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  • To Sum Up a Homeschool Conference…

    Sprittibee
    Heather
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    THSC 2014 Encouragement by Chocolate I had all these words floating around in my mind over the past few days… words that tried to somehow grasp at buttoning up the experience of THSC and presenting it neat-fit and tucked in. But there wasn’t time enough. I treasured the weekend up and decided to share it tonight before it was lost. There were things worth remembering… things like the women I saw in the hallway, crying together; praying together. There were moments of laughter between friends over words misspoken before bedtime and shadow puppet stories on the wall done by…
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    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    I’m wiped out. Chris Gugliotti of Thicklebit fame Lunch with Jock Zander and Scott pretending they have a mean bone in their bodies Entertaining ourselves with selfies while waiting for Stampylongnose to come onstage The girls’ turn Couldn’t leave this guy out He’s finally here! Back at Chris’s table, and this time we remembered to get a group pic Whew, time to relax
  • The “Desperate Moms Call for Desperate Measures” SALE!!!

    Guilt-Free Homeschooling
    CarolynM
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Summer is a time for homeschooling moms to recharge their motivations and determinations and to refill their idea-vaults, and we want to help!!! Our ebooks are now 50% OFF at Smashwords.com, and you can choose the right format for your e-reader, smartphone app, or computer. Use the coupon codes listed below for either one or […]
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - So You’re Thinking of Homeschooling Edition

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Monique is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Living Life and Learning.She starts the carnival with:----------As we head into August, parents are starting to think about school again if they were off for the summer break. Parents may also be thinking about the possibility of homeschooling as well. This is definitely the perfect place to be for that. I remember the first year we started homeschooling, I read everything I could get my hands on about it and just let everything sink in. There’s so much good information out there in books that it can get overwhelming. Once I…
  • We Don't Need Feminism?

    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    My daughter goes to a women's college, and I noticed when stalking Pinterest images related to the school, a campaign for feminism.  It looks like this:and thisand this.As I matter of fact, I had to work really hard to find some that didn't straight out say "I need feminism because I was raped or molested, or assaulted, and no one cared", but could not. .  If I was to sum up the gist of the majority of the captions, they said: "I need feminism because my rights to my own body are in question"... ahem.  So based on these, yes. We need feminism.But it doesn't start there.
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    Sprittibee

  • To Sum Up a Homeschool Conference…

    Heather
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    THSC 2014 Encouragement by Chocolate I had all these words floating around in my mind over the past few days… words that tried to somehow grasp at buttoning up the experience of THSC and presenting it neat-fit and tucked in. But there wasn’t time enough. I treasured the weekend up and decided to share it tonight before it was lost. There were things worth remembering… things like the women I saw in the hallway, crying together; praying together. There were moments of laughter between friends over words misspoken before bedtime and shadow puppet stories on the wall done by…
  • Some Homeschool Mom Perspective {and a LOT OF FUN}

    Heather
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Looking through the used books at THSC There’s nothing like being around SEVEN THOUSAND other homeschoolish people to lift your spirits and make you feel like what you are doing will impact eternity. So it will be later this week when the masses of like-minded descend upon The Woodlands, Texas to encourage, recharge, learn, grow, and fellowship together at the Texas Home School Coalition’s annual homeschool conference. Not to mention the other fun weekend side-fieldtrips they have set up (this year there were a lot to pick from). But there’s even more reason to go for me.
  • Begin Again – movie review

    Heather
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Begin Again – music and integrity will always matter As my kids have gotten older, we have really been to a lot more movies than we used to go see. I enjoy discussing movies after we see them and have come to a place with my mature teens (17 and 15) that we can discuss themes in movies that are adult in nature. My 15 year old has toyed with the idea of being a singer-songwriter, so we decided to take the PR company for Begin Again up on their offer to let us come see and review Keira Knightley’s latest flick. I made it a daughter and mother ‘date’ night movie and we…
  • Oh, My Dear

    Heather
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Deep breaths. I’m not sure there’s much I can find to say without whining lately, so I have been loathe to open up a blank blog post and publish ANYTHING. And then there’s that blog design issue. My blog designer has had similar reasons to whine – she nearly had her appendix rupture. I’m trying to count my blessings to keep from allowing the urgent to pull me under… When I get stressed, I make lists. I don’t know about you, but aside from chocolate, a list helps eek all the loose ends out of my brain so I can sleep – and so I can function…
  • Home Remedy: Natural Replacement for Gatorade

    Heather
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    gatorade substitute Never expected to be writing this post today, but my five year old woke up this morning telling me his tummy was upset. Three trips to the bathroom later, and I knew I would need something to help him slowly recover. Lucky for me, I know a few home remedy experts that are a great help to us. One thing I have against Gatorade and most every other hydration product on the market is the sugar content. There are a few products you can buy at your local organic or natural grocery store that don’t have sugar, but they are pricey. We don’t drink pop, sports drinks,…
 
