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  • Writing Is “The Creative Writer” Right for You? In this video, Susan Wise Bauer introduces you to The Creative Writer curriculum. This series is perfect for middle-school and high-school students who want to improve their creative writing and sharpen their skills at crafting exciting fiction and vivid poetry. [wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213"...

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  • Help for Homeschool Beginners Help for New Homeschoolers If you’ve decided to homeschool but aren’t sure what your first steps should be, you’ll want to read this brief article on Getting Started. You don’t have to teach your children every subject at once–that’s a recipe for overwhelming you and them! Instead, focus on the core subjects, which you...

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  • Homeschooling Help I Want to Supplement What My Child is Getting in School For any parent who wants to take charge of their child’s education, we recommend Rethinking School, by Dr. Susan Wise Bauer. From communicating with teachers to helping gifted or struggling students, Rethinking School provides smart, up-to-date, inspiring, and compassionate guidance. Looking to help your child in a particular subject area?...

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  • Help for Homeschool Beginners Help! I’m Suddenly Homeschooling. This week, many parents found themselves thrust into the world of schooling their children at home. Adjustments like these can feel overwhelming and impossible, but we’re here to help. Susan Wise Bauer offers some simple, practical tips for smoothing this transition: Week 1: Don’t rush into a new rigorous schedule....

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  • Writing Is “The Creative Writer” Right for You?

    In this video, Susan Wise Bauer introduces you to The Creative Writer curriculum. This series is perfect for middle-school and high-school students who want to improve their creative writing and sharpen their skills at crafting exciting fiction and vivid poetry. [wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213"...

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  • Second Step: Core Subjects How to Get Started

    Starting on your first year of home education can be a daunting prospect. But you can sail through your first back-to-school-at-home fall by keeping three simple steps in mind. In order: File the proper paperwork with your local school board. Choose texts for your core subjects. Get started. A few...

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  • Fourth Step: Investigate Further Well-Trained Mind Academy

    The Well-Trained Mind Academy is based on the classical model described in The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (first published in 1999 by W.W. Norton and now in its fourth edition). Offering a full range of middle school (logic stage) and high school (rhetoric stage) classes across the...

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  • Help for Homeschool Beginners Speaking Schedule

    Workshop handouts for many of our past workshops are available online. 2016 Appearances A note from Jessie and Susan: Jessie no longer travels to home education events, and Susan has cut back on her speaking schedule in order to concentrate on writing. If you’d like to be informed when she...

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  • Help for Homeschool Beginners Telling All Your Relatives

    When Susan Wise Bauer’s grandparents heard that little Susie and her siblings were going to be home schooled, they wept. What would become of their grandchildren? they wondered. Other relatives chimed in with such supportive advice as, “Isn’t home schooling illegal?” “Is the Department of Education going to raid your...

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  • Third Step: Add the Rest Priorities

    Here’s one of the realities of home education: It won’t go exactly as planned. (Sort of like life.) In order to stay sane, you need to prioritize your student’s activities. That way, when you have a bad day, get sick, go through a family emergency, travel, or find yourself with...

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