The Homeschool Iowa Christmas Gift-Giving Guide

Gift-Giving Guide for Homeschooling Families

Is the thought of coming up with gift ideas for your children causing a Christmas cringe? Are you dreading the accumulation of more “stuff” after the holidays? Would you like ideas for presents that have educational and entertainment value? We’re here to help! Scroll through this list to generate ideas for gifts that keep on giving throughout the year! MEMBERSHIPS AND TICKETS … Read More

High School Transcripts

The very thought of producing a transcript can strike fear into homeschooling parent’s hearts. We’re here to help! The process takes a bit of effort, but it’s not impossible. Your end goal should be to present an accurate representation of what your high school student has accomplished.

Check Out Your Library’s Incredible FREE Resources

Check Out Your Library's Incredible FREE Resources

Iowa homeschooling mom, Michelle Andersen, is also an Iowa library director, which explains her enthusiasm for sharing the many incredible FREE resources available at and through your local public library. Check out this list from Michelle! 1. EXPLORE BOOKS, MAGAZINES, DVDs, AND AUDIOBOOKS   All kinds of reading material are available to enjoy or to support your curriculum. Your local library may … Read More

Be Prepared for IPI As a Legislative Target

IPI As a Legislative Target

As the January 8 opening of the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session approaches, anti-homeschool rumblings can continually be heard. High-profile individuals and organizations are calling for increased regulation and oversight for homeschooling families. In a recent public forum and in a published editorial, the American Association of University Women addressed the topic of homeschooling in Iowa – especially Independent Private Instruction … Read More

It Only Takes One Small Thing

It Only Takes One Small Thing

Anymore, I don’t run errands during the daytime with my children, mostly because schoolwork and activities have increased as my twins have gotten older. I have also become more conscious of the attention we draw. If I am with only one child, it seems that onlookers assume my child is out of school for the afternoon because of a doctor appointment or … Read More

Public School Alters Form

Public School Alters Form

“Oh, look! The school district included the NICHE IPI form in the information packet they sent me. I’ll just fill it out and send it in.” Sounds simple; right? And how nice that the school district used a NICHE form; right? Not so fast. Let’s take a closer look at the form.

Discovering & Developing Your Child’s Learning Styles

Discovering & Developing Your Child's Learning Styles

Who knows your child better than you; right? Perhaps you’re fairly confident that you already know what your child’s primary learning style is. Even so, you’ll benefit and enjoy the process of taking just a few minutes to bop through this concise learning styles checklist. You’re likely to immediately identify a predominant style for your particular child. Then take note … Read More

What Can the School Require Homeschooling Families to Submit?

What Can the School Require Homeschooling Families to Submit?

“Can the school require me to provide that information?” “Do I have to file that form?” “Is that a legal mandate?” NICHE receives questions like these all year long – but especially at back-to-school time.  One of the many services we provide is assistance in clarifying and meeting homeschool legal requirements in Iowa.  While the Iowa law and rules governing … Read More

Which Homeschool Option Is Right for Your Family?

Which Homeschool Option Is Right for Your Family?

Every Iowa homeschooling parent has to choose a homeschooling legal option.  Some of you have been homeschooling for years using the same legal option every year. Some of you have utilized a variety of options during your homeschooling years. Some of you are just starting to homeschool and are facing the decision for the first time.  Regardless, you can use … Read More

2 Doors to Homeschool Success

2 Doors to Homeschool Success

In the flurry of back-to-school preparations, we’re presented with many “doors” to homeschool success. Buy this curriculum and your child will succeed. Use this method and your child will flourish. Try this resource and your child will excel. Whether we’re just starting the homeschooling adventure or we’ve been on the journey for years, we’ve all stood before many of these … Read More