What Do Your Kids See In YOU?…


Recently I took a couple of “mental health” days all by myself. For home schooling moms this doesn’t happen very often! So before talking myself out of this rare opportunity, I jumped in my car and drove 2 hours away for a much needed personal retreat.

“Our biggest mission in life should start with our children!” ~ Jennifer McMahan

As I was driving, I took the recommendation of a good a friend and began listening to the Key Note Speaker from a previous Home School Conference, Steve Demme, the founder of Math-U-See, My friend thought I’d enjoy it, so I went for it… I mean, I was just driving, so why not?

It was keeping me awake, his content had some humor and a few good stories, then he said one thing. He asked a question that I will not quickly forget. What will your child say when he/she is asked the following question:

“What was it about your parents’ faith that made you want to follow Jesus?”

~ Steve Demme

Here I am driving 70mph down the highway and everything around me seemed to stop. That one statement kept repeating in my mind over and over. When our kids are grown, THAT is the only thing that matters, isn’t it? I mean we can do our very best as parents to educate them, socialize them and even make sure they’ve visited foreign lands and speak more than one language…but, if we haven’t immersed them in how to faithfully follow Jesus…eternally none of the rest matters.

Like I did, I pray you’ll camp out with this question in your heart. Our children are our biggest “mission” in this lifetime. God has entrusted their precious lives to us… and I believe it’s an eternal responsibility.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children…”

Deuteronomy 6:5-7
~ Domestic Chick

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Learning at home during the Corona Virus Quarantine


So Now You’re a Homeschooler?!! 😳

We are in uncertain times, and likely your world is upside down.

With the United States government mandating “social distancing” and “self-quarantine” due to the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic, groceries have become scarce, restaurants have closed down, groups are not allowed to gather … and now you are forced to homeschool on top of it all. What?!!

With these uncertain times, the chaos can be overwhelming. I’m in it too… as just recently I found myself in a grocery isle on my hands and knees, reaching to the back of an otherwise empty bottom shelf for the last bags of dried beans! Good grief… perhaps the main difference between you and me, is that I am happily accustomed to being at home every day … I am a homeschool mom (for almost 20 years). And with that being said, it seems that overnight we’re ALL IN THIS TOGETHER… ( 🎵🎶… Cue the High School Musical Song here! 😂) … so let me help you make the best of it.

You have an unexpected opportunity to FACILITATE your kids’ education at home! Let me help YOU make the best of this homeschooling adventure … even if it’s only for a short time!

~ Domestic Chick

CONSIDER YOURSELF A LEARNING FACILITATOR!

Since it is likely you did not choose to be a teacher by trade, give yourself grace to be an active facilitator instead of thinking you must teach all of their school subjects overnight! My advice is to spend a good bit of time on the 3 items below (it will be more time than you think). BUT not to worry, this time will be well worth every minute you spend in the planning! Finding an organized plan together will help the rest of your LEARNING FACILITATOR assignment – however long this time might be – considerably easier!

# 1 – TALK: about time management for online assignments from the school.

Incredible teachers are working tirelessly to get work online for their students. Make sure to follow their plan! Chatting with your students to let them know you, the parent, will still have your own daily work to complete just as they do. Remind them that everyone is learning a new routine, not just them! They are still responsible to the same school teacher for the completion of their work. Encourage your students to offer an extra measure of respect and appreciation for their teachers, who want the best experience for them during this time.

#2 – WRITE OUT: a daily routine/schedule. Have THEM create this, if possible.

The reason I suggest THEM creating this is because it will help them stick to it! Creating their own new routine gives them “buy-in” and will empower them to have more ownership in their day. They will enjoy having this option! And, it will help them grow in understanding how much time activities truly take to accomplish. Make sure to remind them to allow some extra time in-between activities for clean-up from a previous activity, and time for restroom & snack breaks too! There are many examples of this type of schedule floating out there, but at the end of the day, you will have to find what works best for your family. (see an example schedule below)

Perhaps you want to let them sleep in a little longer (and who doesn’t during all of this virus stuff?) Good. The beauty of “homeschooling” is that you are in control of the schedule. Or, maybe you need to work the night shift and will require them to be up earlier as you come home… that can still work as well. Explore and be flexible to find a good plan. Here are a few things you will want to consider.

  • Time to get up
  • Time for schoolwork
  • Time for meals
  • Exercise
  • Daily Devotional
  • Ask them what is important to THEM & add it to the list!
  • ALSO, you can include some household responsibilities too! Think about: laundry, picking up their room, helping to make a meal, and gathering the trash daily etc.

