Homeschool FAQ

(Unresearched, somewhat biased, probably a bit inaccurate, and the answers definitely don’t apply to all homeschoolers.)

I just don’t have the patience to homeschool. How do you do it?

First, if we seem to have more patience it’s because we get to practice it a lot! And our patience is tried in a variety of ways! Another reason is we need patience to be effective. We also have opportunities to apologize for our outbursts, repent, and try again!

What about socialization for your kids?

We actually feel that as long as our kids are involved in religious and extracurricular activities with peers, they can still develop healthy socialization skills among their peers. Many of us also purposefully join groups and get together for our own social needs those of our kids. 

Homeschoolers also have a bunch of opportunities to develop great relationships with other adults, kids older than them, and kids younger than them. Homeschooled kids are often ok with being themselves and less concerned with trying to “fit in.” We also find that socially awkward parents often have socially awkward kids and it wouldn’t matter if those kids are in public school or homeschooled. 

How do you teach all your kids everything they need to know?

Well, we don’t, but neither do the schools! We just prioritize what needs to be taught and we get to pick the best way that works for us (the moms as teachers). We are hard on ourselves some days and really proud of ourselves on other days.

What about teaching multiple grades/ages?

There are three basic ways to accomplish this (there could be more):

1. Follow your children’s grade levels and teach them according to their grade, which is usually determined by the state/common core. This probably takes hours each day per kid. Most of us don’t do that cause we would go insane. 

2. Anne of Green Gables classroom: One-room-classroom approach where you teach the same lesson to multiple ages (for science, history, art, geography, literature, foreign languages, etc) and take some time to do one-on-one with the linear subjects (math, reading, spelling). 

3. Independent Learners: Pick a method/curriculum that fosters independent learning and you end up mainly supervising their education. Your main role is to get them to the point of becoming an independent learner—you teach the 3 R’s: reading, writing, and arithmetic. 

What if I have to work?

You can make homeschooling work with your schedule. Your kids won’t need 7+ hours of “school” every day to learn what they need to learn until they are about high school age. At that point, they ought to be independent learners so you don’t need to be by their side for those whole 7+ hours while they study. You can also get creative like hire a nanny or a teacher/tutor to help you with the childcare or their education. 

How do you motivate your kids to learn?

The best trick in the book is no trick at all. It’s only cultivating a love of learning. Humans naturally love to learn, progress, and grow. It’s a part of our nature as children of God. If we can keep that love of learning alive in our kids and not squash it out, they will always have a hunger and a thirst to learn and grow. The trick is to not stifle that love of learning. 

How soon should I start homeschooling my children?

Our culture encourages us to start young and to start serious. So we automatically think we should, too.

I suggest an alternative. Let our kids be Kids. Let them play, explore, visit parks, lakes, zoos, and museums, go on hikes, play freely in the backyard, be bored, and have plenty of free time. Read good books, poetry, classics, and quality literature to them. Cultivate the love of learning.

As they grow, so will their appetite to learn. Keep feeding them good learning material out of “the best books.” As they get older, you’ll see the need for more structured learning and maybe even using some outside resources for their education. Some options are no cost, like JTED for high schoolers. Some homeschoolers also start taking college courses in high school as a way to get a head start for college. 

How much does homeschooling cost?

As little or as much as you can afford. There are many free to very low cost options you can use to teach your kids. If you’re on a budget, look for deals, second hand materials, and use the Internet and library a lot. You don’t have to buy the required school supplies every year so you’ll save on things like pencils, scissors, crayons, and school fund raisers.

Local Artist Debut


Clayote Studios Proudly Presents:

The Circles




8198 E. Spouse #2

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Join us for a 50 year psychic journey through the brush of one of our own Dewey-Humboldt locals.


Saturday, April 21st 5:30-8pm

(atmospheric music provided by Andrew Wahlstrom)

Please do RSVP for this quaint yet exclusive reception via:

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Sunday April 22nd 1-5 pm is Clayote’s Earth Day Celebration for all ages and abilities.  “The Circles” show will be up until mid June.  We will also be honoring Rainbow Westlund for Earth Day with sticker giveaways for the first 25 guests!

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Homeschool Information Night

Are you thinking about homeschooling your children? Do you know how to get started? Are you nervous?

Or are you a current homeschooler that would like to help someone who is wanting to homeschool? Or do you want a different perspective?

Come to our Homeschool Information Night

January 30, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
The Montes Home
Please RSVP to Lisa Montes

We will have some current homeschoolers who will briefly tell us why they homeschool and we will have some curriculum that we use for you to take a look at. We will also have a Q&A session.

We serve appetizers and desserts.

Husbands and Wives are both welcome to come. We ask that if all possible, you find someone to watch your kids. If it’s not possible, but would still like to come, contact me.

In a Homeschooling Rut

So right now, I’m recovering from a horrible sinus infection that was resisting even a Z-pack for 3 days (good thing I’m on day 4). With participating in a local play in December, marketing for it, traveling to Houston for Thanksgiving then to Utah for my Grandma’s funeral 3 days after getting back, taking care of Christmas shopping and crazy December schedules, then tackling a home improvement project during the Christmas “break,” I kinda deserved this sinus infection. My body had just had it. While my mind doesn’t want to think straight right now, the infection successfully slowed me down.

