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  • Homeschool Service Project: Feeding Austin Area Hungry

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

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    “I trust you with my life, I trust you with my children’s education, I trust you with my finances—but I do NOT trust you with marshmallows.”
  • Carnival of Homeschooling - Change

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:06 am
    A wise man said "That one of the few constants in life is change."  Homeschoolers know this.  From the moment they decide to homeschool they are faced with lots of changes.  They have new schedules.  They may end up with different friends.  They will learn new skills. Some change is good.  You might get a promotion or get married.  Some change may not be as welcomed, like when a loved one dies.  And some changes are just changes. My wife and I faced some changes when we kicked off the first Carnival of Homeschooling nine years ago.  We meet many…
  • Costumes or art? Definitely both.

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

    By Sun and Candlelight
    Dawn
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Good afternoon, my friends! I'm stopping in to let you all know we are through the blizzard and doing fine - our power has held *knock on wood* and we woke this morning to a bright and glorious day! Many folks are still shoveling out so schools are closed across the region ... and though Boston is back up and running, Governor Baker has asked folks to stay off the roads if at all possible. So happily, Bill is working from home once again today! I took some pictures on my walk down to get the paper this morning - it was super cold, and I had the little fella with me, so we hurried,…
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    Sprittibee

  • Homeschool Service Project: Feeding Austin Area Hungry

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

    Heather
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Apparently, you won’t have to wait until the summer to get your homeschool inspiration on this year. Great Homeschool Conventions is branching out into the Lone Star State in a big way with a new convention debuting in Forth Worth this February (next month). Not long after the homeschool burnout fog has settled, GHC has a super line up to give Texas homeschool moms a jolt to pick up the pace and finish 2014-15 strong. GHC has sponsored this post to offer my readers a family registration ticket, teen track tickets if they have teenagers, and FOUR general seating admissions to see Dr.
  • Reflecting on a Decade of New Year Resolutions

    Heather
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:21 am
    A smart way to look forward is to look back first. After all, they say that you are doomed to repeat history if you don’t study it. I always like to start my year off with reflection. This year I dug a little deeper because I had TEN years worth of records to peruse via the blog archives. This year in June will mark my TENTH year of blogging. TEN whole years. One for every brain cell I have left after 13.33362 years of homeschooling. No, really. I looked it up on the internet to the date, hour, minute, and second. Want to hear a scary story? I still have about 15 years to go until I…
  • 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…
 
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    Melissa Wiley

  • Scott Peterson on my reckless snack-distribution habits

    Melissa Wiley
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    “I trust you with my life, I trust you with my children’s education, I trust you with my finances—but I do NOT trust you with marshmallows.”
  • Rohan Maitzen on academic blogging

    Melissa Wiley
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    “What I really tried to emphasize in my own remarks is that if we think about why we do research and publish it in the first place–to advance or improve a conversation–then writing online makes perfect sense. I also stressed that for me, the real benefits are intellectual. I specifically invited follow-up questions about ways my blogging had affected my teaching, my research, my writing, and/or my intellectual life. I didn’t get any questions about that at all, leading me to think that the single most important quotation in the presentation is the one from Jo VanEvery:…
  • Downton Abbey Episode 5.3 Recap is Up at GeekMom

    Melissa Wiley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    …and I have my theories.
  • Ten Years of Blogging, and I Almost Missed It

    Melissa Wiley
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    I entered the year aware that Bonny Glen’s ten-year anniversary was approaching on Jan. 20, and I had thoughts of all sorts of retrospective posts leading up to the occasion. Then, on Jan. 4, I started a new gig—the kind of steady behind-the-scenes work that makes the children’s-book-writing, homeschooling life possible. I went from Cybils-reading-load busyness to new-assignment busyness, and since I thrive on busy and new (oh especially new), I’ve spent the first weeks of the year in a satisfying whirr of learning and doing. And I forgot all about the anniversary until…
  • Recently Read or Watched with Various Kids

    Melissa Wiley
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    With the boys: Little Bear. The original—Huck’s first time, though he’s seen the show of course. He loved the book so much. Although the text is less sophisticated—a bit more Dick-and-Jane—than contemporary early readers, it absolutely holds up. Beautiful pacing; wonderful humor; sweet, cozy tone; warm relationships; and fresh storylines. What a marvel it is. So glad we have more to enjoy together.) Okay Andy and My New Friend Is So Fun. Two of my fellow Cybils Early Reader finalists. Huck loved them both. Of course the Elephant and Piggie is a delight. Great plot in this…
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  • Carnival of Homeschooling - Change

    Henry Cate
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:06 am
    A wise man said "That one of the few constants in life is change."  Homeschoolers know this.  From the moment they decide to homeschool they are faced with lots of changes.  They have new schedules.  They may end up with different friends.  They will learn new skills. Some change is good.  You might get a promotion or get married.  Some change may not be as welcomed, like when a loved one dies.  And some changes are just changes. My wife and I faced some changes when we kicked off the first Carnival of Homeschooling nine years ago.  We meet many…
  • Reminder for the first carnival of 2015

    Henry Cate
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.  The next carnival will be held at our blog, Why Homeschool.  This will be the 9th anniversary edition of the carnival!This will be the 468th 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 - The Christmas Week Edition

    Henry Cate
    27 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Sarah is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Smallworld.She starts the carnival with:----------Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling! It's a quiet week around here. Our Carnival is small but really, really packed with great articles and plenty of good reading material. Marie-Claire's post alone, the first one below, has links to 31 other articles!I hope you have plenty of down time in the next week to read a few articles in between baking batches of sugar cookies and wrapping gifts.----------I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the very best in the new…
  • Reminder for the last carnival of 2014

    Henry Cate
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.  The next carnival will be held at SmallWlorld.  This will be the last carnival in 2014.  We'll take a one week break and then start up again in January.This will be the 467th 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 - Encouragement and Inspiration

    Henry Cate
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Sarah is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Embracing Destiny.She starts the carnival with:----------Right now I’m watching the snow fall, sitting by a warm fire, and listening to my daughters play and learn together. We have been making Christmas ornaments and listening to Christmas music. This is our favorite time of year. Though our schedule doesn’t look like the “usual” routine of homeschooling, we are still learning all the time. I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything in the world, which is another reason I love homeschooling. This week’s Carnival of…
 
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • Costumes or art? Definitely both.

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

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:26 pm
    All my kids' friends are college age right now.  Some about to graduate, and a few still to enter college. From my own kids' experience and observing and inquiring into the college journey of their homeschooled friends, I have come to the conclusion that college can be difficult for homeschoolers, and while many make it through completely unscathed, very many become disillusioned quite quickly and struggle or drop out.Just starting with the fact that they are homeschooled and used to doing things in a way that makes sense to them and only them, bending to a teachers whims and quirks is…
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Y'all!

    28 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Needless to say my kids are home from college and I am enjoying them, so... no blogging.  I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I'm looking forward to a year of personal growth, and creativity.  I wish you all the best of all things, for yourselves and your families.See you in 2015.
  • 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.
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  • A Wednesday Winter Wonderland!

    Dawn
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Good afternoon, my friends! I'm stopping in to let you all know we are through the blizzard and doing fine - our power has held *knock on wood* and we woke this morning to a bright and glorious day! Many folks are still shoveling out so schools are closed across the region ... and though Boston is back up and running, Governor Baker has asked folks to stay off the roads if at all possible. So happily, Bill is working from home once again today! I took some pictures on my walk down to get the paper this morning - it was super cold, and I had the little fella with me, so we hurried,…
  • Snow, snow, snow ... and more snow!

    Dawn
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Good Tuesday morning, my friends ... I know a lot of you have heard about the blizzard hitting New England today ... and yes, it is here! I thought I'd check in (while we still have power) to tell you that we are fine. We are having heavy snow and a lot of wind, but so far things are as expected. We have our devices charged and our blankets and flashlights at the ready ... and we got our coffee made very early - a second pot is brewing "just in case." The top photo was taken out the sunroom doors about 6 a.m. The wind, as you can see, was raging! Those are picnic benches on the…
  • More Q & A: homeschool planning?

