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  • Only in homeschool...

    Dewey's Treehouse
    Mama Squirrel
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Why is teaching Dollygirl such a unique experience?Because only Dollygirl could take a science lesson on the food chain and spend most of it discussing the fact that cows eat producersand lions eat consumers.
  • A mathematical fib

    Homeschool Math Blog
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    Did you know it's Math Awareness Month (MAM)? The website for MAM features a neat calendar which is filled with tricks, magic, and mystery for each day of April.You'll find knots, Möbius bands, infinity, spirals, tricks, and more :)For example, check out the card trick A Few Little Fibs and how it's based on mathematics: I'm ready to wow my girls. :)
  • Fordham outrage at opting out

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    It appears the Fordham Foundation is getting a bit frustrated with the rising opposition to the Common Core. In a recent article Chester Finn, Jr. is going so far as to ask if "opting out" of testing is "acceptable" and "probably illegal." Tough questions urgently arise: Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal? And if it’s not—and ought not be—legal, is it
  • Popping in before Passover…

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    I thought you might like to know that I’m alive; along with all four of my children. We’re not totally well, at least not the three year old, but we are on the way! The ringworm ordeal was a total doozy. Let me tell you. We’ve had a busy bunch of weeks – in-between washing everything that stands still in our house. I’m coming to grips with the fact that this three and a half weeks plus spring break week are putting our school year into July or later. Whatever – I’m OK. It’s too hot to do much in Texas past July anyway. Might as well keep our…
  • Top 10 Ways an Older Visual Learner Can Help Himself

    Guilt-Free Homeschooling
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    These tips will be helpful to visual students in middle school, high school, college, or beyond, who need to motivate themselves and control their own learning environment. Color-code notes with highlighters, colored pens/pencils, colored notecards, etc [see link below]. Recopy notes and information for tests and re-highlight, using your color code. Repeat at often as […]
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  • Popping in before Passover…

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    I thought you might like to know that I’m alive; along with all four of my children. We’re not totally well, at least not the three year old, but we are on the way! The ringworm ordeal was a total doozy. Let me tell you. We’ve had a busy bunch of weeks – in-between washing everything that stands still in our house. I’m coming to grips with the fact that this three and a half weeks plus spring break week are putting our school year into July or later. Whatever – I’m OK. It’s too hot to do much in Texas past July anyway. Might as well keep our…
  • Still in the Saga… and a Story of How God Answered a Prayer

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    It’s funny how God brings you through layers of new revelations if you stick with Him through a difficulty. You get a glimpse of the beauty in the pain of a transformation at the potter’s wheel. This last two weeks has been a flurry of motion – doing the next thing – putting fires out – refocusing on family and dropping all other distractions. That’s what you do in a health crisis… you double down and lick wounds. When the quiet comes, even in the motion… always the constant sound of the washer and dryer rumbling, the little ones being little,…
  • Little Rascals and a Give Away

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I have some little rascals at my house. I can relate with movies like Dennis the Menace and most recently, Little Rascals Save the Day. I was glad to get a chance to review the DVD before it hits the stores on April 1st. Since I have my copy, I’ll be picking up a copy of Walter Mitty (also out April 1st) instead. My boys… well, the younger two, liked The Little Rascals Save the Day much better than Walter Mitty, though. Mitty was a little above their age level. I talked about that movie over at the Homeschool Post yesterday when I put up the Field Trip link-up for March. Have you…

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:13 am
      UPDATE: When I started this blog, my homeschool kids were 5 and 7 (now they are sophomores and 15 & 17). We were using Konos Unit Studies almost exclusively as our main curriculum. I wrote this post to explain how I was planning at the time. At the bottom, there’s a link to my planner page I created as a PDF, for those of you who have been asking me about it! So sorry it took so long to get it up for you! Now for the original post from August 2005: I have had a lot of questions about Konos lately… so I thought I would do a timely post about how I do my planning.
  • Ringworm Remedies and Stuff

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    I never set out to write a health blog. I can’t help that God keeps throwing all this new information in my lap, though. I mean, who wants to learn first hand how to use natural remedies to get rid of ringworm? Not me. You can mark my name off that list. God had other plans, though. Remember the new kitten? Yep, the insanely cute little fluff ball that no one could keep their hands off of? I found a couple of ringworm spots on my arm last week before I left for a retreat in the Texas Hill Country. I read online that you could use an anti-fungal spray on them and keep them covered and it…
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    Melissa Wiley

  • It was a wild wild wood…

    Melissa Wiley
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Here’s a little moment in time. Right after I read The Little Fur Family to Huck (for the first time!) the other day, he wanted to read it himself. This is one of my favorite picture books to read with very young kids, and I can’t imagine how it slipped past Huck until now—I found this copy of the book at the bottom of a box of toys earlier in the week. Of course the very best edition is the tiny one with the faux-fur cover. It’s around here somewhere, but I don’t recall seeing it in ages. It’s probably under a bed. Anyway, when I grabbed my boy for the…
  • How it feels…

    Melissa Wiley
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    …to get the latest Eric Shanower/Skottie Young Oz graphic novel for your birthday. She’s been waiting for this one for a long time, in girl-years.
  • Magical Eight

    Melissa Wiley
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Eight. I’m not alone in feeling like this year passed in five minutes, right? This child was practically born on this blog, and I just. can’t. believe. she’s eight years old. Read today: The Little Fur Family (Huck’s first time) The Secret Garden
  • Mid-April

    Melissa Wiley
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Golly, more than a week since I posted. I think that’s only happened three or four times in the nine years I’ve been writing this blog. And no big reason; I got sick midweek, a virus that had already made the rounds of the rest of the family, and it walloped me a bit; but not so much I couldn’t have gotten a post or two up, if I’d been inclined. I suppose I was just thrown off rhythm. Wasn’t reading a whole lot, either, so I had very little to report in my daily reading notes! When I’m sick I always crave Agatha Christie, and  I spent the week revisiting a…
  • The week’s reading

    Melissa Wiley
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Before it gets away from me… The King’s Fifth, two chapters with Rose and Bean Story of Science, chapter on Newton and light/optics (of course we had to get down our prism and paint rainbows all over the walls) Sonnet 49, Shakespeare, “Against that time…” with Rose “Neglect” by R. T. Smith (Poetry 180) with all kids A number of spring-themed poems from The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” with Rose, and background reading on Swift on my own for prep The beginning of Gulliver’s Travels, also…
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  • Fordham outrage at opting out

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    It appears the Fordham Foundation is getting a bit frustrated with the rising opposition to the Common Core. In a recent article Chester Finn, Jr. is going so far as to ask if "opting out" of testing is "acceptable" and "probably illegal." Tough questions urgently arise: Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal? And if it’s not—and ought not be—legal, is it
  • Common Core Curriculum is Coming

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Fordham produced a series of reports after examining the districts considered to be "early implementers" of the Common Core. Their findings published in "Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementer" are predictable and set the stage for a call for common curricula to go with the Common Core, the desired goal all along. Take particular note of #3 and #4: This up-close
  • Governor Snyder cedes control to the feds.

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Last fall, I had the privilege of being a part of a WOODTV's Live Town Hall with Governor Snyder. (Video at link could not be embedded.) My question centered around the fact that when we adopted the Common Core our PUBLIC school standards became PRIVATELY owned by the NGA and the CCSSO. It appears from Governor Snyder's answer that we have ceded our authority role in education and become a
  • Video testimony to Repeal Common Core in Michigan

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    My April 2013 testimony on HB 4276 to repeal Common Core in Michigan.  So much has happened since then. We were railroaded last summer and ended up with a meaningless resolution. Common Core must be the litmus test for the 2014 elections so that we get a legislature that has the courage to say no to the feds.   You can get more frequent updates on Common Core via my Facebook page.  
  • In 2014, the courage to opt-out is finally gaining momentum.

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    The war against the Common Core has kept me busy.  I have been blogging at Stop Common Core in Michigan.  I kept thinking I'd get back over to cross-post but never did. I started this blog in 2005 to fight national centralized common standards.   It is hard to believe it is 2014 and Common Core has been adopted in 45 states (with various levels of repeals pending.)    People are starting to
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    Guilt-Free Homeschooling

  • Top 10 Ways an Older Visual Learner Can Help Himself

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    These tips will be helpful to visual students in middle school, high school, college, or beyond, who need to motivate themselves and control their own learning environment. Color-code notes with highlighters, colored pens/pencils, colored notecards, etc [see link below]. Recopy notes and information for tests and re-highlight, using your color code. Repeat at often as […]
  • #ThrowbackThursday: Visual Learners

    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As part of Visual Learning Week, we invite you to take a look back into the Guilt-Free Homeschooling archives. The gem we have selected as a supplement to this week’s focus is “Stealth Learning” Through Free Play for its ultra-sneaky approach to teaching in ways that look more like playing than learning. In fact, many […]
  • Most Misunderstood Trait of Visual Learners

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Visual learners really do need to watch something over and over before trying it themselves. They aren’t necessarily shy, withdrawn, introverted, uninterested, or not paying attention. They are learning visually. For further help on this topic, and to see the rest of the posts in the “Visual Learning Week” series, see this link: “Visual Learning” […]
  • #TakeMeBackTuesday: Visual Learners

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As part of Visual Learning Week, we invite you to read the Visual Learners excerpt from our book, Taking the Mystery Out of Learning Styles. This excerpt focuses on visual learning and explores some of the techniques that are useful in teaching students who are motivated by any opportunity to read, watch, study, and observe. […]
  • Top 10 Ways to Help Visual Learners

    23 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    These tips will be helpful for parents of younger visual students, who need help learning how to learn. Allow him to watch demonstrations over and over until he is confident in attempting to do it himself. Don’t push him to participate until he is ready, and don’t mistake his learning style for shyness. Use bright […]
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    Why Homeschool

  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up

    Henry Cate
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Sara is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at The HSBA.The carnival starts with:---------- The Homeschool Post is happy to host this week's Carnival of Homeschooling.  We're continuing our month-long focus on building character in our children.  Homeschooling is about more than just academics - it is a lifestyle of learning with an emphasis on strong character.  How do you encourage your children to make good choices and to think critically?  In a culture sadly lacking in good role models, how do we point out positive examples of good character?----------Enjoy!
  • I am grateful for homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    As the organizer for the Carnival of Homeschooling I try each week to submit a post to the weekly carnival. So far out of 433 I think I’ve missed less than 15 carnivals. Sometimes I find it a challenge to come up with an interesting topic for the weekly post. Today I was riding the train home from work and I started brainstorming about various possible topics related to homeschooling. A couple times the thought came to me about how grateful I was that we were able to homeschool.I am very grateful that my children didn’t grow up in a pack minded government school where they were taught to…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be held at The HSBA Post.This will be the 434th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.Oh, it looks like Blog Carnival is having trouble again so it is best to mail it to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.comAs 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.
  • Pretty sad - public school teacher puts out a hit on one of her students

