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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
    Kris Bales
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Merry Hanukkah, Happy Christmas

    Sprittibee
    Heather
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Hanukkah Latkes We like to go crazy around the holidays and use every excuse we can find to praise the Lord. Hanukkah gives us eight extra days of celebration and more chances to sit around the table together as a family, eating delicious foods, talking about how thankful we are for God’s miracles. If you are looking for ways to add more meaning to Christmas, you could sprinkle Advent in and create your own Hanukkah-Advent-Christmas tradition. This year – what a blessing – Hanukkah wraps up on Christmas eve. Talk about worthwhile miracles! Speaking of miracles… I have…
  • Fun Gift Idea: Dress Up Bunch Club

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Saw this on Twitter and had to share! I love Wendi Gratz’s work—her book is one of Beanie’s go-to resources—and this doll + clothes pattern club such a fun idea I wanted to pass it on. You’re Invited to the Dress Up Bunch Club! – Shiny Happy World. Join the club and on the 13th of every month you’ll get a brand new, never-seen before pattern! The pattern in January will be for a new Dress Up Bunch doll (a human girl). Every month after that for the rest of the year, the pattern will be for an outfit and some accessory (or accessories) to go with the doll. I…
  • A little bragging

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Sometimes as a homeschooler I’ve worried a bit that maybe our children aren’t learning enough. Maybe they won’t measure up to their peers. Not often, but once in a while. This week I’ve been reassured a bit. Our second daughter went off to a university this fall. She has been doing well with the quizzes and midterms. This week is finals weeks. She is completely done with two of her five classes and so far she has been getting A’s. She thinks she has a very good chance at getting straight A’s, though one class might end up being an A-. As parents we want our children to do well. We…
  • Teaching kids who can't sit still

    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    When my daughter was in school, before we pulled her out to homeschool, we were constantly told she was very likely ADHD and needed to be medicated. We ignored them. Sure, she was extremely energetic at school, but at home, she wasn't really a bother. I have always loved her level of energy... except for when she was sick, because she would not lay down and allow herself to recover.Anyway, we never did medicate her. That was actually the final straw the caused us to homeschool.  I was convinced that the hyperactivity (she is not attention deficit) was an asset and not a negative. She…
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    Sprittibee

  • Merry Hanukkah, Happy Christmas

    Heather
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Hanukkah Latkes We like to go crazy around the holidays and use every excuse we can find to praise the Lord. Hanukkah gives us eight extra days of celebration and more chances to sit around the table together as a family, eating delicious foods, talking about how thankful we are for God’s miracles. If you are looking for ways to add more meaning to Christmas, you could sprinkle Advent in and create your own Hanukkah-Advent-Christmas tradition. This year – what a blessing – Hanukkah wraps up on Christmas eve. Talk about worthwhile miracles! Speaking of miracles… I have…
  • Night at the Museum 3… and a Farewell Film for Robin Williams

    Heather
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Saturday we went to see the Austin media screening of Night at the Museum 3, which is releasing on December 19th. Being a huge fan of the first movie in the trilogy, and owning the other two in our personal movie collection, we were not going to miss it. You can’t top a cast like Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Stiller (now a favorite of mine after Walter Mitty), Ben Kingsley, the amazingly awkward museum manager Ricky Gervais, and the hilarious antics of Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan (who should always dress like a Roman Centurion in my opinion). Also: Patrick Gallagher, who made…
  • Christmas Treasure

    Heather
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Are you listening to the sounds of December? The clinking of spoons in hot chocolate mugs, the rustle of cats in the Christmas tree, the tinking of bells on shop doors, familiar carols, and audible shivers as friends tighten their scarves… Are you smelling the smells of December? Baking cookies, pine needles, cold winter air laced with the smoke of chimneys, dusty ornaments and boxes from musty attics… Are you seeing the sights of December? Extra messes as the pace of life picks up, a hand-made nativity on the lawn that blows over every now and then with a persistent gust of wind,…
  • This Present Darkness

    Heather
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Just a little note before bedtime: Sometimes you have to escape for a bit and hide in a book. Especially if you are fighting spiritual battles in real life and not just along with your fictional book character friends. I like picking books that sneak a few spiritual lessons in – even through a fiction story. I’ve been reading an old favorite lately… This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. Look how yellowed the edges are on the pages. I love the way this ancient book smells. The last time I read this one, I may have either been pregnant with my first child, or he was really…
  • Thanksgiving Week Lists, a Wild Turkey and a Menu

    Heather
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    Lest you think I’ve disappeared, I thought I would check in and share a little about my Thanksgiving week. I’m pretty sure it will be better than last week. Last week was a good week to be looking BACK on. I’m looking forward to THIS week… counting my blessings like it’s going out of style. What are YOU thankful for? I think I wrote about 20 things down today I was thankful for. I scribbled some on my 1000 Gifts gratitude journal. I wrote some on my Gratitude Garland. I thought about a ton of them that didn’t find their way into ink. I’m still…
 
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    Melissa Wiley

  • Fun Gift Idea: Dress Up Bunch Club

    Melissa Wiley
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Saw this on Twitter and had to share! I love Wendi Gratz’s work—her book is one of Beanie’s go-to resources—and this doll + clothes pattern club such a fun idea I wanted to pass it on. You’re Invited to the Dress Up Bunch Club! – Shiny Happy World. Join the club and on the 13th of every month you’ll get a brand new, never-seen before pattern! The pattern in January will be for a new Dress Up Bunch doll (a human girl). Every month after that for the rest of the year, the pattern will be for an outfit and some accessory (or accessories) to go with the doll. I…
  • December 2014, part the first

    Melissa Wiley
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I know, I know, I go dark for almost two weeks and then suddenly, what, four posts in one day. But if there’s anything I’ve learned in (ye gods) nine years and eleven months of blogging, it’s: if you have something to write, write it, and if you don’t, don’t sweat it. And following a related-links rabbit trail on the Huck post this morning led me through many moments I’m glad I chronicled. So here’s an entry for the memory vault. Of course the main reason for my silence has been my pile of Cybils reading, as we’re rapidly approaching The Big…
  • Exonerated

    Melissa Wiley
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    Me: Hey, looks like someone forgot to sweep up the dust pile. Rose: Wasn’t me. I never sweep.
  • Possibly my best idea ever

    Melissa Wiley
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    I struck a deal with the kids: for every new app or game I buy them, they must each memorize a poem. So far, so fabulous. Huck, my little iPad junkie, is shaping up to be a regular minstrel by the time he’s twenty.
  • Well, I’m laughing

    Melissa Wiley
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    Huck to Scott, apropos of nothing: Do you still want to hear my knock knock joke? (Still?) Scott: Sure. Huck: How does the chair… [pause] [confused look] [disappointed look] Huck: Knock knock. Scott: Who’s there? Huck: Chair. Scott: Chair who? Huck: Chair on your head.
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    Why Homeschool

  • A little bragging

    Henry Cate
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Sometimes as a homeschooler I’ve worried a bit that maybe our children aren’t learning enough. Maybe they won’t measure up to their peers. Not often, but once in a while. This week I’ve been reassured a bit. Our second daughter went off to a university this fall. She has been doing well with the quizzes and midterms. This week is finals weeks. She is completely done with two of her five classes and so far she has been getting A’s. She thinks she has a very good chance at getting straight A’s, though one class might end up being an A-. As parents we want our children to do well. We…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.  The next carnival will be held at Embracing Destiny.This will be the 466th 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.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - This Christmas Edition

    Henry Cate
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Lisa is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Golden Grasses.She starts the carnival with:------------My sincere apologies for being a day late with the Carnival of Homeschooling- it's been one of those weeks that has tried my patience, tested my tenacity and caused me to cry, pray and laugh (albiet, at times, hysterically!). Oh, the joys of multi-tasking, working from home, technology and homeschooling. Christmas on line - Christmas baubles At the end of the day, though, despite the frustrations and the many, never ending tasks, I hope you can say, even if your day or week has…
  • Advice to a new homeschooler

    Henry Cate
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:48 pm
    I started a new job this year.  I now ride the train about 40 minutes each way, every day.  So I now have a little more time for reflection.  My wife and I are in our 15th year of homeschooling.  Recently I got to thinking about what advice would I give to a new homeschooler.  Below are some of the general suggestions:Think about your long term goal(s)Our primary motivation for homeschooling wasn’t a better SAT score.  We wanted to raise competent adults who were caring and hard working.  We wanted to nurture in them a love for learning.  We wanted…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.  The next carnival will be held at Golden Grasses.This will be the 465th 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.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
 
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • Teaching kids who can't sit still

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    When my daughter was in school, before we pulled her out to homeschool, we were constantly told she was very likely ADHD and needed to be medicated. We ignored them. Sure, she was extremely energetic at school, but at home, she wasn't really a bother. I have always loved her level of energy... except for when she was sick, because she would not lay down and allow herself to recover.Anyway, we never did medicate her. That was actually the final straw the caused us to homeschool.  I was convinced that the hyperactivity (she is not attention deficit) was an asset and not a negative. She…
  • This weeks art: Wreathmaking

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    I have formulated an art concept that is going to take  up numerous panels, I think, and take ages to complete. I will try to get a panel done a week.In the meantime, I created this wreath this week.  It started out as the small white wreath make with that deco mesh, and I decided it was too small.  So I went and made a bigger wreath out of Burlap, and I liked it, but not it was a little plain.Finally I got some wire and attached the two wreaths.  I am happy with the outcome.Enjoy.
  • Shakespeare not for black people? Think again.

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    My favorite Shakespeare versions It was reported today that a "top Shakespearean actress says black people are not interested in theatre (Shakespeare most specifically) as it is part of white culture".  It is not in their (our) DNA she said. Well, Shakespeare may  not be in my DNA, as in I may not be a descendant, but I have always been interested in and intrigued by Shakespeare, especially since it can be interpreted in many ways and transposed into many cultures.  Yet, Janet Suzman, says black people are just not interested.  She's seriously misinformed. Now I don't…
  • art and unrest

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    When I am quiet, it is because I have been thinking.As a mother of a young black man, it is hard to ignore the feeling that young black men are literally being hunted. It use to just be that they were incarcerated at an alarming rate, or that they did not get into college, often both. But now they could be just going about their own business, meet up with the wrong person who perceives them as a threat, and game-over.From Travon to Micheal Brown, to Eric Garner, the unrest in the streets matches the unrest in my heart, but is there any way to talk about it without seeming racist? I don't…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    Here is this weeks Carnival of Homeschoolinghttp://taytayhser.blogspot.com/2014/11/carnival-of-homeschooling-464th-edition.html
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    By Sun and Candlelight

  • Our Earlybird's 13th Birthday!

