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  • Why School is NOT for Children Anymore

    The HomeScholar Blog
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join me on Facebook! Post by The HomeScholar. The post Why School is NOT for Children Anymore appeared first on The HomeScholar Helper. Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out to learn more.
  • Single Mom & Homeschool

    Rewarding Homeschool Blog
    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
  • 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…
  • It was a wild wild wood…

    Melissa Wiley
    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…
  • 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
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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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  • 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…
  • Two down! Two to go!

    Henry Cate
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Our oldest daughter will start serving a mission for our church in two days.  My wife and I have been reminiscing some the last couple days.  While during their high school years our oldest two daughters both took online classes, the two of them have taken very different paths on their road to higher education. Both of our older two children started taking classes at the local junior colleges when they were sixteen.  Our oldest finished up her high school and switched to going full time at the local junior college.  Today as Janine and I were talking about the road to…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be held at Dewey's Treehouse.This will be the 433rd edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission. As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me.
  • Two recent Charlotte Mason Blog Carnivals

    Henry Cate
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Here is the most recent Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival, and here is the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival from a couple weeks ago.
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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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  • 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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  • 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…
  • Checking in, Saying Thanks ...

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
      Well my friends, it's a slow, sunny Saturday here in New England ... a wonderfully quiet day for us after yesterday's trip into Boston for Earlybird's neurologist appointment. Thank you all so much for your prayers and good thoughts - it humbles me, truly, that whenever I ask this of you - for your prayers and support - you give so generously. To those who left comments, as well as those who said a quiet prayer in your heart, thank you .... EB did ... ok. We got thought it, he got through it. We arrived early for our 4 p.m. appointment ... and they took us late (as many of…
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  • Quote for the day: Good Friday

    Mama Squirrel
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    "It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone." ― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
  • Team Hoyt hangs it up: a story to remember

    Mama Squirrel
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    If you've never heard of Team Hoyt...don't watch the video here until you've read the transcript of the news story.  Okay?
  • Quote for the day: Dallas Willard

    Mama Squirrel
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    Image and quote found here.
  • Wednesday school plans (Dollygirl's Grade 7, Term 3)

    Mama Squirrel
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Book of Numbers, Chapter 11: the Israelites complain about manna, manna, nothing but manna, so God sends them meat; but they are also punished for complaining.Key to Geometry, booklet 1, about lines and line segmentsMaking a chart for the 13th century: still working out the details for that one.The Spring of the Year: "An Old Apple Tree."  I really love the "tree toad" part of this chapter.  Here's a snippet, but you really should read the whole thing."Seating myself comfortably at the foot of the tree, I wait. The toad comes forth to the edge of his hole above me, settles himself…
  • Carnival of Homeschooling: The Thousand Flowers Edition

    Mama Squirrel
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    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 materials."Apparently I've been living under a bit of a rock, because I had never heard that quotation about the thousand flowers…
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  • 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…
  • What I’ve been reading: The kickback again passion and grit and why they both still matter

    Lori Pickert
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:04 am
    “If you want to internalize a piece of knowledge, you’ve got to linger over it.” … “Evidence suggests that when it comes to knowledge we’re interested in — anything that truly excites us and has meaning — we don’t turn off our memory. Certainly we outsource when the details are dull … [b]ut when information engages us — when we really care about a subject — the evidence suggests we don’t turn off our memory at all.” — Smarter Than You Think I shared this teacher’s open letter to Google on my facebook page: Dear Google, I wish you’d talked to teachers like me…
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  • Why We Read *These* Books

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    “…over three thousand years of western history, there has gradually accumulated a body of what have called “original communications.” The schoolroom term is classic , and that is all right with me if we add Carl Van Doren’s definition: “A classic is a book that doesn’t have to be rewritten.” “Literature,” says Ezra Pound, “is news that stays news.” The list of books that stay news changes, though not radically, with each generation.  Not two scholars would compile identical lists, and no single scholar (I am not one)…
  • A Time For Anger

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Here’s Nolan Manteufel’s FB account.  The new husband of Doug Philips most public victim* is an angry young man. Good for him.  There is a time for anger, and this is surely it. May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor….For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. (Psalms 72:4, 12) A man who ran an empire that made hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, from homeschoolers stands accused of sexual predations against a young woman he once mentored (rather,…
  • More on hurting homes

