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15 Special Needs Homeschool Resources In The KC Area

Maybe you’re one of the growing numbers of parents who choose to homeschool children who have learning disabilities or require additional academic help. If so, you have many options available!

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a springboard featuring several places, all based in the Kansas City area, which may help you on your journey […]

About To Withdraw Your Child From School? 5 Things To Know

When our members decide to begin homeschooling in Kansas or Missouri, many will withdraw their children from an existing school. Something about the school’s environment concerned them enough to pull their children out formally.

This reflects a national trend, where 91 percent of parents said a reason they homeschool is from a concern about the environment of other schools […]

5 Ideas For Homeschool Extracurricular Activities

“What are your favorite homeschool extracurricular activities?”

Ask any homeschooling family this, and you’re sure to get a million different answers!

We’ve compiled a helpful list of area opportunities and activities, as well as local field trips, for anyone who just wants to dive in there cold turkey and start gathering ideas.

But we also wanted to take […]

Jason And Emily Cowden: Faces Of Homeschooling

Meet Jason and Emily Cowden and family! The Cowdens are the newest members of the MPE Board of Directors and are actively involved in homeschooling in Kansas City.
Tell us about the Cowden kids.
Caroline (our experiment) is starting 7th grade.

Canaan (our one and only son) is starting 5th grade.

Evelynn (our protestor) is being pushed on […]

23 Homeschool Resources ‘We Can’t Live Without’

Homeschool resources can span a wide range of items: curricula, educational objects and tools, places, and even people! Here are just a few resources that our area homeschool community has found most helpful:

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Use this step-by-step program to teach your child reading in 20 minutes each […]

At What Age Should My Child Start Homeschooling?

Everyone’s homeschool journey is different. Some start homeschooling in kindergarten, while others make the transition from public (or private) school into homeschool when they’re much older – say, in middle school or high school.

We’ve compiled a list of common things to look for at each age, along with some helpful resources and suggestions:
Kindergarten through […]

11 Ideas To Celebrate Homeschool Spirit Week

As many area schools are hosting spirit week activities this time of year, one homeschool mom suggested what we thought was a great idea: what about a “Homeschool Spirit Week”?

We looked it up, and there actually is an International Homeschool Spirit Week for the fourth week of September.

But seriously, folks – homeschoolers aren’t tied to just a […]

How Box Tops Can Help Homeschoolers

You’ve probably heard of Box Tops for Education, the popular program sponsored by General Mills. More than 80,000 schools participate in this fun, easy way to earn money.

But did you know Box Tops can benefit homeschoolers, too?

All you need to contribute is simply clip Box Top coupons off participating products (see a complete list). […]

11 Homeschool Fun Ideas: Little To No Planning Required!

Ready to add a little homeschool fun to your day?

What with curriculum, co-op, extracurricular activities, or just everyday life demands, the “fun” side of homeschooling may seem a trifle unrealistic. Some of us are just trying to get school DONE, let alone making it fun!

To help, we asked veteran homeschool moms for some easy […]

7 KC-Area Dyslexia Resources, Recommended By Homeschoolers

The Dyslexia Research Institute estimates that only 5 out of every 100 dyslexia cases are recognized and receive assistance.

Fortunately for KC-area homeschoolers, a number of local dyslexia resources and support groups exist for families. We’ve collected a few of them here, all recommended by our homeschool community. (Homeschoolers started some of them!)
Poss-Abilities Children’s Therapy Group
Jean Wetherilt, […]