    Dawn
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Continuing on with our Q&A series, a few ladies asked about my homeschool planning methods, so I thought I'd tackle that subject today. :) From Leah: How do/did you give your boys their assignments? Did they each have a planner or did you print out assignment sheets? Or, did they just do the "next thing" in the curriculum? How did you keep track of your side of it (read-alouds, projects, etc.) or is that part of that FCS cover sheet? From Helena: How/where do you plan out your homeschooling? I don't mean the outside classes you have scheduled, but the lessons you do at…
  • Seeds, Snowflakes and a Cake for St. Agnes

    Dawn
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Well, in the midst of all this journal talk, life at home is marching on to a familiar and happy beat. Yesterday was the Feast of St. Agnes as well as National Squirrel Appreciation Day ... representing two sides of our family's seasonal life - liturgical and natural. For the squirrels we made a seed craft, and for St. Agnes, we contemplated the prayer card handed out at last Sunday's Mass and made a snowflake cake in her honor ... Naturally, I have pictures to share! I had some wooden snowflakes leftover from Advent so, when I was thinking about making  "critter…
  • More Q & A: Storing Seasonal Ideas

    Dawn
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Hello, friends and a Good Wednesday, to all! I have a great journal question from Emma today: Hello, Dawn ... If you find a craft idea or recipe for, say St. Patrick's day in mid-January, do you glue it in your daily clip book now and then file it away to use for March? Or, does it stay in your darling book and you read back to find it later? I truly love these posts! Sincerely, Emma  Oh, Emma, one of my favorite things to discuss: finding and saving (with hopes of using) seasonal ideas! Thank you for your kinds words - I am so glad you are enjoying these posts. :) Now, I must be…
 
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  • If you don't keep them out, they will sneak in. (Ourselves, Book II: The Scope of Will)

    Mama Squirrel
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you don't keep them out, they will sneak in. "If we keep the will in abeyance, things and affairs still present themselves, but we allow instead of choosing. We allow a suggestion from without, which runs with our nature, to decide for us. There would not seem to be much difference between the two courses; but most ruined lives and ruined families are the result of letting allowance do duty for will-choice." ~~ Charlotte MasonDoes that mean you have to go to a lot of fuss every time you make a choice? What if you just make a typical choice for your own lifestyle? Do you…
  • What's for supper? Chicken vegetable pasta, and options

    Mama Squirrel
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Tonight's dinner menu:Chicken-vegetable sauce, or just vegetable saucePenninePita crisps (made in the oven)Sweet potato hummusApples, bananas, oranges
  • Geography lesson: towards Lake Tanganyika. With food. (Lydia's Grade Eight)

    Mama Squirrel
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    We have gotten the Ondaatje party through Zungomero, and they are now headed to Lake Tanganyika. As Ondaatje points out, this part of the trip took Burton and Speke seven and a half months; the 1996 expedition managed it in eight days. This is a long chapter and I am breaking it into shorter lessons; this one covers their journey only as far as Dodoma.For Class III. Geography. Book studied: Journey to the Source of the Nile, by Christopher Ondaatje.Adapted from this Parents' Review article by Dorothy Brownell.Tanzania—Zungomero to Dodoma.Before the lesson begins, have a blank map already…
  • Ourselves, Book II: The Function of Will is Chivalry

    Mama Squirrel
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Quotes from Charlotte Mason, Ourselves, Book II, "The Function of Will"We are usually ready enough to choose between things, though some of us shirk even that responsibility. We gaze upon two stuffs for gowns, and cannot choose between them. Indeed, the whole success of advertisements depends upon the fact that we wish someone, if it be only the salesman, to make up our mind for us.""We do a worse hurt to ourselves when we dress our persons in ready-made garments and our minds in ready-made opinions; because, in so far as we do so, we lose the chance of using our Will; we act as an…
  • What's for supper? Pork balls, fruity bars

    Mama Squirrel
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Tonight's dinner menu:Pork meatballs with barbecue sauceSweet potatoesGreen beansNo-bake dessert bars made with raisins, bran flakes, white chocolate chips, apple juice, and a bit of coconut, with oatmeal in the bottom of the pan and sprinkled on top
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  • 18 Reasons Homeschoolers Love Heart of Wisdom

    Robin Sampson
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    We have completed several polls concerning the Heart of Wisdom teaching approach, and the results show the top reasons why homeschoolers choose Heart of Wisdom’s materials: Our Bible-first focus. Read our philosophy. We teach children to love to learn. Read about Charlotte Mason’s methods. We believe in focusing on children’s gifts and talents. Read about Delight-Directed Learning. We teach ... The post 18 Reasons Homeschoolers Love Heart of Wisdom appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
  • 12 Most Nutritious Super Foods

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:51 pm
    1.  Kale Kale is ranked among the top 10 of the World’s Healthiest Foods when it comes to providing the most nutritional value for the least number of calories, and like other cruciferous vegetables, is a rich source of unique health-promoting compounds. kale is loaded with vitamin A, B complex, and C. It is also a ... The post 12 Most Nutritious Super Foods appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
  • QAYG 20 Quilt As You Go Tutorials

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Quilt As You Go or QAYG is a fun and quick, machine quilting technique where you piece your quilt at the same time you add the three layers of quilt top, batting and backing. Once you finish piecing the quilt is almost done. Just join and add binding. Here is the one I’m working on ... The post QAYG 20 Quilt As You Go Tutorials appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
  • An Easy Chevron Quilt Tutorial

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    How to Make a Chevron Quilt Without Piecing Triangles! No triangles, no half-square tirangles. Just rectangles easy to strip quilt. It  is basically a Rail Fence Quilt on point.   See the rectangles. I found several tutorials for Chevron quilts.  See fabric requirements and tutorials at the bottom of this post.     Chevron Quilt Tutorials ... The post An Easy Chevron Quilt Tutorial appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
  • Quilting Again After a 23 Year Break

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:37 pm
    My daughter passed in 2014 so I began making memory quilts for her boys. The process has been very good for me. Time to remember, reflect, and pray. I haven’t quilted in  23 years! I enjoy designing the quilts more that making them. I like designing patterns even more. I decided to make some of my digital papers into ... The post Quilting Again After a 23 Year Break appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
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  • Does what I do make a difference to anybody?

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

    Lori Pickert
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Blythe uses the 3D printer Please enjoy this fantastic win today shared by Nicky Serrano and her daughter Blythe! I wanted to share a huge win my 11-year-old daughter Blythe has had at her local Maker’s Guild. I am hoping we avoided most of the pitfalls Lori mentioned in her post What’s Wrong with DIY/Maker Faire/Hacking/Tinkering for Kids — and How We Can Make It Better. Blythe decided in May that she wanted to make a 3D printed dog collar that lights up automatically at night, and that she wanted to exhibit it at the World Maker Faire (both things completely her idea). She found her…
  • Why “do what you love” is not terrible advice

    Lori Pickert
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    I saw a post on Austin Kleon’s blog about this piece by Rachel Nabors: We rarely hear the advice of the person who did what they loved and stayed poor or was horribly injured for it. Professional gamblers, stuntmen, washed up cartoonists like myself: we don’t give speeches at corporate events. We aren’t paid to go to the World Domination Summit and make people feel bad. We don’t land book deals or speak on Good Morning America. — Don’t Do What You Love If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, I’ll break it down for you: — She pursued what she loved and was…
  • Journaling and observational drawing e-classes now available!

    Lori Pickert
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Both of these one-week, self-guided e-classes are now available for instant enrollment here. Enjoy! I can’t thank you enough for this class! It’s so much more than a journaling class. The advice I learnt on setting goals and creating habits is priceless and I will be applying it to every aspect of my life from here on out! — Breonna I think that Lori’s drawing class has been one of the most powerful and useful resources that we have used in our many years of home education. — Petra Tags: Newsshameless self-promotion
  • PBH Master Class enrolling now!

    Lori Pickert
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    We are now enrolling the fall session of the PBH master class. It will run for six weeks from September 8 through October 17 and costs $125. Please go here to read the class description, testimonials from former students, and enroll if you are interested! I probably won’t schedule another master class until sometime next spring (April/May). If you can’t join us this time, you can join the early-bird announcement list for that class. Thank you and I hope we get to work together! After rereading the last two emails, I have to tell you how remarkable this class is. My growth is…
 
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  • Sweet Potato Fritters

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    I made this up this morning.  I like it.  The Boy is indifferent- he says it’s okay.  It’s whole30 compliant, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, and filling.  It’s also adaptable- I happened to have certain ingredients on hand, but provided you have eggs and sweet potatoes you can make essentially the same thing with all kinds of variations.     I grated one sweet potato:   This made two cups of grated sweet potato. I stirred in some chopped cooked carrots left over from a pork roast I made a couple days ago: I diced the rest of the pork roast from that…
  • Bollywood Movie Review: Daawat-e-ishq

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Daawat-e-Ishq- Basically family friendly, IMO, although you may feel differently. Director Habib Faisal Cast Aditya Roy Kapur Parineeti Chopra Anupam Kher Karan Wahi One sentence summary: Rom Com Bollywood with a strong anti-dowry message. Synopsis: The lead female character has been disappointed time and again in marriage talks which consistently break down when it comes to dowry issues. These dowry demands are unreasonably high and also illegal, and the movie is making some social points about the problems of dowry issues in India (Gulli reads her father an article about it which says at…
  • The Ideal Young Woman of 1902 Will Not Lead a Poodle