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    Melissa Wiley

  • Photos now, commentary later

    Melissa Wiley
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    I’m wiped out. Chris Gugliotti of Thicklebit fame Lunch with Jock Zander and Scott pretending they have a mean bone in their bodies Entertaining ourselves with selfies while waiting for Stampylongnose to come onstage The girls’ turn Couldn’t leave this guy out He’s finally here! Back at Chris’s table, and this time we remembered to get a group pic Whew, time to relax
  • Bumper Crop

    Melissa Wiley
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    About all I can grow during this drought.
  • Monday

    Melissa Wiley
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
      Most years, the approach of Comic-Con means that household chores start to slip on the priority list. This year, my 20-year-old niece is flying out for a week, so we bumped the house back up higher on the list above typical pre-SDCC to-do items like read all my friends’ new books before I see them and pore over the con schedule for the best panels. And as always after a deep cleaning, I’m enjoying the minimalism and shine so much I want to vow to keep it like this forever. Ah, but I’m an experienced con-goer by now and I know perfectly well what the place is going to…
  • Saturday Snapshot

    Melissa Wiley
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    He takes his work very seriously.
  • Scott told me to take a picture, but I was too busy stuffing my face

    Melissa Wiley
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Whenever I cook dinner it feels like such an event it warrants a whole post. Scott took over the cooking three years ago when he returned to freelancing, and I have mightily enjoyed that arrangement. But we’ve been talking about changing up our work schedules this summer, and one of the changes is that I’m going to take charge of three dinners a week. “Take charge” like one of those shrieky TV chefs, probably, haranguing my beleaguered sous chef—cooking does not bring out my gentle side. Okay, I may be exaggerating a little. Rose helped me put together a perfectly…
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    Guilt-Free Homeschooling

  • The “Desperate Moms Call for Desperate Measures” SALE!!!

    CarolynM
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Summer is a time for homeschooling moms to recharge their motivations and determinations and to refill their idea-vaults, and we want to help!!! Our ebooks are now 50% OFF at Smashwords.com, and you can choose the right format for your e-reader, smartphone app, or computer. Use the coupon codes listed below for either one or […]
  • Top 10 Ways an Older Visual Learner Can Help Himself

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

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

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

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

  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - So You’re Thinking of Homeschooling Edition

    Henry Cate
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Monique is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Living Life and Learning.She starts the carnival with:----------As we head into August, parents are starting to think about school again if they were off for the summer break. Parents may also be thinking about the possibility of homeschooling as well. This is definitely the perfect place to be for that. I remember the first year we started homeschooling, I read everything I could get my hands on about it and just let everything sink in. There’s so much good information out there in books that it can get overwhelming. Once I…
  • Getting started with Python

    Henry Cate
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    I have been a software engineer for most of my career.  I am a bit of a nerd and programming has been both a lot of fun and a good way to provide for my family.  I was using Java for much of the last fifteen years.  Just recently I joined a small start up and was encouraged to develop some tools in Python.  After four months in Python I've decided it is a pretty good language, especially for small projects. As such I'm putting together some resources to help my two younger daughters learn some of the basics about programming and a little about Python.  I'll share some…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be held at Living Life and Learning.This will be the 448th 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 - Planning, Organizing, and Choosing Curriculum Edition

    Henry Cate
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Sarah is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Embracing Destiny.She starts the carnival with:----------I’ve learned a few invaluable gems of wisdom over the years as a homeschool mom, mostly the hard way. One of those gems is about planning, organizing, and choosing curriculum. You can have the most beautiful planner, the most useful planning system, the greatest organizational tools and methods, and the top ten picks of all the well-known homeschool scholars for your curriculum, but if it doesn’t work for you and your children, it’s all for naught. Lest we forget one of the…
  • How foreign of a concept is homeschooling these days?

    Henry Cate
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    My family is hosting three young boys from China. Their ages are 14, 15 & 17. They have been with us for almost two weeks and they will leave tomorrow. Our interaction with them has been a little bit limited. They spend most of the day with a group studying English and going to the local tourist sites. Their diction is pretty good. I don’t think I’ve had any trouble understanding the words they say. But their vocabulary is limited. One of the boys has been studying English a couple years more than the other two. Fairly often we’ll ask a question or tell them something and the other…
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • We Don't Need Feminism?

