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  • 3 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschool

    Heart of the Matter
    LaToya
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    After three years of feeling like I was running around like a crazy person I’m learning to slow down and do things as simply as possible. Simple homeschooling has been a sanity saver for me this year.  It has taken me 4 years to get to this point but I’m finally enjoying teaching my children...
  • 3 Mindsets You’ve Got to Lose to be a Healthy Homeschool Mom

    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
    Kris Bales
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Feeling Alone in Church

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    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Original Post 2011 see UPDATE 2014 at bottom of this post. When we moved from Virginia to Tennessee  in 2007 we started attending a local church. The people are sweet. kind, and loving. But after five years attending a church of over 500 three or more times a week, I still feel like I didn’t really ...
  • The Secret to Stop Feeling Like a Failure

    A Holy Experience
    Ann Voskamp
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    She’s a farmer’s wife & we keep dreaming about getting both of Farmer’s together to talk tractors. She and I keep notes on weather and crops and words in each other’s parts of the world. I reached across a table once and grabbed Jennifer Dukes Lee‘s hand and I told her I believed in God’s gifts in her and I prayed for His words through her to keep coming. She’s a pure-hearted, soul-encouraging woman after God’s own heart and reading her always makes me read more of Christ everywhere. Humbling grace to invite Jennifer  to the farm…
  • 10 Reasons Why I’m the Worst Homeschool Mom

    Living Life and Learning
    Monique
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you ever had a conversation with my kids you would probably think that I am the worst homeschool mom ever. However, when asked what reasons lie behind their accusations, you’d have to disagree. At least if you were actually trying to teach your kids anything. According to their whining, apparently I’m the worst mom ever. […] The post 10 Reasons Why I’m the Worst Homeschool Mom appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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  • PSAT Week

    Heather
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last Wednesday my teenagers took their first high-school standardized test: the PSAT. It was the bomb that went off in our week. I don’t mind tests. I like to compare how my kids are doing along side public school kids. However, I’m not sure even with the scores – when we finally get them – how I’ll be able to compare much, because we are on a totally different scope and sequence. But… college money sounds good, so loaded the big kids up and took them to take the test this past Wednesday at a local Christian School. They spent all of 3 days studying for…
  • When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall

    Heather
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I miss the Arkansas leaves this time of year. Texas trees never know what to wear in Autumn. We are lucky to get a couple of weeks at Thanksgiving with reds and yellows; unless you count the few yards where some brave soul has dared to plant a more showy tree and has taken the time to nurture it. Even my red oak was hardly red last year – and my husband is the “tree whisperer” (he gives our trees organic fertilizer and lots of water all year at the perfect times). I’ll take this cooler weather, though… and I can make do with brown (it is one of my favorite…
  • Mostly Grain and Sugar Free Lunch Ideas

    Heather
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I did a BIG List of Lunch Ideas Post a year or so ago – right before we began our journey to live a more “paleo-ish” lifestyle and ditch inflammatory grains and disease-and-obesity-causing sugar. We were really doing well with our low-grain and sugar diet until my oldest teen started slipping up. The closer he gets to 18, the more he thinks he deserves a cheat every day (or two). I’m coming to grips with the fact that I have to let go… which is hard when he’s eating sprouted grain toast and honey in front of his little brothers (who are decades away from…
  • Emptying to Be Filled

    Heather
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    There hasn’t been room to do much more than breathe in the past month for me. I haven’t even been sleeping full nights because of the to-do list. The bags were barely unpacked from the last trip when I stuffed them full for today’s women’s retreat; they tell the story of a woman who needs to slow down. So I’m going this weekend to soak up some of my savior – sans the social media – and to tell a little bit of my story to my sisters. We all have a story. I’ll be ready to start next week afresh after I’m (empty, and then…) full. Do…
  • 260 of My Favorite Blog Elevated Photos

    Heather
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Blog Elevated Registration I’m a homeschool mom… yes – but I’m a photographer and blogger in my “other life” (read: scarce free time). I process life in words and images. Can’t help it. I haven’t had time stew the stuff I learned or connect with the people I met at Blog Elevated because I’ve been editing photos for the past couple of days. Too bad you have to eat, homeschool, and unpack after conferences – or I’d be a lot faster at photo-turn-around. Taking Notes at Blog Elevated I sent my lens rental back Monday and…
 
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  • Sunday morning

    Melissa Wiley
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    I’m up early, hanging with the three youngest. Huck’s tummy is a bit off today. He climbed into bed with us before dawn and slept snuggled against me in a way that hardly ever happens anymore; he’s getting so big and busy. He was restless, and after a while I reached for my phone and read mail with his arm flung half across my face. It’s not that I ever want my kids to be sick—honestly, I’ve dealt with enough childhood illness for three lifetimes—but there’s something very sweet in the moment, when you’re cuddled up with a heavy-limbed child who…
  • Photos from my SCBWI talk on middle-grade and chapter books

    Melissa Wiley
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The talented Roxyanne Young took these photos of my talk on Middle-Grade and Chapter Books at SCBWI-San Diego last weekend and kindly gave me permission to use them. My school visit/speaker page needs a massive updating and I’m so grateful to have some recent images to include. Apparently I talk with my hands a lot? What’s funniest to me is that this Boston Bay slide was onscreen for barely a minute. That’s an awful lot of glasses-waving going on there. The rest of my slides were all about other people’s books—my favorite things to talk about, as you know.
  • Picture Book Spotlight: Sophie’s Squash

    Melissa Wiley
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Here’s a book I thought I’d blogged about before, but it seems I only mentioned it briefly. Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. We first read this absolute gem of a picture book last year during the CYBILs. Fell so utterly in love with it—the lot of us—that a library copy wouldn’t do; we had to have our own. Huck and Rilla were overjoyed when I pulled it out this morning. Sophie’s instant bond with a butternut squash is utterly believable, and not just because Huck formed a similar attachment once upon a time.
  • A day in the life of a first-round Cybils panelist

    Melissa Wiley
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    As soon as your category chair begins approving nominations, you’re on the library website, putting titles on hold like crazy. You’ll have barely two months to read dozens, maybe even hundreds (depending on your category), of books. The sooner they come rolling in from branches all across the county, the better. I gave my branch librarians a heads-up to let them know I’d be reserving a tremendous lot of novels. Promised to stop in often to pick up new arrivals, so as not to overfill the hold shelves. “No worries,” they told me. “We’ll move ’em to…
  • Piles o’ Books

    Melissa Wiley
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    If you, like me, missed Kidlitcon this past weekend, Leila has a delicious recap & link roundup for you at Bookshelves of Doom. I haven’t been since 2010, the Minneapolis gathering, and I had many a pang of longing as the tweets and FB updates came rolling in. But it was delightful to see so many of my blog-pals having what was clearly a Very Good Time. One reason I couldn’t be there is because I was engaged to speak at SCBWI-San Diego on Saturday. (The other reason is because I have a hundred children and am therefore Always Broke. You know how it is.) I’m happy to say…
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  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The History Edition

    Henry Cate
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Sara is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at The HSBA Post.She starts the carnival with:----------History is our theme at The Homeschool Post this month.  We’re sharing our ideas for bringing history to life for our kids through books, educational shows, field trips, time lines, and more.Since it’s our turn again to host the Carnival of Homeschooling, I thought I would feature some history-related posts from our own writing team:----------Enjoy!
  • A report from my daughter on a homeschool conference

    Henry Cate
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    My daughter wrote this:----------As part of my home school education I take two classes from a private school which has an online program. I take their English and Science classes. I think I especially benefit from the English class, as grammar and punctuation is something I struggle with. Each year this academy has a conference where the students who attend the academy physically and the distance learners get together in a lodge up in the mountains and get to enjoy many youth speakers. Some of the topics are self esteem, relationships with family, setting goals and using our differences…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.  The next carnival will be held at The HSBA Post.This will be the 459th 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 Wonder of It All Edition

    Henry Cate
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Mama Squirrel is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Dewey's Treehouse.She starts the carnival with:----------Welcome to the 458th Carnival of Homeschooling!"Now personal delight, joy in living, is a chief object of education; Socrates conceived that knowledge is for pleasure, in the sense, not that knowledge is one source, but is the source of pleasure."--Charlotte Mason, Philosophy of Education, p. 302----------Enjoy!
  • A sign of things to come

    Henry Cate
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    When Janine and I first started blogging, nine years ago, it seemed that a lot of the other homeschool bloggers were in a similar place in life.  Over the years a number of our favorite bloggers stopped blogging, or at least stopped blogging about homeschooling their children, as their children grew up and moved out.We got a peak of this two years ago when our oldest enrolled in the local junior colleges.  But our homeschooling activity took a huge drop this year.  Our oldest daughter left in April to serve a mission for our church.  Then about six weeks ago our second…
 
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • False starts and misdirections after homeschooling

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    It has been 1 year and 5 months since I finished homeschooling my kids.  My youngest is well into her Sophomore year at college, and my son is well past the halfway point.  They are doing great!And then there's me. I have a lot of ideas about what I was going to do after homeschooling.  Homeschooling gave me so much focus... so much direction, and was so passion-filled... now I'm feel like I am grasping at straws.I thought I was going to work with homeschooling families after homeschooling, but found out real quick, that the people who need me the most can't pay me, and I am…
  • Are we spending enough time on math???