    Dawn
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    It's hard to believe, but the little boy who was just four when I started this blog, is now 13 years old! Earlybird shares his birthday with my dad, and so we always celebrate these two special guys together. On Sunday we had a lovely brunch and I thought you might like to see how we celebrated this happy day. First of all, up top is the "snowy marshmallow mountain" cake I made for our two train buffs. My dad is a model railroader and Earlybird has loved trains since he was tiny. He loves them as much as - if not more than! - the planets! As most of you know, our EB is autistic,…
  • Advent Tea Journal ~ Finding Joy in our Midst

    Dawn
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
    (Or mess, as the case may be.) "Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are." ~ Marianne Williamson My friends, this day did not go as planned, and the "vision" I had for this post went seriously awry ... but what I ended up with was not only very real, but as I look back at my day, truly filled with joy. The kind of joy I am talking about here ... as is Ms. Williamson above ... is when things are really good. They are not always pretty or neat or well-rested - but they are always good. And there is always joy. So today, as we…
  • Some Fun Friday Giveaways!

    Dawn
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Happy Friday, my friends! I'm so excited to share a couple of book giveaways today! All the details are below, but before I get to that, I also want to mention that Monday's Advent Tea Journal topic will be: JOY. How do we infuse our family's holiday season with a simple, sustainable joy? (I bet you saw that coming, didn't you?) Now, about those books! They are pictured above, and I'm offering them as two separate giveaways - A Miracle for St. Cecilia's is one, and The Christmas Shoes/The Christmas Blessing is another. I enjoyed these books very much…
  • More Advent Fun: "The Snowman"

    Dawn
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Yesterday's Christmas vocabulary word was: snowman. And so ... I planned to watch The Snowman with the boys, which is an animated version of an absolutely wonderful storybook by Raymond Briggs. I have loved this short movie for many years - I adore the soft animation, the dreamy music and the simple, sweet story. If you're unfamiliar with the plot, well, in a nutshell - a young boy (in what appears to be the English countryside) awakens to a snowy day and so, of course, rushes outside to build a snowman. And then, overnight (this is Christmas), the snowman comes to life and befriends…
  • Rainy Day Advent Fun: Crafty Christmas Bells

    Dawn
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Well, the weather here is rather dreary (another day of cold, driving rain), but that's ok, we're having fun with our daily Advent calendar! Yesterday's Christmas vocabulary word was "bell" and so we listened for church bells and the sounds of bells in the Christmas music we heard on the radio. I also played one of my favorite carols, "The Carol of the Bells," for the boys. (Fyi, I like the traditional song best.) We made some bells to ring on Christmas (see below for details) and as we worked, I asked Earlybird why he thought people might ring bells at…
 
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  • The Twelve Posts of 2014, #1: Charlotte Mason, Liturgy, and Lasagna

    Mama Squirrel
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    First posted January 2014.Epiphany, January 6th, celebrates Christ made manifest--shown in His glory to the Gentiles, who are represented by the Magi.  A manifestation is when you see something, right?  And "having an epiphany" is often used, these days, to describe suddenly seeing (and understanding) something clearly.And what is "liturgy?"  A generic definition might be "a fixed set of ceremonies."  A spiritual habit or discipline, maybe.  If you attend a liturgical church, it means that the worship time is laid out ahead of time, word for word: prescribed,…
  • Quote for the day: from The Wind in the Willows

    Mama Squirrel
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    "The rapid nightfall of mid-December had quite beset the little village as they approached it on soft feet over a first thin fall of powdery snow. Little was visible but squares of a dusky orange-red on either side of the street, where the firelight or lamplight of each cottage overflowed through the casements into the dark world without....the two spectators, so far from home themselves, had something of wistfulness in their eyes as they watched a cat being stroked, a sleepy child picked up and huddled off to bed, or a tired man stretch and knock out his pipe on the end of a smouldering…
  • Lydia's Grade Eight: In the week before Christmas comes

    Mama Squirrel
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Lydia got quite a lot done over the past two weeks, but she managed not to read any science or not to do any composition.  On the other hand, she read all the assigned chapters of Don Quixote and Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves, so that's good.  These are the things left on the list for this week, but there are a lot of them, and the Apprentice is here, and there are things to make and so on, and I am not feeling all that disciplined myself, so we'll see what happens.Bible Studyo 2 Samuel 10-13:20; Matt 17:19-18:14; Psalm 119:123-136; Proverbs 10:12-21o 2 Samuel 13:21-15; Matt…
  • What we're singing in French: Voici Noël (Silent Night)

    Mama Squirrel
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    A Christmas carol for French class:Voici Noël, O Douce Nuit!Voici Noël, o douce nuit!L’étoile est la qui nous conduit.Allons donc tous ave les magesPorter a Jesus nos hommagesCar l’enfant nous est né,Le Fils nous est donné!Voici Noël! Oh! Quel beau jour!Jésus est né! quel grand amourC’est pour nous qu’il vient sur la terre,Qu’il prend sur lui notre misère.Un Sauveur nous est né,Le fils nous est donné!Voici Noël! Ah, d’un seul coeurJoignons nos voix au divin choeurQui proclame au ciel les louangesDe celui qu’annoncent les anges!Oui, l’ enfant nous est néLe fils…
  • Around the blogosphere, including the Homeschool Blog Awards (go vote)

    Mama Squirrel
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Handy: How to choose thread.Nostalgic: Jeanne's younger-days Commonplace Book.Thoughtful: Brenda's Sunday musings in Take Heaven, Take Peace, Take Joy.Spreading the homeschool blog love: Go vote for somebody in the Homeschool Blog Awards. Voting is open until December 29th. You can even vote for us (Best Methods Blog) if you want. Or vote for Jeanne (same category) or Our Journey Westward (same category, also Nature & Field Trips).  Or Wildflowers and Marbles (Best Encourager). Or the Schole Sisters (Best Family or Group).  Or Amongst Lovely Things (Best Homeschool Mom Blog). Or…
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    Heart of Wisdom Blog

  • Gift Ideas Educational Toys and Games

    Robin Sampson
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Educational Toys and Games for all ages. Follow Robin Sampson’s board Educational Toys & Games on Pinterest.
  • Teaching with Movies: Middle Ages

    Robin Sampson
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I created a Pinterest board list of movies about the Middle Ages.   Many of the videos are free online. Please read the disclaimer first. Remember not all movies are historically accurate. The ones that are historically accurate are noted so. The BBC did a good documentary series which is listed close to the top of ...
  • 50% Off All eBooks

    Robin Sampson
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    50% off all eBooks EXTENDED!!
  • 21 Healthy Food Plan Meals for Weight Loss

    Robin Sampson
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    I’m planning my meals ahead. These are meals for those abstaining from sugar and flours, like the ones at OA and FAA. With 21 in one place I can shuffle them. No sugar, no gluten, no pork, no shell fish. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering ...
  • Best DIY Healthy Salad Dressings

    Robin Sampson
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Orange Cashew Dressing Ingredients 3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds, divided 1/4 cup raw cashew nuts or 1/8 cup raw cashew butter 2 navel oranges, peeled 2 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s Blood Orange Vinegar or Dr. Fuhrman’s Riesling Reserve Vinegar or white wine vinegar orange juice, if needed to adjust consistency Directions Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet ...
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    The Common Room

  • War on Women

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Isis kills 150 women in Iraq who refuse Jihad marriage. Boko Haram kidnapped another large group of women and children murdering around 30 men in the process: News of the attack took four days to emerge because of a lack of communication. Telecommunications towers in the region had been disabled in previous attacks. Local officials learned of the attack from residents who fled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, where the officials had moved a year ago to escape Boko Haram attacks. The militants stormed the village from two directions, overwhelming local vigilantes who had repelled…
  • Beans & Rice with Sri Racha Sauce

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Line a bowl with cooked bacon Combine hot cooked rice, thyme, smoked salt, garlic powder, dill, red pepper, onion powder.  Spoon down center of the bowl Ladle hot cooked pinto beans down the middle of the rice. Drizzle Sriracha sauce along the top. Serve with corn tortilla wraps. You want amounts?  What you have on hand combined with the number of people you need to serve, squared by personal taste testing. Add other cooked beans or grains.  Add diced, cooked onion or tomato sauce or stewed tomatoes. Instead of lining the bowl with bacon, chop the bacon and stir into the rice or beans. Add…
  • Vintage winter scene, printable colouring page

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    This little girl is feeding the birds in the snow. She’s either been doing it a while, or they are very hungry, seeing how friendly they are. From Primary Plans, Volume IV, 1906 The original was graphed for easy of copying to a black board. I removed the graph marks
  • So somebody explain this to me

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Michelle Obama, a very tall woman, went shopping at Target two years ago. Another customer asked her if she would mind reaching the detergent on the top shelf and handing it down. Two years ago when she told the story it was a nice tale about how she had managed to shop unrecognized and still connect with a fellow shopper, give somebody a hand.: “No one knew that was me. Because a woman actually walked up to me, right? I was in the detergent aisle, and she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, cover’s blown.’ She…
  • Christian View of Torture

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Thanks to Perry for the links- he’s the  good man of my friend Kim C, whom I met via our blogs (the site where she’s currently not blogging is ‘In a Shoe’). While some of the ‘anti-torture’ rhetoric is unbelievably silly (don’t yell at them?  Really?), and some is irrelevant (it doesn’t always produce good info?  What interrogation method does?)- the defenses are nothing to boast about either. They seem to boil down to pragmatism, or utilitarianism, and Christians are to have a much longer view in mind. I’ve read the defenses. They…
 
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    Karen Edmisten

  • How a Secular Christmas Song Became Our Song (for Atticus)

    Karen Edmisten
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    from the archives:We hadn't been married very long and we didn't have much money. It was almost Christmas and although we weren't Christians we always gave each other gifts. The pickings would be slim this year, though, as the budget for presents was non-existent.Atticus knew that I loved Nat King Cole's smoky voice crooning The Christmas Song. I had described it as "almost perfect." But this was in the days before digital music and mp3 players. I could hear my favorite song of the season only if it happened to come on the radio, as I didn't own the album. Atticus wanted to buy it for me, but…
  • An Idea for the O Antiphons from My Girls' Godmother on this Gaudete Sunday

    Karen Edmisten
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's Gaudete Sunday! And here's something new for this Advent. I've mentioned many times that I have our daughters' godmother, Holly, to thank for the St. Lucia bread that we devour enjoy every year. Holly is so creative and artistic, and this year she surprised us with a sweet new tradition for the O Antiphons, which begin on December 17th. She sent chocolate coins, each with a symbol for one of the O Antiphons. She told the girls to say the accompanying prayer each day from December 17-23, and to know that she would be praying for them, too. Thank you, Holly! We'll be…
  • Feast After Feast!

