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  • Homeschool Families to US Senate: Defeat UN Treaty! – Home School Legal Defense Association

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    Gary
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Homeschool Families to US Senate: Defeat UN Treaty! – Home School Legal Defense Association Homeschool Families to US Senate: Defeat UN Treaty!Home School Legal Defense AssociationHSLDA's CAP program was created in 1992 to train local homeschool families how to lobby Congress to protect homeschool freedom. Since 1992, our CAP families have participated in every major battle on Capitol Hill to protect homeschool freedom and …
  • Almost Back to School: Planning, Scheduling & Preparing

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    Heather
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    { Note: This post is part of my Almost Back to School Series – follow along with the links at the bottom. } As promised, here’s Post #3 of 5… We started school yesterday, y’all. That means this series has gone from “Almost Back to School” to Officially Back to School. There were no doves decending from heaven. No great flashes of light or thunderous voices from heaven declaring that we were on track. No fanfare whatsoever. Mama isn’t even finished getting all  her ducks in a row (shhhh!)… and that’s OK. If you want to teach a kid that it…
  • Poetry with kids, Storified

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Today on Twitter Sally Thomas wondered aloud what a ‘poetry-centered curriculum’ would look like, and a marvelous discussion ensued. Kortney of One Deep Drawer went to the trouble of Storifying the conversation—what a gem she is! Do hasten to her blog and enjoy it. (This link goes to her intro post, which links in turn to the Storify.)
  • Gov. Snyder's vision for P20 Education

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    Spunky
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Below is a video from the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference where Governor Snyder explains his vision of P20 education from "prenatal to life long learning."   "I want to emphasize a vision of P-20.  A PRENATAL to life long learning.  We have to get beyond the old models of saying there are silos for  for K12,  silos for community college, for higher ed,  for preschool.  They shouldn't
  • Carnival of Homeschooling - Introduction to programming concepts

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    Henry Cate
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    I've been writing code for most of my career.  I've written in a variety of programming languages.  For most of the last fifteen years I wrote in Java.  Recently I've been using Python.  While each languages has its unique features, most languages share some basic, common concepts. In this carnival I'll tie in various programming concepts to the posts.  I hope you enjoy it. LoopingOften a program will try to do some simple task hundreds, or thousands, or even millions of times.  The loop might be for a fixed number of times, or run until some condition is met, or…
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    Sprittibee

  • Almost Back to School: Planning, Scheduling & Preparing

    Heather
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    { Note: This post is part of my Almost Back to School Series – follow along with the links at the bottom. } As promised, here’s Post #3 of 5… We started school yesterday, y’all. That means this series has gone from “Almost Back to School” to Officially Back to School. There were no doves decending from heaven. No great flashes of light or thunderous voices from heaven declaring that we were on track. No fanfare whatsoever. Mama isn’t even finished getting all  her ducks in a row (shhhh!)… and that’s OK. If you want to teach a kid that it…
  • Poetry and Pictures: Harm No Living Thing

    Heather
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Pipe Vine Swallowtail Caterpillar “Just because I am different from you – please do not harm me”… says the dangerous looking caterpillar. Wouldn’t it be grand if everyone truly believed in not harming other living things? Life is precious. Hurt No Living Thing Hurt no living thing: Ladybird, nor butterfly, Nor moth with dusty wing, Nor cricket chirping cheerily, Nor grasshopper so light of leap, Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat, Nor harmless worms that creep. - Christina Rossetti Enjoy your weekend…
  • Flourless Honey-Sweet Peanut Butter Brownies

    Heather
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I can see the future. ESP, I tell you. Here’s what I know: You are going to thank me for this 4-ingredient recipe. People at your next potluck or party are going to thank YOU. Your kids might nominate you for mom of the year, even. If you love peanut-butter, and are trying to stay away from refined sugar and excess grains (especially gluten or wheat), you are going to love this recipe. It is CRAZY simple. The bars taste fantastic with milk. They are rich and nutty; best served WARM. A friend of mine who eats even healthier than we do shared this recipe with me. In fact, after I ate one…
  • Bright Bloggy Spot on the Horizon: Blog Elevated Conference

    Heather
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I’ve got the summer-time blues. Yep, the end of summer, and the beginning of the school year. I am not dreading the end of 100 degree heat (this Saturday the “feels like” temp was 121 – I kid you not). I do, however, dread the end of extra free time… even though we suffered through summer school this year. A good way to beat the blues about back to school (if you are a homeschool blogging mama), is to attend the Blog Elevated conference in sandy Galveston, Texas this year. It’s just a few weeks away now. I’m counting the hours until I can feel the…
  • Almost Back to School: Getting Organized

    Heather
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    { Note: This post is part of my Almost Back to School Series – follow along with the links at the bottom. } As promised, here’s Post #2 of 5… We didn’t get quite as much as I had hoped done this week, but we managed to plan out the entire year’s worth of homeschool field trips for the teenagers and younger kids for our local co-op, we prayed for rain and got it, and my son had a great four days of hunting with his daddy. The week wasn’t a total wash, after all. Here was my original list of things I had to check off to create this post: Post 2: Getting…
 
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    Melissa Wiley

  • Poetry with kids, Storified

    Melissa Wiley
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Today on Twitter Sally Thomas wondered aloud what a ‘poetry-centered curriculum’ would look like, and a marvelous discussion ensued. Kortney of One Deep Drawer went to the trouble of Storifying the conversation—what a gem she is! Do hasten to her blog and enjoy it. (This link goes to her intro post, which links in turn to the Storify.)
  • Thoughts on YA

    Melissa Wiley
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    So I wrote this really long post about YA fiction on tumblr, and then I was like ARGH, maybe it should go at Bonny Glen instead, what am I even doing? So now you know exactly how decisive I am. Well, it’s there, and I’m leaving it there, but here’s a piece of it, and if you have trouble commenting on that site you’re welcome to bring the discussion here. Something I’ll be thinking about as I gorge is what stories these writers are telling and why. (Not just how, which is a primary measure of a book’s merit—how is this story being told? How well? How vividly? How…
  • Cybils 2014

    Melissa Wiley
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s that time of year again: Cybils Award season. The judge announcements went out this morning. I’m delighted to be serving on the First-Round panel for YA Fiction. My last stint on this panel was in 2010, aka The Year I Read a Million Books. (I’m sure it’s a TOTAL COINCIDENCE that that was also the year I began to need reading glasses.) My appointment to this panel spurred me to make a move I’ve been considering for some time, which is to dust off my tumblr (again) and try using it for my YA-related content. I’ve got a new YA of my own coming out next…
  • Sarah and Katie by Dori White

    Melissa Wiley
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The other day I mentioned I’ve been meaning to write a post about the 1972 middle-grade novel Sarah and Katie by Dori White. THIS IS NOT THAT POST. This is purely a curiosity itch I can’t wait to scratch. I took my query to Twitter, too, and…crickets. Now, ordinarily the merest mention of any book on Twitter, let alone a childhood favorite, garners zillions of immediate and enthusiastic responses. People love to talk about their childhood books. Which leads me to believe that no one I know either on Twitter or here has heard of this book! Can this be? Am I alone in my Sarah…
  • Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Only With Books (and No Pinning)

    Melissa Wiley
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Here’s a new game I’ve just thought of: close your eyes and grab a book from your shelves, any book, and then write a brief commentary about it. Or a long one, if you like. I’ve got so many books in my review stack, and so many others (the backlist and midlist titles I love to champion) waiting in my mental queue for some loving attention from me—books I mean to discuss or celebrate or simply wax nostalgic over. (Sarah and Katie, you guys. FOR FOUR YEARS I’ve been planning a Sarah and Katie post. The cover’s been sitting there in drafts staring mournfully at…
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  • Gov. Snyder's vision for P20 Education

    Spunky
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Below is a video from the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference where Governor Snyder explains his vision of P20 education from "prenatal to life long learning."   "I want to emphasize a vision of P-20.  A PRENATAL to life long learning.  We have to get beyond the old models of saying there are silos for  for K12,  silos for community college, for higher ed,  for preschool.  They shouldn't
  • Smarter Balanced Update

    Spunky
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    Governor Snyder signed the School Omnibus Budget Bill on Tuesday.  Included in the budget was a provision that appears to have blocked the implementation of Smarter Balanced for one year by extending the MEAP. This is obviously a good thing in many ways.  Thanks to your calls and the the hard work of lawmakers against the Common Core, we were able to cause enough of a stir and provoke a
  • Common Core: A cradle-to-career pathway to servitude

    Spunky
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Governor Snyder said in his 2011 State of the State Addresss, "We’ve been spending money without delivering the results to give our young people a bright future. It is time that we view our educational system which runs from pre-natal to lifelong learning. It’s time to start talking about P-20 instead of just K-12. We need to establish a system that focuses on real achievement for all of
  • Homeschoolers Rally Against the Common Core!

    Spunky
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    Associated Press political journalist, Kimberley Hefling reports on the impact homeschoolers are making against the Common Core.  Home-schooling mom Jenni White gave some of the loudest cheers when Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation to repeal the Common Core education standards.... ...n Oklahoma and elsewhere, home-schooling parents, often with their kids, are a frequent presence
  • Does taking the SAT harm homeschoolers?