    Henry Cate
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:13 pm
    A kid bad mouths a teacher and she arranges for some other students to beat him up.Teacher who ‘ordered a hit’ on 7th grader gets fired starts with:----------Florida’s St. Lucie County School Board officially fired veteran teacher Dru Dehart after their investigation found that she encouraged six 8th grade students to beat up 7th grader Radravious Williams, WPTV NewsChannel 5 reports. The incident occurred on March 20, 2013 and was caught on a Northport K-8 school surveillance camera. Footage shows the teacher pointing to the victim, instructing the students to go after him. Williams is…
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The thousand flowers edition

    Henry Cate
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Mama Squirrel is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Dewey's Treehouse.She starts the carnival with:----------This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is inspired by Spunky Homeschool's post Common Core Curriculum is coming. "Time is short. School districts are scrambling. Tests are coming. The situation is 'near-impossible,'" Spunky warns. She also refers to a study in Education Week where curriculum researchers state, "Letting a thousand flowers bloom isn't consistent with ensuring that all teachers are using high-quality and well-aligned…
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  • Adventures in dressmaking

    30 Mar 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I’ve been on a dress kick lately – not that I’ve been wearing any recently (too cold) but I have been thinking about it since last summer. I bought the Oolong dress pattern from Colette – they are not wrong, their patterns are indeed beautifully printed. I found the shipping to be steep but only ordered one pattern. It pretty much double the price, so I wonder if 2 or 3 or even 4 patterns could have been shipped at that rate. That being said, totally worth it, gorgeous patterns, well made, beautifully instructed. I really admired the total package. Of course, I…
  • This is where my title goes if I had one

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    It’s Friday afternoon and I’m on my half day. I’m too tired to do much though. Sitting in bed with Netflix on my big 42″ tv sounds like a great plan right about now. I’ve been taking a screenprinting class, which is great but it;s like 2.5 hours of setup and prep work for maybe 3 minutes of actual printing. The good part is we are getting to the industrial type of screenprinting with photo emulsion. I like that a lot better. I’d show you what I did but it’s for a top secret project I don’t want leaked yet, sorry. There were so many storms that…
  • Sew for victory!

    20 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
    In an effort to jump start my blog a little, I decided to post my progress in Lucky Lucille’s Sew for Victory sew along. Basically, I had a pattern already picked out from the 40′s and had the fabric on hand. I’ve been meaning to sew up this dress for a while now, and this was the perfect excuse! The pattern is Simplicity … , which I bought at a yard sale a very long time ago. It was in a paper bag with maybe 6 other patterns. For a DOLLAR. I have made this pattern before, back in the late nineties. Then, I used a black knit with tiny white polka dots, picked the long…
  • Allergies

    26 Jan 2014 | 8:06 am
    I’ve had allergies all my life. Just the usual – pollen, pets, dust. The time we went to England and I stayed in a room with my aunt, one morning from her bed she said, “You just sneezed 27 times in a row. I counted.” Finally, I decided to do something about it because I realized a little hazily how much it affected my daily life. I tried a few different OTC allergy meds and the one that wrks the best for me is Claritin. It says 24 hour but it does wear off. Anything stronger than that make my ADD get worse, so the trade off of less sneezing and nose running and…
  • Up to the usual

    13 Jan 2014 | 8:03 am
    Since last we met, with my blue hair, the overall consensus is it looks pretty good. Every time I wash it I get blue suds. Oddly, I haven’t had any public comments about my hair. I get plenty when I have two or more different colors though. Mostly in the last week we worked then watched tv at night. We got off-schedule with the groceries and went in the middle of the week. Oh noes! It’s thrown us completely off. Thursday I picked up Sarah, went uptown to pick up a parcel for her and then we scooted over to Addison & Kaytlyn’s to babysit. Mom and Dad went out for much…
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • I've been hovering.

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    I talked about how homeschooling is all done and I'm ready to move forward, but am I really, really, ready to move forward?  I honestly and truly want to help them navigate their way through college. When I was in college, I wasn't exactly first generation in my family, but I was the first person to not go to the college down the road. I was the first person to strike out on my own, and the first person to live with roommates, and the first person to not get financial aid, and so I had to also work my way through college. I amassed a lot of information during that time, and I made a lot…
  • Don't judge me bro

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    It blows my mind, how many laws, rules, and regulations us homeschoolers impose on one another. This may sound... Is... Trivial, but a blog argument going on right now is the state of dress, or undress of homeschoolers. This particular post is over at HEDUA homeschooling site and is titled, "homeschoolers please put your cloths on", or something like that. Apparently, the writer doesn't like the sterotype that homeschoolers learn I'm their pjs, and are out to shame us himechoolers into wearing respectable clothing, while in our homes, teaching our kids.  Well, I failed this one, and…
  • A snapshot of things to come.

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:49 pm
    What an adventure!  So daughter and I went to NY for her college spring break.  I don't know how many times I have left to get her all to myself, so I grabbed onto this opportunity while she is still under 18.We saw Lion King, and If/Then, a new play starring Idina Menzel (Adele Dazeem per John Travolta).  We also met with some friends, had dinner with my dad, and shopped until we literally dropped.The thing that stood out to the most in my week with my daughter who is 3/4 of the way through her freshman year in college is that she is all grown up.  She makes decisions…
  • Things that make me really mad...

    11 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    People who don't give themselves enough time to get where they are going, so they speed and harass people like me who drive speed limit.Guys who sag their pants... especially to the degree where their entire behinds are above their belt line.  I'm not talking about 2, 3, 4, or even 6 inches below the natural waist.  I'm talking 12-18 inches.  STOP IT.People who exxagerate the truth for political or social gain.  People who believe these exaggerations.People who re-victimize victims.It's been quite a week.  Taking my darling girl on vacation to see some NY shows.
  • OH, lookout! The SAT is changing!

    6 Mar 2014 | 7:29 am
    So the SAT is changing. Changes include returning to the old 1600 scale, making the essay optional, losing the penalty for wrong answers, changing up the English section to be more knowledge based than IQ based, and taking away the calculator for certain sections.  So, it may be time to toss out all those old SAT study guides, because they are probably rendered useless. My kids are through this phase of life so there is a bit of relief there. However, I don't really see the changes as bad. Schools stopped paying attention to the essay years ago and have effectively graded kids on a…
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    By Sun and Candlelight

  • Easter, 2014 ~ Light, Love, Joy!

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
     Well, good Wednesday morning, my friends ... long time no see! So I took my little Easter "break," and then right when I was ready to jump back in and start blogging again - Typepad crashed! And boy did it crash hard. Hoping they have it all worked out now ... so fingers crossed, everyone! But enough with techy first-world problems, I hope you all had a nice weekend and a lovely Easter Sunday. Ours was wonderful - so good to spend time with family and friends - and as usual, I took a ridiculous amount of pictures so I'd like to share them here if I may. …
  • Easter Blessings, One and All!

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Happy (Holy) Thursday, my friends! I am popping in this morning to wish you all a lovely Easter weekend ... and to let you know I'm going to take a short break from blogging for the next several days. I'll be back next week of course, and I am sure we'll have plenty to talk about. :)  Just a quick "editioral" note though - I'll not be running Kitchen Chat on Monday - we'll pick back up on Monday, April 28th with the theme of, "Cookbooks." And if you are interested, please consider sending me a photo of your cookbook collection when you have a…
  • Wordless {Spring} Wednesday

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
  • Where is Your Nature Shelf?

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    My friends, it's been a long, long winter ... and seeing tiny blossoms and greening grass in our yard makes my heart so happy I can hardly express it! Yesterday, it was quite warm here - over 70, I think - and the wind was gusting so wildly ... I imagined it sweeping all the winter dust and debris away. I still have yet to establish a permanent nature shelf in our new house ... I can't seem to make up my mind where I want it to be. For now - now that we have "treasures" to add to it - I have set up a make-shift nature shelf on the kitchen windowsill where the cats generally…
  • Kitchen Chat, Week Seven: Easter!

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    Good Monday morning, my friends! Now, with this being Holy Week, I would love to talk about Easter this week ... so my questions today will center on this simple question: How do you celebrate Easter in your home? I'm a bit under the weather this morning, so let me get right to those questions! ☕️ Where do you celebrate the holiday? Do you host a dinner (or brunch)? What special activities do you look forward to most? What foods mean Easter to you? Are they connected with fond memories from childhood? And how about we wander into the next room for a moment, what is your Easter…
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    Dewey's Treehouse

  • Carnivals and more this week (and a note that we will be hosting again)

    Mama Squirrel
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    The HSBA Post hosts this week's Carnival of Homeschooling: The Building Character Edition.At Fisher Academy International, the latest Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival is up, based on the chapter "Some Unconsidered Aspects of Religious Training."According to the schedule, our blog is the alternate host for the next CM Blog Carnival, so (unless someone else is filling in the blank), we will be picking up the same topic in two weeks.And if you ever wanted to ride in a horse-drawn caravan and see wombats on your vacation, you will be downright envious of Jeanne's Peaceful Day post "Living a…
  • Only in homeschool...

    Mama Squirrel
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Why is teaching Dollygirl such a unique experience?Because only Dollygirl could take a science lesson on the food chain and spend most of it discussing the fact that cows eat producersand lions eat consumers.
  • Math, how it's going, and Heather's helpful math post

    Mama Squirrel
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Heather at To Sow a Seed has a good homeschool math post this week.  That might not sound like enough to get you to click over there, but trust me, she has some important things to say both about math and about homeschooling.Right now Dollygirl is doing a mixture of Saxon Algebra 1/2 (2nd edition), Key to Geometry, and Balance Benders; also Money Matters by Larry Burkett, but that is more consumer education and citizenship than math.I know how you're supposed to do Saxon.  That's not how we're doing it.  That would be exactly how to make Dollygirl never want to do math…
  • Back yard nature

    Mama Squirrel
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It's gray and windy, but the wind isn't cold now, it's just spring wind.The robin was back on our porch again, ready for attempt number two or three at building a nest over the light.  I watched him (I think it was a him) fly back and forth a few times with clumps of dried grass, messing around, kind of stomping and flapping the stuff down, flying off for more.  I hated to have to tell him that the eviction notice would be posted as soon as Mr. Fixit got home from his errands.Just then a gust of wind blew the half-made nest to the ground, and the robin (intuitively?) did not…
  • Quote for the day: Work or play?

