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  • Sundays and Signs of Spring

    Sprittibee
    Heather
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I am overjoyed that I have a mansion just over the hilltop. Sundays may not be perfect all of the time (rarely), but I feel so blessed to be able to rub shoulders with other saints on Sunday. I love my church family and being around other Christians. They make our walk so much lighter and easier in this life. I love singing the old familiar songs – and reading the history behind them. I love our preacher’s lessons and the passion he shares for the Word. I love taking communion and knowing that my brothers and sisters the world over are sharing in…
  • Join Me Saturday at the New Children’s Museum in San Diego

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    I’ll be doing a Storytime event at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday, March 7). Hope to see you and your kids there!    
  • French Onion Biscuits

    Molly Green
    JoAnn
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Karee Blunt and Lisa Holcomb    
  • Please send in a post for the March edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    This is just a quick reminder, you have a little less than a week to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling. The March edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be held Corn and Oil.  Entries are due on March 9th at 6:00 PM PST.This will be the 470th edition.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, on the 9th of February.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell…
  • Almost done costuming another show

    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    The Complete Works of Shakespeare ...  Abridged!  I made 2 and altered the rest.  A guy is playing the women's parts!Gertrude (made with no pattern)Lavina (also made with no pattern)OpheliaJulietCleopatra I am still working on the nurse costume... and kilts for Macbeth!  So if you are wondering why I haven't produced any art work in a while... here's why.
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  • Sundays and Signs of Spring

    Heather
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I am overjoyed that I have a mansion just over the hilltop. Sundays may not be perfect all of the time (rarely), but I feel so blessed to be able to rub shoulders with other saints on Sunday. I love my church family and being around other Christians. They make our walk so much lighter and easier in this life. I love singing the old familiar songs – and reading the history behind them. I love our preacher’s lessons and the passion he shares for the Word. I love taking communion and knowing that my brothers and sisters the world over are sharing in…
  • Celebrating the Moments

    Heather
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    I got some really good advice at an Apologia Homeschool Conference a few years ago … and you’ll have to forgive me for paraphrasing it from memory, but it went something like this: “If you don’t celebrate your life, who will? And if you don’t celebrate and have fun and ENJOY homeschooling… will your kids?” Wow. Let that sink in a bit, homeschool mama. I know it gets difficult in those trenches, but how often are we lamenting our lot while the sun is shining and those little ones are watching us frown? I challenge you (and always myself, too –…
  • Finding a Homeschool Planner that Works for You

    Heather
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    This post is more of a journey through homeschool planning over my entire homeschooling career than a review, but in the end, I did come down to two planners to review – and I mentioned a few others and my experiences as well. If you don’t want the details behind my planner journey, you can scroll to the bottom to read a review between two very popular spiral-bound homeschool planners that I have used the past two years. For the rest of you, who don’t mind my chatter, pull up a chair and bring your favorite drink and snack. This could take a chunk of free time to read…
  • A January Recap

    Heather
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Have you ever been just sucked into such a whirlwind that you felt you were doing good just to make sure your teeth were brushed and all the urgent things of life tended to? Like you were on a wild ride that kept you twirling? Sort of like this guy: Yep. Well, that’s what life has been like for me for a while now. January 2015 has been a speeding bullet. I have missed being able to pause and write about life, because lately I’m doing good just to live it as it corkscrews by. Here’s my pictorial memory bank of January 2015… Benny, Dentist, Mindy, Tony Evans In January,…
  • Homeschool Service Project: Feeding Austin Area Hungry

    Heather
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Love this lady! For the past few years, our family has had the privilege of working with the Brighter Days Food Pantry which partners with Austin Area’s Texas Capital Food Bank to feed the hungry in our community. Our pantry is one of the few in our area that offer fresh produce, meat and dairy as well as dry and canned goods, hygiene products, cleaning products, fresh flowers, and more. The pantry started out helping only 30 families and has grown to serving more than 100 each week. My teenagers have done much more work than I have – especially my eldest son who will be 18 next…
 
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    Melissa Wiley

  • Join Me Saturday at the New Children’s Museum in San Diego

    Melissa Wiley
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    I’ll be doing a Storytime event at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday, March 7). Hope to see you and your kids there!    
  • We bite stupid people

    Melissa Wiley
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:07 pm
    That was the sign tacked onto the rail at Oceanside Pier, right next to this fellow. I was within arm’s reach before I noticed him. Rose wants to know if she can hang the same sign on her bedroom door.
  • Upcoming Events

    Melissa Wiley
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:50 pm
    March 4 is World Read-Aloud Day I’ll be celebrating with several special events in the San Diego area this month. March 7, 2pm Storytime at The New Children’s Museum to celebrate Reading Week. Join me for a read-aloud of Fox and Crow Are Not Friends and Inch and Roly and the Sunny Day Scare! March 13, all day Greater San Diego Reading Association Author’s Fair, Kimball Elementary School, National City March 14, 4pm Learn2Earn Readathon Event at Carmel Valley Library March 19, 5:30pm Toler Literacy Night • featured speaker Join me in Mankato, Minnesota this June for the…
  • Education junkie

    Melissa Wiley
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:25 pm
    I’m always amused when the Coursera “recommended for you” email arrives and I get to see who their algorithm thinks I am this time. Coursera-Melissa has wonderfully eclectic tastes, doesn’t she? I must say that Australian literature class looks mighty enticing. I’m sure the Planet Earth course came up because of the several climate change classes I’ve taken. Proooobably not going to squeeze any Econ into my schedule, though. And as for learning C#, I’ll leave that to my daughter the computer science major. If you’re looking for a lit class,…
  • True story

    Melissa Wiley
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Swiped from Scott’s Facebook: My wife looks skeptically at the gorgonzola. “How can you tell if that’s still good or not?” the 14-year-old asks. “I don’t know,” Lissa says. “It’s moldy and it smells like feet, so it’s probably okay.”
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  • French Onion Biscuits

    JoAnn
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Karee Blunt and Lisa Holcomb    
  • Herb Windowsill Boxes—a Kitchen Garden at Your Fingertips

    JoAnn
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Melissa Price In Charleston, South Carolina window herb boxes hang outside restaurant windows and advertise the natural ingredients customers will likely enjoy on the day’s menu. Colorful and fragrant, window boxes are very inviting. They can bring a little bit of Charleston (and I am sure other locations) into your home this spring. It’s not too late to start seeds—although starting seeds in October would have been better—or you can wait until the garden shops tempt you with tender plants in the upcoming weeks. Windowsill boxes add color, fragrance, texture, and a generous supply…
  • 15 Minutes to Spring Cleaning

    JoAnn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Rhonda Barfield It started with my friend Jackie telling me about her problem and how she solved it. Like most of us, Jackie’s family had been living in their house for several years. They had an extra empty room that over time had become a catch-all for items they seldom used. After a couple of years, it was a cluttered mess. Who wants to spend a weekend cleaning up an area like this? Not Jackie. Instead, she decided to commit a small window of time each day to tackling one part of the room. She set a timer and got to work. When the buzzer sounded, she moved on to other work. This story…
  • Three Educational Canning Lid Games

    JoAnn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I love recycling things and if I can upcycle it, that’s even better! My canning supply drawer has been filling up with used canning lids. I really don’t have a hard time throwing things away if I feel that it no longer has a use for me. I can’t stand to see things lying around that I don’t use. But I haven’t been able to throw away old canning lids. They just look so useful to me! So I came up with three kids’ games that can be made from old canning lids. This project was simple enough for my 8-year-old to put together himself after receiving instruction from me.
  • Using What You’ve Got

    JoAnn
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Patricia Hunter One night several years ago, a young friend and his wife were home alone without their three young children when they decided to entertain themselves by creating and recording a song with their children’s toy instruments. “When you’re broke, you use what you’ve got,” my friend wrote when he posted the video online for our amusement. Making music with toy instruments is an extreme example, but using what we’ve got isn’t just inspiration for when we’re broke. It’s good stewardship of our resources. And being content to use what we’ve got and avoid…
 
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  • Please send in a post for the March edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    This is just a quick reminder, you have a little less than a week to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling. The March edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be held Corn and Oil.  Entries are due on March 9th at 6:00 PM PST.This will be the 470th edition.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, on the 9th of February.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell…
  • This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up: Homeschool Mom Pet Peeve

    Henry Cate
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Constance is hosting the February edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling at her blog Cosmopolitan Cornbread.She starts the carnival with:----------Years ago on my old blog, I went on a little rant one day. I was in a mood, and I had seen a comment on facebook that really set me off, and I shared my frustrations on my blog.It prompted a ton of hilarious comments, and I thought I would share my outburst here for your enjoyment:As you are all aware, I am a homeschool mom. I have to share that I have a “pet peeve.”I read lots of e-mails, messages, articles and such every day. Can I tell you…
  • A little update on Baby Bop

    Henry Cate
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Our long time readers may remember that about eight years ago my family started doing foster care.  We had about twenty children come into our home, a few came twice.  One young boy came into our home when he was fourteen months old.  He ended up not going home and we eventually adopted him. When we started writing about him Janine called him Baby Bob.   But he is no longer a baby; he is almost eight an a half.  And very much a boy. He has a few areas he struggles in.  He stutters a bit and for the last couple years has made very little progress in reading.
  • OK to submit up to three posts to the monthly edition of the Carnival of Homeschool

    Henry Cate
    7 Feb 2015 | 11:18 pm
    With the recent change to the Carnival of Homeschooling now coming out monthly, one of our frequent participants asked if the restriction to submit only one post was still in effect.I thought about it for a bit and talked with our current active hosts.  I have decided that it is OK to submit up to three entries each month.  But the posts should be new entries, posts which have not been in previous carnivals.If you have any questions, just ask.Thanks.And remember, the entries for the first monthly Carnival of Homeschooling are due February 9th, at 6:00 PM PST.
  • Please send in a post for the first monthly Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Please send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be the first monthly edition.  The next carnival will be held at at The Foodie Army Wife, on the second Tuesday of February, or in six days.This will be the 469th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, on the 9th of February.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
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  • Almost done costuming another show

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    The Complete Works of Shakespeare ...  Abridged!  I made 2 and altered the rest.  A guy is playing the women's parts!Gertrude (made with no pattern)Lavina (also made with no pattern)OpheliaJulietCleopatra I am still working on the nurse costume... and kilts for Macbeth!  So if you are wondering why I haven't produced any art work in a while... here's why.
  • "I just thought maybe I could do a better job myself"

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    This was the exact thought I had when I decided to homeschool my kids...and the sentiment is growing, especially among African Americans. Black families have become one of the fastest-growing demographics in homeschooling, with black students making up an estimated 10 percent of the homeschooling population. (For comparison’s sake, they make up 16 percent of all public-school students nationwide, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.) And while white homeschooling families traditionally cite religious or moral disagreements with public schools in their decision to pull…
  • a poem. No child left behind.

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    Not why most people homeschool, but this rings true to me.
  • Homeschooling your kids can lead to post homeschooling passions.

    5 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    I went right from making costumes for the Dorothy /Alice show to making costumes for a Shakespearian show.  I am very happy about that. Next to murals, (or set painting, which I have to get in better shape to do) this is my favorite form of art, I think. Right now I am exploring period proper clothing, modern relaxed clothing that is an homage to the Elizabethan era, i.e. the time of Shakespeare.  I am also exploring outfits that take a humorous twist on clothing of the time period.  The mashup will be interesting. Interestingly enough, I would have never become interested and…
  • Costumes or art? Definitely both.

