Friday, October 14, 2016

Salem Homeschool Conference

Monday - October 17 – 6:30 pm
Salem Christian School is hosting a Homeschool Conference on October 17, 2016, at 6:30pm, at Salem United Methodist Church in Upper Falls, MD.  We will cover homeschooling for both elementary school and middle/high school families. This is intended for all homeschoolers ~ both new and experienced!
Getting Started - for new or 'thinking-about-it' homeschool families:
·        Is socialization an issue? 
·        What forms do I need to fill out?
·        Should I enroll in an umbrella program or let the county/city review me?
·        What subjects do I need to teach?
·        What kind of documentation do I need to keep?
·        How do I keep a journal?
·        Do I have to have a classroom? 
·        How long should my school day last? 
·        What is a co-op, and would joining (or starting) one be good for my family?
·        Home School Legal Defense Association  (HSLDA)
Elementary Curriculum - Or Not 
·        Curriculum resources
·        Unit Studies & Field Trips
·        What is 'unschooling' and how does that work? 
·        Testing resources.
·        Tips on Teaching the Struggling Learner
Q & A for Elementary Students / Refreshments, Bathroom Break - 10 minutes
Parents who wish to continue discussing elementary school subjects are invited to remain in Fellowship Hall instead of moving on.
Reaching the Middle School / High School Years - Families need to be thinking about these years a bit differently than when their students were in elementary school, so we'll be addressing the following: 
·        What makes up a high school credit?
·        How many credits are needed to graduate, and in which subjects? 
·        Can I earn credit before 9th grade? 
·        Do I have to use a standard curriculum, or can I make my own courses? 
·        Curriculum resources
·        ‘Outside-the-box' credit options
·        How about Work Study credits?
·        How does the P.E./Health credit work?
·        Co-op class credits?
·        What makes up an Elective credit?
·        Do I have to have my student finish high school in 4 years?
·        What if I have a special-needs student
Middle School / High-School Athletics
·        Varsity Sports
·        NCAA Scholarship money
Headed for College:
·        Dual enrolled students - earning college credit while still in high school
·        SAT's / ACT
·        Getting into college.
·        Funding for college.
·        CLEP testing - the least expensive way to get college credits!
·        Transcripts!
·        Diplomas!
Q & A time:  Our panel of speakers will be available to answer any questions or concerns you have about homeschooling!  We would love to help you make this journey - or should I say ADVENTURE? -  easier for you and your family.
Some of our speakers:
·        Carol Kramer
·        Ana Rivera
·        Phyllis Harden
·        Tim Hines
·        Suzanne Sniffen
·        Gina Rodriguez
This event is open to all homeschooling parents.

Several people have expressed interest in just coming for the high school portion of the evening.  The best guesstimate is that this portion will begin around 8 pm.  
Enter through the far right side door of the church and go upstairs to the fellowship hall.  Please wait until the break to come into the church and join in. 

  In order to have enough handouts and refreshments, we would like to get an idea of how many people will be attending. If you can, please reply to and let us know how many people to expect. We encourage you to invite other homeschooling parents to this informative event. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Music Instructors or Academic Tutor Listings

If you know of a music instructor or an academic tutor (ie. tutors children with dyslexia) that would like their contact information listed on this site, please ask them to email me at

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Free Upcoming Homeschool Conference

Mom’s Day Out’
Homeschool Conference 2016
Saturday, March 19th 9am-3pm
New Covenant Presbyterian Church

Come enjoy a wonderful speaker, curriculum swap, break-out chat groups, and a complimentary lunch!

The speaker is Carol Robb ~ Her online business website is

( If you would like to bring curriculum to sell, please come a little early to drop off your books. Also, please bring small bills for any purchases.)

Bring a friend!                 

Looking for Lacrosse Players

From Harford's FCA:

Our boys varsity lacrosse team which has been existence for 10 years currently does not have the numbers to sustain a team this year unless things change quickly this week. If there are any home school boy new players to the game or experienced please contact Coach Drew Wardlow at or 410-746-2674.                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                            Thank you, Tim Hines

Friday, February 26, 2016

Upcoming Area Event

Local Homeschool Fair

There is going to be a free homeschool fair at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Parkton, MD, hosted by Classical Conversations on Saturday March 12th from 9 am - Noon.  There is no cost to attend for attendees, vendors, or exhibitors.  
If you have a business, organization, or co-op that is wanting to reach out to homeschoolers in the area, please contact Christa Bottomley at or call (571) 214-3840.
Tables are available for an recommended $5 donation to the hosting church or bring your own. They are also interested in having USED CURRICULUM vendors. 
Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church, right off I-83 at 20440 Downes Rd, Parkton, MD.
Time and DateSaturday, March 12th, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Cost: Free for Vendors, Exhibitors, and Attendees

For any questions or to RSVP, email Christa Bottomley at

Monday, October 12, 2015

Life Skills For Kids

This morning I found this post with printable life skills lists.  As parents, we want to make sure we are preparing our kids for life.  I remember hearing about a 20 year old who didn't know #1 that he needed to buy a shower curtain for his apartment and #2 that when he took a shower, he needed to put the shower curtain inside the tub.

It's stories like that one which could leave  you scratching your head.  It could also leave you realizing how much we need to teach our kids if they aren't ones who automatically observe and do things on their own (mine aren't).

So, here's a post with some printable lists of life skills:  click HERE.  If you want a more in-depth book, I've found that Life Skills for Kids by Christine Fields is a wonderfully helpful book!  It also has lists of life skills inside of it and discussions of each area.

Don't take any list as iron-clad.  My children were all small for their ages, so it took longer for them to be able to do things for themselves.  But, eventually they were able to tackle more and more and it has made life much easier--for them--and for me!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Homeschooling in Harford County, MD

I began this website four years ago as a resource for folks beginning to homeschool in Harford County, Maryland.  Homeschool groups change over time and co-ops morph, but there are almost sixteen hundred homeschoolers in this county and that means that there are always homeschooling folks around here to connect to.  Surprisingly, homeschoolers only make up 2.5% of the student population in Maryland.  Still, once you get connected, it will feel as if there are many more!  

If you have decided to homeschool here, you likely have a lot of questions.  If you have a good friend who's homeschooling or your church has an umbrella, I'm sure they've filled you in!  If you haven't, it can seem confusing.  So, I want to start at the beginning.

Every state has different regulations about homeschooling.  In Maryland, you have two basic choices.  You need to 1) report directly to the school district or 2) join a homeschooling umbrella that you report to (and which then is accountable to the state for supervising your homeschooling).

In Harford County, there are Christian umbrellas that are open to all Christians Homeschoolers in the area and there are also umbrellas which are church specific, which means you can join them if you are a member of that church. 

There are also co-ops for all different ages of homeschoolers in the area.  

Please note that the information on this website is for Christian homeschoolers, if you are looking for umbrellas or groups that do not have any religious requirements, see Many Paths of Natural Learning or Excelsior Academy

I hope this information will be helpful!