    Mama Squirrel
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    "The Parents' Review School, in its workings, clearly demonstrates that, instead of work and play being diametrically opposed, they may supplement and stimulate each other, and that work can yield such healthy interest that its results may be seen in an added zest to play. And may we not believe that a lesson which has been translated into play is a lesson assimilated? "When the story of the Dauntless Three [that's "Horatius at the Bridge"] has been rehearsed upon a narrow railway bridge; when the story of the "Caudine Forks" [probably referring to what they had read in Mrs.
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    Project Based Homeschooling

  • Small Wins Wednesday: Great kid mentors

    Lori Pickert
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Turning the play kitchen into a workbench with Grandpa Dave Every Wednesday we share a small win from the forum, Twitter, the Facebook page, or (with the writer’s permission) from the mail bag. Carrie shared a great win on her blog about her young son’s experience being treated seriously and respectfully at the hardware store: “I’n a go get my TOOLS!” And he was off at a run again, this time back up the street. Ryan grinned when he saw Hawk. “You’re back.” He placed the screwdriver and hammer on the counter. “You still want these?” “Yup.” Hawk handed over the…
  • PBH master class enrolling now — limited space available!

    Lori Pickert
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    We are now enrolling the new PBH Master Class. It runs from May 5 through June 15 (six weeks) and costs $120. Please go here to read the class description, testimonials from former students, and enroll if you are interested. We’ve already done early-bird enrollment so space is limited! If the timing isn’t right for you, you can join the early-bird announcement list for the next class. (No dates have yet been set.) Thank you! Tags: News
  • Heads up: Next master class begins enrolling in one week!

    Lori Pickert
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    “This class is outstanding…” “…so much more and better than what I had even hoped for…” “I feel so much more confident and hopeful and like I am making progress and moving forward…” “It has been the push I needed to take our Project-Based Homeschooling to a whole new level.” Hey guys, just a heads-up that we will begin enrolling the next master class a week from today and it will run May 5 through June 15. If you are on the early announcement list, then you will get the chance to enroll a few days earlier! Description of the class and testimonials from previous…
  • What I’ve been reading: Deeper learning and moving past education as job placement

    Lori Pickert
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:26 am
    “One of the most important things we do for our children is to present them with a version of adult life that is appealing and worth striving for.” — Madeline Levine, Teach Your Children Well: Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More than Grades, Trophies, or “Fat Envelopes” Reading and loving Madeline Levine’s book quoted above. It certainly resonates with PBH: “[C]hildren must have the time and energy to become truly engaged in learning, explore and develop their interests, beef up their coping skills, and craft a sense of self that feels real, enthusiastic, and capable.”…
  • Small Wins Wednesday: Conquering Fears and Making a Difference

    Lori Pickert
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:20 am
    Alma working Every Wednesday we share a small win from the forum, Twitter, the Facebook page, or (with the writer’s permission) from the mail bag. Alma has been working on a baking project for several months. Recently we had a dilemma. She would love to bake every day. But it costs money. And if we eat it all we would grow very fat. She didn’t feel confident enough to sell to strangers, and she didn’t want to talk about prices to people. Baking once a week wasn’t enough for her. I suggested baking very small things, but that doesn't work for every recipe. She likes to bring…
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    The Common Room

  • Home-Made Toy

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Because I feel the need to think happy thoughts.=) Original here
  • Grad Speech

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Excellent graduation speech here, fewer than 400 words.
  • I’m Angry, and I’m Getting Angrier

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    The late Bobby McFerrin, better known for the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” wrote a very different song that has been going through my head the last couple of days.  It’s called “I’m Angry,” or ‘Gima’.  I have it on a CD I’ve owned for probably 20 years, but probably haven’t listened to for at least 10, yet the last couple of days the refrain keeps going through my head, “I’m mad, I’m mad.  I’m angry…” You can listen to part of it here at Amazon:  Angry (Gima)  It’s got this…
  • Good Books and Stories Build Character

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    I am weary of seeing this subject of education always treated as if “education” only meant teaching children to write or to cipher or to repeat the catechism. Real education, the education which alone should be compulsory means nothing of the kind. It means teaching children to be clean, active, honest, and useful.- John Ruskin “Real education certainly is a spiritual as well as an intellectual process. It certainly does mean guiding children to see clearly the distinction between good and evil, right and wrong, moving them deeply with sympathy for the good and repugnance…
  • Why Doesn’t She Tell?

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    “Why does she not tell immediately? The two things that keep women quiet when we should speak up about a sex crime are fear that we will not be believed and fear that we will be publicly shamed as enticing, consenting, or otherwise complicit. These fears can be extremely magnified when the report is expected to be national news and the offender is powerful and influential. If these allegations are true, it is hard to imagine a case wherein a woman in her early 20′s would feel much more intimidated. Sometimes it takes time to feel ready to endure the disbelief, the blame, the shame,…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Revolutionary Women, Picture Books, and Bad Impressions

    Karen Edmisten
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Because Ramona and I will never be too old for picture books, and because we are all about the Revolutionary war this year, we recently read these:Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything  by Maira Kalman.Thumbs up from Ramona for the pursuit of everything in this one: the illustrations, the humor, the tidbits of information about the ever-fascinating Thomas Jefferson.(Quick heads up: if you have very young children, please be aware that the book briefly addresses his relationship with Sally Hemmings.)Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies This one covered…
  • Happy Easter Monday! (And Our Sunday Visitor Is Having a Sale!)

    Karen Edmisten
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    OSV, the publisher of Deathbed Conversions, is running an Easter sale on the book! You can go here to find the paperback for just $9.00 (a price that will expire on May 16th.)OSV is also sponsoring a giveaway of five copies of Deathbed Conversions. Until May 16th, I'm taking comments on this post. On May 17th, I'll draw the names of five winners. Our Sunday Visitor will send out copies to the winners. (If winners would like signed bookplates, I'll send those.)When you leave a comment on the contest post, please be sure to leave your name and be sure to check back here on May 17th to find…
  • Christ is Risen!

    Karen Edmisten
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Bouguereau, "The Three Marys at the Tomb"He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 
  • Benedict Caterpillar-batch and Other Things on Holy Saturday

    Karen Edmisten
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    We've been making Lenten caterpillars for a long time, and this year was no exception. What was a little different this year was that when Anne-with-an-e joined us for a bit of family craftiness, she decided to change things up a Cumber-bit.Her caterpillar -- second from left, above -- has a rather Sherlockian face, no? Betsy and Ramona thought she stepped outside the bounds of caterpillar rubrics, but I thought a caterpillar with the face of a high-functioning sociopath (do your research!) was inspired.~~~~~~~~~~Holy Thursday was beautiful, tear-inducing. Good Friday, too. I watched The…
  • Even Though My Triduum Won't Be Kidterrupted, This Might Be Helpful to Someone

    Karen Edmisten
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    It's been a long time since I had that feeling -- the Triduum Kidterrupted feeling -- but it might have been just last year for you. If that's the case, I hope this helps. (I first ran this post in 2008, when my girls were 14, 11, and 5.)Here it is:~~~~~~~~~~I keep thinking about the idea that we envision a certain thing -- in this case, a certain thing about Holy Week and how it will, or should, play out -- and then we don't get what we wanted. We either don't get it at all, or we get some altered version of it, or we get frustrated with the final result.Now that I've been through 13 Holy…
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    Heart of the Matter

  • Spring Fever?

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Spring has sprung and it is a wonderful time to enrich your homeschool. Get outside and enjoy the warmth. Look at the birds, the flowers, and the trees. Smell the fresh air. Breathe anew.  Spring has always been my favorite season and it is a wonderful time to homeschool. The year is coming to a...
  • 7 Surprising Benefits of Standardized Testing

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Do you hate giving your kids tests? Do your kids hate taking those tests? Even if you don’t love standardized tests, they do bring some surprising benefits to homeschool families! Now understand, I’m not a big proponent of tests myself, and we only used tests in about half of our classes when we homeschooled. However,...
  • Going through Storms

    Mary Kate Warner
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    The “storms” in our lives are sort of like the weather. We can feel like our insides are full of lightning and thunder and wind. We can feel like a problem might drown us. Everyone has storms in their lives. But Jesus calmed the storm at sea, and he can calm storms in our lives. Let’s take...
  • Finish Strong

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    It’s that time of year again. We are all but finished—with only a few weeks standing between us and the end of our homeschooling year. However, if you are like me, you may feel more like a bruised up runner limping across the finish line than a steady jogger—pacing along to victory.  With the end...
  • 12 Days with Dr. Ruth Beechick – Science to Match the Bible

    Lori Lane
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This series originally appeared in May of 2012 on The End in Mind. Science to Match the Bible Chapter three of Dr. Beechick’s A Biblical Home Education deals with the teaching of science and the foundation upon which we teach that particular subject.  In the first few pages of this chapter, Dr. Beechick makes two comments that...
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  • Prom dress.

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Yesterday, we found and brought home a prom dress.  It is cream.  It has seven different layers of skirts and is very poufy and princess-y.  When we were looking at it, I had the idea to add a blue layer.  Here it is with the blue fabric just draped on it as layer 2.  What do you think? We have a good seamstress at the ready.
  • Math stuff

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    My daughter is trying to get done with school sooner so she can go ahead and graduate, so she's doing school on the weekends.  Last night she left her math materials laid out so neatly, I was inspired to take a picture of it. 
  • Happy Easter!

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
  • Some better days.

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    I'm not entirely sure why but I have been less tearful lately.  If I really think about it though, I guess I can figure it out.  I'm getting used to the job and not as stressed about that, the last 2 visits with mom have been pretty good, it's spring and I am feeling somewhat better physically (not great, but better), I got to spend some quality time with my friends this week, so all of that helps.  Oh how it helps.   Friday schooling is progressing at it's usual pace, with the boy having procrastinated all week as usual and the girl who did procrastinate somewhat but is…
  • This, that and the other things. Random thoughts.

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    We're in the Carnival of Homeschooling this week! I forgot to sign out on the new timeclock system from work yesterday and it logged that I had been working all night.  Fun times.Also, speaking of work, I had all kinds of computer issues yesterday and had to call the help desk because everything was highlighted in blue, everything, and I could not navigate through the document or type anything.  The help desk guy said he'd never seen anything like it.  I like to be different.I went to see mom last night and we had a good visit.  One of the residents there, who has been…
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • A mathematical fib

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    Did you know it's Math Awareness Month (MAM)? The website for MAM features a neat calendar which is filled with tricks, magic, and mystery for each day of April.You'll find knots, Möbius bands, infinity, spirals, tricks, and more :)For example, check out the card trick A Few Little Fibs and how it's based on mathematics: I'm ready to wow my girls. :)
  • Giveaway - Math Mammoth!