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I polled a group of homeschoolers this past weekend, asking "How much time do you spend on math"... the consensus was "How much time do you spend on math?".. i.e.  the I didn't really get an answer, but was asked in turn how much time my kids spent on the subject. I thought my answer would be, up to 90 minutes a day or more for high school students... but no.  It seems I may be the only one of that opinion.  You see, my kids were not math whizzes and it took that long to get through a math lesson and then practice, especially in the high school years.  This started in…
  • Fundraisers at my door, and not a cent to spare

    11 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    The door bell rang yesterday, and the dogs went wild as usual.  Fortunately, I still had their leashes on them from a recent walk, so I was able to grab it and control them and they acted like they wanted to eat whomever was at the door. (They are Minature Schauzers, so aren't dangerous, just bossy.) Anyway, there is a young man at my door.  He had a chipped front tooth, and he was holding a pretty big coupon book. He was talking pretty fast and slick.  All I could make out was "help me out, Help me out, something-something-coupons".  I replied, I've purchased those before…
  • Can I get some mustard with that sandwich?

    4 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I am realizing that my decisions not only impact my kids, but also my in-laws and my parents.  We can no longer make plans for ourselves and and our kids and go on along about our business... there are people who raised us who are not as independent as we would like.  That is a tough pill to swallow. So if the fact that we still have 18&20 year olds who are in college and not completely out of the nest is keeping us tied to home, and not allowing us to live full time in NYC, we are even more beholden to come home for hubby's parents... to check on them, spend time with them, and…
  • Carnival of homeschooling: Homeschool Freedoms Edition

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Welcome to the 457the Edition of the Carnival of homeschooling!  The theme this week is homeschool freedoms.  For me, homeschooling was all about freedom, but probably not in the way you think.  I will let the HSLDA to their job as they see it, and I will let the lobbyers lobby.  I am most concerned about freedoms on a much smaller and individual scale, to raise and educate my kids in the way I thought best. This is important to me because as a homeschooler, I still see a lot of group thinking.  I don't really see a point in having…
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    By Sun and Candlelight

  • Another (brief) Break ...

    Dawn
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Happy Sunday, my friends! I hope this note finds you well. I'm popping in this morning to let you all know I'll be unable to post/comment for a few days. My laptop is in dire need of a new hard drive (ugh) so for the time being, I am limited to using my phone for all things online. My phone is great and all, but this tiny screen and keyboard drives me nuts, lol. So that's the not-so-good news ... but the good news is my hard drive is covered by warranty *and* we should be able to save all my old data (photos and documents and such). Phew! Anyhoo, the whole process will take several days to…
  • Leafy Days

    Dawn
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    "Every leaf speaks bliss to me ... 🍂 ... Fluttering from the autumn tree."  * Lines above from "Fall, leaves, fall" by Emily Bronte  It's a mild and blustery day here, beautiful weather for this time of year! We spent some time in our yard this morning, enjoying the leaves flying above us, and laying in colorful piles at our feet. We gathered some to bring inside to begin an autumn leaf study ... A little rain shower just passed through - we watched it from our windows as we ate our lunch - and now the sun is back out. Making everything shiny and fresh.
  • It's Apple-Picking Season!

    Dawn
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    And what a season it is here in New England - with its crisp air and blue skies and colorful leaves - I can't get enough! Pumpkins might be all the rage, but my heart will always belong to the humble little apple - red, green, gold - I love them all.  Well, last Friday we visited a local orchard - and spent a cool, gray afternoon picking apples (and having fun!) with our homeschool group. I took a crazy amount of photos, so I'd like to share them with you all here today ... but before I get too far, I'd love to know what YOU love about apples. As you can see above we came…
  • Friday Felines - Ever Vigilant

    Dawn
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Watching the birds (and chipmunks) on the deck, a favorite pastime. Happy Friday, my friends! 
  • Angels Around Us

    Dawn
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Happy Thursday, my friends! Today is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels, another lovely feast day in the October calendar. We have very simple plans ... The "Angel of God" prayer was my maternal grandmother's favorite prayer, and she taught it to me when I was very young. (Not in any formal way, just by saying it for me and telling me how much she loved it.) Today I will begin teaching this prayer to our Earlybird - showing him the prayer card and writing out the words for him on a soft blue index card ... We'll practice it as often as we can this month and see how it goes.
 
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  • Because this still makes me laugh: Hallowe'en popcorn idea

    Mama Squirrel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    I don't generally post Hallowe'en crafts, but I was looking through our October archives from a few years ago and noticed this link.  Still a cute, non-scary, fairly healthy, and frugal idea!
  • More French lessons: The Necklace, continued

    Mama Squirrel
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    I. Subject: French Narration. Group: Languages. Class III. Time: 30 minutesObjects.I. To give the children more facility in understanding French, when they hear it spoken and also in expressing themselves in it.II. To teach them some new words and expressions.III. To improve their pronunciation.IV. To strengthen the habit of attention.V. To have the following passage narrated by the children.LessonPassage Chosen: from Guy de Maupassant, "La Parure" ("The Necklace"), the scene at dinner where M. Loisel brings a party invitation and Mme Loisel insists she has nothing to wear.Review work…
  • Food and Fall (photo post)

    Mama Squirrel
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Our perpetual calendar (inherited from relatives) What our red maple is looking like this week Fall flower arrangement (bought last year at Michael's for half price)Bowl of carrot sticksChicken chili with rigatoniCranberry-raspberry crisp (a little one)
  • Hey, psst, HSBA nominations end tonight

    Mama Squirrel
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Nominations end tonight for the 2014 Homeschool Blog Awards.  Details here.
  • Drawn from the P.U.S.: a French lesson on The Necklace

    Mama Squirrel
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Adapted from this Parents' Review French lesson. Based on the opening passage of "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant.I. Subject: French Narration. Group: Languages. Class III. Time: 30 minutesObjects.I. To give the children more facility in understanding French, when they hear it spoken and also in expressing themselves in it.II. To teach them some new words and expressions.III. To improve their pronunciation.IV. To strengthen the habit of attention.V. To have the following passage narrated by the children.LessonPassage Chosen: Guy de Maupassant, "La Parure" ("The Necklace"). …
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    Heart of Wisdom Blog

  • Prepare Ahead 30 Days Green Smoothies in Two Hours

    Robin Sampson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Green smoothies are fairly quick and easy but I’m having foot surgery Thursday so I made pre-made packets I can dump into the blender with  almond milk and blend. It took about two hours to prepare kits for a month of Green Smoothies. I like this idea a lot and will do it again next month. 1. ...
  • Our Church: Seed of Abraham & Torah Resources

    Robin Sampson
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    We recently began attending Seed of Abraham Fellowship. I was delighted to not only find a balanced church that studied Hebrew roots but also offers Hebrew Classes, and an amazing chronological  Homeschool Bible study curriculum (reviewed below). In July we moved from TN to FL to be near our grandsons (my daughter Victoria passed this year). Imagine me driving ...
  • Bought: The Hidden Story Vaccines, GMOs, Big Pharma

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” WATCH THE TRAILER! Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Bought The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and ...
  • Feeling Alone in Church

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Original Post 2011 see UPDATE 2014 at bottom of this post. When we moved from Virginia to Tennessee  in 2007 we started attending a local church. The people are sweet. kind, and loving. But after five years attending a church of over 500 three or more times a week, I still feel like I didn’t really ...
  • Was it Child Abuse?

    Robin Sampson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    What would you do if you saw a woman beating a child screaming in horrible pain?
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  • 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…
  • PBH Facebook group

    Lori Pickert
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Heck has frozen over, pigs are flying, and I’m back on the Facebook so we could have a PBH Facebook group — check it out here! Tags: News
 
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    The Common Room

  • Acorn Booklet

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    This acorn booklet template was so cute, I had to copy it. I found it in a magazine for primary school teachers published in the 1920s.  I made a couple of very small changes, and now I pass them on to you. The single acorn is intended to be traced and then cut on a folded piece of cardstock, making it the cover for the booklet. The other pages are different versions you could use for the pages of the book. You would staple or sew along the fold. What could you do with these? First move them whatever program you have that lets you work with images. Adjust the size to suit. Then print.
  • After the Last Page

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    The five year old grandson picked up at picture book that looked like a tale of medieval knights and noble deeds of derring-do. In fact, it is a medieval picture dictionary or an abecedarian: Illuminations, by Jonathan Hunt. The illustrator used the theme of illuminated manuscripts, giving each page an illuminated letter and then a gorgeous picture with a short definition of the word or term. There’s a beautiful page of a dragon and a knight eyeing each other, for instance, on the page for D.  But there is nothing else about the knight and the dragon. The DPG thumbed through the book…
  • Free Kindle Reads: Christian Fiction; Christian Living

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
      Books are free at the time I found the links and pasted them here. This changes sometimes, so be sure to note the price before you add it to your cart. Sometimes, for some reason, the links get stuck while loading. Just refresh the Amazon page and that should help. You don’t need a Kindle to read these. More at the bottom of the post   In The Pursuit of Wisdom: The Principal Thing Just think of everything that has changed throughout the years. We have already experienced the rage of two world wars, the plagues, the storms, the earthquakes and the recent global economic crisis…
  • Vintage Fall Colouring Page and Poetry: Under the Chestnut Tree

