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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.

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

  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.

  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
Homeschooling with Larger Families: How to Make It Work
Lawrence Williams, Ed.D.
Some ideas to encourage those who are homeschooling many children. Discusses how to develop daily plans, integrate your teaching to different age levels, maintain your presence to give your children a sense of stability, and keep your perspective.
Homeschool Family Businesses
This group is for the discussion of all things related to running a business while homeschooling. This list is for you if you homeschool and run a business (from home or elsewhere) or are thinking of starting a business. You'll get ideas on businesses that the whole family can participate in. If you are single and homeschool, and are looking for ways to be the sole wage earner while homeschooling, this list will also be helpful.
Hillside Education
Hillside Education publishes quality literature study guides with a distinctly Catholic perspective. The guides include discussion topics, writing prompts and art activities that draw out literary themes and help students connect with the stories. Products range from full-length study guides that can be used for a year's literature study, like the Novel Inquiries series, to discussion guides that can be used in conjunction with any reading program.
Love2Learn: Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers
A free resource guide, research tool and sampler for Catholic parents and others who "love to learn." Offers information about available educational resources, detailed reviews about a book's contents in order to help others make more informed purchasing decisions, and information about issues of importance to Catholics as they come up in educational materials.
Statewide Assessment: Policy Issues & Questions
Julia K. Landau, Janet R. Vohs, and Carolyn A. Romano
This policy paper provides a list of questions that parents and parent organizations can address in an effort to ensure that statewide assessment systems fully and fairly include students with disabilities. In the past, students with disabilities have too often been excluded from large-scale assessments. However, students with disabilities now must be included in state assessment programs with appropriate accommodations, as required by the recent amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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