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    It is time for a giveaway for my own products (Math Mammoth)! 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…
  • Fraction lessons updated

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    These fraction lessons on my site have been updated! They are complete lessons with varying exercises and word problems, and give you a great preview to my books Math Mammoth Fractions 1 and Math Mammoth Fractions 2.Understanding fractionsA fractional part of group Mixed numbersFractions to mixed numbers and vv.Adding like fractionsEquivalent fractionsAdding unlike fractions 1Adding unlike fractions 2: Finding the common denominatorAdding mixed numbersSubtracting mixed numbersSubtracting mixed numbers 2Measuring in inchesComparing fractions Simplifying fractionsMultiply fractions by…
  • Giveaways at Educents

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Educents is celebrating their 1-year anniversary... with a SLEW of giveaways! You will want to see this -- dozens on giveaways on the same page (including one for Math Mammoth)!
  • Grading tests and math homework

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:27 am
    A few days ago I got a question from Jennifer concerning GRADING a child's math work, and I think it's a good question! How do recommend that parents grade when using Math Mammoth? Should I score every assignment? Or just tests? Before we pulled our children out of public school, only tests were being counted for their grade. What do you recommend? Thanks Jennifer I don't actually give any exact grading recommendations regarding Math Mammoth but leave it up to parents/teachers. I do include a grading rubric for the tests, but that's all.Personally, I feel that grading needs to be such that it…
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    A Holy Experience

  • Unlock Your Marriage? The Daily Vow of a 10 Second Kiss for Wedded Bliss [The Conscious Coupling Series]

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    So when you come to me and tell me that one of the kid locked the keys in your truck — again — I see how your shoulders sag. How life wears at a man, weighs at a man. We do that, you and I. We let the bulk of the details of a life press us down, drag us down. The vet came last week Thursday. You had a production report to finish. Unopened bills stack on the desk by the phone with it’s blinking messages demanding answers. One of the kids is emotionally imploding. It’s taped to the one chalkboard: “Jesus answered them, Do not grumble among yourselves.” This is hard. There are 3 kids…
  • The Truth You’ve Got To Know About After Easter

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    That first call was from the hospital. Right about the cracking dawn on Resurrection Sunday, her whispering on the other end of the line. Two weeks so far. Not that we all aren’t counting or anything. Who knows how many more weeks my sister has in front of her, how many more clattering hospital trays of soggy toast and watery jello and runny eggs? Takes about 40 weeks to unfurl the plumped soul of a baby. She’s got about 9 more weeks to pass of laying there in the stiffness of a dead woman, not moving, so she can birth a life. Strange, how bed rest can make it sore hard to find the rest…
  • What the ‘In Need’ People Really Need, Indeed… [Holy Week: 7]

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    And all the people in need, in desperate need, in broken need, whisper it like a breaking dawn in the dark, He is risen indeed, indeed, indeed. and the cornerstone of Christianity is this rotting cell sparking, a heart valve quivering in the pitch, a beetle scratching in the black while convex chest cavity shudders, sunken death inflating with His hot breath, atoms of the second Adam recreating resurrecting all the impossible things and the universe.   Can you feel it, within, in your darkest places? He is alive! And in us! (Consider pausing the music in the left sidebar in the very…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [04.19.14]

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A photographic celebration of new life: day by day. Beautiful. What she does? And her smile? No. Words. Zoey and Jasper. More than just beautiful faces. This story is amazing. The artist? The medium? You aren’t going to believe this   Gather the family? A must see. {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} Who would have  thought this hope out of the Boston Marathon?  1 year later How one extraordinary educator works first to build an emotional bond with her students Smiling through tears at this dream come true. {Consider turning…
  • When You’re Tired of Being Torn: Why He Came [ Holy Week: Good Friday ]

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Our Pastor calls to ask if I’d do one of a few dramatic monologues for Good Friday service— a moment through the eyes of the mother of Jesus? So I write down words… and imagine the mother of our Lord… fingering the bloody tunic of her Son. Son…. Son of God… Son of mine… God. Why? From the beginning I have watched and I have listened and I have pondered all these things quiet in my heart — but now I have to ask: why? Why didn’t You come down from that Cross in all Your power and Glory? Why didn’t You blind the chief priests with Your divine…
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    Natural Born Learners

  • Keeping a record of what they learn

    beatrice ekoko
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    When my teens were younger, our family produced a weekly radio program called Radio Free School. It was a weekly show by, for an about home based learning. It ran from 2002 to 2008 from out of our local campus radio station (CFMU 93.3 FM McMaster). It was carried internationally by other campus radio stations. You can still hear it if you'd like over at the archives at and search Radio Free School.Many of you know that the book Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education is a collection of essays derived largely from that part of the show were we interviewed…
  • How does this work? And then..?

    beatrice ekoko
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    My nephew explains to me how his solar powered toy helicopter works: "When the sun shines bright, the energy goes into the battery," he shows me. "And that goes through the wires into the propellors and they start turning..."He describes to me an "invention" he is working on--it has to do with collecting rain water for a shower.On the trampoline outside, while we enjoy the physicality of bouncing up and down for the sheer fun of it, my nephew points out to me that when we jump down, the springs of the trampoline are stretched and pulled down and when we jump up, they are released.This kid…
  • Cheap Unschooling

    beatrice ekoko
    30 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Time after time, I hear people saying that they can't afford to unschool. The concern is that it's too expensive to pay for lessons (that at public school are often free). Supplies are too expensive, going to fun places is prohibitive.I understand. Expenses can seem insurmontable. The thing is, if you think that way, you are getting ahead of yourself. You are also setting yourself up for failure.What's needed is a change in mindset. In this post, I am offering ways to think about unschooling and its innate opportunities--that make unschooling a great choice, even when you don't have a lot of…
  • I think I want to unschool. Where do I begin?

    beatrice ekoko
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:07 am
    Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Ivan Illich."I think I want to unschool. Where do I begin? What do I do?"What do you do? That's easy. Pick up my new book. Joking. Not. But really, the first thing to do after the shivers of excitement have run their course and you're now filled with trepidation and self-doubt is --not do. Anything drastic, that is. But do remember to breathe. In. Out. Calm. Go for a walk. Take a long bath. Breathe some more. Go look out the window. Go outside.The Weekend AttitudeTo…
  • Still giving it away: Tweet for a chance to win your copy!

    Hamilton Climate Challenge
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Tweet for a chance to win one of 2 copies of Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education. Click on this link for more information: to Brian Ricks for inviting me on his show,  a weekly podcast that focuses on resources for parents new to home based learning.You can listen to the interview here:iTunes:
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    Unschooling Site News,

  • Not on my site, but me:

    Sandra Dodd
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Homeschooling: Cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos a tomar decisionesStreamed live on 22 Apr 2014Sandra Dodd e Yvonne Laborada hablan de que dejar a nuestros hijos tomar decisiones, si es que a nosotros no se nos dió esa oportunidad, puede ser sanador para nosotros como padres, También se habla de que tomar decisiones empodera, del peligro de pensar que "tienen que..." o "no tienen más remedio que ...", de si realmente toman decisiones o si actuan según el ambiente familiar, de educar sin escuela (homeschooling, unschooling…)
  • Overuse of the word "addiction"; mind and awareness; recovery

    Sandra Dodd
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Colleen Prieto wrote a lovely response about addiction, and I saved it, about a third of the way down: writing, many authors, on cognition and learning: from childhood trauma, top of this page, new by Karen James:
  • Fears, looking at and overcoming them

    Sandra Dodd
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    I left a set of three links in a discussion and discovered one of them had never been annouced here, and is not in the randomizer:Fear, overcoming, called "fears," is in the randomizer and was announced in 2011, but here it is again: a page about letting go of fear and control regarding food, with something new by Karen James: is in the randomizer at, but hadn't been announced here.)
  • Chat transcript: Learning from our children

    Sandra Dodd
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Marta has edited the chat from February 26, when the topic was Learning from Our Kids is now associated with a web page which was announced a bit back, but I'll include it again: image is a link.
  • Facts change, skepticism, protecting children (and integrity)

    Sandra Dodd
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Sometimes facts change. It's a comfort to accept that. working on a follow-up to the Texas Unschoolers Conference in Austin (to be announced later)I linked a page on skepticism for them. It was first announced here in 2006, and added to in 2011. led to a page called "Protect Your Children." the /protect page has a disclaimer that changes the nature of the information in an interesting way.(and the image is a link)
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    Sandra Dodd

  • A couple of fibs, from Australians

    Sandra Dodd
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    A guy on a show about advertisements said that Australia was the premier vacation destination for Americans. I hadn't heard many people I know talk about Australia. Marty would. Keith used to want to visit New Zealand. I know half a dozen people who've visited Australia, and I'm 60. My guess would have been Europe—UK, Italy.Turns out it's Hawaii, then Europe, then Australia. Or it was recently, and it was in 2008.Hawaii Tops List of Dream Vacation Destinations (report of a Gallup Poll in 2006)And the first link I found is why I knew there WAS such a Gallup poll. Where Americans Want To…
  • Windmilk, windmild...

    Sandra Dodd
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:40 am
    I have no explanation.
  • Bush Stone-curlew and Hills Hoist

    Sandra Dodd
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:21 pm
    In Kuranda, I was called out of the building afterwards to see some birds. I took photos.They looked at first glance like road runners. Not that I thought they were, but that's the first bird they reminded me of. Not their posture, and not their eyes, but something about their shape and movement and coloring. But that's probably mostly because I'm not a bird person, so all of you who see the 45 ways in which they are NOTHING like road runners, feel free to know how very little I know about birds.But guess what I know about now?I showed the photos to Caroline, of my host family in Mount…
  • More lorikeets

    Sandra Dodd
    8 Mar 2014 | 10:15 pm
    This is normal, at Schuyler's house, for birds to be at the feeder—usually two at a time. There are some photos of different kinds of birds here:
  • Over the mountains

    Sandra Dodd
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Tuesday, March 4, we went here:MurwillumbahMurwillumbah is a town located in far north-eastern New South Wales, Australia in the Tweed Shire. It lies on the Tweed River, 848 km north-east of Sydney, 13 km south of the Queensland border and 132 km south of Brisbane. WikipediaWe went to an op shop, and a shop selling importa and local artist' things, and books. We ate in an interesting little restaurant on the old main street. The salads had something none of us recognized, and we were guessing it to be a kind of cucumber, maybe. The waitress said they are "mouse melon," and she had never known…
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  • Carnival of Homeschooling: The Thousand Flowers Edition