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
      Other ideas: Print, color if desired: paste to thin cardboard.  Cut into four squares and use as a puzzle. laminate, play ‘find the…’ with your younger children (or don’t print, just do this with the picture on the computer screen)- find the squirrel, find the basket, where are baby’s shoes? etc. Tell a story about the picture. Here is some information on the artist: Here is some information on gathering, storing, and using chestnuts. Obligatory inclusion of the poem famous for the line ‘under the spreading chestnut tree…’ The Village…
  • Things Mother Used to Make: Biscuits

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The original receipt is from the 1914 cookbook Things Mother Used to Make A Collection of Old Time Recipes, Some Nearly One Hundred Years Old and Never Published Before, by Lydia Gurney Here’s the recipe as it appears in the cookbook: =Cream of Tartar Biscuits= 1 Pint of Flour 2 Teaspoonfuls of Cream of Tartar 1 Teaspoonful of Soda 1/2 Teaspoonful of Salt 1 Tablespoonful of Lard Stir cream of tartar, soda, salt and lard into the flour; mix with milk or water, handling as little as possible. Roll and cut into rounds. Baking-powder can be used in place of soda and cream of tartar. This…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Giveaway Details: After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing and Hope

    Karen Edmisten
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Elizabeth Petrucelli, author of All That is Seen and Unseen, has been hosting a contest this month and After Miscarriage will be her final giveaway.To enter to win After Miscarriage, you can simply leave a comment below, on this post. Your comment can be anything, but please be sure to leave some contact information (Facebook page, Twitter, Google +, a blog, your email address -- anything that will allow us to get in touch with you if you win!)Comments on this post will be accepted until October 31st at midnight. A winner will be drawn at random from the comments on November 1st.I hope…
  • Poetry Friday: Louis Jenkins

    Karen Edmisten
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    I recently ran into one of Atticus's old students, married now, with children. Atticus knew her when she was a gangly eighth grader, when he taught in a small town not far from where we live now. Ramona and I were in Target, looking for paper plates, when I heard, "Mrs. Edmisten?" I turned around and saw a confident young woman but for a brief flash I also saw a kid -- the sort of smart, sweet, kind, funny kid who makes Atticus's job easy.She and I started the game Louis Jenkins describes in "Old Friends":Old Friendsby Louis JenkinsThere's a game we play, not a game exactly, a sort of call…
  • Next Week: A Giveaway of After Miscarriage

    Karen Edmisten
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Next week, beginning on October 24th, Elizabeth Petrucelli from All That Is Seen and Unseen will be hosting a giveaway of After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing & Hope. Check in at Elizabeth's blog on the 24th for details on how to enter.
  • Four Things About Today -- Pancakes, Flooding, Atticus, and Wine

    Karen Edmisten
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    1. My college girls were on fall break today and we were all having a leisurely morning so I decided to make pancakes for everyone. Pancakes, and chatter, and laughter and delight. And suddenly I had a flashback to the old days.Homeschooling three girls, no one needing to rush off anywhere. Just us Little Women. Sigh.Those were lovely days.Sweet and bitter and bittersweet is this growing-up business.2. Due to some poor plumbing (which is not worth explaining, and which seems to be a recurring theme in my life), a clogged shower drain caused an inordinate amount of flooding in our bathroom and…
  • A Response From a Priest to My Post, "Dear Father, Deacon, and Anyone Else Who Has Ever..."

    Karen Edmisten
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I got some wonderful comments on Wednesday's post and today a priest friend of ours left a comment, too. His comment deserves its own post. Disclaimer:I know and love Fr. Scott but there is no bias in my recommendation that you read his comment. It's just that he's a wonderful priest with valuable insights. His thoughts are always worth reading.Second disclaimer:We never deliberately plied him with pie. We just like pie.In response to the post, Fr. Scott said this:A great post, as always! This one’s stuck with me for a few days. Speaking only for priests, I wonder…
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    Heart of the Matter

  • All or Something

    Lorrie Young
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    I hate to admit this, but I used to be an ALL OR NOTHING kind of gal. If I set a goal to work out every day then I would do it; if I missed the mark, I would beat myself up.  If I went on a diet then I would not waver from it;...
  • 3 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschool

    LaToya
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    After three years of feeling like I was running around like a crazy person I’m learning to slow down and do things as simply as possible. Simple homeschooling has been a sanity saver for me this year.  It has taken me 4 years to get to this point but I’m finally enjoying teaching my children...
  • Checking Our Boxes

    Karen
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    It is all too easy to get caught up in lists these days and checking off boxes on our to-do list. Most days the boxes don’t all get checked, and we start the next day with even more boxes. We are overwhelmed. Those never ending to-do lists are not the be-all-end-all though in our homeschools....
  • How’s YOUR Report Card??

    Karen Costello
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
       Years ago, as our young teenaged daughter wanted to earn some spending money (doing more than just babysitting), her dad had an innovative idea. Tim had always believed that there should be something a little more profound than a traditional thank you card: a note expressing the sentiment of being truly grateful for the...
  • Saving For College

    Justin Gregoire
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    Obtaining financial aid isn’t easy. It requires loads of time, in both searching for aid and filling out paperwork. Your first step would be to submit a FAFSA, or a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which I would define as a ravenous creature that devours all of your personal information and a good chunk...
 
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    Home*School*Home

  • Monday with the Homeschool Group.

    Fatcat
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    We had 4H yesterday and since we are doing a financial unit, the assignment was for 3 teams of kids with moms to go to different grocery stores and write down prices for basic necessities and then see which grocery store was the least expensive.  The items were things like rice, milk, spaghetti, canned vegetables, fresh produce, potatoes, etc.  In our town, the stores were Kroger, Walmart and Save-A-Lot.  Kroger had the best prices on 4 items, Walmart on 3 and Save-A-Lot had the best prices on 21 of the items.  They had ground beef for 2.99 and canned goods for 45 cents.
  • Been busy.

    Fatcat
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    In my spare time, I've been art journaling and working on the scrap-ghan. It's getting big.  
  • Then ...

    Fatcat
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    One of my children was assigned some cleaning today.  When I came back home, that person said "Well, I was cleaning, but then I learned to juggle."  LoL.
  • Finally.

    Fatcat
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    We finally got the bill for our son's wreck last spring.  :-(.  It's a big one.  That's going to have an impact on a lot of things.  Car shopping.  Christmas.  Not fun.Today though, business as usual.  Homeschooling.  Working.  Going to see Mom.  Maybe this weekend we will get her house cleaned out finally.  It sure has been a crazy year.
  • Finally looks like fall!

    Fatcat
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    I love fall so much.  It is so beautiful! As to what we are doing today, my youngest son took the PSAT and said it seemed "pretty easy".  We'll see.  He said that there was 1 math problem he guessed on because he didn't want to work out the answer and 1 he didn't get to.  The hardest part for him, was writing a statement swearing that he would not talk about the questions to anyone, since he has dysgraphia and writing is difficult for him.  Other than that, it went pretty well.  :-)
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • Math Mammoth South African version, grades 4 and 5

    Maria Miller
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
     Math Mammoth South African version is now available for grades 4 and 5! Math Mammoth South African version, Grade 4Math Mammoth South African version, Grade 5You can read detailed descriptions and download free samples at the above links. The South African version has been customized to South Africa in the following manners:The names used are South African names (instead of Jack and Jill, there are Ansie and Mampho).The currency used in word problems is rand. The money chapter teaches both rand and cents, of course.The material is "all metric". In other words, the US customary measuring…
  • Math Mammoth giveaway!

    Maria Miller
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    It is time for a giveaway of my Math Mammoth products! There will be 17 prizes! The "grand prize":ONE (1) winner will get Math Mammoth All Inclusive bundle - either a download or a CDTWO (2) winners will get Math Mammoth Light Blue Series bundle - either a download or a CDFOUR (4) winners will get Math Mammoth Blue Series bundle - either a download or a CDTEN (10) winners will get one grade level of Math Mammoth Light Blue series - download - the grade level is chosen by each winner.The winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Something SPECIAL This giveaway is COUPLED with…
  • Lesson on Fibonacci numbers

    Maria Miller
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Have you ever heard about the Fibonacci numbers and the Golden ratio?A tiling that uses squares whose side lengths are successive Fibonacci numbers. Ask students to continue it! Image from Wikipedia. Here's a lesson I just wrote about them:Fibonacci numbers and the golden section – lesson for middle and high school studentsIf you like it, share it!You might ask, "Should our children or students even learn about Fibonacci numbers or the golden ratio?"True, they aren't any standard fare in math books. However, I feel that yes, students should know about them. I think it's important that our…
  • Worksheets in PDF form

    Maria Miller
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    You can now make worksheets for these topics in both html and PDF formats at my site: Basic division facts (grades 3-4)Long division (grades 4-6) Division with remainders (grades 3-5)Equivalent fractionsClockMeasurement units, grade 3Measurement units, grade 4Measurement units, grade 5Measurement units, grade 6The pages also include lots of ready-made PDF worksheets. Enjoy!
  • Timed tests

    Maria Miller
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I wrote a new piece outlining some of the dangers of using timed tests in math, such as how they promote math anxiety and cause children to be afraid of making mistakes in math classes.Should you use timed tests for math facts?Go check it out!
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    A Holy Experience

  • What Happens When Our Goodness Still Isn’t Good Enough

    Ann Voskamp
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Liz Curtis Higgs, the humble, wise ( funny!)  author of 30 books,  is one of my soul sisters, and together we’ve wandered Shaker Village (that unforgettable story coming soon too). Author of the bestsellers, Bad Girls of the Bible , Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Them, and The Girl’s Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs in all 50 United States and 14 foreign countries — but she’s about as down to earth and warm and happiest grace as it gets. I just love…
  • What to Do When You don’t Feel Like You Fit

