Thursday, October 5, 2017

Homeschooling 101 seminar

As I had mentioned in my last post, I had the opportunity to speak to the ladies at the Foundations Conference on the topic of "Homeschooling 101."

Unfortunately, there were some technical failures with the recording of that seminar, so I am not able to share the video as originally intended.

However, in preparation of the conference, I offered the same seminar at our church as a 'trial run', which was recorded. It speaks a little more specifically the laws in Arizona, but otherwise contains the same information. 

You can watch in on YouTube:

To view a copy of the handout that summarizes the content of the seminar, please click here.

I refer to my previous seminar on teaching kids to read, which you can watch here:


  1. I am in my first year of homeschooling (2nd grade, unfortunately 1st grade was in the public fool system) I am so eager to watch this video as I've referenced your blog several times (before and during) for help already!

    Thank you!!!

  2. Thank you, I can see you spent a lot of time preparing this. You primarily speak on topics for beginning homeschooling at an early age, Pre-K.
    Would you have any advise on beginning homeschooling at an older age, high school?
    I currently only have one child, in a public high school, duel college enrollment. I feel that I am to late, and am intimidated at the task.

    Thank you for being an inspiration of what a Godly women/family should be.

  3. Thank you for all that you do! It’s greatly appreciated!

  4. Great work! I'm glad you shared. You did a great job. Thanks for the handout too.

  5. We have been using a back up from kindergarten through sixth grade for our daughter and agree with you that it is too time-consuming. We can afford to buy another curriculum but would like to have it not take up our whole day. What curriculum would you recommend for us?

    1. *using Abeka (not using a back up).

  6. Thank you so much for posting this!!
    My sister just moved to Arizona and she wants to homeschool her children.
    So while she has only one, she has been learning all she can about it.

    These videos will help her a lot.

    Blessings to you and your beautiful family!


  7. I finally took the time to watch this, and what a relief it was! My kids are in grades 2, 1, and PK4. Then I have an 18 month old, and I'm a few weeks pregnant with our 5th. The oldest 2 are already great readers. Knowing that next year, my eldest can be (mostly) independent with her school work is a HUGE worry that has been lifted.
    I'm also relieved to know that you do very little school work in the morning, and limit schooling to a few hours in the afternoons. Appointments, errands and field trips are so much more convenient in the morning, and I used to feel guilty having my kids along when they "should be in school", if you know what I mean.
    I have to remember that as a kid, I was in public school all day but 75% of that day was not productive learning. So really, 2-3 hours a day of sit-down, focused work is ample time.
    Thanks again for your encouragement.

  8. Just how tall is Solomon? Amazing how he is taller than both of you.

  9. I’m in my first year! Thank you for all these tips.

  10. I enjoyed your video. Thanks for sharing. I was wondering if you could give a little insight into the nap times and bed times. On the handout it says nap time is from 1-4 and bed time is at 7. My question is do the little kids sleep that whole time 1-4 and then are ready to go to bed at 7?? Is there a way you do nap times for example they don't have to sleep just stay in their bed or they listen to something?? Same for bed do they listen to something for awhile or no?? It would be great to hear your thoughts on this. Also with the big kids bed time being later what age would big kids be classified as( I know in the video you said nap time is mandatory for 6 years and younger so would big kid be 7 and above??)and do the big kids share rooms with the little kids making it harder for the little kids to want to go to sleep cause the bigger kids get to stay up or have the lights on etc... Hope this made sense :) Thanks for any help you give with this matter.

  11. Hi Mrs. Anderson,

    Thanks for taking the time to make this video (very helpful!) I noticed that you mentioned that you don't allow your kids to read Tolkien or C.S.Lewis. I understand Tolkien, but I always thought of Lewis as a Christian author? I read the books when I was a kid, but don't really remember all the details. What is the objection? Is fantasy a genre that should be avoided in general?

    Thanks again and God bless!

    - Felicity

  12. Thank you so much for the tutorial! Your kids are so lucky to have you as a teacher. I wish I would have had the same education. I went to school in Germany and I never liked it very much, everyone is just a number and nobody cares about the individual student.

    I know it has nithing to do with homeschooling but I can't stop thinking about the woman you were praying about in the middle. My friend had something similar and it was so scary. Is she and the baby ok? Please let her know I praying for her.


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