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Dewey’s Treehouse is hosting this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling: The Thousand Flowers Edition Carnival of Homeschooling: The Thousand Flowers Edition This week’s Carnival of Homeschooling is inspired by Spunky Homeschool’s post Common Core Curriculum is coming. “Time is short. School districts are scrambling. Tests are coming. The situation is ‘near-impossible,’” Spunky warns. She also refers to a study in Education Week where curriculum researchers state, “Letting a thousand flowers bloom isn’t consistent with ensuring…
  • Boost Your Likability with These 4 Easy Steps

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Blog Buzz: Boost Your Likability with These 4 Easy Steps via Kathy Davis, FNP I work with a challenging population: those recovering from opiate addiction.  Most have mental health illnesses, in addition to a myriad of other serious diseases. I see people for the first time, others I have seen year after year. No … Continue reading Read more at Kathy Davis, FNP…
  • Common Core Curriculum is Coming

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Blog Buzz: Common Core Curriculum is Coming via SpunkyHomeSchool Fordham produced a series of reports after examining the districts considered to be "early implementers" of the Common Core. Their findings published in "Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementer" are predictable and set the stage for a call for common curricula to go with the Common Core, the desired goal all along. Take particular note of #3 and #4: This up-closeRead more at SpunkyHomeSchool…
  • Carnival of Homeschooling – The Homeschooling & Farms Edition

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is at: Petticoat Government With spring finally here–although I fully expect some more snow before the month is out because that's just how weather is in Colorado–for this Carnival of Homeschooling, I thought I'd look at intersections of homeschooling and farming.  Many parents, homeschooling or not, have a strong desire to teach their children about nature in-depth. My father liked to take us hiking, and my parents had us children grow a garden and raise chickens. One year we even raised a steer in our backyard for a while. He…
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Blog Buzz: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea via Homeschool Chicks Read more at Homeschool Chicks…
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    The History of the (Whole) World

  • Writing, writing, writing

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

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

    7 Jan 2014 | 10:22 am
    I feel no further words are necessary…
  • Thanks, Belgium!

    19 Nov 2013 | 8:51 am
    So this popped up this morning in my news feeder. It’s this week’s Top Ten Audiobook History Downloads on iTunes: Hey, I’m number 8! But only in Belgium. I’m really curious now…and, perhaps, planning a trip to Brussels…
  • Publication day, sort of.

    22 Sep 2013 | 8:46 am
    Folks, tomorrow is the Official Publication Day for The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople. …Which means nothing. Publication day is a publishing myth. By the time publication day dawns, physical copies of the book have been floating around for weeks. Booksellers are theoretically supposed to wait until “publication day” to put books on sale, but unless the book covers an incredibly timely current-events topic or is written by J. K. Rowling, they don’t usually bother. Even though the “official…
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    The Thinking Mother

  • It's Crawfish Season

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    You gotta love Texas!At lunchtime in front of the grocery store they had a crawfish boil going on.Taken: 4/19/14copyright 2005-2009 The Thinking Mother
  • Leafing Out Time

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    These photos were taken in my yard on March 18, 2014. The leaves were just leafing out then. Sweetgums:Water Oak:Happy Spring!copyright 2005-2009 The Thinking Mother
  • Article Link: Part 2 How To Get a Job At Google

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Article: How To Get a Job At Google Part 2by: Thomas FriedmanPublished in: The New York Timeson: 4/19/2014Notes:They want grit. "I told that student they are much better off being a B student in computer science than an A+ student in English because it signals a rigor in your thinking and a more challenging course load. That student will be one of our interns this summer.”"...the first thing Google looks for “is general cognitive ability — the ability to learn things and solve problems,” he said. In that vein, “a knowledge set that will be invaluable is the ability to…
  • Article Link: How To Get a Job At Google Part 1

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Article: How To Get a Job At Google Part 1by: Thomas FriedmanPublished in: The New York Timeson: 2/22/2014From part one:"Google had determined that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. ... We found that they don’t predict anything.” He also noted that the “proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time” — now as high as 14 percent on some teams."They value, in order most important to least:1. general cognitive ability and curiosity2. leadership skills or signs of emergent leadership abilities3.
  • Sauteed Beech Mushrooms

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    These are organic beech mushrooms. I simply sauteed them in olive oil with salt and pepper, in our cast iron skillet.I only started eating mushrooms about four months ago. I was on a mushroom obsession binge until my blood test revealed a 1+ food intolerance to mushrooms. Sigh. This dish was made before the blood test results were given. copyright 2005-2009 The Thinking Mother
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    Utterly Meaningless


    19 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    The local high school here finds itself in a bit of a jam: Parkersburg South’s wrestling season is over. But now the wrestling team is pinned over its tee shirts. South’s wrestling team has tee shirts that have a Bible verse on the back. It says “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13. The wrestlers wore those shirts during their most recent season. “Him” is usually translated “Christ.” If the kids were wearing the shirts as part of their uniforms, this would clearly be a violation of the Establishment…

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Let’s set Congressional salaries at 10x the federal minimum wage, annualized to 2080 hours. Right now, that’d require a pay cut from $174k to $150k/yr. If they raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hr, they’d get a hike to $210k/yr. I’d gladly make that trade.

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Eastern Analytical Symposium

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’m not sure if this is a Google Translation error, or the Chinese spammer who sent it is just nuts: When you see of pork chop, it means that roller coaster about grand piano trembles.

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    A few habaneros were enough to cause the evacuation of a school and the deployment of a HazMat team. Freakin’ wimpy habaneros. I have a huge bag of Trinidad Moruga Scorpions and Bhut Jolokias in my freezer. Those would devastate an entire county, I guess. Police cars and fire trucks surrounded Jefferson County Open School in Colorado Monday, as hazmat crews decontaminated students outside — spraying them down, fully clothed, in cordoned-off sections under a blue tent… Six habanero chili peppers caused this hot mess. Don’t tell Homeland Security, okay?
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    Pass The Torch

  • Octopus’s Garden – Book Review

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
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  • Passing the Torch

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I started this blog in 2006 and at the time I titled it “Pass the Torch” with the sincere commitment to use it to focus on how to build character in my kids and put them out into the world someday as adults I’m proud to have had influence upon. While they are not [...]
  • Zoom! Zoom! Sounds of Things that Go in the City – Review

    2 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
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  • South Africa – Tips Part II

    7 Feb 2014 | 5:16 am
    Here are a few more tips from our South African Adventure: Check the exchange rate When we visited South Africa in the summer of 2013 the exchange rate was 10 to 1, meaning we had a strong purchasing power with US dollars. While South Africans experience an expensive standard of living, with high costs for gas [...]
  • Family Adventure – South Africa

    12 Jan 2014 | 10:08 am
    This past summer our family traveled to South Africa and this is a list of tips that helped to make this a great adventure! Don’t assume the flights are too expensive We traveled in June-July and the roundtrip flight from Chicago to Johannesburg was just over $950. Flights to Capetown were significantly more expensive. We had [...]
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    Homeschool Journal Dot Net

  • Guess what we’re doing today?

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
      The weekend is supposed to be cold and wet, so Joe took a couple of days off so we could (hopefully) set all the posts for the new fence before the weather turns. We have 14 posts to set, and all but one of the holes are already drilled (we have to dig one of the holes by hand, it was too close to the existing front yard fence for the power auger) so I’m thinking we should be able to get it done.Gu  
  • Paper Planes

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    We got a cool book that has specially printed paper for making airplanes. It comes with instructions for 4 different designs. We made a few today
  • a practically perfect day…

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Yesterday was one of those days I wish I could preserve somehow and replay again from time to time.. It was not an exciting day… we just stayed home… but it was nice and restful (at least mentally!). The morning started with the guy who hauls away our manure coming out and hauling the manure and….drumroll please… pulling the last of the metal chain link fence posts out and drilling the holes for the new fence around the pumpkin patch! The very very good news is he didn’t hit any part of our septic system with the drilling… whew! The other good news is that…
  • Heavy school

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Bethany did some heavy school today because we’re going to be camping for the next two days in Ft. Collins. She finished her reading journal for Romeo and Juliet and took a quiz, she took two quizzes in science, a quiz in history and turned in her outline for her history research paper. This means that she will have less to do on Thursday and Friday, which is good because those days both have co-ops in the afternoon. The poem prompt for the day: Day 20 – pick a poet (any, although it says the 24 that every kid should know) and read 5 of their poems. Now write a poem about a…
  • ~Happy Monday~

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
      What makes me happy?   A jar of tulips blooming in the morning sun…  
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Throwback Thursday Stories: (in)RL #tbt

    Dawn Camp
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Saturday is the day for this year’s (in)RL conference! My house is in the middle of the I’m-about-to-have-company whirlwind; I even repainted a bathroom. {Do you nest like a woman in her 9th month of pregnancy when you invite company to your home?} I love this shot from (in)RL here last year. I set up a photo booth and props and we took silly photos. There’s nothing like a pair of fake glasses and a felt mustache to lighten the mood and bring on the smiles! Will you host or attend an (in)RL event this year? I’m linking up with my friend Jessica today for Throwback…
  • Happy Easter from My Family to Yours!

    Dawn Camp
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
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  • less of me, more of Him

    Dawn Camp
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    This Easter week I’ve pondered how much simpler and fuller my life would be if I focused less on me and more on Him. I stopped to shop for a new Easter dress for myself, then remembered I’m two days behind on my seven day Bible plan, which covers the final chapters of each of the four gospels. Last year I spent the weeks leading up to Easter re-reading all of the gospels (if you want to feel more intimately connected to Jesus Christ, I highly recommend it; although I’m always aware of his wisdom, I was reminded of his wit and his humanity) and this year I seem to be too busy…
  • Throwback Thursday: Classic Easter Photo

    Dawn Camp
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This 2005 Easter morning photo is a classic representation of motherhood, even though I’m not in it: mom plans the children’s clothing in meticulous detail—matching shoes and hairbands, coordinated outfits, nothing but the best—and just wants one photo to commemorate her efforts. {You moms know that I probably wore an old, un-ironed dress and didn’t have time to fix my own hair. This remains undocumented, because I’m not in any of the photos.} The kids want no part of it—too young to understand mom’s tireless efforts—except for the oldest (and you can…
  • Photoshop World Atlanta, Day 2 #PSW14

    Dawn Camp
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Today was the second of Photoshop World here in Atlanta (find the day 1 recap here), another great day of inspiration. My husband attended two sessions, visited the Expo Hall, and met some of my KelbyOne (formerly NAPP) buddies, which made it extra special for me. Here’s what I did: Session 1 Class: Thinking Outside the Box Instructor: Joel Grimes Track: Photoshop Skills I was a little late for this class, which started at 8:15 a.m. (that’s my perfect excuse), but I wish I’d seen the whole thing. He showed samples of stacking images in camera (like on this website) and…
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • Home based business for those who are looking for extra income and a business you can believe in!