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:25 pm
    From a book published in 1902: THE following questions were sent out into all parts of the United States Answers came also from Canada and England: I. Must the ideal young woman be a Christian? 2. Will she use slang or profane speech or lead a poodle? 3. Are dancing, card playing, or wine drinking accomplishments which you admire in her? 4. Does it mar or help her as an ideal to be able to keep house or make her own clothes? 5. Shall she help to make her own living, ie will she keep house or board? 6. Would you educate her in a female school or mixed school? 7. Shall we judge her by the same…
  • Have Heroes

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    “OF the forces that can enter into the life of youth there are few of more importance than enthusiastic admiration for heroic men. To feel, from reading or observation, the impact of a great nature upon one’s own is to be changed forever afterwards, at least in ideals. It is to realize, as perhaps not even dreamed of before, what human nature is capable of. It is to comprehend to some degree the strength, the achievement possible to the human personality. It is to have kindled in you the aspiration to be a man of the same pattern, in so far as may be. It is undoubtedly true that…
  • French Toast Apples

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Take a nice, crisp apple. Core it. Peel it (I didn’t, and that’s how I know you should). Now you can do one of two things. Easy version: Put on a hot griddle, lightly greased. I used coconut oil. Lightly sprinkle the tops with cinnamon and nutmeg, or use pumpkin pie spice When the apples start to be transluscent just around the edges, flip the rings. Sprinkle the top again. Remove to a plate when they are still slightly firm, but not crunchy.   Serve them as is, or sprinkle with chopped nuts if you prefer more protein.  This is a whole30 breakfast, or paleo if you prefer, or…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Happy Anniversary to the Man Who Didn't Want Children From the Woman Who Didn't Want Them Either

    Karen Edmisten
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Who knew? You turned into a heck of an Atticus, Mister. Atticus and Anne-with-an-e Atticus and BetsyAtticus with Betsy, Anne-with-an-e, and newborn RamonaI love you! Happy anniversary to my best friend, the best husband, and the most wonderful dad in the world.
  • Roz Chast + Mark Strand + National Poetry Month = I Want That Poster

    Karen Edmisten
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    April is National Poetry Month and every year the Academy of American Poets comes up with a marvelous poster. This year, the poster combines one of my favorite cartoonists (Roz Chast) and a favorite poet (Mark Strand*).  Love.*May he rest in peace. Strand just passed away in November of 2014. Here's a lovely piece about him from his friend, Charles Simic.(With thanks to Ruth for bringing the release of the poster to my attention.) 
  • It's Billy Time

    Karen Edmisten
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    I first thanked this little guy about three and a half years ago.* He made my day then, and he's making it again today.Litanyby Billy Collins(More of his recitations here.)The Poetry Friday round up is at A Teaching Life.~~~~~*Thanks to the Poetry Foundation, a place I love for putting "poetry" and "foundation" together.
  • Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love (In Which Atticus and I Write a Foreword and You Discover His Real Name is Tom)

    Karen Edmisten
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    Awhile back, Atticus (okay, okay -- it's Tom) and I were asked to write a foreword for a new book that has just been published by Our Sunday Visitor: Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love. We were delighted to write about mawwiage. Entering into that "bwessed event, that dweam within a dweam" is the best thing we've ever done. (Until we had kids. Now they're the best thing we've ever done, although Tom's homemade red sauce rivals the miracle of children. I'm not kidding. You have to come over.) Edited (and with a chapter) by Art and Laraine Bennett, contributors include…
  • The Downton Abbey Season 5 Workout: Courtesy of Anne-with-an-e

    Karen Edmisten
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Anne-with-an-e and I were talking about Downton and she said, "Y'know, if we came up with a Downton Abbey workout game, we'd be in shape in no time. For example, 'Mary is mean to Edith: Five jumping jacks.'"She kept going, and I said, "You have to write this down."I now have a blog post for today.So. Here's your workout. Enjoy the show, and, hey, you've never felt so invigorated!Mary is mean to Edith: 5 jumping jacksThomas gives someone an evil look: 4 push-upsRobert is a jerk: 5 sit-upsThe music reminds us to worry: 1 lap around the roomMr. Bates is suspected of a crime: 6 crunchesEdith…
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    The End In Mind

  • How to Live a Balanced Life: Myth or Reality

    Lori Lane
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Before we get into the topic of this week’s podcast…can you do us a favor or two as we try to serve you better? Have a question?  Speak up! If you have a question, we would love to hear from you.  Just go to our home page and click on the side bar tab labeled […] The post How to Live a Balanced Life: Myth or Reality appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Why Begin With the End in Mind?

    Andrea T
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    In Ecclesiastes 7:8, Solomon tells us, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” This scripture reminds me that though I may start out with great goals and amazing visions, the true measure of success only comes after I finish what I have started. An enthusiastic beginning […] The post Why Begin With the End in Mind? appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • The Writing on the Wall

    Diana B
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    When I was a small child, I loved to play quietly, all alone in my bedroom. Sometimes I’d play there contentedly for hours. My mother used to say that’s when she would worry about me most. Evidently, sometimes I was “up to no good” all alone in that pink room at the end of the […] The post The Writing on the Wall appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • When to Ask for Help

    Melinda
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    Although some people seem to be able to sail smoothly through homeschooling, most of us have challenges that we need to face.  There are situational obstacles such as a job change that requires the family to relocate. Sometimes there are financial setbacks due to a job loss and these can impact a family in unanticipated […] The post When to Ask for Help appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • How to Get Unstuck in a Stuck World

    llane
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    I’ve been stuck this week!  And, it’s not the first time. Sometimes that stuck feeling lasts for just a few hours, and other times, that feeling has lasted for months, perhaps years. For those that know me well, this may come as a surprise.  I know that from the outside looking in I appear to […] The post How to Get Unstuck in a Stuck World appeared first on The End In Mind.
 
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    Home*School*Home

  • Scrapghan 1 is done!

    Fatcat
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
     my daughter finished it today! Scrapghan 2 is nearly done as well but I'm not in a hurry to finish it since my mom and I are working on it together.
  • Snow!

    Fatcat
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
  • Interesting.

    Fatcat
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    This morning my youngest came in my room/office where I was working to tell me about his dream. He summed it up in a sentence.  "It started out as a nightmare, then I fixed all the problems and then we went bowling."   Then later, he came in here to make this statement.   "Sometimes I wish that I didn't have these feeble human senses." He's never not thinking deeply about something.  :-)  The other day we went out with friends and he got roped into a game with the younger kids (because one of them idolizes him) and didn't get to be with the kids his own age at their…
  • Spelling issues revisited.

    Fatcat
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    My youngest cannot spell at all. This is his brain glitch and we have been trying to build a bridge around the part of the brain that is the problem.  He's very interesting in that he can read extremely well.  He reads very fast and he has an amazing vocabulary, but has no idea whether to use the word witch or which (which he would probably try to spell as wich.)  We discussed this last night.  We've tried many different types of spelling programs, All About Spelling and Sequential Spelling, as well as Dianne Craft's method of holding the flash cards up and to the…
  • Thoughts on ADHD.

    Fatcat
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    If you all have been reading my blog for any time at all, you know that my youngest wonderful son is delightful and hilarious and very fun and interesting, but you probably have also heard me talk or (read me write?) about his struggles with spelling and writing, the fact that he pretty much never sits still and is always fidgiting with something.  I have no doubt that if we hadn't pulled him out of public school (which ironically we initially started thinking about because of his older brother) we would have had conversations and arguments with the school powers that be about medicating…
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • Happy Face Math

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

    Maria Miller
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Homeschool Buyers Co-op is running a GROUP BUY for large Math Mammoth bundles at 40% discount – just for one week!The offer expires on January 26, 2015.
  • Math Mammoth January 2015 sale!

    Maria Miller
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    From now till January 31, get 25% off of all Math Mammoth & Make It Real Learning downloads & CDs at Kagi store!Use the coupon code MAMMOTH at the order page at Kagi. At MathMammoth.com you can learn about the different books I sell and see samples. You will find links to Kagi's order pages on my site, on the various product pages. Or, if you are ready to order, you can use these direct links to the order pages: Order Light Blue seriesOrder the South African version of the Light Blue seriesOrder Blue seriesOrder Spanish versions of the Blue series booksOrder Golden and Green…
  • Math Mammoth printed books sale

    Maria Miller
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Math Mammoth printed books are on sale at Rainbow Resource Center starting today and running through January 19, 2015. The discount is 20%.
  • How should students show their work for math word problems?

    Maria Miller
    10 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Someone recently asked me about showing work in math word problems and I thought others might enjoy hearing about this topic also.Personally, in the lower grades, I'd ask the child to EXPLAIN their thought processes orally, and then gradually teach them to write something on paper. The main thing students in grades 1-3 need to write is the actual calculations they did, not only the final answer.For example, if they added 23 and 87 to get the answer, they should write 23 + 87 = 110 and include the units of whatever it was, such as $23 + $87 = $110 or 23 cm + 87 cm = 110 cm.In the upper…
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    Crazy Everyday Blessings

  • Harry Potter... One little book - so many memories...

