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One of the most common questions asked by a homeschooling parent is, How Do I Help My Child Write Neater?

By far, the best tip ever given to any teacher anywhere is to assign Copy-work.  There are copybooks, copy writing exercises and if you're a "do-it-yourselfer" there is always the option to have the child write their favorite joke, paragraph or saying from the book they are currently reading.

Handwriting takes time to master and much effort put forth by the student. For those who want their child to write neater NOW I have but one answer....

FREE: Discovery K12 Online Homeschool

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Discovery K12 is a Free Online Homeschool Platform and Curriculum for Pre-K through Twelfth Grades.  

Discover K12 is NOT the K12 Government Program affiliated with public schools. 

It offers 7 standard courses including Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, and Physical Education.

Extra Curriculum includes Spanish 1, HTML Coding, and Healthy Living. Personal Finance to be added for 2016-2017 school year.
  • Over 16,000 Lessons
  • Weekly Spelling Program with Quiz at the end of each week
  • Over 200 Quizzes and Tests integrated with the


In 2016 the Detroit Zoo opened The Largest Penguinarium in the world! It holds 6 different species of Penguins!

On a cool, rainy April Saturday, we were given a 5:30 pm pass to have a look-see.  I tried to broadcast LIVE on our Free Homeschooling 101 Facebook page, but we were so far underground that the signal failed. That was a huge bummer!  I was able to grab a short video from the exit, so without further adieu...  Here's a sneek-peek of the NEW Penguinarium!


 1. Homeschool Legal Defense is a page that explains the laws in The United States.

2. Search for some groups on Facebook to seek out advice.

3. Google "Homeschool groups in (YOUR STATE)" to find local groups near you.

4. Surround yourself with parents who are already living the lifestyle so they can guide you in the beginning stages.

5. As time goes by, you will begin to feel more confident and do your own thing as it fits your family.
6. DON'T PANIC if you live in a high regulation state. There are people who homeschool in your state Every Day.

A frequently ask question that I get is, 'What if I'm not religious?'


Do you need FREE curriculum, but you have slow internet and very little money for printer ink?  One of our blog readers, Becky Pottinger, gave some AMAZING advice to one of our new homeschooling mothers in a previous post. I would like to highlight out here and add some insight after the quote. 

"Honestly if I were you, I would heavily rely on student-led learning through library books. Max out your number of books, CDs, audio books, etc., and keep records at the end of each day what each student studied. Find what your high schooler needs to get proper credits for your state's requirements and be diligent about that. Find what each child enjoys by way of showing what they learn: hands on crafts or experiments, reports, pictures, lapbooks, oral reports, etc. So many educational DVDs and TV shows exist also."

I agree whole heartedly with her advice. Here are just a few perks of owning a FREE Library Card.

1.  Some Libraries are great about buying requested books. Check in with your library. They might just buy