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    I've been really busy since depositing the kids back at college. I have been doing volunteer work for a community theatre, and my job right now is to make costumes for a show that is quickly approaching, so I haven't had the opportunity to write or do art-work.  Or have I? Some of the costumes I have created have turned out to be some interesting works of art.   Here are some of the things I have made.Wonderland flower.  a few fake flower bouquets attached to a sin visor. Wonderland flower dress.  Green pillowcase dress with tulle tutuTin man hat.  A plastic…
 
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  • French Onion Biscuits

    JoAnn
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Karee Blunt and Lisa Holcomb    
  • Herb Windowsill Boxes—a Kitchen Garden at Your Fingertips

    JoAnn
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Melissa Price In Charleston, South Carolina window herb boxes hang outside restaurant windows and advertise the natural ingredients customers will likely enjoy on the day’s menu. Colorful and fragrant, window boxes are very inviting. They can bring a little bit of Charleston (and I am sure other locations) into your home this spring. It’s not too late to start seeds—although starting seeds in October would have been better—or you can wait until the garden shops tempt you with tender plants in the upcoming weeks. Windowsill boxes add color, fragrance, texture, and a generous supply…
  • 15 Minutes to Spring Cleaning

    JoAnn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Rhonda Barfield It started with my friend Jackie telling me about her problem and how she solved it. Like most of us, Jackie’s family had been living in their house for several years. They had an extra empty room that over time had become a catch-all for items they seldom used. After a couple of years, it was a cluttered mess. Who wants to spend a weekend cleaning up an area like this? Not Jackie. Instead, she decided to commit a small window of time each day to tackling one part of the room. She set a timer and got to work. When the buzzer sounded, she moved on to other work. This story…
  • Three Educational Canning Lid Games

    JoAnn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I love recycling things and if I can upcycle it, that’s even better! My canning supply drawer has been filling up with used canning lids. I really don’t have a hard time throwing things away if I feel that it no longer has a use for me. I can’t stand to see things lying around that I don’t use. But I haven’t been able to throw away old canning lids. They just look so useful to me! So I came up with three kids’ games that can be made from old canning lids. This project was simple enough for my 8-year-old to put together himself after receiving instruction from me.
  • Using What You’ve Got

    JoAnn
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Patricia Hunter One night several years ago, a young friend and his wife were home alone without their three young children when they decided to entertain themselves by creating and recording a song with their children’s toy instruments. “When you’re broke, you use what you’ve got,” my friend wrote when he posted the video online for our amusement. Making music with toy instruments is an extreme example, but using what we’ve got isn’t just inspiration for when we’re broke. It’s good stewardship of our resources. And being content to use what we’ve got and avoid…
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  • French Onion Biscuits

    JoAnn
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Karee Blunt and Lisa Holcomb    
  • Herb Windowsill Boxes—a Kitchen Garden at Your Fingertips

    JoAnn
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Melissa Price In Charleston, South Carolina window herb boxes hang outside restaurant windows and advertise the natural ingredients customers will likely enjoy on the day’s menu. Colorful and fragrant, window boxes are very inviting. They can bring a little bit of Charleston (and I am sure other locations) into your home this spring. It’s not too late to start seeds—although starting seeds in October would have been better—or you can wait until the garden shops tempt you with tender plants in the upcoming weeks. Windowsill boxes add color, fragrance, texture, and a generous supply…
  • 15 Minutes to Spring Cleaning

    JoAnn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Rhonda Barfield It started with my friend Jackie telling me about her problem and how she solved it. Like most of us, Jackie’s family had been living in their house for several years. They had an extra empty room that over time had become a catch-all for items they seldom used. After a couple of years, it was a cluttered mess. Who wants to spend a weekend cleaning up an area like this? Not Jackie. Instead, she decided to commit a small window of time each day to tackling one part of the room. She set a timer and got to work. When the buzzer sounded, she moved on to other work. This story…
  • Three Educational Canning Lid Games

    JoAnn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I love recycling things and if I can upcycle it, that’s even better! My canning supply drawer has been filling up with used canning lids. I really don’t have a hard time throwing things away if I feel that it no longer has a use for me. I can’t stand to see things lying around that I don’t use. But I haven’t been able to throw away old canning lids. They just look so useful to me! So I came up with three kids’ games that can be made from old canning lids. This project was simple enough for my 8-year-old to put together himself after receiving instruction from me.
  • Using What You’ve Got

    JoAnn
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Patricia Hunter One night several years ago, a young friend and his wife were home alone without their three young children when they decided to entertain themselves by creating and recording a song with their children’s toy instruments. “When you’re broke, you use what you’ve got,” my friend wrote when he posted the video online for our amusement. Making music with toy instruments is an extreme example, but using what we’ve got isn’t just inspiration for when we’re broke. It’s good stewardship of our resources. And being content to use what we’ve got and avoid…
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  • Setting Up a Housekeeping Calendar ...

    Dawn
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    (Part Two) Happy Tuesday Wednesday Thursday, my friends! (It's taken me so long to finish this post, I have to keep changing my greeting, lol.) Well, here at long last is the second part of my Housekeeping Calendar post! I'm still working on this rather large project, and it's taking me a while to get all my cards written out ... I'm pretty much working on it whenever I get a chance, using the large post-it note grid to guide me as I write out each day's tasks. (Explained here.) I'd like to get the whole year's worth of cards filled out, but so far…
  • Cozy (Clean) Corners ...

    Dawn
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    Hello, my friends ~ and Happy Sunday! I thought it would be fun to share pictures of the corners I clean as I dig into my new housekeeping calendar. So for instance, I took these pictures last Thursday. On Thursdays, according to my weekly routine, I concentrate my housekeeping efforts in the family room and adjoining sunroom. Basic cleaning duties include de-cluttering/tidying, dusting/wiping surfaces, vacuuming rugs and sweeping floors. And because it was the fourth Thursday of the month, I had two extra chores on my card: * clean out copy corner/check printer supplies…
  • Setting Up a Housekeeping Calendar

    Dawn
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    (Part One) Hello, my friends! Today I'd like to share with you a project I've been working on for the past few weeks: creating a new housekeeping calendar. I'm still ironing out a few details, but I am quite eager to share it with you all ... so here goes!  As I've mentioned before, I still have yet to set up a new housekeeping routine - one that works for this house, which is decidedly different from our old house. Now mind you, I'm not a white-glove kind of gal, but I've been feeling badly about the lack of upkeep around here. Now that Little Bear is a…
  • TGIF

    Dawn
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:58 pm
    My friends, I am checking in quickly just to say hi and let you know, I am still here! All is fine - I'm just not finding the time I'd like to post this week. Firstly, Bill was quite sick with what turned out to be, thankfully, nothing worse than a middle ear disturbance. (Water in the ear = vertigo + nausea, which, fyi, does not pair well with strenuous activity like say, roof shoveling.) He's doing much better, I'm happy to report. :) And today we had Earlybird's neurology appointment, which is always a bit of an ordeal. EB is not one for doctor appointments…
  • Earlybird's Lenten Chain

    Dawn
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Good Monday morning, my friends! We have bright sunshine here and bitterly cold temps - but no snow at the moment! At least not in the air ... on the ground is a whole other story! But it's a good day - we have power (which means important things like heat and coffee can happen) and we're safe and cozy at home. These are blessings I try to remind myself not to take for granted ... I did want to let you know that I'm having some "tech" issues at the moment, so my posting might be a bit "off" this week - but I wanted to share this quick project with you all…
 
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  • Lydia Knits Hats

    Mama Squirrel
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    Lydia started this school year barely knowing how to knit, and now she's up to double-pointed needles. Yay! (And thanks to the Apprentice for some coaching.)
  • What's for supper? Soup and bread night

    Mama Squirrel
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Tonight's dinner menuSplit pea soup in the slow cookerCountry White Bread in the bread machineAssorted leftovers from the rest of the weekPineapple-Granola MuffinsApples and oranges.Slow Cooker Split Pea SoupAdapted from a recipe in The Perfect Basket, by Diane Phillips.Ingredients:2 cups yellow split peas (one of the little bags from the grocery store)1/2 cup brown rice (optional)1 bay leaf2 tsp. dried marjoram1 tsp. salt1/4 tsp. white pepper (I didn't have any so I used black pepper)1 quart chicken or vegetable broth plus more water as neededSome chopped frozen onionA couple of carrots,…
  • Herbartianism Made Fun and Easy, Part Ten (last one): Attention!

    Mama Squirrel
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    Part Nine is here.Chapter Ten of Herbartian Psychology, "The Doctrine of Interest," is over thirty pages long. I don't want to presume on people's interest in this book past ten posts. Some are already shuffling their feet and finding their car keys in anticipation of the benediction. But, on the other hand, it's a good chapter. So, extend the series? No. Write an overly long post? Also no. But I am almost certainly going to miss some worthwhile points, so wander over to archive.org if you'd like to really check out the last chapter.The most important and practical idea here, especially…
  • Herbartianism Made Fun and Easy, Part Nine: Eye of the beholder

    Mama Squirrel
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Part Eight is here.Did you ever have an illustration for something just handed to you, so obvious that you didn't even have to think about it?(one of the few videos I could find about The Dress that didn't include profanity)"Perception of reality is not the same thing as reality." (SciShow, The Science of That Dress)Chapter Nine of Herbartian Psychology, "Graphic Hypotheses," begins with something that was first mentioned in Chapter Three:"It is true that in Reid's comfortable dogmatism we are assured that we perceive the outer world exactly as it is, and therefore we all perceive it…
  • From the archives: On open-book lives and the media

    Mama Squirrel
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    First posted March 2009."We get through life only because we continually ignore the fact that people are watching us, evaluating us, judging us, and, yes, condemning us. Imagine walking around, knowing every minute what other people were thinking about us. Most of us would find this unbearable rather quickly."--"The Dangerous and Necessary Art of Self-Deception," in Discover Your Inner Economist, by Tyler CowenI can well understand why Amy Dacyczyn retired not only from publishing, but from public life in general.I was browsing around looking for the address for the recent interview…
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  • French Onion Biscuits

    JoAnn
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Karee Blunt and Lisa Holcomb    
  • Herb Windowsill Boxes—a Kitchen Garden at Your Fingertips

    JoAnn
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Melissa Price In Charleston, South Carolina window herb boxes hang outside restaurant windows and advertise the natural ingredients customers will likely enjoy on the day’s menu. Colorful and fragrant, window boxes are very inviting. They can bring a little bit of Charleston (and I am sure other locations) into your home this spring. It’s not too late to start seeds—although starting seeds in October would have been better—or you can wait until the garden shops tempt you with tender plants in the upcoming weeks. Windowsill boxes add color, fragrance, texture, and a generous supply…
  • 15 Minutes to Spring Cleaning

    JoAnn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Rhonda Barfield It started with my friend Jackie telling me about her problem and how she solved it. Like most of us, Jackie’s family had been living in their house for several years. They had an extra empty room that over time had become a catch-all for items they seldom used. After a couple of years, it was a cluttered mess. Who wants to spend a weekend cleaning up an area like this? Not Jackie. Instead, she decided to commit a small window of time each day to tackling one part of the room. She set a timer and got to work. When the buzzer sounded, she moved on to other work. This story…
  • Three Educational Canning Lid Games

    JoAnn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I love recycling things and if I can upcycle it, that’s even better! My canning supply drawer has been filling up with used canning lids. I really don’t have a hard time throwing things away if I feel that it no longer has a use for me. I can’t stand to see things lying around that I don’t use. But I haven’t been able to throw away old canning lids. They just look so useful to me! So I came up with three kids’ games that can be made from old canning lids. This project was simple enough for my 8-year-old to put together himself after receiving instruction from me.
  • Using What You’ve Got

    JoAnn
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Patricia Hunter One night several years ago, a young friend and his wife were home alone without their three young children when they decided to entertain themselves by creating and recording a song with their children’s toy instruments. “When you’re broke, you use what you’ve got,” my friend wrote when he posted the video online for our amusement. Making music with toy instruments is an extreme example, but using what we’ve got isn’t just inspiration for when we’re broke. It’s good stewardship of our resources. And being content to use what we’ve got and avoid…
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  • 30 Creative Organization Ideas for Your Home

    Robin Sampson
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Organization saves time, money, and your sanity. Here are some organization tips to motivate you. Pass it on: Pin, Facebook & Tweet.
  • My Favorite Christian Fiction Books

    Robin Sampson
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    My Favorite Christian Fiction Authors C.S. Lewis William Paul Young Kristen Heitzmann Charles Martin Bodie and Brock Thoene Angela Hunt Susan Meisner  Randal Arthur Susan May Warren Lynn Austin  Robert Whitlow Terry Blackstock  Deborah Raney Mary E. DeMuth Nicol Baart  Dee Henderson George MacDonald Michael Phillips Brandilyn Collins  Tracie Peterson Dani Pettrey Francine Rivers Chris ...
  • In-Depth Torah Class Study on the Book of Esther Videos & Free Printable

    Robin Sampson
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    An in-depth, Hebraic look at the book of Esther by Tom Bradford (my pastor) is availble at TorahClass.com for free audios, downloadable audios, images and PDF transcripts. A list of the videos is below. First we recommend you watch the Esther video to get a good overview, then watch (or listen to) Tom Bradford’s teachings. Esther ...
  • Purim: Proof God is Always in Charge

    Robin Sampson
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Tuesday this week, he made reference to Purim, the holiday that will begins tonight, commemorating the Jews’ salvation from the hands of Haman and the Persians thousands of years ago. Then the Persians wanted to destroy the Jews; today the Persians want to destroy the state of the ...
  • Messiah in Purim

    Robin Sampson
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
      The story of Purim is one of many episodes in God’s dealings with His people. The Jews were saved physically at this point in their history. The time of their full salvation and the complete fulfillment of God’s prophecies given to Abraham was drawing nigh. It happened five hundred years later with the coming of ...
 