    Spunky
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:07 am
    In a recent email and webinar, Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) asserted that  "At this time, we have not seen any evidence that the redesigned SAT will harm homeschoolers in any way."    Is that a valid statement?  Simply by looking at the documentation provided on the Common Core website written by HSLDA, the answer is clearly NO. In their FAQ, Question #7 asks, "Will the
 
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    Why Homeschool

  • Carnival of Homeschooling - Introduction to programming concepts

    Henry Cate
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    I've been writing code for most of my career.  I've written in a variety of programming languages.  For most of the last fifteen years I wrote in Java.  Recently I've been using Python.  While each languages has its unique features, most languages share some basic, common concepts. In this carnival I'll tie in various programming concepts to the posts.  I hope you enjoy it. LoopingOften a program will try to do some simple task hundreds, or thousands, or even millions of times.  The loop might be for a fixed number of times, or run until some condition is met, or…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be held at our blog Why Homeschool.This will be the 455th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - Songs Stuck in my Head

    Henry Cate
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Cristina is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Home Spun Juggling.She starts the carnival with:----------Ever get a song lyric stuck in your head? That is my life. Songs spin around my brain like a soundtrack accompanying my life. Situations are set to music, or a song springs unbidden to mind and stays there until I stop and listen or look up the lyrics to figure out why my subconscious wants me to hear this right now. I always learn something from the experience. And so I invite you to join me for a lyric-inspired  Carnival of Homeschooling: Songs Stuck in my…
  • The PEPSI reasons for homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    In a high school history class I had a teacher say that when trying to understand why people did things, one framework to use was PEPSI which stood for Philosophical, Economic, Psychological, Social and Ideological.  Often people are motivated by one or more of these.Here are the PEPSI reasons we homeschool:Philosophical:  We believe that the primary responsibility of educating our children lies with us.  Since public schools are doing such a poor job this alone would be enough of a reason to homeschool our children.Economic:  Homeschooling is an inexpensive way to get a…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be held at:  Home Spun JugglingThis will be the 454th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • Giving away my homeschool books

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I picked up the phone today and told a friend to come over with some file boxes this weekend and pick up any homeschool books she wanted.  I'd been giving her all my books one at a time anyway, and since I won't be living here full time,  I decided to turn my home office back into a guest room. It's kind of bitter-sweet parting with the homeschool books I have accumulated over the years... a few I even purchased after I stopped homeschooling... (hard habit to break). It is bitter because I am done homeschooling my kids.  It is also sweet because I am done homeschooling my…
  • I don't GET designer purses, and I don't GET boxed curriculum either

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    In shifting my mindset for living (even if only part time) in NYC, I have inventoried my belongings and am considering what I am bringing with me and what I am leaving here.  I looked at my purses, and then I threw some away... maybe I should just get a money clip and skip the purses, I thought, but perhaps, just for special occasions, maybe my old Coach purses will do. Burberry bags $500-$3000 + So I took them out, and polished them, and ordered new hang tags, and wrapped them lovingly.  But then I asked, what is the big deal with designer purses? Sure hubby purchased them for me…
  • Crazy changes. I can barely believe it myself.

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    So.  Hubby got a job promotion which requires him being in NYC most of the time.  Wow. At first, the thought seemed just CRAZY.... but now I am quite excited.  It's mot like I am selling my house and actually moving or anything, we will be able to get a small place in Manhattan or Queens and still be OK. I'm in such an excited tizzy, that I can't express it on the page! So with that said, I need to get my home organizing project finished cuz I need to start apartment shopping, and deciding what 1/4 of my furniture and items I am going to ship off to NY, and what I will just…
  • Children are happily deposited at college

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The kids are at their respective colleges and I am in the process of reclaiming and reorganizing our home.  As this is the youngest one's 2nd year at college, I feel comfortable infringing into their space a little, where necessary, and working to make the house work best for my husband and myself.For example, my son pretty much has the entire basement to himself, and I will be reclaiming the exercise room as a storage room to get rid of clutter all over the house.  I am also thinking of claiming an area for sewing, and of course what exercise equipment I don't give away, will go in…
  • Packing and organizing for back to college... still

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I am still buried in packing bins (plastic boxes from Walmart), Ikea Bags, and Space saver bags.  My daughter asked me to help her organize her belongings, but at the same time, she is also calling me anal retentive. The good news is with careful packing, unpacking becomes a breeze as the items are organized intuitively and can just be slid into drawers or set in it's appropriate place.This is all of the hanging clothes I am sendingout... less than half from last years amount,even though she has twice the closet space.The hardest part is preventing her from bringing all of her clothing…
 
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    By Sun and Candlelight

  • Asking the Daily Questions ...

    Dawn
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Happy Wednesday, my friends! I hope this post finds you well. :) Recently I've been working on a personalized daily planner - something I'll print out and have spiral bound - and as I create draft after draft, and change up designs and colors, I keep returning to the same basic question. What do I need to think about each day? When I wake up each morning, what do I need to wrap my tired brain around? I thought I'd share my list here and ask if you have other issues you address in a day and also, I'd love to know if you are using a daily planner of some sort. As opposed -…
  • Pumpkin days are here again ...

    Dawn
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
     I just placed this adorable pumpkin atop our bean pot in the middle of the kitchen table. And with the way the sun was coming in the window - late afternoon, slanting light - I had to grab a picture. I just love pumpkin season! I snapped some pictures of the pumpkins I spied at local farms this weekend ... thought you might like to see them! Are you a fan of the pumpkin, my friends? Is there a special way you like to celebrate the season of the golden gourd? Perhaps a favorite pumpkin recipe you return to each year? I know many people are crazy for those pumpkin latte drinks served at…
  • A Rainbow Connection?

    Dawn
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    My friends, what a neat surprise this was! Have any of you ever seen a rainbow in the sky - when there's not a speck of rain in sight? It's been clear and dry all day, but Bill just spotted this tiny rainbow hanging right up there in the middle of the sky ... Not a full arc as you can see - just a short swath of color. So unexpected ... it's all the more beautiful! Had to share the moment, I feel filled with joy and wonder. :) I hope you've all had a lovely weekend ... see you here again very soon! ❤
  • (Scattered) Thoughts on the To-Do List ...

    Dawn
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    *Note: This isn't really a full-fledged post - more a collection of thoughts. Just some things I've been mulling over the past few days ... My friends, we all have a lot on our plates. And there is a great need to organize all those responsibilities on a to-do list (or lists). I think we've perhaps talked about this concept once or twice here before?  Every Thursday/Friday I work on what Bill calls our "POW" - an acronym for our "Plan of the Weekend" as opposed to the "POD" which is the "Plan of the Day" or the "POP" which is…
  • Our Homeschool Wall ~ and Hello There!

    Dawn
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
      Well, my friends - I'm back! It feels good to be posting again - it's been nearly a month! I hope you've all been well. How was the end of your summer? Or more importantly, how goes the start of your fall? We're still in "lift-off" mode here, but things are starting to settle into place ... I have some pictures of a homeschool "wall" I'm organizing in the kitchen but before I get into that, I thought I'd share a quick recap of where our boys are now. So as most of you know, we are a homeschooling family of six. We live in…
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    Dewey's Treehouse

  • Cinnamon cake for a fall birthday

    Mama Squirrel
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Ponytails had a birthday this month.  She found this recipe for Cinnamon Cake on For Bakes Sake, but we changed it a bit to make it one layer (it was just for our family); frosted it with plain butter icing with a bit of cinnamon added (instead of the cream cheese frosting); and did the spices a bit differently.  This is our version:Spice Birthday Cake (makes two layers, or one layer plus a dozen cupcakes):2 cups all purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (see below)1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup milk (we used 2% milk)1/2 cup unsalted butter, room…
  • CM quote for the day: The dangers of literary cheese-cake

    Mama Squirrel
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    If we are raised on a junkfood book diet..."...the succession of 'pretty books' never fails us we have not time for works of any intellectual fibre, and we have no more assimilating power than has the schoolgirl who feeds upon cheese-cakes.  Scott is dry as dust, even Kingsley is 'stiff.'  We remain...'poor readers' all our days...Guard the nursery; let nothing in that has not the true literary flavour; let the children grow up on a few  books read over and over, and let them have none, the reading of which does not cost an appreciable mental effort." ~~ Charlotte Mason,…
  • Drawn from the P.U.S.: how Charlotte Mason might have taught a chapter on Ecosystems and Biogeography

    Mama Squirrel
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Subject: Ecosystems and Biogeography. Group: Science. Class III. Time: 30 minutes. By Mama Squirrel.Book used: The World Around You, by Gary Parker.Objects.I. To increase the student's knowledge of biotic and abiotic factors.II. To show how all living things are connected to each other.III. To give some account of the different biogeographic realms, using Australian marsupials as an example. By way of introduction, I would ask the student to tell me the meaning of an ecosystem, and, for any ecosystem, name some of the things included; for instance, in an aquarium, we would have particular…
  • CM quote for the day: When knowledge is pleasure

    Mama Squirrel
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    "They must be educated up to it....delight in a fine thought, well set, does not come by nature...But the press and hurry of our times and the clamour for useful knowledge are driving classical culture out of the field; and parents will have to make up their minds, not only that they must supplement the moral training of the school, but must supply the intellectual culture, without which knowledge may be power, but is not pleasure, nor the means of pleasure." ~~ Charlotte Mason, Formation of CharacterEdward Ardizzone illustration from The Little Bookroom, by Eleanor Farjeon
  • Pear Oatmeal Muffins (recipe)