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    My daughter goes to a women's college, and I noticed when stalking Pinterest images related to the school, a campaign for feminism.  It looks like this:and thisand this.As I matter of fact, I had to work really hard to find some that didn't straight out say "I need feminism because I was raped or molested, or assaulted, and no one cared", but could not. .  If I was to sum up the gist of the majority of the captions, they said: "I need feminism because my rights to my own body are in question"... ahem.  So based on these, yes. We need feminism.But it doesn't start there.
  • If they only had the time... seeking alternate homeschooling ideas

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    There would be a whole lot more homeschoolers if more parents only had the time.  Based on the messages I receive regularly there are oodles of oodles of single parents who desperately want to homeschool their kids, but there's that little pesky problem called work that keeps getting in the way. One of my very best friends has managed to homeschool her kids due to perfect timing of ages, and a moderate amount of flexibility in her job.  But most parents can't get together either the smallest amount luck and flexibility and family support to get it done. That leaves parents asking…
  • Pinterest makes you feel inadequate (Cleaning my pantry)

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    I told my daughter my plans to clean the lower portion of the pantry today, and explained that I was inspired by Pinterest.  She replied, "Pinterest makes you feel inadequate"...  "It is a whole site of things people do better than you", she continued.  "Besides, your plans sound a bit anal-retentive", she spat.  Clearly, Pinterest has struck a nerve with her, and she disapproved of my plans to have a Pinterest-worthy pantry. I forgot to take a before picture, but here is the during: All the stuff on the floor of the pantry. This is all the brooms and such that…
  • Carnival of Homeschooling, Thank You Edition

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    None of us would have any success at homeschooling without the help of others. All of us have been inspired, supported, encouraged, counseled, and befriended by a more experienced homeschooler, and if it had not been for them, we would not be here to pass on the torch.  Let's start with If It Weren't For Them  at Dewey's Treehouse.  In this post, our blogger, Mama Squirrel,  thanks homeschool veterans like Nancy Wallace and Mary Hood, Author of The Relaxed Homeschool, as well as community and family members who helped and inspired them along the way. One of the people…
  • Updates and Shenanigans

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Not to toot my own horn, but at this very moment, my daughter who will be 18 in less than a week thinks my husband and I are the best parents ever.  Apparently, after speaking to all of her college friends, homeschooled or not, she wouldn't trade her parents for anyone else's.  That makes me kind of giddy.  She likes to tell people that she had two rules growing up... 1. Don't Lie, and 2. Don't be stupid.  I guess she's right... I didn't write it down or anything, but those were two things I could not tolerate, and all other rules fall under those two.  I never had to…
 
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    By Sun and Candlelight

  • Pucker up ~ It's National Lipstick Day!

    Dawn
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Good Tuesday morning, my friends! I have a quick question for you today: Do you wear lipstick, and if so what shade? I myself wear it on occasion. On a daily basis I use a simple vanilla lip balm just to keep my lips moist. If I'm leaving the house I do apply a light bit of makeup and that includes a hint of lip color. I like shades that are a near-match to my natural color, with just a bit of a boost. I cannot wear anything pale, nude or frosty. And pink and orange don't suit my coloring at all - I need something in the red zone. I used to wear a particular shade of Neutrogena…
  • Just another Monday morning ...

    Dawn
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    And of course (as usual!) I had my morning all planned out ... I was going to be so productive, and get a real jump on the week! I was going to make phone calls, send emails, pay bills, make a quick stop at Facebook, and then spend some time catching up at my blog. Oh! And I have all these lovely file folders, pretty papers and fresh binders just sitting around, waiting for my attention ... But then we had - of all things - a TORNADO warning! Roundabouts 10 a.m., as I was reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit to Little Bear, the severe weather alert went off on my iPhone - two alerts, actually.
  • 3 Cheers for the Bonnie Prince!

    Dawn
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
      Yesterday, the wee Prince of Cambridge - aka George, or William and Kate's boy - turned one! And to celebrate - because we're a bit English ourselves, and we have a little prince of our own - we made some wee carrot muffins for a late morning tea. (And by "tea," I really mean pear juice for the younger boys and cold coffee for me. The older boys had milk.) Of course, Prince Little Bear had to bust out his crown for the occasion ... He also practiced his newly acquired (and very prince-like) skill of pointing ...  Cake, Mama ... I want cake. And so ... cake was…
  • Calendars: Comfort & Joy

    Dawn
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Happy Tuesday, my friends! And how goes your day? So as most of you know, I have a real love for calendars ... I talk about them ALL the time and I always seem to have a new one to describe and debate. Thankfully, I seem to have a receptive audience for all my prattering - because from years of conversations (online and otherwise) I know I'm not alone in my calendar obsession love! :) Now, I like calendars in all shapes and sizes, whether I make them or buy them. In fact, I think it's safe to say I have a bit of an addiction ... because I just lose all sense when I encounter fresh,…
  • Late July Weekend

    Dawn
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Happy Monday, my friends! The Summer season is well underway, and things are really growing around here - both flora and fauna! I thought I'd share some of the photos I took this weekend. It was an atypically busy one for us - Crackerjack spent the weekend away at a sleepover, Bill and I enjoyed a dinner out with some of his work friends, and we visited a flea market on Sunday morning. What a fun place that was -  there was so much to see! Everything from antique furniture and vintage books to braided rugs, wrought-iron arbors, funny hats and sunglasses! I hope you all had a nice…
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    Dewey's Treehouse

  • If you liked our previous Plutarch lists...