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    Molly Green

  • French Onion Biscuits

    JoAnn
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Karee Blunt and Lisa Holcomb    
  • Herb Windowsill Boxes—a Kitchen Garden at Your Fingertips

    JoAnn
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Melissa Price In Charleston, South Carolina window herb boxes hang outside restaurant windows and advertise the natural ingredients customers will likely enjoy on the day’s menu. Colorful and fragrant, window boxes are very inviting. They can bring a little bit of Charleston (and I am sure other locations) into your home this spring. It’s not too late to start seeds—although starting seeds in October would have been better—or you can wait until the garden shops tempt you with tender plants in the upcoming weeks. Windowsill boxes add color, fragrance, texture, and a generous supply…
  • 15 Minutes to Spring Cleaning

    JoAnn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Rhonda Barfield It started with my friend Jackie telling me about her problem and how she solved it. Like most of us, Jackie’s family had been living in their house for several years. They had an extra empty room that over time had become a catch-all for items they seldom used. After a couple of years, it was a cluttered mess. Who wants to spend a weekend cleaning up an area like this? Not Jackie. Instead, she decided to commit a small window of time each day to tackling one part of the room. She set a timer and got to work. When the buzzer sounded, she moved on to other work. This story…
  • Three Educational Canning Lid Games

    JoAnn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I love recycling things and if I can upcycle it, that’s even better! My canning supply drawer has been filling up with used canning lids. I really don’t have a hard time throwing things away if I feel that it no longer has a use for me. I can’t stand to see things lying around that I don’t use. But I haven’t been able to throw away old canning lids. They just look so useful to me! So I came up with three kids’ games that can be made from old canning lids. This project was simple enough for my 8-year-old to put together himself after receiving instruction from me.
  • Using What You’ve Got

    JoAnn
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Patricia Hunter One night several years ago, a young friend and his wife were home alone without their three young children when they decided to entertain themselves by creating and recording a song with their children’s toy instruments. “When you’re broke, you use what you’ve got,” my friend wrote when he posted the video online for our amusement. Making music with toy instruments is an extreme example, but using what we’ve got isn’t just inspiration for when we’re broke. It’s good stewardship of our resources. And being content to use what we’ve got and avoid…
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    Molly Green

  • French Onion Biscuits

    JoAnn
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Karee Blunt and Lisa Holcomb    
  • Herb Windowsill Boxes—a Kitchen Garden at Your Fingertips

    JoAnn
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Melissa Price In Charleston, South Carolina window herb boxes hang outside restaurant windows and advertise the natural ingredients customers will likely enjoy on the day’s menu. Colorful and fragrant, window boxes are very inviting. They can bring a little bit of Charleston (and I am sure other locations) into your home this spring. It’s not too late to start seeds—although starting seeds in October would have been better—or you can wait until the garden shops tempt you with tender plants in the upcoming weeks. Windowsill boxes add color, fragrance, texture, and a generous supply…
  • 15 Minutes to Spring Cleaning

    JoAnn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Rhonda Barfield It started with my friend Jackie telling me about her problem and how she solved it. Like most of us, Jackie’s family had been living in their house for several years. They had an extra empty room that over time had become a catch-all for items they seldom used. After a couple of years, it was a cluttered mess. Who wants to spend a weekend cleaning up an area like this? Not Jackie. Instead, she decided to commit a small window of time each day to tackling one part of the room. She set a timer and got to work. When the buzzer sounded, she moved on to other work. This story…
  • Three Educational Canning Lid Games

    JoAnn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I love recycling things and if I can upcycle it, that’s even better! My canning supply drawer has been filling up with used canning lids. I really don’t have a hard time throwing things away if I feel that it no longer has a use for me. I can’t stand to see things lying around that I don’t use. But I haven’t been able to throw away old canning lids. They just look so useful to me! So I came up with three kids’ games that can be made from old canning lids. This project was simple enough for my 8-year-old to put together himself after receiving instruction from me.
  • Using What You’ve Got

    JoAnn
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Patricia Hunter One night several years ago, a young friend and his wife were home alone without their three young children when they decided to entertain themselves by creating and recording a song with their children’s toy instruments. “When you’re broke, you use what you’ve got,” my friend wrote when he posted the video online for our amusement. Making music with toy instruments is an extreme example, but using what we’ve got isn’t just inspiration for when we’re broke. It’s good stewardship of our resources. And being content to use what we’ve got and avoid…
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  • PBH Master Class Spring Session Enrolling Now!

    Lori Pickert
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    We are now enrolling the spring session of the PBH Master Class. It runs from April 6 through May 15 (six weeks) and costs $125. Please go here to read the detailed class description, testimonials from former students, and enroll if you are interested. We’ve already done early-bird enrollment so space is limited! If the timing isn’t right for you, you can join the early-bird announcement list for the next class. (No dates have yet been set. We may teach another class this summer or we may wait until fall.) Thank you, and please feel free to e-mail me with any questions!
  • I’m here to disrupt your school

    Lori Pickert
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    Dear Principal Jones, teachers, school board members, and parents, My name is Carrie Smith. I'm here to disrupt your school. People have been telling me for years that I shouldn’t be homeschooling — I should be improving the lives of all kids, not just my own! This year, it finally sank in. We’ve been homeschooling for 10 years and hoo boy, I think we’ve tried it all! Montessori, classical, unschooling — you name it, we tried it. That’s what you do when you love your kids, I guess — you just keep fiddling with the recipe till you find what works. And now you’ll all benefit!
  • No one’s going to DIY that for you, sweetheart

    Lori Pickert
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    It’s called DIY for a reason. Wired published a story Homeschooling Only Deepens Silicon Valley’s Rift with the Rest of Us and I responded with the following rant on Twitter: [View the story "No one’s going to DIY that for you" on Storify] I love kids and I love great educators and I want great schools for ALL kids. But anyone who thinks it’s easy — or even doable — for one family or even a group of families to waltz in and disrupt their local school is … incorrect. If I had the power to walk into my local school and change how they are doing things to how *I* think things…
  • Does what I do make a difference to anybody?

    Lori Pickert
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
      I was going to share this on Facebook but decided I wanted a permanent place on the blog for it, so I can reference it again and again.   Think of this applied to school — and then to family.   —   Max De Pree’s Twelve Questions to Leaders   Does what I do count?   Does what I do make a difference to anybody?   Why should I come here?   Can I be somebody here?   Is there for me any rhyme or reason here?   Can I “own” this place?   Do I have any rights?   Does coming here add any richness to my life?   Is this a place where I can learn something?   Would I show this…
  • Maker win: Blythe’s 3D-printed light-up dog collar

    Lori Pickert
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Blythe uses the 3D printer Please enjoy this fantastic win today shared by Nicky Serrano and her daughter Blythe! I wanted to share a huge win my 11-year-old daughter Blythe has had at her local Maker’s Guild. I am hoping we avoided most of the pitfalls Lori mentioned in her post What’s Wrong with DIY/Maker Faire/Hacking/Tinkering for Kids — and How We Can Make It Better. Blythe decided in May that she wanted to make a 3D printed dog collar that lights up automatically at night, and that she wanted to exhibit it at the World Maker Faire (both things completely her idea). She found her…
 
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    The Common Room

  • Why Narration?

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    vol 1 pg 173 “It is not too much to say that a morning in which a child receives no new idea is a morning wasted, however closely the little student has been kept at his books.” “It is not too much to say that a morning in which a child receives no new idea is a morning wasted, however closely the little student has been kept at his books.” Charlotte Mason, v. 1   “I am anxious to bring this idea of a discovery before the reader because our methods are so simple and obvious that people are inclined to take them up at random and say that extensive reading is…
  • Why we don’t keep reading even when the child is interested

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:07 am
    One of the Charlotte Mason approaches to books that freaks out a lot of booklovers is reading through a book slowly, stopping while the child is still interested, and then coming back to it later. Before we fully implemented Charlotte Mason principles, if I was reading a schoolbook to the children and it was time to stop, and they begged for more, I would keep reading. It was fine by me if we ripped through an entire book in a day instead of spreading it out over a few weeks. Before I actually tried this, stopping while a child was still interested was anathema to me – I thought it a…
  • Free Kindle Titles, Just for Fun

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    Mary Minds Her Business I don’t know anything about this one, except that the author published some stories in women’s magazines in the early 1900s, and they were amusing. McIlvaine’s Star A single short story published before 1924. Amazon Reader Review: Wisconsin born and bred August W. Derleth was an amazingly prolific author of historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, horror, and biography. He also founded a printing house called Arkham Press to make the works of H.P. Lovecraft and other supernatural fiction more easily accessible to readers in the…
  • Hilary Clinton’s Email Scandal: Worse and Worse

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    From Politico: The State Department has had a policy in place since 2005 to warn officials against routine use of personal email accounts for government work, a regulation in force during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state that appears to be at odds with her reliance on a private email for agency business, POLITICO has learned. The policy, detailed in a manual for agency employees, adds clarity to an issue at the center of a growing controversy over Clinton’s reliance on a private email account. Aides to Clinton, as well as State Department officials, have suggested that she…
  • The Skunk Cabbage

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    In North America, Very early in the spring a race is run with the hepatica, arbutus, adder’s tongue, bloodroot, squirrel corn, and anemone for the honor of being the earliest wild flower; and although John Burroughs and Doctor Abbot have had the exceptional experience of finding the claytonia even before the hepatica–certainly the earliest spring blossom worthy the name in the Middle and New England states.   But it is the rank Skunk Cabbage, whose name is snobbishly excluded from the list of fair competitors, that is first.  Skunk Cabbage has quietly opened dozens of minute…
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    Cottage Blessings

  • Finger Food

    Alice Gunther
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
     I cannot recall where I saw this idea, but somewhere on the internet an ingenious mother suggested putting small, appetizing, varied items in an ice cube tray for toddlers. Danielle usually does not like to sit down for a meal, but she will snack on this all day. The fruit juice gummy bears and Smart Puffs were the first thing to go from this arrangement, but she will get to the carrots by lunch time. Another thing I like to do to get some healthy food into the younger ones is to make a "sample platter" for them while I am cooking.  This usually consists of every…
  • Sick Day Bees

    Alice Gunther
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Breakfast:  Blankets: Books:    
  • The Lenten Kitchen Rebellion

    Alice Gunther
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    For a meatless Friday in Lent, we started the day with blue smoothies. They were more maroon than blue, and how kind of the lad to wear a matching shirt. I started the vegetable soup before Mass with a delicious recipe that calls for eight cups of any vegetable you have on hand.  In went every vegetable lingering lonely in the bottom of the refrigerator, including the rejected zucchini and yellow squash from a crudite platter.   For a light lunch, we had seven layer dip, full of beans and guacamole and deliciously fragrant lime: By mid-morning, I was feeling pretty…
  • Ember Day Souvenir

    Alice Gunther
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:20 am
    Wednesday morning, I was thinking about the Ember Days and planning on how to observe them with the children.  There is something so perfect in the thought of spending three days in prayer and fasting to dedicate the upcoming season, in this case Spring, to God.  On the way home from Mass, I stopped for coffee at a local farm stand.  So often, if we are learning about a new liturgical season, I pick up a piece of candy or cookie to celebrate with the children, but this was Lent, so it seemed unlikely there would be anything there for them.  Then, lo and behold,…
  • An altar for St. Joseph

    Alice Gunther
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:26 am
    With the feast of St. Joseph just days after St. Patrick's Day, we have never really celebrated with much extravagance. This year, I am dreaming of a St. Joseph altar and celebration. March 19th is just around the corner.
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Poetry Friday: Go Visit the Roundup

    Karen Edmisten
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    I'm in a bit of a hurry today, so I'm sending you straight over to the roundup at Robyn Campbell's place.(And I linked over there to my "Good-bye, February, and Good Riddance" haiku.)
  • Yeah, But Was It a Real Pilgrimage?

    Karen Edmisten
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    I should face it: we'll never be able to afford a real pilgrimage. That's okay. I make a short pilgrimage every morning to the coffee pot, and there I am fueled for the prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of my day.But Rome? The Holy Land? Probably won't happen until vans never break down, appliances last forever, a mortgage is paid off ... and by then Atticus and I will be decrepit.But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?It is a charter bus, and Mr. Henkel is the sun.Our liturgy director is opportunity in motion. He is all about offering the people of our parish opportunities they…
  • Good-bye, February, and Good Riddance

    Karen Edmisten
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Why is the shortest month the longest month?A few years back, I couldn't find anything (for a Poetry Friday) that expressed my relief at saying farewell to the longestshortest month of the year. So, I wrote my relief in haiku form:February fades,Like a guest who stayed too long.Shut the door, and sigh.Dear March -- hey, there! Happy to see you arrive!You can stay for 31 days and I promise not to get exasperated with you.Photo thanks to FreeImages.com.
  • Easy Street: The Great American Sentence Contest

    Karen Edmisten
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    It's here, at Easy Street magazine!It's fun!All the Edmistens are doing it!It ends tonight!
  • Poetry Friday

    Karen Edmisten
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    This week, Barbara Crooker's poem, "Strewn" ....It begins like this:It’d been a long winter, rags of snow hanging on; then, at the endof April, an icy nor’easter, powerful as a hurricane. But nowAnd it ends like this:                                     The light pours down, a rinseof lemon on a cold plate. All of us, broken, some wayor other. All of us dazzling in the brilliant slanting light.And you can read what's in between here, at the Poetry Foundation. And I can tell you this: that…
 
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    Molly Green

  • French Onion Biscuits

    JoAnn
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Karee Blunt and Lisa Holcomb    
  • Herb Windowsill Boxes—a Kitchen Garden at Your Fingertips

    JoAnn
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Melissa Price In Charleston, South Carolina window herb boxes hang outside restaurant windows and advertise the natural ingredients customers will likely enjoy on the day’s menu. Colorful and fragrant, window boxes are very inviting. They can bring a little bit of Charleston (and I am sure other locations) into your home this spring. It’s not too late to start seeds—although starting seeds in October would have been better—or you can wait until the garden shops tempt you with tender plants in the upcoming weeks. Windowsill boxes add color, fragrance, texture, and a generous supply…
  • 15 Minutes to Spring Cleaning

