Homeschool Tips…Information Overkill

Originally published in print in Parent News magazine in my Homeschool Tips column…

As you read this I’ll be wrapping up several lectures at the annual conference for the South Carolina Home Educators Association (SCHEA). The conference takes place each June in Sumter and is a lot of fun. My wife and I have been going for a couple of years and this year I’ll be presenting several seminars for focused on teens and dads. The first time we went it was as a set of parents still very new to homeschooling. The conference helped us quite a bit in many ways.

Trying to wade through all the choices and choose a curriculum for our kids was perhaps one of the hardest aspects of homeschooling. There are just so many and each one is very different. Video-based. Book-driven. Some are based on standard government curriculum. With others you can pick and choose each subject. It’s very daunting and quite confusing trying to examine all of them via the Internet. It’s difficult asking for advice as well because each parent will have their own favorites or the ones that their kids responded best to. It makes for very subjective choices that may not reflect the best choice for your kids.

The SCHEA has a convention hall as a part of the conference and many of the curriculum companies will have displays and samples to look through or purchase. That is one of the key reasons I would recommend heartily that you plan on attend the conference next year. It will help you wade through much of the distress of choosing a curriculum for your children. You can find more information at

This is what my kids do while we’re in classes…



Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School"".

Our WORST Homeschool Mistakes (and how YOU can avoid them!) (Easy Homeschooling)"".

Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,400 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Educating Your Family at Home"".



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