    Mama Squirrel
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I've just gone through a few more vintage P.U.S. programmes, mostly looking for Plutarch studies (okay, some people go shopping instead).  If you're interested in knowing what the favourite studies seemed to be, way back when, here's an updated list.  These are all from Form III programmes (middle school), and I know that occasionally Form IV (grade 9ish) did something different, but I haven't had a chance to look at the corresponding Form IV's yet.Programme 110, Jan-March 1928: Paulus Aemilius, from the Cambridge Press editionProgramme 111, Spring 1928:  Agis and Cleomenes…
  • A Roman homeschool dad (quote for the day)

    Mama Squirrel
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Plutarch describes Marcus Cato the Censor:"Neither would he have his son bound to a slave for so great a matter as that, as to have his learning of him. Wherefore he himself taught him his grammar, the law, and to exercise his body, not only to throw a dart, to play at the sword,  to ride a horse, and to handle all sorts of weapons, but also to fight with fists, to abide cold and heat, and to swim over a swift running river. He said moreover, that he wrote goodly histories in great letters with his own hand, because his son might learn in his father's house virtues of good men in times…
  • Plutarch never stops being relevant. (Cool phrase for the day)

    Mama Squirrel
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    "Now Timoleon being busy in levying of men, and preparing himself : letters came to the Corinthians from Hicetes, whereby plainly appeared, that Hicetes had carried two faces in one hood, and that he was become a traitor."  ~~ Plutarch, Life of Timoleon (Thomas North translation)
  • Teacher training this week

    Mama Squirrel
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    "Teachers are the lifeblood of the success of schools. But teaching is a creative profession. Teaching, properly conceived, is not a delivery system. You know, you're not there just to pass on received information. Great teachers do that, but what great teachers also do is mentor, stimulate, provoke, engage. You see, in the end, education is about learning."  ~~ Sir Ken RobinsonReading:Consider This, by Karen Glass (done re-reading)The Seashell on the Mountaintop, by Alan Cutler (done and reviewed)All for Love (done)Why Geology Matters, by Douglas MacdougallHow to Read a Poem and Fall in…
  • The Seashell on the Mountaintop (Book review)

    Mama Squirrel
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The Seashell on the Mountaintop: A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius who Discovered a New History of the Earth, by Alan Cutler.  Dutton, 2003.In Dr. Jay Wile's Exploring Creation With General Science, my seventh grader and I read about the principle of superposition, along with other basic geologic principles.  It wasn't a hard concept to grasp: the older things are lower down in the ground than the newer things. We compared it to a hypothetical bedroom floor that hasn't been picked up in several years and that holds an accumulation of clutter and debris relating to…
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    Heart of Wisdom Blog

  • Ultimate Homeschool Pinterest Party

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
      –> Follow Curriculum Choice’s Homeschool Organization board! Visit these ladies: Jamerrill @FreeHomeschoolDeals Jenn @ Daze of Adventure Toni @ The Happy Housewife Staci @ Motherhood on a Dime Tricia @ Hodgepodge  My Pinterest Homeschool Boards Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool: Heart of Wisdom on Pinterest. Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool: Bible on Pinterest.   Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool: Free […]
  • Free eBooks, Audio Books, & Book Advice

    admin
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    You can use your library card on-line to place eBooks on your Kindle, Nook, iPhone, tablet, etc or read online (I now read most books on my computer with a table mate). I use Overdrive to check out eBooks from my library. All you need is a library card. I’ve probably saved thousands this way. At times […]
  • 5 Steps to Successful Forgiveness

    admin
    21 Feb 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Unforgiveness is toxic. It can consume us. It causes suffering, health problems, bitterness, chronic anger, resentment, rage, and a miserable attitude. Studies show that such emotions can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, joint pain, headaches, high blood pressure and a depressed immune system.
  • Key to a Sucessful Homeschool- Never Fails!

    admin
    21 Feb 2014 | 5:35 am
    After 30 years of homeschooling I can confidently say this is the key. It is the only way.  
  • In Memory of My Daughter

    admin
    16 Feb 2014 | 7:51 am
    She was beautiful, giving, amazingly talented. She was the most loving person I have ever known. She loved her children emormously and was usually seen with one of them in her loving embrace. Her laugh was infectious. She was inspirational, amazingly creative in business, crafts, and art. She was the peace maker in our family. She was […]
 
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    Project Based Homeschooling

  • 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…
  • Last chance to sign up for our free observational drawing class!

