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Wisconsin Homeschool Laws

Understanding Wisconsin homeschool laws is the first step to legally homeschool in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Homeschool Laws

Today, I am linking up with Eva Varga for her “Homeschooling State-by-State” series. It’s about getting homeschool bloggers from all across the country to share their individual state’s laws and resources. This is such an awesome link-up because when you decide to homeschool, it is completely overwhelming. Today I am going to share with¬†Wisconsin homeschool laws.

First off, what does it mean to homeschool? If you are participating in a virtual charter school, YOU ARE NOT A HOMESCHOOLER! At least in the eyes of Wisconsin law. From the Department of Public Instruction’s website “Virtual charter schools are public schools. If your child is enrolled in a virtual charter school, he/she is considered to be a public school student and you should not submit form PI-1206.” More on that form in a bit. read more

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Day in the Life of an Unschooler

What does an unschooling schedule look like? Do you like the idea of unschooling, but have no idea how to structure your day? A day in the life of an unschooled preschooler involves imagination, problem solving, storytelling, conflict, and play! If you need ideas for your unschooling preschool, check out this post!

A day in the life of an unschooler will probably look a bit different than most. My girls are 3 and 5 and while we do some traditional sit down schoolwork, a majority of their time is spent playing. Wanna know why? Because they are kids. Mark Twain once said “Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.” And they are learning. They are using their imaginations, problem solving, creating, taking risks, storytelling, and the ever present conflict! They are sisters after all. read more

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Homeschool Schedule and House Rules

A flexible but reliable daily homeschool schedule and house rules helps to keep our homeschooling family running smoothly. Click here to ready more!

I am a firm believer that a predictable schedule and house rules will help any family. Most kids thrive on structure, and they need to know their are consequences for bad behavior and rewards for positive behavior.

Over the years, we have tried many forms of a schedule. My kids refused a schedule as babies so I don’t have much advice in that area ūüėČ I have round that my kids thrive best under a flexible but reliable schedule. We have a basic outline of our day. Our day starts and ends at the same time and moves in blocks throughout the day. It is structured but not too strict. read more

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Homeschool Preschool Curriculum

How to create a homeschool preschool curriculum for free! Homeschooling the preschool years doesn't need to be expensive. Check out this post on how I created a homeschool curriculum for our preschoolers!

Today I am going to share the curriculum plans we used for the preschool years, ages 5 and 3 for our daughters. All for free! Our curriculum consisted of our goals for the preschool years, and the types of activities our daughters enjoyed.

Letter of the Week

In 4k, Fofo really enjoyed the letter of the week theme, so I am used that¬†to reinforce some things for her and begin more formal schooling for Bear. The letter of the week entails concentrating on one letter and it’s sound and words that begin with that letter. read more

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The Road to our Homeschool Philosophy

The focus, curriculum, and method of  your homeschool all points back to your homeschool mission statement. But first, you need a homeschool philosophy! Check out this post on how to create a homeschool philosophy to help you make those difficult homeschool decisions!

My husband and I probably put more time into making the decision to homeschool our kids than the decision to actually HAVE the kids. Well maybe just the second kid. There was no discussion there. Aaaaanyway, I previously discussed our family’s¬†reasons for homeschooling. This is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. You are now the teacher and you need come up with an educational plan for your kids. This can be very overwhelming and your first reaction may be to PANIC, but with a little bit of research and brainstorming your family can establish an educational philosophy and method of instruction. Here is the process I went through. read more