⭐️ This will be everyone’s favorite part…

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#3 – PLAN INCENTIVES: this will be crucial!

As they successfully complete what you both agree on for each day, talk about what they are working toward. It won’t take long to see in what ways they are motivated! Let them know that you want them to have fun/free time and ➙ IT IS TOTALLY UP TO THEM HOW QUICKLY THEY EARN IT! Talk about how they can earn this time and what their options will be with this extra time. To help you, a few ideas are listed below and I have also provided a FREE DOWNLOAD! (Notice there are a couple of extra blank rows … those are for you to add in housekeeping responsibilities, if you choose to do so!) 😉

  • Face-time with friends
  • Online gaming
  • Watching TV/ movie
  • Bike ride
  • Set up the Zoom.us app to enjoy social gathering
  • Social Media free-time

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~Domestic Chick

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road…”

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

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3 Life-Hacks for Every College-Bound Homeschooler

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You Can Do This!

Even as their homeschool teacher, I knew I was not the BEST at every subject, so rather than trying to teach it all, I became more of a facilitator of their education leading them up to college level. It’s an incredible time to teach at home! We have so many resources available in today’s world! So, please let me encourage you to seek out the BEST learning experiences as your students are in high school. Trust me, you don’t have to shoulder it all. And, with that being said…

Today, our high school junior pulled out of our driveway and away to her first day of college! Yes, of course I had tears. So, from one home school momma to another, I want to share with you the HOW & WHY she’s doing this! We have discovered a few little “short-cuts” that have completely changed the way we choose to approach college for our kids. Learning how to do the same thing will save you time & money plus give your college-bound adult a nice transition from home education into university!

I sincerely hope these 3 Life-hacks will be of help to you as you bravely navigate the road toward your own student’s high school graduation day! If I can do it, you can too! Please, keep reading 🙂

#1 – CREATE: a weekly SAT/ACT plan

Here’s the HOW – Facilitating high school at home is a full-time job. As you, the home educator, prepare your high school lesson plans, I recommend assigning routine work on Khan Academy or perhaps in an SAT/ACT workbook if your student prefers/needs to learn with a physical book. With that, maybe your weekly assignments could look something like this one:

*Khan AcademyMon.Tues.Wed.Thurs.Fri.
Math*SAT math – 45 min.Lesson from your math curriculum*SAT math – 45 min.Lesson from your math curriculumLesson from your math curriculum
EnglishLiterature, Grammar, & Writing curriculum*SAT read. – 45 min.Literature, Grammar, & Writing curriculum*SAT read. – 45 min.Literature, Grammar, & Writing curriculum
This example shows a plan for SAT/ACT preparation and is meant to accompany the various other high school subjects as necessary for graduation. (Ex: science, history, art, etc.)

I highly recommend using Khan Academy online. This online FREE education website is phenomenal, and hands-down the best official SAT preparation available. In recent years it has partnered with the College Board as well, which means that the questions and test reviews match directly with the format of the SAT. I cannot say enough good about Khan Academy!

Here’s the WHY – get your student scoring well on the SAT/ACT and they will earn the ability to exempt college classes! To be clear… this means they get credit for a class without ever having to attend it AND you don’t have to pay for it either! With her SAT score, our daughter exempted English 1301, 1302, and College math. Y’all that’s 9 hours exempted by scoring well on her SAT. (With U.S. averages at $594/ credit hour that amounts to an approximate savings of $5,346 for 3 exempted classes!) Even if your student gives the SAT/ACT several attempts to reach higher scores, the savings definitely makes it worthwhile.

#2 – CONNECT: with a College Advisor

Here’s the HOW – As you complete the student’s high school transcript, it will be well worth your time to become friends with an advisor in the college world to help guide you. This person will assist you in understanding which classes can be completed during the high school years. He/she can also help select the best teachers for your kids. While convenient, the school doesn’t have to be in your town, either. At niche.com, there are many online options for your high schooler as well. For us, we do have one in our city ranked the #3 best in Texas so that made it a no-brainer! (Interesting to Note: “On average, a two-year public school will cost about 60 percent less per credit hour than a four-year public school. And at just $135 a college credit, local community colleges are one of the most accessible and affordable ways to earn college credits.” Article – “Study: Here’s How Much College Credits Actually Cost”)

Here’s the WHY – Ok, so what does a college advisor do to help your high schooler at home? Good question! Every college has an advisor guiding public school students who are the “dual-credit” students. (They also are getting college credits while in high school; however, after visiting colleges, we found that not all schools honor these dual-credit classes.) This same individual may likely be the advisor to homeschool students as well.