    Ann Voskamp
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Audio recording of this post — click below & a farm girl will read it for you, cheering you on, while you keep on, keeping on. What to Do When You don’t Feel Like You Fit: BlogCast from the farm http://www.aholyexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014-10-20-917-AM1.mp3 When the gorgeous woman on stage with the microphone hikes up the side of her shirt to show all 10,000 of us how her white side spills thick over the elasticized waist of her pants… and I want to know what Jesus thinks of women. The singer holds her milk white thigh right there and she’s…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [10.18.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    come? start the weekend right here? 10 of the most beautiful towns during the fall — glory Food rescuers — asking grocery stores to stop dumping and start donating – yes, yes, yes what this retired school teacher does every. single. night for the homeless? these photos? how can we ever stop remembering life is amazing grace?!  This dolphin? Slow & really watch this? could it be — a 5-year-old Monet? “I’m still here, but I’m gone....” when a legendary musician finds he has Alzheimer’s — his poignant last song: Not Going to Miss…
  • The Secret to Stop Feeling Like a Failure

    Ann Voskamp
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    She’s a farmer’s wife & we keep dreaming about getting both of Farmer’s together to talk tractors. She and I keep notes on weather and crops and words in each other’s parts of the world. I reached across a table once and grabbed Jennifer Dukes Lee‘s hand and I told her I believed in God’s gifts in her and I prayed for His words through her to keep coming. She’s a pure-hearted, soul-encouraging woman after God’s own heart and reading her always makes me read more of Christ everywhere. Humbling grace to invite Jennifer  to the farm…
  • Why You Can Still & Be (& Internet Loud is Not the Boss of You)

    Ann Voskamp
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Some kid mutters it to his kid sister like a filing to the complaint department: “You are not the boss of me.” He’s got the last of the peanut butter cookies in his hand, like a defiant declaration. Peanut butter cookie crumbs trail across the counter. You can still feel the warmth of the oven across the kitchen. A three wick candle flames by my Bible on the prayer table, light flickering up the wall like an open invitation to the other side of prayer. Oh, kid — it’s okay. Eat the cookie. Eat the cookie slow and taste it all the way down and smile in the moment and just…
 
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    Natural Born Learners

  • Technology, Education and Poverty

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

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

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

    beatrice ekoko
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Book reading/discussionNatural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education Thursday, August 7th, at 2:00 pm. Hamilton Public LibraryLocke St. Branch.All welcome!
  • New Book Promotion

    beatrice ekoko
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    ***BOOK PROMOTION of Natural Born Learners***Kindle count down deal starts AUGUST 01 at 0.99 cents (48 hours in duration).3 increments takes us to August 7th at the original price of 3.99.Stay tuned!!
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    Unschooling Site News, SandraDodd.com

  • Healing, Spanish discussion, a downside of choice

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

    Sandra Dodd
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    New photo (by Lisa Jonick) and caption/quote (mine), you can't miss it, partway down:http://sandradodd.com/prioritiesAlbuquerque ALLive, registration open, December 27-30, 2014http://albuquerqueallive.blogspot.comThe Big Book of Unschooling is dedicated to Hema Bharadwaj, because it was her idea, and prodding, that got me to write it. Here's a paga about her. She will be speaking in Albuquerque in December.http://sandradodd.com/hemaShe and other speakers are linked in a tab at Albuquerque ALLive link above.
  • Being more positive; Strewing, spirituality; Peace

    Sandra Dodd
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Something new and very positive by Tina Bragdon, on the negativity page, halfway down on the left, after the boldface Bible verse.http://sandradodd.com/negativityInterview from a few years ago, newly uploaded (used to be a link; other site is gone)http://sandradodd.com/radioand a transcript of that with listen-along capability:http://sandradodd.com/radiotranscriptSixteen minutes about peace—podcast by Amy Childs, but I'm about half of it. http://unschoolingsupport.com/peace/(Other voices there: Ren Allen, Richard Prystowsky (from an older recording) and Rippy Dusseldorp)
  • Later unschooling, Marriage Strengthening and Divorce Prevention

    Sandra Dodd
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    About the chances of success coming to unschooling later…. an update added (bottom), links and a photo:http://sandradodd.com/later/unschoolingI hope my readers won't need these, but you might find yourself advising a friend who could use knowing!Added (second item there) to divorce prevention page:Something BIG happens when a person turns away from selfishness to service.Something HUGE happens when a person can care about another person more than about himself. (and more)http://sandradodd.com/divorceCleaned up and linked elsewhere, an obscure page for helping prevent…
  • writing, interview, curiosity

    Sandra Dodd
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    New page on Seeing Writing (Writing, and whether it can be "just learned")http://sandradodd.com/writing/seeingInterview (from 2009, with new notes and links on the page; sound file to hear there or to download)http://sandradodd.com/listen/schwartzinterviewPhotos were added to the curiosity page:http://sandradodd.com/curiosity
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  • Bobby Hill in the Renaissance

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

    Sandra Dodd
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    I posted this on Facebook so people would know I was okay but not home, but I'm bringing it here where I can find it for future reference. That van has nearly 100,000 miles on it, so depending how big the needed repair is… But I like this van. I know it in the dark. It has four cup holders in the driver's reach. I want it to live. Here is a portrait I took of my van when my sister parked it up close under a cottonwood tree, near the Wells Fargo Bank in Española. I said it had never been in a cottonwood tree, and took this photo:________________________________I have come to make you all…
  • The shadows are the good part

    Sandra Dodd
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Here are a couple of gates in Española. The shadow is the best part, in each of these photos:Taking photos other places, I don't always get a shadow. New Mexico does have some serious light.
  • Fourth Anniversary of Just Add Light and Stir

    Sandra Dodd
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    My busiest blog is four years old. Just Add Light and Stir is a daily quote and image, usually with a link to the place it came from, or something that matches it well. It has a randomizer (thanks to Joyce Fetteroll sending me the code), and each post has three robotically (and well) chosen "you might also like.." links. Peace, love and happy parenting!
  • Making a video out of other elements without knowing how to

    Sandra Dodd
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm
    ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge business (spoiler: I stay dry)Kirby's full video is on his facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10154553642215486Donate money here: http://alsa.org
 
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    Home Schooling News

  • Marlisa, 15, plans to focus on her new found stardom, which means being home-schooled.

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    She is Australia's youngest ever X Factor winner and the only girl under 25 to have won the television talent quest, but Marlisa Punzalan says she was convinced she wouldn't win. The 15-year-old Mercy Catholic College student beat 22-year-old Queensland crooner Dean Ray and folk-pop trio Brothers 3 in a surprise finish on Monday night.
  • New home of learning

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    This month 841 students from 400 families in the state are registered to be educated at home, up 15 per cent from the end of last year. Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council chairwoman Jacinta Sinclair said the number of home educators was reaching a critical mass, which was in turn fuelling growth.
  • SINGAPORE: Islamic Education Fund to be made available to more needy students in Singapore

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    A scheme to finance Islamic education will be made available to more young Muslims. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore said on Saturday that it has revised the eligibility criteria for assistance programmes under the Islamic Education Fund scheme.
  • Permanent expulsion awaits Western High School students suspected of arson of school property

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    The students suspected of starting two fires that damaged buildings owned by the Western School District are on a 30-day suspension and will face permanent expulsion from that district, Superintendent Mike Smajda said. The Monday, Oct. 13, fires destroyed a metal barn and damaged a home on property the district purchased from Richard and Eleanor Maxson in 2002.
  • Roebbelen projects net company awards

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The Shasta County Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility built by Roebbelen Contracting was the recipient of an Exceptional - Buildings - New award from the Western Council of Construction Consumers. Courtesy photo Roebbelen Contracting Inc. continues its winning streak with two winning project submissions to this year's Western Council of Construction Consumers Owners' Project Excellence Awards.
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    HomeschoolBuzz.com

  • Bureaucrats Wrapping Home Schooling in Red Tape – Christian Broadcasting Network

    Gary
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Bureaucrats Wrapping Home Schooling in Red Tape – Christian Broadcasting Network Bureaucrats Wrapping Home Schooling in Red TapeChristian Broadcasting NetworkHESSEN, Germany — At the same time that home schooling continues to grow in popularity around the world, many politicians and governments would still like to stamp it out. One of the recent recommendations of the Connecticut governor's panel …
  • Girls home schooled to prevent poisoning – Independent Online

    Gary
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Family of poisoned girls home schooled – Independent Online Independent Online Family of poisoned girls home schooledIndependent OnlineTheir uncle, Klaas Mahlangu, said the family had decided to withdraw two of their surviving children from the school and home-school them. Mahlangu will be in charge of educating his son Ntando, who is in Grade 1, and his nephew Vusimusi, who is in …
  • Faith Falise: Why I Homeschool My Children – FITSNews

    Gary
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Faith Falise: Why I Homeschool My Children – FITSNews Faith Falise: Why I Homeschool My ChildrenFITSNewsfaith By FAITH FALISE || Right about this time last year, I gave up a lucrative career and a pension to homeschool my children. So, although I had no idea what I was doing at the time, here's a smattering of reasons why I did and why so many other …and more »
  • HOMESCHOOLING IS WHERE THE HEART IS – The Waynedale News