    Lori Pickert
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    We are getting ready for our second free PBH class of the summer! There are many great reasons to add drawing to your routine — here are just a few: • Drawing is a foundational skill for making and a great way for prewriters to take and read their own notes. • Learning how to draw observationally can help kids make it past the dreaded fourth-grade slump. • Learning to look deeply and observe carefully is a great critical thinking skill and often leads to asking the interesting questions that launch project-based research. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to integrate drawing into…
  • Small Wins Wednesday: The academics of play

    Lori Pickert
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:41 am
    Writing and drawing about the Jacobites. On Wednesdays we often share a small win from the forum, Twitter, the Facebook page, or (with the writer’s permission) from the mail bag. This week’s small win is from Kirsten: Six-year-old R is resistant to anything that vaguely resembles school and has been known to shout “I DON’T WANT TO LEARN ANYTHING!” in response to any scholastic suggestion. So we’ve decided to pull back for now, and completely unschool, subtly strewing interesting stuff, and raising interesting topics at the lunch table, but requiring nothing. This generally…
  • More thoughts on dismissing children’s interests and ideas

    Lori Pickert
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Yesterday I posted about respecting children’s interests. I titled it “trust, respect, and attention…” because I think you have to trust that your child’s authentic interests will lead somewhere good, you have to respect their genuine feelings about things, and you have to pay attention — or you’ll lose the opportunity to really understand them and what they care about. Serendipitously (mind-bogglingly so), I read two things later in the day that related to that post. First: One recurring question is, why does the intellectual development of vast numbers of children…slow…
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    The Common Room

  • A slice of history

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Excerpt from an article in the 1919 edition of a magazine for ‘the kindergartener,’ as at the time the kindergarten was a progressive social and political movement as much as it was an educational one. The article is titled The Retardation of the Foreign Woman, and it is written By Dr Caroline Hedger of Chicago.  She speaks of the necessity of educating the Foreign Women into democracy, and putting into her mind the picture of freedom. “The matter of building up the trait of persona decision, personal freedom, the degree of responsibility, in other words,  facing the…
  • Craft Project: Make a Swing for a Paper Doll

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    From The Kindergarten and First Grade, Volume 4, published in 1919 I found it at Googlebooks
  • Three Good Reads

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    Good read on essential oils: our primary concerns are as follows: (1) We are concerned when essential oils (or other alternative treatments) are marketed as having spiritual benefits that should only be ascribed to God; (2) We desire to give clear warnings that the alternative treatment industry, on the whole, is almost entirely unregulated, and to educate others about what the implications of this are; and (3) We are concerned when Christians choose to partner with, promote and sell products in tandem with companies that are undergirded with New Age/New Thought beliefs (i.e., being…
  • Leslie Charteris (The Saint) Mysteries, 1.99 at Amazon

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    For the next little bit, Amazon has some nice mystery selections for just 1.99 per e-book. This link should work: 200 Mysteries, 1.99 each If not, search for Leslie Charteris (The Saint books)
  • Murphy’s Law For Mothers

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Door bells and telephone bells seem to have a sympathetic connection. When one rings, the other almost always will ring too. IF you are still in pajamas, the probability of both ringing at the same time increases by a factor of fifty. Likewise, those mornings you sleep in late after going to bed leaving the front room in a state of disaster, don’t get dressed, and your hair is a mess will be the mornings somebody comes to the door. The septic tank never backs up when I’ve had my shower, the dishes are clean, and I’m all caught up on laundry. Children never get sick enough to…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Ideas for Ramona's Book Club?

    Karen Edmisten
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    A friend of mine has done a great book club for the last few years, but we're all feeling at a bit of a crossroads. The mix of kids is tricky at this particular juncture -- this year we will have boys and girls ranging in age from six to twelve. It's hard to bridge all those gaps (not to mention tastes.)Ideas?Inspiration?I think we're overthinking it, and we just need a jolt. Brainstorming, anyone?
  • What If They WANT to Do Worksheets?

    Karen Edmisten
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Tamara asked:... did you ever have a child who *wanted* to do things like pre-reading worksheets? And if so, did you just let that be while it lasted? That's a great question, and the answer is, "Yes. Ramona has loved herself some very worksheet-y worksheets."Ramona loves a lot of curriculum, actually, although the more obligatory it becomes, the less attractive it is to her, and she has yet to fall in love with the math curriculum that I require of her. But she likes the accountability and neatness of filling in blanks, matching answers, and choosing one of multiple choices. She likes…
  • Poetry Friday: Because I Love Both Wendell Berry and Anyone (Specifically His Daughter) Who Can Honestly Say, "It Was My Pleasure to Attend the Slow Meat Symposium."