    JoAnn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Rhonda Barfield It started with my friend Jackie telling me about her problem and how she solved it. Like most of us, Jackie’s family had been living in their house for several years. They had an extra empty room that over time had become a catch-all for items they seldom used. After a couple of years, it was a cluttered mess. Who wants to spend a weekend cleaning up an area like this? Not Jackie. Instead, she decided to commit a small window of time each day to tackling one part of the room. She set a timer and got to work. When the buzzer sounded, she moved on to other work. This story…
  • Three Educational Canning Lid Games

    JoAnn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I love recycling things and if I can upcycle it, that’s even better! My canning supply drawer has been filling up with used canning lids. I really don’t have a hard time throwing things away if I feel that it no longer has a use for me. I can’t stand to see things lying around that I don’t use. But I haven’t been able to throw away old canning lids. They just look so useful to me! So I came up with three kids’ games that can be made from old canning lids. This project was simple enough for my 8-year-old to put together himself after receiving instruction from me.
  • Using What You’ve Got

    JoAnn
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Patricia Hunter One night several years ago, a young friend and his wife were home alone without their three young children when they decided to entertain themselves by creating and recording a song with their children’s toy instruments. “When you’re broke, you use what you’ve got,” my friend wrote when he posted the video online for our amusement. Making music with toy instruments is an extreme example, but using what we’ve got isn’t just inspiration for when we’re broke. It’s good stewardship of our resources. And being content to use what we’ve got and avoid…
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    The End In Mind

  • The Art of Writing (Part 2)

    Becky
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:59 am
    Last month I wrote about one of my favorite subjects: writing. If you missed it, I encourage you to go back and read it here. As a former elementary school teacher, a retired homeschooler, and now a scorer of student standardized test responses (the majority of them being writing responses), it is a subject dear […] The post The Art of Writing (Part 2) appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Avoiding the Homeschool Blues, Part Three – Setting Goals

    llane
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    For the past several weeks, we have been discussing ways to avoid the annual homeschool blues that often affect many of us this time of year.  Thanks so much for your feedback on this series.  It is encouraging!  However, it is also nice to know that I’m not the only one that struggles this time […] The post Avoiding the Homeschool Blues, Part Three – Setting Goals appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Only Three Days Away – The End in Mind Conference

    llane
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    There is more to life than homeschooling…and more to homeschooling than just doing school. – The…Click To Tweet   Today’s featured speaker is:   Debra Anderson Debra Anderson is passionate about education, spiritual formation, marriage, writing and missional living.  She holds a seminary Master’s degree in Christian Education and is now an associated seminary professor […] The post Only Three Days Away – The End in Mind Conference appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Only Four Days Away – The End in Mind Conference

    llane
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    There is more to life than homeschooling…and more to homeschooling than just doing school. – The…Click To Tweet It’s easy to lose sight of what is really important with all the demands on wives and mothers.  That’s why The End in Mind Homeschooling Lifestyle Conference was born.  With sessions that include topics relating creating your […] The post Only Four Days Away – The End in Mind Conference appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Review of The Sketchbook of Scarlet by Josiah Lewis

    Alysha Mitchell
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:59 am
    Josiah Lewis’ The Sketchbook of Scarlet focuses on brothers Michael and Patrick Kenwood. When a new antique store opens in Peachtree City, Georgia the boys can’t wait to explore inside the shop. On their first visit, Patrick finds a red, leather bound sketchbook which he gives to his older brother, Michael, as a gift. The […] The post Review of The Sketchbook of Scarlet by Josiah Lewis appeared first on The End In Mind.
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    Home*School*Home

  • Snow again.

    Fatcat
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
  • Reading, Reading, Reading.

    Fatcat
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Well it wasn't exactly intentional, but we did celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday in a way I think he would approve of; we spent pretty much the entire evening reading.  I try to finish what I am doing in the daytime and spend the evening with the kids as much as possible.  Oftentimes we are just watching TV while pursuing our various hobbies, but we have gotten really caught up in this book we are reading.  I was feeling very tired last night so I recommended that we start early again (my daughter is actually doing the reading, I started and she took over, as she tends to do).
  • An unusual direction.

    Fatcat
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Today's unschooling topic for my son (which of course he has chosen for himself) is how to be a sharp dressed man.  He's researching on a website called The Art of Manliness.   Suit jackets, blazers and sport coats are all different.  This is something he has learned today and what the purpose of each originally was.  Suits were for business (etc), blazers were for sailing and sport coats were for hunting and tuxedos are for "ultimate fancy".  :-)  I never know where his unschooling is going to take him.  Also today, he got up early and discovered that his…
  • A few things from this week.

    Fatcat
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    2 pictures of things my 16-year-old eats, to demonstrate the amount of food this kid takes in, during this growth spurt that he is currently in.  The first picture, above, is a hunk of pork roast with barbecue sauce on it.  I took the picture because I thought he was just going to eat it with a fork and I found that kind of interesting, but he didn't.  He went back to the kitchen, got a package of hamburger buns and made himself 5 sandwiches.  Just a bit of light eating.  Below is his playing cards snack from a couple of weeks ago, during the worst part of the…
  • School.

    Fatcat
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    We're still homeschooling.  Youngest son is enjoying studying German on Duolingo very much.  He's actually learning to spell at bit in both languages due to the fact that the lessons make him take dictation.  He hears a phrase in one language and has to type it in the other.  He's learned a great deal about indefinite articles, but typing the wrong ones in a few times.  After he masters German, he wants to keep going and learn some other languages.  I do not doubt that he will.  It's so wonderful to have such a resource as this available to us, in our home,…
 
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • An easy lesson on square roots

    Maria Miller
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    I've posted on my site a beginner video lesson on square roots. You can also watch it below: Finding a square root of a number is like finding the side of a square when the area is known. Square root symbol acts as a grouping symbol: anything under it is in parentheses and is solved first. I also solve a few problems involving area & perimeter of squares.I hope it's helpful!
  • Puzzle corner was too easy!

    Maria Miller
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    One of my customers mentioned that this particular puzzle corner from Math Mammoth Grade 1-A was too easy for her son:I admit, it's kind of easy. But, like I told her, I'm sure some children enjoy having an easier puzzle corner in between the others because several people have mentioned they are challenging to their children.But, you can make it more challenging very easily: simply add a number to each equation... and possibly also make (some of) the numbers bigger. Check the examples athttp://www.mathmammoth.com/lessons/puzzle_corner_too_easy.php:)
  • Ratios & Proportions book has been updated!

    Maria Miller
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Math Mammoth Ratios, Proportions & Problem Solving is a worktext that concentrates, first of all, on two important concepts: ratios and proportions, and then on problem solving. It is meant for grades 6-7.This book has been now updated to include many new lessons that will ALSO be in the upcoming Math Mammoth grade 7-B. This means that you can use it to continue pre-algebra studies after finishing 7-A.See free samples and more info:http://www.mathmammoth.com/ratios_proportions_problem_solving.phpFor now, I've kept the download price at $5.00 though the book became quite a bit longer.
  • Math worksheets in PDF form

    Maria Miller
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Time to celebrate!I've been working hard on the various worksheet generators at HomeschoolMath.net, and now all of them make worksheets both in PDF and html formats!Below you can see examples of the variety of the worksheets: The advantage of the PDF format is that it's portable and you'll instantly see how it prints.The advantage of the html format is that you can edit it! Simply save the worksheet to your device and then open the file in a word processing software.The worksheets cover topics from grade 1 through pre-algebra, such as: all the basic operations, clock, money, measuring,…
  • Happy Face Math

    Maria Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Image credit Charlie SmithSome pointers/explanations in case you find these cryptic:A happy face to the power of -1 is the inverse of happy face.Happy face squared or cubed are pretty easy."sup" in mathematics is the supremum of a set.Then we have a partial derivative of Happy Face.Next, sine of Happy Face = Happy Face sign by the road.In the second column, Re( :) ) is the real part of Happy Face, which is Happy Face without the eyes (without i's).Im of Happy Face is the imaginary part of Happy Face = the eyes (the i's).[Note, i is the imaginary unit used with imaginary numbers.]Triangle…
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    Crazy Everyday Blessings

  • Before you judge me for letting my 16 year old get a tattoo... please read this...

    Kari C in SC
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Savannah got her first tattoo tonight. Her dad and I took her just like we went with Timmy to get his first tattoo.  And some of you out there are at this very moment saying out loud or in your head, "What the heck are her parents thinking letting her get a tattoo?!?!?" Trust me... I hear you... I know you are saying and thinking it. And I should not care or give a hoot, but sadly, I do! But, for just a minute let me explain WHY we allowed her to do this and then if you still think we are crazy, well, that is your call and I don't give a hoot! For the record, we would not have allowed…
  • "Crazy House Lady"

    Kari C in SC
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Have you heard about this app called Time Hop? It shows you your facebook posts on the same day in years past.  It is pretty neat to see what you were up to years ago.  My time hop told me, yesterday, was the day we bought our first South Carolina rental.  I hadn't really been thinking about that at all until I saw it.  That, in turn, made me reflect on the journey our life has taken in the 4 years since that time.  Lots of you know that I am the "Crazy House Lady" as some of my friends like to call me.  Some of you know why I am, but I suspect many of you don't…
  • Harry Potter... One little book - so many memories...

    Kari C in SC
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    "If there is one thing that Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign... to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever." - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneSebastian and I just finished the first Harry Potter book tonight.  Of course, he had heard of Harry Potter before and I am pretty sure he has seen a movie clip or two.  But for the most part, Harry Potter was quite the unknown for him.  It is…
  • Christmas Letter 2014

    Kari C in SC
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Your long awaited Christmas book has arrived! Pull up a chair and relax! It’s that time of year again!Let’s start with Sebastian! He is a double digit midget this year! My youngest baby is 10! And with that extra digit, he has grown physically and his personality has grown. He has these long legs that he never had before. I look at him sitting in the van and I am like where did those legs come from? Guess what? He still loves video games and could spend his entire life playing them. He has been making basic programs on Khan Academy that I am pretty darn impressed with. I don’t…
  • Savannah's first job... oh, but so much more than that!

    Kari C in SC
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    This morning I set my alarm for 7am. That was the time Savannah said she would need to get up to start her first job today.  She said she had set her alarm, but I thought just maybe she would sleep through it. So, just to be sure, I set my own. As I opened my eyes, I could see that her bedroom door was open and she was awake. I tried to go back to sleep for a while until I had to wake to drive her to McDs.  As I lay there, I kept thinking about how this is how it happens. I have been down this path before. Ten years ago, right around this time, Timmy got his first job at Firehouse…
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    A Holy Experience

  • How to Walk Through When You See No Way

    Ann Voskamp
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    Very rarely in the Bible does God command someone to “Stay.” He opens a door, and then He invites us to walk through it—into the unknown. And how we choose to respond will determine the life we will lead and the person we will become. In fact, to fail to embrace the open door is to miss the work God has made for us to do.In All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?, bestselling author John Ortberg opens our eyes to the countless doors God places before us every day, teaches us how to recognize them, and gives us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace all of the…
  • Come to Israel with me this Lent?

    Ann Voskamp
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    …so about the middle of this 40 day journey toward Resurrection, you can find yourself in Jerusalem and looking up — and you feel all these walls coming down that you didn’t even know were there. Sometimes you only know the way through — by being very still. And then each step forward becomes a way of praying with your feet. #IsraelThisLent #Jerusalem #40days #PrayerJourney #Pray703 … O little town of Bethlehem…turns out God comes to this sod, visits this planet, not by choosing His entry point as the most esteemed place — but the most…
  • When You Feel Wounded By Your Own

    Ann Voskamp
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Dear Thriver, I once held a bird in my hand. No one else could see it, but I felt it. I felt it’s heart thumping hard and afraid. It happens– there are ways to look fine on the outside…. and no one knows what you’ve really survived. But honestly? You didn’t just survive, so let’s toss that myth right at the outset. The way you keep walking? You may be wounded. You may be hurting. You may be limping. You may feel alone and overwhelmed and an unspoken broken — but you’re no victim. And you’re not just a survivor. You’re a Thriver.
  • What Everyone Who Secretly Feels Like a Loser Really Needs

    Ann Voskamp
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    We’re not that far into Lent and forget that sign of dust they brush on the center of your forehead. I’m bowed over the sink after a teenage daughter’s slammed out the backdoor. Slammed out of my ugly diatribe. And I’m thinking I need something more direct, right there on the middle of brow. Like the “L” sign. The one the Farmer frowns deep at me and shakes his head that it isn’t true. She says she didn’t. I say she did. I don’t know how it suddenly got so loud and we both lost. I do know there are parenting days when the terms of…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [02.28.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Come away for a visit around our world? happy endings best group of teens ever?  amazing he can’t talk — but what he can do is ridiculously inspiring: Don’t Give Up when a little double amputee’s gets the wish for ‘Wings’ <grin> these photos from the 2015 Sony World Photography Contest are worth being wowed by what the tick of the clock actually means — fascinating What do you see? A White and Gold (No, Blue and Black!) Dress Melts the Internet up for a virtual visit to Dubai? Struggling Students Read To Therapy Dogs, Find Confidence In…
 