    Gary
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    HOMESCHOOLING IS WHERE THE HEART IS – The Waynedale News HOMESCHOOLING IS WHERE THE HEART ISThe Waynedale NewsHow long has homeschooling existed? Since Adam and Eve taught Cain about farming and Abel about taking care of sheep. Throughout the Bible we read of a parent's skill being handed down from one generation to the next. A shift in parental thinking …
  • Homeschool an increasingly popular option for Alaskan students – Juneau Empire (subscription)

    Gary
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    Homeschool an increasingly popular option for Alaskan students – Juneau Empire (subscription) Homeschool an increasingly popular option for Alaskan studentsJuneau Empire (subscription)But today, homeschool is on the rise and is being credited for providing individualized plans that produce well-rounded students. An Alaska homeschool program, Interior Distance Education for Alaska, has seen a 10 percent growth in students from the …
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    The Thinking Mother

  • School Transition Update Week 6

    ChristineMM
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    I decided to do a weekly update. This is about week six which was a couple of weeks ago.I last reported that we had a productive meeting with the math and science teacher at the end of week five. Some tweaks were planned and review on exponents at home was planned. Husband and I were optimistic. Son loved his teacher.In week six the school changed math teachers for my son's class. The teachers flip-flopped classes. In this week my son complained that the new structure was not working and some negative things were going on. My son missed the former teacher.Based on things said Thursday night…
  • Article Link: Amazon Vine Reviewing Club Sabotaged My Book

    ChristineMM
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Article: Amazon Vine Reviewing Club Sabotaged My Bookby: Margo HowardPublished in: The New RepublicOn: 10/16/14This is the daughter of the beloved newspaper columnist Ann Landers. She states here she has once received a seven figure advance on a book she authored. So this millionaire is whining that it was a small number of book reviewers who "ruined her book"? Give me a break. The first issue is in New Republic she fails to explain that her publisher CHOSE to participate in the Amazon Vine program. Vine policies are not fully disclosed and some question if publishers pay a fee for this…
  • The Teenage Brain: Chapter 11 Chapbook Entry

    ChristineMM
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Title: The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young AdultsAuthors: Frances E. Jensen M.D. with Amy Ellis NuttPublisher: HarperCollinsPublication Date: January 2015ISBN: 978-0-06-296874-5 Chapter 11: StressTeens are mercurial. Mood swings."Teenagers are usually up or they're down, and they are very rarely something in between." pg. 171Need to explain what emotions are in general before can discuss stress and emotions of teens. pg. 171Teens are driven by emotion not reason. pg 171Amygdala: most primal feelings, fear, anger, hate, panic, grief. Less…
  • The Teenage Brain: Chapter 10 Chapbook Entry

    ChristineMM
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Title: The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young AdultsAuthors: Frances E. Jensen M.D. with Amy Ellis NuttPublisher: HarperCollinsPublication Date: January 2015ISBN: 978-0-06-296874-5 Chapbook Notes: Chapter 10: Hard-Core Drugs One use of a hard-core drug can result in death.What these do to the brain and to which brain area is discussed. To read details, read the book,Ecstasy, "E", "Molly", MDMA,  raves: pg. 160Regular  use of E impairs short-term memory, produces serotonin. Regular use damages white matter's ability to mature,…
  • Good News on My PVD Eye Problem

    ChristineMM
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Yesterday I had my one month recheck. It was 30 days from the incident of Posterior Vitreal Detachment in my right (dominant) eye. I don't recall if I shared here that on the second visit to the retina specialist he said, "If you don't get a retina detachment from this PVD then you never will. The next 2-3 months are critical." My husband took that as great news that I would possibly never get a detached retina in my lifetime. I took it to mean the PVD was really bad and that a retina detachment was highly likely. The report yesterday was fantastic. There were no changes and my various types…
 
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    The Informed Parent

  • A Different Learning Journey

    Mary Nix
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    As a lifelong learner,  I hope you will humor me as I share our most recent  learning journey. Many of you know that I have a younger sister who happens to be Developmentally Disabled. We have lived with my sister full-time for a few months twice  before when our Mom was in a nursing home, but we became permanent room-mates when Mom passed away in December 2013. Since  then, I’ve learned that growing up  with my sister and being responsible for her full-time are two distinctly different roles. I knew the day was coming for years and tried to prepare,  but I was not really ready…
  • Trusting Children

    Mary Nix
    23 May 2013 | 3:54 pm
    There is no ONE home educating expert, but  each family and child are their own best expert as to what works best for them each day while living and learning. That said,there is a lot of great information that will inspire you to learn to trust yourself as being your own best expert if you choose the path of educating at home. This time of year, I often get emails or phone calls from families wanting to know more about homeschooling.  Some want to know about public e-schools, some want to explore part-time enrollment, and others are ready to start the journey of home education. Like any…
  • National Gardening Month

    Mary Nix
    3 Apr 2013 | 6:14 am
    Have you started your indoor seedlings? I love setting up my mini-greenhouses and starting my seeds indoors and watching the seedlings sprout up. Here are some of my favorite gardening resources: Square foot gardening Frugal Dad Junior Master Gardener Container Gardening Filtrexx Videos
  • Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh

    Mary Nix
    30 Mar 2013 | 6:07 am
    Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh!   Here are some resources: Vincent Van Gogh Gallery Vincent Van Gogh Biography
  • Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

    Mary Nix
    1 Mar 2013 | 5:25 am
    Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Massachusetts.  He wrote over 46 books, including some of the more notable ones such as Green Eggs and Ham. Many of his books became t.v. specials, feature films and even a play on Broadway. Read Across America also occurs in honor of his birthday. Visit the Dr. Seuss site for a wealth of resources including games, books, videos and more.
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • MIXED METAPHOR OF THE DAY

    dcobranchi
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    On being over-exposed to the stock market: “If you’re a couple of years away from retirement, you’re really rolling the dice at the Roulette table,” said Erik Laurence, vice president of marketing and business development at FeeX. If I were an investor with FeeX, I think I might be somewhat encouraged that the VP there apparently has never seen the inside of a casino.
  • STILL FRINGE?

    dcobranchi
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I’m not sure why, but CNN/Money is highlighting a retrospective on “How Homeschooling Became Legal.” Nothing earth-shattering or particularly controversial, even if they do refer to Michael Farris as a homeschool “hero.”
  • ADDICTED TO APFELWEIN

    dcobranchi
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    After two trips to Frankfurt in the last 4 months, I find myself addicted to the local beverage of choice, apfelwein (apple wine). It’s basically a dry hard cider. Non-carbonated. I like this stuff so much that Lydia and I drove 40 miles round trip yesterday to a local orchard that makes the most delicious (if somewhat expensive) fresh cider. I picked up a half-gallon and just threw in some champagne yeast to start the fermentation process. No other prep. I didn’t even put an airlock on the bottle. Just cracked the cap just a bit to let the CO2 escape. I’ll let it sit for a…
  • BIG HAIR NOT REQUIRED

    dcobranchi
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    The commercial I filmed for AARP/The Hartford started airing this week. It’s a 28 minute infomercial. I haven’t seen it yet, but the DVR is set. The company filmed part of it here at home, so my whole family (less our daughter who lives in NC) is in the show.
  • IT’S ELECTRIC!

    dcobranchi
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    I stayed at a Holiday Inn in NJ last night. Out back was the very first public EV charging station I’ve ever seen. Electric cars have not made major inroads into the new car market of West Virginia.
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  • {Giant} everything

    liese4
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    We went to the GIANT pumpkin weigh in at Old Colorado City today. There was also a giant farmer’s market, giant sidewalk sale, giant happy hour, but no Jolly green giant. The kids played games and won prizes while I looked over the gourd bin. There were bumpy gourds, curved gourds and everything in-between. Hannah won $5 to a store and she bought a Hello kitty stuffed animal, she also won a Hello kitty badge and another stuffed animal at the kids area. Grace won a chocolate bar and a stuffed bear, Bethany won a chocolate bar too (which she was hoping for.) We looked at the giant pumpkin…
  • Fun Friday

    liese4
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    The girls slept in since they were up late, then we got ready for the Constitution lecture at the library. It wasn’t all about the Constitution, instead it was stories of our country from the beginnings to the Revolutionary war. We heard about the Pilgrims and Puritans, about brave men who fought across a wintry landscape to bring guns and cannons to those fighting the British. We heard about miracles like the wind that blew the British ships back down the East river so that Washington could move his troops across the river and the fog that rolled in protecting the fleeing men from the…
  • Whales spotted in Denver

    liese4
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    We have had whales in Denver, this area used to be an ocean, but the whales we saw today were in the museum. When I saw that a whale exhibit was coming to Denver, you know I made sure that it would turn into a co-op so that we could see it with our homeschool group. Grace has been counting down the days to this exhibit since co-ops started. I’m so glad we got to go to CA before this and see real whales. The exhibit was a mix of skeletons, some hands-on stations like diving with a sperm whale, the sound booth where you could hear whale sounds, make a dolphin booth where you could fine…
  • Sugar skulls

    liese4
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    The girls had been looking forward to this co-op, every year I hear, ‘Can we make a sugar skull?’ So, when there was a co-op for sugar skulls, I signed them up. We headed to CHAC in the arts district and got to look around at all of the Day of the Dead art before the class. This cow skull is painted with henna, which made it not only pretty, but also smell like lavender. There were skull paintings, sculptures and altars in the building. Don’t blink. We heard a bit about Day of the Dead and then started painting the skulls. What Day of the Dead is not: Mexican Halloween.
  • History Fest 2014

    Alicia
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Another History Fest has come and gone, and it was another magical week for our family. This is something I posted to my homeschool email list about this year’s event and it sums it up well… I’m home at last from History Fest today.  Most of the family has been going since Wednesday (and helped set up Tuesday) but I stayed home with Fiona until today (her birthday) because it’s such a long day that starts so early.  We have to leave at 6:45 a.m. before the sun is up. Every time I go I am just dumbfounded at how amazing it is, and the awesomeness of Jack McGowan and…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • The Gift of Rest

    Dawn Camp
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    It wasn’t my intention to start a 31 days series and let it fizzle after 10, but keeping up with that schedule showed me what I’d otherwise missed: I’m burned out right now—physically and mentally—and the late nights spent writing made it worse. I don’t plan to abandon the series, but it might look different, more photos and less text. My husband and I celebrated our 29th anniversary this weekend. We spent Saturday in the north Georgia mountain town of Dahlonega, site of Georgia’s gold rush. First we went to Three Sisters Vineyards for Swine and Wine, where…
  • All about Cirque du Soleil & an Amaluna Giveaway!