    Karen Edmisten
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Two wonderful feast days! Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (My personal devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe began about nine years ago, and is chronicled here.)Tomorrow is the feast of St. Lucy. Go this post for the recipe for the bread we make every year.You can't ruin this bread! Don't be afraid of it. If I can do it, you can, too. And you'll be so happy you did. It's beautiful and delicious. And, it will be gone before you can say, "Gaudete Sunday."
  • Poetry Friday: December, by Gary Johnson

    Karen Edmisten
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    No need to add much commentary here -- just a lovely, lovely poem for this December day. Decemberby Gary JohnsonA little girl is singing for the faithful to come yeJoyful and triumphant, a song she loves,And also the partridge in a pear treeAnd the golden rings and the turtle doves.In the dark streets, red lights and green and blueWhere the faithful live, some joyful, some troubled,Enduring the cold and also the flu,(Read the rest here, at The Writer's Almanac.)~~~~~The Poetry Friday round up is at These 4 Corners.
  • A Conversation in My Kitchen

    Karen Edmisten
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:54 pm
    It's finals week here for my college girls. Betsy: You know, Anne, there is such a thing as over-studying. You can study too much, and then the knowledge you've taken in liquifies and oozes out of your ears.Me: Is that a Michael Scott-ism?Betsy: No, that's me. I said that.Me: It was alarmingly Michael Scott-ish.
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    The End In Mind

  • Christmas Cookies for Dummies

    llane
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    The image of baking Christmas cookies always floods me with warm, fuzzy feelings! Snow is softly falling outside the window.  The house is full of the smells of a myriad of cookies.  My children are helping me with the baking as I direct the adding of ingredients, use of the mixer, and temperature of the […] The post Christmas Cookies for Dummies appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Community: Roots and Relationships – The End in Mind Podcast, Season One, Episode Five

    llane
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Community!  What do we THINK it is?  And…What SHOULD it be? Today I’m doing the interviewing and asking Danielle about the definition and importance of community in our lives and the lives of our family! Community is something our relational God created and is something that each of us needs. To find out more about […] The post Community: Roots and Relationships – The End in Mind Podcast, Season One, Episode Five appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Decoding College Admission Policies

    Lee
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:59 am
    Navigating college admission requirements can be intimidating, especially for homeschoolers. Big words, scary phrases, acronyms … it’s hard to cut through the code of admission policies! But take heart, once you break down to see what’s behind all the edu-speak, usually you will find college policies are fairly reasonable. Let’s look at some admission policies […] The post Decoding College Admission Policies appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Homeschooling with the End in Mind

    Karen
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:59 am
    Keep your eyes on the goal. Know your end goal. Write a mission statement for your homeschool. These are all really important bits of advice when it comes to homeschooling. In fact I have given all of these bits of advice to others. Yet, as I ponder back to when I began homeschooling..sometimes we’re not […] The post Homeschooling with the End in Mind appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Music Through the Ages

    Karen Costello
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:59 am
    As you enjoy the Christmas music playing in your home this season,you might consider the role of music education in the training of your children. Each family will have different thoughts on how to incorporate music , but there are some principles you may consider.            Music can contribute ambiance, peace, renewed energy, and an […] The post Music Through the Ages appeared first on The End In Mind.
 
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    Home*School*Home

  • Make a list, checking it twice.

    Fatcat
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    At least.  Yes, I am late with the Christmas shopping, even for me, this year.  I don't know.  I just can't get in the Christmas spirit, I just can't seem to get with it. I'm taking baby steps.  I think it's very hard once your kids get to be young adults.   My husband thinks that my habit of rewriting the list over and over is silly, but it's what works for me. I keep the original list, so I can go over and look at it again, but once it has been marked through and notes made, I feel the need to make a neater, cleaner, more streamlined list. Also, computerized lists…
  • Going shopping today!

    Fatcat
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Family Christian Coupon  They have a coupon today for 30% off your entire order and I am headed there now to do some shopping.  Remember it's a total nonprofit store with ALL of the profits going to help widows and orphans.   With every purchase, I get rewards that I can spend later or donate.  :-)They have this lego-compatible Nativity Building Block set that is compatible with all the major building blocks and it is so stinking cute!
  • So much to do!

    Fatcat
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    I'm pretty sure I can get it done, but not totally sure.  :-)  I have Christmas shopping, picture uploading, custom art journaling, housekeeping, cooking and a lot of other things to do.  I hope that I can get them all done.  We had a small craft sale yesterday and I do mean small.  My friend and I went and tried to sell our wares she makes wreaths and quilted things and my art journal pages.  I made 4 dollars, - the booth space rental of 10, so -6 dollars, but that's okay.  I had a good time and I got to spend time with two of my bestest friends.  My…
  • Okay, getting started.

    Fatcat
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    I do the same thing every single year.  It's ridiculous!  I don't do any Christmas shopping at the first part of December.  Instead, I panic and gripe and worry about it.  Then I spend a couple of days writing a list, a few days shopping frantically on-line and in stores and then I think I'm done. Then, realize that I'm not done and scramble to get a couple more things! and then, after the shopping is done, I'm ready to start enjoying Christmas. Right now, I'm between stage 1 and 2.  I've begun shopping, but I'm not done.  People who live with me, should…
  • I really need to find another way to make a living.

    Fatcat
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    Some days my job is okay and other days it is just awful.  Today, for some reason, it is really getting on my nerves.  I had to do a training session this morning and that's probably the reason.  Things like that just annoy me to no end.  I realize that the company has to train me, but listening to a 20 minute explanation of the new pay guidelines just is not my idea of fun.  I think I could have read and understood it in about 10 seconds, and that's probably why.   I just don't have any patience with anything and I thought as I got older that would get better…
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • Fourth grade SDC class achieves tremendous gains in math using newspapers

    Maria Miller
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    (Maria's note: This is a true and inspiring story of a good teacher making a huge difference in these children's lives! It was an entry to my Math Moments contest in early 2014. And yes, she did win some Math Mammoth materials! I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.)By Sylvia EverettIn 1998 I received my first teaching position, a fourth grade SDC class (Special Day Class) in one of the most dangerous parts of Northern California. The children had previously been confined to the cafeteria and sometimes even locked in to prevent runaways. I was given two aides who while they tried their…
  • Printable Thanksgiving activities

    Maria Miller
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    If you're preparing for Thanksgiving, check out my daughter Abby's web page for some FREE printable Thanksgiving activities for children, including color-by-numbers, copy-the-pictures, find the correct path worksheets, and regular coloring pages. Besides freebies, my girls have also put together a book that contains many more Thanksgiving-themed activities:http://www.currclick.com/product/88483/Thanksgiving-Activity-PackThis book costs $3.95 at Currclick. But, the first link goes to free activities.
  • Man who had half of his brain removed

    Maria Miller
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    I received this story in an email and thought it was very encouraging and heart-warming! True story. I asked Scott for his permission to post it online.In the beginning he is referencing this article of mine (I sent it to my list last year):http://www.mathmammoth.com/lessons/value_of_mistakes.php Enjoy... and SHARE. :)Hello Maria, I am just NOW ... today reading this email from about one year ago. I know terrible, but late than never, right. Anyway, I wanted to write you and tell you that like Cameron, I had more than half of my brain removed in 1978. I had brain surgery for an AVM, arterial…
  • Will there be Math Mammoth Algebra 1?

    Maria Miller
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    I've had several people ask me if I'm planning to write algebra 1, algebra 2 and other high school math courses.The answer is no. I'm planning to stop at pre-algebra. The main reason is, I've seen some fantastic high school math books other people have written -- people with lots of teaching experience etc. -- and I feel I could not surpass what those people have done. Especially when I don't have lots of experience teaching high school math to students.You see, with elementary math, there exist numerous homeschool math curricula. I've seen most of them and I can tell many of them  are…
  • Math Mammoth Thanksgiving sale

    Maria Miller
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    My traditional Thanksgiving sale has started: you can get 25% off of all Math Mammoth & Make It Real Learning downloads & CDs at Kagi.Use the coupon code THANKSGIVING. The sale starts TODAY and runs till Monday, December 1, 2014. You can go to www.MathMammoth.com first, then find the links to Kagi's order pages there.Or, if you know what you want to get, you can use these direct links: Light Blue series (complete curriculum)Blue seriesGolden and Green SeriesMake It Real Learning activity workbooksBundles (CDs or downloads)Review workbooksLight Blue Series, South African versionThanks!
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    A Holy Experience

  • A Sorta Gift Guide for the Overwhelmed & Broken Hearted This Christmas

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    I don’t really want to think about what you’d find if you sliced my heart right open. Hope’s at the front of the church singing like an ascension, like a heart could take to heaven — or least to the heights of St John’s Church of the Evangelist. My back’s up against the brick wall. And there’s a stained glass window, pieces of scarlet light, across from me, around me — and there was this baby born this week to people we love, who sit at the end of our row at Sunday chapel. The baby’s born with his pulmonary artery and aorta are the wrong…
  • The One Unlikely Gift No Christmas Can Afford to Forget