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    Natural Born Learners

  • 7 conditions for 7 things kids need to succeed

    beatrice ekoko
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    Thank you CBC for the article entitled ‘The 7 things kids need to succeed: Character traits include grit, self-control and social intelligence.’This piece is based on the work of journalist and author Paul Tough, ‘How Children Succeed—Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.’There were a few thoughts that immediately popped in my mind when I read the article. The first thought was ‘how do we define success?’  I appreciated the mention of what ‘becoming successful adults’ means, according to Tough and that is ‘being successful in achieving their…
  • Failure is the new winning: Discovery, innovation and growth come from learning from our mistakes

    beatrice ekoko
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Happy New Year! I have to be honest, I have neglected my blog, but I promise, I will post weekly from now on, even if that means reposting (it likely will until things slow down in a few months).In the mean time, check out my latest article in the Hamilton Spectator on failure; a reflection for the new year.Jan 12. 2015http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/5251292-failure-is-the-new-winning/Hamilton SpectatorBy Beatrice Ekwa EkokoA running joke in our family goes that growing up, we were supposed to be born knowing how to do things well. At the family's "haute couture" tailoring establishment,…
  • 16 Cs of Open Source Learning

    beatrice ekoko
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I had the pleasure of presenting at Hamilton's Function Keys 2 Conference last month. My presentation was entitled 'Open-source learning: education from a wider community perspective, technology, and culture.' For the occasion, I developed 16 Cs of Open Source learning and here they are:karlsson on the roofCharacteristicsCuriosity CreativityCoolness  ChallengeComplexityContextConversationCollaborationConnection Contribution Examples of Open Source Learning:Community and Communities of PracticeCrowd accelerated Innovation (‘cycles of improvement’ driven by…
  • The child's need for complexity.

    beatrice ekoko
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
    My mum gave my 4-year-old nephew a stuffed toy snake—cute for his baby sister but certainly not for a sophisticated “builder” like he considers himself to be. Without a backward glance, he tossed it over his shoulder and asked me, “Where is that other snake? The one with moving parts?”Complexity. Something with a bit of a challenge; something that will stretch the mind, get you into the zone, require a change in perspective even.------I recall when my teens were little. With the oldest, I was reading the Lord of the Rings when she was..7. And she loved it. It became the defining…
  • Technology, Education and Poverty

    beatrice ekoko
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    In Ontario, there's a plan to provide every kid from grade 4 to 12 with access to technology (iPad, tablet etc). There's this idea that with technology in the classroom, school is going to be the "great equalizer" at last.We are not so naive as to believe that access to technology in education will level the playing field and poor kids will miraculously have the same opportunities their wealthier peers have.But while handing out ipads will not overcome poverty, access to technology will empower poor students in learning. Access to technology via ipads will offer opportunities for children to…
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    Unschooling Site News, SandraDodd.com

  • Learning curve, Steps to the Highest Place, Rules

    Sandra Dodd
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The learning curve of unschoolers has a plateau in the middle, it seems. Don't worry.http://sandradodd.com/learningcurve.htmlNew, near the bottom, about the game Snakes and Ladders (and its purpose and history, with a new image):http://sandradodd.com/game/snakesandladdersVideo added, to go with the song lyrics that have been there for ten years and some, about rules/principles:http://sandradodd.com/benrulesphoto by Colleen Prieto, of Robbie with a hawk, and it's a link
  • Sugar, Barbie, Words

    Sandra Dodd
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Sugar, children's need for it, and desire for it (additions to an existing page, bottom)http://sandradodd.com/sugar"no, thanks..." to birthday cake... (top of the page)http://sandradodd.com/eating/sweetsBarbie (new writing by Robin Bentley, under "Memories" in the lefthand column)http://sandradodd.com/barbie.htmlNote added in box to right (positive comment found elsewhere):http://sandradodd.com/words/photo by Julie D; a link
  • Sweets; don't battle; learning how...

    Sandra Dodd
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Surprising change re: chocolate frogs, top of the page:http://sandradodd.com/eating/sweetsNegative approaches to peace (battle, fight, struggle, strive... don't!!)http://sandradodd.com/battleMinor additions at the bottoms of two pages, both from 2004.http://sandradodd.com/havetohttp://sandradodd.com/readalittle
  • Deschooling, Young Adults, evil Christmas cookies

    Sandra Dodd
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    New at the bottom of the page; related to what's right at the top.SandraDodd.com/deschooling/Deb Lewis, up top, about her son and related ideas:SandraDodd.com/youngadults/The villification of Christmas cookies, by parents who are not good coaches (near the bottom, two things added)SandraDodd.com/eating/sugar
  • Poison prevention, food, changing

    Sandra Dodd
    1 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Why would a child eat pills, or laundry soap packets?http://sandradodd.com/eating/poisonNew quote added, by Karen Angstadt, third item, righthand side:http://sandradodd.com/foodproblemsAdded two notes at http://sandradodd.com/feedback/Thank you for all the time you give. Giving people a great philosophy to live by is one thing but actually helping people to put it into practice is so much more.Thank you Sandra, Pam, and Joyce, and so many other wonderful and generous women, for helping me strive to be a better person, a better mom, a better wife, a better daughter, a better friend. Thank you…
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    Sandra Dodd

  • David Bowie letter.... read aloud in a performance

    Sandra Dodd
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Peter Serafinowicz read the letter David Bowie wrote to me aloud, in a sort of concert of letter readings, and it's been more than a year. I never heard of it. I was looking for something I'd written about Kirby and Marty playing with friends when they were very young, and somehow in the google search this came up:Letters Live, a review, was posted in December 2013. She wrote "Peter Serafinowicz giving life to David Bowie’s adorable letter to Sandra Dodd, his first self-proclaimed US fan who wanted to start a fanclub" It's awkwardly worded. I had no idea I was his first American fan. He…
  • Faith / The Great Doctor

    Sandra Dodd
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Originally posted on facebook, February 10 at 8:25pm but I want to be able to send it and look back at it myself. The facebook link is leading to the photo.I just watched THE best program I've ever seen in my whole life. I don't say that lightly. Bummer it's not in English. Alex Polikowsky told me about it last May, and I was "ho hum, don't care." Don't be that way, then, people who read this.ALSO don't read about it. You don't want to know what's going to happen. LOTS of things will happen. It's on Hulu plus, and (Alex says) another place or two. Maybe YouTube, I don't know.I watched the…
  • Similarities over the years

    Sandra Dodd
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Holly Dodd and Brett Henry (a homeschooling friend since he was eight years old, and Marty's best man), first in November 2014 (in Las Vegas for Marty's wedding) and then another of them dressed up, ten years or so ago:
  • Dodd Family portraits, fifteen years ago

    Sandra Dodd
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Holly, was this 1999 or 2000? (I'm hoping you'll know.) It was July; it was my birthay gift.Everyone's hair is different now. Keith and I are grey, Marty has hair and a beard, Kirby has shorter (but still long) hair and beard. Holly's is shorter, with little braids and decorative sculpting. Don't anyone save these. The photos were dusty, maybe the scanner glass, too. I'll re-do them sometime soon. These are too speckly for long-term versions.
  • Chicken and Walnuts in Pita

    Sandra Dodd
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    There's one recipe I make a couple of times a year, and my cookbook is wearing out, and Destiny wants the recipe, so I'm putting it where I can find it again myself.3 to 4 Tbsp milk8 oz. cream cheese, softened1/3 cup chopped green pepper1/4 cup chopped walnuts2 cups cooked, chopped chicken1 Tbsp lemon juice1 Tbsp grated onion1/2 tsp dry mustard1/2 tsp thymealfalfa sprouts Add milk to cream cheese; mix until creamy. Add remaining ingredients except sprouts.Cut pita bread into halves or quarters; add filling. Top generously with the alfalfa sprouts. May be made the night before.I don't like…
 
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    Home Schooling News

  • Superintendent Diane Douglas supports parental options in education

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    PHOENIX The Superintendent of Public Instruction this week reiterated her support for all parental options in education, including charter schools, private schools, religious private schools, home schooling, distance learning, open enrollment and traditional public schools.
  • Home Schooling Parents Upset With Sandy Hook Panel Proposals

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Parents' rights organizations from across Connecticut, including homeschoolers, contend they would be treated unfairly by some public policy recommendations prompted by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Believing their parental rights are at risks, the various groups have joined forces to form the new Parental Rights Coalition.
  • Home schooling parents upset with Newtown panel proposals

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Parents' rights organizations from across Connecticut, including homeschoolers, contend they would be treated unfairly by some public policy recommendations prompted by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School . Believing their parental rights are at risks, the various groups have joined forces to form the new Parental Rights Coalition .
  • What if We Funded Public Education Like Affordable Care Act Health Insurance?

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The Tax Policy Center's recent panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act's tax-based system of subsidies and penalties highlighted the convoluted way the ACA promotes health insurance. As a thought experiment, imagine if we funded public education the same way we pay for the ACA's exchange-based insurance.
  • GOP representative says he didn't vaccinate his kids and they're just fine

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Republican freshman congressman from Georgia, hosted his first town hall meeting last week. When the topic of vaccines came up, he told the crowd : "I believe it's the parents' decision whether to immunize or not.
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    HomeschoolBuzz.com

  • Carnival of homeschooling: Homeschool Mom Pet Peeve

    Gary
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Homeschool Mom Pet Peeve – Carnival of Homeschooling – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
  • Many Tulsans Choose Home School Over Public – KTUL

    Gary
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Many Tulsans Choose Home School Over Public – KTUL KTUL Many Tulsans Choose Home School Over PublicKTULHundreds of families in Tulsa are choosing to home school their children instead of sending them to public schools. Lindsay Elliot and her husband were both home schooled. Now they've decided to keep the tradition going with their three daughters, ages …and more »
  • Virginia Senate Passes ‘Tebow Bill’ To Allow Homeschoolers – Breitbart News

    Gary
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Virginia Senate Passes ‘Tebow Bill’ To Allow Homeschoolers – Breitbart News Breitbart News Virginia Senate Passes 'Tebow Bill' To Allow HomeschoolersBreitbart NewsOn Tuesday the Virginia state Senate passed what is dubbed the “Tebow Bill,” a measure that would allow homeschooled children to participate in interscholastic sports in public schools. The bill is named after former NFL player Tim Tebow, who was …
  • Senate Bill Could Help Pay for Home School, Private Education – KTUL

    Gary
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Senate Bill Could Help Pay for Home School, Private Education – KTUL KTUL Senate Bill Could Help Pay for Home School, Private EducationKTULA proposed state senate bill that would allow parents to use state funds to pay for a home schooled or private education is gaining lots of attention in Tulsa. Senate Bill 609, if passed, would allow parents to receive up to 80 percent of state funds …
  • Kentucky to Monitor High School Students Leaving for Homeschooling – iSchoolGuide

    Gary
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Kentucky to Monitor High School Students Leaving for Homeschooling – iSchoolGuide iSchoolGuide Kentucky to Monitor High School Students Leaving for HomeschoolingiSchoolGuideEducation officials in Kentucky announced their plan to start monitoring high school students who leave public schools for homeschooling to ensure they are not dropping out, Kristin Decarr of Education News reported. Local school boards statewide …
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    The History of the (Whole) World

  • KIRKUS reviews the Story of Science!

    Susan
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    The first big industry review of The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, just came out from Kirkus! “A bright, informative resource for readers seeking to understand science through the eyes of the men and women who shaped its history.” Read the entire review here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/susan-wise-bauer/the-story-of-science/ And, in case you didn’t know, the Well-Trained Mind Academy is offering a one year history and philosophy of science course, based on the book!
  • If you’re the parent of a school student, I have a question for you.

    Susan
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:17 am
    And here it is. If you’ve have had, or now have, your student(s) part- or full-time in a classroom situation. were you able to use any resources/techniques/ideas from home schooling to help you customize your child’s situation? In what ways did the idea of a parent-directed education make you able to take charge of the classroom setting? Or the reverse–did you decide to take a more hands-off approach? For a long time, I’ve heard from “afterschoolers” who use the Well-Trained Mind approach to do one or more subject at home in addition to a traditional school…
  • And the winners are…

    Susan
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:51 am
    Julie from Trinity, NC, home schooling this year for the first time and using classical methods Debbie from Florida, mother of two girls, aged ten and eleven Tabitha from Florida, a reader of The Well-Trained Mind Jennifer from Alabama, home schooling mom of three Janie from Texas, a “decade-long fangirl” Sheila from Victoria, who blogs at Greenridge Chronicles Susie and John, “adjunct faculty and former homeschoolers, classical education fans and wannabe homesteaders” Congratulations! You should see those galleys early next week. And thanks for playing, everyone.
  • The drawing is complete!

    Susan
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    I am so grateful for everyone who posted to the galley give-away contest, and I wish I had many more copies to distribute! I did dig up a couple more, so we drew eight names from the 776 comments below (778 total, one was from me, one was a duplicate). An email has gone out to the winners, and as soon as we get confirmation from all eight, we’ll post the results. ADDENDUM: If you entered, check your spam folder! I’m still waiting to hear back from a winner or two. And for the rest of the entries…I really want to give everyone SOMETHING! Stay tuned and I’ll arrange a…
  • Galley Giveaway!

