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Showing posts with label video. Show all posts

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Homeschooling or Hackschooling from a kids perspective

This video from TedX makes me want to start homeschooling all over again. I'd have to go find a new kid though.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Homeschool Vlog Hop

A bunch of youtubers and I am working on a series of videos on homeschooling.  Here is my first video:


Friday, July 19, 2013

It takes about 4 hours a day to homeschool

If you've ever wondered why the law only required 4 1/2 hours a day to homeschool, it is because that is pretty much how long it takes.  After homeschooling all the way through, my kids spent some days homeschooling for 8 hours, and other days not homeschooling at all, or going to outside classes.  They may have done more than an average of 4 hours a day, but they also accomplished a lot more than what is required of a typical student.

This video is specifically about black homeschoolers in Louisiana turning to homeschooling, but one of the teachers/parents makes it clear how much can be accomplished in a short amount of time.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Homeschool update: We are finished... but not gone

I made a video a couple days about about being done with homeschooling.  While we are done... i.e. my kids are finished being homeschoolers and are moving on to college doesn't mean we are done with homeschooling.  My daughter right now is investigating an opportunity to teach crafts to homeschoolers for a summer camp, and I am always her to answer questions and give advise.



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My ideas for keeping schools safe

I can't seem to get off this subject... of the Connecticut school shootings.  So since my heart is stuck there, I thought I would engage you all to think, think, think.. about ways that schools might be made safer.

Mine is in this video.

(Looking at the video is hard... there is so much pain in my face... but still, it does not compare.)

What is your idea?  What do you think we need to do to make schools safer?


Monday, October 08, 2012

Homeschool update 10/2012 How our last year is going

This is a summary of what we have accomplished so much this year and how my daughter's senior year is going.

Topics covered:

Changes in our plan
College applications
College plans

ps.  I could use some questions to give me more ideas for videos.


Monday, July 09, 2012

The Dangers of Homeschooling

 Staying in the theme of my last guest post, here is a fun video called The Dangers of Homeschooling.  Enjoy


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Count down to graduation (video)

Video Summary:

Sharing my excitement about our upcoming graduation ceremonies this weekend.
The college admissions process was actually pretty easy, and my best tip is to apply early.
We've come a long way from the depressed child we pulled out of public school over 8 years ago.

We are very happy to be graduating our first homeschooler... one more to go- next year!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Homeschool update video Feb 2012

Thought it as time I did a homeschool update video.
 Items discussed:

  • My son will graduate this year. 
  •  My daughter will graduate next year. 
  •  Planning for my daughter's senior year.
  •  Curriculum overview for next year.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

*stuff* people say to homeschoolers

Here's a fun video in the them of *stuff* people say to ....  Homeschoolers

That's nothing compared to what people say to homeschool parents!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How did your family react when you announced you were homeschooling?

When I let my family know were were homeschooling, they weren't exactly all nice about it. 

Some of the reactions/ comments:

"One day they are going to outlaw that homeschool mess!"

"I'm not surprised, I always thought you were crazy" (and that was from the supportive person)

Or the relative that came to me at the end of each year and said, "so are you putting the kids back in school next year".  I finally had an emotional outburst and she stopped.

And there there are the relatives that just talked about us behind our back....  now they all want education advice.  Interesting.

Does this video sound familiar?  Actually, I would prefer my family were this nice.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yes, we wear our pajamas

I had to share this homeschool video.  This cool homeschooled kid sums it up pretty well.

Oh, and yeah, we wear our pajamas too. I try to buy pajamas that look as much like street clothes as possible in case I want to make a quick run and don't want to bother getting dressed. i.e. yoga pants....

I tried yoga once.


Friday, January 06, 2012

Video Coaching for a Midsummer Night's Dream

YouTube is an excellent source for homeschool lessons.

Here is a video series where a teacher talks about a Midsummer Night's Dream.

He suggests watching the video.  I recommend reading the book and watching the video, and viewing his series.  (as I write this he has completed two videos and promises to complete the final one... I have every confidence that he will complete the series.)

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3: coming...


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Homeschoolers and the GED

Transcript (summarized)

I just want to do a quick video about homeschoolers and the GED.

I hear a lot of people ask me how I prove that homeschooling is complete, that it is done, that the child has learned enough.  And when I answer that we look at what others are doing and what the colleges have done

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Teens who want to homeschool should take charge

This is in response to questions on "how do I get my parents to let me homeschool"... it is basically advice to teens.


Hello, this is A. Hermitt, and today I want to address teenagers deciding they want to start homeschooling, and I am going to go ahead and read from an article that I wrote some time ago on this subject.

Excerpt:  I like to peruse questions and answer boards on homeschooling. I also get lots of emails from

Monday, November 21, 2011

Homeschool update Nov, 2011

Video Transcript

I have so many things to talk about that I am going to go ahead and make an update compilation video.  So here goes:

It is November 21st.  So, my son graduates in April so we've done 4 months of the homeschool year with five months to go. We are almost to the halfway point and I find myself correcting some miss-steps that we took this year.

Major Miss-step: Using online schooling through the public school system for the first time in my son's senior

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

A bit of encouragement for homeschoolers

Be encouraged and don't second guess yourself. If you allow your homeschooled kid to be themselves, you will be very happy with the end results. Just hang in there, and teach them well, and provide opportunities for exploration. There will be rewards in the end.


HI, it's A. Hermitt and I wanted to give a little encouragement for homeschoolers. I know, from day one, when I began homeschooling, I was always worried. Just worried that I might not be doing the right thing.  Worried that I might not be giving my kids all that they need. Worried that someone was going to prove me wrong and show that I wasn't homeschooling (correctly).  Worried that the out come of our homeschooling was going to be less than what others around us were doing. 

This weekend really helped me to overcome that. Basically, just from the experience. I'm not saying that I won't continue to worry.  My son son is 17, he'll be starting college next fall, my daughter 15,

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The Raw Truth About Homeschoolers

Just came across this awesome video about homeschoolers by a former homeschooler, now in college.
I don't know that I agree with all of it, but from her perspective what she is saying is true in her experience.

"We just want to be normal.  You can talk to us."

But please don't ask stupid questions. I hate that. FREE HOME EDUCATION WEBSITE

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sex ed becoming Mandatory in NY classrooms

First things first.

  With kids becoming less and less literate, why waste time on subjects parents should be teaching at home? Shouldn't they focus on reading and writing. Considering they are not teaching reading and writing well, how well are they going to teach sex ed. FREE HOME EDUCATION WEBSITE

Tuesday, September 20, 2011