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Jimmy Hinton is a pastor.  He is the son of another pastor who was guilty of many crimes against children.  Jimmy Hinton conducts an annual workshop and webinar on child sex abuse with guest speaker Les Ferguson, Jr.  Video here:    
  • Free4Kindle Books- mostly Christian Living titles

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    1.99 for Kindle: The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie Blurb: Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks. When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident. And yet, against all odds, but through the…
  • Q and A

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Q. Do all your stories and conversations really happen just the way you tell them? A. Not all of them, no.   The ones most likely to be slightly edited are the ones where I tried to make them funnier.  Sometimes I am successful at that, and sometimes wildly….  not. It’s a good thing I don’t get paid for being a comedian.  Okay, one other area where I might embellish or change things up a bit- if I am actually very angry or upset about something.  It helps me deal with things to write them funny (or at least an attempt at funny). Sometimes I leave something out because…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • 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…
  • Books We're Reading (From Atticus to Ramona)

    Karen Edmisten
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Atticus is reading...Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch and Bruce Catton's The Army of the Potomac: Glory Road. (That one's a reread for him, but he can never get too much Civil War reading.)He's also reading lots of these: Thanks, Image Chef.  And yes, his students really do call him Mr. Ed. I am reading...Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle and Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson. I love this kind of stuff.Anne-with-an-e is reading...The…
  • Poetry Friday: Eating Poetry with Mark Strand

    Karen Edmisten
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Today is the birthday of poet Mark Strand and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to eat some poetry. For dessert, I'll go read this interview between Wallace Shawn and Strand at the Paris Review.Eating Poetry by Mark StrandInk runs from the corners of my mouth.There is no happiness like mine.I have been eating poetry.The librarian does not believe what she sees.(Read the rest here.)~~~~~~~~~~Michelle Heidenrich Barnes has the round-up at Today's Little Ditty.
  • Cynthia Lord's Rules (A Quick Review, in Which We Also Stroll Down Memory Lane With Frog and Toad)

    Karen Edmisten
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Ramona *had* to draw last night, after we finished Rules.Last night, Ramona and I finished reading Cynthia Lord's Rules. It's about twelve-year-old Catherine, who just wants a "normal" life, thank-you-very-much. And it's about her brother David, who has autism, but tries his best to follow Catherine's list of rules, such as, "No toys in the fish tank." (The fish, however, don't seem to mind an occasional visit from Barbie or a rubber duck.) And it's about Catherine's new friend, Jason, a silent, smart, wheelchair-bound boy she meets at David's OT office. Complicating Catherine's summer…
  • Honors, and Freebies, and Sales -- Oh, My! (In Which I Give Away Five Copies of My Book and Humbly Thank the ACP For a Finalist Honor)

    Karen Edmisten
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    Our Sunday Visitor just delivered some great news! The Association of Catholic Publishers announced finalists for their annual Excellence in Publishing Awards and Deathbed Conversions is a contender in the biography category. Winners will be announced in May.OSV is also sponsoring a sale and a giveaway. From now until May 16th, you can buy the book for just  $9 (down from the $13.95 cover price) through this link at Our Sunday Visitor.And, if you leave a comment on this blog post, I'll enter your name into a drawing (I like to have Ramona or Betsy draw the names from my…
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    Heart of the Matter

  • 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...
  • Harry Truman

    Ray Notgrass
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    “Who has despised the day of small things?” (Zechariah 4:10). I imagine each of us has considered something that seemed insignificant and thought, “Oh, that doesn’t matter.” The person in need overlooked, the small act of kindness that would have only taken a second or two, the step or two out of the way to...
  • The Resistant Reader

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    To say that I love to read would be an understatement.  Some people collect art.  Others collect shoes.  As for me, I have a deep-seated conviction that I can never have too many good books.  New books, old books, even books with that musty aroma of been-in-someone’s-basement-too-long smell – I am drawn to them like...
  • 12 Days with Dr. Ruth Beechick – World History to Match the Bible

    Lori Lane
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This article was originally published in May of 2012 on The End in Mind.  Chapter two of Dr. Beechick’s book, A Biblical Home Education is titled:  World History to Match the Bible.   I find much wisdom and insight even into the her title for the chapter.  How often have you heard of someone, or even found...
  • Funny or Die (trying)

    Karen Costello
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Years ago, a primitive family from back in the hills came in for a visit to the big city. They went into a mall for the very first time in their lives. The father and son went strolling through the halls while the wife shopped. They were amazed at almost everything they saw , but...
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  • 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…
  • Creativity this week.