    Dawn Camp
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Sunday night my husband and I experienced Cirque du Soleil for the first time when we saw Amaluna at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station. I expected an over-the-top visual experience, but I wasn’t prepared for performers whose abilities extended beyond what I believed possible. More than once I shook my head in disbelief: the human body is capable of amazing things with skill and practice. Amaluna runs here in Atlanta until November 30, 2014. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win four tickets! Fun Facts about Cirque du Soleil and Amaluna After the show we stayed…
  • When We Look for Our Points of Intersection

    Dawn Camp
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    My hometown hosted the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair, one of my fondest childhood memories. My family owned a piano company and my daddy tuned the pianos for the acts that performed when the fair came to town. If it was open, we were there. As a teen I was too cool for country. My daddy still reminds me how I could have seen George Strait for free (I later paid to see him as an adult), but many are the lessons you’re too impatient to learn at 17. Uncle Earl lived across from the fairgrounds. A people person and all-around character—if you know what I mean—he entertained the folks who…
  • A Free Daily Grace Printable

    Dawn Camp
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Searching for God’s daily grace this month is showing me how important it is to look for it, to actively seek it. It’s easy to miss as you fly through the day, pulled in a hundred directions. I created this free printable image to remind you—and me—to watch for those grace moments in our days. Click the image and you’ll go to the page on Flickr where it can be downloaded. Click the arrow in the bottom right corner and select “original” to download it in a size that will print on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper. {This is day ten of a 31 day series, 31…
  • If I Had to Choose Next Year’s #write31days Topic Now

    Dawn Camp
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    If I had to pick next year’s topic for my October Write 31 Days now, I would choose 31 Days of Bible Study Notes. I keep a journal where I write the verses that appeal to me most from each day’s reading (and yes, I miss days, too), but I wish I could discuss them with someone. I’ve always wanted to be in a Bible study or book club with other women, but coordinating one face-to-face isn’t easy. So today I set up a private Facebook group for my husband, the five of our children old enough to have Facebook accounts, and our two future daughters-in-law. Those of you…
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  • how do homeschool kids learn to make lasting friendships?

    Erin
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    My kids are ho meschooled and we take them places all the time and park days with our local homeschool group. But my kids are teenage boys and have no desire to join scouts or sports and we don't go to church. So my kids have acquaintances that they play with but no real friends. How can I get my kids some friends? Do I force them to join scouts or something?
  • prayer request for a family

    Terra
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I have a friend who slipped and hurt his back and his legs have swollen really big and have gotten infected. He can't walk or do much of anything he is in so much pain. His wife just got out of hospital with infection and they are trying to get her better so they can take her appendix out. They got into a car wreck a few months ago and they just seem to be having so much bad happening and they are feeling very discouraged. I would like to ask that you pray with me for them. To ask God to bring them healing and some good things into their lives. Thank you in advance for any prayers you…
  • What is best pay as you go phone plans out there?

    Biz-e-mom
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Which one(s) have you used that you like and disliked too?
  • Need a really good "Math Program." Needing Suggestions

    Biz-e-mom
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    i need one that self grades for a 9th grader. I have used SOS Math and Teaching Textbooks. Teaching Textbooks is good, but I was just was wondering if any of you have used any other online math programs like Time 4 Learning, CTC Math, or any other self grade programs that you and your child(ren) enjoy(ed) using, and have or had great success with it. Thanks! : )
  • Skipping a Teaching Textbooks level

    Katie S
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Hello :) My third and fifth grader are just finishing up TT level 4. It has been a pretty good fit for my struggling fifth grader and advanced third grader HOWEVER As I look through the Scope and Sequence for TT5 it seems like about 85% is really tedious review with new material introduced near the end considering how expensive it is, I'm considering skipping on to level 6 knowing they'll review for a while at the beginning whatever we missed at the end of 5.  anyone ever do this?
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  • Prepare Ahead 30 Days Green Smoothies in Two Hours

    Robin Sampson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Green smoothies are fairly quick and easy but I’m having foot surgery Thursday so I made pre-made packets I can dump into the blender with  almond milk and blend. It took about two hours to prepare kits for a month of Green Smoothies. I like this idea a lot and will do it again next month. 1. ...
  • Our Church: Seed of Abraham & Torah Resources

    Robin Sampson
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    We recently began attending Seed of Abraham Fellowship. I was delighted to not only find a balanced church that studied Hebrew roots but also offers Hebrew Classes, and an amazing chronological  Homeschool Bible study curriculum (reviewed below). In July we moved from TN to FL to be near our grandsons (my daughter Victoria passed this year). Imagine me driving ...
  • Bought: The Hidden Story Vaccines, GMOs, Big Pharma

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” WATCH THE TRAILER! Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Bought The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and ...
  • Feeling Alone in Church

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Original Post 2011 see UPDATE 2014 at bottom of this post. When we moved from Virginia to Tennessee  in 2007 we started attending a local church. The people are sweet. kind, and loving. But after five years attending a church of over 500 three or more times a week, I still feel like I didn’t really ...
  • Was it Child Abuse?

    Robin Sampson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    What would you do if you saw a woman beating a child screaming in horrible pain?
 
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Fall Weather and Nature and Science Study Sale

    kamrg
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Fall weather is finally here! Now is the time to go outside and take advantage of it. New to homeschooling? Want easy, fun ideas to study science and still enjoy this wonderful weather. We have the answer for you in our Fall Nature Study and More! On sale now! Autumn Nature Study and More : Normally $6.50, now $3.25 Buy Now Looking for fun outdoor activities to help you study science? We’ve got you covered. Need something that requires no planning – just print out the list of nature walk suggestions we have for you and go! We’ve included neat ways to put together a…
  • Teach Science the Natural Way

    kamrg
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Do you like the idea of nature study and bringing your kids outdoors and exploring science in a natural way? But how do you turn that into something where you know your kids have learned some of those formal scientific concepts you want to teach? You also like the idea of getting outside in the fresh air and experiencing science and nature first hand. But, you worry about making sure your covering enough science and facts to just leave it at that without turning it into some kind of lesson on a concept. One way to do this is by keeping a nature journal of what you observe in nature.
  • Adventures with notebooking and nature study and nature walks

    kamrg
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    There are many versatile uses of notebooking pages when paired with a nature study. From literary expression to scientific facts, these pages can easily turn a nature walk into a literary and scientific unit study of unlimited possibilities. To prepare properly for an adventurous study of our natural world, we must arm ourselves with the necessary equipment. For our family, that was a small backpack per child filled with the following nature study items (some in my own pack): Nature journal/notebooking pages Colored pencils (erasable) Assorted grade pencils Erasers Mini binoculars Assorted…
  • Final Curriculum Sale Days!

    kamrg
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Prices starting at only $1.00! It’s the last days for our special sale! These are the lowest prices of the season! We want to help make planning for your new school year easier with our special 50% off Curriculum Sale and easy to use ebooks! Even our Nature Study Notebooking Pages bundles are discounted at our Currclick site here! Be on the look out for a new ebook series to you assist you in teaching science, coming soon! Here are the links to the discounted sale prices in our sale: Make Your Own ABC Book About … Ancient Greece e-book : Normally $1.99, now $1.00 Buy Now Make…
  • Free Software and Web Development Online Courses for Homeschoolers

    kamrg
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Webucator specializes in online software and web development courses for the corporate world. The CEO is beginning to homeschool his child and has decided to make these courses available for free to homeschoolers. All of the self-paced courses available  include courses on web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), Photoshop, Dreamweaver and many others. Here is a message from their blog announcing this offer. To register for a course, all you need to do is: Go to our Self-paced Courses page. Browse through the courses. Click…
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  • 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 […]
  • Exposing What is Wrong at My Church

    Malia
    15 May 2014 | 10:30 pm
    One of the most mind altering phrases I have ever heard in church came on a Wednesday Night Service. Our church was considering changing their Wednesday night services and one of the lay ministers was asking folks what could be done to make the Wednesday night services better. He got lots of suggestions: More music/Less […]
  • Movie Review: Gimme Shelter

    Malia
    24 Jan 2014 | 7:12 am
    Duncan, Sarah (our 15 year old daughter) and I went to see a preview showing of this movie. About the Movie: Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter centers on pregnant teenager Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) who flees her drug-ridden mother (Rosario Dawson) in search of a better life of her own. Turned away […]
  • The Day My Heart Broke

    Malia
    11 Jan 2014 | 2:18 am
    OK, to be straight, it was not my heart- it was my blood pressure, whatever controls that thing. It broke. It broke several weeks before my husband and daughter left to go to Kenya on a 21 day mission trip. My indicator: I stopped wanting to eat much or sleep much, yet I had plenty […]
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • 7 Things You Should Never Say to a Homeschool Mom

    Kris Bales
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • My Favorite Cold and Sore Throat Remedy

    Kris Bales
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the Frog Guts

    Kris Bales
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Discover the United States with Which Way USA {+giveaway}

    Kris Bales
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • 3 Mindsets You’ve Got to Lose to be a Healthy Homeschool Mom

    Kris Bales
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • Multiple Children

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    I just enrolled my 12 yr old daughter in K12 Virtual Academy. She needs a laptop (required), and my husband and I are between residencies right now, living
  • Wisconsin CHEA Half Off/Half Off Sale!

