Our Homeschooling Journey and Updates

June 15, 2012 · 190 comments

Instead of letting the topic of homeschooling overtake my health and nutrition blog, for those of you who are interested in reading more about our journey, or reading about the latest cool homeschooling stuff I come across, I have an idea…

I’ll keep this post updated with links to any new homeschooling updates (scroll down for those), but I may not always post them on the blog homepage like my other content.   (Although, I’m realizing that the homeschooling posts are usually pretty popular, so I may do that after all, we’ll see…)

In order to be sure and get these notifications, just comment below and tell me that you want them, and you MUST check the box asking if you want new comment notifications

I’ll comment every time I add a new link here, and then you’ll get a notification that way via email.

I’ll post when I have something to share, but as you homeschoolers know, I’ll be even busier, so no promises on how often!

Homeschooling so far:

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    1 Connie June 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

    More input is always beneficial!

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    2 Merry Lynn Shepherd June 15, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I would love to get your homeschool updates. I have been loving your blog for a while now and am sooo excited that you are choosing this path. We have homeschooled our 4 girls for the last 20 some odd years using just about every imaginable curriulum and sometimes no curriculum at all. :) I graduated my last one literally just a few weeks ago. So if you have any questions for a long time veteran, I would be happy to try to help. :) Sooo excited for you on this new journey!!!!!!

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    3 Andrea R. June 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

    We’re starting homeschooling in the fall too. I’d love to get your updates!

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    4 Jennifer @ 20 something allergies June 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Ooh ooh! me too! Me too! ;) My daughter will be 4 on Monday, so I am lucky enough to have started on the ground floor a few months ago (i.e. less pressure for me). This was a very unexpected route for us too, and I’m still gathering all of the info I can like a madwoman. I would love to read about your homeschooling adventures!

    I have found Free Homeschool Deals to be a good resource to get a feel for how we will be running things and what Katie responds best to. I know the first year out of school is a bit of a restructuring year, so maybe this could be one of the resources that helps you diversify without breaking the bank. http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/

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    5 Jaime B June 15, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I want your updates! We’re on our second year homeschooling, but what I consider our first “real” year as we mostly played for Kindergarten :)

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    6 JoAnna June 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I’d like to get your homeschool updates. :)

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    7 Kat June 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Count me in please :)

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    8 Jennifer June 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    sign me up! I enjoy your blog. and three years in, I still feel like a homeschooling new-be :)

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    9 Sara June 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

    We’d love to get updates as well. We are thinking about starting homeschooling too.

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    10 Marilyn June 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Please sign me up for your homeschool blogs! And don’t worry if you can’t write too much, we can’t read too much, we have to teach, too! But it is so nice to be connected with like minded homeschoolers! Maybe we can all plan a wonderful field trip!

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    11 Cherie June 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Would love to get your homeschooling updates!

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    12 Janet June 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I’d love to get your updates. I have been praying for awhile now that the Lord would change my husband’s heart towards homeschooling, but it isn’t in His plan for us yet. Keep up the inspiring work!

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    13 Teena June 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Since you sparked my interest and made me consider if I could do it, I’d love to hear more.

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    14 jessie June 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I’d love to get your updates. We are also homeschooling for the first time in the fall and can use all the help we can get!

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    15 Holly June 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Congrats and welome to the Club! God will bless you for being obedient to “the nudge” of the Holy Spirit to follow Him. Forget the critics, because on Judgement Day it is you and your husband that will held accountable for your obedience or lack therof. My God will supply ALL your needs according to His riches and glory! Keep up the great work with your blog/business – it is really a blessing tome!

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    16 Theresa June 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This will be our first year in the fall,,,I want to hear more!

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    17 becky June 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

    completely missed the original announcement (we’ve been quite busy lately), but welcome to the club! i kind of always figured you’d join it at some point. ;)

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    18 Stacey June 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I’d love to be added to the list!

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    19 Brianne June 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Keep me updated!

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    20 Jill June 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

    yes, please include me in on your homeschooling updates. Am considering doing this myself next year with my 2 kids. Thanks so much!!

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    21 Jill June 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I would love to hear more from any single parents who homeschool as I am a single parent, working from home, who is considering homeschooling my 12 and 15 year-olds who both have expressed a desire to be homeschooled. Thanks.

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    22 Ray June 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Please send me updates. Thanks.

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    23 Janelle June 15, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I would love to get your updates, I have a soon to be pre-schooler and I want to get our homeschooling started soon.

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    24 Rebecca In Michigan June 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I love reading what others have to say. Our family has been homeschooling for many years. We have two teen boys that are high school (9th and 11th). Then we have three other children that are elementary (4th, 3rd, and 1st).