    Susan
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    I am thrilled to report that the galleys (prepublication copies) of The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory have arrived! And I’d like to share them with you! Post a comment here before midnight on Friday, January 9, and I’ll enter your name into a random drawing for a galley. I’ve got six to give away. Hope to see your name here soon… (By the way, comments have to be approved before they appear–this keeps the spam away! So if you don’t see your comment immediately, be patient. As long as your user name isn’t…
 
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    The Thinking Mother

  • Undiagnosed Postpartum Depression Gives Parenting A Bad Rap

    ChristineMM
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    In recent readings of memoir about women's lives with a focus on misery during mothering there are so many red flags for postpartum depression that it's not funny. It's sad actually to read of the suffering and the tragedy of living without joy for basic life.What is bugging me is how rather than realizing that there is a medical problem causing a negative perception, they just blame parenting in general. They also look down upon people with normal functioning brains for not being miserable doing the tasks that it takes to mother and raise infants and young children. They discredit the…
  • Kaplan SAT Strategies, Practice, and Review 2015-2016 Book Review by ChristineMM

    ChristineMM
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Summary Statement: For the SAT Version That Will End in 2016 - A Good ValueMy Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5 = I Love ItKaplan SAT 2015-2016 has a note in the green circle on the cover that says "prep before the test change". This means this is anticipated to be the last prep book using the current (soon to be old) SAT. As of today the drastically revised SAT is set to be released for use in Spring 2016. There is a 40 page overview of the new 2016 SAT as "bonus" chapter at pages 393-434. We own and my older teen has used / is using these Kaplan books for SAT prep and practice as part of our…
  • Unpacking and Unpacking-Unpacking

    ChristineMM
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    The floors are in. The walls are painted. The stairway is not done. The faux finishing painting repair work is not done.When I was packing up, I hired some help but did most of it myself. While packing I was decluttering. Well, while unpacking, guess what? I am decluttering even more. As predicted older son is paring down his stuff. The closets that were emptied are being pared down with the too small clothes coming out. Younger son has asked that every single decorative thing and all the books in his room that we put into boxes go away without even being unpacked. He also didn't want the…
  • Offering, Encouraging, or Pushing Kids?

    ChristineMM
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    I was always firmly in the camp of providing our kids opportunities and offering and encouraging and letting them navigate and to not push.In my former volunteer work with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts I saw that often the most disruptive and most troublesome boys were the ones being forced to do the activity by their parents. They did not want to be there and they dug their heels in and made trouble on purpose. They took action to choose to not pay attention even when the activity was decent. They were the rule breakers, the sneakers, the low percent that hogged up 80% of the energy and time of…
  • Montetizing a Blog Takes Time and Effort

    ChristineMM
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    In an effort to be efficient with accomplishing my main priorities I pared down the analysis of things like looking at my blog statistics.This blog is 10 years old. I have added Amazon Associates and BlogHer ads to my blog. I am not supposed to say how much money I earn from these exactly but I will say that one week working part-time at a minimum wage job is more than I earn from BlogHer in a year. My Amazon revenue flucutates with Christmas season buying being the busiest. February was one of my all time low earnings of a single digit.I don't usually analyze the Amazon statistics but today…
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • QOTD

    dcobranchi
    8 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    [R]efusing to vaccinate your children is not “personal choice” but public irresponsibility. You no more have the right to risk others by failing to vaccinate than you do by sending your child to school with a hunting knife. Vaccination isn’t a private choice but a civic obligation. — Nicholas Kristof
  • HOW IN THE HELL…

    dcobranchi
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Did our country get so screwed up that we allowed vaccinations to become politicized!?
  • THREE STRIKES AND IT’S OUT!

    dcobranchi
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Swiffer WetJet is a piece of junk. We’ve had three now that broke off at the handle. It seems that whatever plastic they use is just too weak, too thin, and too brittle to do the job. This latest one lasted 13 months. I will not be purchasing a 4th one and will be Freecycling the remaining Swiffer consumables I have on hand.
  • LIFE IN FAYETTEVILLE

    dcobranchi
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Yes, I don’t live there any longer (Thank FSM!) but this story is just oh so typical: A woman in Fayetteville, N.C. allegedly shot her husband in the chest when he came home to surprise her with breakfast Friday morning, television station WTVD reported. Police said Tiffany Segule, 27, shot her husband, Zia Segule, 28, after he returned home to surprise her and set off their home’s alarm system, the station reported. She had returned to bed after her husband left for work and thought there was an intruder, according to police. She fired a shot through her bedroom door, authorities…
  • -3 °F IS COLD!

    dcobranchi
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    Layers, folks. Dress in layers.
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    Homeschool Journal Dot Net

  • Gone cruisin’

    liese4
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Yes, again. We are traveling to Cozumel, Belize and Roatan Honduras on the NCL Jewel. We have grand snorkeling plans in Cozumel, a trip to some Mayan ruins in Belize and more swimming in Roatan. Plus, this is a new ship to us, so we’re looking forward to exploring, working out in the gym, sliding down the water slides, checking out the kids area and of course, trying new food! (They have a Carlo’s bakery on board! We’re booked into the Brazilian Churrasco restaurant and the Japanese Hibachi grill another night too.) There is no Internet on the ship, so we’ll be…
  • Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! {Early}

    liese4
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:06 am
    Since his birthday is on Monday, you have some time to look through the links and get some fun ideas for then. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. If you didn’t already know, Dr. Seuss is coming out with a new book What Pet Should I Get? His widow found the makings of the book among his things and handed it over to a publisher. Did you know that you can use Dr. Seuss books for teaching older kids? Sure, we love them for teaching reading, matching and rhyming words and phonics, but some Seuss books have deep themes and meanings and can be fun to use for a Literature study. So,…
  • Yippee!

    liese4
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    I weighed in a day early……and……deep breath….I’m down 30 pounds since December 28th (when James and I started our new year health goals.) I was thrown off track for 2 weeks recently when a gout attack had me going to the gym less, going to the doctor and taking medication (which I am done with now.) I tried to work through the pain, but if you’ve ever had gout you know that a blanket touching the affected area can send shooting pains through your body, so doing the eliptical was no fun. Many people have asked how we have done it. James and I are both…
  • Yesterado, Saj, Lola coffee, snow

    liese4
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    This morning we went to the arts center to see Buntport’s show – Yesterado. A tale of Colorado back in the year 1897, when women wore corsets and the Rocky Mountain News splashed the paper with headlines of tantalizing news about Denver. But first, we got the low down on how our state came to be, the people who settled here and what brought people here in the first place – GOLD! Jess and Mitch entertained us with stories of a daring female bicyclist who - GASP! – tore off her corset and wore bloomers! Soapy Smith the swindler who stole from innocent bystanders and had…
  • Mall of America’s Sea Life — Worth the Cost on Homeschool Days

    Alicia
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
      We finally got a chance to check out Sea Life at the Mall of America (formerly known as Underwater World).   They host Homeschool Days once or twice a year, generally in the fall and spring.  If you visit during those days (generally a week long), the price is drastically reduced.  When we visited, it was $5 a person instead of $17 or $23 each! The kids really enjoyed it, and they learned quite a lot.  We made the three hour drive up there mostly for this event, and it was well worth it. That said, I would not recommend it at full price, especially for large families or those…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • March 2015 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    My first instinct was to use a photo from a couple of weeks ago for this month’s desktop calendar, when the world was covered in ice, until my girls came in from walking the dog this morning and said it feels like spring. Spring! And we’ve still got the soggy remains of last week’s snowman’s clothes lying in our front yard. Your calendar is a day late because I’ve been busy busy busy finishing The Gift of Friendship, which will be next year’s follow up to The Beauty of Grace. I may be just a teeny bit biased, but I believe you will love this book. Lately…
  • When We’re Afraid to Trust Him: Today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    My daughter and I slip into the welcome center just minutes before closing time. We’ve driven my son back to school in Mississippi, and this is the final state line to cross on our journey home. As we race back to the car, I giggle like a child, focused more on getting out of the biting wind than looking like an adult. We drive past the last parking spaces and picnic tables and spot a little brown dog, red collar around his neck, watching us go. I stop, back up, and pull into the last space as my daughter gets out and goes to help him, but the little guy races away from her and across the…
  • Make a Difference: #MakeItZero

    Dawn Camp
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    Yesterday I attended an event sponsored by Wellspring Living, an organization who helps victims of DMST (domestic minor sex trafficking) by giving them the courage to move forward with their lives and the confidence to succeed. They help restore lives. You might think sexual trafficking exists only in third world countries, in places far from your own backyard, but you’d be wrong. This modern form of slavery robs young girls of their lives and freedom and Atlanta ranks as one of the major hubs in this country. Girls as young as eight years old, with an average age of 14, are being…
  • The Reviews are in from an Amazing Launch Week!

    Dawn Camp
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Thank you to everyone who Facebooked, tweeted, commented, encouraged, and prayed about the release of my book, The Beauty of Grace, last Tuesday. The first week exceeded expectations: by Thursday, we were the #1 New Release in Christian Meditation Worship & Devotion on Amazon and now we’re also the #1 New Release in Devotionals. {These numbers bounce around day to day, but we’ve remained in the top five.} Check your local Barnes and Noble. Large markets currently feature The Beauty of Grace on their hardcover display tables. I can never adequately thank the amazing…
  • Beauty of Grace Launch Day & a DaySpring Giveaway!

    Dawn Camp
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    When I turned in The Beauty of Grace to my publisher, Revell, on March 1 of last year, it seemed like the official release—today—would never come. But here it is, and DaySpring is celebrating with me by offering this beautiful Floral Vine Christian Journal to 30 of you! The Beauty of Grace celebrates the power of story: it contains over 50 of them. Stories about serving Jesus by serving others; the dangers of comparison; letting go of worry; finding peace in your mess. Grace in the everyday. Thank you to all who’ve already ordered The Beauty of Grace, which has been available…
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    Molly Green

  • French Onion Biscuits

    JoAnn
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Karee Blunt and Lisa Holcomb    
  • Herb Windowsill Boxes—a Kitchen Garden at Your Fingertips

    JoAnn
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Melissa Price In Charleston, South Carolina window herb boxes hang outside restaurant windows and advertise the natural ingredients customers will likely enjoy on the day’s menu. Colorful and fragrant, window boxes are very inviting. They can bring a little bit of Charleston (and I am sure other locations) into your home this spring. It’s not too late to start seeds—although starting seeds in October would have been better—or you can wait until the garden shops tempt you with tender plants in the upcoming weeks. Windowsill boxes add color, fragrance, texture, and a generous supply…
  • 15 Minutes to Spring Cleaning

    JoAnn
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Rhonda Barfield It started with my friend Jackie telling me about her problem and how she solved it. Like most of us, Jackie’s family had been living in their house for several years. They had an extra empty room that over time had become a catch-all for items they seldom used. After a couple of years, it was a cluttered mess. Who wants to spend a weekend cleaning up an area like this? Not Jackie. Instead, she decided to commit a small window of time each day to tackling one part of the room. She set a timer and got to work. When the buzzer sounded, she moved on to other work. This story…
  • Three Educational Canning Lid Games

    JoAnn
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I love recycling things and if I can upcycle it, that’s even better! My canning supply drawer has been filling up with used canning lids. I really don’t have a hard time throwing things away if I feel that it no longer has a use for me. I can’t stand to see things lying around that I don’t use. But I haven’t been able to throw away old canning lids. They just look so useful to me! So I came up with three kids’ games that can be made from old canning lids. This project was simple enough for my 8-year-old to put together himself after receiving instruction from me.
  • Using What You’ve Got

    JoAnn
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Patricia Hunter One night several years ago, a young friend and his wife were home alone without their three young children when they decided to entertain themselves by creating and recording a song with their children’s toy instruments. “When you’re broke, you use what you’ve got,” my friend wrote when he posted the video online for our amusement. Making music with toy instruments is an extreme example, but using what we’ve got isn’t just inspiration for when we’re broke. It’s good stewardship of our resources. And being content to use what we’ve got and avoid…
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • Do I need a handwriting curriculum?

    Lauren T
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Do I actually need a formal handwriting curriculum?  I'd rather not spend the money if I can just have my rising K'ers and 2nd grader just trace and practice.  Is a curriculum pretty necessary for handwriting?
  • Driver's Ed in your area

    lily
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Hi everyone. I was just curious about the driver's ed laws and costs in your area.  Here in NH it now costs $725 to take driver's ed. Is it just me, or is that a bit much? And if they don't take it, they can't apply for their license and take the DMV test until they are 18.  Just curious if that is basically the normal rate these days. It makes me feel old to be complaining about the cost of something and comparing it "back to when I was a kid..." ~ lol!
  • Needing good reading series for 13 yr girl

    tawny zuniga
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    My 13 year old daughter is an avid reader. But lately she is getting bored with a lot of the series they have at our local library. She is feeling they are not up to her maturity level any longer. We are very conservitive Christians and I don't care for many of the books that are out now for teens.  Some being too sexualized for our convictions. Others I have looked at seem to have a lot of dark themes to them.  Could any of you wonderful momma's of teen girls give us some suggestions??   
  • Zoombinis

    Kathryn Wolff
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    For those of you who enjoyed the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis computer game back in the 90's, the original creators have gotten the rights back and are hoping to update it for PCs and tablets. www.zoombinis.com Our family is thrilled. We were still playing it until our last XP box died about three years ago.
  • Finding a "co-op" that fits

    Christian
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    We're having trouble fitting in.  The group we belong to no longer fits us as many of the families we identified with left. The ones left and some of the new folks, we just don't do things the same way. And many of the other group in our area is just to time consuming. Anyone else has trouble fitting in?
 