    Mama Squirrel
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Pear Oatmeal Muffins, made with a cupful of cooked pears. Wet ingredients:Leftover cooked pears, run through the food processor so they resemble applesauce1/2 cup oil1 eggAbout 1/2 cup milk, or enough to sufficiently moisten the batterDry ingredients:1 1/2 cups flour and 1 cup oatmeal, or thereabouts1/2 cup brown sugar2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. saltSpices as needed: our pears already had ginger and orange in them, so I didn't add anyCombine wet and dry ingredients separately, then mix and correct the amount of liquid.  Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin cups.  Bake 15 to 20…
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    Heart of Wisdom Blog

  • What Your Child Needs to Know When

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Concerned homeschooling parents are always asking “Am I doing enough?” This book answers this question and includes the checklists for academic evaluation for each grade K-8 and much more. Robin explains our children need to obtain academic knowledge, but, more importantly, they need to acquire the wisdom to know how to use the knowledge! “You ...
  • Teaching with Movies: Middle Ages

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I created a Pinterest board list of movies about the Middle Ages.   Many of the videos are free online. Remember not all movies are historically accurate. The one that are historically accurate are noted so. The BBC did a good documentary series which is listed close to the top of the Pinterest board. Check it out. ...
  • Teaching with Movies Review

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    TeachwithMovies.org “TeachWithMovies.org is the premiere site on the Internet showing teachers how to create lesson plans using movies and film. Thousands of teachers use movies in their classes to teach social studies, English, Science, Health, and the Arts.” Teaching with Movies is an excellent resource for homeschoolers with a little discernment. Some of the movies are movies ...
  • Why You Should Never Ignore Ice Cravings

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I have been pregnant eleven times. Every time I craved iced. Every time I gave birth I stopped craving ice. It is amazing how many doctors don’t know ice cravings are a symptom of anemia. My second daughter had five pregnancies. She also craved ice during each pregnancy. We joked about knowing where to get the ...
  • Organize Your Homeschool with Trello Lists

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I am a list maker so I fell in love with Trello,  a free collaboration tool that organizes your project lists into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. I use Trello to organize my work, hobbies, menu plans, and home life. ...
 
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    Project Based Homeschooling

  • Why “do what you love” is not terrible advice

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

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

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

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

    Lori Pickert
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Yes, yes, a million times yes to this: A couple things happen when we focus all of our collective attention on boys and whether or not they are reading. First, we tell boys that they are not reading, and that reading is not an inherently “boyish” thing to do. We expect them, in fact, not to read, and boys who love reading are outside the norm. Next, we start gendering books and telling boys that they like certain kinds of books, that they are interested in humor and adventure and fun. And they specifically do not like the sort of books that help kids at this age figure out how to be in…
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    The Common Room

  • Free4Kindle Books: Mostly Christian Fiction

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The Gates Of Trevalyan Blurb: Family. Faith. Love. War. The Gates of Trevalyan brings the turbulent years before, during and after the Civil War to vivid and passionate life. Trevalyan, the beautiful central-Georgia plantation where idealistic young Jenny Mobley and aristocratic Charles King marry and build a life together, becomes a symbol of the heartache and division brought by the nation’s bitter wounds. Author Jacquelyn Cook weaves the King family’s story into a tapestry featuring the most compelling figures of the time–from charismatic statesman Alexander Stephens and…
  • Artificial Sweeteners Could Contribute to Diabetes

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Artificial sweeteners *possibly* inked to obesity as well as diabetes. It may be because they alter the balance of the flora in your gut, thus changing the way your body processes sugars. Please note the qualifiers, but I think the possible correlation between altering the natural make-up of your gut and seemingly unrelated illnesses is fascinating. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/artificial-sweeteners-linked-to-obesity-epidemic-scientists-say-1.2769196?cmp=rss…
  • Biscuit Mix and Last Minute Guests

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    This is last minute frugal staple for feeding unexpected company, so if you don’t mind the gluten and wheat keep this biscuit mix on hand: (If you add powdered milk to the mix, then you only need to use water for the liquid in the recipes.) 10 cups all purpose flour (you can use whole wheat. I like to store it in the freezer in that case) 1/3 cup aluminum-free baking powder 1/4 cup sugar 4 teaspoons salt 2 cups coconut oil, lard, or other shortening that does not require refrigeration unless you’re going to keep it frozen. Then you can use butter. Makes 12.5 cups of mix I usually…
  • Indian Keema

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Just finished Day 10 of the Whole30, and I am still sticking to it, um, with the exception of stevia in my coffee twice, and my coconut almond wraps that aren’t a pancake so there. The newest grandbaby was born last weekend, Papa Shasta had to go to work on Monday.  So Mama Equuschick and her four little chickletts have been coming over here during the day so she doesn’t have to do too much on her own at home. I needed to make dinner quickly one night because I got distracted. A quick rummage through the freezer and I found four cups of cooked hamburger meat. A quick fossicking…
  • I love this recipe

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    I made the batter for these pancakes (which I have shared several other times) last night. I just put the ingredients in a mason jar that fits my blender blades and cap and blent away. Then I let the batter sit in the fridge overnight, added a couple tablespoons of coconut milk and blent it again and made myself two lovely, wheat-free, dairy-free pancakes- er, coconut wraps. My totally paleo and unsweetened pancakes: I just put these ingredients in a blender or food processor: 8 eggs 3 T. oil (I have used sunflower oil, coconut oil, and ghee and liked each one) 1/2 generous cup each: almond…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • It's the New Bumpoofle-Dee-Dee

    Karen Edmisten
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I'm reading Hilda van Stockum's The Winged Watchman to Ramona as part of our World War II studies this year. Tonight, we were reading at the kitchen table while Anne and Betsy were doing the dinner dishes. At this point in the story, we're learning more about Hildebrand, a young man, a philosophy student, who is secretly staying with the Verhagen family. Anne and Betsy were listening in.I had just read a paragraph in which Mr. Verhagen and Hildebrand are having a conversation, and as the two men are agreeing on a point, we learn thatAt first he (Father) had thought that such a bookish person…
  • Sean Herriott Has a New Show!

    Karen Edmisten
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sean Herriott's Faith as a Second Language is a terrific podcast and I'm delighted to say that I will soon get to be a part of it. I'll be talking to Sean in the very near future, so I'll keep you posted about the air date.{Updated to note: My chat with Sean will be available tomorrow, September 17th!} In the meantime, check out some of the great stuff he's been doing:"Letting Go of Worry" with Gary ZimakDr. Tim Weldon on Art, Faith, and the Future... and loads more.You can also check out Sean's blog, Holly Park, and his Facebook page.
  • Whovian Quote of the Day

    Karen Edmisten
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Kahler-Jex: You’re a mother, aren’t you?Amy: How did you know?Kahler-Jex: There’s kindness in your eyes. And sadness. And ferocity, too.
  • Poetry Friday: To an Old Square Piano

    Karen Edmisten
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Our very old, well worn, beloved piano. Just yesterday, I remarked to Ramona how lovely it was to hear her playing the piano again. She loves to play, but we all get either busy or lazy in the summer, and her regular practice time goes out the window. But we are resettling into autumn rhythms and Ramona's music is winding its way through the dining room again, into the kitchen, where I'm working, and thinking, and giving thanks.To an Old Square Pianoby Robinson JeffersWhose fingers wore your ivory keysSo thin—as tempest and tide-flowSome pearly shell, the castawayOf indefatigable…
  • "Oh! Homeschool moment!"

    Karen Edmisten
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Thus spake Ramona, when she spotted this guy outside the kitchen window this morning:Love these homeschool moments.* *Though she was slightly disconcerted when we looked up some facts about the praying mantis and she spotted the word "cannibal." 
 
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    Heart of the Matter

  • Merit Scholarships Cut College Costs

    Lee
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Merit Scholarships Cut College Costs Are you asking yourself how on earth your family can afford college? Merit scholarships can be part of the answer! They may be related to academics or athletics, but what they all have in common is that certain criteria be met, such as an accomplishment or completion of a task....
  • Budget Travel 101, Lesson 1

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I grew up with a daddy who loved to go and a mama who was willing to sacrifice to satisfy his wanderlust. They weren’t going to let the smallness of Daddy’s paycheck keep us at home. Since Daddy worked until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday nights and went back to work on Monday morning at seven,...
  • A Full Schedule or a Full Heart?

    Karen
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Another day is over and I slump down into the sofa, completely and utterly exhausted. Another day that goes by like a whirlwind and I am left wondering, where did the day go? We went from getting school work completed (and rushed at some points) to running out the door for sports practice, and then...
  • SAT’s, ACT’s, and Whatnot

    Justin Gregoire
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    As much of a pain standardized tests are, for both parents and students, they’re one of those things in life that you have to take because, well, they set a standard. While tests may not show colleges (or employer) one’s level of determination or work ethic, the scores show us what an individual is capable...
  • A Reading List for Grown-ups

    Elizabeth Curry
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Sometimes we homeschooling parents get so caught up in the day to day business of educating our children that we sometimes neglect ourselves. We dutifully read books and more books to our children and spend time searching for yet more books to read when we’re done. It is easy to forget to allow ourselves some...
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    Home*School*Home

  • Up and down, lots of stuff.