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    25 Nichole June 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Keep me updated too !

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    26 Sarah June 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Sure.

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    27 Candie June 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Please include me! We have a 7th grader and are contemplating and praying for clear direction on bringing her home for next year.

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    28 Jill June 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Sure! Bring on the homeschool updates!

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    29 Kelly S. June 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I’m starting up my second year of homeschooling this year, and I love learning from other generous moms like you!

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    30 Robin R. June 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Good luck on your homeschooling journey. My two children are both (and have always been) homeschooled.

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    31 Mindy June 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I’m interested!

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    32 Lydia June 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I would love to recieve updates on your home schooling journey. I am a home schooled student, starting my Senior year early so I can graduate before next goat kidding season.

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    33 Anne June 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I would be interested in your updates!

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    34 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project June 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Love to get your updates! We just finished our first year homeschooling. ;)

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    35 Jeremy Hall June 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I’m interested!

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    36 Abby Hilton June 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I’d like to hear your updates!

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    37 Kymberly June 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Yes, I want the updates, please.

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    38 Yvonne June 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I have been living vicariously through this post. Please keep me updated!

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    39 karen June 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I would love to read about your homeschool journey. I homeschool our 4 kids and love it! Glad you are excited to educate your kids at home.

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    40 Lenetta June 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Me too, kel. :)

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    41 Eve June 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Sign me up too! I’d love to help my daughter homeschool her kids but I just can’t talk her into it and she has a degree in Montessori Education!

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    42 shelley June 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Me too!

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    43 Christy June 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Yes, please!

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    44 Dina Siano June 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Please count me in! Homeschooling is awesome!. I pulled my kids out too. This will be our 5 year.

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    45 Joy June 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Keep me updated, we plan on homeschooling.

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    46 Christine June 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I would LOVE to receive your homeschooling updates! I am currently using a homeschool preschool curriculum with my 4-year-old son and would like to continue homeschooling him. Thanks!

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    47 Andrea June 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I’d like to read your homeschool updates.

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    48 Julie L. June 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I’d be very interested in hearing about this journey…please include me, Kelly ma’ friend! :)

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    49 Jennifer June 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Yes, please add me to the list.

    Thank you!

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    50 Terri June 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Put me on the list.

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    51 Rebecca June 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Keep me posted, too!

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    52 Maryjane June 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Add me to the list. Even though I’ve “graduated” as a homeschooling mom, I would love to continue to pray for you as you begin this awesome (and difficult) journey, since I feel that my prayers are a little bit responsible! ;)

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    53 Amanda June 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I’d like to get your updates! :)

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    54 Marie June 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Sign me up! :)

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    55 Maha June 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I would like to get your updates. This is our first year using homeschooling for our 9th Grader using FLVS.

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    56 Mindy M June 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    You could also add a homeschool tab at the top of your site. You will have soooo much more to write about. Homeschooling and real foodies go hand in hand around here for sure. At a local homeschool day we had weekly real food demonstrations for the mom’s while the kids were in classes.

    Yes, I want your undates.

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    57 Lori June 16, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I’d love to keep up, too. We’ve homeschooled for the past 8 years (since my oldest was in K; he’s going into 8th this year). I agree real foodies and homeschooling have a lot in common! We’ve used lots of things over the years, and just had our best year yet (in spite of adding more students than ever — 6 — as my five- and three-year-olds insisted on having lessons, too!).

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    58 Therese June 16, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Sign me up, please! Home educating is a beautiful journey with all of life’s ups and downs, but filled with double-fold the blessings.

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    59 Julie Gay June 16, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Please send me updates. Thanks.

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    60 Angela June 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I would like to hear updates, too. I have homeschooled for the past 6 years. I have children in 6th, 5th, 3rd, and 1st.

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    61 3kidswild June 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    add me too!

    this will be our 2nd year (and first in High School!) so I am still learning a lot.

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    62 Becky June 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Keep me updated, please!

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    63 Pat June 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Keep me updated! Best wishes!

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    64 Catherine June 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I would love to get your updates! We will be homescooling this fall too and I am so interested in hearing about your adventure. Like you have the many questions about curriculum and how homeschooling should look like in our family.

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    65 Betsy June 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I would like to get your updates.

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    66 Illya Gonzalez June 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Please send me your notifications.

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    67 Cathy Ulbrich June 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I am very interested in starting to homeschooling but I need a lot of help.

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    68 Sharlene Lund June 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Please send me your info on homeschooling. I am very interested. Thank you!!!