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    The bunny that my daughter made for the lady at 4H turned out cute.I'm playing around with drawing with markers and then running a wet paintbrush over it.  This does not look as good in the photo as it does in real life.  It will be a background for something else.Yes, I'm sick again.  It never ends.
  • Homeschool Friday Nights.

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    It's 9:44 p.m. and my daughter just got done with her geometry lessons and is now done with school work for the week.  My son, surprisingly, got his school work done YESTERDAY.  Can anyone believe it?  I almost can't but I know it's true.  They keep track of their schoolwork publicly with their schedules hanging on the living room wall and he does his work sitting in the living room at the computer so I've seen him doing it.  Over the years, we have had a few instances of kids claiming they have done their work and not having done it, but now they are very responsible…
  • The good and bad.

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I had this drawing/painting of mine framed for mom and hung it in her room.  I had a good first part of the day, getting my work done and getting my oldest son's Easter package mailed and taking care of a few things that needed taking care of and then we had gym day and I got to see my favorite peoples, and then I went to see mom and now I feel like the wind has been taken out of my sails.  She's not coping well with being where she is, but she wasn't coping well with being home alone before and she didn't cope well with the other assisted living place that we had her in.  I…
  • Random pictures.

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Half blue skies, half storm clouds yesterday afternoon.ScStormy weather.Zentangling experiment.Max's funny looking tail.  As he has gotten elderly, he has developed what we like to call "tail pattern baldness" and the top of his tail is bald.  This is Max from the front, and Freckles, waiting to see if I will drop any of my hamburger.  My toe is in the lower right corner, because other people get their pictures in photos accidentally, but with me, it's toes.  :-P 
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • 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…
  • The missing $1 puzzle and more

    27 Mar 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Have you ever encountered this well-known puzzle about the missing $1? Three people rent a room at $30. They pay $10 each and go up to the room. The owner realized he charged too much and it was only supposed to be $25. He sends the bell hop up with the $5. Each of the people keeps $1 and they give the bellhop $2 as they can't share it. So now each person has paid $9 for the room (total $27) and the bell hop has $2... where is the other $1??? See the solution to this and find many more puzzles on my new page of favorite challenging…
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    A Holy Experience

  • 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…
  • The Miracle That Happens Every Time You Come to the Table & Eat [Holy Week: Day 4]

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Shauna Niequist is a soul sister, a kindred spirit, a writer, a mama–and she’s a table girl, someone who has seen the goodness of God over and over in the faces of the people she gathers around her table. Bread & Wine is a love letter to life around the table, with recipes that take you by the hand and urge you gently into your own kitchen—knife, onion, oil, pan. by Shauna Niequist I love the table. Love the gathering, love what God does when we look one another full in the face, when we listen to the whole story, not just the textable sound byte, when we let the candles burn…
  • When You’re Feeling Spiritually Dry during Holy Week [Holy Week: Day 3]

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
     [Scroll down for the three posts shared here today?] Dad always did that after the meat and potatoes, after the plates were cleared and stacked. He’d ask for a toothpick. Him in his plaid flannel shirt and Levi’s, looking for a bit of a tree to right everything again. That’s what he’d do before he left the table: He’d snap the wood between his fingers. He’d snap the brittle wood right between his fingers. And he’d say that to us women. To us at the sink when he passed through the kitchen, when he went looking for his work boots again, for his…
  • [A Christian Passover & Printable] When Holy Week is Far from Perfect & You Just Need a Perfect Lamb

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
        So on a week when you feel messy and behind and burdened and it’s obvious that you’re flailing and aching just a bit — it’s the small things. A few plants in dirt for an Easter Grace Garden. Some figs and almonds from the store on Tuesday and some thorns in a crown — even just one or two.  Read just one devotional  (download here) between now and Sunday and hang an ornament on the Easter Tree. And have a Passover meal on Thursday. The house won’t be perfect. There’s drywall dust in the mudroom. I’ve failed in ways that feel like…
  • Make an Easter Garden: When You Need a Garden Getaway in the Middle of Holy Week