    Fatcat
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    It's just kind of crazy here all the time, it seems like.  Yesterday was a pretty bad day and a pretty good day, all in one.  It started out bad.  I woke up in pain, in my side and in my head with a very bad headache.  I'm still newish at this company and I don't like to take off work so I took some Tylenol and worked anyway.  While trying to get my work done, I had seemingly endless problems with the internet and the computer system that my company provides for me to work on.  Also, during the morning, I was trying to make soup that my family had requested I…
  • Exciting day.

    Fatcat
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Yesterday didn't start off exciting, just a regular work day, but then last night we went to a "reveal party" for my brother and sister in law's fourth baby.  We all found out at the same time that it was a boy when the cake we cut into was blue.  It was fun.  They already have 2 girls and 1 boy so this one will even things out.  Then we played some games, introducing the group to Mille-Bornes the classic car racing card game.  It was fun.  After a while I sat out because of uneven numbers and had even more fun playing Headbanz with my niece and nephew.
  • Checking off a few things.

    Fatcat
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    I'm not getting as much as I would like done, but my daughter and I did go over to mom's house and clean for a couple of hours yesterday.  I'm going to try and do that every day that I don't go and see mom.  Starting tomorrow, I want to get some pictures of things that we will be selling.  :-(  Again, nothing I actually want to do but it has to be done.  At this point, we are talking to a lawyer about the best way to proceed with selling the house.  I think we got some bad advice from the people who are doing the VA benefits and we almost made a very costly…
  • September zipping by.

    Fatcat
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    It's already the 10th!  I've got my third IV iron infusion today.  I feel better, that is for sure and I am very thankful.  We got together with our peoples on Monday, then yesterday I went to see mom.  I also tried to go to a different assisted living facility to take a tour because they emailed me out of the blue (had my email from my searches in April) and their facility is 800 dollars a month less.  I don't want to move mom but that is a substantial amount of money, so I feel that I should at least take a look.  I couldn't find the place though.  I…
  • Monday.

    Fatcat
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Now that Mondays are my day off, I like them.  I know a lot of people are heading off to work and school and I sympathize.  I'll be right there with you tomorrow.  But today is full of promise.  Yesterday I had a day where I felt good.  This may be the first time this entire year.  Seriously.  I have been plagued by symptoms of pain and aching all year.  So anyway, yesterday I went to church, then went and cleaned my mom's house for a couple of hours, then went to the grocery.  I then spent the evening art journaling and playing Words with Friends,…
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  • The farmer and his three sons

    Maria Miller
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Here's an interesting story problem that I received in an email!A farmer died leaving his 17 horses to his three sons. When his sons opened up the will it read: Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/iceninejonMy eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of total horses;My middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third) of the total horses;My youngest son should be given 1/9th (one-ninth) of the total horses.     As it's impossible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to fight with each other. So, they decided to go to a farmer friend who they considered…
  • Evaluation of a math assessment test - example

    Maria Miller
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    You might already know that the placement tests on my site work equally well as generic math assessment tests.I also evaluate the test results for free. Now you can see an example of one student's test results and my evaluation here.Many students need to take two or even more tests in order to get a full picture of the gaps they have in their skills and knowledge. That was the case with this student also: she actually took three tests, grade 6, 5, and 4. I posted two of the tests and my evaluation at MathMammoth.com site. I hope it's helpful!
  • Number talks

    Maria Miller
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Number talks are short discussions among a teacher and students about how to solve a particular mental math problem. The focus is not on the correct answer, but on all the possible methods of finding the answer.Each student has a chance to explain their method, and everyone else will learn from other people's methods!To start a number talk, the teacher gives the students a SHORT math problem to solve — but the students are not allowed to use a calculator or paper & pencil. The idea is to solve it in one's head! For example, you could ask students to solve 5 × 18 using mental math.Read…
  • Math Mammoth Grade 7-A is here!

    Maria Miller
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    I know it's Labor Day weekend, but... Math Mammoth Grade 7-A is here! Please note: Only part 7-A is available for now (as of August 2014). Part B is expected to be ready sometime in early 2015.Math Mammoth Grade 7-A is the first half of the pre-algebra curriculum from Math Mammoth. Part A worktext deals with:introduction to basic algebra conceptsintegers and their operationssolving one-step equations, including with negative numbersoperations with negative rational numberssolving linear equations and writing equations for word problemsgraphing linear equations and an introduction to the…
  • Story of Maryam Mirzakhani

    Maria Miller
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I think some of you will enjoy reading the story of Maryam Mirzakhani, an iranian Mathematician, and a woman, who just recently won the most prestigious award in the world of mathematics: the Fields Medal. She is the first woman to win a Fields Medal!
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • How to See God in Midst of Brokenness

    ann
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    He points a finger at me, shakes it like a wand, like a prayer, like shaking me awake. “I need to talk with you.” Gordon’s on his tiptoes, looking for me through the lunch crowd, punctuating each word high in the air with his left pointer finger. “I’ve got a question for you.” He’s stabbing the air. I feel poked in the chest, pushed up against the back of my chair. I reach for water, something to wet a thick, scratchy throat. A question? What kind of question? Why ask me a question? How can he ask anything of me — and think he’d get anything worthwhile? I live in the curve…
  • How To Not Miss Out On Your Real Life Calling

    ann
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    When they cut the three right open and start pulling out the inner guts, there isn’t a sound in the room. They’re focused and silent and pulling at strings and ripping away at things and I wonder if I am doing any of this ridiculous thing right? Not the pumpkins, the squash — I could care less how we hack these three squash up. It’s the kids, this year, my life. I keep losing the keys and time and bits of my stringy mind and it’s hard to keep company with Jesus when you are losing your sanctification over piles of shoe rubble heaped at the back door. Unanswered…
  • How to Help Our Daughters Through Losses

    ann
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Our daughters make this holy journey into womanhood whether we prepare them for it or not. And they will likely feel losses — lose friends, favorite aunts, fathers and mothers along the way. How do we help them process what they’ve lost as they are trying to find the way into this new skin of womanhood? My South African word sister, Lisa-Jo Baker, opens up her story of growing up from the motherless daughter into the motherless mother in her new book, Surprised by Motherhood, a love letter of hope to all the daughters who are trying to make sense of a world of losses. A grace to…
  • Maybe the Best Equation for a Really Good week, a Good Life?

    ann
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    The hour drive it takes to get to the lake on a Sunday afternoon, I think of the Sunday morning sermon. The preacher was preaching pure gospel, how to be born again. 25 years he’s been preaching it in our little country chapel, to the hog farmers, the corn-croppers, the mothers with babies in arms. How you can’t work for it, angle for it, or jockey for it – You can’t earn God’s love. You can only turn towards God love. When we all unpile, the little girls run and cousins squeal and holler happy at the water’s edge. My mama and I stand there, toes in sand and the wind blowing…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [09.13.14]

    ann
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    #Exhale. So many breathtakingly beautiful colors of fall all around the world what is living, if we are not awed by the hand of God? an extraordinary story of perseverance - What’s the secret to EIGHTY years of marriage? Perspective changes everything? How to see scribbles into art : the ugly made beautiful well, that’s an ingenious idea! what do you do when you’re desperate to remember that Joy is Possible? how to not grumble the weekend away <grin> … so, make one unexpected new friend this weekend? so, yeah — would you live here?  Might shave a few years off your…
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    Natural Born Learners

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

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

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

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

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

    beatrice ekoko
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    I sometimes think about self-directed learning, unschooling and autonomy in education in terms of ‘quiet’ activism. It’s about advocating for our children's freedom to learn as they want to and helping them to take responsibility for being in the world, right from the beginning of their life and on. Unschoolers and practitioners of autonomous education are actively demonstrating another way to attain education. We are redefining the way education is understood, what it means to be educated, what learning in an atmosphere of freedom looks like; that it can be done.This can feel…
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    Unschooling Site News, SandraDodd.com

  • Priorities, Albuquerque ALLive, Hema Bharadwaj

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

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

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

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

    Sandra Dodd
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    True! This page isn't finished! How much is enough? [This page needs two more links, and pull posts from Just Add Light and add quotes from other places on the site)http://sandradodd.com/enough__________Reminders: I'm speaking in Maine in September, various places, and one night in New Hampshire:http://allinmaine.blogspot.com/p/calendar.htmlI've been interviewed a few times for a series on unschooling Amy Childs is doing, and the one about the benefits of unschooling only has me and Amy. (Most have three to six voices.)http://unschoolingsupport.com/family-bonding/(Others can be accessed in…
 
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    Sandra Dodd

  • Fourth Anniversary of Just Add Light and Stir

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

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

    Sandra Dodd
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    On facebook, a thing was going around, and I wrote what's below. I'm saving it because sometimes people ask me what books I've read, meaning probably which books made me the way I am as an unschooling advocate, but I don't have a list like that for them.I used to have a list of books I recommended, years ago. (bottom of this page: Follow-up to HSC Home=Schooling Conference 2001) There are books I recommend now, but they're not at the core of me. They might be at the core of some people who read them now, in an impressionable stage; that would be good!Instructions: in your status, list 10…
  • Who speaks what and why, these days?