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Start Living with Everyday Oils! I would like to invite today to start living a happier more vibrant life withYoung Living's 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils.  You will soon find more energy, peace and balance to support that healthier lifestyle you been striving for!  This lifestyle is not limited to you alone; share this information with the people to your care about it can make such a difference in their lives. People can purchase as both Customers and Distributors: Let me clarify for you what this means: Customer: You can order directly from Young Living and purchase all…
  • Need Help

    Sarah Herrera
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Has anyone used touch Math or Right Start Math? I'd love to hear your likes and dislikes. Also my daughter (7yr) has Audio Processing and Dyslexia she is also borderline ADD so we are needing a multi-sensory program that has repetition as her short term memory isn't strong due to seizures coming from that area of her brain as well as her LD's affecting her. We have already tried Math U See with her and it doesn't work for. Would love information on the programs I mentioned above or others. Thank you.
  • Moving....

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    My family will be moving to the Lancaster/Rock Hill, SC area. I am looking for other homeschoolers to connect with. Anyone out there? My daughter is 12 and my son is 10. My oldest daughter is in college. We have homeschooled for around 12+ years. We would be interested in groups or individual families. Thanks!
  • MCP Math

    Tiffany C.
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Thinking about moving from Alpha Omega Publishing  Math Lifepacs (used for levels 1-3) to Modern Curriculum Press Math (level 4).  Does anyone have any experience with it? I like most things about the Lifepacs; I'm just considering other options. Thanks for reading and responding.
  • Can you share your opinions and experiences with music lessons?

    Lauren Spavelko
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Hello mamas! My name is Lauren. I'm a professional musician, private teacher, and "roadschool" teacher. (Since October 2012, I have regularly toured with Tajci and homeschooled her three sons as we traveled all over the country performing concerts of Christian music.) I'm really passionate about sharing music with kids, fostering their creativity, and giving them a space to play and be themselves. My life has been made so much richer from my experience with the homeschooling community and my studio families. One thing I have noticed is that many of these families want music to be part of…
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

    Katie Glennon
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    April 23rd is William Shakespeare’s birthday! What better month to study Shakespeare and his influence on our literature and plays/movies and language than April, the month he was born! So many expressions that we use today or modern movie and television plots we watch now are because of Shakespeare and his plays from centuries ago. Amazing, isn’t it? Something so long ago still has an influence today? Studying Shakespeare doesn’t have to be a daunting or boring challenge. There are many books, audios and movies that bring Shakespeare alive for younger children and even…
  • Currclick Tangerine Tuesday Homeschool Curriculum Sale and Discount Coupon

    Katie Glennon
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Currclick is having a great sale starting Tuesday, March 11th and we are participating with a discount on all of our titles including our bundled nature study and nature notebooking page sets! You can receive even more off with the discount coupon code! Here is the link to the sale! Tangerine Tuesday Sale   And here is the info! Get 40-70% off already low prices from Tuesday, March 11th – Tuesday, March 18th. Plus, take an extra 10% off sale prices by using the code “tangerinetuesday” at checkout! Happy shopping! Tagged: currclick, curriculum discount, curriculum sale, discount…
  • Celebrate Pi Day!

    Katie Glennon
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:17 am
    If this is the first time visiting our site, please read our Welcome page to get an idea of what you can find throughout this website and enjoy our other offerings while you are here. Celebrate Pi Day with these Activities (For resources used with our study units, click on the Resources tab above.) March 14 is coming quickly! Make your plans now to celebrate math with Pi Day using some of these neat resources, books, and ideas. We have links to tons of websites with activity suggestions for all grades. We also have a list of books that you can read and follow up with notebooking pages or…
  • Used Homeschool Curriculum for Sale

    Katie Glennon
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Hi, it’s that time again to clean off those shelves for me and my house, but for you to grab up some bargains on some used curriculum. Most are in like new condition. Please take a look – I have two lists, one for grade K-8 and another for 8-12. I have them grouped according to subject area and then a category for Other with items for kids and moms. Grades K-8 ( I accept Paypal – email me at with inquires. Thanks!) (Prices do not reflect shipping – will calculate after I know which items you wish to purchase) Language Arts: IEW US…
  • Adventures with notebooking and nature study and nature walks

    Katie Glennon
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:57 pm
    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…
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • 16+ Curriculum Options for High School

    Kris Bales
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The Spring Break Edition

    Kris Bales
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • REAL Science Odyssey Biology Level 2 Review

    Kris Bales
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Answered! Your Burning Questions About Year Round Homeschooling

    Kris Bales
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the Movie and the Japanese Food

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

  • Going to University

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Can students using Abeka go to university in South Africa while using this curriculum? Reply to Going to University: I would say that you could. You
  • How do I know if I pass?

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    How do I know if I pass my grade and can move on to the next grade? Reply from Diane: Good question, Samantha! That could be puzzling, but there are
  • Single Mom & Homeschool

    10 Mar 2014 | 6:21 am
    Thank you, I am totally enlightened & this brought a lot of comfort to my heart as I'm newly educating myself on homeschooling (about 3 days now)!!! I'm
  • Catching Up

    7 Feb 2014 | 12:02 pm
    How do I help a fourteen year old at 6th grade level catch up to 9th grade? Reply to Catching Up: I am going to assume you are homeschooling (a girl).
  • Shopping Reward Program for Homeschools

    6 Feb 2014 | 7:43 am
    Harris Teeter offers together an education program and pays a % of sales to designated schools. Have you tried this program and is it beneficial to homeschoolers?
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • 6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method

    Sonya Shafer
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    This year marks my husband’s and my 30th wedding anniversary. If you had asked me 30 years ago why I loved John, I would have given many of the same answers that I would still give today: he is one of the most patient men I know; he makes me laugh; he has a generous […] 6 Reasons I Love the Charlotte Mason Method originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • What They Don’t Know

    Sonya Shafer
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I remember pulling some all-nighters during my high school and college years. A test was scheduled for the next day, and there were so many random facts and pieces of information to be recalled for it that every moment counted. Another hour and another memory trick might just secure a few more bits of information […] What They Don’t Know originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • A Good Resolution

    Sonya Shafer
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Perhaps this isn’t the prime time of the year to talk about resolutions. Usually resolutions are discussed around New Year’s Day. However, it is homeschool convention season, and many good resolutions are made at conventions too. You hear a workshop that resonates with your heart and you grab hold of an attractive idea with both […] A Good Resolution originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Having a Grand Time in 1800

    Sonya Shafer
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    The past few weeks I’ve been having a grand time “living” in 1800 thanks to two friends of mine. Christie you may already know. She designed My Book of Centuries with its helpful guides that give gentle direction for the user: designated spaces for sketches of artifacts, lists of noteworthy people, narrations of the centuries, […] Having a Grand Time in 1800 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • 2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards

    Sonya Shafer
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Since 1994 Practical Homeschooling magazine has hosted annual Reader Awards for homeschool curriculum. This event is a little different in that the Reader Awards are not a “popularity” prize, but a “satisfaction” prize. First, homeschoolers nominate their favorite products in a wide number of categories. PHS tabulates the results and creates a ballot. Then homeschoolers vote, ranking […] 2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • Bizarro Common Core Story

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join me on Facebook! Post by The HomeScholar. The post Bizarro Common Core Story appeared first on The HomeScholar Helper. Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out to learn more.
  • Don’t be a Quitter

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join me on Facebook! Post by The HomeScholar. The post Don’t be a Quitter appeared first on The HomeScholar Helper. Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out to learn more.
  • Calendar Reminders for the Best Guidance Counselor – YOU!

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you spend just a few minutes each month, thinking about what you need to do, you’ll never fall behind. You are a GREAT high […] The post Calendar Reminders for the Best Guidance... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out to learn more.
  • 8 Fun Easter Activities For All Ages

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Easter is such a great celebration! It is a wonderful blend of faith, fun, and springtime – I love it!  Enjoy it with your young […] The post 8 Fun Easter Activities For All Ages... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out to learn more.
  • How to Calculate Homeschool GPA

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    How to Calculate Homeschool GPA Each year, update your homeschool transcript to include your finished classes. Remember to recalculate the grade point average. Forgot how […] The post How to... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out to learn more.
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    Sparkling Adventures - Articles

  • The name Abcde

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    We were staying with friends in Northland, New Zealand when we first heard about the girl whose parents named her Abcde. I believed the story at the time because it was related to me by a high-school teacher who knew the family. The name Abcde (pronounced "ab-sah-dee") was given to this little toy mouse that lives in our housebus. It’s funny how some stories stick. Aisha took the name (perhaps because it was also so easy to write) and gave it to a little toy animal that has managed to accompany us around New Zealand and Australia for several years. No one has ever told her that Abcde is…
  • Joy in the morning

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    One of the best personal practices I started several years ago was to greet my children when they wake as if we are being reunited after a long absence. It’s become a special time of reconnecting with each one as they rub the sleep from their eyes and remember the dreams that held them captive. I spend all night cuddling at least two of my girls, but the morning times are still special. I love calling them each by name and wrapping them in a cuddle. We talk about the day before or the day ahead and always find room in our love to greet the next girl who awakes. I’m so blessed to…
  • Fostering the self-determination of the (smaller) human being

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    One of the challenges in parenting is knowing how to navigate a child’s self-determination, especially if I believe that I know the right decision the child should be making in the first place! Children are people — just a little shorter and perhaps not as skilled as adults — and intrinsically worthy of the respect and consideration we give to our peers. "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." — Mahatma Gandhi The self-determination theory looks at how people are motivated to act, both from external factors and those intrinsic motivators…
  • Reverse Art Truck

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    The best way to decorate festivals is with recycled materials, and in Melbourne, the best way to source decorative recycled materials is from Reverse Truck Art! Much like Reverse Garbage in Sydney and Melbourne, Reverse Art Truck has been collecting rejects, seconds and factory off-cuts and supplying them to the community for over thirty years. We visited the shed premises of Reverse Art Truck at Ringwood. Although it's a small building, it holds many treasures! Quantities of odd off-cuts are neatly sorted and displayed in cardboard tubs. As soon as we reached Melbourne last month, we became…
  • Contra dancing

    3 Mar 2014 | 4:57 am
    Traditional, progressive and frequently improper, contra dancing is new-to-us but part of the Tasmanian Folk Federation regular line-up. Every second Monday night, the back hall of Hobart’s Wesley Church is brought to life by a group of eager dancers who learn the steps of each dance together and then step, twirl and switch partners to the lively music of a folk-music trio. From the very first night we came along, Cathy (and her partner David — not pictured) have made us feel very welcome. One of the advantages of homeschooling is that our children can participate in activities that…
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  • Free Homeschool Programs in Arvada… UPDATE

