Computer Science and Programming for Homeschoolers

One of my favorite things to talk about. It is something I know well, and enjoy doing: computer science and programming for homeschoolers. My big kid has been very interested in programming at some point in his life. Beyond basic computer literacy. There are so many resources to go about this, it is easy to get lost in them. Here are some that we have used in the past and enjoyed.

Computer Science and Programming for Homeschoolers

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Music Resources For Homeschoolers

Music Resources For HomeschoolersBeing able to play an instrument is truly an amazing feeling. There are so many benefits to playing an instruments. It reduces stress and depression, it makes us feel connected with others around us, it just makes people happy. There is a lot of research out there about how even some musical training when we are kids affects our brains in a positive way for many years to come. Read this Psychology Today article or this article from The Guardian for more information.

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Summertime school work: yay or nay?

Summer is almost here, or rather it IS here! Time to see what everyone has said about doing schoolwork during summer time.

Personally, our family does it all year round, but not every day. Often our activities require a deep commitment for long periods of time, and sometimes there is not much time left. During those times we stick to the basics: math, reading, a bit of science and history, foreign language and either music or art, but not during the days that we either need to be out, or studying for something specific. That’s why I have always felt that summer is essential to keep up. We use the down time to catch up to work that was missed due to other commitments.

Lets see the results!

Here is the original question:

Summertime school work: yay or nay?

With the summer coming up, what do you choose to do. Do you continue to do school-work throughout the summer (what ever 'school-work' means to you and your family)? Or do you take the summer 'off' and just take it easy.

The options were as follows:

  • Yes, we do schoolwork all year long.
  • We will do some educational activities, but not a ‘full on’ school day.
  • Nope, we just prefer to have the summer off for good fun.
  • We are happy unschoolers, we learn all the time.

So far we have had more than 50 responses, and here is how they broke down:

Summertime school work: yay or nay?


Amazingly, 53% of people that responded do some form of schoolwork throughout the summer! I am glad to know that I am not alone.

It is not to late to weigh in here. Here is a link to this question. 

We also got some pretty interesting comments. Many people feel like they fall in between to doing some educational activities and being happy unschoolers. After all, happy unschoolers do a lot of different educational activities all the time.

Here is an interesting one, especially to those of us with pre-teens: “When my kids were young, we “schooled” year-round. Summer didn’t look much different from the rest of year. However, once my kids reached high school age, things naturally started to shift to more of a school-year schedule with Summer’s off, simply because they started taking online courses and county college classes that already had that type of schedule built in.” 

Here is our next survey question:

Using an Out of a Box Curriculum:

Is the choosing a set curriculum important to you, or do you prefer to piece it together. Do you have an out of a box curriculum you love, and would like to recommend (leave a comment). Or do you prefer to have your kids lead you into a direction of their choosing and explore that way.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Homeschooling

I was asked by a reader to write about the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling.  I made my best to have as honest a view as I can, with as little bias as I can muster.  Each statement is generalized, obviously there are families, schools, teachers, situations, and circumstances that are outside of the generalization.

First, let me clarify my personal opinion (please keep in mind that this is an opinion, and nothing else). Obviously, I homeschool, so I feel like the advantages of homeschooling overweight the disadvantages, for our family. I do not think that homeschooling is for every family. It works for some, and doesn’t for others. Each family has to do what works best for them and their family. Also, public schools are not to be discounted. Most of them have caring and passionate teachers, amazing programs, and a lot of fantastic resources. 


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My goal for this website is to provide a wide spectrum of knowledge, certainly wider then my own personal one.  I am eager to learn from them and be inspired by the possibilities out there, and hope that other people will be too.  I love the idea of interviewing other parents that pursue alternative routes of education, homemakers that go far beyond the home, educators that are innovative and exciting, and so much more. As a community, we have so much to offer to each other, and seeing world from another person’s perspective can be eye opening. The possibilities are endless! My hope is that these interviews will encourage and inspire everyone that reads them.

Many thanks to the lovely people that have taken the time to answer my questions! I cannot thank you enough!The Happy Homeschooler Interviews

Let’s Explore Together Interviews Series

Interview With JoJo

Interview With JoJo The Happy Homeschooler

Our interview today is with Jojo Tabares: a wonderful mom that has homeschooled for many years, all while dealing with chronic illness, running a business (Art of Eloquence, and and more. She has kindly agreed to share her perspective, her experience, and her sense of humor with us in this interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Interview With Gypsy Road Homeschoolers

Interview With Gypsy Road Homeschoolers
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Today’s interview is with an awesome road schooling family from over on Gypsy Road. Their family is a road schooling family, and education includes a lot of travel and hands on learning while on the road. I think it is just fantastic! They certainly know how to have adventures together as a family, and have a lot of good knowledge to share with others.  Join them on their journey as they homeschool across the USA.

Interview With The Kaponay Family

Meet an amazing family of world travelers! Read a wonderfully illuminating interview with the Kaponay family.  You can also, meet them in person next week in Farmingdale, NJ.

If you would like to do an interview, drop us a note (you can use the ‘contact us’ option).

Foreign Language Resources for Homeschoolers

A second or even a third language can be an amazing asset to anyone. However, learning a whole other language can be a tricky thing. The easiest way would be to move to a community that speaks mostly in that language and learn there, but as we all know, that is not always an option. So what do we do? We find other resources and use them consistently. Here are some of our foreign language resources for homeschoolers (or anyone that wants to learn another language) that we have tried and liked.

Actually, there are quite a few different programs and books to look at and try. My family has tried the ones I talk about here. The kids are learning Russian, and at some point they were learning Spanish as well. I am working on my Spanish at the moment.

Foreign Language Resources for Homeschoolers

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History Resources For Homeschoolers

History doesn’t have to be boring, in fact it can be a lot of fun.  Our favorite way to learn history around here is by reading fascinating books, and watching fantastic documentaries, but that’s not all! It’s not just about learning names, dates and events, but about understanding life from a perspective of another culture, another time frame, a different mind set. Broadening our perspective with every book, every documentary and every field trip. Talking to people.  Listening to stories, and loving every minute of it.

Here is a list of our favorite history resources for homeschoolers.

Historical Places To Visit Around NJ History Resources For Homeschoolers

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What Do You Do To Relax

It is time. Time to see what everyone has said about the way they choose to relax after a hard day of homeschooling.

Here is the original question:

You know when you have one of those days when you homeschool. When your kid suddenly forgets what 3+3, and when it's time for piano practice, his finger suddenly gets a cramp, and the paper doesn't look right, and the illustration in a book is just too scary to read on. Yes, one of those days. When you just want to throw your hands up and just give up. Don't give up! Instead, see what everyone does to relax on a day like that. Share your way to relax on a day like that below!

Here is what you have answered:

What Do You Do To RelaxWhat Do You Do To RelaxIn the last chart I have organized the responses from highest to lowest.  It seems that relaxing with your favorite TV show or with your favorite book while having a cup of tea takes the cake! I personally prefer a walk, or art.  Every person gave a different response, of course there is no mold that fits everyone.  We even got someone who enjoys folding and sorting laundry (I have to say, I find it a bit satisfying too. 😉 ). I have also taken the verbal responses, grouping them together the best I could think of how and created answers based on them.

So grab a book and a cup of tea, and spend a few minutes resting, because it is so important to remember to take care of ourselves.


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