    Ann Voskamp
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    I walk out of a Christian women’s conference in mid-December and step oblivious right over a cross. Yeah, I’m a woman rock hard and blind. A woman who forgets her own face, oblivious to the appalling miracle of rain that becomes wheat, bread in the mouth that becomes grace in the veins. Of God taking my place when my sins are that I keep taking His, and honestly, I would have just kept walking straight on into the dark coming on and never looked back. We are headed to the car — we have places to go and there are roads that lead away and I have no idea why we think that the Way that got…
  • Light the Candles. Advent Devotionals. Week 03. JOY. [VIDEO experience]

    Ann Voskamp
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    Disclaimer: This ain’t all together or professional slick or anything… Just a simple, homemade video, taped by our Hope-girl, because God pressed it hard on our hearts to make a space for folks who may not have a community to celebrate the wonder and beauty of Advent? If you’re looking for an updated, fresh story, professional version, it’s our humble joy to serve you here Join us and not Miss Him this year? Hush the hurry… and find the holy… consider journeying with us through December with  The Greatest Gift , named the Best Devotional of 2014…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [12.13.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    c’mon — have time for a little walk through some of the world’s most amazing cities? what happens when kids go flying… when a teen with cancer signs a dream come true? so… don’t thinking anybody was expecting this? how to live a life worth remembering – I love this woman One man. One Dog. America. This is pretty unforgettable  wanna go ice skating like this? The National Geographic Most Beautiful Photographs of 2014 around the world – positively must see you’ve got to see this to believe it “New Research: Americans Want to Keep…
  • What Our Kids Need to Hold On To on the Dark Days

    Ann Voskamp
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:40 am
     The first thing that strikes you about Jessica Turner is how she lights up with joy and exudes vivaciousness. Jessica and her husband Matthew have been kind friends to our crazy family for more than the last five years and it’s an honour and delight to have her words here as she shares a bit about preparing for a new baby and Christmas. A grace to welcome Jessica to the farm’s front porch today….   by Jessica Turner Christmas is less than three weeks away, and I am four weeks from having a baby. A son. I’ve never been this pregnant at Christmas time. My other two…
 
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    Natural Born Learners

  • 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…
  • Book Talk about Unschooling and Autonomy in Education: September 4th.

    beatrice ekoko
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Book talk on Unschooling and Autonomy in Education today, September 4th at 6.30pm, Westdale library.Listen to a first hand experience of unschooling then hear excerpts from the book.Humans are natural learners. This collection of essays challenges much of mainstream beliefs about how people learn, encouraging the reader to consider deeply the need for learners to be trusted and listened to. Many of the authors in the book begin from a learner-centered, democratic perspective. Divided into three sections, the first part of the book deals with what constitutes a learner-centered approach to…
  • The internet is the new battleground for fighting oppression.

    beatrice ekoko
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Have you checked your privilege today?It's getting a whole lot harder to avoid the inevitable 'calling out' of privilege.In response to the rise of internet culture, social justice analysis and action has migrated to the internet, where it counteracts the culture of misogyny, racism, homophobia, trans*phobia, ableism, and general bigotry.This internet culture is examining and challenging privilege starting of course with white skin privilege to the intersectionality of all forms of oppression.The results of all this is that social justice internet culture is helping to shape contemporary…
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    Unschooling Site News, SandraDodd.com

  • Generosity, Principles, Food and more

    Sandra Dodd
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    New writing by Karen Aye Angstadt, lefthand column, about the effects of generosity:http://sandradodd.com/generosityI'm not announcing all the chat transcripts we edit and publish (Marta Pires helps me) but there are several lately. They are at http://chattranscripts.blogspot.com when they're finished. Some of the recent completions are:Principles of Learning http://chattranscripts.blogspot.com/2014/11/principles-of-learning.htmlFood http://chattranscripts.blogspot.com/2014/11/food.html"Is this enough?" http://chattranscripts.blogspot.com/2014/11/enough.html"Me-time"…
  • Schuyler; Growth, Video Games

    Sandra Dodd
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    New photo of Schuyler, playing a ukelele, which she does well and often:http://sandradodd.com/schuylerwaynforthNew, by Karen James, on top of a great page that's not often linked:http://sandradodd.com/growthNew by Karen James, bottom of this page (the top part by Karen is older):http://sandradodd.com/videogames/seriously.htmlI collect these one at a time, so I didn't notice until I was about to add a photo that two of them are Karen James. And really it's three of them, because Karen came back with an addendum about video games. THANK YOU, Karen, for your contributions to the collection of…
  • Abundance, "Me" time, the deeper nature of unschooling

    Sandra Dodd
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    New quote by Joyce right up top, on the "Abundance" page:http://sandradodd.com/abundance/New page on "me time":http://sandradodd.com/metimeAddition, second box on the right, to "Reality as an environment for unschooling"http://sandradodd.com/reality/ The photo, a link, by Sandra
  • Surprises, young adults, learning and "issues"

    Sandra Dodd
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    New page on stories of children surprising a parent or two by some knowledge or action:http://sandradodd.com/surpriseNew, right-hand side, Joyce Fetteroll and her daughter Kat on differences Kat sees between herself and schooled co-workers and acquaintances:http://sandradodd.com/youngadultsDebbie Regan wrote something great. I lifted two parts and deposited them on "The Problem with Teaching"http://sandradodd.com/teaching/problemand "When Parents have Issues"http://sandradodd.com/issues/photo of baby Kirby Dodd is a link
  • Healing, Spanish discussion, a downside of choice

    Sandra Dodd
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    New page on healing, with links to a dozen other pages on healing and change:http://sandradodd.com/healingIn Spanish, on Facebook, Radical Unschooling en Español, group created by Alicia Gonzalez:https://www.facebook.com/groups/708095229264708/New page, not new writing. Choice creates a burden (a comparison to women's movement problems from the 1970's).http://sandradodd.com/issues/choice(Not a light and breezy page. It burdens the reader with a reminder not to burden other parents or children.)The photo is a link.
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  • Scattered family

    Sandra Dodd
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    This might be as scattered as our family has ever been. Keith and I are both in Albuquerque, he's at work and I'm home. Kirby is in Austin.Marty is in Puerto Rico on his honeymoon with Ashlee.Holly is in India, asleep for the first night at her host family's house.In Spring, Kirty is planning to move back to Albuquerque. Tomorrow, Marty and Ashlee get back and I'm picking them up at the airport.Holly is planning to move to Socorro, maybe, sometime after she returns in January.It's like a breath out and a breath in.
  • "Grandpa Favio"

    Sandra Dodd
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Before Marty's wedding, Holly French braided my hair, and Keith-her-dad's.Keith took his hair down this morning, and wanted to show Holly before he put it up or braided it his own utilitarian way. Holly said he looked like Grandpa Favio. Keith had no idea what we meant, but some viewers might.Keith figures it makes him look crazy. I like it. Some of his hair is still blond, when it's fluffed out in the light. :-) He had long hair when I met him, and has only very occasionally had it short, and it's right back to waist-long.
  • Marty is married!

    Sandra Dodd
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
    I'm backdating this, for the record. November 20, Marty married Ashlee Junker, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Valley of the Falls, at Mandalay Bay.We weren't able to take photos of the actual ceremony—those were part of the package, and extras will be for sale at some point. But there are some great photos of them at the reception, and later. I will very likely fill in more here, as other photos come along.Listening to Brett Henry's toast Dancing to "Under the Sea"The photo at the Bellagio fountain is by Holly Dodd.The mechanical bull and the wookie are by Jennifer Molinar.
  • Holly's 23rd Birthday

    Sandra Dodd
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Holly was only home briefly, and out for the three days around her birthday on November 2. Marty and Ashlee came over, Holly opened gifts, cut her cake and went to her next fun gathering.Holly said "chocolate cake with fruit. I cooked it in a Bundt pan and filled the hole with blueberry pie filling. There was a crack in the cake so I filled it with candles.
  • Bobby Hill in the Renaissance

    Sandra Dodd
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    This is a detail of a painting I saved this a while hoping to come across more information, but I should've published it! Help is welcome.The comments that came when I put this up on facebook in October 2013:Sandra Dodd I didn't note the artist. Once I saw a painting where a soldier or guard, I think, looked like a 22 year old Bobby Hill. Maybe I'll come across it again. Maybe it's the same artist. This one was in the Norton Simon Museum. I looked through their website's paintings, and didn't find it. It's one of the most minor curiosities ever, though, so I don't have a burning need to…
 
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    Home Schooling News

  • Home schooling ideal for the right students

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:49 am
    There are many misconceptions about home schooling; I would like to dispel a few myths and provide some factual information. Home schooling is legal in all 50 states.
  • New Private School to Open Next Fall in Reston

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    The school will be geared to grades 6-12 and will be the second campus for Rockville school. Watch a video about the school, below the story The Reston School for Tomorrow is coming to town, opening in Fall 2015 for grades 6-12 and is holding informational sessions for interested families.
  • Kathy Blair supporting her students at a coffee shop recital in August.