    Ann Brady
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Summit Academy This is a part-program for homeschoolers who would like to spend one day a week taking classes together. Contact Stephanie at 303-748-2347 Jefferson Academy Homeschooling Partnerships Jefferson Academy gladly accepts homeschooled students.  We currently have two options for participation. The first option for enrollment is in our traditional elective and upper/college level courses on a space-available basis at the 11251 Reed Street location. Hope Homeschool Academy HOPE Academy, partnering with Jefferson Academy Charter School is providing an exceptional homeschooling program…
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    Vegan Homeschool

  • Free e-books and apps for April 18th

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    The post Free e-books and apps for April 18th appeared first on Vegan Homeschool. Free e-books Non-fiction Economic Survival Pantry for Beginners Vertical Gardening: Grow Your Garden Up to Harvest Beautiful Fruits, Vegetables, and Plants in Small Spaces The Joy Of Minimalism: How To Simplify Your Life With Less Easy, Elegant and Adorable Easter Treats Prepping on a Budget C.S. Lewis: A Life Inspired   Fiction Secrets One Chance To Love The Misadventures of the Laundry Hag: Skeletons in the Closet The Tourist Trail Vanish Cookbooks Never Buy Condiments Again! Deliciously Cheap Recipes and…
  • Free Ebooks and Apps

    20 Dec 2013 | 8:09 am
    The post Free Ebooks and Apps appeared first on Vegan Homeschool. This post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through a link I may receive a small commission. This won’t cost you anything, but it will help support this site. Please see my Disclosure Policy for full details. Free Kindle Ebooks Fiction Tales from the Crib Forever His: A Time-Travel Romance Death by Desire A Texas Legacy Christmas When Girlfriends Make Choices The Secret’s in the Sauce A Christmas Mystery (A Short Story) Non Fiction We Use Coupons, You Should Too! How Couponing…
  • Free ebooks and apps for the week

    13 Dec 2013 | 5:38 am
    The post Free ebooks and apps for the week appeared first on Vegan Homeschool. This post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through a link I may receive a small commission. This won’t cost you anything, but it will help support this site. Please see my Disclosure Policy for full details. Please note that some of this week’s free ebooks are only free if you are an Amazon Prime member. We have Amazon Prime and love it! It’s especially handy during the holiday’s because of that quick free shipping. That’s how we ended up with a…
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Ultimate Naturalist’s Library – Handbook of Nature Study

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    by Tricia Have you visited it yet? Introducing the Ultimate Naturalist’s Library from The Handbook of Nature Study. Don’t miss the special discount code at the end! Barb McCoy (Harmony Art Mom) makes it easy to enrich your homeschool with nature study. She offers all you need in one spot for one price! Can you believe this bargain? 12 ebooks, 36 newsletters and so much more! Find out more on The Handbook of Nature Study membership page. Three levels of membership are available. All the details on membership levels are found under the ‘join us’ tab on the membership…
  • Write From … History

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Kendra Late last year author, Kimberly Garcia, contacted and asked if we’d be interested in reviewing any of her books in the Write From History series. Did we ever! One look told me that my boys would enjoy them and I wasn’t mistaken at all. The books are wonderfully done and written with the homeschooler in mind. They are geared, especially, towards those using a Charlotte Mason approach in their homeschool, but can easily be used by anyone choosing any method or means of homeschooling. The books are quite large and come with lots of information inside to help you find your…
  • Raddish Kitchen Science Box

    Stephanie Harrington
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Stephanie Harrington How delighted I was when I opened our Kitchen Science Box from Raddish. I love to cook and my son does too. I’ve always considered cooking with my kids part of their homeschooling. I like teaching them measuring and how to cook as a natural part of our homeschool experience. But what’s a mom to do if cooking just isn’t her strength? How can she add cooking to her homeschool? And what about a busy mom who has little time for planning or adding kitchen time to her homeschooling, it seems such a supplemental subject to her and she never has time to add…
  • Amazing Apostles’ Creed Catholic VBS Review

    Jen Dunlap
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Jen Dunlap “Exploring the simple beauties and richness of the Catholic faith fosters children’s knowledge and love of Jesus.” Each summer my children looked forward to attending Vacation Bible School at our parish.  It was one of the highlights of their summer! Most of the parishes in our area used a non-Catholic program.  Nothing wrong with that of course, the over-arching theme is always to draw closer to and love Jesus more deeply.  However, having a program with strong Catholic themes and teaching children the nuances of our faith while they are having fun and…
  • Introduce Your Children to Shakespeare

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Heidi Do you hesitate to introduce Shakespeare’s plays because you think your children aren’t old enough?  Do you think it would be too confusing, or that they might form an early dislike of the world’s most famous plays? Let me encourage you to give it a try!  My eight-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter have both enjoyed their experience getting to know history’s greatest playwright using these two wonderful books. Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema This delightful picture-book biography is not only an…
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  • Micronations: A Fun New Way to Learn Geography

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    My new article Geography Teaching Tips suggests ways to help kids learn map skills. But there's a lot more to geography than just maps. "Cultural geography" is the study of all the things that make a country unique -- its government, its topography, its language, food, clothing, and other aspects of daily life....Read Full Post
  • How to Be a Homeschooling Role Model

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Over the years, I have met a few homeschooling parents whose kids accomplished extraordinary things. It's natural to want to look up to those parents and try to follow in their footsteps....Read Full Post
  • If Homeschooling Looked Like Homework, I'd Quit

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    You may have noticed that is redesigning its look with bigger and better photographs. That means we Experts have to find lots of interesting, appealing images to go with our stories....Read Full Post
  • Can Kids Teach Themselves to Read?

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How to help kids learn to read is one of the most heated topics in education. A few years ago, the debate was over whether to teach phonics or whole language....Read Full Post
  • DragonBox App Free Today on Amazon

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    DragonBox, an app that teaches algebra to kids as young as five, is free today on Amazon. It's just one of the resources I mentioned in my recent article Fun Math Stuff to See and Do. ...Read Full Post
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    Do Life Right

  • World’s Best Roadschooling Convention!

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

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

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

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

    1 Jan 2014 | 3:00 pm
    What is YOUR word of the year for 2014? I’ve been fairly active on Facebook the past few years, and I’ve seen an increase in how many people are giving themselves a “Word of the Year” rather than resolutions that never come true. I love this! 2014 marks my 6th “Word of the Year” and I’m super excited about it. Do you know what this “Word of the Year” business is all about? Well, it’s been around for quite some time, but it’s summed up quite nicely in Christine Kane’s Word-of-the-Year Discovery Tool. Simply put: (1) Pick…
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  • The Wise Woman Literary Analysis Book Review

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    I had the opportunity to review The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions from Home School Adventure Co. I have to admit that I was not super enthusiastic about the story from the title itself. I used this with my 7th grade son and I know that he was going to be skeptical about the it […] The post The Wise Woman Literary Analysis Book Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Encouragement for Moms – The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is on Sale NOW!

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come. Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. […] The post Encouragement for Moms – The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is on Sale NOW! appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • How to Make Colored Rice – Alcohol or Vinegar

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    We’ve had a long long winter this year so what can you do with your children indoors? We made colored rice for sensory play for my toddler. My older two boys saw how much fun baby was having so they joined in as well, so it’s been a popular activity. I saw some other posts […] The post How to Make Colored Rice – Alcohol or Vinegar appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: Coming Soon – April 23 – 28th

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Are you ready for The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? One weekf from today, you will get the chance to purchase this mega bundle of ebooks. From April 23 – 28th, The Ultimate Homemaking bundle goes on sale. Once the sale is done, that’s it. You won’t see this bundle again. If you’re a stay at home […] The post The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle: Coming Soon – April 23 – 28th appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • What is Notebooking? An Alternative to Lapbooks

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    So you’ve followed along my 5 day series on homeschooling with lapbooks and you still think you can’t do it. Well, maybe notebooking is the answer for you instead. You just don’t want to make the effort with those large oversized file folders. What can you use instead? How about a spiral bound notebook, duotang, […] The post What is Notebooking? An Alternative to Lapbooks appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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  • A Sneak Peek Into Our Curriculum Choice for Next Year and a 20% off Sale at Alpha Omega Publications!

    Kirsten Joy
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    This is a sponsored post.  All of the opinions are my own and in fact real : )   So here’s the scoop, friends.  We have a new baby coming in the fall ya’ll.  Woohoo!!  Yes, we are so excited!  But, the main question that I have been getting from friends and family alike is, “How are you going to homeschool with a new baby?” Though my independent, are you questioning my ability, of course I can do it side of myself wanted to be offended, the truth is the question cut through my confidence just a little bit.  The doubt I saw in their faces and concern I heard in…
  • 5 Good Reasons to Homeschool Year-Round

    Kirsten Joy
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Do you homeschool year-round?  Today’s post from the archives covers how learning through the summer months could benefit your family. This year we are finding our freedom as a homeschooling family and taking our conventional school schedule out of the box.  Last year we started out on a typical school schedule, mostly because it’s the only thing I’ve ever known: 9am to 3pm, holiday breaks, and summers off.  But, by the end of the year we adapted our schedule to an 8 weeks on, 1 week off format, and I’m so glad we did.  The truth is that school can look like…
  • 5 Tips For Making a Homeschool Portfolio

    Kirsten Joy
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    For those you who are wrapping up a year’s worth of learning, this post from the archives seemed like a well-timed read. Compiling a year’s worth of learning. Now is the time of year when homeschoolers everywhere are scrambling to pull all of their materials together into a portfolio that can be submitted to the Superintendent’s office.  I want to make sure that I am prepared so I have treated this year as a “dry run”.  (In Pennsylvania the first portfolio is due at the end of the third grade year).  So for our second grade year I have kept records, garnered…
  • The Best Free Phonics Readers to Supplement Any Homeschool Reading Program

    Kirsten Joy
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    Photo Credit: Holtsman via Compfight cc Today’s post is focused on free homeschool resources and the full article can be found over at FreeHomeschool The Problem With Most Kindergarten Reading Programs. Last year as I was teaching my kindergartner to read we ran into a rather unexpected problem. The problem for my little guy was that he already knew the phonetic sounds of his letters at the beginning of the year and was ready to start blending and sounding out words on Lesson 1. It’s a good problem, I know! However, our kindergarten curriculum didn’t introduce blends and…
  • Survival Advice for Managing a Household While Working From Home

