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  1. Mother of 3
    December 31, 2015 @ 8:14 am

    Good to know…. my oldest is finishing up 6th grade this year and I’m just starting to look into what I should expect for high school.

  2. Mama Of Many Blessings
    January 6, 2016 @ 8:57 am

    What a wonderful list of ideas. I second all of them. I wish it wasn’t so hard to let go and go with the flow with our kids, I’m sure it’s just because we want the best for them and enter into unchartered territories. I hope you have a wonderful week!!

  3. Heidi
    January 6, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

    Thanks for stopping in Nicole! Going with the flow is definitely hard for me but sometimes I know I need to step back and see where things lead!

  4. practicalbydefault
    January 9, 2016 @ 9:12 pm

    Thank you for this great post, as a fellow homeschooler of high-school, I know how hard it can be to let go, and let them lead. We can be so scared of making mistakes, but we made mistakes in lower grades and won’t be perfect. We survived, the children learned. Pinned so I can come back to it later, thanks again!

  5. Heidi
    January 10, 2016 @ 12:31 pm

    I love you sentiment, “We survived, the children learned.” It is true that despite any “mistakes” we feel we made, they still learn and grow and thrive.

  6. chelli
    August 1, 2016 @ 3:55 pm

    How does it work with Starr testing when you home school? I have an 8th grader next year that I am preparing to home school for high school years…:-)

  7. Heidi
    August 2, 2016 @ 9:11 pm

    Are you in Texas? I am in NY and therefore the Homeschool Regulations would be different from your state to mine. We do not have Starr testing here and are not required to participate in the state testing that goes on in our public schools. I would suggest checking out the homeschool regulations in your state.

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  10. Yesenia
    January 8, 2018 @ 4:49 pm

    I want to homeschool my 10 grade and 1st grade any advice in curriculum

  11. Heidi
    January 9, 2018 @ 12:34 pm

    Unfortunately that is not a quick answer, nor one right one. Here is a great place to start to help answer your question:

    I do also offer consulting services if you would like one on one individual help with any part of homeschooling.

  12. Amanda
    February 7, 2018 @ 2:47 pm

    Hi there I’m after some advice, My daughter has developmental trauma and really struggles to socialise and work with your typical mainstream kids at school. I’m considering Home schooling! She is In year 7 this year, im just not confident I could do it alone. Im also a single Mum.

  13. Heidi
    February 13, 2018 @ 11:49 am

    Hi Amanda! There are TONS of resources out there that make it so you don’t have to do all the work! Things like Teaching Textbooks for math, and Growing with Grammar and Soaring with Spelling for language arts. I highly suggested if you have Facebook that you join the Hip Homeschool Moms community. There is so much support and advice offered in there from all the homeschool moms.

  14. Jose Moran
    February 24, 2018 @ 11:58 am

    My wife and I are considering home school our 3rd grader, but we have a 14year old going yo 9th grade and are considering her also. But my wife has never homeschool any advice

  15. Heidi
    February 27, 2018 @ 4:26 pm

    My biggest advice would be to find local homeschoolers to ask questions of and get familiar with what is required in your state. Next I would say don’t be too hard on yourself, be flexible and know that no gap or mistake is insurmountable. If she has specific questions and wants one on one support I offer Homeschool Consulting Services. You can learn more here:

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