Welcome to A2Z Homeschooling!

Homeschooling is more than just education at home. Homeschool parents, children, tutors, and anyone interested in learning online, a structured home classroom or unstructured unschooling will find A2Z Home's Cool an "cool" home school blog.

Not a member yet?

Creating a login will allow you to contribute to the site on a regular basis.
There are many ways to be part of the A2Z Home's Cool Community.
The possibilities are endless!

I Want to Become a Member

Member Login

Lost your password?

Can Someone Else Homeschool My Child?

Does all the homeschooling have to be completed by the parents? Can someone else homeschool my children? Learn your homeschooling options here!
Read More »


STEM Fair: STEM Science Project

Get your homeschoolers ready for the STEM Fair and thinking about STEM science projects with these ideas, resources, and free printables!
Read More »


Internet Safety For Kids

Learn about keeping your kids safe with these online safety tips and resources.
Read More »


COVID “Homeschooling” During the Pandemic vs Traditional Homeschooling

How does traditional homeschooling compare to emergency homeschooling with virtual public schools? This homeschool mom has all the answers!
Read More »


Beginning to Homeschool

Homeschool Support Groups
How to Start Homeschooling
Creating A Homeschool Schedule
Homeschool Law
Questions About Homeschooling

Recent Articles

Can Someone Else Homeschool My Child?

0

Can Someone Else Homeschool My Child

By: Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.
*This post contains affiliate links. Items purchased through our links may earn us a commission.

 

As we look toward back to school, you may be thinking about options.  You may be considering homeschooling but are not sure you can do it all yourself—either because you are not confident in that role, you are working part or full time, your children drive you bananas, or for any other reason.  Make sure you check with your state’s homeschool regulations to determine whether you are, indeed, qualified to homeschool in your state.  Also, there are plenty of resources on how to homeschool if you are working and/or a single parent.  Regardless, you may still want to know whether someone else can homeschool your child either part time or full time and how that could work.  You need information, and we can help!

 

Who Can Homeschool My Child?

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but states have different regulations regarding who can homeschool a child.  Be sure to check with your state homeschooling laws, but there are essentially three scenarios that involve someone other than you, as the parent, homeschooling your child:

  1. The person providing instruction is a relative, such as a grandparent, older sibling, or other relative who will be educating your child at no charge.
  2. The person is someone unrelated to the family who will be receiving compensation.
  3. You are homeschooling with other families through a co-op or similar structure.

Let’s explore each of these in turn!

 

Homeschooling by a Relative

Who is the actual “homeschooler”?

Can Someone Else Homeschool My Child

Families have long turned to relatives to help instruct their children. There are no laws against doing this. But relatives without guardianship may not be legally responsible for the education. The parents should still do the paperwork and testing according to their state’s homeschool laws and requirements. Though the instructor can help with the record-keeping, the parents should be the ones to store the records should they be needed later on for college admissions or career entrance.

 

What if the relative lives in another state?

And what if we’re not talking about a couple of weeks, but maybe months or years? Parents should then talk to a family lawyer about how to give the relative temporary guardianship, not only for education but also for health issues that may arise. Decide who will be allowed to make each type of decision. The child would then be homeschooled under the laws of the relative’s residence. If it is just for a short visit, the child would remain homeschooling under their home state laws.

 

Homeschooling by a Hired Instructor

Who can I hire to homeschool my child? 

You can ask other homeschool parents if they are interested, but they may have all to do to homeschool their own children.  You can also seek out retired teachers or teachers who no longer want to be in the classroom (for whatever reason) or place an ad to hire a recent education graduate.  You can also access tutoring services in person or online.  You will likely pay more for tutoring centers than private or online tutors, but you may prefer a tutoring center with a range of experts in a variety of fields, depending on the needs of your family.

 

Homeschooling with Other Families

Can local homeschoolers help? 

Homeschoolers before you have figured out that sometimes instruction can be better if they collaborate with each other.  Many homeschool families are involved in homeschool co-ops where instruction of the children is shared.  A parent who is especially interested or has some expertise in a particular subject area, science for example, will be in charge of the instruction of that subject—science—for several families.  Another parent will focus on math, and so on.  Homeschool co-op members also sometimes pool their resources or contribute finances in order to obtain materials or hire outside instructors.  Check into local homeschool support groups to find out your options for sharing instruction with other families.