  • Your student’s advisor will lead you to complete paperwork for enrollment
  • He/she will provide the “Petition for Exemption” form your student will need to sign in order to receive credit for classes based on their SAT/ACT/CLEP scores
  • In Texas, if a student has not taken the SAT already, they will be required to show their readiness by taking the TSI exam for reading, writing & math, so an advisor will help you to know what is needed.
  • He/she can help in class & teacher selection – partnering with you providing the best possible education for your high schooler.

#3 – CONSIDER: Concurrent College Classes & C.L.E.P.

Here’s the HOW – After completing a few paperwork items with your student’s advisor, they can enroll and attend classes that semester – simple!

An important note: CONCURRENT classes are NOT the same as dual-credit! Personally, we chose to avoid dual-credit options because not all universities honor them when transferring credits. Our girls have attended the actual college classes on campus… hence the name CONCURRENT, meaning attending a college class and homeschool class at the same time. This way, there is no debating if the class taken during high school was rigorous enough to award college credit. It WAS an actual college class. For example, during senior year, most students have government and economics as requirements; however, they will also have them as requirements toward a college degree. Therefore, our daughters choose to complete these as concurrent – getting high school credit and college credit at the same time! It’s a beautiful thing.

Lastly, I do highly recommend looking into the C.L.E.P. options for your student at home. It is exciting how many high school classes can actually be taken online in preparation for taking a CLEP exam. The best resource I have found for this is the Modern States website. Impressively, this website offers “freshman year for free”! This means they offer enough classes online to study (again, free online classes) followed by taking the exam for college credit. Our daughter was able to exempt one full year of Spanish by taking advantage of the CLEP! (That allowed her to exempt 8 college hours, roughly an average savings of $4,752.00).

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Here’s the WHY – The easy answer: these options save time & money! In doing this, your student can complete their high school transcript AND begin the college transcript AT THE SAME TIME! Below I am sharing how I noted the college level classes on our transcript. In addition, showing the ability to take rigorous, college-level classes in high school also looks favorably in the eyes of scholarship committees… BONUS!

Sample Homeschool Transcript

Note the ‘*College Level’ courses were all taken at the community college for high school graduation requirements.

Thanks, y’all for reading! I truly hope this can be a help to you. AND, I love to hear from you… so, please consider leaving me your comments & feedback!

Domestic Chick

13 Top Education Websites for Your Homeschool

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Hey homeschool mamas! After intentionally seeking out the TOP ONLINE LEARNING & ONLINE K-12 EDUCATION WEBSITES to use in our little homeschool academy, today I am sharing my findings with you!!! In this post, I will share 13 of the most AMAZING sites to consider incorporating alongside your current homeschool curriculum! You can either use these resources as a supplement to what you already do well, OR use them to alleviate a heavy schedule by assigning a subject or two online. Find what works for you! With my own homeschooling journey, I find great value in adding supplemental ONLINE LEARNING. Maybe we all need a lighter load on Friday and adding these to the lesson plan is just what we need! So, trust me when I say, these are the TOP-OF-THE-TOP education websites for your students at home! You will love them as much as they do, I promise! They are presented here in alphabetical order… so, scroll down and see if perhaps you discover an online treasure to help you in your journey as teach your sweet students at home! Enjoy, y’all 🙂

#1 ABC Mouse – Educational Games, Books, Puzzles & Songs

  • Summary: ABCmouse helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. The Step-by-Step Learning Path presents the full ABCmouse.com curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 850 lessons in ten levels. As your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one and is motivated to continue learning by ABCmouse.com’s Tickets and Rewards System.
  • Grades: ages 2-8
  • Membership: $59.95/year
  • What is ABC Mouse? video introduction
  • Find it in the App Store
  • Multiple Awards

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#2 ArtyFactory – Artist, Styles, Techniques & Ideas

  • Summary: Art Lessons, Art Appreciation, & Design Lessons
  • Grades: all ages
  • Membership: FREE
  • Great for the art teacher, art student, artists of all ages and levels.

