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When you subscribe to the Ask Ann Newsletter from the “Join! Get Newsletter!” drop-down menu in the top right of any page on this site, you’ll get a weekly newsletter on Thursdays with a homeschool question that one of our readers has sent in, and our answer to that question which will include specific links to additional information on that topic on our site. It is short and sweet like this sample below. You will also get occasional offers for great deals on homeschool educational materials, games, and software.

If you join the site while you are in that dropdown menu, you will be welcomed every time you visit the site, like an old friend. You will also be able to easily comment on posts that encourage comments. This makes it easier to tell me to add or edit your homeschool resource. Comments are moderated.

Questions and Answers with Ann

Car and travel games for kids

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question: We are traveling for the holidays. How can I make a long car trip enjoyable for all of us? Answer: I answer this question often and I believe it needs repeating often… You can have fun WITH your children while you are driving down the...
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Costs associated with homeschooling

We started homeschooling this past year. I am surprised by the costs associated with homeschooling. I'm getting seriously worried about paying for necessary resources to continue. Any ideas?
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Educational activities for holidays and breaks – AskAnn

Questions and Answers with Ann   This Week’s Q&A Question:  I need fun educational activities that I can plan on during the year as holidays and breaks arise…. Answer: Playing and learning come together beautifully around holidays and breaks and honestly, everyday! Many games can be played around an educational theme and arts and crafts...
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Going back to basic math for older student

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question:  I want to take my 8th grade son back to basic Math – 6th grade stuff. He doesn’t have a strong grasp of some of the basic Math skills and I think that is a major problem. Can I do that? I don’t want him to...
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Homeschooling High School Student Resources

I have an up-and-coming high schooler in the fall. Are there enough resources available to help me continue homeschooling through graduation?
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How did you choose your curriculum?

ASKANN – Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question:  How did you choose what curriculum to use with your children? I hope your answers will help me with some dilemmas that I have. Thank you in advance…. Answer: I usually went to some of the fancy private school sites to see what they...
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How do I keep the kids motivated?

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question: Both my children and I are frustrated. The children seem unmotivated, staring out the window or daydreaming when they really need to be hitting the books. Everyone is grumpyI am not sure that I can continue without a lot of changes. Do you have any...
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How do I start a homeschool group?

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question: The homeschool groups that interest our family are so far away making participation nearly impossible. Can I start my own homeschool group? Answer: YES! I can’t tell you how many folks can’t find a support group near their homes and decide to start up a...
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Important things to remember when starting homeschooling

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question: What do you feel is most important to remember as I begin homeschooling this year? Answer: Wonderful question and easy to answer! Homeschooling is not an activity; it’s a lifestyle where children (hopefully) will fall in love with learning and it will come naturally. Make...
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Inexpensive Resources for Homeschooling

Questions and Answers with Ann   This Week’s Q&A Question:  We are pretty broke right now and I’m getting seriously worried about paying for necessary resources to continue homeschooling. Any ideas?…. Answer: Times are tough for now but don’t be discouraged. Many people are struggling and trying to get by on less. I have collected...
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Portfolio, are portfolios necessary for homeschooling?

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question: Should I be keeping a portfolio of what my children do? Answer: If you are considering keeping a portfolio of the school year activities, either for memories or for college admission or because you are required to by a state law, then this is a great time to...
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Review homeschooling curriculum compared to public school

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question: How does most homeschool curriculum compare to the curriculum from a public school? Is it better or worse? Answer: While you can buy or be given really bad homeschool curriculum, when homeschooling, you always have the option to buy or borrow or use the top...
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Spring home school learning ideas

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question: Do you have any good ideas for Spring educational activities? Spring Home school learning activities Answer: What do you think of when you think of Spring? Could it be the warmer weather or Spring blooms or sports? I’ll be honest – I think of insects...
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Switching to homeschooling?

Questions and Answers with Ann   This Week’s Q&A Question: I am switching to homeschooling in a few weeks, but I have no idea where or how to start. Can you give me some advice? Answer: I get this question often. Since it’s close to back to school time, it’s the perfect time to...
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Teaching handwriting and penmanship still needed?

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A Question: Is good penmanship still relevant? Do I need to worry about this? Answer: Excellent question! Look farther down the road – having clear handwriting is important in life. There is no doubt that computers rule the “written” word these days, but short notes to a...
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We’ve decided to remove our children from public school

Questions and Answers with Ann This Week’s Q&A: Removing a child from Public School after school has begun. Question: I need help; quick! After much consideration, we’ve decided to remove our children from public school and begin to homeschool them after Labor Day. I am following my heart but I am clueless. I have...
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What science and history curriculum do you love?

Questions and Answers with Ann   This Week’s Q&A Question:  I need some help. What science or history curriculum do you love? I can’t seem to find anything that doesn’t bore me to tears. My kids are in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. Any suggestions will help… Answer: My family picked up much of our...
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