 

Can I Homeschool Someone Else’s Child?

What if I homeschool and a friend or neighbor asks me to homeschool their kids in addition to my own?

Can Someone Else Homeschool My Child

There are reports of parents suing their friendly neighborhood homeschool mom for not educating the kids as the parents had expected, so it is important to have an iron-clad contract between you and the other family. Even if you are a credentialed teacher, you are not a school employee, so you have no liability coverage in this case. The contract needs to clearly state your teaching experience, the methods you intend to use, and how you will report progress to the parents. It must state that they may withdraw the children at any time if they are dissatisfied, but they may not sue you for any reason other than criminal behavior.

 

How else can I protect myself when homeschooling someone else’s child? 

Talk to your homeowners or renters insurance provider to protect you should a child be injured while under your roof in a paying situation.  Also, as with the relatives, you should insist that the parents be the homeschool of record legally. They are just “outsourcing” some of the education to you but will be responsible for meeting all state requirements themselves, including the storage of records indefinitely. You do not want to be stuck with that job!

 

Can I set up a tutoring business to work with homeschoolers?

Yes, often homeschoolers make up a portion of a professional tutor’s client list. Tutoring allows you to help kids with their schooling without the responsibilities of coming up with the original curriculum.  You may, however, be working mostly on areas that are challenges for your students, so make sure you have a calm, patient demeanor and know of strategies to help struggling learners across subject areas.

Here is a resource for you if you decide to go in that direction:

Make Tutoring Your CareerMake Tutoring Your Career: Step-by-Step Instructions- A Full-Time Tutor Teaches You How

by Mario DiBartolomeo

How to start a Tutoring business and grow your tutoring business into a profitable venture. This concise how-to guide will teach you all the details you need to get started making money and, if desired, make an actual career out of tutoring. Most everyone has heard of someone tutoring after work, in the evenings, or on the weekends, maybe you are even one of these people. You are most likely reading this book to discover if it is in fact possible to make this your vocation, your job…your livelihood. This book will easily pay for itself many times over in your current or newly started tutoring business. Refer to it again and again to continue implementing the strategies contained herein. Read this book to find out the secrets and strategies discovered and successfully implemented by an actual full time tutor.

 

 

Can I set up a sort of “small school” for homeschoolers?

The intent is to have a small business as a for-profit or non-profit. You have to be careful, so check with your nearest chamber of commerce to find out your local rules about doing this from your home or from a storefront. When you set up such a resource, you may be starting a “private school,” and so would fall under the private school laws of your state. These can be quite convoluted, and far too much work should your intent be to only help a few families. Rather, consider letting the other families be the homeschools of record who are just outsourcing some instruction with you.

 

How much should I charge to homeschool someone else’s child? 

That depends on a number of factors, like your educational degree level, your teaching experience, your location, and the subject area(s) involved.  You can charge as little as $20 or $30 per hour at a minimum to as high as $85.  You might also adjust your charge based on how much time you need to put into lesson planning and any costs for curriculum, books, games, and other materials.  Also, you will want to include travel costs if you are homeschooling in the child’s home. 

 

 

The most important advice is to check with state laws (and maybe even a local education attorney) prior to making alternative homeschooling instructional arrangements.  Some states suggest or even require (in some cases) alignment with umbrella schools, where instruction by parents is guided by certified teachers.  Others have limits as to the percentage of instructional time that can be offered by someone outside of the home.  You need to be aware of these state differences and be sure that you are not accidentally breaking homeschool laws or unintentionally starting an illegal private school.

Whatever path you choose, remember that parents should be the homeschool guides of record, and then they can outsource some part of their children’s instruction to others. Parents need to keep any necessary records, make reports, and ensure that standardized tests, if required, are taken. However, there are many ways to get help from relatives, hired instructors and tutors, and other homeschooling families in the actual instruction of your children. Find what is best to make homeschooling work for your family!

 

Do you know of other shared instructional arrangements by homeschoolers?  Have other questions?  Post your comments and questions below.

STEM Fair: STEM Science Project

0
STEM Fair Projects: Science By: Andrea Dillon 
*This post contains affiliate links. Items purchased through our links may earn us a commission.

 

As part of the 2020 Online Homeschool STEM Fair, I am going to be bringing you resources and information to help your homeschooler create and submit their STEM Projects over the next few weeks. This week we are talking about STEM fair projects and ideas for science! 

