Top Homeschool Posts of 2014: The Heart of Homeschooling

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Welcome to NextGen Homeschool’s Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 Series! This week we’ll be sharing the top homeschooling topics — and most viewed posts — of last year based on the number of reader views and pins at NextGen Homeschool. Pin this page so you can refer back to each topic as needed: It’s a great resource as you tackle the New Year!

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Although the practical topics are important at NextGen Homeschool, the heart of homeschooling is what matters most: Your unique family, your faith, your specific mission and your why — those individual reasons for taking a road less traveled.

Here are the Top Ten “Heart of Homeschooling” posts of 2014:

  •  Homeschooling Freedom in Oklahoma: Defending my Rights – NextGen Homeschool Author Rosanna Ward shares her experience being interviewed by a national TV news program and defending her freedom to homeschool without regulations in her home state.
  • Whole-hearted Homeschooling: It’s Not What You Do, But Why – What is “whole-hearted” homeschooling? It’s not about methods or teaching styles, but following the heart mission for your family.
  • Considering Homeschooling? Trust Your Calling – Do you trust your Holy Spirit-led instincts as completely as you trust your gut? If so, what do you do about the fears, doubts and detractors?
  • A New Approach to Family Bible Study – Whether you’re including Bible as a school subject or integrating Biblical history into your plans, family Bible study is different — an equally important to your homeschool mission.
  • Revisiting our Homeschool Mission – What challenges have you faced when putting your mission into practice? How to revisit your mission and make changes with the end goal in mind.
  • Missional Women: Being a Missional Mom – What does it mean to be a “missional” mom? And how does it relate to God’s purpose in your life — right here, right now — as a homeschool mom?
  • Homeschool Mom on a Mission: Nina Taylor – Meet a homeschool mom who is not only on a mission to be the primary educator for her children, but also to fulfill God’s great commission with and through her family — at home and around the world!
  • When Back-to-School Isn’t Picture Perfect – As homeschooling moms, we often feel especially pressured to give our children an exciting, more traditional “back to school” experience. But what if your school year isn’t of to a picture-perfect start?
  • Five Reasons I’m Thankful for Homeschooling – NextGen Homeschool Author Renée Gotcher shares why the reasons she is thankful for homeschooling go far beyond the academic benefits.
  • Thankful to Homeschool When Life Happens – Although it might sound logical to stop homeschooling when life challenges overwhelm us, there’s a silver lining in that dark cloud. NextGen Homeschool Author Rosanna Ward shares why.

Thank you for joining us this week as we took a look back at the Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 here at NextGen Homeschool! Our next series starts Monday, January 12: Ten Things to Let Go Of This Year. Join us!

Renée Gotcher is a wife, writer, editorial consultant, and home-educating mother of three daughters. She has been married for 26 years to her best friend Kenny, whom she met while attending Oral Roberts University in the early 90s. Renée was homeschooled during her last two years of high school and started homeschooling in 2010. A former journalist, she is currently editor of NextGen Homeschool and blogs on personal topics at A New Chapter. Her family lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.