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    69 J in VA June 17, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Please include me!

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    70 Wendi June 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I’d love to get the updates.

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    71 KitchenKop June 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    How exciting that so many of you want to receive these updates! If you’re reading this email with notification of this comment, now you know how I’ll let you know of any future homeschooling posts that I put up.

    Just making sure you saw my first homeschooling update:

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/homeschooling-update-its-a-go

    Kelly

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    72 Beth June 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Kelly,

    How, how, how did I miss this monumental decision and those posts??? I’m heading back to read about your decision and I am soooo excited for you :).

    I homeschool a 5th grader, 10th grader, and 11th grader – yikes, seems impossible that they are growing up so quickly! This will be my 12th year homeschooling (only the children get older, right??). Every year has been a joy.

    I blog about random things but if you do searches in my search box or if I can help in ANY way let me know. For example, I just posted about some younger Montessori works but also about high school British Literature.

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    73 Martha June 18, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Count me in!

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    74 Julie Gay June 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I’d like your updates.

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    75 Jennifer G. Miller June 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I want to hear your homeschool updates. Maybe you need to start a new blog.

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    76 Amanda Dittlinger June 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I’d love to hear your homeschool updates. We have decided to go that route with our twins. They are 4.5 and I’ve started doing pre-k work with them. I’m researching curriculum right now and it is overwhelming! I want a secular curriculum, which seems to be a bit harder to find.

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    77 KitchenKop June 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Amanda,

    I can’t remember where you live, but Ann Marie (Cheeseslave) is in L.A. and has some experience in finding secular materials, you might touch base with her. :)

    Kelly

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    78 Tamara June 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I think that is wonderful! I do not homeschool, but have chosen a small Montessori school for my daughter’s education (it goes through 8th grade). What I love best about the middle school program, is that it takes place on a farm! Farming is incorporated into the curriculum (and this is in a Chicago suburb, not middle of farmland!). I choose to do this for many of the same reasons you are choosing to homeschool. I was a public school teacher for years and have no desire to go back to teaching there. That system is broken and I do not want my child to be a part of it. I always frowned upon homeschooling when I was teaching, but now that I have a child, am no longer teaching, etc., I absolutely see the value of it for some families. If I lived somewhere where I did not like the alternative school choices, I would probably homeschool too! Good luck! I am sure it will be a great success! Your children will come around. When they finish school at 11 am and can play and have no homework, I am sure they will enjoy it!

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    79 Lori June 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I’m a veteran homeschooling mom who’s kids have flown the coop, but I my interest in homeschool has not waned. Would love to read about your inquiries, your revelations, your excitement over new things discovered, and your full realization of how awesome and freeing homeschooling is.
    Looking forward to following your journey! :)

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    80 Bethany June 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I would love updates… I am going to start homeschooling my daughter this fall, kindergarten !!

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    81 Rose June 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I would love your updates!!

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    82 Leesy June 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    wow, it looks like a lot of ppl are like me and want your homeschooling updates

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    83 Erin June 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    We just had our first baby but have already decided to try homeschooling when we get to that point. It will probably take me the whole time to figure out what to start with, and your posts will sure help. Thanks for including your readers!

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    84 KitchenKop June 20, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Hey all, I’ve got a new post up!

    Homeschooling does for parenting what Frank Sinatra does for dinner out: http://kellythekitchenkop.com/homeschooling-does-for-parenting-what-frank-sinatra-does-for-dinner-out

    This may be a bit of a stretch, but I’m curious if you’ll understand what I mean…

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    85 Kimberly June 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    You say “IF”….don’t doubt God just because your kids aren’t on board. They may NEVER be. But you are the parent and are accountable before
    God for them, so be the parent and lead…even when it hurts, because it will. I spent some time doubting God, not realizing it was doubt until much later. I would think, ” I know God CAN, but WILL He?.”
    I am so happy to hear of another homeschooling family in this world. It will be one of the greatest things for all of you. It will be hard, you will probably shed some tears and be frustrated, but it is worth it–for everyone.
    What a journey you are getting ready to go on! God is definitely moving in your lives.

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    86 Michele June 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I would love to stay updated on this. We are not there yet, but I really want to do this at some point if God leads us there:)

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    87 Nina June 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I would love to get your homeschooling updates! We are starting our journey this school year as well for our 4 children because we have been called to do so. I think I am going to use Seton because it is good solid curriculum and I am afraid to piece my own together for my first year.

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    88 Bethany Nash June 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Me!

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    89 Ali June 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I’d love to get these updates, too! Thanks for posting your journey with this!