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    Homeschool Blog

  • 30 Creative Organization Ideas for Your Home

    Robin Sampson
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Organization saves time, money, and your sanity. Here are some organization tips to motivate you. Pass it on: Pin, Facebook & Tweet.
  • My Favorite Christian Fiction Books

    Robin Sampson
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    My Favorite Christian Fiction Authors C.S. Lewis William Paul Young Kristen Heitzmann Charles Martin Bodie and Brock Thoene Angela Hunt Susan Meisner  Randal Arthur Susan May Warren Lynn Austin  Robert Whitlow Terry Blackstock  Deborah Raney Mary E. DeMuth Nicol Baart  Dee Henderson George MacDonald Michael Phillips Brandilyn Collins  Tracie Peterson Dani Pettrey Francine Rivers Chris ...
  • In-Depth Torah Class Study on the Book of Esther Videos & Free Printable

    Robin Sampson
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    An in-depth, Hebraic look at the book of Esther by Tom Bradford (my pastor) is availble at TorahClass.com for free audios, downloadable audios, images and PDF transcripts. A list of the videos is below. First we recommend you watch the Esther video to get a good overview, then watch (or listen to) Tom Bradford’s teachings. Esther ...
  • Purim: Proof God is Always in Charge

    Robin Sampson
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Tuesday this week, he made reference to Purim, the holiday that will begins tonight, commemorating the Jews’ salvation from the hands of Haman and the Persians thousands of years ago. Then the Persians wanted to destroy the Jews; today the Persians want to destroy the state of the ...
  • Messiah in Purim

    Robin Sampson
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
      The story of Purim is one of many episodes in God’s dealings with His people. The Jews were saved physically at this point in their history. The time of their full salvation and the complete fulfillment of God’s prophecies given to Abraham was drawing nigh. It happened five hundred years later with the coming of ...
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Pi Day – Coming Soon Near You March 14th! Try out these Activities!

    kamrg
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Celebrate Pi Day with these Activities March 14 is coming quickly! Make your plans now to celebrate math with Pi Day using some of these neat resources, books, and ideas. We have links to tons of websites with activity suggestions for all grades. We also have a list of books that you can read and follow up with notebooking pages or lapbooks. We have started out our day with headbands. On the front of the headband we attached a triangle resembling a slice of pizza pie or a circle resembling a whole pie. The kids colored in their favorite pizza or pie. Then wrote the word “Pi”,…
  • Free Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study using Charlotte Mason Methods

    kamrg
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study Primary Ages Read Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner – your child can read to you or you can read aloud. Meet Abe Lincoln by Barbara Cary As your child narrates to you the events of the story, you can write it for him/her on a notebooking page to place in a notebook. (See notebooking page links you can choose from below.) You can have your younger child listen to some of the reading suggestions listed below for the older child and have them narrate to you events from these stories as well, while the older children write their own narrations. Make a…
  • Nature Study Sale, Currclick Whisper Sale and Freebies

    kamrg
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    Well, down here in the South Bo (our groundhog) predicted Spring is right around the corner and to celebrate we are offering our Spring Nature Study and More and our Nature Study, Nature Journals, and Poetry Through the Year ebooks for 50% off! Spring Nature Study and More : Normally $6.50, now $3.25 Buy Now Using Nature Study, Nature Journals, and Poetry Through the Year : Normally $14.95, now $7.50 Buy Now Currclick is also having their Winter Whisper Sale with 20 publishers offering their items at 50% off! This event also includes Eight Freeebies worth over $26! So dust away the winter…
  • Notebooking freebies for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day and a Coupon Code

    kamrg
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Look at the bottom of this post for a special discount coupon code to use to add something fresh to your homeschool routine for the second half of your school year. Maybe beat some of the winter duldrums or cabin fever that hits about now! Be sure to share this offer and coupon code with your friends by clicking on one of the social media buttons below! Here is a great offer by Notebookingpages.com for some free Valentine’s Day and President’s Day notebooking pages and crafts: Valentine Notebooking Pages, Foldable Cards/Envelopes, Recipe Cards & Labels Presidents’ Day…
  • Christmas or Advent Study and End of Year Curriculum Sale!

    kamrg
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Prices starting at only .80! These are the lowest prices of the season! We want to help make planning for your new school year easier with our special 50%  + off Curriculum Sale and easy to use ebooks! Here are the links to the discounted sale prices in our sale: Make Your Own ABC Book About … Christmas : Normally $1.99, now .80 ! Buy Now Make Your Own ABC Book About … Ancient Greece e-book : Normally $1.99, now .80 ! Buy Now Make Your Own ABC Book About … Thanksgiving : Normally $1.99, now .80 ! Buy Now Make Your Own ABC Book About … The Human Body : Normally…
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with winter and spring in the same week

    Kris Bales
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Periodic Table of Elements Made…Elementary! (How to Build a Model Periodic Table of Elements)

    Colleen Leonard
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Changing Homeschool Curriculum Mid-year

    Kris Bales
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • How to Tweak Homeschool Curriculum

    Kris Bales
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the really awesome snow

    Kris Bales
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
 
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • How to Determine Virtual School Grade Level

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    My son was in private school and they put him up two grades but now got kicked out of the school for being defiant. He was in 7th grade and does not know
  • How many hours does a high schooler need to work for?

    6 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    I need to know how long to teach my child. Reply from Diane: Jennifer, You will find this answered for someone wanting to teach their 7th grade granddaughter:
  • Homeschooling for 3 months while traveling outside the U.S.

    7 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Hi. My 15 year old daughter and I will be traveling from Jan 25 thru April of this year. I want to provide the best homeschool option while we travel.
  • Wisconsin Homeschoolers are Required to File PI-1206 Online

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    • Tell other homeschoolers: You are required to file form PI-1206 even if you begin homeschooling after the third Friday in September. (An organization based outside Wisconsin says on its website that families who begin homeschooling after the third Friday in September do not have to file the form.) • Tell other homeschoolers: You are required to file form PI-1206 ONLINE each year you are homeschooling. (The organization based outside Wisconsin states on its website that filing a paper version of the form is an “option.”) An organization based outside Wisconsin has posted inaccurate…
  • Kohl Scholarships for Wisconsin Homeschoolers Increased to $3,000

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    The application deadline for homeschoolers has been extended. Applications must be mailed by Wednesday, November 26, 2014. (Homeschoolers can use this deadline regardless of the date printed on the application form.) The application form for homeschoolers is almost the same as that for other students with only minor changes because of the way homeschools are constituted. It requires several short essays, one 300-500 word essay, three letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript. The application must be typed.
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • 2015 Reader Awards and Convention Schedule

    Sonya Shafer
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Twenty years ago when I started homeschooling, one of the first resources I latched onto was Practical Homeschooling magazine. I loved reading the “A Day in the Life” diaries from other homeschool families and getting a peek into what their days looked like in their homes. The product reviews were so valuable for letting me […] 2015 Reader Awards and Convention Schedule originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Getting the Spine Book Straight

    Sonya Shafer
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:02 pm
    If you’ve been around Charlotte Mason homeschoolers for any length of time, you have most likely heard the term “spine” book. While it may seem like such a term would refer to a type of science book, it’s actually more likely to be used for history. Let’s take a few minutes to make sure we’re […] Getting the Spine Book Straight originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Wisdom from Shakespeare

    Sonya Shafer
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    We’ve been talking the past couple of weeks about how much Charlotte Mason valued Shakespeare. She considered his works to be a great way to help instruct children’s consciences, reinforcing the differences between right and wrong, good and evil. Charlotte never wanted this instruction to be brash, in-your-face moral sermons. She knew that children (indeed, […] Wisdom from Shakespeare originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Shakespeare in Three Steps: A New Resource

    Sonya Shafer
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    My first exposure to Shakespeare was in a high school language arts class. We had a substitute teacher that day. He didn’t know what to do with the class, so he wheeled in one of those TV-on-a-cart jobs and popped in a video tape of The Taming of the Shrew. We all sat there in […] Shakespeare in Three Steps: A New Resource originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Shakespeare: Author and World-Teacher

    Sonya Shafer
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    Every once in a while you find an author with whom you connect on a deep level. One who can use words masterfully to paint a picture on the wall of your mind, almost as vivid as a framed watercolor in your living room. A writer with keen insights into personality and human nature, which […] Shakespeare: Author and World-Teacher originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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    TxHomeschooling

  • What is the Boogie Board?

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    I've been getting the question, "What is a Boogie Board?"  So here is the answer. Some of you might not know but there are some affordable resources out there for homeschoolers.  Grandparents remember using the chalk board in the classroom and using for just about every subject from Grammar to Government. Now there is no need for Chalk.  Today there is the an LCD Writing Pad and found around the price of only $30.  Do mathematics calculations, practice handwriting, write answers to simple reading comprehension questions, practice spelling, have your child draw a…
  • Creativity and Fun in the Homeschool II

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Hello again!Have you ever seen your child's face when something you ordered has come in the mail?  Good old fashioned snail mail. It's a mystery box and it has your child's name on it. What could it be?  Here are two programs that are great for kids learning to read and for those that have mastered the art of reading. Animal Trackers Club is for pre-readers ages 3-6.  Space Scouts is for six and up.  Choose the monthly plan or the 3, 6, or 12 month plan.  Start now in March or plan for an interesting summer with the 3 month plan. Does your child want to be an Animal…
  • Creativity and Fun in the Homeschool

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    Hello fellow Homeschoolers,This Blog Post will contain ideas for how to start this year out successfully. No more "But Moms" or "I have to go to the bathroom" escape plans for the kids will be heard. Its time to take all reading material out of the bathroom.Affiliate Disclosure:  There are affiliate links in this blog post.   Start week one with a list of concepts you want to cover for each topic in your homeschool. Take each item on that list and expand with ideas of how to teach that concept using some point of interest your child has that fits into your daily…
  • 2 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    The doTerra Intro Kit doTerra was created back in 2008 by medical scientists committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils. The Intro-Kit (Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender) provides an affordable way to integrate essential oil usage in your life and enhance personal wellness.Lemon Essential OilExtraction method: Cold Pressed/ExpressedTherapeutic GradeWHAT IS CPTG? CERTIFIED PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE Source - http://everythingessential.me/AboutOils/CPTG.html Five ways Lemon helps you clean around the house. I got experience points using Lemon to clean as a…
  • Constitution Day - 9-17-2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Resources for your homeschool this Constitution Day History of Constitution Day - http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-constitution-day/history-of-constitution-day/ Free Apps for Androids by Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-President-Leaders-American-Citizenship/dp/B00AF3MPZ0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=8-4&keywords=constitution+facts Online Activities for kids - http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-constitution-kids/ Activities and info about the U.S. Constitution separated by grade (K-3, 4-7, 8-12) - http://www.usconstitution.net/constkidsK.html Affiliate Link - Search…
 
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    Nurture Creek

  • Year 6

    Sherry Gann
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    July 2015-June 2016 This list will evolve through the year--things will be added, things will be deleted.  As usual, we like to have a solid plan to get us going, yet we always feel free to step off the main path to follow other interests as they arise or change things up if they aren't working. Reflecting on what has happened during his 5th-grade year, Gerrick has said that he wants more poetry teatimes and much more science in 6th grade. (This is a repeated pattern. Every year he asks for more science. Though I have always supported and encouraged his independent explorations by…
  • Year 5

    Sherry Gann
    25 May 2014 | 10:47 am
    This list will evolve through the year--things will be added, things will be deleted.  As usual, we like to have a solid plan to get us going, yet we always feel free to step off the main path to follow other interests as they arise.ScienceR.E.A.L. Sciency Odyssey Biology 2  Brain Games various classes/field trips of interest various books/videos of interest MathBeast Academy 3A-3DTimes Tales ReflexUS HistoryRevolution & Independence, Slavery, Westward ExpansionRead-Alouds A History of Us (Books 3-5) The Boston Tea Party Paul Revere's RideGeorge vs George: The American…
  • Blogging Break

    Sherry Gann
    22 Sep 2013 | 6:37 am
      Obviously, I haven't been blogging for several months now.  We are in the process of trying to sell our house, and keeping it spotless for showings while continuing to live our normal lives is using every ounce of my energy.  I like to keep things as simple as possible, so whenever busy tries to settle in, the first thing to go is always this blog.  However, I'm still enjoying a bit of public microblogging on facebook, so if you'd like to stay in touch, please feel free to follow me there.  
  • Year 4

    Sherry Gann
    1 Aug 2013 | 8:00 am
    Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/Math (STEAM)Engineering for Kids homeschool classes (weekly)Camp Invention (one week) pottery classes (4 sessions--12 Saturdays)   Teaching Textbooks Math 4 (Update: After he completed the first half of this, we decided to drop TT.  Though he scored well on every lesson, it just felt like he was going through the motions without really thinking much.)Life of Fred Elementary Series, continuedfact practice using Xtra Math, Pollywogs to Polygons: The Metamorphosis of Numbers to Art, games like Zeus on the Loose, and various apps such as Math…
  • Creek Exploring

    Sherry Gann
    21 May 2013 | 11:03 am
    (We've been reading about invertebrates and arthropods.)
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • The HomeScholar March Newsletter Giveaway

    Lee
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s Monthly Giveaway Time! Check out The HomeScholar March Newsletter Giveaway! There’s nothing more stressful to parents than college admission and scholarships. Many parents question... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Homeschooler Wins Full Scholarship – Plus Some More!