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BrainPop websites are phenomenal! ~ Domestic Chick

#3 BrainPop – A Universe of Learning

  • Summary: Animated Educational Site for Kids – BrainPOP offers curriculum based animated movies, learning games,  interactive quizzes, primary source activities, and a breadth of additional resources for students in all grades. Its topics span Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Engineering & Tech, Health, and Arts & Music. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, an educational games portal for the classroom
  • Grades: K – 12+
  • Free Content: There are many free videos available! Take a look at free videos at Brain Pop Jr. & Brain Pop.
  • Family & Homeschool Membership: $160-$240/year *
  • *Coupon Codes: these can be found here.
  • Multiple platforms: Brain Pop is a family of sites! They include –

#4 Calculation Nation – Challenge Others. Challenge Yourself.

  • Summary: The games of Calculation Nation® are organized around content from the upper elementary and middle grades math curriculum. By becoming a citizen of Calculation Nation®, your child or student will play online math strategy games that allow them to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area — all while having fun.
  • Grades: upper elementary – middle grades math
  • Membership: FREE

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#5 Ed Heads – Activate Your Mind!

  • Summary: Edheads is an online educational resource that provides science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking. Choose from Simple Machines, Virtual Knee Surgery or Stem Cell Heart Repair, among others. All activities meet state and national standards. Edheads empowers students to pursue fulfilling, productive careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Grades: 2-12
  • Free Games: You can still play Virtual Hip ResurfacingSickle Cell DNATrauma and other games without logging on and without a membership!
  • Family Memberships: $20 annually

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#6 Fun Brain – Games, Videos, and Books for Kids

  • Summary: Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. FunBrain is the #1 site for online educational games for kids of all ages. (math, grammar, science, spelling, history)
  • Grades: Pre K – 8th grade
  • Membership: FREE

#7 Hippo Campus

  • Summary: HippoCampus.org is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. Teachers project HippoCampus content during classroom learning and assign it for computer labs and homework. Students use the site in the evenings for study and exam prep. Users do not need to register or log in to use the site.
  • Grades: middle school – college
  • Membership: FREE
  • Over 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas

#8 IXL – Where Learning Feels Like Play

  • Summary: IXL is personalized learning. With a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, individualized guidance, and real-time analytics, IXL meets the unique needs of each learner.
  • Grades: K-12
  • Membership: $9.95 – $19.95/month
  • Multiple Awards

The top-notch education offered by Khan Academy will likely transform learning across the globe! ~Domestic Chick

#9 Khan Academy – Free World-class Education to Anyone, Anywhere.

  • Summary: Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. Khan Academy offers personalized learning allowing students to practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. Here are many of the subjects covered:
  • Grades: K-12 and beyond
  • Membership: FREE – for learners & teachers
  • BONUS: Practice is aligned with the questioning style of the College Board, the organization that creates the SAT.

#10 Math Giraffe – An Incredible Site for MATH Teachers!

  • Summary: The goal of Math Giraffe is guiding teachers to incorporate CREATIVITY into analytical, logic-oriented math classes. It offers ideas, insights, resources, and teaching materials to guide you in teaching math more creatively!
  • Grades: for middle school & high school MATH teachers
  • Membership: Simply subscribe to get free resources, updates, and ideas for teaching math.
  • Classroom Management & Ideas
  • Math Giraffe Blog
  • AMAZING pre-algebra doodle notebook newly available in 2019!

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#11 Quizlet – Learning Tools & Flashcards, for Free

  • Summary: Quizlet’s mission is simple: to help students (and their teachers) practice and master whatever they are learning. Quizlet provides engaging, customizable activities with contributions from people everywhere.
  • Grades: all grades
  • Membership: FREE
  • Apple App & Google App available

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An incredible reading comprehension site with built in grading, immediate feedback, & progress reports easily available for the parent! ~Domestic Chick

#12 Read Theory – Reading & Writing, improved.

  • Summary: Read Theory is a powerful educational tool that offers online reading activities for all ages and ability levels. Their custom web application adapts to students’ individual ability levels and presents them with thousands of skill building exercises that suit their needs.
  • Grades: all ages & ability levels
  • Membership: FREE
  • FAQ’s
My personal favorite “littles” site where they have so much fun they ask to learn more! ~ Domestic Chick

#13 Starfall – Kids Games, Movies, & Books K-3

  • Summary: Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. The program emphasizes exploration, play, and positive reinforcement—encouraging children to become confident and intrinsically motivated.
  • Grades: K-3
  • Home Membership: $35/year

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Friends, I’d love to hear your comments here! And also, if you have other AMAZING sites to share, I’m always looking for awesome new sites to pass along to other homeschool moms! Thank you for reading, y’all 🙂

~ Domestic Chick

Homeschool: Easy Learning Stations

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Homeschooling is so much more than providing a stack of textbooks for our students. When the idea of homeschooling was brought to me, I knew immediately that choosing to do this would not be for the reason of sheltering our kids from the “real world”. Not at all. My husband and I felt led to begin teaching our sweet girls at home to offer them MORE. To us, more meant a broader perspective of learning that would take place beyond the “sit in your seat and do your work” philosophy!