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

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

    Kari C in SC
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    This morning I set my alarm for 7am. That was the time Savannah said she would need to get up to start her first job today.  She said she had set her alarm, but I thought just maybe she would sleep through it. So, just to be sure, I set my own. As I opened my eyes, I could see that her bedroom door was open and she was awake. I tried to go back to sleep for a while until I had to wake to drive her to McDs.  As I lay there, I kept thinking about how this is how it happens. I have been down this path before. Ten years ago, right around this time, Timmy got his first job at Firehouse…
  • Why we won't let him quit...

    Kari C in SC
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    I haven't blogged in over a year. I don't know if this is ME blogging again or not. Facebook destroyed my blogging days because I now blog in popcorn posts. Some part of me wants a blog, a place where my memories are stored more than popcorn posts. This is what is on my heart today.Sebastian is 10 and has been in karate for a little over a year. We believe he has done very well in this environment. If you know my kid, well, you know that he can let his emotions carry him away. We greatly struggled for 3 years after Timmy's death. There were lots of tears and anger and emotion. We plugged…
  • Plans...

    Kari C in SC
    20 Jul 2013 | 1:20 pm
    In case you don't know this about me... I am a planner. I love plans. I love checklists. I love marking things off all neat and tidy. I also have a very strange love of amortization tables and seeing things paid off.  I don't like debt, but house debt is a necessary evil if you are going to invest in rental properties. I have spent a HUGE amount of time over the last couple of months pouring over our finances and moving towards expanding our rental business.  I am a bit OCD when it comes to these things. Even if I have worked through the numbers once or twice, I must do it again and…
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • How to Roast the Fattened Calf of Perfectionism & Start Celebrating Your Life

    Ann Voskamp
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    So she looks me in the eye and asks me how it’s going. And yeah — what are you gonna do but sorta, kinda smile?  And I tell her that there are pots on the stove and crumbs on the counters and kids loud and everywhere and needing a million things — and yes’m, wherever we are, there’s always ridiculous grace and good and there are always ridiculously hard things. There’s all these lists. And the laundry, the books and the homework and the learning and the pots and pans. And these kids we’re raising, they keep falling — yeah, a whole lot like their…
  • Dear You Who Doesn’t Want to Do that Hard Thing

    Ann Voskamp
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Dear Lovely You, who doesn’t want to play the piano, take out the recycling, study for your geometry exam, get on the treadmill, clean up the basement, or do that big thing that feels like an impossible thing— okay, yeah, boy, do I hear you. It doesn’t matter a hill of sprouting beans if you’re 9 and stomping your feet or 16 and slamming doors or 40 and distracting on your phone — hard things just keep calling you because you’re meant to answer to higher and better things. You’re meant to do hard and holy things because they are the next thing —- to get to the best thing.
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [01.24.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    lets? let’s just go on a little virtual retreat, you and me, five minutes? the beauty of all this feels like a soul feast one word every day for a year — adds up to this that moment a 102-year-old rescued a shelter cat & it all seemed too beautiful <grin> (one to share with the kids, any kids, big or small?) These are  “4siders.” Did you catch the creative catch? why a dog’s a man’s best friend?  A boy with autism.  A vacuum salesman. And a birthday party that was pretty spectacular why your soul really needs rest this weekend  so the kids & the…
  • 3 Helps: For When You Wish You Could Tame Your Tongue

    Ann Voskamp
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    Once there lived two mamas, each on opposite sides of the Canada/Michigan border. They were training toddlers, teaching children, and learning to love and serve Jesus more with each setting of the sun over the Great Lake Huron stretched out long between them. Then one day, the mama on the the Michigan side wrote some very good and practical words —  a gracious primer on the tongue: Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It & When to Say Nothing at All.  Today, it’s a joy to invite my very wise friend, Karen Ehman, to the farm’s front porch to share a word or two with us…
  • Why Thinking About Losing — Is Really How You Win

    Ann Voskamp
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    In the middle of a stiff winter wind, Mama, she asks to go to the beach. That’s where she says she wants to celebrate the turning of her calendar year. To stand on the frozen snow and turn her face directly into whatever is coming this way. We’re the only ones there. Nothing can mean nothing. And everything means something. Yes — everything. We walk the long boardwalk, our footsteps echoing hollow. She will be 61 this year. We stand on iced sand hemmed with white snow and Mama says nothing, just gazes out at bared waters. I don’t ask her what she’s thinking. The sunlight seems…
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    Natural Born Learners

  • Failure is the new winning: Discovery, innovation and growth come from learning from our mistakes

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

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

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

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

  • Sweets; don't battle; learning how...

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

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

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

    Sandra Dodd
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    My website will be thirteen years old in two months. It grows all the time, and I'm proud of it but it costs $131.28 per year. I have that a a few more expenses I would like to ask for assistance with.Perhaps your life is richer and more peaceful than it would have been without this collection of writings.It's Christmas, and many families with young children are beyond budget this time of year, so I've thought of some alternatives that don't cost anything but would still make life better for other unschoolers (or maybe others), and I want to leave a hint about how much I love Christmas…
  • 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"…
 
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    Home Schooling News

  • Our Opinion: Special-needs debate requires broader views

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    The 2014 debate was long and at times heated, and the voices and visiting parents of special-needs students added to the emotional tenor. Because of the 2014 stalemate, dissatisfaction with the status quo has deepened, and the debate has reignited even though leaders had earlier indicated it would not be brought back up this year.
  • Coalition renews educational choice debate

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    After a year's worth of research and talking with educational groups, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a self-described nonpartisan think tank, published "The Case for Expanded Educational Choice," finding that there is a disparity in the educational choices parents have for their children and the options they are seeking.
  • Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    This undated file photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law, shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. Previously sealed Boy Scouts "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in California that was filed against the organization by a victim of Stein's.
  • Lawyer: Boy Scout files depict 'sordid' history of abuse

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    This undated file photo provided by the California Department of Justice's official Internet web site, Megan's Law, shows former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009. Previously sealed Boy Scouts "perversion" files spanning 16 years could soon be in the public eye as part of a negligence lawsuit set for trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in California that was filed against the organization by a victim of Stein's.
  • Learning Tree school celebrates educational options

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    The Learning Tree of East Elgin, 845 Summit St., will hold a special event at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, to celebrate National School Choice Week. This event will feature a coloring contest with the students and a lunch to celebrate the teachers.
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    HomeschoolBuzz.com

  • Homeschooled kids perform at high level – Montgomery Advertiser

    Gary
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:06 am
    Homeschooled kids perform at high level – Montgomery Advertiser Homeschooled kids perform at high levelMontgomery AdvertiserHomeschooled kids perform at high level. The recent editorial on homeschooling families was biased, devoid of facts, and perpetuated an ill-informed stereotype. To counter that misinformation, here are some facts regarding homeschooled students:.
  • HOME SCHOOL ABUSE “Dear Frank, I think there’s going to be an epidemic of … – Patheos (blog)

    Gary
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    HOME SCHOOL ABUSE “Dear Frank, I think there’s going to be an epidemic of … – Patheos (blog) HOME SCHOOL ABUSE “Dear Frank, I think there's going to be an epidemic of …Patheos (blog)“Believe it or not, some homeschool kids have been so severely neglected that they don't have the skills to function on their own, yet staying at home perpetuates the problem. Additionally, when they leave their families, they lose what little support …
  • Georgia’s home-schooled students seek admissions equality – McDuffie Mirror

    Gary
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Georgia’s home-schooled students seek admissions equality – McDuffie Mirror Georgia's home-schooled students seek admissions equalityMcDuffie MirrorWith that experience in hand, she is often called upon by area families new to home schooling for advice and connections to financial and educational resources. And while it has “become much easier” in recent years, she says many fellow home school …and more »
  • Is Homeschooling The Solution To Public School Problems? – KNPR

    Gary
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Is Homeschooling The Solution To Public School Problems? – KNPR KNPR Is Homeschooling The Solution To Public School Problems?KNPROne of the education sectors that often flies under the radar is the one that has arguably the most student/teacher involvement: homeschooling. As the weeds thicken with testing and public school regulations, more parents than ever are choosing to opt …
  • Homeschool Children Seized By Arkansas Authorities Remain in State Custody … – Christian News Network

    Gary
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Homeschool Children Seized By Arkansas Authorities Remain in State Custody … – Christian News Network Christian News Network Homeschool Children Seized By Arkansas Authorities Remain in State Custody …Christian News NetworkHOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Seven homeschoolers in Arkansas who were seized by the Garland County Sheriff's Department this month remain in state custody after a court hearing on Thursday over the matter. Hal Stanley, a pastor, and his wife Michelle state that …Garland Co. Children to Remain in DHS CustodyKARKSeven Garland County kids stay in…
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    The History of the (Whole) World