 

What is a STEM fair project? 

STEM fair projects are projects based on the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. For the purpose of our STEM fair, we will be dividing the projects into the categories of science, technology, and engineering (math can be found throughout all of those). Students are encouraged to be creative and design, build, and experiment with topics that interest them. We want to challenge homeschoolers to be original but, above all, LEARN! 

 

What is a STEM science project

Science fair projects are nothing new and many of us have done our own trifold board presentation, however, many people still confuse science demonstrations as a science experiment. 

 

Science Demonstrations vs Scientific Experiment/Project 

  • stem-science-volcano Science demonstrations are quick science activities that help give a visual of a science concept. This would be something like making a volcano with baking soda and vinegar or pouring oil in water to show they do not mix. These demonstrate concepts that we already know to be true.

 

  • Science experiments are just one part of the scientific method used in developing your science project. Science experiments involve finding a question and then carrying out the science experiment to find an answer. You need to carry out a science experiment multiple times for true results. 

 

What is the scientific method? 

 

What are some good stem fair science projects?

Good STEM fair projects are something that you are interested in and involve a problem that you want to solve. Brainstorm starting problems/questions that you can use science to help solve.

Here are some examples:

  • What’s the best way to keep bugs off my tomato plants?
  • Which paper towels absorb the fastest? 
  • Does temperature change magnet strength?
  • Which batteries last the longest in my Xbox remotes? 

 

Need more STEM science project ideas?

We have an entire section of free homeschool science resources that can help inspire your homeschooler! Take a look at the chemistry, animal, and earth science sections to get STEM science project ideas

 

Other STEM Fair Science Resource We Love

These are not our resources so clicking the links below will take you offsite, however, they are full of great STEM science project instruction and ideas. 

  • Get a free printable list of 20 plus science fair project ideas from Science Bob to help your get started. There is also more information about the scientific method, science fair resources, and project advice that can help as well! 
  • Have your homeschoolers take a quick survey with Science Buddies to get pointed in the direction of projects that are based on their interest and will be more fun. You can also browse their massive list of STEM science project ideas by the area of science or grade level. 
  • Home Depot and Discovery Education have combined forces to create Science Fair Central, which is another great stop to find STEM science project ideas, presentation ideas, and more.
  • How much science is involved in the food we grow? A lot! So much that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has created an entire section of agricultural topics for science STEM fair projects. This is a great place to get inspired by the science of growing plants, breeding animals, and producing other food products. 
  •  Need help with a starting question? Science Kids has great STEM science project starters for various science topics and education levels. 

 

STEM Science Project Books

Never underestimate the power of a good book. This applies to science projects as well! Below are some of our favorite ones to help inspire your homeschoolers to start thinking about science. 

Janice VanCleave’s A+ Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave

Looking to wow the judges at the science fair this year? Everyone’s favorite science teacher is here to help. Janice VanCleave’s A+Science Fair Projects has everything you need to put together a winning entry, with detailed advice on properly planning your project, from choosing a topic and collecting your facts to designing experiments and presenting your findings.”

 

 

STEM Starters for Kids Science Experiments at Home: Discover the Science in Everyday Life by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker 

Explore the science in everyday life with these simple, step-by-step experiments to do around the home. Each activity takes a complex, scientific concept and makes it easy for kids to understand. Young scientists will enjoy discovering the science behind the simple phenomena all around them.”

 

 

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House by Liz Lee Heinecke

“Conduct physics, chemistry, and biology experiments with tools and ingredients found in any kitchen! These 52 labs created by mom and scientist Liz Lee Heinecke introduce fundamental scientific principles in a fun and accessible format.”

 

 

Is your homeschooler ready to start their STEM fair project? 

Great! Help them stay on track through the process with our FREE STEM Fair Science Workbook! 

 

Don’t forget to bookmark our 2020 Online Homeschool STEM Fair hub page to get all the newest information, freebies and updates! 

 

Do you have questions about our 2020 Online Homeschool STEM Fair? Drop them in the comments below or send me an email! I’m happy to help you get started. 

 

 

 

Internet Safety For Kids

0
internet safety for kids By: Andrea Dillon 

We live in a time of technology, and it has embedded itself into our everyday lives. With no surprise, our children are quickly becoming masters of these devices and often understand them more than we ever could begin to. That is good because they will need to understand and use technology in the future. However,  this also has downfalls as technology can lead to e unsafe aspects for our children. 