    Sandra Dodd
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Gratuitous photos, each a link.Because of unschooling, I've travelled. Because I've travelled, I've met lots of people who are bilingual, or in many cases, who can speak three or four languages—adults and children both, in Europe and India.I've seen how they've learned, or honed their second and third languages. Some of the adults studied in school, but unless they had a chance to use the language with native speakers, it's not very real, it seems. I studied French in school, and can read a fair amount, but I can't understand native speakers. They have no consonants. It's like a quick song…
  • What I learned from Holly

    Sandra Dodd
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Holly is good at photo manipulation, and related issues. She showed me how to find a color, from an image, for making matching fonts or lines or backgrounds. I've used that trick quite a bit.Today I used it again here: http://sandradodd.com/openWe have three juice glasses, probably from the early 1960's, I got from a thrift store. One day just for fun I photographed one. Thinking about the heritable personality trait "openness to experience" and thought it would be good to start collecting notes about that, for the benefit of unschooling families. Helen Davies had brought a Ray Bradbury quote…
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    Home Schooling News

  • Roar

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Popular political news commentator Scottie Nell Hughes tackles the myth of the weak and meek conservative American woman with a fighting spirit that refuses to be intimidated by the mainstream media. The media and many politicians have defined today's American woman as a bra-burning liberal who sees men as competitors and children as burdens.
  • GAO Report

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Today, the Government Accountability Office , an independent watchdog agency, released a new report outlining abortion coverage in ObamaCare. The report found that all Americans, even in states that have excluded abortion from their exchanges, are being forced to subsidize these services.
  • Can you begin home-schooling at the high school level?

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    The number of home-schoolers is growing every day. In one state home-schooled kids outnumber those in private schools.
  • Assignment: Education - Home Schooling

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    After completing second grade at a traditional school, Bronwyn asked her parents if she could be home schooled because she didn't feel challenged in class and was bullied outside of class. "We thought... okay we'll give it a whirl and if we don't like it we'll stop," said Stephanie.
  • Some parents have taken their children out of school over a row over packed lunches being banned.

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    A ROW over a primary school's ban on packed lunches has led to several parents withdrawing their children. Changes in the law mean all five, six and seven year-olds get a free school dinner, but at Milefield Primary, Grimethorpe, staff have gone a step further and insisted all children must have a hot meal.
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    HomeschoolBuzz.com

  • Carnival of Homeschooling – The Introduction to Programming Concepts edition

    Gary
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Carnival of Homeschooling – The Introduction to Programming Concepts edition I’ve been writing code for most of my career. I’ve written in a variety of programming languages. For most of the last fifteen years I wrote in Java. Recently I’ve been using Python. While each languages has its unique features, most languages share some basic, common concepts.
  • Home-school notes: Kids harness creativity at art classes – The Tennessean

    Gary
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    Home-school notes: Kids harness creativity at art classes – The Tennessean Home-school notes: Kids harness creativity at art classesThe TennesseanExploring art: The home-school art class at Fellowship Bible Church (1210 Franklin Road in Brentwood) offers an extended class time (two hours and one period for multiple ages (7-12). The class started Sept. 4 and will run until May 1. It meets from 1 …
  • Assignment: Education – Home Schooling – WKBT La Crosse

    Gary
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Assignment: Education – Home Schooling – WKBT La Crosse Assignment: Education – Home SchoolingWKBT La Crosse“Each student, including a home school student, need to be able to demonstrate to us that they've completed a curriculum that prepares them to be successful in college,” said Corey Sjoquist, director of admissions at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
  • Homeschool Families to US Senate: Defeat UN Treaty! – Home School Legal Defense Association

    Gary
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Homeschool Families to US Senate: Defeat UN Treaty! – Home School Legal Defense Association Homeschool Families to US Senate: Defeat UN Treaty!Home School Legal Defense AssociationHSLDA's CAP program was created in 1992 to train local homeschool families how to lobby Congress to protect homeschool freedom. Since 1992, our CAP families have participated in every major battle on Capitol Hill to protect homeschool freedom and …
  • Homeschoolers make choice to opt out – Indianapolis Star

    Gary
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Homeschoolers make choice to opt out – Indianapolis Star Homeschoolers make choice to opt outIndianapolis StarI believe the Indiana High School Athletic Association is in error by allowing home schoolers to be eligible for athletics in schools (“Home school students have limited chances to play on high school teams”). This is a part of the school experience …
 
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    The Thinking Mother

  • Vayarin Update

    ChristineMM
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    I was asked how Vayarin is working for my older son (age 17). Here is an update from my original post: Trying Vayarin For Older Son.We did not notice a change but he is still on it. He eats no fish and lacks nutrients from his picky eating.The insurance does not pay for it but the drug store runs it through them and they then give us a 20% discount. It's an odd arrangement.It was $58 a month until last month when it jumped to $63.We are having trouble finding an over the counter fish oil supplement that doesn't reek and make him gag and puke upon trying to swallow it. The Vayarin is…
  • Posterior Vitreous Detachment

    ChristineMM
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Today I consulted with my retina specialist group. My husband wanted to be there to hear and ask questions, so he left work early and drove me, which was helpful since it's too hard to drive after the higher level of dilation.Two days ago I suffered an episode of posterior vitreous detachment. I am at high risk for this being severely myopic. The doctors always said there is a high risk of retina detachment but no one ever mentioned this precursor stage this is more common than retinal detachment itself.So on Saturday I had a new bad floater that was clearly defined and black, a vertical line…
  • Retina Issues

    ChristineMM
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    In fall 2012 I had an eye exam for new contact lenses with an optometrist. I was offered a retina photograph that was a new technology. I agreed to pay out of pocket for it as a screening tool. Well, the test was abnormal and I was sent to a retina specialist ophthalmologist. I was diagnosed with splitting retinas in both eyes. The doctor admitted the technology is so new that the truth is they don't know how many people walk around with benign split retinas all their life versus the emergency split retinas that cause a tear and a detached retina. The course of treatment is an annual exam by…
  • It Lasted 2.5 Years Exactly

    ChristineMM
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When my older son turned 14 it was as if a switch was flipped. There was a lot going on that week: the 1800 mile move being the most stressful and he had just finished a course of antibiotics for Lyme Disease and not yet feeling back to his old self. Puberty hit big time and it was when my son began pushing us away.I know what psychologists say about the teen years and the development of the concept of self. That was happening here. The worse stories in books of severe backtalk didn't happen but there was moodiness and brooding, an increase in anxiety and some holes punched put into walls and…
  • More Talks About College

    ChristineMM
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    The other night my older son and I wound up going out to eat together at his favorite restaurant. Younger son refused to go, saying he was tired from school and practice. My husband was at a dinner for his volunteer job.And so I decided to bring up the discussion again. I said if he is to apply to college for next year, especially if he will apply Early Action or Early Decision, he really needs to begin taking steps right now.The declarations were:1. He wants to retake the SAT in October and November. This is a sign he may do regular college applications and admissions procedure.2. He wants…
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • EWWWW!

    dcobranchi
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    I really cannot imagine a worse deal than all-you-can-eat at Olive Garden. Bad Italianish food that is bad for your health.
  • UNELECTABLE!

    dcobranchi
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    This is my built in excuse if I’m ever asked to run for office. Apparently, it is easier to be a gay member of Congress than an atheist one, since Barney Frank announced he was gay in 1987 but didn’t announce he was an atheist until after leaving office in 2013. A handful of current members of Congress state that their religious affiliation is “unspecified,” but none has stated publicly that he or she doesn’t believe in God. Their reticence is pure political pragmatism. The reluctance of Americans to vote for atheists is well documented. In fact, a hypothetical…
  • CANS? REALLY?

    dcobranchi
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    I cannot believe this brewery didn’t put the beer in bottles. Have they never heard the song? (CNN) — Texas brewery Austin Beerworks is doing its part to “keep Austin weird” by releasing the first 99-pack of beer to consumers.
  • WHAT A FABULOUS IDEA!

    dcobranchi
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Every utility in the country ought to duplicate this effort. A church in West Virginia just got 60 panels installed on its roof for $1, thanks to a local group that’s making it easier and cheaper for nonprofits in the state to go solar. At a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church became the site of the largest community-supported solar system in West Virginia, at the same time kicking off a model to bring solar energy to West Virginia nonprofits that’s being pioneered by local group Solar Holler. To fund the church’s solar panels, almost 100 Shepherdstown…
  • ADDING TO MY PERSONAL BOYCOTT LIST

    dcobranchi
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    I’m going to boycott Burger King and Tim Hortons. Any company that decides to play these inversion tax schemes gets boycotted.
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    Homeschool Journal Dot Net

  • {Lab}

    liese4
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Today, after doing school, we got the supplies for Bethany’s science lab. I made everyone do it because, well, why not? Safety first! The lab is pretty simple, but the reaction of the liver to the hydrogen peroxide was pretty cool. Also, lighting matches with the oxygen gas being given off was cool too… which led to lighting matches just for fun. Which led to Hannah asking why toothpicks don’t light from the match books. I asked her if she thought the toothpick was the same as a match – one is wood and one is paper, but they both burn. She looked at the matches and…
  • Park day!