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Former students and parents of current students shared their memories across social media this week after learning about the death of 53-year-old Kathy Blair. She was found dead in her Northwest Austin home Saturday afternoon, and Austin police are now investigating her death as a homicide.
  • Accomplished a " and homeless

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    A student seat on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee . Field director for the 2014 primary campaign of Del.
  • Northern California boy bullied for cheerleading commits suicide

    6 Dec 2014 | 7:13 pm
    A boy whose friends say he was the target of bullies for being a cheerleader at a Northern California middle school took his own life, according to officials Ronin Shimizu, 12, was found dead Wednesday afternoon, according to Sacramento County coroners. His death was initially characterized as "not suspicious" -- meaning a natural death, accidental death or suicide -- but was officially ruled a suicide by coroners Friday.
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    HomeschoolBuzz.com

  • Common Core Standards Losing Policy And Public Opinion War – People’s Pundit Daily

    Gary
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Common Core Standards Losing Policy And Public Opinion War – People’s Pundit Daily People’s Pundit Daily Common Core Standards Losing Policy And Public Opinion WarPeople’s Pundit DailyIn North Carolina, which is ground zero for a growing movement to repeal the law, a new report from Heartlander Magazine found a 14 percent rise last year in the number of home-schooled students in the state, with Common Core the cause. From 2012 to …Obama quietly serves up 3415 new regulations this Thanksgiving, 3 target …OneNewsNowFormer Tennessee Congressman Explains…
  • Home-schooling on snow days? – Kankakee Daily Journal

    Gary
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Home-schooling on snow days? – Kankakee Daily Journal Home-schooling on snow days?Kankakee Daily JournalPublic school students in 13 districts across Kentucky will be home schooled — mainly via the Internet — during some snow days this year as part of an experiment aimed at keeping students learning amid the growing number of weather-related closings.and more »
  • X Factor winner Marlisa Punzalan will stay homeschooled: ‘I don’t have time to … – The Daily Telegraph

    Gary
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    X Factor winner Marlisa Punzalan will stay homeschooled: ‘I don’t have time to … – The Daily Telegraph The Daily Telegraph X Factor winner Marlisa Punzalan will stay homeschooled: 'I don't have time to …The Daily TelegraphX Factor Australia winner Marlisa Punzalan has revealed she has chosen to stay homeschooled to focus on her budding music career. The 15-year-old former Mercy Catholic College told Confidential she is serious about pursuing her music dream.
  • Former Tennessee Congressman Explains ‘Why Voters Love Common Core’ – Breitbart News

    Gary
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Former Tennessee Congressman Explains ‘Why Voters Love Common Core’ – Breitbart News Breitbart News Former Tennessee Congressman Explains 'Why Voters Love Common Core'Breitbart NewsIn addition to polls demonstrating plummeting support for the standards, the spike in homeschooling as a result of the Common Core presence in traditional school environments is yet another sign of the reform's imminent demise. As The Heartland …and more »
  • MO police Taser, pepper-spray homeschool parents, seize kids in raid – OneNewsNow

    Gary
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    MO police Taser, pepper-spray homeschool parents, seize kids in raid – OneNewsNow MO police Taser, pepper-spray homeschool parents, seize kids in raidOneNewsNowIn an unwarranted raid of a Missouri homeschool family's home, police officers used a Taser and pepper spray on parents before social services seized their children and took them into custody. The raid was spurred by an allegation made by social …
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    The History of the (Whole) World

  • Writing in fish mode

    Susan
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    In nonfiction publishing, you typically sell your publisher a promise–an outline, a few sample chapters, and a deadline by which you plan to have the project finished. Writing under contract is good for publishers, who can begin to plan out their lists a few years in advance, as well as providing feedback on projects in process. It’s good for writers because we get some money up front to keep us from starving while we lock ourselves in our offices to write–and we don’t spend years on a manuscript that nobody really wants to publish. For the last fifteen years,…
  • The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory

    Susan
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “Far too often, issues based on science are decided by voters and politicians who have received their science secondhand. The Story of Science guides us back to the original texts that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves.” My latest book for W. W. Norton, The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, now has a pub date: May 2015. This has been a wonderful project–a chronological walk through the greatest discoveries of science, organized around the books that brought those discoveries to the world. You can…
  • Writing, writing, writing

    Susan
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    …by which I mean not so much that I’m writing (although that’s mostly what I do, when I’m not sheep-herding or stall-cleaning), but that I’ve just finished up a big project about writing. The third volume of Writing With Skill, our pre-rhetoric program, is finally polished off and in production. I’ve had a number of requests for the Table of Contents from educators who are planning their next year, so here it is: Writing With Skill, Level III, TOC. (I uploaded it as a PDF, for your convenience, so when you get to the next page, click on the title one more…
  • A new Peace Hill venture

    Susan
    14 Jan 2014 | 11:17 am
    For those of you who are sheep, wool, or knitting enthusiasts…I now have a farm store! If you’ve followed this blog, you know that I’ve been raising Leicester Longwool sheep and Angora goats as a break from my writing duties. We’ve learned how to skirt the fleeces (prepare them for processing) and have found a wonderful Maryland fiber mill to spin the wool into a gorgeous custom blend. Check out our wool offerings by clicking here. Also notice that if you’d like a lamb of your own, we’re expecting LOTS of them in the spring…
  • The barn thermometer, this morning.

    Susan
    7 Jan 2014 | 10:22 am
    I feel no further words are necessary…
 
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    The Thinking Mother

  • Met With New Dual Credit Advisor

    ChristineMM
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The homeschool dual credit adviser who my son worked with for the last two years has taken a new job on a different campus. To be honest I am glad because we were told things that others in my town were told differently with other staff. When one adviser says you can take this class and cannot take that, then you hear another adviser does something different, it's a problem. I just let it be and did not take up the fight.So when we called to ask for an appointment to register for spring classes for grade 12 dual credit homeschool we found out there was a new adviser. The rules are that I, the…
  • The Teenage Brain: Chapter 14 Chapbook Entry

    ChristineMM
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Title: The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young AdultsAuthors: Frances E. Jensen M.D. with Amy Ellis NuttPublisher: HarperCollinsPublication Date: January 2015ISBN: 978-0-06-296874-5 Chapter 14: Gender MattersFemales are better with oral communication due to the parietotemporal area, where speech and language are processed and due to the frontal lobe which controls decision making. pg. 227Girls are 1-2 years ahead of boys with communication as well as reading and writing. pg. 228There are real differences anatomically between females and males…
  • The Teenage Brain: Chapter 13 Chapbook Entry

    ChristineMM
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Title: The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young AdultsAuthors: Frances E. Jensen M.D. with Amy Ellis NuttPublisher: HarperCollinsPublication Date: January 2015ISBN: 978-0-06-296874-5Chapbook Notes: Chapter 13: The Digital Invasion of the Teenage Brain"Social isolation itself can be a stressor for teens who are roaming the digital world alone in their bedrooms." (pg. 206)Teen brains like novelty, brain is easy to stimulate. Dopamine is triggered by any rewarding fun thing, video game, sex, fast driving, eating, pot, anything. pg. 206Link…
  • Things Kids Need To Do In School For Success

    ChristineMM
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    Here is a short list of things my younger son is struggling with that affect his learning and his grades as well as his teacher's perception of him as a person and how he feels about himself (self-esteem).My current thinking is year of routine and struggles to learn these things in elementary school and middle school (junior high) is the way most learn these things.The notion of a homeschooler learning alternatively or with systems that are mother-dependent quickly entering high school and the ability to pick up these organizational tasks and behavioral tasks is something I question. Most of…
  • Lavender Soap

    ChristineMM
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Lavender essential oil cold process soap I made with my own recipe of a gentle soap for sensitive skin. This takes 406 weeks to cure, to harden up and mellow out. Although Christmas is just around the corner I need to be making soaps to sell for Valentine's Day!You can buy my soaps in my etsy shop: Spring Creek Bath Works.  Follow my business page on Facebook to see photos of what I am making in your newsfeed.copyright 2005-2009 The Thinking Mother
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • BARGAIN ESPRESSO

    dcobranchi
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    I’ve been an espresso drinker for decades, now. Two doubles (doppio) before I leave the house every morning. I’ve always ground my own beans (coffee geek) but lately I’ve been drinking Cafe Bustelo. It’s a really strong, Cuban style, pre-ground. It’s very, very good and super cheap at Sam’s Club. $11.68 for 2.5 lbs. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/coffee-bustello-36oz/prod13710585.ip It works equally well in a pump machine or a stove-top machinetta.
  • IT’S SNOWING!

    dcobranchi
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Happy Turkey Day. We had Moroccan food. Yum!
  • PEEPER’S SNOW

    dcobranchi
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    This was the view along US Hwy 23 coming through Kentucky on 2 Nov 2014.
  • HARD CIDER v. 2.0 UPDATE

    dcobranchi
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    The yeast are really doing their thing now. The cider appears almost as if it’s on a slow simmer. I’ve seen red wine in what the winemaker called the “cold boil” state. That is, so much CO2 was being produced it really looked like the grape juice/new wine was boiling. My cider is getting close to that state.
  • DIAL M FOR MOROCCO

    dcobranchi
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    Here at Casa Cobranchi we have a somewhat unusual annual Thanksgiving tradition. It may even be unique. Nobody here really enjoys the whole turkey/ham/cranberry sauce gig, so we mix things up a bit each year. We choose a country each year somewhat randomly by rolling a 26 sided die. Whatever letter “wins” we pick a country that begins with that letter and Lydia fixes dishes only from that country. In the past few years we’ve rolled an I” twice (India & Italy), an “F” (France), and last year it was an “H” (Hungary). Yesterday we rolled an…
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  • Advent day 18 {Memories}

    liese4
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Sleigh Ride by Relient K Just hear those sleigh bells jingling Ring ting tingling too Come one it’s lovely weather For a sleigh ride together with you Outside the snow is falling And friends are calling “Yoo hoo” Come on it’s lovely weather For a sleigh ride together with you Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up It’s grand, just holding your hand We’re gliding along with a song Of a wintry Fairyland Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy cozy are we We’re snuggled up together Like two birds of a feather would be Let’s take that road before us And sing a…
  • Advent day 17 {Super}

    liese4
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Supernatural by DC Talk This world’s a tortured place to be So many things to torment me And as I stumble down this road it takes a toll These days and nights I turn to You No human hand can pull me through No cosmic force or magic brew will ever do But I can see it coming You’re not so far away ‘Cause I can feel Your power Surging through the whole of me [chorus 1] God is there and He is watching He tells me all is well (it’s supernatural) God is there, there’s no denying He’s supernatural (it’s supernatural) Supernatural Beyond this physical terrain…
  • Cooking

    liese4
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Since I had no car today we did a lot of cooking….or at least making things that we can cook later. I put some butternut sausage soup in the crockpot and made johnny cake to cook later. We made 3 kinds of cookie dough: pumpkin toffee, peppermint sugar and gingerbread and Bethany made fudge. Here is the easiest cookie recipe you will ever find for gingerbread men (and I also used it with the pumpkin toffee cake mix.) Gingerbread men 18 1/2 oz pkg spice cake mix 1 C flour 2 t. ginger 2 eggs 1/3 C oil 1/2 C molasses Blend cake mix and ginger, then add remaining ingredients. Beat on medium…
  • Tuesday

    liese4
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Yesterday we did school and then I ran errands. It was the 15th, so time for TNO. I’m glad we’re moving to another Whole Foods in January, the one at Belmar is too healthy. They had none of my favorites on the hot buffet and my plate looked like I was a vegetarian. I did have some good Virgil’s root beer though…and a creme brulee, so that part was good. We had a nice turnout and the Moms and Dad got to talk for a few hours. Today I dropped the van off for a brake fixing, I think that will solve the wobbling problem that we’ve been having. We did school, Bethany…
  • Advent day 16 {Savior}

    liese4
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    What a Saviour by Laura Story Atoning sacrifice Keeper of this life Hallelujah You are Savior Beginning and the end Forgiver of my sin By Your mercy You have saved us Jesus You are stronger More than any other Hallelujah what a Savior Jesus You are higher My soul’s deepest desire Hallelujah You are Savior You are the shepherd king You lead us by still waters Hallelujah You are Savior You are my only hope Your kindness is my friend In Your presence You restore us Jesus You are stronger More than any other Hallelujah what a Savior Jesus You are higher My soul’s deepest desire…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Tech Gifts You’ll Love {with giveaway!}