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Learning Should be Active

Perhaps I have some A.D.D. myself, but as the teacher (both in the public school & at home), I learned to evaluate my own teaching methods in terms of this:

IF I AM BORED WITH LEARNING, SO ARE THEY!

~Domestic Chick

So, with that, I began to intentionally seek out creative ways of accomplishing our school day. (If you come from a public school background, this may initially cause you some internal struggle!) 😂 Not to worry, though. Once you experience ACTIVE LEARNING in the homeschooling setting, those old methods of straight rows, sit in your seat, and do your work will dissolve into a distant memory of times gone by.

As the pyramid shows, kids need to move (adults do too, but that’s a topic for another post 😉); and for our kids, it shouldn’t only happen at recess! The more we can allow them to move, touch, experiment, draw, act, observe within their education experience … the deeper the learning will be. AND, studies show they will retain subjects much better as well.

Learn at Home with Stations!

To beat the boredom of monotonous days, we added stations to our school day at home. No, not every day, but as often as I can blend the curriculum with ACTIVITY, we do. I literally made station signs and place them around the house! Yes, I do. Such an EASY strategy to incorporate! They kids look forward to this, knowing today they will be up moving around and not stuck filling in meaningless blanks on a worksheet. Here’s how to get started:

  • Make or buy your signs – they can literally display whatever subject you desire them to accomplish that day.
    • Examples: art, music, cooking, math, listening, science, spelling… etc.
  • Select only a few to use in one day. Depending on the time you’d like them to spend at each one, 3-5 is likely a good number to allow for quality learning in a day.
  • Place them around your home.
    • Examples: science might be in the garage or on an outdoor patio. Math could be at the dining table. Spelling can be outside with chalk. Perhaps history will be a DVD in the family room. And literature can be on the sofa or even on their beds!
  • Gather the items they will need for station and have all supplies ready for them.
    • Examples: digital timers, color pencils, cd player, their workbooks, colored construction paper, maps, audio book, headphones…etc.

Remember, the goal is ACTIVE LEARNING, so make sure the items you select allow them to DO SOMETHING fun while they are learning!

For illustration on set-up ideas, below I have chosen some of our favorite elementary school – middle school specific items. Your choices are only limited to your imagination! Make sure to consider your students’ special skills, what they are currently learning about, and also what they are naturally interested in! Purchasing is not always necessary either! We teachers tend to have items that will work already at home! One simple station we have enjoyed includes: a black Sharpie marker, a ruler & a piece of white paper to create art inspired by Andy Warhol. 💚this activity!

Ideas for Science Station

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Ideas for Math Station

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Ideas for History/Geography Station

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Ideas for a Few Other Subjects

  • art station – have paintbrushes, canvas, & water cups ready
  • cooking station – set up a recipe you’d like to teach them to make
  • music station – at the piano (or another instrument) to practice their assignments
  • listening station – have an audio book, spiral for notes, headphones, & blanket

Station Procedures

Make sure to show excitement for a special day like this! If they know their behavior determines how often you allow more fun days such as this, they may be motivated to follow your expectations more closely! From my personal experience, my girls LOVED station days. And, actually, they’re pretty fun for the teacher too! 😉

  • Walk your students through each station & explain what you expect
  • Have them repeat back to you their responsibilities while at each station
  • Remind them to set a timer when they begin (optional, but helpful)
  • Emphasize to do their best work to share later
  • If siblings are together, address how they are to work together
  • Motivate them by sharing when they can expect the next “Station Day”!
  • Share how to complete proper clean-up procedures

I’d love to hear how you incorporate stations into your homeschool. We can all learn from each other. Send me a comment… 👌🏽

Thank you for reading! Please FOLLOW my blog & be watching for more EDUCATIONAL posts COMING SOON! Blessings, y’all.

~Domestic Chick

Does Your Homeschool Measure Up?