    liese4
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I tell you, nothing beats park day. The kids get to play, the parent get to chat, the shade was nice, the water was cool – it’s nice. We had a huge crowd today, probably close to 40 kids ranging in age from 2 to 15 (with lots of 8 and 12 year olds in there.) But first, school. Bethany worked on Driver’s ed today (don’t worry it’s just the book work side of it – though I don’t know why you’d be worried, you don’t have to drive with her…), some Government and some Music. Grace worked on a Math test and got a 100, even though she was…
  • Dance day

    liese4
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Back to school. Bethany was doing English today, lots of writing. Grace was doing Math and History. Hannah was reading and did some Math. We tried on ballet shoes and found that Hannah needed to wear Grace’s and Grace needs new ones, but for today she was wearing Bethany’s old ones. Our dance times moved, so now we need to be there at 1 and 2 instead of 3 and 4. I had class first, there were 3 other ladies in it. So, a really small class. I think the date came faster than people were expecting, so maybe we will have a few more people by next week. Grace’s class is huge, 13…
  • Home!

    liese4
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Oh the joy of seeing that Colorful Colorado sign. Colorado license plates! Mountains to the west! The Platte river! We didn’t even stop for lunch, we just grabbed candy at the gas station. We got home and hugged James, scared Zoe and nearly gave Maisy a heart attack (she thought we were gone forever.) We emptied out the car, started laundry and told all of our adventures. It was an awesome trip, but it was also good to be home. The animals were funny, when we were away Zoe became master of the couch and was so comfortable and happy. Maisy, however, was scared and depressed. When we got…
  • Sunday

    liese4
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    We went to church, then took a picnic lunch to Flyin’ B park. The water was so clear we could see the fish. Most of them were small, but we did see one big fish that was a little wary of the bread we were throwing in. I think that’s because it’s a catch and release pond, so who knows how many times he got caught that day. We went on the other side of the pond to see if there were any bullfrogs, there were and he heard us coming and splashed into the pond. The crabapple trees were so full they were bending over and the bottom limbs were touching the ground. My jelly turned…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Why Everything Looks Wonky

    Dawn Camp
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    When some things quit working correctly (like comments no longer showing on posts), I realized it was time for a little TLC under the hood here at My Home Sweet Home. I just updated my theme and not only does everything look different out front, but here behind the scenes, too. Y’all have patience with me while I work out the kinks and figure out how in the world to make it look normal again, okay? xoxoxo, Dawn Why Everything Looks Wonky is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • Today at (in)courage: God Both Conceals and Reveals

    Dawn Camp
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Throughout history, man discovers the secrets God chooses to reveal. Sometimes they make Bible verses come alive with meaning not understood by the divinely inspired men who penned them or those who read them in the centuries that follow. “IT IS THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A THING . . .” ~PROVERBS 25:2   Sometimes we make the discovery ourselves and gasp, awed by the unmatched creativity of our Creator God, who breathed our world into being by His spoken word. From the detail of a dandelion to the center of a sunflower, God delights in the minuscule: facets found, easily overlooked…
  • See Dolphin Tale 2 in Theaters Today!

    Dawn Camp
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters everywhere Friday, which is also Homeschool Day. For your chance to win free tickets for your entire group from Homeschool Movie Club, share an image of your group seeing Dolphin Tale 2 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #HomeschoolDay or post the photo to Homeschool Movie Club’s Facebook page. Homeschool Movie Club will chose a random winner to cover and reimburse their Homeschool Day tickets. This contest is only good for opening day, Friday, September 12, and ends at 8 p.m. Pacific time. My kids begged me to become a Homeschool…
  • Where Wisdom Gathers {and #TheBestYes giveaway!}

    Dawn Camp
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Contest closed! The winners are Southern Gal, Erin, Darleen, Alicia, and Jolanthe.   I jog on pavement wet from last night’s rain. Water drips from leaves overhead and a cool breeze drifts in from the woods to caress my legs. I follow the trailhead until it hits the greenway, like the stem of a T joining its top. A glance to the right to make sure I don’t run in front of a bike or a dog walking its owner and then I veer left, following the path my kids’ cross country team took earlier and the woman who crosses before me as I approach the fork. Since she looks…
  • Download Your September 2014 Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    In July I visited northwest Arkansas and DaySpring headquarters as part of our yearly (in)courage authors’ retreat. A lovely path wound through woods and flower gardens leading from our hotel to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, so my camera and I took an early morning walk there the day I left. Carrying a heavy bag and multiple lenses didn’t sound like much fun, so I limited myself to my macro lens, which still challenges me. When I get it right the results are worth the effort, and even more satisfying because of it. I decided my early morning would be…
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • Starting PS kindergarten full day from no preschool experience

    Sharon
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    My son is about to turn 5. He will be going to PS next yr for full day kindergarten but he has no preschool experinece. I used to homeschool my older two kids and for health reasons sent them to PS. How can I prepare my 5 yr old for full day kindergarten next yr? This is my last yr to spend with him and we do a bit of school work each day but the rest of our day doesn't have much structure. I obviously want him to be well adjusted. I do know I need to work with him on his diction. Ideas?
  • Need advice from someone who knows Minecraft Pocket Edition

    Christina Tracy
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    My 9 yr old son purchased Minecraft Pocket over the summer and plays it whenever he has a chance. However, I don't understand it as well as I'd like and there are so many versions based on platform and release date that I can't get a handle on what is what. I have a question: When you create a world, you can choose Survival or Creative. Then under creative, there is a difficulty level. What does that mean? In creative mode, the player has infinite life and resources so what gets harder?
  • I think I'm losing my best friend to HSing

    RaSheena
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    That may sound a little melodramatic, but I think it may be true.  My friend was hs'ed by her less-than-stable mother.  Her mom didn't do much for them and her dad helped as much as he could after work, but her mom was the primary "teacher".  Her parents divorced when she was 14 and she then began ps, where she realized how much her mom didn't teach her.  She has always felt that it is the best thing for her kids to go to ps based on her experience, and I have never tried to convince her otherwise.  I love her and I don't want this to be a wedge between us.  We have been the closest of…
  • Need Advice

    Sandra Miskelly Brasington
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I have 4 children. 3 are homeschooled and the other is in college. For the past couple of years I have been very sick.  Homeschool was very lack in your lives, do to me being sick. It has hurt my 11 year old son. He is so far behind in school that I am scared we can't get him up on his grade level .  He also has got speech delay and dyslexia, so he fought me a lots with school. In every subject he is behind, I don't know what to do. I thought about putting him in public school, but not sure if that would help at all the way the school system is here. I am not sure what, where, and how to…
  • Keyboarding Without Tears....anyone use? Any other typing/keyboarding you liked?

    MelissaG
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Trying to figure out what to have my 11 year old/5th grade son use.  I'm not sure about the KWT one....if you used it, do you truly just start in 5th grade or do they need to "work up" to that?  I sent them an e-mail but haven't heard back yet. Also, if you have another recommendation for a beginner, I'd love to hear it. Thanks!
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    Homeschool Blog

  • What Your Child Needs to Know When

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Concerned homeschooling parents are always asking “Am I doing enough?” This book answers this question and includes the checklists for academic evaluation for each grade K-8 and much more. Robin explains our children need to obtain academic knowledge, but, more importantly, they need to acquire the wisdom to know how to use the knowledge! “You ...
  • Teaching with Movies: Middle Ages

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I created a Pinterest board list of movies about the Middle Ages.   Many of the videos are free online. Remember not all movies are historically accurate. The one that are historically accurate are noted so. The BBC did a good documentary series which is listed close to the top of the Pinterest board. Check it out. ...
  • Teaching with Movies Review

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    TeachwithMovies.org “TeachWithMovies.org is the premiere site on the Internet showing teachers how to create lesson plans using movies and film. Thousands of teachers use movies in their classes to teach social studies, English, Science, Health, and the Arts.” Teaching with Movies is an excellent resource for homeschoolers with a little discernment. Some of the movies are movies ...
  • Why You Should Never Ignore Ice Cravings

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I have been pregnant eleven times. Every time I craved iced. Every time I gave birth I stopped craving ice. It is amazing how many doctors don’t know ice cravings are a symptom of anemia. My second daughter had five pregnancies. She also craved ice during each pregnancy. We joked about knowing where to get the ...
  • Organize Your Homeschool with Trello Lists

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I am a list maker so I fell in love with Trello,  a free collaboration tool that organizes your project lists into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. I use Trello to organize my work, hobbies, menu plans, and home life. ...
 
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Weekly Fitness Update

    Kris Bales
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Some Days Are Like That: The Homeschool Edition

    Kris Bales
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The last one in which I have a kid who’s not a teen

    Kris Bales
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Weekly Fitness Update: Focusing on the Non-Scale Victories

    Kris Bales
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Why Homeschooling Teens Is Easier Than Homeschooling Little Ones

    Kris Bales
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • Where to order homeschool books?

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    I don't know where to order homeschool books or anything and I'm starting homeschool soon. Reply from Diane: Congratulations, Adelina, on your decision
  • DVD Return

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    I just received in the mail a notice saying that I had not returned the DVDs from last year and would be charged $400 dollars if not returned in a two
  • Son is Behind

    12 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Will I get in trouble if my son is behind in school? I've homeschooled since k5; my son should be in 12th grade this year but he's several years behind
  • How long does the process take?