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    90 Amy June 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Updates please! I’m not a parent yet, but I’m always interested in other people’s take on school :)

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    91 Barb June 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I’d like to get your updates.

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    92 Kerstin June 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I too am homeschooling – it’s our third year, and he’s going into 8th grade – I would love to hear how it’s going for you, as we contemplate this year how to do the high school part after this year..

    Thanks, and good luck – you’ll love it…

    Kerstin:-)

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    93 Kerstin June 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I too am homeschooling – it’s our third year, and he’s going into 8th grade – I would love to hear how it’s going for you, as we contemplate this year how to do the high school part after this year..

    Thanks, and good luck – you’ll love it…

    And yes, I would love to get your updates please.

    Kerstin:-)

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    94 Amanda Iden Howell June 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I’d love to hear your updates. I have a 2.5 year old and a 19 month old and I’m a teacher. Homeschooling for my children has crossed my mind more than once. I would really like to hear more about your experiences with it!

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    95 Tamara July 2, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Would love to have updates!

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    96 KitchenKop July 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This is a test.

    I know I’m risking a flood of emails in my box, but it’s worth it to know this is working.

    If you get this comment as an email notification in your box, will you reply to it and just tell me so?

    THANKS!!!
    Kelly

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    97 Tamara July 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Got it!

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    98 Therese July 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    It’s working!

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    99 lara July 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    me too I would love to hear how things go

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    100 KitchenKop July 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hi everyone!

    I’ve just put a new post up with homeschooling updates!

    “Working myself out of a job and why my hubs rocks – homeschooling updates!” http://kellythekitchenkop.com/working-myself-out-of-a-job-and-why-my-hubs-rocks-homeschooling-updates

    Kelly

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    101 mgw July 21, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Hello Kelly & Friends,
    I am neither an educator or a parent but I am favorably impressed with the Robinson Curriculum: http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com

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    102 KatieB July 21, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Would love your homeschooling updates! We are in our 12th year of homeschooling and love it. Our son is entering 11th and our daughter graduated our homeschool in 2011. I distinctly remember when we got ‘the calling’ after our final horrific year of trying so hard to make the public school work. We pulled our daughter out by 3rd grade and our son never had to experience the dysfunction! I honestly had never heard of homeschooling until we moved to this small town and I thought it was the most ridiculous thing—-never thought in a million years God would be calling me to this. Our main curriculum has been Sonlight since 2005, which makes it really easy because everything is scheduled out already and the instructor guides are awesome. We are also gluten free natural foodies, use natural everything else in our home AND we are Catholic—-so I guess we are just weirdos all the way around ;). Good luck and enjoy the journey!

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    103 Lorna July 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Hi all
    I’m a retired homeschool mom but really never quite gave up the lifestyle mentality. I’m a grand mother now and still love to learn and teach. There’s always more to learn and more to read about.
    Yup homeschooled five kids up to college …over 20 some years
    Whew even writing that makes me tired ha!
    Reading,writing arithmetic…. Basics…can they read,can they write,and do math….and think for themselves .
    To this day they will offer me a pat on the back and say Thanks Mom!
    So enjoy the adventure it will greatly mature you!

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    104 Peggy July 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I’d love to be updated on your homeschooling adventure! I’ll be starting mine in about a year and a half and I can’t wait!

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    105 Lori McPeck July 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I just graduated my first of 3 after a lifetime of learning at home. Wow! It’s even hard for me to believe we’ve come this far! But it’s been a great adventure, and I wish the same for you! Keep me posted!

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    106 KitchenKop July 23, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I forgot to post a comment here, to tell you about my newest homeschooling post in case you didn’t see it on the feed over the weekend.

    “Nobody told me that homeschooling was so expensive”:

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/07/nobody-told-me-that-homeschooling-was-so-expensive.html

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    107 Betheney Baird July 26, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I would love updates!! We are homeschoolers as well! It’s such a wonderful journey :)

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    108 Brianna July 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I would love to get your updates! Thank you! :)

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    109 KitchenKop August 10, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Hey all, a new post is up! (Also on the homepage again.)

    What to do about boredom?? http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/08/what-to-do-about-boredom-homeschooling-post.html

    Thanks for any advice you have for me!
    Kelly

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    110 Lisa August 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks!

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    111 Ruth August 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I would also love your homeschool updates!!

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    112 KitchenKop September 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Trying that again because I didn’t do the links right (sorry)…

    Hey all,

    There are a few new homeschooling posts listed above, and here’s the latest:

    We’re off on our new adventure! (My plan for getting it all done.)