However, it’s the 3rd week into January and I am still digging within myself to find motivation to get homeschool going again this semester. Part of me wants to look into new curriculum. (Will that help me kick it into gear?) Part of me just wants to go back to the simpler days when my oldest kids were pre schoolers and the biggest activity of the week was park day. But, alas, I can’t go back in time. But I could put them in school…then all I would have at home are my 3yo and my 9mo. That would be a nice break!

I found this on another homeschool mom’s website. Isn’t it perfect?

Sometimes homeschooling is just plain hard. Sure there are benefits and the belief deep down in the core of my heart and soul that I know this is the best thing for our children. But it really is hard sometimes.

I’ve been in a rut before and I always get out. So here are a few things I like to do when I’m in a rut:

  1. Peruse favorite homeschool websites for inspiration and ideas.*
  2. Spend some time working on a hobby, a project, or a craft I usually put off while I’m homeschooling. Truth be told, homeschooling has become my new top hobby. It takes a lot of my “spare” time. So when I feel in a rut, doing something creative that is not related to homeschooling helps me find myself again. My kids will sometimes join me in my project and craft and I end up sharing something I love with them (win/win!). I find a sense of renewal in scrapbooking our family memories, creating something to beautify our home (or just putting a plan together, buying it, and setting it up), or when I’m really feeling crafty–sewing (I have a love/hate relationship withsewing since I have to pick out about half of everything I sew).
  3. Research and buy a new curriculum. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a rut because the curriculum or method we are using really isn’t working out. The kids hate it or it’s more work than I intended.
  4. Decluttering the house and doing a little deep cleaning. When schedules get piled up, clutter also piles up everywhere in my house. Sometimes just spending some time decluttering and organizing a few spaces in my home opens my mind up to be more inspired to teach my children. I also often find resources I made or bought in the past that could be fun to include.
  5. Simplify the family schedule. Often the best thing I can do is simplify our family schedule somehow. Put a hold on music lessons, skip a sporting season, just not go to that church function this time. I wish I could say Yes to so many activities and be involved with many great causes. But sometimes saying NO to something is the best way I can say YES to my family and to our homeschool.

What are some things you do when you are stuck in a homeschooling rut?

*My numbered bullets wouldn’t let me share some websites up there without numbering them. So here they are:

Confessions of a Homeschool Mom (This couldn’t be more SPOT on!! Love it!)

Thomas Jefferson Education Blog (This is the method of homeschooling I have chosen, so it’s good for me to remind myself how it works best.)

71 Toes (She doesn’t homeschool, but her mothering is inspiring. Usually I don’t read about all her family stuff but I go to her tabs and click on something she wrote in the past that I just need.)

To Homeschool or Not To Homeschool?

That is the question I’ve heard from several people lately! I always like to ask why someone chooses to homeschool. The answers vary widely. From wanting a more flexible schedule to moral/religious reasons to a more personalized education for their child to steering free from Common Core to providing an educational method not found in schools…the whys are different for everyone.

One thing is for sure. More and more people are homeschooling.

I am also amazed at how this website is really reaching out to a lot of people in our community! Both homeschooling families and others who are just thinking of homeschooling. Just last week, I spoke with my daughter’s former gymnastics coach (from a homeschool gymnastics class), and now she is really thinking of homeschooling! Another friend of mine is making the plunge and she will be hiring a private teacher for her children. Pockets of homeschoolers gather as co ops, pay teachers for group classes, go on outings together, etc.

People often email me about how they can find a group that’s right for them. Since one size never fits all with homeschoolers, it’s important for you to look around to find what will work for you and your family. A good place to start is on the link above, HS Groups. Also, ask around. You may be surprised who homeschools at your church or on your child’s sports team or extra curricular activity. I’ve even been asked about homeschooling while shopping at Costco! (During a school day, of course, with all my little ducks in a messy row.) One surprising gathering place is homeschool gymnastics…all three gyms in the area offer homeschool gymnastics classes. Arizona Dreams Academy, YMCA, and Synergy Gymnastics (formerly Flip City in Prescott) And while your boys and girls (of all ages…so nice to do one extra curricular activity for everyone at the same place at the same time) have fun with their PE, you can chat with the other moms.

Also, I would love to have other regular/semi-regular writers and contributors on this blog. Maybe you’re in-the-know about things going on around here and want to share with others. Maybe you like to write about tips and tricks for homeschooling. Maybe you have a club/co-op/play group you want to grow. Just let me know. I also always appreciate the emails from the program directors of educational classes/opportunities that ask me to publicize their opportunity on this website.

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LEAP Mom’s Night

In preparation for the upcoming school year, the moms in the LEAP co-op will be getting together to share tips (and frustrations!) for a better homeschooling experience. They are opening up the evening for other moms to join in the conversation and fun…whether or not you homeschool. In the interest of the host’s privacy, I am only posting her contact information, not her address. If you are interested in attending, call or text her for her address.

Host: Katie Nyman

(homeschooling mom for 4 years, with 3 kids ranging from 2-8 1/2 yrs old)

Call or text Katie at: 480-529-2876

Thursday, July 31 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

“Creating the Peaceful Home”

With children home all day, there is PLENTY of opportunity for conflict to arise amongst our children and ourselves. Let’s start the school year off by discussing how we teach our children to get along, how we encourage them to work together, and how we control ourselves when things just don’t go our way.

Come prepared to share what works for you and your family and any ideas you have on the subject.