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Going on now through December 1st. Over 140 brand-new items are priced half off PLUS take another half off your second item!
  • My Adult daughter homeschooling her 2 younger brothers

    4 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Can my adult daughter homeschool her 2 younger brothers in my home if she doesn't live with us? Reply from Diane: You would need to contact your state's
  • Should I home school?

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I have been raising my niece for 3 years. She has struggled at school because of the neglect she received from her parents. Now that I have custody
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • When More Is Less

    Sonya Shafer
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    There was once a man named Bill, who decided to go for a hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. A distance of about 2,000 miles. Six months of hiking, sleeping on the ground, and cooking meals outside. So he went to a local outfitters and they laid out everything he would need, […] When More Is Less originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Written Narration: The Next Step in Composition (Narration Q & A, part 14)

    Sonya Shafer
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    We’ve been discussing oral narration for several weeks now. It’s time to move on to the next step in composition. Wait a minute! you say to yourself. The next step? I thought written narration was composition. So often when we discuss composition, we focus on the writing. Writing is, indeed, a part of composition, but […] Written Narration: The Next Step in Composition (Narration Q & A, part 14) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Beginning with Older Children (Narration Q & A, part 13)

    Sonya Shafer
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last time we talked about some ideas for getting started using narration with younger children. Today let’s address some questions about starting the method with older children. Narration Question #44: In the Fall I will have a 4th and 1st grader. I am going to try to have my 4th grader be more independent and […] Beginning with Older Children (Narration Q & A, part 13) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Beginning with Younger Children (Narration Q & A, part 12)

    Sonya Shafer
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    In our Narration Q & A series so far, we have covered the foundation. The tips and techniques that we have discussed apply to most age ranges and give the broad view of narration. During the rest of this series, we will focus on how this powerful tool can be tweaked and adapted to be […] Beginning with Younger Children (Narration Q & A, part 12) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Narration with Multiple Children (Narration Q & A, part 11)

    Sonya Shafer
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    When we think of narration, we often envision a parent and a child sitting comfortably on the couch. The mother is smiling and nodding—the book closed and resting in her lap—as the child earnestly tells the story in his own words. But what does it look like with two children? or four? or fifteen? As […] Narration with Multiple Children (Narration Q & A, part 11) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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    Texas Homeschooling

  • 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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    27 Aug 2012 | 7:48 pm
    I'd like to post my favorite article from this month because I have a daughter that is nine years old and still learning to read. We just finished with Volume 1 of Phonics Road to Reading. Look inside > If I Wait, Will It Be Too Late? At the time when she was five years old, she was having some behavior issues we discovered to be related to sugar. After we discovered through observation that she needed to snack and had to be limited on the amount of sugar(such as a few pieces of peaches and not a fruit salad), the ability to learn improved. Through it all, we tried simply sitting down and…
 
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • High School for Academically Behind Children

    Lee
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having Remedial Subjects is Normal Homeschoolers have normal children. Some are good at certain things, but not so good at other things. There are great […] The post High School for... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • FREE training on College Applications Oct 23, 2014!

    Lee
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yeehaw! Free Class on College Applications: Register for the Bonanza NOW! Join in on the fun with brand new, FREE training on college applications! Last […] The post FREE training on College... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • How Homeschool Graduates Enlist in the Army

    Lee
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Good news for homeschoolers who want to enlist in the army upon graduation: they can! In the past, it may have been a detriment. Years […] The post How Homeschool Graduates Enlist in the Army... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • 6 Ways to Deal with an Unfinished Class

    Lee
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you don’t finish a subject within the regular school year, you have options!  In a public, private, or alternative school, the only option is […] The post 6 Ways to Deal with an... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Is Physics a Required Subject?

    Lee
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Do the kids have to have Physics or could they take Advanced Chemistry instead? My daughter doesn’t have any desire at all to take  Physics […] The post Is Physics a Required Subject?... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Crack The Egg Blog

  • How to make the birthday special for your husband

    Andy
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Special plans for someone special in your life Have you planned something for your hubby on this birthday? If not then get ready for an exclusive plan and surprise him on this auspicious occasion. Your husband and you are like the wheels of a vehicle and both of you have to run together to move ahead. Let your husband know how much you care for him. On his coming birthday try out something special, subject to his likes and dislikes. Well, it is you who will know better what your husband likes and do not likes. So make sure if you take up something new your husband and other family members or…
  • Gaining Popularity of Ebooks Online Stores

    Andy
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    With the digitalization of the modern world, ebooks have become a part of life. With hundreds and thousands of benefits, ebooks have become the most preferred choice of the people. Today, prefer holding a tablet in their hand to read an ebook instead of carrying a hardbound printed book. The time is changing and so are the choices of the people. Ebooks are today available on different topic which precisely includes health, love, romance, tourism, business, drama, biography etc. There is hardly any arena based on which an ebook is not available. With a thorough research and knowledge, you can…
  • Beware Of Fake Runescape Hacks

    Andy
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Who does like to lose money these days huh? Not even the world’s billionaires as well, we think and not even their dreams. Be it a male or female person, they are going to make every single cent count if you are to be called as wise spender in this globe and that is so not uncommon we would say. Hundreds and thousands of gamers in the virtual world have been tricked and lured easily to pay money for some membership and run away without any traces and that is a criminal act which does not end at all until and unless you see the realness of such websites but how do you do it? Relax, you need…
  • Important Details About Canadian Citizenship Test

    Andy
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    Do you know where Canada is based? Do you have any idea why this country is more popular than the United States of America? Did you know that Alaska is away from the US and touched to this country in the border sense, but part of the US? Did you know that Vancouver is the best city in the entire of North America? Did you know that Canadians are rivals of the US in the world of Ice Hockey? These are very simple questions but we wager most people have no real answers to them but however you are clever enough you can find out the answers for at least one in those questions only but well that is…
  • Suitability of FIFA 15 Coin Generator on Tablet

    Andy
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    Things should be aligned to the size in this world and one example is that of computers. But the demand for them shrinking, the production of them has been going down more or less and most of the computer makers have indeed felt pain of the overall changing demand and that is all natural. That is the entire human tendency to say. Nobody should be blamed for this, if the PC makers had anticipated this, and had learnt about the human mentality thing, they have come out of this problem very wisely, we would say. What we mean to say is that this game is available on your tablet that suits it; you…
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Dover Publications Science and Writing Resources for Homeschool

    Tricia
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Tricia This month we’ve found that Dover Publications adds the fun to homeschool science and writing! Would your children like to make a bouncy ball? Maybe build writing skills (and laugh!) with Create Your Own Story? Let me tell you more… ~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!! We received these Dover Publications resources in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we love the benefits and blessings we are continuing to see! Please see our disclosure policy. Remember, doing our studies together means less work for mom! Let me tell you about three Dover…
  • Starter Pencil Kit by Draw Your World – My Review

    Betsy
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Betsy Do your little ones struggle with handwriting?  Is it hard for them to hold a pencil comfortably?  Or do they grip it very tightly?  Learning to write shouldn’t have to be a struggle.  There are so many ways we can help, and one of my favorite tools is the Starter Pencil Kit from Draw Your World. ~ Don’t miss the giveaway at the end! ~ You probably know the folks at Draw Your World from their wonderful series of work books, Draw Write Now. When my daughter was little, she loved writing and drawing in theses books.  Especially the drawing!  Click here for my review…
  • Dance Mat Typing – A Free Beginner’s Touch Typing Tutorial

    Heidi Stearns
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Heidi Stearns Today I am sharing with you a fun website to introduce your students to touch-typing.  Dance Mat Typing is a fun online program provided by the BBC. BBC Bitesize is an online study support website for children of all ages. There are many other fun, helpful programs so be sure to look around the Bitesize webpage for more helpful resources. Why Learn to Touch Type? In today’s computer-savvy world, it is important to be able to type with speed and accuracy. More and more people do more typing than ever before in their career and personal lives. Touch typing is the…
  • BrainPOP Review

    Megan Zechman
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Megan Zechman This post contains affiliate links. Tim and Moby If you know Tim and Moby, then you know BrainPOP. BrainPOP is a popular website featuring engaging, educational resources. Most homeschool families know about their award-winning videos, however that is just one part of what makes BrainPOP unique. The website also boasts GameUp, quizzes, BrainPOP Jr, BrainPOP ESL, plus lesson plans and other resources for educators. It’s even available in spanish. Most of the material is geared toward older students (upper elementary, middle school, and high school). If you have young…
  • Thinkfun Roll and Play Board Game