    Karen Edmisten
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    And because history, culture, and tradition are small and personal. (With thanks to Arthur Powers,* who, on a Catholic writers' list, posted a link to Mary Berry's "Problem Solvers" at The Berry Center.)An excerpt from Wendell Berry's "The Record":And my young friend says: “Have him speak thisinto a recorder. It is precious, It should be saved.”I know the panic of that wish to savethe vital knowledge of the old times, handed down,for it is rising off the earth, fraying awayin the wind and the coming day.As the machines come and the people gothe old names rise, chattering, and…
  • Teaching From Rest: A Quick Review That Basically Tells You to Go Read It

    Karen Edmisten
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Image: Amongst Lovely ThingsSarah Mackenzie's new book, Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace is a truly lovely book.I just finished reading it, and ... wow. Sarah discusses and advocates so much of what I have long believed about homeschooling, relationships, schedules, curriculum, how children learn, what God calls us to, and the vital importance of always placing our relationships --  with God and our children -- at the forefront of everything we do.As a mom who has graduated two daughters from our homeschool (with one yet to go -- Ramona just turned 12!
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell

    Karen Edmisten
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    I admit it: I would read Rainbow Rowell's grocery list.(Actually, I'd read the grocery list and every other kind of list {To Do ... Book Ideas ... Top Five Ways to Get Benedict Cumberbatch to Nebraska} of all my favorite writers because what inquiring mind doesn't want to know what her favorite wordsmiths eat for breakfast and what they plan to do on Tuesday and how they will plot to get Sherlock to town? I realize I'm making an enormous assumption --  that all my favorite writers are list makers -- and I could be wrong. But I digress.)So. I've been looking forward to Landline ever since…
 
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    Heart of the Matter

  • Discovering the Artist Within

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    I hope you can join me as I chat with The Social Homeschooler and share with her my thoughts on Discovering the Artist Within. I’ll be chatting with her on Friday, August 1st at 12 noon CT but you can also tune in via podcast just by clicking here. Discovering the Artist Within Can’t figure out...
  • 5 Points of Encouragement for the Newbie

    Guest
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    Before I began this journey, I had no plans to homeschool whatsoever. I had 2 little girls and I was longing for the day they both turned 6 so I could send them off to school and finally have some free time during the day, perhaps even get a job to help my husband out...
  • Outer Space Art/God’s Glory in the Stars

    Sharon
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
      Some of the most beautiful things in the world are seen in the stars.  From the naked eye and the telescope, we can appreciate the wonder of creation just by looking at the stars.  However, from the Hubal Telescope, we can see even closer the magnificent colors and depth of the heavens.  Astronomy is...
  • Lessons from the Homeschool Book Sale

    Guest
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    Just last month I attended my very last homeschool book sale.  For thirteen years, my life revolved around educating my two boys and now it had come to an end.  I sorted, priced, and loaded my books, not with the gained funds at the forefront of my mind, but with the anticipation of being with...
  • A Day in July

    Ray Notgrass
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    Along with the rest of my generation, I always got up early to watch television coverage of American manned space flights. The networks began broadcasting in the predawn hours, alternating between the launch pad and their studios. We listened to the countdown and watched the powerful rocket blast off. The camera followed the rising vehicle...
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    Home*School*Home

  • Getting some things done.

    Fatcat
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    I have gotten some of my things that I needed to do done this week and I have been able to do some things for others, which always seems more fun and satisfying for some reason.  One of the families in our homeschool group is moving and we have been helping them a little with some painting, loaning them my son's dorm fridge and keeping them company while they paint.  I don't know how important that is, but we've enjoyed spending time with them.  I've also really enjoyed getting some things checked off my list this week.  I met with a Realtor about my mom's house and it is…
  • Wow, what a stormy, stormy night.

    Fatcat
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I spent a lot of time holding a trembling Freckles the dog who was terrified.  It just stormed and stormed and stormed.  I heard thunder that sounded like it was right on top of our house.  Whew.  The electricity went off and right back on a couple of times.  Max walked the  house, clicking his toenails on the floors so that even between the thunder claps, I didn't get much sleep.I got up and went to church anyway.  My art was still on display.  I don't know how long they are planning to leave it up.  It makes me feel a bit self conscious.
  • Good times this week.

    Fatcat
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    We had some good times yesterday.  One of my friend's kids is in a production of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and we went to see it last night.  We also had a gym day and planning meeting earlier in the day.  It made for a full day and a good day.  We opted not to go out to eat with the group and to come home and cook and eat and nap for a while mid-day, which helped a lot.  I think I would have been too exhausted to enjoy the show otherwise.  Also, it's just not wonderful eating out gluten free.  It's doable and if you are just really hungry and need…
  • Wednesday, the 23rd.

    Fatcat
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Look how good my garden looks now, compared to how bad it looked the first few days.  We thought we could save these plants and we did.  I ate a salad this morning with a home grown tomato.  Yum. In other news, this is a busy, busy week.  We've got a lot going on but most of it is good stuff, so we don't mind so much.  I had a great Mom's Night Out last night and got to reconnect with some people I hadn't seen in a while, plus the ones that I get to see quite often, but enjoy very much.  We ate at Qdoba which was pretty good, but the seats really aren't conducive…
  • So, a ton of stuff.