    Here are the others I forgot to leave a comment about:

    My 2 biggest parenting regrets
    My world is rocked – I need your thoughts on homeschooling and on giving kids free reign on screen time
    Needed: your back to school advice for homeschoolers *and* regular schoolers

    Kelly

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    113 Sarah September 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I’d like your homeschooling comments!

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    114 Rachelle R. September 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Please sign me up! I have a 11 month old, and I’m in research mode right now :)

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    115 Krissy September 17, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I would like to get the homeschooling updates:)

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    116 Shannon September 17, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Yes, send me homeschooling posts.

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    117 KitchenKop September 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Hi everyone!

    I just put a new homeschooling post up (this one won’t come across the homepage of the blog, you’ll have to click the link to get to it):

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/whats-a-normal-homeschooling-day-look-like-at-your-house

    Kelly

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    118 Ericka October 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Congratulations on deciding to homeschool! I took the leap of faith and started homeschooling my 9 yr old this year. I would love to receive future posts about your homeschool experience.

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    119 Rikki October 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I appreciate your information, and would love to hear more!
    Thanks.

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    120 Laurie November 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Thank you!!

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    121 r binder November 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I would love to get your homeschool updates. This is my first “official” year but so far, so good!

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    122 Angie McAlexander November 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I am going to start homeschooling next fall. I would love the updates!

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    123 rebecca de broglie vannicelli November 19, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Kelly, you are amazing!
    It’s been a while but I knew there was a reason I needed to check your website today!
    I have been desiring for years to homeschool my boys but had been falsly informed that in Italy it is illegal, and after having changed schools 2 times in one year I have to accept that there is no public institution out there that can adhere to all of my requisites.
    Please consider me signed up for your posts!
    God bless, Rebecca

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    124 April December 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I would love to get your updates! Thank you! :)

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    125 KitchenKop December 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Hi everyone!

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve added a little bit of an update on how things are going in today’s post: http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/12/what-i-wish-i-had-more-time-for-and-a-little-homeschooling-update.html

    OH, and I just realized I forgot to comment here when I last updated a few weeks ago with this post (sorry): http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/11/homeschooling-the-good-the-bad-and-one-very-ugly-day.html

    Merry Christmas all!

    Kel

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    126 cindy jones December 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I am preschool play schooling right now My oldest will be 4 in feb I will be so happy to read about your journey now all I have to do is go back and read all your previous posts since i’m late to the party

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    127 JoAnna Parente December 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Add me, please!

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    128 KitchenKop December 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hello all!

    Here’s a new one I put up last week, asking about the necessity of official transcripts:

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/12/homeschooling-question-are-official-transcripts-necessary.html

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    129 Sarah December 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Please add me to the list :)

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    130 KitchenKop January 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Here’s another new one! I hope you’ll let me know your latest new finds for homeschooling, too. :)

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2013/01/when-borrowing-from-the-library-just-doesnt-cut-it-my-latest-homeschool-finds.html

    Kelly

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    131 KitchenKop January 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Hey all, here’s my latest homeschooling post, which I wrote after we had another baaaaad day today…

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/homeschooling-is-not-primarily-about-academics-and-other-encouraging-words-i-needed-to-hear

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    132 Jaime B January 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Responding to email for help regarding email notifications about homeschool posts!

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    133 Michele January 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I would love to receive updates

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    134 Rikki January 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Hi please add me to your mailing list. Thank you.

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    135 Anne K January 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Please add me to your list!

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    136 Bethany Nash January 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Not sure if I got the last post, so commenting again to be sure.

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    137 Kerstin January 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Trying again – would love to continue getting homeschool emails to see how your adventures in homeschooling go…I believe checking below on the “Notify me of followup comments” is the right box to check?

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    138 Nichole January 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I have not been getting homeschool emails…trying again !

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    139 Marilyn January 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Glad you are homeschooling. God is amazing!

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    140 Kymberly January 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Please include me

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    141 Rose January 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I would love to get your homeschooling update!!

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    142 Kat January 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I would like to get your homeschooling updates :)

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    143 Bethany Slusher January 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I would like to get your updates… I never clicked the box last time :-(

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    144 Maryjane January 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I signed up before, but I’m not sure if I’ve been getting the updates. So sign me up again!

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    145 Candie Shipman January 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Love to have your updates please!

