Ann Karako is the (very) middle-aged mom of five who writes at Annie & Everything about calming the chaos of homeschool life. She says, "I don't do complicated!" and is known for her down-to-earth common sense about all things homeschool and the homeschool lifestyle.
Having graduated four children (with one more to go), she has a heart for helping families choose to homeschool all the way through high school. To that end, she has written the ebook Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: How to Be Sure You're Not Missing Anything, and she founded the popular FB group called It's Not that Hard to Homeschool High School, now with over 23K members, to give encouragement and support to moms of homeschooled teens. She also runs a spin-off group called It’s Not that Hard to Homeschool K-8.
She and her family, including two dogs and three cats, live in rural Missouri.
Ann's sessions: How to Prepare for Homeschooling High School (while your kids are still in elementary and middle school)So often we don’t want to think about homeschooling high school until the time is upon us -- and then we panic, lol. Maybe it’s a good idea to do some groundwork before we reach that point, so that the transition can go as smoothly as possible, and we won’t feel so stressed. In this session, Ann gives several practical ideas for preparing both you and your kids for the homeschool high school experience, even years ahead of time. You can ease your fears now and look forward to the high school years with more confidence than you ever thought possible! Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling High School (hint: it's not that hard) This is one of those sessions that will answer questions you never even knew you had. From planning coursework, understanding graduation requirements, and choosing curriculum, to assigning credit, writing a transcript, and beyond -- Ann will fill you in on almost everything you need to know to be a success at homeschooling high school. There really isn’t that much to it, and once you’ve heard what she has to say in this session, you’ll be ready to get started! Common Fears about Homeschooling High School -- WRECKED You know you’re afraid of homeschooling high school. It’s intimidating and scary, and you think you’re gonna mess up big time. This session discusses the most common fears had by moms of teens everywhere -- and then reveals how to overcome them. Whatever your concern, Ann has either had it herself or heard it from other moms, and she has the experience to ease your fears and encourage you to continue homeschooling through graduation. You’ll come away from this session feeling empowered and relieved!