    Dawn Camp
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    I love gadgets: cool, techy things that either enhance my productivity, my life, or are just plain fun. Recently I’ve tested three which now feel indispensable to me—the PUNK wireless speaker and RELAYS in-ear headphones from Sol Republic and the AwoX StriimLIGHT mini, an LED light bulb with an integrated Bluetooth speaker. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win a PUNK speaker and a set of RELAYS headphones! AwoX StriimLIGHT Mini   At first I couldn’t wrap my brain around a bluetooth speaker within a lightbulb. Will it burn out? No. The…
  • Because Christmas Isn’t About Me at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    It’s the first week in December and I’m already prepared to fail at Christmas. I never complete a Jesse Tree devotional with the kids; I shop at the last minute; I rarely manage to open our home to others as much as planned before the chaos sets in, in the early days of the Christmas countdown when my intentions are oh, so good. I’ve already given the kids my annual don’t set your expectations too high speech. Twice. It’s an integral part of my Christmas defense mechanism. But somewhere beneath the self-imposed stress of the season—in rare moments of clarity—I know this…
  • December 2014 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    It’s currently 70 degrees at my house this first day of December, but I’m channeling Christmas cheer no matter the temperature! We decorated our trees instead of shopping on Black Friday, and I snapped a photo of this quirky red mushroom ornament from a set I found at IKEA last Christmas. Last week our third son, who’s a freshman in college, was home for the first time since August—plus I caught a cold—so I didn’t share any great Christmas sales with you. But today, Cyber Monday, you can save 30% at DaySpring (excluding Black Friday markdowns) and receive a free…
  • When You Ask Others to Pray

    Dawn Camp
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:23 pm
    She looks me in the eye and says, “Do you have a group of people praying for you?” We met this morning, my new friend and I, but already she asks hard questions. The truth is that no, I don’t have a group of people praying for me while I work on my second book. {I’m editor, writer, photographer, and secretary for a series of three books to be published by Revell in February 2015, 2016, and 2017, on the themes of faith, friendship, and marriage. Read more about it here.} She tells me about a writing project when she asked people to pray for her. Later, she assumed she…
  • Everlasting Light (and a DaySpring giveaway)

    Dawn Camp
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    [Contest is closed: the winner is Terry C.]   The end of Daylight Savings Time combined with the ever-shortening days of fall throw my internal clock for a loop. I circle the house in the morning opening blinds to let in the sun’s rays, but close them again come early evening. At this time of year my husband only sees daylight at home on weekends. These mini days mess with my mood and my mind and often my patience shrinks like the daytime. I miss the light: it makes me happy. It gives me life. But God’s grace shines brightly in a dark world. As His blood-bought sons and…
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  • Weaver curriculum ?s

    Honeydue
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Who uses this? Do you like it? How much prep time does it take/extra materials do you need to have? Do you need to do a lot of the activities or can you just choose a few?
  • Class Idea...."How It's Made" for our group, help!

    MelissaG
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    Any suggestions on what I can do to fill an hour long class.  I think I got myself in too deep this year.  I am NOT a natural teacher to other kids and I'm starting to panic a bit.  My plan is to show a segment of "How It's Made" and make a lap book.  For example, aluminum foil....watch the video, I will have some books (if I can find them!) and/or things printed from online to read to them, do a continuing lap book.  If applicable (and I can find them) I may try to get just a few speakers in on a few of the days.  They are only k-3 graders.  I have a fear that I will run out of things…
  • Ipad apps for 3 - 10 yr olds

    Sharon
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    We are a little behind the times but my kids are getting I pad mini's for Christmas! I am looking for good apps to download before they open them so they are ready to play. My kids ages are girl 3 yrs, boy 5 yrs, girl 7 yrs and boy 9 yrs. At this point we know about minecraft and Starfall. I am looking for mostly fun educational games or other things to do on the ipad. I am still learning about these contraptions myself!
  • To Medicate or Not to Medicate... What are my options?

    Bambi Dossey
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    Hi Friends! I have 3 daughters (21,18,14) and one son (12.) We have home schooled all of them.  My son is not in anyway learning disabled... other than being very ADHD.  I'm at a loss of what to do for him!  He is reading on a second grade level (we are in the process of getting some tutoring for him.)  He is doing 4th grade ABeka Academy...  with lots of help from me.  I have to review most lessons with him, to help him focus and comprehend.  I graded a History test last night and he got 5 out of 55 correct.  :(  YES!  I cried!  The really sad thing is that I studied with him…
  • What to do about a 7th grade boy who hates writing

    Angel
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    I thought that my son's writing with improve with more reading, but I was wrong.  His writing while grammatically correct, was always simple.  He is 12, but if you read his writing, you would think he was younger.  He writes very minimally and doesn't put any care into it.  If I ask him to write 3 paragraphs, I have to specify that each paragraph has to be 3 sentences or more.  He is also a child of few words so that doesn't help very much.  Are there any exercises, lessons or curricula that have helped your child to writer better?  
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  • Gift Ideas Educational Toys and Games

    Robin Sampson
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Educational Toys and Games for all ages. Follow Robin Sampson’s board Educational Toys & Games on Pinterest.
  • Teaching with Movies: Middle Ages

    Robin Sampson
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I created a Pinterest board list of movies about the Middle Ages.   Many of the videos are free online. Please read the disclaimer first. Remember not all movies are historically accurate. The ones that are historically accurate are noted so. The BBC did a good documentary series which is listed close to the top of ...
  • 50% Off All eBooks

    Robin Sampson
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    50% off all eBooks EXTENDED!!
  • 21 Healthy Food Plan Meals for Weight Loss

    Robin Sampson
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    I’m planning my meals ahead. These are meals for those abstaining from sugar and flours, like the ones at OA and FAA. With 21 in one place I can shuffle them. No sugar, no gluten, no pork, no shell fish. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering ...
  • Best DIY Healthy Salad Dressings

    Robin Sampson
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Orange Cashew Dressing Ingredients 3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds, divided 1/4 cup raw cashew nuts or 1/8 cup raw cashew butter 2 navel oranges, peeled 2 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s Blood Orange Vinegar or Dr. Fuhrman’s Riesling Reserve Vinegar or white wine vinegar orange juice, if needed to adjust consistency Directions Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet ...
 
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • 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…
  • Bright Ideas and Currclick Cyber Sales starting Friday

    kamrg
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Currclick and Bright Ideas Press are also having Cyber Sales! Currclick is having a 6 Hour Cyber Sale with 10 different Door Buster Bundles at deeply discounted prices on Monday and an End of the Year Sale through December 16th. I am offering my items at 60% off! Look below for all the details about the 10 Blockbuster Bundles at Currclick and all the publishers offering discounts through December! Bright Ideas Press is holding a Black Friday sale you don’t want to miss! 20% off your entire purchase! (Some items are excluded from this sale.) Sale starts Friday and runs through Monday. We…
  • Cyber Week Sale at Notebooking Pages

    kamrg
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Don’t miss the sale beginning this Friday at Notebooking Pages for a lifetime membership saving you $25! The sale runs from Friday, Nov. 28th – Dec. 5th! Tagged: black friday sale, Charlotte Mason, Copywork, curriculum sale, Dictation, discount, homeschool sale, journaling, journals, Narration, Notebooking pages, notebookingpages.com, writing
  • Sponsoring Giveaways with Notebooking Pages and a Freebie

    kamrg
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    We are sponsoring prize giveaways with Notebooking Pages. Com for the next 11 days. When you sign up for the chance to win several prizes including a huge Audio Workshop Set about creating unit studies and adding Charlotte Mason methods to them, an insect unit study and a lifetime membership to notebookingpages. com, you can receive a FREE Notebooking Pages Bird Study notebook pages set. Here’s the link! http://notebookingpages.com/archives/40385… Tagged: Charlotte Mason methods, free notebooking pages, give away, homeschool curriculum, insect unit study, Notebooking pages,…
  • Make an ABC Thanksgiving Notebook on sale right now!

    kamrg
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Looking for a fun way to plan a study about Thanksgiving? Try our notebooking book filled with pages to make your own ABC book about what you learn as you read! Try our Thanksgiving ABC book that your children write! To make it is for you to just print and get started, we have a prepared list of topics in alphabetical order related to Thanksgiving and a variety of websites for research information and some activities. Each page is formatted with a letter from the alphabet and various spaced lines with assorted graphics. There are four different types of pages for each letter of the alphabet.
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Getting to the Heart of Story Characters

    Pam Barnhill
    18 Dec 2014 | 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 Offend Just About Anyone on the Internet in 3 Easy Steps

    Kris Bales
    16 Dec 2014 | 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.
  • 50 Reasons Homeschool Parents Love Homeschooling

    Kris Bales
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with another birthday

    Kris Bales
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Ancient Civilizations and the Bible: A Review

    Kris Bales
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • 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.
  • Wassup?

