Author Archives: Karen Taylor

A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Civics Now!

When should you teach civics?  For public school teens, it’s often a semester course in their senior year. They’re almost voting age, so that makes sense. But what about homeschoolers? It often happens when there is interest in learning more, and with two legislative bills currently threatening homeschooling in California, this is an excellent learning […]

What Year-Round Homeschooling Looks Like!

Are you considering homeschooling year-round but worried that it would be too exhausting to never have a break? Years ago someone asked how it was different from following the public school schedule with time off from “school”.  My response was: I don’t teach year-round, I respond year-round, and that’s a big difference! So yes, it’s […]

Finding a California Park Day!

Have you found a local homeschool park day in your community?  If you are a new homeschooler, please consider putting it at the top of your list of things to do. Park day groups come in all forms, and most are free.  Some have formal activities and rules, and others are based on an informal […]

Homeschooling Through a Crisis

The unexpected in your life can be messy, terrifying, tragic, distracting, time consuming, or joyous. It doesn’t matter the reason, it throws you off your plan. If your child is in school, life is expected to go on without even an acknowledgement of the stress your family is enduring (and remember even good news can […]

Homeschool Field Trips

In addition to reading a chapter book to your child, finding a park day, and baking a double batch of cookies or pizza (for some math fun), a great way to start your homeschooling year is by participating in a field trip with other homeschoolers!  You’ll have both socialization and education worries checked off in […]