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    So the thing is, back there in the beginning, we all had this shattering fall in a garden. And we mark it on the calendar, Christ, falling in the garden of Gethsemane. Christ, righting our messy fall. So the kids and I, we put our hands into dirt, and we remember our garden fall and His garden grace, and we make a Grace Garden for Easter. How to Make a Grace Garden for Easter This is what we did: We gathered 1. a basket, some dirt, 2. some plants at the nursery, a beginning too, 3. tramped to the woods for just the perfect moss 4. found a wee glass dish for a pond, a few shells too {optional}…
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    Natural Born Learners

  • 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:
  • They're Giving it Away: Natural Born Learners (3 copies available).

    beatrice ekoko
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:50 am
    Over at, a chapter of Homeschooling Education Magazine, they are offering the Natural Born Learners reader. Here's what they say about it:Just recently published, Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education, edited by Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko and Carlo Ricci, is a fabulous compilation of insight and wisdom from many involved in unschooling over the last decades.Head over to the site and enter the competition to win your complimentary book!Go. Do. It. He says so!
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    Unschooling Site News,

  • 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)
  • Schuyler, new quotes; Meredith, on pressure

    Sandra Dodd
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Some quotes from Schuyler's presentation about parenting teens, given in March 28, 2014 at the Gold Coast session of ALLive in Australia, have been added to existing pages: Teens wrote something good about the problems with pressuring children:
  • Randomizer

    Sandra Dodd
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    I have not updated the randomizer on my site since October 2011. I'm making this note for my own good. I'm about to make a(nother) new page. There are many new pages not on that randomizer. I will need to come and mine the announcements here to find two and a half years' worth of additions. Right now, there are 734 pages at the randomizer: expect that when it's updated there will be a thousand. (There are over a thousand pages at the site already, but some are subsets of other main pages, or aren't worth being one of the randomizer target pages, for one reason or…
  • Active Unschooling, Deb Lewis, Australian follow-up

    Sandra Dodd
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    A response to a claim that watching TV, listening to music and playing video games were passive activities sat quietly for six years until it was linked on an Australian blogpost. Fluffed-up and polished: text is by Amy Carpenter, who wrote that she hadn't seen it since it was new, and was glad to be reminded.(Thanks to Kim Houssenloge for stirring it back up!)Deb Lewis was the guest "speaker" at the Wednesday chat on March 26. The transcript is here: are follow-up…
  • Finding math, Pam Sorooshian, Alex Polikowsky, Sandra Dodd on TV

    Sandra Dodd
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:26 am
    Karen James wrote about how Ethan discovered math; I snagged it. with Pam Sorooshian (transcript from March 12, 2014): with Alex Polikowsky (transcript from March 19, 2014): was on TV in Australia for a large part of seven minutes on March 24, 2014: Lewis was the chat guest this week; that transcript will be provided…
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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

  • Quote About the SAT and College Readiness

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    From the book "SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps" by Shaan Patel of Big MythI have one serious issue with the College Board. The company claims that your performance on the SAT is directly related to your readiness for college: If you do well on the SAT, then you are academically prepared for college. In my view, and in the opinion of many others who have studied the test, this claim is false. Your performance on the SAT only measures how well you take the SAT. That's it! Your SAT score is no an indication of how smart you are. If your current SAT score is low, don't be…
  • Our Life and Education Priority List For Our Kids

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Last night in a conversation with my husband, my younger son admitted to completely slacking off and not performing with his homeschool studies facilitated by me but asserts that he knows he's capable and would perform for a teacher in a class if he were in a school. So long as the work was of rigor and not stupid dumbed-down busywork.Here we go again with the puberty - teenage developmental phase of wanting to separate from mother and both parents by seeking an identity of their own and living with more separation and independence.And this is why we are again considering use of school, but…
  • College Accommodations for Learning Disbilities

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is my response to a mother who asked for advice. She said her daughter has multiple learning disabilities and would qualify for accommodations at college but her daughter refuses to. The student wants to be normal and doesn't want to be treated differently. There was a harsh reply from someone who seemed to have no experience parenting a child with a learning disability. I am in the same situation so I understand. Those not dealing with it may not get it and some wind up sounding judgemental.My son had testing. He jumped through the process with the community college for dual credit…
  • Son Was Admitted To a Summer Program