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    146 rebecca de broglie vannicelli January 28, 2013 at 2:41 am

    I’m really frightened that I will not be capable of doing this (I would have to teach my boys in english AND italian as we are living in Italy and enrolled in the public school system here).
    I have about two and a half more weeks to decide ( the deadline is Lent, ironically!), home schooling is extremely rare, teachers and civil servants are extremly hostile to the idea . . . another fear is becoming isolated and causing my children to feel isolated.
    God has answered my prayer of finding a few other mothers who are either homeschooiling or would like to homeschool, but our concern remains the exams that our children would have to undergo at the end of each year. Are you forced to do this in the U.S. as well?
    Rebecca

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    147 KitchenKop January 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

    We don’t have to take end-of-year exams in Michigan, but I’m not sure about other states.

    If you’re in touch with others who homeschool, it seems like they’d be a huge resource to you, as far as what would be on the exams, finding other friends to socialize with, etc.

    I’ll pray that you’re led to all you need so you can make the best decision for your family, keep us posted! :)

    Kelly

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    148 Kelly B. February 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Love your blog! Curiously enough, through it, I feel like God is leading me to homeschool! When you announced it last year, I was so curious about it, even though I have always been the mom that thought homeschooling was crazy! Fast forward to now & it’s something my family is praying about & seriously considering for next year! Thanks for all of the info!

    Please add me to your list!

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    149 KitchenKop February 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Wow, that’s really cool. It’s WILD the stuff He calls us to sometimes isn’t it???? :)

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    150 mgw February 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Dear HomeSchoolers:

    I’ve been suppressing a question about homeschooling. Here it is: Is homeschooling an activity that adversely profiles one? As more likely to be vaccine-resistant? to wind up on a no-fly list? Or anything like that?

    Forgive me if this has been mentioned already (eyes too tired for one more search) but I’ve been subscribed to this thread & have not seen any such comment.

    Speaking as someone who has achieved 70 years, this question of the Great Dumbing Down in Murka is an anguish. Most people over 65 are on 5.5 prescription medications. This is astonishing … and to my mind directly correlates with school system trends. My graduating generation of 1960 were the last generataion of high SATs, until they curved the averages again.

    I believe another indicator of growing ignorance is that elders who are medication free are anomalies … even sort of exposed or at least demographically visible. So I feel drawn to support any counter-influence toward an “informed public”. Rather than at life’s end be at the mercy of a robot-mob.

    On the other hand, for my personal self, I’m grateful beyond words that I was able in childhood to escape my parents for at least 5 days out of 7. Our home atmosphere was already academically over-rich. For us the risk was the non-educational forms of neglect. Offspring of The Greatest Generation, so mobile in post-ww2 US and Europe (for different reasons) that the family shifted to contain only 2 generations, not 3 –definitely a risk factor for the youngest. Child-rearing was of necessity outsourced to medical/educational system; our parents were catching up for a decade lost to Depression & War.

    Well ooops I ramble.
    & the prospects of growing old among an ill-educated generation of “caretakers” who are taught to patronize and “manage” their clients in Eldercare … because they are so medicated. So Alzheimer-ish. What’s to respect? Makes a huge difference in late-life planning. An insured facility for “assisted living” is bound to mandate prescriptions as part of administrative efficiency.

    Well ooops I ramble again.
    Best wishes,
    mgw

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    151 KitchenKop February 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    You can ramble here anytime! :)

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    152 KitchenKop February 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Hello fellow crazy homeschoolers!

    I just posted this at my other blog and it was very reassuring to me as a homeschooling mom!

    When You’re Tired of Always Being Needed. Here’s an excerpt:

    “To have what some might think is the ultimate freedom, the radical autonomy to be without any duty or obligation to others, is actually a taste of Hell.”

    http://christianity101blog.com/2013/02/when-youre-tired-of-always-being-needed/

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    153 Lisa C. March 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I would love to be included on your homeschool updates. I just found your blog today after listening to your talk on the Healthy Living Summit. I love your blog; it is a wealth of knowledge on real food AND it includes a homeschooling section. It doesn’t get much better. :-) I pray that your work will continue to be blessed!

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    154 KitchenKop March 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Lisa, I’m so thankful for your prayers!!! :)

    Kelly

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    155 Val Kuphaldt April 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I don’t know if you’ve heard of this yet, or if anything has been posted yet on your blog, but I wanted to share this with you. If you feel you want to share this to be able to get the message out to a large number of people, please do. I got an important message from a friend of mine, regarding a German family, the Romeikes, who homeschool their kids. The story is below. They have an upcoming court case to decide whether or not they will be deported back to Germany, where they’ll likely be in a lot of trouble and possibly have their kids taken away just because they decided to homeschool them…which is unlawful in Germany. The e-mail from my friend Candie follows. Here is a more direct link to read and sign the petition: (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediate-action-requested-romeikes—grant-permanent-legal-status-persecuted-german-homeschool-family/). People who sign must create an account first.