    Kirsten Joy
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    Photo Credit: Pennerhead via Compfight cc This post is part of the Balanced challenge with Tricia Goyer—and you can join, too! Managing a household is a full-time job as it is.  When you’re a stay at home mom you’re the chef, the cleaning service, the taxi cab, the laundromat, and the general CEO of whatever your children need.  You throw on top of that a work-at-home career and a home education program and you’ve got a full plate. So how does a work-at-home mom who’s also a  homeschooling mom manage a household and get everything done?  My answer is…you…
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  • Autism Awareness Month: Keep Your Labels Off My Child

    Kimberly Kulp
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Autism Awareness Month: Keep Your Labels Off My ChildIf you have experience educating a special needs child, you know, or at least suspect, that children labeled as “learning disabled” possess certain strengths that far exceed those of an average or even advanced student. However, you have probably also noticed that rather than promoting those strengths and using them to help these students succeed, many schools focus on having them meet the same standards as every other child. As a result, both children and parents are in danger of giving themselves the label of “inadequate,”…
  • 5 Things You Must Know To Prepare Your Child For College

    Kimberly Kulp
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    5 Things You Must Know To Prepare Your Child For CollegeCollege can be a scary thought for parents and students alike. The classes, the pressure to succeed, the cost, the students, and the distance from home can all feel quite daunting. That’s why parents need to get an early start recognizing the strengths in their child and preparing them for the rigors of life after high school. Here are five easy-to-remember “knows” to strive for when preparing your child for college. Know your child: This is foundational. If you get nothing else, get this. College readiness starts with your child.
  • Jumping Outside of the Box: ADHD and Kinesthetic Learning

    Kimberly Kulp
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:31 am
    Jumping Outside of the Box: ADHD and Kinesthetic LearningBefore my son Devon was diagnosed with ADHD, we nicknamed him Beasty Boy. The joke was if he wasn’t crashing, dashing, and bashing, he wasn’t happy. He needed to move, jump, kick, and run constantly, and from a very early age. At first we thought this was just toddler behavior, and then he was “just a boy.” Soon though, we realized that Devon’s need to move, and fast, went beyond what was considered “normal” for his age. He started chewing on everything, and kept it up. He was very loud often at inappropriate times. And he…
  • Student Profile: How Homeschooling Helped This Student See The World

    Kimberly Kulp
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Student Profile: How Homeschooling Helped This Student See The WorldBeing in the homeschooling world, I get questions all the time asking about the pros and cons of teaching your children at home. There are some pretty common myths out there, including the idea that by taking your child out of school they will become more socially awkward and lack self-esteem and leadership skills. If you’ve ever met a modern homeschooling family or student you know that this could not be further from the truth. Removed from negative peer pressure, homeschooled students are often more confident and more…
  • You Don’t Have to Accept Common Core

    6 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    You Don’t Have to Accept Common CoreCommon Core Standards and the curriculum designed to implement have been quietly developing over the past several years with many parents completely unaware of what was coming. But in 2013 when the first states began to implement new testing to determine whether schools have been successful in implementing those standards, the public suddenly become all too aware of the many issues that come with nationwide standardization. When children, teachers and schools are measured by their ability to bubble in correct answers on a test, we reduce education to…
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  • Keeping an Ideas Book | Day 23 – 30DaysTYP

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    30 Days to Transform Your Play series Keeping an ‘Ideas Book’ or Journal is so helpful for children’s learning and playful discovery. While their ideas book can be used to document daily activities and thoughts and feelings about those activities, this kind of journaling should be separate to diary keeping. Having an ideas book is […] The post Keeping an Ideas Book | Day 23 – 30DaysTYP appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Mirrors | Day 22 – 30DaysTYP

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    30 Days to Transform Your Play series Mirrors add another dimension to learning. They can be used in various ways to enhance play and learning. Add them to the walls, (at the child’s level, behind a point of interest – toys, a project and/or in a specific area [i.e. the block area]) on the surface […] The post Mirrors | Day 22 – 30DaysTYP appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • How Homeschooling Has Changed Over Time

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Kids is the tablet that grows with your child. With intuitive Kids Mode, parental settings and a great selection of preloaded apps, it’s the unique tablet for kids that parents will love. This is a sponsored post by Samsung and Nuffnang. Modern homeschooling is often vastly different to what many […] The post How Homeschooling Has Changed Over Time appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Introductory Observational Drawing | Day 21 – 30DaysTYP

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Introductory Observational Drawing: Observational drawing is a powerful way for children to heighten their attention to detail, and closely inspect any number of subjects/objects (primarily still life). It gives a child the ability to explore and refine their drawing skills slowly over time. The basics you need for any age beginning with observational drawing are: […] The post Introductory Observational Drawing | Day 21 – 30DaysTYP appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Preparation | Days 19 & 20 – 30DaysTYP

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    We are two thirds of the way through the exciting 30 days to transform your play series. Kate and I are busy organising something incredible for you all to finish this series off with a bang! I promise you will know more soon. We have two explorations planned for you for next week; observational drawing […] The post Preparation | Days 19 & 20 – 30DaysTYP appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
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  • My favorite Visualization to Claim Your Power and Let Go of Drama in Your Homeschool

    Ann Brady
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:03 am
    Finding happiness in your homeschool when drama comes knocking can be challenging. But remember, it is a skill. And a choice. Practice it on the small things, so that you can excel during the big things. Here is my favorite visualization to help you claim your smile back.  Taking the high road and loving life. […]
  • Legal Resources for Homeschoolers

    Ann Brady
    2 Mar 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Thanks to Cindy over at Rocky Mountain Education Connection for turning me on to some legal resources for homeschoolers.  I have zero experience with any legal support organization, so please use your own best judgment with any of these organizations.   Looking for Legal Support for Colorado Homeschoolers? National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) The […]
  • 101 Ways to Happily Homeschool the Early Years

    Ann Brady
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Snack time – If you’re serving carrots and hummus instead of oreos and doritos, call this nutrition class. “Ouch! You’ve accidentally knocked over your friend.  Let’s help her up and give her a hug.  Remember to tell her you’re sorry.”  Social skills and, dare I say, socialization at its finest. Do you brave painting in […]
  • Looking for friends for your Homeschool Child?

    Ann Brady
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:22 am
    Just one friend. For the mother of a lonely child, life can change in an instant. Just one friend. That’s all it really takes to find your heart growing roots. Just one friend. That’s all it really takes to watch your child blossom out of their confusion and loneliness. If you’re new to homeschooling or […]
  • Homeschool Wisdom for Dealing with Criticism inspired by Derrick Coleman

    Ann Brady
    19 Jan 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Homeschool wisdom comes from the craziest of sources. I’m not a huge football fan so I was surprised as anyone when I found myself watching this video with a tear in my eye and a massive homeschool inspiration crowding out everything else in my head. I’ve found some inspiration and 3 skills so that you […]
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  • What Kind of College Scholarships Are Open To Homeschoolers?

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This question is somewhat of a hard one to answer, just because it differs for everyone. There are all kinds of scholarships out there for everyone. Discrimination Most organizations won’t discriminate you because you’re homeschooled (unless they’re called “Scholarships for Public Schoolers” or something). And if you don’t get a scholarship, try to keep in [...]
  • What Tips Can You Share About Transitioning from Homeschool to College?

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    My oldest daughter recently graduated and was accepted to a public college. I would have to admit it was a bit nerve wracking simply because there were so many unknown factors. Truly, in any new situation it is the unknown factors that tend to get us nervous. Yet, each day we took it one step [...]
  • What Courses Does My High Schooler Need to Take to Get Into College?

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Courses Needed For College Depend on the Individual School It would be awfully nice to have a cut-and-dry list of courses to get into college, wouldn’t it?  Yet, on the other hand, I’m thinking it would be a little dull.  Either way, it really depends on which college your high schooler wants to attend.  Your [...]
  • If I’m not planning on going to college, what alternatives are available?

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    The Possibilities are endless! First I need to tell you that up until about 6 months ago my high schooler was determined that he wasn’t going to college. So I was on fast forward at checking out all the options out there for him, all of which are included in our resource page for College [...]
  • Is Driver’s Ed Available to Homeschoolers?

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You bet driver’s education is available to homeschoolers! Just before you are ready to begin learning to drive, contact your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to ascertain exactly how many class hours are needed and how many driving hours are needed. You will also want to be sure to find out what is considered acceptable [...]
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  • Creative Mothers - Dawn Diamantopoulos

    Megan Gray
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    I am so happy Dawn is the interview today! I have been twitter friends with her for a while and I love her work. I have a painting of hers that I can't wait to display once we get to Portland in a few weeks. Make sure to visit her links because she has so much more fantastic art that you should see!Thanks Dawn for sharing. I loved your video interview so much!      Dawn DiamantopoulosWebsite: http://dawndiamantopoulos.comFacebook:
  • Creative Mothers - Interview with Robyn Wolfe

    Megan Gray
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week's Creative Mothers interview is with Robyn Wolfe! If you don't already know her and her work, now you do! I love, love, love her illustrations! They are beautiful, colorful, and full of so much life. The thing that stood out the most from Robyn's interview is how her art and creative process changed, in a good way, once she had kids. I think it's important to realize that art and creativity are ever changing for the good of the art and the artist.What has helped your art change? How has your art evolved because of those changes?Robyn, thank you again for a wonderful interview and…
  • My First Art Event!

    Megan Gray
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    This past weekend I had a table at the Made in Monmouth event. It was my first time having my artwork out in a venue like this, and honestly the first time I was able to interact with others looking at my work. Some even purchased paintings, which of course was a plus!I definitely need to work on my set-up and display, but that's why I did this, so I could learn where I needed to change things. I met a lot of very talented people and look forward to doing more of these in the future. My table neighbors were two amazing jewelry artists Mirror Mirror Accessories and Lammergeier Natural Jewelry.
  • Creative Mothers - Carrie Mac - Writer, Artist, & Storyteller

    Megan Gray
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    I have been following Carrie on twitter for a while now and a few weeks ago I finally downloaded some of her stories at The Story Forest. Well, she is amazing! I love that many of her stories incorporate homeschooled characters that my kids can relate to. I have to make sure to download some more for our move across the country.Her description of creativity stands out the most for me and is so spot on, "For me, creative expression is as tantalizing as a new lover, as mind blowing and addictive as any drug, and as deeply satisfying as an exquisite meal.  It can also be as frustrating as…
  • A Little Art Photo Shoot & A Tiny Update!

    Megan Gray
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Since I had a photography business for 4 years, there is no excuse for me to only have cell phone photos of my art, and for generic head on only shots of my artwork. So yesterday I made due with what I had in terms of space and light and took some better photos of some new paintings. I had a major burst of painting inspiration the other day and got an amazing amount finished. I am really happy with the outcome, now hopefully they will dry quickly and be ready for the Made in Monmouth event I will be at. I also have a website for just my art, Megan Gray Arts!In other news, we will be moving…
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