    Amy Matkovich
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Amy Matkovich We have had the Thinkfun Roll and Play game in our house for a couple of years now. I got it for Ladybug when she was just a wee toddler. It has been a delightful addition to our homeschool days. When we pull this game out, we all get involved. Even though it is a game for preschoolers, older siblings can still have fun playing along with their young siblings. To play the game, pull out the 48 game cards and have your preschooler stack them by color. There are eight cards in each category, and each category is a separate color. Emotions Body Parts Animal Sounds Counting…
 
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  • Dear Homeschool Mom, You Can’t Do It All

    Monique
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Have you ever met a stranger and told them you were a homeschool mother and then they responded by saying wow I could never do it all. Well, I’ve never looked at what I do as this huge important job because it’s just something we’ve decided to do that was best for our family. We made […] The post Dear Homeschool Mom, You Can’t Do It All appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Halloween Printable Pack for K to Grade 2

    Monique
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Just in time for the 31st, I created a Halloween printable pack for Kindergarten to grade 2. I say it’s for K to grade 2 but I’m sure some of it can be done by preschoolers. I created it for my son who is in the first grade since he’s such a worksheet fanatic and […] The post Halloween Printable Pack for K to Grade 2 appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party: Week 50

    Monique
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the Here are this week’s  These three posts all received the same amount of clicks last week! Clean Comedians Approved for Young Ears by  That’s Mashed Up! You Don’t Have to be Pinterest Perfect by Youthful Homemaker Rustic Pumpkins by The Pin Junkie  My Pick of the Week!    * * * * […] The post Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party: Week 50 appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • 10 Reasons Why I’m the Worst Homeschool Mom

    Monique
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you ever had a conversation with my kids you would probably think that I am the worst homeschool mom ever. However, when asked what reasons lie behind their accusations, you’d have to disagree. At least if you were actually trying to teach your kids anything. According to their whining, apparently I’m the worst mom ever. […] The post 10 Reasons Why I’m the Worst Homeschool Mom appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Dear Homeschool Mom Series

    Monique
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Starting on Monday, we will get into a 10 Day series, possibly more, of homeschool encouragement. It will hopefully uplift those that have chosen this path for their family and may be experiencing doubt or other obstacles. I hope you enjoy it. For the next 10 days you will get a bit of homeschooling encouragement, […] The post Dear Homeschool Mom Series appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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  • Parenting a Headstrong Child Respectfully

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    I have wrote previously about parenting my sensitive child respectfully. Today I wanted to write about parenting a headstrong child respectfully. When you hear about headstrong children – or strong-willed, spirited, even ‘stubborn’ or ‘difficult’ – it’s often negative. My daughter is at a different space in the social and emotional spectrum. Before she could […] The post Parenting a Headstrong Child Respectfully appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • This Week of Learning

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    Our week… We started off our week at the creek with friends as we often do. We found moss, as I discussed in a previous post. We collected fallen flowers. We saw a wild goanna. Then we played some maths games with our cuisenaire rods. Our co-op met at a local water park for lots […] The post This Week of Learning appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Yoga for Kids

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    October is Doc-Tober for Disney Junior! Your preschooler can see Doc McStuffins and her toy friends in new episodes on the Disney Junior TV channel and enjoy brand new Doc games and activities on DisneyJunior.com.au. In a time where everything is about doing and having more; relaxation for kids is so important. You may have […] The post Yoga for Kids appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Unexpected Interests

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Kids are interested in such unexpected subjects and with seemingly insatiable enthusiasm. I’m part of this awesome group on Facebook called “my unschooler is interested in…” which is meant for other unschooling families to contribute low cost and outside-the-box ideas for exploring and/or expanding on the topic. However, my favourite thing is just seeing the […] The post Unexpected Interests appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Teaching Kids About Where Our Food Comes From

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    October is Doc-Tober for Disney Junior! Your preschooler can see Doc McStuffins and her toy friends in new episodes on the Disney Junior TV channel and enjoy brand new Doc games and activities on DisneyJunior.com.au. This week we went to a strawberry farm with our friends. As with everything with my parenting, I’m very open […] The post Teaching Kids About Where Our Food Comes From appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
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  • Turn Your Teen’s Passion Into A Career

    earthendee
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Turn your teen’s passion into a career for homeschooling highschool from Let’s Homeschool High School
  • Dual Enrollment

    tiallarising
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In this “Looking Back” series, I’ve been doing just that – looking back on my homeschool experience and sharing my tips or suggestions for high school.  However, I never dual enrolled.  Therefore, this post is a bit different than usual.  You see, up until now, every post has suggested styles, curricula, and schedules that I [...]
  • September 2014 Homeschool Highschool Blog Hop – Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

    bailbrae
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    September already! I think that was the fastest the summer has gone by for us in a very long time. Hello everyone, Katie here from LHSHS. I am so pleased that our LHSHS Blog Hop is back after its summer vacation, and you’re stopping by to join us. Are you already cruising along in your [...]
  • ACT or SAT for Homeschoolers?

    earthendee
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    ACT or SAT for Homeschooling High School from Let’s Homeschool High School
  • 15 Science Projects for Homeschool High School

    earthendee
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    15 Science Projects for Homeschool High School from Let's Homeschool High School
 
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  • Ready for NaNoWriMo?

    Susan Raber
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    I'm not. Every year I practically drool over the idea of dedicating an entire month to writing, but it's probably not going to happen for another year, although who knows? We might be able to find a way to schedule it if we eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and no one needs clean clothes for 30 days. Maybe you can't participate in NaNoWriMo, but how about letting your students register for the Young Writers Program? YWP is for students 17 and under, and allows them to set their own word-count goals. They can connect with other young writers via the YWP community. Download a…
  • The Research-Based Approach to Teaching History

    Susan Raber
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    I have never liked the idea of teaching history with textbooks, because I didn't enjoy the experience as a student. Textbooks briefly outline major events and touch on the lives of famous and influential people, but it doesn't feel personal, as if these were real people and events that shaped the world we live in. The typical textbook accounts aren't even stories, because at least with stories there is a chance to connect with the characters, setting, and plot. That is why we use a research-based method for history in our homeschool. We chose people and events from each era, and used…
  • Parents: You Can Do This!

    Susan Raber
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    I read and hear nearly every day from parents who despair of being able to teach and train their children. "It's too much!" "They are driving me crazy!" "I can't do it - I'm sending them to school!"I'd like to offer some warm and fuzzy comfort, but I can't.The Bottom Line: You have to develop some endurance, and be able to outlast your kids. Our perseverance is often stretched to the limit, especially when a child exhibits the ability to tug on your skirt/jeans saying “Mommy” for 15 consecutive minutes without taking a breath. But at some point you have to be The Adult, create the…
  • The Price of Free

    Susan Raber
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    When it comes to homeschooling freebies, I’ve discovered over the years that free doesn’t always mean free. The understood definition of free is that you won't have to spend money to acquire said item. While that is often the case with educational freebies, there are sometimes hidden costs you need to be aware of before you gleefully sign up or download, thinking that you’ve just solved all your homeschooling problems for a pittance.If you simply go cruising for freebies online, you will see many, MANY wonderful resources that homeschooling families have created and shared online to…
  • Why Do We Homeschool?

    Susan Raber
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Raber Family, back in the day. . . Beginnings, middles, and ends. Every homeschool year, every homeschooling family's journey, has at least one of each.When you are at the beginning, it's all very exciting, nerve-wrecking, humbling, exhilarating - who needs skydiving when you can experience the thrill of accepting the responsibility for your child's education? In the middle, you've got your comfort zone. No longer scared completely out of your mind, you've managed to teach the kids to read, master basic math skills, and pick up their Legos. But when you look up, the end may seem…
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  • How Homeschool Students Can Save for College (And Learn Something Too!)

    Tim Milosch
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    What If I told you that one activity could teach your homeschool students an employable skill, make you academic credit, build your resume, and potentially help you save for college? Too good to be true? You might think so, but I think The post How Homeschool Students Can Save for College (And Learn Something Too!) appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • 8 Tips: How To Pay For College Without Devastating Loans

    Tim Milosch
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Going to college is fun, the prospect of figuring out how to pay for college is not. College is a lot of hard work, but it is incredibly rewarding, frequently enjoyable and just plain fun. However, trying to rally the The post 8 Tips: How To Pay For College Without Devastating Loans appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • My 2 Secret Tips to Higher Test Scores

    Tim Milosch
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are you worried about your test scores yet?  If you are, you’re not alone.  I’ve never seen anything stress out students more than upcoming test dates. I spent this past summer in the interesting world of SAT tutoring academies. In this The post My 2 Secret Tips to Higher Test Scores appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • Have You Fallen For One of These 10 SAT Myths?

    Tim Milosch
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s fall, we’re well into the school year and that means it’s time to start thinking about taking the SAT.  Whether you’re a parent or a student, you may have been taken in by any of the many myths surrounding The post Have You Fallen For One of These 10 SAT Myths? appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • How To Keep Your Homeschool Records Safe and Organized

    Tim Milosch
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Taking a few minutes a day, or even once a week, to update your homeschool records can save you hours of frustration and stress with looming college application deadlines.  I’ve got six basic tips below to help you create a The post How To Keep Your Homeschool Records Safe and Organized appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
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