    Thanks Kelly!

    Hi all:

    Please see letter below from a family from my church at SCBC (Spring Creek Bible Church):
    _______________________________________________-

    Dear SCBCers,
    The Romekes are friends of ours from Tennessee. They are a German family that fled Germay in 2008 after the police had forcefully taken their children to school, because the Romeikes wanted to educate their children at home. Thankfully, they were able to get their children back and come to Tennessee, where an immigration judge granted them political asylum.

    But the current administration has decided that it does not approve of what the judge decided, so there is a case called “Romeike V. Holder”. Attorney General Eric Holder, Head of the Department of Justice, has come out and said that forbidding homeschooling is not a violation of fundamental rights.

    This is a watershed case. If the administration ulimately wins, the Romeikes will likely be deported back to Germany, where there children could be taken away. But it the Romeikes win, a strong precedent for the right to homeschool will have been established at the federal level.

    Please sign the petition to help the Romeikes stay in the US so that SCBC’s babies will have the same liberties their siblings and parents had–to be raised in the fear and admonition of the Lord in peace.

    http://hslda.og/legal/cases/romeike.asp

    Even if you have already signed, please tell others about it–we still need many signatures.

    Faithfully yours in Him,

    The Ramseys

    _______________________________
    Note from Candie: I am sure that the Romeikes don’t want their kids in a govt run school in Germany where they are being taught lies and things that go against the Bible. If this can happen in Germany it can happen here too. So sad that the German govt would take away the parent’s right to make decisions about their children’s schooling. Just think about what our kids here in America are being taught by the public school system.
    I encourage you to sign the petition. I am not good about these things, but I am going to try.

    Please tell others. I think the petition requires 1 million signatures and they only have 600,000 so far and the deadline may be next week. I saw this family interviewed on Huckabee last night.

    Thank you!

    Love, candie

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    156 JoAnna April 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Neither of the above links (for the German family) are working. Can they be fixed? Thanks!

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    157 JoAnna April 9, 2013 at 9:01 am
    158 Valerie April 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks JoAnna :).

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    159 KitchenKop April 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Hi everyone!

    Just wanted to make sure you knew that I put a new homeschooling post up:

    Hope for New Homeschoolers and a First Year Update (Including Kent’s Pros and Cons List): http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2013/04/hope-for-new-homeschoolers-and-a-first-year-update-including-kents-pros-and-cons-list.html

    Also, up above the comments there’s an orange box where you could sign up for email updates so you don’t miss anything.

    Thanks!
    Kelly

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    160 KitchenKop April 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Good morning homeschooling friends!

    I just put up a new post with a video post “A day in the life” at our homeschool:

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/homeschooling

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    161 KitchenKop May 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Hello all,

    Once again I forgot to let you know here that I put up a new homeschooling post last week:

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2013/05/the-fear-of-scarring-my-kids-for-life-also-my-latest-greatest-curriculum-finds.html

    Kel

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    162 Melanie May 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Would love HS info

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    163 Casey August 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Following

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    164 Sarah September 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I have started homeschooling my 5 year old (and I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old at home as well). I have discovered that I need all the help I can get! I would love to hear from you about your experiences.

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    165 KitchenKop September 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Hi everyone!

    Read my latest homeschooling post here:
    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2013/09/why-homeschoolers-need-other-homeschoolers.html

    Kel

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    166 Wendy October 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I would love to have the homeschool updates.

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    167 KitchenKop November 23, 2013 at 11:12 am
    168 Lisa December 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I’m a homeschooling mom and we love it! I’m glad your blog was sent to me. I’m a work at home mom also! I can’t imagine not spending each day with my child. It’s so nice to bond this way. Yes, some days I want to pull my hair out. But watching her learn is so amazing. Thanks!

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    169 KitchenKop February 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Another new homeschooling post:

    20 Great Reasons to Homeschool *and* What do YOU do on Snow Days:

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2014/02/20-great-reasons-to-homeschool-and-what-do-you-do-on-snow-days.html

    Take care everyone!

    Kelly

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    170 Lyndsey February 7, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Kelly, I’ve contemplated homeschooling for a couple years, but I just don’t have the guts! Our school has started free breakfast for the whole school under a USDA program for schools with a high percentage of free/reduced price lunch students. I want to fight fight fight the food in this program, but as a crazy wanna-be homesteading, real food, and Libertarian leaning mom, I’m kinda tired of fighting … Has the time come to forgo activism and concentrate on family preservation? My correspondence with our school on the food subject is the most recent blog post I’ve done if you’re curious how that went. All the other wierdo parents like me are already homeschooling or kids are in private schools, so finding out how other parents deal with the food at school issue has come out pretty empty :( thank you for your homeschool posts!