Homeschool parents are not new to the online world. Many of us have been using the internet for a while. We use it to find resources, reach out to others, and learn ourselves, but how do we transfer what we have learned over the years to our children? How can we help our children safely use the internet to socialize online

 

What is virtual socialization? 

Virtual socialization is a conversation that happens over devices instead of face-to-face. While we are more aware of this idea now, it has been going on for many years. We have been communicating remotely since the 1800s via telegraph then followed by telephones, two-way radios, cell phones, and now the internet through various apps, gaming systems, and video chatting programs. 

For homeschooling, many families use virtual socialization to connect to other homeschooling families near and far. This can be in the form of homeschool groups online, private servers set up for chatting and playing games, video conferencing for fun, or classes online. While most of these are relatively safe to start with, it is essential to discuss the internet and internet safety before opening this world up for your child to use. 

 

How do I talk to my child about the internet? 

The internet is a wild, weird world. There are recipes, news articles, cat videos, shopping, games, chat rooms…so much stuff that it can be overwhelming for adults, let alone children. One of the biggest challenges of a parent today is to explain the internet to children. 

What is the internet? Webster defines it as “an electronic communications network that connects computer networks and organizational computer facilities around the world,” but that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, so I know it won’t make sense to my children. I explain the internet as an electronic world.  Ralph Breaks the Internet is a good overview to share with your kids. There is a lot of good on the internet. But just like the real world, there is a lot to be wary of as well. So we have to be cautious about where we go, what we do, and who we trust. 

 

What are some of the dangers my kids might find online? 

Like it or not there are dangers everywhere for our children. The internet isn’t any different. What are some dangers your children might come across while online?

  • Bully is one of the biggest dangers online. As humans, we tend to forget that we are communicating with a real person with thoughts and feelings while we are online, which makes it easier to say and do things that one wouldn’t do face-to-face.

 

  • Cyber predators are another big concern when our children are online. Many sexual and other types of predators will follow and try to gain the trust of children on the internet because of their lack of supervision and innocence.

 

  • Phishers looking to gain access to private information is another concern. These people will target children and teens for their impulse on clicking links and attachments without thinking about the consequences beforehand.

 

How can I explain internet safety to my child

A lot of the same real-life guidelines you may have already taught your children can also be applied to internet socialization safety. 

  1. Don’t give out personal information. You tell your children not to tell strangers at the park their address, and so tell them to not tell strangers online your address either.kids-socializing-online
  2. Trust your gut! Encourage your children to trust their feelings. If they don’t feel comfortable talking to someone, that is okay. Our gut feelings are there for a reason, and it is perfectly okay to shut down and walk away (log out) if they don’t feel comfortable. 
  3. Be careful what you share. Talk to your children about oversharing. Explain that we don’t go and tell everyone we meet everything in real life, so they don’t want to do that online either. Stress that being online also has the downfall of everything being saved. Make sure they understand that all of those pictures and chats can be spread to more than their intended recipient. Remind them that if it isn’t something you would want to say or show to everyone in the world, then don’t say or show it online. 
  4. Don’t follow strangers. I am sure you have talked to your children about not getting into the van for candy or follow the stranger looking for their lost dog in the real world, so relate that to online as well. Tell them not to follow the stranger online no matter what funny video or free Minecraft skin is promised. Explain that they shouldn’t download things or follow links to other places that strangers send without your permission. 
  5. Never share your passwords.  Tell your children to think of their passwords as the key to their house. Passwords are special and are only to be used by specific trusted people that have your permission. 
  6. Manners count! I’m not necessarily talking about please and thank you, though those are always good. Remind your children that just because they aren’t physically with the person on the other end of the screen doesn’t give them permission to say hurtful things.
  7. Keep Communication Open. Make sure you children know that if they ever feel unsure about anything online they can come and talk to you or another trusted adult for help. 

 

Other ways to protect your child online:

Talking to your children and knowing what they are doing online is always the best way to protect them; however, you do have tools available out there to help. 

  • Google offers Google Family Link that can help you set rules and protections which let them navigate the internet world safely. This program can help with Chromebooks, cell phones, and computers using the Chrome browser. 