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    If your child no longer wants to be at school, how long would it take to get the whole thing done? And how much longer would the child have to go to school
  • Abeka with 4 kids?

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Does anyone use Abeka as their primary curriculum with more than 3 kids? I used it with my son, years ago. But now I keep wanting to go back with my girls,
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • Narration with Multiple Children (Narration Q & A, part 11)

    Sonya Shafer
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    When we think of narration, we often envision a parent and a child sitting comfortably on the couch. The mother is smiling and nodding—the book closed and resting in her lap—as the child earnestly tells the story in his own words. But what does it look like with two children? or four? or fifteen? As […] Narration with Multiple Children (Narration Q & A, part 11) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Magic Numbers (Narration Q & A, part 10)

    Sonya Shafer
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Eat three square meals a day. Brush your teeth twice a day. Change the oil every 3,000 miles. Take the trash to the curb once a week. Many of us love guidelines with numbers, because it’s easier to wrap our heads around the information that way. It helps us get a mental picture of what […] Magic Numbers (Narration Q & A, part 10) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • In Which We Talk More about When and How (Narration Q & A, part 9)

    Sonya Shafer
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    I love this comment that Megan shared on our blog! I did my first oral narration with my 9 year old son today after watching (and being SO encouraged) by the living and learning DVD set. He did pretty well, but most importantly, he enjoyed it and twenty minutes later came up to me and […] In Which We Talk More about When and How (Narration Q & A, part 9) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • The Next Step (Narration Q & A, part 8)

    Sonya Shafer
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    It’s easy to look at narration as the be-all and end-all Charlotte Mason method of learning. What we don’t realize is that we are focusing on just a portion of the picture. We are mistaken if we think that a CM-style lesson is, They read. They narrate. That’s it. Narration is a powerful tool, but […] The Next Step (Narration Q & A, part 8) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Correct Me If I’m Wrong (Narration Q & A, part 7)

    Sonya Shafer
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    So far in our Narration Q & A series, we’ve talked about the reason we use Charlotte Mason’s method of narration and how it cements the material in the student’s mind; we’ve discussed what narration is and how to get started with it, how long of a passage to read and how many times to […] Correct Me If I’m Wrong (Narration Q & A, part 7) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
 
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    Texas Homeschooling

  • Constitution Day - 9-17-2014

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

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    So how many of you watched the Frozen Special last night? Both my girls are fans of the Movie. They have every song memorized and one has even been getting on http://www.youtubeforchildren.com/ and learning how to sing the Frozen songs in other languages. I am amazed at how she is able to memorize the wording and then talk about the differences of translation. I didn't even know she was interested in foreign languages. At home, I already have a few simple games like bingo but it wasn't until she found the Frozen Songs in multiple languages that she started using the books and games available…
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    27 Aug 2012 | 7:48 pm
    I'd like to post my favorite article from this month because I have a daughter that is nine years old and still learning to read. We just finished with Volume 1 of Phonics Road to Reading. Look inside > If I Wait, Will It Be Too Late? At the time when she was five years old, she was having some behavior issues we discovered to be related to sugar. After we discovered through observation that she needed to snack and had to be limited on the amount of sugar(such as a few pieces of peaches and not a fruit salad), the ability to learn improved. Through it all, we tried simply sitting down and…
  • A great blogger to follow - Victory Christian Publishing: Here We Are!!

    9 Jul 2012 | 9:17 am
    Victory Christian Publishing: Here We Are!!: This is the very first post on VCP's new Blog!  We are elated to begin this online adventure and we are looking forward to keeping you "up-t...
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • 3 Ingredients of a Great Course Description

    Lee
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to course descriptions, the more information you can provide about each class the better, as long as you don’t go over 1 […] The post 3 Ingredients of a Great Course... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Are you put together?

    Lee
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I go out, I try to look put together. You know, make up on, hair styled, appropriate clothing. Sometimes I get caught on my […] The post Are you put together? appeared first on The... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Online Classes, Community College, AP, or CLEP?

    Lee
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Are you wondering just what to do next? There are so many options for your homeschooled child! Choosing Between Online Classes, Community College, AP, and […] The post Online Classes,... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Making Homeschool Economics Fast and Easy

    Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Economics is usually […] The post Making Homeschool Economics Fast and Easy... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School

    Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you are sure your child is doing high school level work in an academic subject area like math, science, or foreign language, put that […] The post Early High School Credits Earned in Middle... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Sparkling Adventures - Articles

  • Reflections on our Beijing visit

    lauren
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Two days is hardly enough understand a different country, culture and way of life, but we learned a lot during our brief time in Beijing. I’m glad the girls have experienced a taste of China. It’s been a positive encounter for them, one that has whet their appetites for more! Before we reached China, one of the challenges I faced was booking a place that could accommodate our four-kid family. Although we co-sleep (and can fit together on a king-sized bed), hotels have their fire regulations which dictate how many people can fit into a room. Add to that a cultural norm of one or…
  • Chaoyang Theatre show

    lauren
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    What’s not to love about Chinese acrobats and dancers in fabulous costume and contortionate positions? The Chaoyang Theater Flying Acrobatic Show comes highly recommended — both by locals and by tourists — and we pre-booked tickets for the early (5.30pm) show so we wouldn’t be out too late. Dressed in a dramatic style, the Chaoyang Theatre is relatively small, so almost every row has a good view. Acrobats juggle and tumble and jump to impossibly tall heights to somersault through hoops. It's amazing to watch! Each act features a different digital backdrop that changes the…
  • Beijing's summer palace

    lauren
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    720 square acres of highly-decorative parklands seems too ambitious for even our family to explore in one day, but after the long drive to and from the Great Wall of China, I wanted the girls to run freely and explore. We visited the Summer Palace Imperial Gardens during the Chinese school holidays, so it felt very busy, but our tour-guide Linda showed us the major highlights and kept us rounded-up amidst the crowds. The gate to the imperial gardens is guarded by two lions. One has its paw on a ball, the other on a cub. Linda invited us to guess which one was male and which was female. In the…
  • Great Wall at Mutianyu

    lauren
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The Great Wall at Mutianyu is a bit further out from Beijing which means fewer tourists. With our time in China so short, we hired a driver and English-speaking guide to take us to Mutianyu so we could see this man-made wonder for ourselves. Linda was our guide for the day, chosen by our driver Konglin. She met us at our hotel and was an excellent fit for our family! By directly engaging the girls, she rapidly gained their trust as she pointed out sights along the road and answered our many questions. Linda talks the girls through the different coin denominations. The drive took us an hour…
  • Beijing's rainbow bookstore

    lauren
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    I love to see rainbows within innovative design. We often see such a modest spectrum of colour within good design that it’s refreshing to find designers who embrace the whole rainbow! Today we visited one of the world’s best examples of colour-well-done in a children’s bookstore. Some designs are iconic, and when the Japanese firm SAKO was awarded China’s 2007 official interior design award for a commercial space for their colourful and innovative interior of a children’s bookstore, they received a lot of international attention. The world was starting to pay…
 
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas – Review

    Susan Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Susan Williams The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: 55 Moms Share Their Expertise on 103 Topics What can you do when you have a homeschool related question? You could “phone a friend” You could search your favorite homeschool blog You could contact members of your homeschool co-op or support group Although these are GREAT ideas, what do you do if you still can’t find any someone familiar with the situation you are facing?  This post contains affiliate links. Happily, 55 homeschool moms (myself included) have come together to share their tips, tricks, and hearts about 103 topics that…
  • Life of Fred Elementary Math Review

    Amy Matkovich
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Amy Matkovich Life of Fred Elementary Math Review One of the treasures we have found for our homeschool is the Life of Fred Elementary Math Series. I was intrigued when I first heard about them because they are written in a story format about a little boy named Fred who uses math in his everyday life. Fred is a 5 year old boy who is a professor at KITTENS University. He encounters a need for math first, and then he does the math. At the end of each chapter is a section entitled “Your Turn To Play” with questions for your students to answer that relate to what they have learned…
  • Apologia General Science and Student Notebook Review

    Tricia
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Tricia My seventh grader is gaining a fantastic overview of science from Apologia General Science. “… Be prepared to be awed and amazed with what the Creator has made for you!” ~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!! We received these Apologia General Science resources in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we love the benefits and blessings we are continuing to see from middle school science study. Please see our disclosure policy. Middle school is the time to practice building independent learning. Plus school subjects and assignments grow in…
  • Simple Schooling :: Autumn Days Review

    Shirley
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Shirley Well, autumn is upon us! Trees have been changing color since late August here in my bit of England. I do LOVE this season, as do many others I know. I always get excited on the school front too as I am able to indulge in my love for the season with many beautiful autumnal nature studies and walks. It’s such a lovely time of year to be out walking and kicking up falling leaves. Then we have all the autumnal food fare! Apple pie, blackberry bramble jam, pumpkin pie and latte’s – oh the list goes on! A season simply delicious in all ways! Today I am giving you a…
  • Dover Publications for Homeschool

