! Yummy says:

    I home schooled my son in 8th grade – not an easy task at that late stage but we got through it and he was totally ready for high school the following year. The resources are definitely out there and the upsides to it far outweigh the downsides if it is the right thing for your child.

  • Kat Eden says:

    This is so weird, the second post I’ve read in a week on homeschooling! Weird as it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about doing … so I definitely appreciate your take!

  • MJ Scott says:

    WOW!!!!! Thats a lot of schooling.

  • Sara says:

    I wasn’t home-schooled myself, but I have friends that were. I can say there is a big difference between the ones who used it as an opportunity to shield their child and the ones who were active in their community and their children had the ability to get out and do things they enjoyed. I think it’s a very viable option for parents that are dedicated and have a plan. Congrats on your SITS day! I’m off to check out your blog!

    • Anne Galivan says:

      I have personally not seen any parents who did a poor job homeschooling and while I’m sure it happens at times, I have to believe it’s rare. I’ve known probably hundreds of homeschooling families and it’s amazing how we can do things so differently yet give our kids such a wealth of experience.

      I hope to get a chance to interact with you on my blog!

  • Charlotte says:

    I think that’s amazing and shows an incredible amount of commitment. And congrats on your SITS day!!!

  • Autumn Twig says:

    that is just so very brave of her to do that. I feel like homeschooling requires a lot of responsibility and a lot of patience. Congrats!

    And a big hello to everyone out there and Eid mubarak to any muslim reading this 🙂

  • Angie says:

    I think what this blogger is doing is wonderful. Good for her!

  • Jamie says:

    I am torn when it comes to homeschooling. As a teenager, I had a bad experience with it, and I wished I had not dabbled in the whole mess. I ended up in a cult and with my mom’s explosive behaviour, it was not a pretty sight. To this day, whenever I even consider it, I get chills, thinking back to my own experience, and some of my co-workers have told me that I would have to give up my job and thusly, my own spending money. Which is something that I cannot do!

  • Jodi Chapman says:

    Congrats on your feature! 🙂

  • Congrats on your SITs day. Very impressed with your commitment.

  • Jenna says:

    Looks like you’re an expert! Great resource. Happy SITS Day.

  • Tammy says:

    I give kudo’s to homeschooling moms…I don’t think I have the patience to do it!

  • Congratulations on your SITS day. It sounds like you do a lot to share your expertise with others- good for you!

    • Anne Galivan says:

      The whole purpose of my site is to help others who are homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling. It is wonderful to be able to share my site with so many here at SITS!

  • Pam says:

    Great blog! We are a homeschool family with one graduate (now a college junior) and another college bound daughter who will graduate in the spring. It’s been quite a journey, and having a blog like yours would have helped us so much several years ago!

  • Tamara says:

    This is amazing! I don’t think I have the patience but I can see that it really pays off in the end. My daughter is two now.

    Great blog – can’t wait to read even more.

    • Anne Galivan says:

      It’s not really about having the patience…I’m not sure there is anyone that is naturally patient but it’s something we can learn. It’s more about the commitment and it certainly does pay off! I hope to see you over at my blog!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Homeschooling is not my calling but I respect those who do. My niece actually asked me the other day if she could “hire” someone to homeschool my grand-nephew. I was like…um…no…that is called tutoring!

  • Jamie G says:

    Oh my goodness, They could not have featured you at a better time!

    I am pre-school homeschooling my two boys (4.5 and 3) and kindergarten is around the corner and I feel like soon I need to start finding the right curriculum, and I’m getting a little scared about how I’m going to do this. It’s not stopping me, but what an incredible and helpful support you’ve created!

    In your area do you get a lot of comments trying to talk you into not homeschooling? I get them all the time from strangers at the park when they ask where my sons will be going to school. I don’t know why they think it is appropriate, could you imagine if I tried to convince them to home school? I just feel it is none of my business how they want to educate their children, why is homeschooling fair game for ridicule? sigh….

    Anyway, love your blog!

    • Anne Galivan says:

      It is truly amazing that anyone, much less complete strangers, would think they have any right to question your decision to homeschool. Over the years I have learned to tailor my answers depending on who’s asking. If someone is sincerely curious i.e. they might even be thinking of homeschooling themselves, I will answer their questions in a positive way. I don’t mind engaging in those conversations. But if someone is simply being antagonistic, the less said the better. Just tell them you love spending time with your kids and they love spending time with you.

      Keep up the good work and I hope to see you over at my site. Don’t forget to say hi and wave! 🙂

  • I think homeschooling is amazing!

  • Jenny says:

    Wow! Talk about commitment! To do that many years of homeschooling you certainly have to be committed. If I did that many years of homeschooling I may have to be committed, HA HA HA!

    • Anne Galivan says:

      Over time I have found, along with so many homeschooling parents, that homeschooling becomes a lifestyle. And it is a lifestyle that I truly love! Life has stress no matter what you do but as the years go by homeschooling my kids just got easier and easier.

  • LBDDiaries says:

    My sister-in-law homeschooled 4 and so far, the first 2 are out of the house – doing great and well established, strong young women. I admire anyone who takes on the task of homeschooling! Plus I also agree that one benefit is not exposing kids to the public school agenda (which is never pro-Christian!). And what a handsome/beautiful family!!

    • Anne Galivan says:

      Thank you so much and I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for the kind words about my kids…they are quite photogenic I think! 🙂

  • Happy SITS day!

    Aside: To all of you who are dealing with the aftermath from Hurricane Irene, my prayers are with you.