QUESTION: Do you ever wonder if your education at home measures up to that of the public system? If you’ve found yourself asking this question, (or perhaps someone close to you may inquire) then what I am about to share may help you navigate the answer to this common inquiry with more clarity than ever before! Please keep reading…

To be fair, comparing the two is as apples are to oranges, right? Education in general is a heavy topic in almost any circle. But certainly, we have all wondered academically speaking, “how we’re doing.” And we absolutely should be asking this question and chasing down the facts, keeping the best in mind for our students. To help in discovering the answer, I share this post.

Personal Note: I would be deeply amiss if I said ALL parents should educate their children at home. Yikes! I do not hold that opinion, so I want to be clear on that right up front. I do, however, believe that if you feel strongly led to do so AND can approach home education with a fully devoted heart, a healthy balance of self-discipline along with an attitude of self-sacrifice, always being willing to evaluate what is best for each student, then I definitely believe you can and should pursue this worthwhile adventure of home education.

That being said, recently I had the opportunity to discuss the climate of the present-day public school system. On 3 separate occasions, I spoke with 3 separate individuals. Our brief conversations were shocking, eye-opening and worth passing on to you. Yes, 3 is a small number. With such a narrow group, I was driven to look deeper into other sources as you will see below. Here’s what I learned:

A public middle-school teacher shares…

  • There are entire districts that have removed the common antibacterial hand gel from all classrooms due to the trend of 7th & 8th grade students sniffing and eating it for the alcohol. 🤢
  • Foundational elementary skills in math are being taught so rapidly focusing on the standardized tests, that middle school teachers are forced to allow calculators because there is no time to go back and teach how to add, subtract, multiply & divide by hand. 🤯
  • Some administrators now expect the teachers to pick up all their materials, laptops and planning materials to meet corporately several times weekly with other teachers in a general area (not their classrooms) to “make sure they are actually working.” 🙄

A public high-school senior shares…

  • Students make phone calls AND “FaceTime” friends throughout their class time …while class is going on. (excuse me, what?) 😲
  • Keeping headphones in this senior’s ears as often as she can at school is purposeful because she admits: “I want to hear as little as possible of what’s going on around me.”
  • She also tells of a time last winter, when two kids were having sex on the side of the building at lunch and “a lot of us saw it.”
  • Also during lunch, kids cannot even be seen through the glass in their car windows because of the smoke filling up the inside.

A public high-school freshman shares…

  • “If your grades are important to you, you just have to ignore the distractions of others playing games, watching YouTube, and making calls on their phones and just pay attention to the teacher, but a lot of kids just don’t care.”
  • “I try not to go to the bathroom because of all the smoke from marijuana, vapes & e-cigarettes in there.” 🚬
  • This same straight A student tells a friend, “I wish I could do all my work at home. I hate school.”

Those conversations led me to dig deeper.

As I mentioned above, home education is not the right choice for everyone. I am both a past graduate and educator from the public school system. I will freely admit there are tremendous teachers and even top-notch programs within the public school system; however, I do believe in a broad sense, the system is in need of reform, and to that end, there is little argument.

That being said, I will state the obvious here: because three conversations is hardly a cross-section of the country, I began to dig for more. My findings all point to the success of homeschooling (done well, with intentionality) and gave me CLEAR answers in “how we’re doing” academically speaking compared to the public schools. And well . . . LOL, “how we’re doing” socially speaking too! 😂 Take a look . . .

Digging Deeper…

Here are a few statistics from a study in January 2019 * alongside additional data:

  •  Homeschooling/ home education is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the U.S. *
  • The home-educated students typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.*
  • From April 2018 to April 2019, days teachers/staff spent on strike within the public schools.
  • “These Kids are Out of Control”: Why we Must Reimagine “Classroom Management” for Equity, a 2018 publication points to addressing critical classroom challenges.
  • An opinion article in the New York Post (2018) written by a former substitute teacher titled: “Failing public schools should be blamed on out-of-control kids” shedding light on the climate in the classroom.

The Answer…

ANSWER: YES, home education measures up! We have every potential to offer our kids #1 – a great academic education and #2 – a healthier climate than many other choices. Stay the course, friends . . .

  • with a fully devoted heart
  • with healthy self-discipline
  • with an attitude of self-sacrifice
  • and with the willingness to evaluate what is best for each child

Be encouraged, homeschool moms, WE DO MEASURE UP! 🎉🌟

~ Domestic Chick

Public educator 3 years ~ College instructor 12 years ~ Home educator 15 years+