    Lee
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Homeschooler Wins Full Scholarship – Plus Some More! I love hearing homeschool success stories, especially when a homeschooler wins full scholarships – don’t you? This... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Meal Planning and Freezer Meals

    Lee
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    How do you cope with a busy season of your life? People face difficulties all the time, and so do I. How do you manage to […] The post Meal Planning and Freezer Meals appeared first on The... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Gifted and Stuck in School!

    Lee
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Gifted education is a subject very near and dear to my heart! It is the reason why I began homeschooling in the first place. After […] The post Gifted and Stuck in School! appeared first on... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Learn 100% About One College

    Lee
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    What Colleges Want It’s difficult to find out exactly what colleges want, because they are all different. Instead of the stress of figuring out what ALL […] The post Learn 100% About One... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Crack The Egg Blog

  • The Potential Advantages To Working With A Health Check Malpractice Legal Representative

    Andy
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Health as well as well-being is our most valuable gift, and we rely on the skilled medicinal care authorities, from health check practitioners to the nurses to the hospitals and the clinics to aids we all maintain that great health. In this, we put our full faith in the hands of the people, and institutions that are knowledgeable and specialized to present a higher expert standard of healing. The good news is that the most of the healthcare workers are careful and committed professionals who struggle to live up to that blessed faith, furthermore also who dedicate their premium efforts to…
  • How to purchase silver spoon ring?

    Andy
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Jewelry is a perfect gift to honor any function. Jewelry features a lasting expressive worth as well as a top quality that tends to create it amazing. Many preferred items are passed down through years in houses. This article will give you some suggestions and pointers to get the best spoon ring. If you’re new to creating cable jewelry, practice with birdwatcher cable or art cable before moving on to gold. There’s a learning bend when it comes to creating cable jewelry, and it’s likely you’ll have to attempt a few occasions before getting it right. Sterling gold is…
  • HGH a true miracle

    Andy
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    HGH has gained much fame in present days and is called as new anti aging therapy. For those who doesn’t know much about the hormones and its growth its must to first know about this nad then should make their decision whether they need HGH therapy or not. A ver small almost pea like structured at the base of the brain helps in the growth of the hormones which helps to fuel the childhood growth and further helps in maintaining tissues and organs of the body part for the rest of the life. With the passing time, the pituarity glans which is responsible for the growth of the hormones slowly…
  • Vaporizers – Good News For Cigarette Smokers!

    Andy
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:18 am
    For a long time now, cigarette smoking has been considered to be classy but no one realizes the harm it does to our bodies. Our lung cells are very sensitive and this is why we tend to cough rigorously whenever we inhale any foreign element unknowingly. So you can very well imagine what cigarettes must be doing to the lungs of those who are regular smokers. A vaporizer machine is a comparatively healthier option for those people who want to cut down on their smoking habits but not on the satisfaction. Vaporizers are budget friendly equipments that smokers can buy to avoid traditional…
  • Google Plus For Marketing Your Services And Merchandise

    Andy
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Are you a seller of some products or and services? Well, if yes, are you marketing heavily on Facebook and Twitter?  It is pretty much common to see many people on Facebook than on Google Plus indeed and that is a bad policy if you are doing that exactly the same. Be on Google Plus or create one account right now and stay active there, and produce some posts there that can make some people aware of your stuff. According to SEM Digital Friks undeniably social media websites are cool. If you are seriously considering the option of making some greater amount of money through sales, well, you…
 
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    Living Life and Learning

  • Toddler Activities for Easter + Huge Giveaway

    Monique
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    With Easter around the corner, these fun toddler activities for Easter will occupy your little one for hours. I love thinking about Easter because it hopefully means that the snow here will be going away soon. We’re actually slated for another snow storm this week which is pretty sad, but a girl can dream. I […] The post Toddler Activities for Easter + Huge Giveaway appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Our Favourite Canadian History Books + Giveaway

    Monique
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    We studied modern history for the last two years and this year we cycled back to the ancient times. Well, my son hasn’t been too happy with learning about the ancient times because he says they didn’t have very good weapons back then. These are our favorite Canadian history books which my son loves and he […] The post Our Favourite Canadian History Books + Giveaway appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • 25 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil

    Monique
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What are the best ways to use lemon essential oil? It is definitely one of my favorites, our family is huge fan of the citrus oils because we love their fresh smell. Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the lemon rind or peel and has a ton of helpful benefits not to mention it […] The post 25 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Dr. Seuss Toddler Activities

    Monique
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We love Dr. Suess and we love creating fun toddler activities for my little one to enjoy. I love activities based on books because they really extend the book and turn into other learning activities. Books are a great starting point, you can add crafts and snacks to really bring the book alive for your child.  […] The post Dr. Seuss Toddler Activities appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Cat in the Hat Felt Activity

    Monique
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    A lot of great books we’ve read when my kids are young are the Dr. Suess books, this Cat in the Hat felt activity is a great way to compliment the Cat in the Hat book. This was easy for mama to make and is a great activity to stick into a busy bag for […] The post Cat in the Hat Felt Activity appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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  • Celebrating the Seasons with The Artful Year

    Racheous
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    My favourite creativity and art blog is undoubtedly The Artful Parent. Jean’s blog is such an inspirational and useful one for parents who like me value creativity and artistic expression within their children. Consequently, I’m stoked to be a part of her blog tour for her new book! We fortunate enough to receive a copy […] The post Celebrating the Seasons with The Artful Year appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Our Days

    Racheous
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    Our days vary so greatly. I’ve been asked recently more than once to do a sort of day-in-our-life type of blog post. I’d love to but it wouldn’t be very indicative of how our time is spent. Some days could fill a blog post with photos and activities and inspiration in just a morning. Other […] The post Our Days appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Starting School with Story Box Library!

    Racheous
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
    It’s hard to believe that it’s ‘Back to School’ time already! And for many little ones this may mean their first day starting school! The Story Box Library team remember all too well the apprehension that this milestone can bring for Foundation kids – and their parents! To help, they’ve assembled the most adorable bunch […] The post Starting School with Story Box Library! appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Weekly Recap

    Racheous
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    I’m getting back into the swing of things after a busy holiday season with Cam’s 5th birthday and lots of time with hubby at home. I thought I’d share this weeks events in photo form – We started the week with a play with friends at Happiness is here‘s house   Lucy explored some new […] The post Weekly Recap appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Tools for Backyard Exploration

    Racheous
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    We all know that unstructured time in nature is vital for kids and spending time in the backyard is one of the easiest ways to do that. But what resources can you have on hand to get the most out of backyard exploration? Binoculars Binoculars are a must have for nature exploration. The one’s we […] The post Tools for Backyard Exploration appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
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  • 5 Post-Graduation Do-It-Yourself Options for High School Homeschoolers

    earthendee
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    5 Post-Graduation DIY Options from Dee Trope
  • Top Ten Free Resource SlideShares

    tiallarising
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:22 pm
    It’s #FreebieFebruary!  In celebration of that, here are our top ten Slideshares where we highlighted free resources for high school homeschoolers. 1. 15 Free SAT Practice Sites for Homeschooling High School 2. 10 Free Stress-free Study Tools 3. 15 Free Book Sites 4. 15 Free Digital Learning Resources 5. 10 Free OpenCourseWare Colleges 6. 15 Free [...]
  • Ask A Homeschooler: Response to Mady

    tiallarising
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Hello, everyone!  I have another “Ask A Homeschooler” question + answer ready today. Mady asks: “So I am a freshman in highschool and I would like to pursue gymnastics. Honestly I just dont like the aspect of all the drama, bullying and stress and I would feel much more safe being home schooled.  I have [...]
  • Top 5 Reasons I Loved Homeschooling

    tiallarising
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    If you don’t already know, I’m a homeschool graduate.  I was public-schooled K-3rd grade, then homeschooled 4th-12th.  Thus, I have nine years of homeschooling experience under my belt.  Here are my top five reasons for why I loved homeschooling! Learning at my own pace. This had to be one of the biggest reasons I loved [...]
  • Umbrella Schools for High School

    Jamie
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    You’ve heard of them… but what in the world are they? An umbrella school may be life saving to one high school homeschooling family, while absolutely useless to another. To cut through the confusion, an umbrella school is typically part of a private school or an entity created specifically for the protection and assistance of [...]
 
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  • Heirloom Audio Productions: In Freedom's Cause [Review]

    Susan Raber
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 pm
    An important part of teaching history is helping kids connect with people and events from the past. A great way to do this is with audio dramatizations like In Freedom's Cause from Heirloom Audio Productions. Description:For this review we received the  In Freedom's Cause Single Package which included 2 CD's with the stories of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, access to the digital download of the In Freedom's Cause Study Guide, the In Freedom's Cause Soundtrack (MP3 download), and included with the CD was a very pretty printed copy of Psalm 23 from the Latin…
  • Great Commission Films: IndoctriNation [Review]

    Susan Raber
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:48 am
    If the purpose of a documentary is to capture reality and report on one's research, then Great Commission Films has succeeded with the DVD IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America. It provides us with an informative look at the public education system as Colin Gunn and his family travel around the country in a yellow school bus.Summary:One might assume Christian parents think deeply about how to educate their children, and have many questions about whether or not to put their kids in public schools, but the reality is that…
  • STEM + Liberal Arts = Innovation

    Susan Raber
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    "Our culture has drawn an artificial line between art and science, one that did not exist for innovators like Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs." We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training. by Dr. Loretta Jackson-Hayes, The Washington Post Science and technology courses are all currently all the rage, and rightly so. But while you are providing STEM courses for your budding geeks and nerds,  don't forget to help them develop their communication skills. Reading, writing, and speaking clearly and concisely are absolutely…
  • Homeschool Reality: Brain Block

    Susan Raber
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:06 am
    A homeschool moment every parent can probably understand:Kenny was doing math with ALEKS, and up popped a review problem about prime factorization. In spite of the fact that he has covered this a dozen times, he and I both completely forgot what it meant or how to do it. We had a couple of chuckles as we stared at the problem and each other, knowing that we KNEW how to do it, but being totally blocked. coolmath.com This usually doesn’t happen with basic “we’ve done this a thousand times” concepts like prime factorization, nor does it happen to both of us at the same time. Until…
  • Counteract the Mid-Winter Homeschooling Blues

    Susan Raber
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    We all get it some time! I don't usually mind winter, even with freezing cold temperatures and layers of snow. But lately the mercury has just barely been on one side or the other of 0°F. Ain't nobody going nowheres. Keeping yourself and your kids motivated when the four walls of home start closing in can be a challenge. It's difficult to break from routine without feeling like you are sacrificing valuable learning time.  But you don't have to skip school entirely to deal with the Mid-Winter Homeschool Blues with some variety and fun.Here are a few things we do to…
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    College-Bound Homeschooler

  • Do You Make These 9 Study Mistakes?

    Tim Milosch
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Homeschool, public school, or private school, it doesn’t matter where you are:  You need to study, and you may be making mistakes. The ongoing battle for me as a teacher with students of all kinds (college, high school, private tutoring, The post Do You Make These 9 Study Mistakes? appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • 6 Reasons To Get Your FAFSA in Now!

    Tim Milosch
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations! You finished your college applications, wrote your essays, took the ACT or SAT, and now you are eagerly awaiting acceptance letters. Or, you already got an acceptance and are now wondering “How the heck am I going to pay for The post 6 Reasons To Get Your FAFSA in Now! appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • Teach Like Jesus And Paul: 10 Teaching Tips to Motivate and Inspire

    Tim Milosch
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’ve been teaching for almost 10 years now and I think I can fairly say that I’m finally getting the hang of it. When I first started teaching, I only had one simple concept to go off of: “What kind The post Teach Like Jesus And Paul: 10 Teaching Tips to Motivate and Inspire appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • Are Your Ready For 2015? The Key to Setting Goals is to Start Now!

    Tim Milosch
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    So it’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for not New Year’s Resolutions, but for setting goals. The difference between New Year’s Resolutions and setting goals is that the latter can actually be done.  Even if this The post Are Your Ready For 2015? The Key to Setting Goals is to Start Now! appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • Merry Christmas From CBH!

    Tim Milosch
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    No major post today, because we should be spending the time with friends and family celebrating the greatest miracle in history. So Merry Christmas, and I’ll be back and ready to go with another piece next week! The post Merry Christmas From CBH! appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
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