    Tricia
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Tricia You might be familiar with Dover Publications for fun learning and coloring books. But did you know about ALL they have available for homeschool? I’m sharing today about what I’ve learned about their resources – and all we’ve enjoyed! ~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!! We received these Dover Publications resources in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we love the benefits and blessings we are continuing to see from this multi-age study. Please see our disclosure policy. Dover Publications for Homeschool Dover Publications is a…
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  • Keep Your Child on Task with a Student Logbook

    Monique
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you’re looking for an easy way to keep your child on track then My Student Logbook which is made by the company - My Student Logbook is perfect. The system is so simple and effective that I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use.    The pages of in the student planner are dated from August 2014 […] The post Keep Your Child on Task with a Student Logbook appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Are Your Children Cyber Safe? + A Giveaway #CyberTalk

    Monique
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We live in an internet age and if you don’t know what your children are doing when they are online, it can be pretty scary. I have a pre-teen soon to be teenager which is pretty scary itself as we are stepping into a new parenting era. As kids we did not have access to […] The post Are Your Children Cyber Safe? + A Giveaway #CyberTalk appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party – Week 45

    Monique
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the Here are this week’s These 8 posts received all the same amount of clicks last week! Candy Corn M&M Cookies — Be Forever 31 Grilled Eggplant Rollatini – A “Mind” Full Mom Peanut Butter Banana Flatbread — My Family Mealtime 27 Recipes that use Zucchini — The Ultimate Linky 100′s of Free […] The post Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party – Week 45 appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Ancient History Timeline Cards Review

    Monique
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you’re are studying history a great way to reinforce the concept of time is to start a timeline. The Ancient History Timeline Cards from Sprouting Tadpoles cover from Creation to the early Greeks. When I first opened the file, I thought there was no way I could use these because the cards were so large, I was […] The post Ancient History Timeline Cards Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Why Do Toddlers Need a Routine + Printable Schedule

    Monique
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Toddlers are a bundle of energy, they are not too young for you to incorporate a routine into their daily schedules. I don’t mean you have to plan out every thing down to the minute, but you should keep the major events in your toddlers day on a set schedule. If you missed my 5 […] The post Why Do Toddlers Need a Routine + Printable Schedule appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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  • It Matters To Them

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    I have been reading about this everywhere lately. Parents complaining about children whinging over insignificant things. Mothers bonding over their kids crying over petty issues. And I get it. I do. I get frustrated with my toddler screaming because she can’t fit a dress that she wants to wear so badly. I get overwhelmed when […] The post It Matters To Them appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • A Week of Natural Learning

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Just like last week, I’m joining Jess from Memoirs of a Childhood, Sara from Happiness is here and Kate from An Everyday Story to share snippets of our interest led learning. Be sure to check out what they have been up to this week. At the start of our week I organised for our homeschool […] The post A Week of Natural Learning appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Our Interest Led Week

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    I get asked frequently what our days look like and it is so difficult to answer because there is no rhyme or rhythm to our days. Or even our weeks. They are led by our interests and any planned activities (namely our homeschool co-op). But mostly they unfold naturally and flow in intensity throughout the […] The post Our Interest Led Week appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Exploring Skin Colour Diversity for Kids

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Within our family alone we have a spectrum of skin colours and ethnicities. Cameron has started to ask about it and other differences. I thought I would share some of the lovely ways I’ve found to explore this topic! source Aside from the obvious reasons to teach diversity and celebrate differences. I love that these […] The post Exploring Skin Colour Diversity for Kids appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Lovely Early Reader Books

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    contains affiliate/sponsored links Beautiful early reader books with stunning illustrations and meaningful text are hard to come by. I’m excited to show you this set of lovely books for early readers. These early reader books provide really unique early reading content that is visually stimulating and genuinely respects the intelligence of young learners.   “We […] The post Lovely Early Reader Books appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
 
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  • Dual Enrollment

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

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

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

    earthendee
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    15 Science Projects for Homeschool High School from Let's Homeschool High School
  • 10 Back to Homeschool Essentials for High School

    Kerry
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Get the gears moving again with back-to-homeschool essentials for high school homeschool from Let’s Homeschool High School
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  • Camping at Beverly Beach State Park

    Megan Gray
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Beverly Beach is beautiful! The campground was pretty full, but still quiet. We explored the beach where Spencer Creek met the Pacific Ocean, and the city of Newport where we saw California Sea Lions up close. We saw Steller's Jays, and crazy tree roots. Marshmallows were roasted. Stories were told around the fire along with a bunch of questions about reproduction, world wars, twins, and Hippo nipples. It was an interesting night of conversations to say the least haha! It felt good to be camping again. We all enjoyed slowing down and pushing the reset button.Settling in. Best slide…
  • How A Toddler Eats Yogurt

    Megan Gray
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    If only I was this happy when I ate yogurt. Ellie really enjoys eating with a spoon these days and yogurt is one of her favorite things. She went a little overboard here with her bowl of Nancy's Yogurt , but in this house we all agree that it's some of the best yogurt we have ever had. We are getting quite spoiled with so much yummy, local food available here in Portland. We are also heading out on another camping trip on the Oregon Coast this week. We are all super excited and I will definitely have photos to share when we get back later this week. We hope everyone is enjoying…
  • Creative Mothers Interview - Mary Trunk

    Megan Gray
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    I am honored to share Mary Trunk's Creative Mothers Interview with you! Her documentary film, Lost In Living (trailer at the bottom of this interview), was the catalyst for this blog series. To have her be a part of it brings it all together for me. Her film helped me to realize how much creative mothers need each other for support and connection. How much I needed the support and connection with other creative mothers. I don't even remember how I found her documentary, but I am so happy that I did. Lost In Living helped me to feel better about wanting to create art and…
  • Hiking Mount Hood On The Elk Cove Trail

    Megan Gray
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Last Saturday Ellie and I went hiking with a friend on Mount Hood. Specifically the Elk Cove Trail section. The day started out kind of crazy. Ellie got car-sick twice on the drive there, so we had to pull over and clean her off. (You know you have great friends when they volunteer to wash out your toddler's puke covered shirt in a gas station bathroom). Ellie was fine once she got that out of her system. By the time we reached the trail she was back to her normal self. The hike itself was a bit more than I expected (it's been an embarrassing ten years since I have went on a serious hike…
  • The Boys Have New Bikes!

    Megan Gray
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The boys received an early birthday/holiday present from their grandparents this week, new islabikes! Finally, the hills are easier and riding has become even more enjoyable for them because now their bikes are larger and have gears. They both could not believe how much better it felt to ride longer distances. They rode almost a whole 5 miles back home after we picked up the bikes. I think we have some happy riders! Thanks Islabikes!Info on bike sizes: Nat is 57" riding a 24" Beinn Bike. Ben is 46" riding a size large 20" Beinn Bike.
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  • Why Do We Homeschool?

    Susan Raber
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Raber Family, back in the day. . . Beginnings, middles, and ends. Every homeschool year, every homeschooling family's journey, has at least one of each.When you are at the beginning, it's all very exciting, nerve-wrecking, humbling, exhilarating - who needs skydiving when you can experience the thrill of accepting the responsibility for your child's education? In the middle, you've got your comfort zone. No longer scared completely out of your mind, you've managed to teach the kids to read, master basic math skills, and pick up their Legos. But when you look up, the end may seem…
  • Start schooling later to give preschoolers a real head start

    Susan Raber
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Everywhere I look, parents are obsessed with giving their littles a ‘head start’ in school. The idea is that if they start early, they will be ahead later.This is only true with cars, horses, and greyhounds. Kids who start formal schooling at an early age and begin to excel tend to level out in first grade and the advantage is lost by third grade. There are many factors that could cause this loss of momentum, from a lack of follow-through at home to being in age-graded classrooms. Students are seldom allowed to progress at their own pace in traditional schools, so any benefits of being…
  • Next steps for starting a homeschool support group

    Susan Raber
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Also see First steps in starting a homeschool support group.If this is something that interests you, you must determine at the very beginning what kind of group you want to form.  If you just want to get together with other homeschoolers and share information and encouragement, and maybe plan an occasional field trip, you can do this without starting a formal group. Use Facebook, bigtent, or Meetup to stay in touch and make plans.This article is for those who are planning to grow a group past the small, informal, kitchen-table stage. So what needs do you see in your local homeschool…
  • 9 Ways to Defend Homeschooling Without Joining a Homeschool Organization

    Susan Raber
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    I’ve been hearing more concerns lately about how unfriendly the cultural climate is becoming toward homeschooling. Today’s homeschoolers are often motivated to join HSLDA, NCLL, or NHELD because they are afraid, intimidated, uncertain about their homeschooling future. I’m sure the kerfuffle about Common Core Standards is partly to blame. There is definitely too much of Big Brother in the average American living room, and an alarming erosion of parental rights, so families are wondering how far into our homes government intends to invade so they can control our private lives, and…
  • 4 Common Homeschool Fears, Answered

    Susan Raber
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    Short daily posts on random topics After 20 years of homeschooling, I've heard again and again about these Common Homeschool Fears that plague parents and keep them from considering homeschooling as an education option for their children. Here are a few answers to help you deal with those fears.Homeschooling will turn my life inside out and upside down! How will I adjust to having the kids home all day, teaching different age levels, and still get chores and shopping done?It is possible that your life will turn inside out and upside down. Is that a bad thing? Do you think adjusting to having…
 
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