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    An update to this post: Pondering College Summer Programs: my older son was accepted. He will fly away on his own to another state to take a three week college course for 3 college credits while living in the campus dorms.Our hope is that he will get a sense for what aerospace engineering is like and he can see if it's something he really wants to pursue.Last week after talking face to face with the admissions officer for the third time, my son stated he is now considering a different major at that same college. My response was it is alright to change your mind now and it's also alright to…
  • Considering College Options

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    My older son, a junior, wanted more information about right fits and possible majors for college. I ordered these two books published by the College Board. When they arrived I weighed them because I couldn't believe they were so heavy. Ten pounds of options.Son took them to his bedroom and placed them on his new big bookcase. He has been looking them over on and off for two months. I'll take that as a good sign that he is taking more control of his future.copyright 2005-2009 The Thinking Mother
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    A Whole Nother View


    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?

    22 Mar 2014 | 4:13 am
    Where hundreds of bigots rally in support of a bigoted high school teacher. You think I’m kidding? Hundreds of supporters rallied in front of Parkersburg South High School on Friday, calling for a suspended teacher to return to the classroom. About 200 students and adults lined up along Blizzard Drive, holding signs supporting David Foggin, a science teacher who was suspended Tuesday for remarks he made online about a student group. In a post last week, Foggin appeared to make fun of the Gay-Straight Alliance club, comparing the group to deer poaching and illegal street racing and…
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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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  • Kill Kancer

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Last January, Victoria got a chance to take part in a PSA for a new organization that’s working to educate young people about cancer.  They were taping in the Twin Cities that night and wanted to know if she could come then (we’re 3 hours away) and take part as a young cancer survivor.  She and Daryl jumped in the car and made it up there in time.  She had a fantastic experience taking part (though she told me she wished she had time to grab makeup!).  The PSA is now finished and the organization’s website is going live soon.  I think it’s an amazing work, and…
  • ~garden notes~

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    At our elevation (about 6,300′) it’s a little early to do much gardening… we still have at least a little more snow to look forward to and the possibility of freezing temperatures. Since we’ve lived here we’ve seen snow every month except July and August… The average date of the last freeze for this area is about May 20th… so I don’t set my tomatoes out, or plant my other warm weather seeds, before then. But there is still plenty I can be doing… We’re moving ahead with the plans for the new pumpkin patch fence, and have the area all…
  • CA trip

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    WP won’t let me embed the image for the fundraiser site, so you have to go here to see Grace’s site where she is raising funds for a trip to CA. Every little bit helps, but an encouraging note is nice too!
  • Thursday

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The prompt yesterday was hard: 16. Write a poem that includes the words other, mother, smother and/or cover at least 10 times (any of the words or all). Feel free to add other words and phrases that sound similar (such as brother and of her). The mother called every other otter. The brother came running in chasing every other otter. -H My mother called my little brother as he tried to hover. -G My other mother has a child that is my half-brother. My father smothers him with gifts. -B Why do you never say Oh, Mother! It’s only Oh, Brother! Does it bother anyone else? I wonder if every…
  • Fox, bank

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    We did some school then headed over to an early lunch at SAME cafe’. They were having 4 cheese or 4 meat pizza, 3 bean or citrus salad and green chile chicken soup or lentil soup. Then we went to the Fox theater to hear some poetry, spoken word and songs from Su Teatro. From there we went to a co-op at the Young Americans bank. They showed us around the bank and we did some exercises involving money, goal setting and budgeting. We planned a budget and looked at how much things cost as well as set up a goal to save for. They have free one day classes in the summer and I’m going to…
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    the Curiosity Spot

  • Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Want to VHS You; Release Video Interview

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Photo: David HallAs I told you a couple weeks ago, Julian Casablancas e-mailed me (hehe) with a preview of the forthcoming effort, Julian Casablancas + the Voidz.Well today my inbox was graced with more Jules mail!The subject line: "Can I VHS you?"If "VHS" is something dirty, then yes, Julian. Yes, you can.But, as we all know, VHS is certainly not anything dirty, but rather an obsolete technology. So of course it would be something Julian would embrace!!The e-mail contained a link to this video which you need to go watch pronto! It's an interview with Julian and his band…
  • Jake Bugg Announces New EP for Spring + Messed Up Kids Video!