 

  • Microsoft offers Microsoft Family that can help protect and guide your children on windows powered devices as well as the gaming system Xbox. 

 

  • Apple offers built-in tools to help you monitor and protect your children while they are using any Apple devices. 

The above tools are free to use with those specific devices. However, there are a multitude of free and paid options for parental control and technology guidance for you to pick from to help protect your children as they navigate the online world. 

 

 

The internet can be a fantastic tool for adults and children alike to learn, socialize, and play. Knowing how to help your children use it safely is vital. Talk to your children about these internet socialization guidelines and set up some tools to help them navigate the internet safely, and you will be ready to go! 

 

COVID “Homeschooling” During the Pandemic vs Traditional Homeschooling

0

Virtual Public School vs Traditional Homeschooling

By: Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

Are you wondering what to do about back-to-school in the fall?  If you are like most American parents, you found yourself suddenly homeschooling this spring as states issued stay-at-home orders for the coronavirus pandemic. Many of you also began working from home while others of you were essential workers who continued to leave the home for work.  You may have never considered homeschooling before this, or you may have thought about it but immediately dismissed it because you “work full time” or “don’t feel qualified” or “couldn’t possibly spend that much time with your children” (but that’s another topic!).  After your recent experience of temporary homeschooling during the COVID-19 school closures, you may still agree with those reasons, or you may have found other ways to think about them (except that last one!).   Either way, what you think you experienced as homeschooling had little to do with what “real” traditional homeschooling is like.

What has been called “COVID homeschooling” should really be called “COVID school-at-home.”  When new homeschoolers begin, they often follow a school-at-home model, trying to recreate traditional school at home.  They follow similar hours as a typical traditional school day and arrange schedules of subjects and specials like those found in schools.  Eventually, they recognize the flexibility that is part of real traditional homeschooling and take advantage of evenings, weekends, and even regular school breaks to better meet the needs of the family.  During the COVID emergency homeschooling period, the short-term homeschooling you experienced is the most extreme version of a school-at-home model without the flexibility of traditional homeschooling and without the social opportunities of a non-COVID situation.

 

Similarities Between COVID School-at-Home and Traditional Homeschooling

Essentially there is only one major similarity between what happened in Spring 2020 and traditional homeschooling: Your children were not physically attending school. There were several consequences to that.  While you were still maintaining school attendance and working toward state standards, you were not pushing your children out the door in the morning to walk, catch a bus, or ride with you to school.  You were not packing lunches, ironing school outfits or uniforms, reminding your children to bring their instruments, or making arrangements for after-school clubs or sports.  You were not dropping off forgotten items, attending school events or meetings, or fighting with your children to get their “homework” done (or maybe you thought that was ALL you were doing!).  However, the most important consequence is that you were spending a lot more time with your children, and that is what happens when you are a traditional homeschooler!

Basically, though, this is the point where the similarities between what you did in the spring and traditional homeschooling ends.

 

Differences Between COVID School-at-Home and Traditional Homeschooling

The differences between the COVID school-at-home period you experienced this spring and traditional homeschooling far outnumber the similarities.  Here are eight main differences:

  • Choice of Teacher:  The most obvious difference is that traditional homeschoolers have the choice of who is teaching their children.  Often a parent is the lead teacher, but there are other models.  In some states, parents have the flexibility to align with umbrella schools or organizations that have licensed teachers available to guide instruction.  Through homeschool co-ops, parents have the option to share instruction, with individual parents teaching subjects for which they are most comfortable and have the most expertise.  Co-op members can also pool resources to hire outside instructors and tutors.  Just be sure to check your state’s homeschooling laws to ensure that instructional arrangements follow any regulations imposed by the state.
  • Choice of Curriculum:  What many homeschool parents don’t immediately realize is how much flexibility they have with the curriculum.  Although some states require certain subject areas or standards, homeschool families still have the right to choose how to address those subject areas and how to meet those standards.  There are many homeschool curriculums available, both secular (non-religious) and non-secular (based on the teachings of particular religions).  The amount of time spent on individual subjects can vary (although some states provide guidelines), and homeschoolers can also choose to add subjects and electives based on areas of interest, career goals, etc. 
  • Choice of Instructional Format:  During the COVID school-at-home period, the amount of time spent interacting with teachers and peers ranged from as little as a few remote meetings for the entire three-month period, to brief remote meetings per day, to full day schedules being followed remotely with extensive interaction with teachers and peers.  Traditional homeschoolers have the option to choose how instruction is delivered—how much is directly taught by the parent, how much is online, how much is independent work, etc.  Also, during the COVID school-at-home period, many parents received only large packets of worksheets and a due date.  Others were given instruction and assignments digitally through online platforms.  Traditional homeschoolers can choose how much instruction consists of discussion, videos, hands-on tasks, projects, online activities and/or worksheets, etc.
  • Duration of the School Day:  The COVID school-at-home period resulted in some parents receiving overwhelming amounts of materials from schools while others received only enough to keep kids “busy” for an hour or two per day.  In New York, a state with one of the strictest regulations for homeschoolers, children being homeschooled are required to have instruction for five hours per day for 180 days.  Some states waived the 180-day requirement for public school students because of the pandemic, but homeschool children continued on as usual with full-day instruction (and completion of any standardized testing!).  In many cases, then, through no fault of your own, your children may have received less instruction than homeschooled children during this period. 
  • Choice of School Schedule:  While stay-at-home orders were in place, school tasks, remote meetings, and due dates followed typical school schedules.  Traditional homeschoolers have much more flexibility.  Instruction can occur in the evenings, on weekends, during traditional school breaks, or even year-round.  Parents can make schedule choices that best fit their children as well as their own needs for working and managing the household.
  • Opportunity to Individualize:  Not every child learns in the ways that were offered by schools during the school closure period.  In a worst-case scenario, parents were given materials for completion that were based on whole-class abilities.  In other words, some children had to deal with materials that were above or below their current performance and abilities.  One of the reasons many parents decide to homeschool is the opportunity to individualize instruction.  Traditional homeschool parents can choose instruction to best meet their children’s strengths, challenges, and interests and adapt methods as needed to maximize their children’s learning potential.
  • Connection to the School:  Your connection to the school through the COVID school-at-home period was very different than it would be in a traditional homeschooling scenario.  It varied from initial letters to parents only, to email and remote meetings, to daily communication with teachers and periodic communication with administrators.  In many states, as a traditional homeschooler, communication between you and the school is very limited (sometimes to a single document).  In other states, homeschool parents and home district schools exchange documents and progress reports throughout each year, but contact is still limited.  On the other hand, some districts have strong connections to their local homeschool groups.
  • Opportunities for Socialization:  If you ask people why they wouldn’t consider homeschooling, a very common response is that children need to socialize.  Homeschooled children do socialize: with parents or homeschool guides in discussion and daily activities, with siblings who are also being homeschooled, and on evenings and weekends just like other kids.  When children are homeschooled, they also have opportunities to socialize with peers through co-op and homeschool support groups, programs like homeschool gym and art classes, and homeschool events in the community (e.g., homeschool days at the museum).  What you experienced during the COVID school closures is “homeschooling” without any of the socialization opportunities that are available.  For children, this was a worst-case isolation and not a true indication of the socialization that is possible through homeschooling networks.

 

As we look toward all the unknowns of back-to-school in the fall, you have choices to make.  You can choose to continue with whatever the school is doing; you can supplement what the school is doing with some homeschooling, or you can choose to homeschool your children during this period.  If you choose “accidental homeschooling”—that’s what us homeschoolers call it when you plan to enroll your children in traditional schools but end up homeschooling (for any number of reasons)—you are going to need information.  Luckily, there are a lot of new homeschooler resources—like those on this website—that can help you find out more about what homeschooling is really like.  Start by researching your state laws and then talking with local homeschoolers.  They are a remarkably generous group! Time4Learing.com also offers a free Welcome to Homeschooling eBook that offers insight and helpful tips for newbies. Download it today! 

 

Keep the conversation going by adding comments about your experiences homeschooling during the pandemic and asking questions to find out more….

All Time Favorites

How to Homeschool For Nearly Free

Find out how to homeschool for free (or just about free) with this list of free homeschool resources including free printables and curriculums.

Free Scripts For Kids

Explore free scripts for kids and how the fine arts helps develop young minds. Expand your child’s dramatic talents with these free play scripts for kids.

Reading Level Assessment Tools

Discover many ways to test your kid's reading level, whether it’s informally at the house or through a reading assessment tool. You can find it all here.