  • And the winners are…

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

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

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

  • Younger Son Needs Glasses

    ChristineMM
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    In December 2011 younger son went to the optometrist who also handles eye tracking and other developmental and visual processing issues. He, like older, has "slow focus" which takes more eye muscle effort to focus. This tires the eyes out while reading and doing close work. He was given a mild prescription for reading eyeglasses.He then refused to use them.He, like older son, had tapered off reading books for fun or for school work. He resisted reading at all costs. He uses the computer a lot for reading articles, video gaming, social networking, watching YouTube and watching TV shows and…
  • Lost and Found Book Review by ChristineMM

    ChristineMM
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Title: Lost and FoundAuthor: Brooke DavisGenre: Fiction, AdultSummary Statement: Fun and Heart-Warming Escape ReadI wanted an escape read and this was it! Told in three interesting character's voices Davis has woven a fun and heart-warming tale. The three main characters are all wrestling with grief as they process the death of loved ones. Each feels left behind, abandoned, isolated and unwanted. They have an adventure together with various antics that somehow all come across as possible and not-far-fetched. I was swept into this story and my heart ached for the feelings of sadness each…
  • Listen To Your Mother Book Review by ChristineMM

    ChristineMM
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Summary Statement: Wide Range of Very Short Stories About Mothering By Ordinary People Who Write WellMy Star Rating: 5 stars = I Love ItThis book is a collection of short essays written by ordinary Americans, most being about three pages after white space is removed representing stories from or about mothering of all types. It elicits tears of empathy, a chuckle or laugh, or nods of agreement due to association.Imig began a mommy blog (Ann's Rants) and wrote her stories and found community in the blogosphere. I can relate to her feeling that today's woman who choose to be a…
  • Communicating With Teens For Low Conflict

    ChristineMM
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    We raised our sons with a parenting style called attachment parenting (AP). Since they were never in daycare or preschool they had no large separation so the principals of AP naturally continued. With homeschooling the lifestyle is different and connection with Mom is inevitable. My husband worked long hours (about 70 a week) then had some underemployment that was a more typical 9-5 hour schedule. During unemployment times he spent the day at a friend's office job hunting so he was not underfoot a lot, I was there more. Anyhow my point is that the AP style has a heart of open communication…
  • Picking Our Battles

    ChristineMM
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    Younger son told me something in December about what a teacher allows to go on in class. I expressed my disapproval. I later brought this up with my husband then the three of us discussed it. When a teacher allows behavior to go on that is against school rules it puts students in a certain position. We parents say follow the school rules but when teachers usurp the authority of the administration it's an issue that kids are sometimes caught in the middle of.The other issues happening more specifically with my son's learning or lack thereof and faltering grades were the primary issue for our…
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • LIFE IN FAYETTEVILLE

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

    dcobranchi
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    Layers, folks. Dress in layers.
  • HOW NOT TO HIRE

    dcobranchi
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Kraton (NYSE:KRA) in Belpre, OH had a help wanted sticker on my newspaper this morning. Curious, I looked at their website and found this on the “Apply” page: There will be a $25 per applicant testing fee (due the day of the application) to defray some of the costs associated with testing all applicants. Cash or check will be accepted. They charge everyone $25 to put in an application in order to “defray” the costs of their recruiting? Really? Are they so strapped for cash that they cannot afford to pay for their own testing? Whoever in HR thought that was a good idea…
  • FRIDAY CAT(S) BLOGGING

    dcobranchi
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Here’s a pic of two of the three cats doing what they do best (and most often).
  • #LeelahAlcorn

    dcobranchi
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    This is the saddest and most maddening tale I’ve read in a very long time. A transgender teen was rejected by her parents and forced into isolation. She killed herself this week. And her mother still calls her “Josh.”
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  • Chaplin and cheese

    liese4
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    This morning we went to Longmont to hear a lecture on Charlie Chaplin and the silent movie industry. Things we already knew – he wasn’t born here, his most famous character was the tramp, he started UA with Pickford and Fairbanks, he was banned from the US for some reason, ‘The Tramp’ was filmed in Niles CA. Things we didn’t know that we found out during the lecture – he was born in London, his real name was Charles Spencer, he was married 4 times and had 11 children, he was not a Communist, but did associate with travelers who were connected to Communism…
  • Felt Foods!

    Alicia
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    While we were in Nebraska a few weeks ago, Toria happened upon a stash of felt that Tiffany wasn’t using.  With Tiffany’s blessing, she used some to make a little felt waffle for Fiona, dents and all.  And then a little felt strawberry, and then a felt orange wedge, and then a felt strawberry (complete with little embroidered seeds!) and then felt salad ingredients and felt pizza ingredients and on and on. Fiona ended up with an entire set of darling felt food, and Toria made a set for Tiffany’s two year-old daughter, Millie, too. She made so much that we had to run out…
  • Travel 101

    Alicia
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    Toria’s off in Oregon again with fantastic friends that she’s visited before.  We all miss her like crazy but I’m glad she gets to travel so much and spend time with friends far away.  This is one of the benefits of homeschooling, that she can go out there when fares are $209 (round trip!) because it’s the middle of nothing, instead of paying $800 to fly during spring break or summer vacation.  Not only that, but her incredibly generous host family helped buy the tickets to get her back out there again.  Good thing they like her so much! Of course, $209 fares also…
  • Monday

    liese4
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    I had a good NIA class, we did a bit of school, then we headed to the park for a 71 degree park day. The kids played and brought this goose wing back over to show us. I’ll admit that it was pretty cool looking, but taking it home was not an option. I like the way they cut out shapes in the cement wall that leads up to the playground. Back at home Hannah made her raspberry swirl cheesecake. Recipe 1 tsp cornstarch 2 tsp cold water 2 1/2 C fresh raspberries 2/3 C powdered sugar 16 oz cream cheese 1 C sugar 1 2/3 C whipping cream graham cracker pie crust For raspberry puree Simmer…
  • Weekend

    liese4
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    Saturday went by fast. James and I went to the gym then I took Hannah to a cooking class at WF, unfortunately someone there mixed up the calendar and there was a birthday party instead of cooking. So, we used the time to run errands: go by the library and pick up a 3-D printed item, go by the other WF and get their cooking calendar, go by Michael’s and return a broken frame, go by our library and return/pick up books. When we were headed home we passed up James and the girls walking up to Chipotle, so we turned around and picked them up and went there for lunch. Back at home the…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • FLASH SALE from Mary & Martha!

    Dawn Camp
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    I love when Mary & Martha runs a sale, and the Spring into Spring Flash Sale is a good one! It includes a nice selection of personal and gift items. Unfortunately, the Grace & Gratitude Pie Plate has already sold out. {Click here to see this ad in a larger size.} My Favorites: Small Indigo Vase ($10) – this vase only shows up in sales now. When it was first introduced, in both a large and small size, it was my favorite item in the catalog. I own both sizes. This is a heavy, gorgeous piece and you won’t believe you got it for $10. Take My Heart Seal Necklace ($14)…
  • Beauty of Grace Book Launch Party—You’re Invited!

    Dawn Camp
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    My first book, The Beauty of Grace, officially releases February 3, although it’s already available online (click over to my book page for links). If you live here in the Atlanta area, I’d love to invite you to my launch party on Thursday night, February 5! Bring your girlfriends and join us for an evening of fun, including live readings from the book from contributors Robin Dance, Kayla Aimee, Katie Kenny Phillips, and me. Books will be available for purchase and there will be giveaways from DaySpring. Yes, DaySpring giveaways! When: Thursday, February 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Where:…
  • Things That Steal Your Peace today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    We place the last off-season kids’ clothes into boxes. Stacks of shorts and t-shirts, as well as size- and season-labeled boxes, start to litter our bedroom floor as soon as the slow tug-of-war between hot and cold weather begins. My husband sorts them and carries the keepers to the attic; the Goodwill boxes to the car; and the trash bag full of items that no one would want to the garage. I breathe a sigh of relief, beam at him, and declare, “Now we can have company!” He looks confused, but I know how this cast-off clothing chaos has stolen my peace. Please stop by (in)courage to read…
  • Hey Strong Woman, It’s Okay to Be Weak Some Days

    Dawn Camp
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    I want to introduce you to my friend, Margaret Feinberg. She’s written tons of books and Bible studies including Scouting the Divine and Wonderstruck, and she’s a contributor in my soon-to-be-released book The Beauty of Grace.  Margaret’s had a tough couple of years fighting cancer. She’s chosen to fight back with one of the most unusual weapons—joy. Bet you can see why I love her already. I asked her to share a few thoughts with us today. May you be as blessed as I am.  From Margaret: I can’t help but admire your strength. When other people say “impossible”, you hear a…
  • Get January’s Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Are you with me in what happened to 2014 mode, here on this last day of the year? My perception of this year’s speed shifted based on where I was with my book(s). January and February flew as I bore down on the March 1 deadline. I couldn’t imagine why it took 11 months to turn a manuscript into a finished product, but Revell has worked steadily through these seemingly endless months. Now time whooshes by again as we approach the February 3 release date of The Beauty of Grace. I can’t believe it’s almost here! Friends, you will love this book. Pre-orders tell…
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  • Advice from Abeka Arithmetic users!