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
    My favorite singer-songwriter out of Nottingham has announced new material is coming soon!Jake Bugg will be releasing an EP titled Messed Up Kids on May 12. It will feature four songs: The title track, off of his amazing 2013 album, Shangri La, "A Change in the Air," "Strange Creatures," and "The Odds."The EP will be available as a download or 10" vinyl record, and you can preview the tracks on itunes.Jake also has a live EP due out on Record Store Day.And if all THAT wasn't enough.. the video for "Messed Up Kids" (the song, not the EP) premiered, too!!! You can watch…

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:27 am
    THE DAY HAS COME!!!!!!!!Wolfmother have released their first album since Cosmic Egg!!! Ahhh!!! I saw it on Ian's Instagram (@ianstergram) and almost fell out of bed!!!GO GET IT!!! You can stream or buy it HERE!!I cannot contain myself!!!
  • Record Store Day is Coming! Check Out the Complete List of Releases

    22 Mar 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The third Saturday in April is a day near and dear to every audiophile's heart. That's because it's Record Store Day!The complete list of RSD releases has been posted.What you need to know is that the stuff that comes out on Record Store Day falls into one of three categories:First: RSD Exclusive Releases: These are things that are only available on Record Store Day at participating shops. Get there early because you won't find them in the same format elsewhere.Second: RSD Limited Run/Regional Focus Releases: Also available only on RSD at participating shops, however may not have…
  • The Black Keys Announce New Album to Be Released in May! Details!

    21 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Where there's smoke, there's fire!The mystery as to why Pat Carney was posting weird pictures of blue people on Instagram (@officerpatrickcarney) for several days has been solved!!!On the heels of the news their new single, "Fever," is coming out Monday, The Black Keys have announced their new album!! And they chose to break the news via Mike Tyson's Twitter.Yes, you read that correctly.VIA MIKE TYSON'S TWITTER.You can't make this shit up.Anyway!! The new album is called TURN BLUE (oh, Pat!) and it's due out on May 13th!This is the Keys first album since their mega-hit El Camino, which came…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • 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…
  • Photoshop World Atlanta, Day One

    Dawn Camp
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Today was the first day of Photoshop World, the place to become a serious Photoshop ninja. Photoshop World (or PSW) is held twice a year: on the east coast in the spring and on the west coast in the fall. After attending in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Washington, D.C., I’m tickled pink as the cherry blossom in my neighbors’ yard to see the conference right here in Atlanta. It’s hard to choose sessions with so much awesome taking place at once (classes in 7 categories—Beginners 101, Photoshop Skills, Creative Cloud/Graphics, Photography Techniques, Lighting, Lightroom, and…
  • Friendship is Worth the Fight Today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    I am not a fighter. I’m a peacemaker by nature; a keeper of secrets; a respecter of privacy. I ruffle few feathers. Diplomatic, that’s me. My awareness of boundaries and personal privacy sometimes keeps people at a distance—not too close—even friends. Yes, sadly, even friends. But in good friendships, like good marriages, disagreements happen. There’s a saying: If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary. I don’t want friendships that wither, stifled by a distaste for conflict, where one of us feels unnecessary, where opposing positions…
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • Need help with math facts for 2nd grader

    Christina Tracy
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    I skipped math facts drills with my oldest son but my second son loves math facts. I think he is read for a cumulative review of some kind but I don't want to set him up for failure. How many math facts might a 2nd grade cumulative review have? I know Saxon math does this but I can't remember if it is 50 or 100 problems per page and how long they have to complete it. Any good websites for printing these kinds of quizzes?
  • I have a question for those who have used Abeka Algebra.........