    Fatcat
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    For my Monday I got pretty much everything on my list done.  I called everyone I needed to call, cooked a bunch of food to get us through the next couple of days (I've started cooking big batches that we can all warm up whenever.  It's easier.), went to Walmart, took the library books back, turned in the 4H paperwork and went to my doctor's appointment.  I was supposed to go and look at a car, but my husband had something else he needed to do, so I took a nap.  I still feel bad and the doctor's office visit did not give me any immediate answers.  They did a bunch of…
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • How to help a student who is behind in math

    MathMammoth
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Updated!Image by www.flickr.com/photos/sveinhal/How to help a student who is behind in mathIn the article I discuss some general principles in helping students that are behind in math.Test and assessMake a list of topics to studyPerhaps go back to the very beginning?Restudying some topics while using a math curriculumThe order of topicsShould you go on with new concepts or not?I hope it is of help!
  • Worksheets for inequalities

    MathMammoth
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    More new worksheet generators... This one is for linear inequalities in one variable.http://www.homeschoolmath.net/worksheets/linear_inequalities.phpThe worksheets are customizable in many different ways. You can ask the student to plot simple inequalities, such as x < -6 or write an inequality from a graph. One problem type asks you to solve the given simple inequality in the given set, such as solve x + 1 > -2 in the set {-9, 3,5,8, -2, 10}. Then you can choose from six different types of linear inequalities to solve (such as one-step inequalities, two-step inequalities, or…
  • 1-day sale

    MathMammoth
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    SAVE 40% on selected Math Mammoth bundles at Homeschool Buyers Co-op:https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/math-mammoth/ONLY for today!
  • A thought to consider...

    MathMammoth
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Posted with permission from http://www.heartcheer.com/ where you'll find many more thoughtful poems!
  • Math Mammoth photo contest winning entries

    MathMammoth
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Here are the winning entries for the photo contest I ran recently. I asked each participant to provide a photo showing a child/student(s) doing math work from a Math Mammoth book or materials. Click to see a larger version. Enjoy!1. I felt this picture was just so cute and also the composition is great."Isabelle is proudly showing her mom her correctly formed 3's. She wrote them backwards at first. She is working out of her big sister's 1st grade workbook from Math Mammoth's Light Blue Series."The second place was a tie — I just couldn't decide.2. A. First, school work upside down - quite…
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • How Women Can Stop Judging Each Other: A Movement of Key Women

    ann
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    (audio reading of this post:) When Murielle Lowe knocked at the back door there, I about died to let her in. There was no time to toss Mount Rushed LaundryMore onto my unmade bed and fling shut the door. Not enough time to run a comb, straightener or miracle through my mess of rooster-tailed, cockamamie hair. Not enough time to breathe heated distress over my smudged glasses and rub the lens like a maniac with the hem of my rumpled t-shirt, like there are ways to circle around things to make people see you differently….kindly. Murielle Lowe had to step over the dump of shoes in the garage.
  • 5 Truths When You Feel Tired & the World’s Broke Your Heart a Bit

    ann
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Ssometimes you just need someone to storm heaven for you Sometimes you just need someone to hoarse whisper it for you — Father of the Tired & Broken-Hearted… oh, hear our prayer…. Give Your Child the wisdom to know it this week: Hiding when you’re hurting won’t heal you and growing isolated can just let infection grow. Give Your Child the love to live it: The secret way to heal a broken heart is to let love leak out like an ocean through all the cracks.   Give Your Child grace to do the crazy impossible: It’s the hurting and wounded who are always…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [07.26.14]

    ann
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Come exhale with a 5 minute mini-vacation around our world? Breathtaking photos of ocean waves on a stormy evening “God allows Himself to be the Lighthouse to see us through our storms. And then God allows storms so we love our *Lighthouse* long after the storms.”  How Pets Wait For Their Humans To Return yeah, so the farm kids here thought this was funny? “Do you want to drive my tractor?” (Frozen Parody) {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} 5 friends travel the country, spread kindness to strangers Are you…
  • How Your Life Really Can Change [and what to do when change comes]

    ann
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Audio for this post: if you’d like to listen to today’s post — just click above on the arrow (not the text) for  an audio recording of this farm girl reading today’s post — and then scroll through the post?  {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} The kid went to get a big machete. A year and a half later, I think of that everyday. How he and his brother took off down that dirt road with their last handful of American tourist dollars to spend on that one longed for glint of steel before the flight home. How…
  • When There are Wars & Planes Fall from the Sky: How to Face the Problem of Evil & the Greater Problem of Good

    ann
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    So after dinner, she picks coneflowers in the garden. Cradles the long stems in her apron skirt, carries them up through the picket gate. And she turns to me on the top step of the porch, holds her apron out to me, all those purple petals — art in an apron. “Why is there all this loveliness?” She wants to know. I almost tell her — The World is full of loveliness because it’s full of of His love. Isn’t that the meaning of beauty? The fundamental purpose of loveliness — is to convey His love. Everywhere, wildflowers, even in cracks in concrete sidewalks. Everywhere, this…
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    Natural Born Learners

  • 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…
  • Skellig: A book with an unschooled kid.