    2 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This page will tell you what's new in our homeschool life. Wassup?
  • Multiple Children

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    How do you use Abeka with multiple ages in the same room? We have limited space and really have only one area for schooling. I am guessing they would all
  • Scholarships/Financial Aid

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    I just enrolled my 12 yr old daughter in K12 Virtual Academy. She needs a laptop (required), and my husband and I are between residencies right now, living
 
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • Charlotte Mason and Classical Education: Consider This

    Sonya Shafer
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Earlier this year I had the privilege of reading Karen Glass’ new book, Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition. From the very beginning I couldn’t put it down! Her work cuts deftly through the confusion swirling around this topic. She clarifies what true classical education is and how Charlotte Mason related to it; […] Charlotte Mason and Classical Education: Consider This originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • 5 Steps to Successful Narration: New Free E-book

    Sonya Shafer
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A quick read. Sometimes that little touch lifts our heads from the everyday rush and points our eyes once again toward a beautiful goal. This Christmas season we want to give you the gift of a quick read. One that will encourage your heart for a new year of homeschooling. A little touch that will […] 5 Steps to Successful Narration: New Free E-book originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • One, Two, Free!

    Sonya Shafer
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    We are pleased to announce one new book, two new Picture Study Portfolios, and free shipping during the month of December! One New Book You asked for the popular Narration Q & A series to be available in book form. Now it is! Plus, we added other helpful narration articles and ideas from years of […] One, Two, Free! originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Creative Narration, Creative Writing

    Karen Andreola
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    (Editor’s Note: I sometimes get asked, “What about creative writing?” Here is a lovely post about how to approach creative writing by guest writer, Karen Andreola.) “If we would believe it, composition is a natural as jumping and running to children who have been allowed due use of books.”—Charlotte Mason Books of quality (fiction and […] Creative Narration, Creative Writing originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • An Added Bonus (Narration Q & A, part 18)

    Sonya Shafer
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    When I started homeschooling with the Charlotte Mason Method, my focus was all on the children. I thought this endeavor was about giving my children the kind of education that I hadn’t received. Little did I suspect the added bonus that awaited me. You see, not only did my children receive a generous and enjoyable […] An Added Bonus (Narration Q & A, part 18) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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  • The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip #7: Guidance Counselor

    Lee
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip #7: Guidance Counselor What, me? A guidance counselor?! Think about it. The average guidance counselor in a public […] The post The 12 Days of Christmas... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip #6: Reading and Award Lists

    Lee
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip #6: Reading and Award Lists Are activities and awards important in high school? A commitment to an activity […] The post The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip #5: Record Keeping

    Lee
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip #5: Record Keeping What records do homeschoolers need to keep? No matter how gifted a home educator you […] The post The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip #4: Delight Directed Learning

    Lee
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The 12 Days of Teaching Tip #4: Delight Directed Learning What is delight directed learning? Delight directed learning has to do with fostering the love […] The post The 12 Days of Christmas... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip #3: High School Success

    Lee
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tip #3: High School Success Homeschooling high school is the best preparation for college and life. It offers the best […] The post The 12 Days of Christmas... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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  • Eradicate the Chances of Road Accidents by Driving Safe

    Andy
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Driving is a convoluted skill. More practice makes things perfect for you. When you enroll in Teen driving schools, you are likely to learn more through free test drives with eloquent trainers who improve your skills of driving to a better level. Teenagers, due to their lack of driving experience, stitched with the wayward nature; rush into the risk for accidents. Therefore, there is an immediate need for skill building and supervision of the driving skills by expert team of professionals who are dedicated to curb accidents by leading the teenagers to the right track. All the instructors in…
  • Where to find reliable site for games?

    Andy
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    Internet is one of the most widely used sources in order to find any kind of information from any part of the world. It is very difficult for an individual to find a good website that would provide you security features along with quality online games for free as there are number of online sites that provide you with online gaming options. In such case you can check my blog that would provide you all the information about sir arcades which is one of the best sites available for you. Here at sir arcades you can find wide range of online games from which you can choose the best game of your…
  • Buy Bright Wedding Favors Online

    Andy
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:43 am
    Wide verities of wedding favors are available online; among them people give more preference for Greek favors, which is specially designed pack for wedding. This wedding favors are known as tradition favors, which is perfect choice for any types of wedding party and it has special ideal of party. This favors give traditional look and it give many meaning, while using. Wedding is important day of everyone life and good favor is right decision of that right day. For making bright decorative party choose the best favor. Apart from several reason for choose favor, first thank to guest of wedding.
  • Have a Look over VPN Service Reviews

    Andy
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    VPN i.e. Virtual Private Network are the vehicle for traveling safe while browsing on internet. It provides security for the data and complete privacy for web browsing. It enables data to be in encrypted form and does not allow any third person to decode it. You are assured of complete privacy for your data. Another kind of benefit it provides that each time when you connect to the internet, you approach through different IP address. Thus, identity of yours cannot be disclosed to the public. When some person want to view the site content which are not allowed to see in his or her country,…
  • Work as a manager in government sector

    Andy
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    A government job is like a dream for many people and best is the part that under government sector there always are openings for the people from every sector, be it lower or higher. People from every sector apply for different jobs vacancies issued by government sector. A person working in the government sector gets provided with the every facilities be it the transportation facility or medical. The part gets best with its permanence. Once you get through the government sector you don’t need to think about anything else. Recently, government is hiring manager and you can apply for the job…
 
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr

    Annie Kate
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Annie Kate It is so difficult to find well-researched, well-written Christian biographies that appeal to all ages!  As homeschoolers we are constantly looking for such resources, and in Simonetta Carr’s Christian Biographies for Young Readers series we have found a treasure. These stunning books speak to children, teens, and adults; are lavishly illustrated with photographs as well as original artwork; give a clear and fascinating picture of the person as well as his or her times; discuss the person’s ideas and contributions accurately but simply; often present the person’s own…
  • Pentime Handwriting Series Review

    Heidi Stearns
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Heidi Stearns I know it comes as a surprise to many of you, however, handwriting is not and never has been an exciting time at my house. For years, I tried to find the perfect handwriting program for my boys. There are so many options to choose from, trust me, we tried most of them!  We tried the cartoon-y and colorful programs, we tried just doing copy work from our reading, we tried the expensive boxed curriculum programs, but just did not have any success in the area of penmanship. I finally decided what we needed was a basic, get-it-done, handwriting program. No frills, no colorful…
  • Thinker Academy’s Study Skills Course [REVIEW]

    Susan Williams
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Susan Williams As homeschool parents we understand the need to teach key subjects to our children such as math, language arts, science, history, etc. Over the years we may even figure out how to teach this information in different ways based on the learning styles, personality preferences, and interests of our students. During the teen years students gradually become more independent learners. Because they will begin to take responsibility for their own learning they need to understand HOW they can best learn information.  What are study skills? “Study skills are strategies for learning…
  • In Freedom’s Cause by Heirloom Audio Productions

    Kyle McVay
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    by Kyle McVay   Our Family loves listening to audio books and you will often find us listening to them while cleaning, cooking or relaxing.  Our favorite genre is historical fiction and our favorite author is G.A. Henty. Recently, Heirloom Audio did a dramatic reproduction of GA Henty’s, In Freedom’s Cause. In Freedom’s Cause is the “Real Story of Wallace and Bruce” most folks would probably be familiar with this story,  because it covers the subject matter  in the movie Braveheart. The following is a review of the In Freedom’s Cause Single…
  • 100 Top Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

    Tricia
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Tricia Here at The Curriculum Choice we have been bringing you homeschool curriculum reviews since 2009 to make your homeschool decisions easy! And so, we felt it was time to share our top reviews. Those curriculum reviews you visit most often and have found most helpful. We are a veteran group of home educators from around the blogosphere joining together for one mission – to spread the word about our favorite curricula in order to help YOU make informed decisions for your homeschool. Our methods and philosophies vary, which means you will find curriculum reviews for an amazing spectrum…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • The Museum Review: Learn about King Tut

    Monique
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    If you’re ever in Kitchener, Ontario then you need to check out The Museum, it’s a great place to take your kids. They currently have an ancient Egypt exhibit – Unwrapping Egypt which is wonderfully well done. My kids love it. The Unwrapping Egypt exhibit focuses on the tomb of King Tutankhamen which made for […] The post The Museum Review: Learn about King Tut appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Felt Christmas Tree Toddler Activity

    Monique
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    My daughter asked me to create a Christmas tree for her so I created this fun felt Christmas tree toddler activity. She loves our Christmas tree so this was really fun for her. I cut out all of the shapes so that she could decorate her own tree. I also had pom pom balls out […] The post Felt Christmas Tree Toddler Activity appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Christmas Printable Activities for Kids

    Monique
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I created this Christmas printable activities for kids geared towards preschoolers to kindergarten students. If you missed it, I also created some  Christmas counting mats as well. After this week we will be off of school so it’s nice to have some fun activities to have the kids to do that are related to Christmas. […] The post Christmas Printable Activities for Kids appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Christmas Counting Printable

    Monique
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    I thought it would be great to work on our numbers with my toddler so I created this Christmas counting printable for her. She won’t be able to skip count but she does enjoy trying to put the puzzles together. This counting printable is aimed at kids from toddlers to kindergarten students. I hate placing […] The post Christmas Counting Printable appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Must-Read Christmas Books for Kids

    Monique
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    These are our must-read Christmas books each year. I try my best to make it through the list, I read the Christmas Carol every other year or at least try to find an audiobook version that I can play for the whole family. I feel so guilty because my oldest received the most read aloud […] The post Must-Read Christmas Books for Kids appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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  • Story Box Library

    Racheous
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    Today I wanted to introduce you to a lovely program – Story Box Library! Story Box Library features fun online Australian stories read by some of Australia’s finest storytellers. What I love about Story Box Library is that it so thoroughly and beautifully nourishes the art and magic of storytelling. From the moment we opened […] The post Story Box Library appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Life Without School | Weekly Recap

    Racheous
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:53 am
    This week has been very productive. We have still had Mike home which has been lovely. The Christmas train has had a work out! We visited Jess which was tons of fun with books and dress ups, creativity and imaginary worlds! Cam and I made a crown out of sandpaper because he wanted to be […] The post Life Without School | Weekly Recap appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Dinosaur Activities

    Racheous
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    My son loves dinosaurs. This has been an epic long interest of his and I wanted to share some of the fun ways we have learned and played with dinosaurs. With my home education group, we had a relaxed dinosaur exploration day where I created clay fossils with toy dinosaurs. Schleich dinosaur figures are awesome […] The post Dinosaur Activities appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Life Learning | Weekly Recap