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Is it me or is the teacher's lesson plans all over the place? Pages are skipped, etc. Should we do all of the word problems in the book or are they just busywork? Thanks.
  • Infants 'unable to use toy building blocks' due to iPad addiction

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Excerpt: Many children aged just three or four can “swipe a screen” but have little or   no dexterity in their fingers after spending hours glued to iPads, it was   claimed. I would call this the dark side of technology...I don't have wee ones...anybody familiar with this?
  • Rosetta Stone

    Tiffany Johnsgard
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:51 pm
    What are people's thoughts on Rosetta Stone and which version is easier to use ?
  • End of year testing & Common Core

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I just cancelled my order for Iowa Basics form C tests because they are aligned with CC standards and switched to Iowa Basics form A (from 2005) which are not aligned.  Is form A going to be easier or harder than Form C would be?  I don't mind it being more difficult, I was just wondering if anyone knew.  Thanks!
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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

  • 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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  • Fort Building Fun for Kids of All Ages: A Fort Magic Review

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

  • 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?
  • Credits

    6 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    For the homeschool program I am doing, I need a certain amount of credits for each subject. How many credits do each of your high school books have? Reply
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    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.
  • Thoughts on Early Education

    Sonya Shafer
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:48 pm
    With society’s push for starting formal education earlier and earlier, it feels like a breath of fresh air when an article or a study takes a stand against that trend. Charlotte Mason was a strong advocate of safeguarding a child’s first six years of life as a time for individual development through free play, exploration, […] Thoughts on Early Education originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • 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.
  • Why School is NOT for Children Anymore

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join me on Facebook! Post by The HomeScholar. The post Why School is NOT for Children Anymore appeared first on The HomeScholar Helper. Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out to learn more.
  • How to Drive Across the USA

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join me on Facebook! Post by The HomeScholar. The post How to Drive Across the USA appeared first on The HomeScholar Helper. Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out to learn more.
  • Learning Leadership: Great List of Leadership Books for Teens

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Leadership is something you learn by doing. Become good at something, do it often for fun, and pretty soon you’ll be leading others as they […] The post Learning Leadership: Great List... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out to learn more.
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    Homeschool Blog

  • Top Educational Apps Your Homeschool Kids Will Love

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    What can help entertain the kids on-the-go and also teach them all the same? These top educational apps are some of our kid-friendly favorites.
  • Famous Homeschoolers

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Famous homeschoolers are everywhere. You just may not know that they homeschool. Find out which notable people, famous athletes and celebrities homeschool.
  • When You Feel Like a Homeschool Failure

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:48 am
    Are you a mom who feel like a homeschool failure? The role of Mom is often referred to as the hardest job in existence, but Homeschool Mom is probably the most difficult position of all.
  • Top Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum Options

    23 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Before selecting a homeschool language arts curriculum, you may want to consider thses top choices.
  • K12 Virtual Academy Online Reviews

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    These reviews reveal what other parents and students really think of K12 Virtual Academy and its online homeschool curriculum.
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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

  • 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…
  • A Healthier You by A Beka Books

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Betsy It seems to be that time of year again, when we begin to think about the coming year, and our children’s needs for curriculum.  One of the areas that I sometimes have missed in our homeschool has been in health education.  We have always added PE into the mix, but did not start working with a health curriculum itself until middle school.  We wanted something that was written to the young teen, including discussions of  topics of interest.  We found all of this and more in “A Healthier You“, which is part of the A Beka Book Health Series. A Healthier You is…
  • Elemental Science – Biology for the Grammar Stage

    Amy Maze
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Amy Maze My son is five years old this school year and I decided at the beginning of the year to include science into our curriculum plans.  We had done lots of Charlotte Mason style nature studies in his preschool years, but I wanted to be a little more formal this year.  At the same time, I wanted something simple enough that it wouldn’t be too daunting for a kindergartener. Being a classical homeschooler, I decided to take the advice of The Well Trained Mind and I bought the Kingfisher first Encyclopedia of Animals.  Two times a week we would read about a different animal. …
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  • 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
  • Combining Science and Art

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    I love activities that span more than one subject. I've just published a "homeschooling lesson plan" that shows you how to take a simple wave bottle project, enhance it with a decorative rocker base, and use it to teach science, math, and engineering as well as art....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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  • 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.
  • Supercharged Science Review

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Have you been looking for a hands-on homeschool science curriculum? I was so excited to review the e-Science Program from Supercharged Science. Supercharged Science is a secular homeschool science curriculum. I prefer to use secular materials for our science program. I’ve actually looked into this program before but cost prohibited me from purchasing it. Supercharge Science advocates teaching […] The post Supercharged Science Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Lapbooks for Early Learners

