From “Least Likely to Homeschool” to Owning At-Home Learning
From “Least Likely to Homeschool” to Owning At-Home Learning

From “Least Likely to Homeschool” to Owning At-Home Learning

Sarah Raybon wasn’t always a homeschool mom. Sarah is the first to defend the efforts of her local public schools. They’re struggling to pivot an enormous institution and meet the challenges of virtual learning. As she says, she’s not “knocking” public schools, they just aren’t the right fit for every kid. As she puts it, in a previous life she “would have been voted least likely to homeschool.” In fact, it’s all she can do not to laugh when she thinks about the situation she’s in. She has started a microschool with her kids and a collection of other local...

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What this mom would tell the world about microschools
What this mom would tell the world about microschools

What this mom would tell the world about microschools

Dear Moms and Dads, We are all dealing with this new “normal” when it comes to education—go easy on yourself! Pod learning, microschooling, or homeschooling maybe isn’t everyone’s bag, but the best thing I’ve learned since the pandemic began is that it’s empowering to teach somebody, well . . . something! So I hope this letter can at least provide insight to anyone wondering about alternative options to help your kids find the right path that works for them. My steps to developing what I think will be a pretty cool microschool: Social media is your friend! Join groups and...

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Maintaining Your Mom-Clique During the Pandemic
Maintaining Your Mom-Clique During the Pandemic

Maintaining Your Mom-Clique During the Pandemic

Exactly two full weeks into the new school year I got approximately two dozen emails and countless texts from my “mom friends.” We’re all struggling with the same thing: getting our kids to feel normal in the least normal year ever. But, as the Rosé gives way to Pinot on our weekly video calls, the conversations have become more focused on me.  Sure, we’ve spent a fair amount of time discussing the uncertainty and confusing stops and starts around getting back to public school, but they’re reaching out to me as a “new school” or “homeschool” or, more accurately, a “microschool” mom. And I’m glad they are, because in...

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This Single Dad Is Embracing Being the Teacher
This Single Dad Is Embracing Being the Teacher

This Single Dad Is Embracing Being the Teacher

As fall approached, 10-year-old Henry sat with his dad, Sean, on the front porch. “I’m sure I want to do remote learning.” Sean listened and was thankful the decision came so easily for Henry. Sean empowered his son to make the choice about how he wanted to learn. And for Henry, this meant the opportunity to self-motivate each day, plan how he’d like his at-home learning space to look, and have a more flexible schedule. For Sean, it meant multiple adjustments to his work-at-home life. As an executive in public relations, Sean originally thought at-home learning wasn’t possible in his...

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Reimagining School. How some virtual models have gone from good to great.
Reimagining School. How some virtual models have gone from good to great.

Reimagining School. How some virtual models have gone from good to great.

As teachers and administrators continue to scramble with a plan for the fall 2020 semester, it’s looking more and more likely that the virtualized, at-home learning implemented at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic is here for the foreseeable future in many districts. Countless parents across the globe worked valiantly to make this form of education work for their kids in the spring, but it was abundantly clear that lessons done over video chat and worksheets sent back-and-forth over the internet just isn’t going to be the innovative solution to the crisis at hand that it initially seemed to be....

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Debunking Nontraditional Education Stereotypes
Debunking Nontraditional Education Stereotypes

Debunking Nontraditional Education Stereotypes

Despite pervasive stereotypes casting nontraditional/homeschooled kids as odd, awkward, and antisocial, today’s home learners have far fewer difficulties in building healthy friendships than they did in the past. Why? Well, apart from being a supremely antiquated stereotype, it’s also true that the halls of every traditional brick-and-mortar school is full of socially awkward kids. Maybe you were one of them. Virtual Bonds and Tighter Friendships Those antiquated stereotypes are built around a world far different from the one we’re a part of today. Importantly, we’ve had a little something called the Internet for a minute now. In the past, a...

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A working mom tackles at-home learning options.
A working mom tackles at-home learning options.

A working mom tackles at-home learning options.

The number of parents and caregivers exploring alternatives to traditional “big box” schooling, either because of COVID-19 or a host of other more established issues, has skyrocketed in recent months. Some recent polling suggests that we should expect as many as eight million new homeschoolers—and that doesn’t even count private, charter, and other alternative models. Even teachers are looking for alternative models. One in five teachers have indicated they’re looking for other avenues to use their talents.  During the summer months of 2020, many hoped that “back-to-school 2020” might be the return of a normal year. But that was not the case.  Many parents spent sleepless nights trying to wrap their heads around the landscape of education and make...

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8 Easy-to-Use Resources for Pod Parents
8 Easy-to-Use Resources for Pod Parents

8 Easy-to-Use Resources for Pod Parents

The term learning pod (or “pod learning”) has gone from relative obscurity to a huge part of the national conversation in a matter of  weeks. As we look to whatever “back to school” means right now, those pods are quickly gaining popularity as a small, simple, alternative for families looking for a school-like atmosphere, some socializing, and the benefits of group learning.  The questions and curiosity about learning pods are piling up and many busy and working parents are exploring how to do school this year, in any of its permutations, while balancing work demands.  We’ve pulled together a list...

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Homeschooling in 8 Easy Steps!
Homeschooling in 8 Easy Steps!

Homeschooling in 8 Easy Steps!

The summer has come and gone, the fall is upon us, and that means only one thing: back to school!  …Or does it? Millions of parents have decided to take schooling into their own hands. Whether it’s out of choice or necessity, many families are considering homeschooling their children this fall. But now what? Where do you start? Believe it or not, it’s easier than you think and there are a lot of resources to help you and your kids.  Homeschool Is NOT School at Home First, let’s dispel the myth: Homeschooling is not always “at-home schooling.” There are a...

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Pod Helps Those… – Learning Pods on a Budget
Pod Helps Those… – Learning Pods on a Budget

Pod Helps Those… – Learning Pods on a Budget

Welp…there’s A LOT of chatter about pod learning out there now. And in some cases, despite the current resurgence of COVID-19 and the necessity to provide a safe and distraction-free learning environment, it’s getting a bad rap. Each new day has yet another story about rich parents dropping $25K a year each to form their bougie pods. But, those stories are more the exception than the rule.  The rising popularity of the “pod” tells us a lot about the craziness of our current situation. It tells us that our traditional schools aren’t living up to their promise right now. It...

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