    Racheous
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    This week we have had my husband home most of the time and it’s been awesome to spend time as a family. My hubby is making a mud kitchen for the kids and they have been helping him prepare things and measure out lengths of timber. After Cam’s volcano model dried, he was so keen […] The post Life Learning | Weekly Recap appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Montessori Maths Preschool

    Racheous
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:12 am
    My son is turning 5 this month and one of his favourite things at the moment is exploring numbers. I thought I would show you some of the ways we are exploring numeracy: Maths is everywhere. Cameron is always finding ways to measure the world around him and explore numbers in concrete ways that are […] The post Montessori Maths Preschool appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
 
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  • Five Free High School History Resources

    earthendee
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    5 free high school history resources from Let’s Homeschool High School
  • November Twitter Writing Tips

    tiallarising
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    For each day in November of 2014, one of our site admins Tialla Rising tweeted a writing tip in celebration of NaNoWriMo.  Even though this was simply on LetsHomeschoolHighSchool’s Twitter account using the hashtag #30days30writing tips, we decided to list them here as well.  Enjoy! 1. Write everyday.  It doesn’t matter if it’s nothing more than gibberish. [...]
  • Homeschool Music Lessons

    tiallarising
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    There are many ways to provide music lessons for your homeschooled student.  I think some parents are a bit intimidated by this if they are not musically inclined themselves, but this really isn’t anything to cause anxiety.  Here are some basic ways your student can start learning piano, violin, trumpet, flute, guitar, cello, etc. —Contact [...]
  • NaNoWriMo for High School Homeschool

    linda lw
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    What is NaNoWriMo? Many would-be writers know the meaning of the acronym NaNoWriMo.  It stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place every November.  It is a month long writing journey that allows writers of every age to immerse themselves in the novel writing experience.  The goal is for adult participants to pen 50,000 [...]
  • Turn Your Teen’s Passion Into A Career

    earthendee
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Turn your teen’s passion into a career for homeschooling highschool from Let’s Homeschool High School
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    Days With The Grays

  • Taking a Break

    Megan Gray
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:38 am
    Hi All! Just wanted to let you all know that I will be taking a break from posting here at Days With The Grays. All of the posts will remain up, and if you need to ask any questions (especially about cargo bikes) please feel free to email me at info@dayswiththegrays.com. All of my art blogging and Creative Mothers interviews will now be happening over at www.megangrayarts.com. See you over there and thanks so much!-Megan Gray
  • Abstract? What Just Happened?

    Megan Gray
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I don't know what happened exactly. I just felt a need to play. To just let the paint and color do the talking and not so much a view of what I was actually painting. I have always had a place in my heart for abstracts. They aren't as easy as they look. Mentally it's harder for me to just let go. To just see how the paint moves and the colors talk, but once it happens it is so much fun. I think Ellie having fun just putting paint on paper has helped to inspire this new area of my work. It's nice to have different directions to go in depending on what I feel like working on.The first three…
  • Shop Small with Megan Gray Arts

    Megan Gray
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    I have begun a series called 'Views of Mount Tabor' (first three paintings in this series start with the third painting photo below). I can't really complain because it's a great view, but we can just see the top of Mount Tabor from our bedroom window of our house. So it's the only good view at the moment, and it has seemed to work it's way into my art. I'm excited to see how the series progresses. My view of Mount Tabor changes daily just with the weather alone. It makes for a great variety of colors, textures, and clouds. It's even beautiful when it rains. I have also just finished…
  • Just Us Being Us

    Megan Gray
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Here is about a week's worth of Gray Family nonsense. Most of these have already been posted on my Instagram. That's why there is a coffee rant along with one of the photos. Feel free to follow the crazy over there if you like. As you can see I am not going the route of everything is so picturesque and lovely over here. Sometimes it's happy chaos. Sometimes it's pure frustration. Sometimes it's survival, ha! And yes, sometimes things are quite beautiful. Anyway, enjoy the photo show haha!Just a normal day with The Grays.I couldn't resist photographing him in this light.Please! Please!
  • It Feels Good to Be Painting

    Megan Gray
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    I have finally been getting back to painting this past week. It feels good to be here. I feel good when I am here. I'm also getting ready for the Artrageous Holiday Art & Craft Extravaganza this Saturday at Alberta Abbey. I will have my butt, and my artwork there (sorry I won't be showing my butt, just artwork. HA!). Come by, say hello, and see some amazing, local PDX artists. Below are some paintings that I have either finished, or are in the process of finishing. And at the end of this post there is a little artist who is growing quickly, so don't miss scrolling…
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  • Online Homeschool Resource - SchoolhouseTeachers.com [Review]

    Susan Raber
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    POINT.CLICK.TEACH. SUMMARY{This post contains affiliate links} The SchoolhouseTeachers.com yearly membership provides homeschoolers with true one-stop shopping for curriculum, interactive materials, and teachers, with new lessons and courses added regularly. Designed specifically to fill the needs of homeschoolers both in terms of educational materials and budget, there are courses from preschool to high school, and for special needs children.A membership at SchoolhouseTeachers.com supplies an entire family with quality content for $12.95 per month, or $139 per year (a 10%…
  • Vocabulary words - less is more

    Susan Raber
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    How do we usually teach vocabulary and spelling? In my experience, the average spelling list is comprised of 10-15 words, which may or may not have something in common, such as subject area or phonics rule. Then lessons and practice entail copying, sometimes a word find or crossword puzzle, and weekly tests.Have these methods been effective with your children? Ask yourself:Do they remember their spelling and vocabulary words days and weeks after a lesson or test?Do they use their spelling and vocabulary words in regular speech or on reports?You can help your children adopt new vocabulary…
  • Do I need a homeschool room and a schedule?

    Susan Raber
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    There are several ‘first questions’ that new homeschoolers ask, and one of them is along the lines of “Do I need a detailed schedule and a dedicated schoolroom?”Because of our own school experiences, we tend to picture learning as taking place at a specific time in a special space, requiring desks, chalkboards, charts, and other schoolish trappings. Some find the idea of doing anything else intimidating and even frightening.Homeschooling frees our children from classroom constraints and conditioning, but that doesn’t mean we must eliminate everything that resembles traditional…
  • In a homeschool rut? Try this Homeschool Troubleshooting Checklist

    Susan Raber
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    There is no formula that will guarantee homeschool success, but if you think your kids aren’t making progress in accordance with their abilities, or you feel stuck a homeschool rut, review the questions and suggestions on this checklist and see if you need to make adjustments.Effective InstructionDo the curriculum, programs, and other resources you use:Have all their pieces/parts and work properly? Few things are more time consuming or frustrating than spending time looking for missing elements of a course or game.Explain how to incorporate them into your homeschool? A program might be…
  • Homeschoolers flourish in the new education environment

    Susan Raber
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    More and more we as a society are asking, “What is education”?It sounds like an easy question; we recall our school experience and describe the methods with which we are familiar. But the lessons we learned in the traditional classroom can now only offer a shallow definition of education. We have realized that the conventional “chalk and talk” is lacking in form and function in our rapidly changing society.Rather than think of education as simply the transfer of knowledge and retention of certain facts, it has become about creativity, problem solving, and adaptation. Education…
 
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    College-Bound Homeschooler

  • How To Earn Money For College While Doing Homework

    Tim Milosch
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If it seems like I’ve been talking a lot about how to earn money for college, save for college, and otherwise survive the cost of higher education, it’s for a couple of reasons: It almost January, which is when the The post How To Earn Money For College While Doing Homework appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • How To Jump Start Your College Savings Plans

    Tim Milosch
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The paradox of college savings plans:  You have to start early, but parents don’t think about it until too late. When should you be saving for college? Yesterday.  (click to tweet) Studies are showing that fewer people are saving for The post How To Jump Start Your College Savings Plans appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • How Much Is A College Degree Worth?

    Tim Milosch
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Given the amount of talk I hear about the ballooning size of college debt in America, it’s no wonder that the college degree has landed on hard times. Since the economic meltdown of 2008, the plight of the jobless, or The post How Much Is A College Degree Worth? appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • 10 Reasons I’m Thankful I Was Homeschooled

    Tim Milosch
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Having been homeschooled, I’m well aware of the challenges, doubts, criticisms, and raised eyebrows that can accompany someone’s discovery of your choice of educational method.  Thankfully, homeschooling has come a long way in the last 20 years, and is now The post 10 Reasons I’m Thankful I Was Homeschooled appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • 10 Resources College-Bound Homeschoolers Should Have and Use

    Tim Milosch
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Getting into college is proof enough that you have the ability to succeed there because of one thing that no one ever tells you about it: Smart people don’t finish first in college. That’s right, I said it. College success The post 10 Resources College-Bound Homeschoolers Should Have and Use appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
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    The Great Education Struggle » Blog Post

  • Three Actions That Changed 150 years of Education Tradition-Part 3

    Isaac Moffett
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the previous two posts, I addressed two of the three major actions the federal government has taken that changed the last 150 years of education tradition. These two actions are the implementation of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) and the new interpretation of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This week let’s […]
  • Three Actions That Changed 150 years of Education Tradition-Part 2

    Isaac Moffett
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, I introduced three major actions the Obama administration has done that has fundamentally transformed 150 years of American education tradition. They were the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the application and interpretation of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, and the No Child Left Behind Flexibility Waiver. Last week I discussed the […]
  • Three Actions That Changed 150 years of Education Tradition-Part 1

    Isaac Moffett
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Over the last century, America has gone through a radical transformation in terms of its worldview, and political governance. This fundamental transformation has been in overdrive for the past 50 years, and on steroids during the last six. Regardless of which political party sits at the helm of the federal government, the opposing side points […]
  • Payback Time

    Isaac Moffett
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Payback Time Guest post by Stephanie Zimmerman, Idahoans for Local Education November 14, 2014 Note: While this post pertains to the payback top education officials have received for their support of Common Core and the SBAC assessment in Idaho, is it to much to suggest officials in other states have or will receive such rewards for their […]
  • How Will Common Core Affect Homeschoolers-College Placement

    Isaac Moffett
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    It is beyond dispute homeschoolers outscore others on college and university exams for decades now and are sought after by all top universities. Furthermore, there has never been more homeschoolers in America since the colonial days of our founding fathers. Of all the reasons parents cite for their results to homeschool, superior academics has to […]
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