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    So you think lapbooks are only for older children, no way. it may take more prep time on your part but your littles can work on lapbooks of their own. We use the lapbooks for science and history, but it doesn’t mean your little ones will get left out. Rather than open ended or in […] The post Lapbooks for Early Learners 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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    Homeschooling Help

  • 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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  • Using Books to Enhance Materials | Day 18 – 30DaysTYP

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    30 Days to Transform Your Play series Books have the ability to transform play into a rich educational experience. If you’re anything like me, you have tons of lovely books but many get overlooked for bedtime story favourites and are only brought out if we deliberately seek out something we don’t know amidst our play. […] The post Using Books to Enhance Materials | Day 18 – 30DaysTYP appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Exploring Light | Day 17 – 30DaysTYP

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    The rest of the 30 Days to Transform Your Play series Natural Light Explorations with sunlight are often overlooked. From simply observing shadows to discovering the reflective qualities of a watch, disco ball, CD, or mirrors outdoors can fascinate, engage and ultimately teach a child a lot about the word around them. Exploring sculpture with […] The post Exploring Light | Day 17 – 30DaysTYP appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Real Tools | Day 16 – 30DaysTYP

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10 | Day 11 | Day 12 & 13 | Day 14 | Day 15 Welcome to Day 16 (a bit late! Sorry!) of the 30 Days to […] The post Real Tools | Day 16 – 30DaysTYP appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Paint | Day 15 – 30DaysTYP

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10 | Day 11 | Day 12 & 13 | Day 14 Expressive Painting from the Exploring Reggio series I have wrote about exploring paint previously. Here’s some […] The post Paint | Day 15 – 30DaysTYP appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • The Potential Learning Benefits of Tablets for Children

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is a sponsored post by Samsung and Nuffnang. This generation of children are digital natives; meaning they are born into an environment that is technologically rich and are quick to become ‘fluent’ in all things technological. While we know that children need hands-on learning activities and play. We also need to be aware that […] The post The Potential Learning Benefits of Tablets for Children 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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  • Can homeschoolers participate in sports? And if so, how?

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    If your homeschoolers are athletic, or interested in having a shot at any athletic scholarships, then you probably have had some experience with trying to get them involved in athletic leagues.  Homeschoolers Playing in the Public School System Can your homeschooler play sports with your local public school? That question isn’t as easily answered as one might think. [...]
  • What do extracurriculars look like in homeschool, and how do I track them?

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    The difference bewteen “elective” and “extracurriculars” First  I feel like I should clarify the difference in these two terms that parents can sometime get confused about….”elective” and “extracurricular”. Electives are classes that are included in the academic course load and will be included on your high schoolers transcript. Extracurriculars are classes or activities that are [...]
  • Is it Really Possible for Homeschoolers to be Prepared for College?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    It definitely is possible! I can speak from experience on this one. My oldest daughter had homeschooled since fourth grade. While she had worked hard she still worried that she had done everything needed to get into college. Yet, we followed these simple principles, and when it was time for her to apply she sailed [...]
  • As a Homeschooler, What Can I Do to Make Friends?

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Oh that ominous topic…SOCIALIZATION.  This is a big concern for both students and parents alike.  After all, if you’re homeschooled, that must mean you stay at home 24/7, so how on Earth would you have opportunities to make friends? Well, no need to fear – making friends as a homeschooler really isn’t a big deal.  [...]
  • What Happens When….You Forget To Study?

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    We’ve all had that moment of horrid realization when you’re doing something and the thought of that test you’re taking the next day pops in your head. The heart acceleration usually means that you forgot about it completely, and then the panic sets in and you drop everything you’re doing to rush to your room [...]
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  • 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…
  • Creative Mothers - Shelli Bond Pabis

    Megan Gray
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    This week's Creative Mother is Shelli Bond Pabis. I love Shelli's photography and I am really excited for the new homeschool magazine she's working on to come out. Her ability to create even with distractions is definitely something I can relate to and I'm sure many mothers can. We all have many hats to wear and many different directions our daily lives take us. I think when you become a mother, whether you homeschool or not, you finally realize what's important to you and what you really want to make time for just like Shelli.Do you feel that motherhood has brought more focus to your…
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