    Shelli B.
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    I'm about to switch my two boys to Abeka Arithmetic 1. (Am I crazy this late in the year??) What are the necessities. I know they will need the Arithmetic workbook, but for 1 is it really necessary to buy the teacher edition of the workbook AND the curriculum guide?  Thanks! Any other advice will be greatly appreciated! :)
  • Math U See- What am I doing wrong?

    Shelli B.
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    This is our second year with Math U See, and I have to say I'm not liking it. Everyone else seems to love it, so why am I not? Now that we have started addition, I feel like my kids aren't learning the facts without having to use blocks. We do all the practice pages, and they can get the answers but it takes a while. Shouldn't they be memorized? Do I need to supplement with flashcards? And now the curriculum has jumped from adding 2's to adding with 8's and 9's. I'm so confused. We do not use the videos. Should we?  Is it worth it to stick it out another year, or move on to something else?
  • Winter promise history opinions

    nikea hoksbergen
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    I just found Winter Promise history curriculum online and wondered if anyone has any experience with it.  Like or dislike?  I have also looked at Truth Quest history which I think I would like and would be cheaper but we are moving overseas, so I don't know about getting the extra books.  If anyone has any thoughts about that I would appreciate it also.  Thanks.
  • Entrepreneurship combined with outreach/volunteering

    Michelle Visser
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:56 pm
    What a blessing it has been to NOT have been able to pay for horse riding lessons for my then-9-yr-old daughter 5 years ago. That was the inspiration for her to become an entrepreneur. Over the years she has learned web design, marketing, incredible organizational skills and people skills, managing money, how to do cost/benefit analysis, and, most recently, fb marketing and videography. She's now almost saved enough funds to rescue two horses and offer therapeutic programs to local children in our small, rural town. And she is quick to give God the glory. What a blessing homeschooling has…
  • Doctors that refuse patient do to lack of vaccinations.

    tawny zuniga
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    I completely respect both personal choices of parents to vaccinate or not to vaccinate their children.  My only advice would be to educate yourself before making either choice for your family.  I have spoke to close friends and others that have actually been denied by their pediatric doctors for making the choice not to vaccinate at all or not to vaccinate until a certain age.  My question is this: Have any of you experienced this? And would this be grounds for a lawsuit of discrimination???
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  • 18 Reasons Homeschoolers Love Heart of Wisdom

    Robin Sampson
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    We have completed several polls concerning the Heart of Wisdom teaching approach, and the results show the top reasons why homeschoolers choose Heart of Wisdom’s materials: Our Bible-first focus. Read our philosophy. We teach children to love to learn. Read about Charlotte Mason’s methods. We believe in focusing on children’s gifts and talents. Read about Delight-Directed Learning. We teach ... The post 18 Reasons Homeschoolers Love Heart of Wisdom appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
  • 12 Most Nutritious Super Foods

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:51 pm
    1.  Kale Kale is ranked among the top 10 of the World’s Healthiest Foods when it comes to providing the most nutritional value for the least number of calories, and like other cruciferous vegetables, is a rich source of unique health-promoting compounds. kale is loaded with vitamin A, B complex, and C. It is also a ... The post 12 Most Nutritious Super Foods appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
  • QAYG 20 Quilt As You Go Tutorials

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Quilt As You Go or QAYG is a fun and quick, machine quilting technique where you piece your quilt at the same time you add the three layers of quilt top, batting and backing. Once you finish piecing the quilt is almost done. Just join and add binding. Here is the one I’m working on ... The post QAYG 20 Quilt As You Go Tutorials appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
  • An Easy Chevron Quilt Tutorial

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    How to Make a Chevron Quilt Without Piecing Triangles! No triangles, no half-square tirangles. Just rectangles easy to strip quilt. It  is basically a Rail Fence Quilt on point.   See the rectangles. I found several tutorials for Chevron quilts.  See fabric requirements and tutorials at the bottom of this post.     Chevron Quilt Tutorials ... The post An Easy Chevron Quilt Tutorial appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
  • Quilting Again After a 23 Year Break

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:37 pm
    My daughter passed in 2014 so I began making memory quilts for her boys. The process has been very good for me. Time to remember, reflect, and pray. I haven’t quilted in  23 years! I enjoy designing the quilts more that making them. I like designing patterns even more. I decided to make some of my digital papers into ... The post Quilting Again After a 23 Year Break appeared first on Homeschool Blog.
 
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  • Secret Shopping for Income and Free Services

    Malia
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    For the past couple of years I have done “Secret Shopping” on a limited basis. Here are some of the things I have received free and have been reimbursed for my time as well: Oil changes,tire rotations, air filters on my cars Meals at restaurants Meals at Drive-thru’s Carry-out meals Shipping services Grocery store evaluations […]
  • Picasso Tiles: Perfect Gift for a Four-Year-Old

    Malia
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I admit it. The WHOLE family is enamored with these amazing tile-like things that have magnetic edges. Daniel saw these toys at a friend’s house and played with them the entire evening. Seeing how long this simple toy kept him happily occupied for a long time, I bought him some for Christmas this year. They […]
  • Living With My Own Imperfection – Revisited

    Malia
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    **Revisiting this post from a few years back. And life is STILL just as busy, even though I don’t bake bread all day on Fridays anymore. I am still not perfect, and this is STILL a good reminder!** As I have been sharing with our readers of Homemaking 911 Holidays or simple tasks to do […]
  • Devotions: Done!

    Malia
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    For years I have wanted to do daily devotions with my children- in addition to the Bible studies they do as part of their daily school work.  But it always seemed to monumental. Here are my lists of excuses reasons: Getting everyone up at the same time just did not happen- some kids woke at […]
  • Can I Hate the Movie, “The Fault in Our Stars?” – A Review from a Christian Perspective

    Malia
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Oh boy, I opened up a can of worms last month  I took the advice of a few Christian moms and several teens we knew and went to see, “The Fault in Our Stars.” Because I neglected to read any reviews of this movie, and trusted the ideas of those who had recommended it, I […]
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  • 25 Random Acts of Kindness for Your Husband

    Kris Bales
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Opinions, Please!

    Kris Bales
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the first week of workbooks

    Kris Bales
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • How to Transition from Public School to Homeschool

    Kris Bales
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • 9 Reasons to love Geography

    Kris Bales
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Homeschooling for 3 months while traveling outside the U.S.

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

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

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

  • Small, Constant Touches

    Sonya Shafer
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    My youngest daughter is earning money toward a trip. Ever since she learned about the Oregon Trail, she has wanted to go visit some of its destinations in person. She is saving coins in a bright purple piggy bank. She usually earns only one or two coins per day, but each time she drops one […] Small, Constant Touches originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Finding the Best Fit: One CM Graduate’s Next Step

    Sonya Shafer
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Last week we talked a little about how a Charlotte Mason education works well with boys, sharing points from Doug and Karen Smith, who have graduated three boys from their CM home school. We thought some of you might also be interested in hearing about “the next step” for one of their boys. CM parents […] Finding the Best Fit: One CM Graduate’s Next Step originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Charlotte Mason: It’s for Boys Too!

    Sonya Shafer
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:29 pm
    When I tell people that I have four girls, they often jump to an incorrect conclusion: So the Charlotte Mason Method doesn’t work for boys? That’s when I smile and tell them that the “other half” of Simply Charlotte Mason is Doug and Karen Smith, who just so happen to have three boys. I asked […] Charlotte Mason: It’s for Boys Too! originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Music Study with the Masters

    Sonya Shafer
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Like many of you, I grew up taking piano lessons. I remember playing Beethoven’s Fur Elise and exercises from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. But no one ever told me the stories behind those pieces or introduced the composers to me as real people with living histories. For me, those composers were simply labels and their works […] Music Study with the Masters originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • To Equip, Educate, and Inspire You for 2015

    Sonya Shafer
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    As the old year winds down, one thing I love to do is look for resources that will help me in the new year. A variety is best. I keep my eyes open for resources that will save me time, keep me focused on what is most important, help me continue to learn, enrich my […] To Equip, Educate, and Inspire You for 2015 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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  • Creativity and Fun in the Homeschool

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

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

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

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    So how many of you watched the Frozen Special last night? Both my girls are fans of the Movie. They have every song memorized and one has even been getting on http://www.youtubeforchildren.com/ and learning how to sing the Frozen songs in other languages. I am amazed at how she is able to memorize the wording and then talk about the differences of translation. I didn't even know she was interested in foreign languages. At home, I already have a few simple games like bingo but it wasn't until she found the Frozen Songs in multiple languages that she started using the books and games available…
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  • Need a Pick Me Up? Free Homeschooling Webinar Next Week!

