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Real Life Homeschooling—Personal Stories, Special Situations, Unique Challenges
Homeschoolers sometimes face unique situations. It is helpful to connect with others who have the same life experiences as you do. And there is no denying that challenging situations arise in the best of circumstances. Sometimes the best support you can receive when dealing with a challenging situation is knowing that others have dealt with it too. Homeschooling in general can be challenging--homeschooling in special circumstances can feel overwhelming. But there is help and information for almost every situation. We've compiled the best resources for homeschoolers who face unique situations: working and single parenting, homeschooling with little ones in the family, military homeschooling, home educating a gifted child or a child with special needs, and homeschoolers who are incorporating religious or ethnic ideals in their homeschools.

 
Experiences
  Reading about others' homeschooling experiences is a great way to learn more about home education. Browse through this collection of real-world homeschooling and how it has worked for a diverse array of families.

Large Families
  Homeschooling in a large family is both a joy and a challenge. Learn how to manage those challenges, while meeting the needs of everyone in the family. Here you'll find information on keeping your home running smoothly, tending to toddlers while homeschooling, teaching many different grade levels at once, and avoid burnout.

Babies & Toddlers
  Can you homeschool if you have a baby or toddler (or both)? Of course! Here are some ideas and tips to help you navigate your day with little ones around.

Only Child
  Homeschooling an only child doesn't have to be an isolating experience. Rather, it is an excellent way to meet the unique and specific interests and needs of your child in a way that is not possible in a school setting. Here are some strategies to keep you and your child engaged, active, challenged, and involved.

Single Parent
  There are certainly some unique challenges facing single homeschooling parents. We'll help you navigate them, offering information and solutions to the challenges you face. You'll also find support from other single parents who have decided to home educate their children.

Working Parent
  Is it possible to work and homeschool? Not only is it possible, but it can bring great rewards to both working parents and their children. Learn how to handle both responsibilities and get support from other working parents. And if you are looking for ways to work from home, you'll find information and ideas here as well.

Military
  Military families are successfully homeschooling all over the world. Come on in and find support and information on combining these two special lifestyles.

Overseas
  We take a look at the challenges and joys of homeschooling overseas. Missionaries, military families, expatriots, and others who are adventuring abroad will all find information and support here.

On-The-Road
  Are you homeschooling in an RV? Do you work as an OTR trucker and are homeschooling along the way? Or do you love to travel and see the country? Each situation brings its own joys and challenges for the homeschooling family. Learn strategies for homeschooling in your car, truck, or RV, and find connections to other traveling homeschoolers.

Gifted Child
  Homeschooling a gifted child can be done. In fact, you will find that your gifted child can flourish like never before when educated at home. Here you'll find support, encouragement, ideas, and strategies for homeschooling your gifted child.

Special Needs
  Children with special needs, including ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and other situations, can thrive in a homeschool environment. Parents find that support and encouragment from other parents and organizations goes a long way towards a success home education experience. We've compiled the best resources for parents as they educate their special needs child.

African American Homeschooling
  More and more African American families are choosing homeschooling as a great option for their children. If you are looking for information about homeschooling and support for black families who have chosen home education, you've come to the right place.

Catholic Homeschooling
  Catholic families recognize that the education of their children is one of their most importance duties. Here you'll find Catholic curriculum suppliers, support groups, and ideas for integrating your faith and your homeschooling life.

Christian Homeschooling
  Faith is important in a Christian home. It is easier to homeschool when you can participate in fellowship with those of like-minded faith. Here you'll find Christian support groups, articles, and other resources as you educate your children in a Christian home.

Jewish Homeschooling
  Here you will find resources for Jewish parents who have chosen to educate their children at home, including support, information, and ideas for combining your faith and your children's education.

Homeschooling in the Summer
  Does learning have to stop in the summer? Of course not! There are many ways to continue the learning process during the summer months. You'll find ideas for homeschooling during the summer, ways to make the most of vacations, and a listing of summer camps.


Featured Articles & Links Back to Top
Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy
St. Thomas Aquinas Academy offers a Catholic classical liberal arts curriculum is an independent study program crafted for the home schooling family, for preschool to grade 12.
Homeschooling An Only Child - Part 1
Diane Allen
"Only" children lack even the fellowship of siblings; therefore, especially if they have a very social personality, friendships must be found outside the home. For better or worse, traditional school is where many children make their friends, an option obviously closed to homeschoolers.
Fundamentals of Education
It must be clear at the outset that there are no sure-fire rules of education that apply to all children at all times. Reishis Chachmah quotes a Midrash that it is easier to raise a legion of olive trees in the Galilee, where the soil and climate are not conducive to growing olive trees, than to raise one child in the Land of Israel, even though Israel is conducive to proper education, since the atmosphere itself helps to imbue one with wisdom and holiness. Children are not objects to be fashioned at will, but rather human beings who have their own free will and can reject, if they so choose, even the best education. The most a parent can hope to achieve, as Chiddushei HaRim points out regarding all learning, is to put the words of Torah on the heart of the child so that when the heart opens up, the Torah found on it will sink into the receptive heart.
Learning Abled Kids
Can you teach a dyslexic child at home? Absolutely! This website provides helpful reading tips and resources to help your child learn to read successfully.
Single Parent Homeschool
This website is full of ideas to equip you as you consider homeschooling or to assist you in your homeschooling journey. They have articles, resources and special offers to help you as a single parent provide your child with a Christian home education.


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