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Learning and Teaching Methods for Homeschoolers

If you're a homeschool parent, it's likely that two of your first questions, when you started out teaching your own children, were something like "what kind of teaching methods should I use?" and "should I focus on curriculum designed for my child's current grade...

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Extracurriculars for Homeschool

For some, the thought of adding “extras” to your day sends shivers up your spine and makes you want to hide under the school table. You already have a full to-do list and the idea of seeing more people is a lot to handle. For others, the problem with adding “extras”...

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5 Surprising Things Homeschooling Taught Me

An awareness of the fact that I am a lot more extroverted than I previously knew. I was the shy kid growing up, never wanting to raise my hand in class. But, as an adult, I have learned that my shyness had more to do with some fears and insecurities than a lack of...

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An Attitude of Celebrating Siblings

The latest family birthday launched us into the teen years with our eldest child. Her sister and I spent an afternoon planning her party by preparing invitations, planning party games and picking a delicious menu. Her friends were invited, as well as some adults who...

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Architecture and Design Week

Some schools have spirit week, our homeschool has a Special Focus week. A Special Focus week consists of packing away all of our regular textbooks and spending most of our school hours deeply studying a specific skill or area of interest. This year, we became experts...

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Nothing New Under The Sun: The Closet Dive and Gameschooling

I seem to have a quarterly ritual of digging into the depths of our school closet to find something I thought I owned, want to use later in the week, or to share a resource with someone else. To the average reader, this might not sound like a huge task, except that...

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Homeschool Love

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Time to dust off the romantic records and polish the poetry skills. What if I told you that you could potentially bring home something better than a box of chocolates just by sharing what you love about homeschool? On February 15,...

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Mid-Year Curriculum Switch

Have you ever had too many intersecting thoughts running through your head at the same time? My brain has been like a tossed salad lately as I’ve watched my older kids grow in frustration with your current language arts program. The jumbled thoughts came because I was...

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New Homeschooling HELP: What Records Do I Keep?!

As I began to homeschool my first grader over the last few months, I felt encouraged by the local homeschooling groups I joined on social media. Just today, one of the other new homeschool moms posted a question I continue to try and figure out “what records do we...

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Beware of the Imposter Syndrome

Every once in awhile, you might get a strange feeling. A twinge that you don’t quite fit in, you aren’t worthy of the job you’ve taken on as a homeschooler who may not have a Master’s Degree in education. The imposter syndrome can sneak up on you and make you feel...

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Recognizing Homeschool Burnout

I was in a marketing focus group at The Great Homeschool Convention and the first question we were asked was: What excites you most about homeschooling? My answer? Summer vacation! We laughed, but by the end of the school year feeling burned out is something...

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Find Your Fave Giveaway

Enter to win a free curriculum license! Here’s how: Find Your Fave Go to https://globalstudentnetwork.com/curriculum/ and peruse GSN’s range of curriculum options. You will find curriculum for students from kindergarten through high school including honors, AP,...

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GSN Says Thank You

Dear Families, Hopefully you’ll be sharing a meal with loved ones and thinking thankful thoughts in the coming days. At Global Student Network, we want you to know we are thankful for YOU, our current and future customers. Here is why. YOU confirmed our quest to bring...

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GSN’s Goldilocks Learning Legacy

You remember Goldilocks, the little girl in the story of the three bears who was only satisfied if something was “just right.” Mama Bear’s chair may have been soft but Goldilocks knew it wasn’t for her. Papa Bear’s bed may have been the biggest, but it wasn’t the...

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15 for 15 Anniversary Giveaway

Global Student Network (GSN) has provided excellent options in online learning to homeschool families worldwide since 2004. To celebrate this milestone, we are giving away 15 curriculum licenses. Beginning December 15, GSN will award winners based on the details...

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Establishing a Homeschool Routine

One of the larger challenges I have found so far in homeschooling my six-year-old is how to establish a routine. All children thrive on routine, on knowing expectations and knowing when they are going to do what. As my little guy has some special needs, this is even...

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How Online School Works

Although every online school is different, it's important to remember that a great online school works, however, the student wants it to work.  Although each online school is different, online learning is about personalized learning and personalized learning allows...

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How to Succeed at Online School

WHAT IS ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL? Simply stated, online high school is a school or program where students earn their high school diploma by taking classes online.  Taking classes online can expand your options in terms of exactly how you achieve your diploma.  Although most...

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Four easy tips for homeschooling outdoors

One of the key benefits to homeschooling is the flexibility it offers. Are your kids restless and having trouble focusing? Why not try homeschooling outdoors? Quick Trips A quick trip into the outdoors has been just what we’ve needed to refresh us this year in our...

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Book Review: Happier at Home

Reflections on the Book Happier at Home Book Review By: Sarah Brutovski Have you ever thought about what makes you happy? In her quest for becoming happier New York Times best- selling author Gretchin Rubin has become an expert on what makes people happier and the...

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Current Status of Charter Schools

BACKGROUND Charter schools have been "on the grow" in the U.S. for the better part of two decades.  By school year 2016-2017, there were approximately 6,900 such schools registered in 42 states, totaling more than three million students grades K to 12. This number...

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