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    171 mgw February 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Hi Lyndsey:

    You wrote “My correspondence with our school on the food subject is the most recent blog post I’ve done if you’re curious how that went.”

    I am curious, where is your most recent blog post please?
    Thank you.

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    172 Lyndsey February 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

    http://lpjohnson.blogspot.com/2014/01/usda-free-breakfast-program.html
    Notice how carefully I avoided non-mainstream nutrition info. Thanks for your interest, and I would love to be in touch with groups or individuals that oppose the crazy nutrition standards for school food.

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    173 KitchenKop February 27, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Lyndsey (and everyone),

    I have no idea why, but I’m not getting new comments to my inbox, so if I don’t respond to you, that’s why!

    As far as your question, I do believe plenty of parents who are ‘real food-minded’ are still in the system and trying to fight it the best they can. I’ll bet if you take the plunge and ask a few parents as you’re standing around on field trips or at school parties that you’ll be able to find them that way.

    Kelly

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    174 Angela February 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I just started homeschooling a few weeks ago. I’d love your updates.

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    175 Michele Hubbell February 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I’m considering homeschooling next school year. My husband recently changed jobs and will be traveling during the week and home weekends. In order for us to see him more, the kids and I have decided to homeschool and travel with him on occasion. We are looking for a curriculum that will travel well or an online program. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    176 KitchenKop February 27, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Michele,

    My first thought was, “ALL of them travel well, that’s the beauty of homeschooling”, but maybe someone else can give you a more specific answer.

    Also, see the posts listed above that mention curriculum, that would probably give you a good starting point.

    What an exciting adventure for you and your family!

    Kelly

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    177 Tiffany March 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I’d love homeschool updates please!

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    178 Rebecca de Broglie Vannicelli March 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Carissimi, hello!
    I’m writing from Italy, and today in the Ambrosian rite (practiced in Milano and surrounding area) it is the first day of lent!
    Could anyone kindly give me feedback regarding the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy programme, as well as the Great Books programme? Is there another programme with a distinctly catholic imprint ( I was attracted to the early introduction of philosophy and latin in both programmes but we will need flexibility as we will also have to continue our Italian curriculum).
    Thank you, buona domenica, Rebecca

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    179 KitchenKop April 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Hi everyone!

    I just put a new homeschooling post up here:

    What About the Common Core Curriculum? How Might it Affect Homeschoolers?

    http://kellythekitchenkop.com/what-about-the-common-core-curriculum-how-might-it-affect-homeschoolers

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    180 Holly Longcore April 19, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Yes please! My husband and I were in a discussion one day. Our 3yo just couldn’t wait and started on her preschool curriculum all by herself. “I’m starting school!!” I guess so! Pre-preschool. :) I’m looking forward to your posts, Kelly.

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    181 Alexis May 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I’m in!

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    182 Sandi August 5, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Please include our family on your homeschooling updates list :) Love your site!

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    183 Patty Jaynes August 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve been following your blog and, you know, you’ve had a very trying summer. Does Michigan have some kind of law that you have to start on a certain date? If not, stop stressing about it! We’ve had years that we got it all done, and years where we went through the next summer and still didn’t get it done. As part of the sandwich generation, we’ve started at the same time as the public schools and some years, not. Some years we’ve ended early and other years, not. It’s all good! Really! I just graduated my oldest and she starts college today. It will all come together.

    Many hugs and prayers your way, Kelly! :-)

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    184 KitchenKop August 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Patty,

    I know you’re right! The problem is we have SO many kids in our neighborhood, which is great for our kids, but I just know that if we don’t get on it right away, we’ll start out with me feeling “behind”, and I don’t want to start that way. Yet, being stressed isn’t good either, I know! OK, I’ll just see how far I can get this week and go from there. Thank you for your sweet encouragement to chill out!! Big hugs back at you and thank you so much for the prayers, I really need them.

    Kel

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    185 KitchenKop August 26, 2014 at 7:18 am

    And the other thing is that we all *really* need to get back to a routine around here!

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    186 Jen September 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    We’d love to receive your homeschooling updates! Thanks!!

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    187 KitchenKop September 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Hello everyone, I’ve put up a new post today where I ask for your advice AGAIN, this time on how to shorten our homeschooling day?!!! There have already been some helpful comments shared. :)

    Click here (or copy and paste the link): http://kellythekitchenkop.com/homeschooling-days-long-long-average-homeschool-day.html

    Thanks,
    Kelly

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