    Lee
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Learn to Love Your Transcript with a FREE Homeschooling Webinar Do you need a pick me up? I have the perfect solution! I’m having a […] The post Need a Pick Me Up? Free Homeschooling... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Adjusting Homeschool Schedules

    Lee
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Adjusting Homeschool Schedules When we were homeschooling, it seemed like I was adjusting our schedules every year. Each year our situation seemed unique, our schedule had […] The post... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Proof Positive: Homeschooling Works

    Lee
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Everyone has Opinions Not all our family and friends approve of homeschooling, or believe that homeschooling works. So now what? It may not really matter […] The post Proof Positive:... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • How Do You Choose Between the SAT and ACT?

    Assistant to The HomeScholar
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    How Do You Choose Between the SAT and ACT? SAT or ACT: how do you choose? Click on Lee’s video, below, to learn how to […] The post How Do You Choose Between the SAT and ACT? appeared... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Homeschooling with LEGO blocks

    Lee
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    When my boys were younger we spent our fair share of time with LEGO sets. I cannot believe all of the amazing resources for homeschooling […] The post Homeschooling with LEGO blocks appeared... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
 
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  • putalina Festival

    lauren
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:48 am
    The putalina Festival celebrates Indigenous music and culture and is a gathering of people from across the state who are united by blood and/or purpose. The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre organises the music festival each year, providing a terrific line-up of local artists for the crowd who today battled the sun, wind and rain (sometimes simultaneously) to show their support. As an annual event — putalina Festival — celebrates the Tasmanian Aboriginal community’s reoccupation and reclamation of this Oyster Cove site in 1984. A short drive south of Hobart, putalina is a beautiful location…
  • Sinbad the sailor

    lauren
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    It’s the classic hero’s journey. After circumstances beyond his control erode his current comfort level, Sinbad is launched into a life of taking risks and embracing adventures because he has nothing more to lose. On the way he discovers his own strength of character is enough to keep him safe and rescue his friends. This original play by Les Winspear is based on the story from Arabian Nights. It contains songs, choreographed dances and musical instruments — all with a cast of just five! We visited Hobart’s Royal Botanical Gardens this morning to watch Big Monkey…
  • Junee Cave

    lauren
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:04 am
    The short walk from the carpark to Junee Cave reminds me how casually much of the Tasmanian bush wraps itself in astounding beauty. We walk along mossy edges, past treeferns bigger than giants and alongside a clear creek that is almost too frigid to drink. Although it's so beautiful it should be declared a national treasure, much of Tasmania's forest remains under threat, and we've driven past clear-felling sites to reach this location. Junee Cave is part of an extensive underground labyrinth that includes caves, sinkholes, swallets and tunnels. Intrepid spelunkers have discovered the system…
  • A hitchhiking race

    lauren
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    A group of intrepid Melburnians are thumbing their ways around Tasmania this month — braving the changeable weather conditions as they wait on the side of the road for a helpful lift. Competitors in The Big Green Hitch are raising funds for Friends of the Earth as they race to certain locations around the state. The group of hitchhiking competitors rest and connect together after reaching Mt Field National Park. Points are allocated for the first, second and third teams to arrive at their prearranged location. Everyone gets to rest for one day, and then the slowest team are sent on their…
  • Cartooning workshops

    lauren
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:09 am
    The girls have experienced an intensive series of drawing instruction with cartooning workshops over the last three days. I enrolled Aisha and Brioni in a cartooning class before I realised that Bradfield Dumpleton was also offering workshops at the Cygnet Folk Festival last weekend. I appreciate the opportunity for the girls to sit in a classroom together and learn new material. At the music festival, Bradfield took the kids' ideas and mixed them to create bizarre, musically-themed characters. The workshops at Cygnet were only one hour long, but today’s class lasted two hours. I asked…
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  • Mail Your Calendar Details Easily

    Andy
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    These days, calendars are going to be helpful, if you make them useful enough day in day out. The normal usage of calendar happens to be just checking out some days, dates and more. If for example, if you have a lot of birthdays of your friends lined up in the month of Feb 2015 and you have already stored those details on your calendar. Do you want to email them to your other friends who are likely to join you in the celebrations of their birthdays? If yes, then well, you have to understand the fact that people are quite technologically dependent on things and as a result of it, sending or…
  • Get the most authentic information’s on SEO workings, from conferences!

    Andy
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    SEO is one of the most popular business tools, meant to help out in the expansion of a business. The search engine optimization enables certain website to top the search list provided by the search engines, thus ensuring a heavy traffic to the respective site. And since in the recent times there has been a hike in the number of internet users, it is quite mandatory for any business to be in possession of a website, and nothing can be better if it is ranked as among the very first web pages in a search list. To get this done it becomes quite essential to possess a complete knowledge about the…
  • Substandard Medical Use Means

    Andy
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
    There are many ways why clinical negligence solicitors come into picture. A doctor can deliberately medically hurt you or he or she can make you suffer medically with no real intents.  And what can happen with the use of substandard medicines is quite inevitable as you know too. There are different compensation claims and compensation amounts do vary owing to the fact that the intentions of the doctors’ are considered as well. It is not easy at all to determine the amounts of compensation unless and until we have sufficient details and records related to the cases. A doctor who does not…
  • Paid ranking is no longer a sin on any social media page

    Andy
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    Of late, there is a new trend running through the SEO and SMO industry. We are referring to the concept of paid ranking. This is a concept that has been around for a long period. However, most people viewed it as a wrong practice. However, the reality was that this practice was always in use among many companies. Be it facebook or Twitter, companies were ready to pay an amount to get people to follow them and like their accounts. In the initial stages, if someone advertised that you could buy 1000 twitter followers, it was considered a fraudulent activity. However, these agencies did have…
  • Get Benefit From Hiring Party Bus Service To Attend The Occasion Luxuriously

    Andy
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    When you are planning to organize an immense event, you feasibly can create it more interesting by hiring a party bus service. There are plenty of benefits behind employing a limo transport or party bus for your next occasion and you will be totally surprised by knowing its exclusive benefits. Generally, party buses are more expensive and it indicates you can easily welcome more numbers of individuals to accommodate with you in the trip. Besides taking separate autos, the occasion group can hire party bus to attend the event on time. It also indicates that you will never reject or miss anyone…
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Eat Your Way Through the USA

    Megan Zechman
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    by Megan Zechman One of our favorite methods for studying geography is cooking our way around the world. Through food, we’re not just learning random facts, we’re experiencing cultures too. As we create and eat these popular dishes, we feel a special connection to the people from different lands and states. Most years I coordinate our geography studies with our history lessons. This year, we’re studying American History, so we’re also learning about the 50 states. I was thrilled when I came across Eat Your Way Through the USA from Geography Matters. It’s the perfect…
  • Homeschool in the Woods Knights Lap-Pak Review

    Kendra
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    by Kendra I was contacted by Homeschool In The Woods (HSITW) and offered one of their lovely new products, Lap-Paks, to try out in exchange for an honest review. I’m not generally one to accept free products in exchange for reviews {I’ve said that before haven’t I?!} because I often stress over getting the review done or liking the items. ~ Don’t miss the giveaway at the end! Yet, when it came to HSITW, I admit I was totally biased in accepting the product because our family has always lovedTime Traveler CDs and I was downright curious about the new product. I was still a little…
  • BJU (Bob Jones University) Press – Handwriting 3

    Shirley
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    by Shirley It’s been a few years since we used this resource in our homeschooling but I remember that it was fun to use and my daughter enjoyed it. You can buy this product as a complete Homeschool Kit which consists of a teachers manual and this student book for $56.00 from Christianbook.com. However when I used this book I only purchased the student book which you can buy for $19.72 Handwriting 3 is for 3rd graders. It helps the student develop his/her handwriting skills by tracing upper and lower case letters, free writing letters within the lines and then writing out whole words and…
  • Fun With Paper Folding – My Review

    Betsy
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    by Betsy Are you homeschooling teens?  Do you ever wonder how to teach them critical thinking skills? There are really so many ways to approach this, such as teaching literary analysis, discussing current events,  historical perspectives, etc.  And these are all great ways to build up their thinking skills. But sometimes it’s fun to practice these skills while doing art projects! Origami can be a wonderful way to practice critical thinking!  This review is about how we did just that, using the book “Fun with Paper Folding and Origami”. Fun with Paper Folding and Origami…
  • Making Homeschool Decisions Easy with Pinterest

    Tricia
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    by Tricia We at The Curriculum Choice share a passion for making homeschool decisions easy for you. Our authors also truly enjoy using Pinterest as an organizational and homeschool search tool. So when you put those two things together – making homeschool decisions easy and Pinterest – it is a really great thing for you – our readers! Today we feature our best Curriculum Choice Pinterest boards. Those we feel help make your homeschool decisions the easiest. First of all… Follow Curriculum Choice’s board Homeschool Reviews by The Curriculum Choice on Pinterest. Homeschool…
 
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  • Word of the Year 2015: SERENITY

    Lisa
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Wow, what a struggle! I had a harder time picking a word for 2015 than any year since I started this yearly tradition. Last year’s word RADIATE still has me on a high! I ended 2014 doing something I’ve never done in my life: I danced ballet on a stage in front of a real audience. It was exhilarating in ways I can’t even describe, especially when all my childhood memories surrounding dance are of the adults around me telling me that I was horrible at it and that I should stop (because I’d never be able to do it). Flashback to about a year ago: I was struggling to find…
  • World’s Best Roadschooling Convention!

