Homeschooling in 2013 is way different than it was in 2003!
What do I mean by that? I mean that back in the day, say just a decade or particularly 15 years ago, we homeschoolers were still pirates, on the fringes of society and education, trying to piece together a curriculum. The textbook publishers wouldn’t necessarily sell us the teacher
By 2013, here’s the reality. The homeschooling market is well defined and highly sought after. Vendors such as Time4Learning now have a solid decade of serving homeschoolers. Over the last decade, Time4Learning expanded from it’s initial offering of PreK-3rd grade online until today, Time4Learning has curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students. It’s a simple monthly fee, no contracts, plenty of tech support, a great community and forum with advice aplenty for new and experienced homeschoolers, and even some sponsored sites that truly enrich the community.copies. And the digital age sounded good but the speed of the modems and amount of available materials was pretty miserable.
Time4Writing is another contribution by Time4Learning to the homeschool learning possibilities. They have a series of eight week writing courses, reasonably priced, with licensed teachers who will work with your student during each course. Their Homeschool Online Writing Curriculum covers the basics in elementary, middle, and high school. It provides both advanced, at level, and remedial writing instruction. The teachers are supportive, professional, and experienced. And I quote:
Time4Writing offers a comprehensive online writing curriculum to homeschool students who are looking to build basic writing skills and fundamentals in a one-on-one teaching environment. Courses offered start at second grade and go through high school covering everything you need for a comprehensive homeschool writing curriculum.
One community sponsored by Time4Learning is the only free directory of literature by and about homeschoolers.
The HomeschoolLiterature.com site gives parents and children the chance to find books that talk about situations they can relate to. We’re working on lesson plans, author interviews, more reviews, and maybe expanding into other closely related topics. Basically, there’s a decent library of books by and about us homeschoolers. Lets read and support them. If you know of others, or want to be involved in reviewing or supporting them, here are some possibilities (homeschool students too can help!):
- Want to elaborate, agree, or disagree with a review? You can make comments on the bottom of each review. Or, if you’d like to review a book and be “published,” (and this is especially interesting to students who might like to have demonstrations of initiative and involvement to show on college applications), write us an email proposing reviews that you would like to write.
- Think this site is a great idea? Link to it from your blog, Facebook account, or homeschool group.
- Want to reprint our reviews in your homeschool newsletters or on your website? You may if you include a link back to us.
Disclaimer. I’m financially and emotional involved in all of these!