INFOGRAPHIC – Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

I found the infographic below earlier in the week while signing up one of my children for a couple of elective classes on Florida Virtual School . It is a concise and whimsical overview of the state of the homeschooling movement in America and it provides a few fun and interesting facts that I thought were worth sharing.

Here are a few key take-aways:

  • Homeschooling is the fastest growing form of education in the country.
  • 35.9% of homeschooling parents have 4 to 6 children.
  • 36% of homeschooling parents chose to homeschool for moral or religious reasons.
  • The average homeschooling family spends only about $500 per child per year vs. the average public school student cost, which is $9,963*.
  • 99% of homeschoolers have read at least one book in the last 6 months vs. 69% of the general population.
  • On average, homeschoolers rank in the 87th percentile for national standardized tests.
  • A large majority of “grown up” homeschooled students stated that homeschooling did not limit their educational opportunities or career choices.

Interesting stuff.  Enjoy!

* Yikes.  I guess we know why property taxes are so high!

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up (infographic)
Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up


Squarespace 7 Tips and Tricks – Line Break Types in Text Blocks

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As mentioned previously, we plan to post occasional articles featuring tips, tricks and little known facts about the Squarespace web site creation platform.

Today we have a simple Squarespace tip for you. Did you know there is more than one line break type that you can use in a Squarespace text block?

If you are typing text into a text block and hit the RETURN/ENTER key alone, the line break created by this action will behave like double-spaced line type, creating a space between the lines that is likely larger than what you wanted or expected.

However, if you hold down the SHIFT key and then also hit the RETURN/ENTER key, the line will break normally (single spaced).  See the images below for examples.

Squarespace text block line break created when hitting RETURN/ENTER only.
Example of a Squarespace text block line break created when hitting RETURN/ENTER only.
Squarespace text block line break created when hitting SHIFT and RETURN/ENTER.
Example of a Squarespace text block line break created when hitting SHIFT and RETURN/ENTER.

Isn’t this easy?  This isn’t really a hidden feature, but I’m not sure how many people knew about this. Once I discovered it, I was kicking myself for not having tried it sooner.  I guess I’m slow.  Anyway, I hope today’s tip saved you a little trouble!

The author of this blog was not compensated by Squarespace in any way for this post.

Squarespace 7 Tips and Tricks – Splitting a Text Block

Squarespace logoI’ve been using the Squarespace web site building platform for a few years and have come to value it over other site building platforms* for its ease of use and flexibility.  With each new major release (as of this writing, version 7 is the latest), their platform seems to get better and better. If you’re not using it, I recommend that you consider it.

There are occasions, however, when using the Squarespace interface for some tasks can be less than intuitive.  Knowing that other platform users may have encountered some of these same challenges, I’ve decide to start compiling a list of the more common issues I’ve experienced and document how I was able to work around them.  I hope you find this and future posts helpful.

Today’s Squarespace Tip:  Splitting a Squarespace Text Block

Splitting a Squarespace Text Block with a Line Block
Splitting a Squarespace Text Block with a Line Block (click to view animation)

Have you ever had two separate text blocks  fuse together into one while you were working on your page layout?  It can be a bit of a pain.  At present, there is no “split” option for when you want to keep those text blocks independent from each other while you tweak your page design.  Or is there?  I’ve found that simply adding a line block or spacer block between the two text blocks will split them apart and permit you to move one or both text blocks around independently until you get them where you want them. Once you’re done, just delete the unneeded line or spacer block and move on to the next thing.

The animated graphic include in this post will  help to illustrate this technique using a line block.  Click on graphic thumbnail to see the animation. If you can’t view the animation, you can also try this video.

Do you have another solution to this issue?  If so, please share it in the comments section below.

While I do have affiliate links and Adsense banners on my site (feel free to click them ☺ ), I have not been paid by Squarespace for this post.

* If you’re interested in other web site building tools, you may want to evaluate Webflow, Weebly, Wix or WordPress (lots of “W” names!).