Homeschooling Blog

Why You Shouldn’t Send Your Child to School Too Early

One of the more frequently asked questions from parents is how young is too young to start homeschooling? While it’s never too early to encourage the natural love of learning in your child, when it comes to formal schooling, experts are cautioning a hold-back approach to the trend of early childhood education.

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Fraction Flowers Craft: DIY Math Manipulatives

Math manipulatives are a great way to make math come to life. With this fraction flowers craft, you can recruit your little ones to make math manipulatives that look beautiful in your homeschool classroom!

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Water Safety Guidelines for a Fun and Safe Summer

As the temperature heats up, more and more families are flocking to backyard or neighborhood pools for some family fun. If you plan to have your young children around or in water this summer, we encourage you to review these water safety guidelines to ensure a fun and safe summer.

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Enter to Win a Homeschool Principal Hat for Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we want to say “hats off” to all the homeschool dads who contribute to homeschooling in so many ways. Share with us a photo of the homeschool dad in your family and be entered to win a “Homeschool Principal” hat!

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Bird Watching for Kids

Bird watching is an activity that can foster a child’s love of learning and curiosity for the natural world. If your child has expressed interest in ornithology or if you’re looking for a new activity to get your children off screens and into nature, here is what you’ll need to start bird watching.

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75th Anniversary of D-Day: What You Can Do

June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Codenamed Operation Overlord, D-Day was the successful invasion of the beaches of Normandy, France, that was a major victory in defeating the Nazis in World War II. To honor the memory of all the people who gave their lives on that important day, here a few things you can do with your children.

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How Many Tornadoes Does Your State Average Each Year?

A heavy outbreak in tornadoes over the last month has set records and left scars throughout numerous areas of the United States. Following 7 years of below-average numbers in the United States, the Associated Press reported that the record for consecutive days with at least 8 tornadoes mercilessly ended last week at 13 days.

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Behind the Scenes: AOP Employee Spotlight

At AOP, we have the pleasure of working with a passionate team who is committed to the overall well-being of our customers. Since you don’t get to come to work with us, we want to introduce a few of them. Today’s employee spotlight is on Madelyn. At some point, you may have even talked to her at a convention or on the phone.

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Know Your Rights: Extracurricular Activities

Many homeschoolers don’t realize how many free resources are available to them through the public school system. Know your rights when it comes to participation in extracurricular activities at your local school.

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Basic Bike Safety

Even for experienced bikers, reviewing basic bike safety is the smart move. Keep your family safe this biking season with these safety tips!

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So You've Decided to Stop Homeschooling

Despite how some moms on Pinterest make it look, homeschooling is incredibly difficult. If you feel like you’re out of options and you need to stop homeschooling, here are 3 things we want you to know.

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Summer Goals Printable Worksheet

If you take a summer break from homeschooling, you might find yourself or your kiddos a bit aimless or even bored during the summer months. To give your child some direction and purpose, have them fill out this free printable Summer Goals worksheet to inspire growth and learning even during their break.

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The Case for Year Round Homeschooling

Year round homeschooling is one way families are breaking away from the traditional school schedule to customize their homeschool. For families considering making the shift to year round homeschooling, here are a few things to consider.

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Free Sample Lesson: How Plants Grow

Unlock the mystery of plant growth for your child with this free lesson on the plant cycle. Download the worksheet, so your little one can label the plant stages and color a plant to life!

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Award Your Homeschooler: Printable End-of-Year Certificate

Use our printable end-of-year certificate to recognize your “Most Improved Math Expert,” “Super Speller,” or “Literary Master.” Customize the award to your child’s strength and share with us what award you give! Post a picture of your little one’s homeschool award and tag us on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #AOPHomeschoolAwards

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10 Ways to Support Foster Care Families

While becoming a foster family isn’t the solution for everyone, Focus on the Family offers a few things all of us can do to be a blessing for those who volunteer and the children who so desperately need to be loved.

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May Is Homeschooling Celebration Month

You might remember that we once called May Homeschooling Awareness Month, but this year, we’ve changed the name because more than just bringing awareness, we want to celebrate all of you who have chosen the incredibly important task of educating your children from home.

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End-of-Year Homeschool Checklist

With the end of the school year around the corner for many homeschoolers, we put together an end-of-year checklist to help you navigate this busy season. Work through this checklist to make sure your school year wraps up smoothly, and you can pick up again in the fall with ease.

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Bill Shows Possibility for Improvement of Homeschool Laws

While some states are exploring potential home visits for homeschoolers, a new bill in Missouri is seeking to lessen homeschool requirements. HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff said that House Bill 1139 shows the possibility for improvement in homeschool laws in the Show-Me State in four main ways.

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10 Habits That Lead to a Cleaner Home

While the warmer weather may inspire you to do some deep spring cleaning or complete your annual spring home maintenance checklist, there are other cleaning habits that should be done on a daily or weekly basis. If it seems like your house is in a constant disarray, try implementing these 10 things people with clean homes do.

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