    Lisa
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    My family and I are getting super excited for tomorrow. It’s the first day of the “World’s Best Roadschooling Convention” right here in Tucson, Arizona. I’ll be giving the key note address at 7:00PM tomorrow evening (and hosting a Moms-only circle Saturday morning)! Greg and Zoe will be on an Unschooling Panel Friday afternoon from 1:00-3:00PM. The convention unofficially started for me yesterday, as several other authors and myself had a lovely afternoon of talking about our books and signing books at Mostly Books in Tucson. Here’s a photo: Share/Save…
  • Zoe’s Word of the Year 2014: NOW

    Lisa
    22 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following guest post is written by my 17 year old daughter, owner of the award-winning Exogeology ROCKS! website, Zoë Bentley: Late last December, in 2013, I chose a word of the year. This is the first time I’ve had a word of the year, even though I’ve known about the concept for the past several years since my mom chose words of those years. Until recently, it just didn’t appeal to me. So many of the example words I’d heard sounded cliché, boring, and cheesy. Hope, joy, courage, creativity, prosperity, etc., all good things but all uninspiringly overdone from my point of view.
  • I’m 2.7% Neanderthal; how about you?

    Lisa
    15 Jan 2014 | 4:19 pm
    In the late spring/early summer of 2012, I decided that it was high time for me to find out more about my genetic makeup. Since DNA testing was finally priced in a way that was reasonably affordable for someone with a high interest in knowing this sort of thing, I went for it (it was $299 then; ONLY $99 now!). After researching the various companies that do this type of testing, I chose 23andme. I have been absolutely thrilled with the ONGOING results that they’ve given me. The test is simple: Fill the plastic tube (that they send to you) with saliva, then mail it back in their…
  • Greg’s Word of the Year 2014: RESOLVE (Guest Post)

    admin
    8 Jan 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Many thanks to my husband, Greg, for this guest post: I’ve never chosen a word of the year before. I guess no single word sounded right, and it sounded like too much effort to find the perfect one when I was already very busy. This year though, I’ve decided that I want more focus to what I’m doing so it just felt right to pick a word to represent that. In fact, I considered “focus” as my word. I also considered “manifest”, “intent”, and “committed”. I was looking for something to help me with my desire to get things…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • Simple Snowman Sensory Bin

    Monique
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Take a peek at what we used for our snowman sensory bin which can be such a great toddler activity. This was super easy to put together and and provided a good amount of fun for my daughter. She loved feeling the soft snowman and digging around the rice. It’s super fun for her to […] The post Simple Snowman Sensory Bin appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Why I Use Essential Oils

    Monique
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yes, that’s right we’re into essential oils now, they have been amazing. If you’re wondering on how to get started with essential oils, then read on. I spent almost 2 months reading everything I could about essential oils before we jumped in just to make sure I was doing the right thing and investing in […] The post Why I Use Essential Oils appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Snowman Toddler Activities

    Monique
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In Canada here, we’re still in the middle of winter and what a great way to have fun with it then with these snowman toddler activities. We’ve had a light winter here compared to last winter, which was just atrocious. I really enjoying the fact that we don’t have to spend hours outside shovelling snow. […] The post Snowman Toddler Activities appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule + Printable Schedule

    Monique
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Our kindergarten homeschool schedule is very relaxed, I follow their interests and keep things light and fun while focusing on the basics: math, reading and writing. School for my kindergarten student can take anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours a day. You can see what we used for our Kindergarten homeschool curriculum. I have curriculum […] The post Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule + Printable Schedule appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Winter Counting Mats

    Monique
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The winter counting mats are a fun way to learn about numbers for  preschoolers. You can have a great time clipping on clothes pins to the number cards or placing counters on top of the pictures. These free homeschool printables are a great way to have some fun with winter themed items while getting to […] The post Winter Counting Mats appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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  • Weekly Recap

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

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

    Racheous
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Navigating mindful (respectful, positive, authentic, attachment, natural, whatever you want to call it) parenting with siblings can be difficult. Here’s something I learned that really transformed how my son (now 5 year old) interacts with his younger sister (2.5 years old) and in turn helps me be the best parent I can be: Explain how […] The post Tip To Encourage Mindful Sibling Relationships appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • It’s Not All About Learning

    Racheous
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    I’m often sharing different opportunities and experiences my kids have and describe them saying they’re ‘learning experiences’ or ‘educational opportunities’ and I feel like that is misleading. Stick with me, I’ll try to explain. I think initially I sought out these experiences primarily for that reason – to provide opportunities to learn about the world […] The post It’s Not All About Learning appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • They’re stronger than they think

    Racheous
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    After my previous post, “You’re stronger than you think,” it became clear to me what the number one thing standing in the way of problem gambling is: stigma. I’ve written about social stigma and mental illness (as it applies to me) previously. I can relate to the stigma associated with addictions through my experiences with […] The post They’re stronger than they think appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
 
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  • Top 5 Reasons I Loved Homeschooling

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

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

    Kerry
    31 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    One of the most wonderful opportunities for many high-schooled homeschoolers is the chance to take one or more college courses while they are still in high school. Not only can it be a venue for “outsourcing” some of the more lab-intensive or collaboration-improved courses, but it also allows home schoolers to get a head start [...]
  • Magic from a Christian Perspective

    tiallarising
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    I recently launched a video series titled, “A Coffee with Writers.”  In this series, I will meet with various authors over G+ Hangouts on Air to discuss various book-ish related topics. The first episode aired live on Monday, December 22nd.  In that episode, I was joined by award-winning author Kaitlyn Deann, and we discussed the [...]
  • 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
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    The Every Day of Education Blog - Susan Raber Online

  • The Science of Beauty for a Delight-Directed Daughter

    Susan Raber
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:24 am
    Welcome to the final week of the2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair!This week's theme: Seeking BeautyOur co-hosts are: Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds Lisa @  Golden GrassesThe Virtual Curriculum Fair (also known as the VCF) is a month-long blog Fair where every week, homeschool bloggers share their Homeschool Reality and the methods they use to teach their kids. Don't forget to visit the other entries listed at the end of this post!This year's schedule:January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes phonics, reading,…
  • Primary Sources for Delight-Directed History

    Susan Raber
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    Welcome to Week #3 of the 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair!This week's theme: Exploring Our WorldOur co-hosts are:Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds Stacie @ Super Mommy to the RescueThe Virtual Curriculum Fair (also known as the VCF) is a month-long blog Fair where every week, homeschool bloggers share their Homeschool Reality and the methods they use to teach their kids. Make sure you visit the other entries listed at the end of this post.This year's schedule:January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes phonics, reading,…
  • The Physics of Delight-Directed Learning

    Susan Raber
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    Welcome to Week #2 of the 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair!This week's theme: Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and ScienceOur co-hosts are:Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds Laura @ Day by Day in Our WorldThe Virtual Curriculum Fair (also known as the VCF) is a month-long blog Fair where every week, homeschool bloggers share their Homeschool Reality and the methods they use to teach their kids. Make sure you visit the other entries listed at the end of this post.This year's schedule:January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes…
  • On The Every Day of Education: Most Popular Posts of 2014

    Susan Raber
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Searching Google Analytics for your blog's most popular posts helps writers gauge what is of interest to their readers. It seems that readers of Susan Raber Online and The Every Day of Education Blog are concerned about issues in education, finding writing resources, and learning about the realities of homeschooling.  Homeschool FAQ pageWhy Do We Homeschool5 Days of Homeschooling Reality seriesCollege Prep Homeschooling: To Go or Not To GoReview of the Ohio Department of Education Homeschool PageReview of Essentials in Writing (a Schoolhouse Review Crew post)Review of…
  • Language Arts Reading for Delight-Directed Learning

    Susan Raber
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    Welcome to the first week of the 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair!This week's co-hosts are:Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds Chareen @ Every Bed of RosesThe Virtual Curriculum Fair (also known as the VCF) is a month-long blog Fair where every week, homeschool bloggers share their Homeschool Reality and the methods they use to teach their kids.This year's schedule:January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, etc., etc., etc. Latin and foreign language studies could also go here.January…
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    College-Bound Homeschooler

  • Teach Like Jesus And Paul: 10 Teaching Tips to Motivate and Inspire

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

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

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