    Hamilton Climate Challenge
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    One of the favourite things I've always loved about being a parent is reading to my kids. Sadly as they grow older there are fewer opportunities to do so-and the kids prefer to go off and read their own books by then. Still, I am lucky to have the attention of my youngest kid yet and I just finished reading a most wonderful book called Skellig by David Almond.How surprising it was and exciting to discover a girl (Mina) living the unschooled life; who moves in the world and learns following her natural curiosity so thoroughly and whose experience, contrasted against the schooled life really…
  • Exploring Canada Day with Canadian Kids

    beatrice ekoko
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Happy Canada Day!!Just listening to a radio show (Radio Free School) we did back in 2007. Listen to children's views on being Canadian.interviews - Making Pancakes/Crepes. Opinions on Canada (Canada Day July 1). Karl Hess from the film Anarchism in Americamusic - Constitution Breakdown, and Anti-Confederation Song, from Classic Canadian Songs from Smithsonian Folkwaystech - beatrice and randylisten - download hereThe real non-resistants can believe in direct action only, never in political action. For the basis of all political action is coercion; even…
  • We are all Unschoolers: A Personal Reflection.

    beatrice ekoko
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Next to the right to life itself, the most fundamental of all human rights is the right to control our own minds and thoughts. That means the right to decide for ourselves how we will explore the world around us, think about our own and other persons’ experiences, and find and make the meaning of our own lives.”John Holt, American educator and author.When I think about it, I’ve been directing my learning for most of my life. I was unschooling myself as a young person—and I didn’t even know it! I didn't have the name for it.I recall as an 11 year old, teaching myself French because…
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    Unschooling Site News, SandraDodd.com

  • Openness to Experience, Interview Bits

    Sandra Dodd
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Newish page, expanded quite a bit:http://sandradodd.com/openAmy Childs is creating a series of +/- 15 minute podcasts about unschooling. The first one was about Learn Nothing Day. She asked me for people she could interview about that, and asked them about other things, too, so some of those voices will come up in future podcasts.My favorites so far:Learn Nothing DayWho Can Unschool?
  • Spouses, Bonding, "Behind"

    Sandra Dodd
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Something new at the bottom, about peace with spouses (works for children, too), from Rippy Dusseldorphttp://sandradodd.com/spousesBonding, with addition of writing by Caren Knox and Joyce Fetteroll at the bottom:http://sandradodd.com/bondingNew page with something by Debbie Regan about whether an unschooled child can "be behind."http://sandradodd.com/behind
  • Service, School, Small Words

    Sandra Dodd
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    New on the "service" page, by Manuela Jaramillo, righthand column, partway down:http://sandradodd.com/serviceSchool might be better for some kids. New, by Karen James athttp://sandradodd.com/school/More added to the page looking at lyrics and poetry using almost all native English words:http://sandradodd.com/smallwords
  • Interviews by video and podcast, new this week

    Sandra Dodd
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Amy Childs has done a beautiful podcast about Learn Nothing Day. Besides my voice and Amy's, you can hear Alex Polkowsky, Hema Bharadwaj, Julie Daniel, and Amy's daughter Kayla.http://unschoolingsupport.com/learn-nothing-day/(Sound file, fifteen minutes)a couple of links to go with that:"Try not to learn. Don't try to learn. Those two aren't the same thing but they're close enough for beginners." (from the last paragraph of this 1998 interview: An Interview with Sandra DoddCriticism of Learn Nothing Day: http://sandradodd.com/learnnothingday/criticsYvonne Laborda and María José Cifuentes…
  • Why we unschooled, feedback, open, half empty

    Sandra Dodd
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:36 am
    "Why we unschooled" (written a few years ago, about a story from 1990 or so)This is on my blog, but I suppose some of those posts should be included as resources. I won't announce all of them, but you can subscribe there if you're interested in more personal things about me or my family.http://sandradodd.blogspot.com/2014/06/why-we-unschooled.htmlNice feedback, lefthand column. I don't save all of it (some I print and put in a special box without quoting elsewhere), but these seemed special.http://sandradodd.com/feedback/New page on being open to things, people,…
 
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    Sandra Dodd

  • 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…
  • iPhone, ME!

    Sandra Dodd
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Like Pinocchio becoming a real boy…I got an iPhone today, and it's just like a little iPad that's a phone. That last phone I had never did work smoothly. Even Holly (who has a phone just like it) and Marty (who can usually figure out any gadget) couldn't help me. Keith was feeling generous and encouraged me not to get the smallest iPhone. Destiny was sweet and talked to me all about what was what. Holly went with me to get it "ghost armored." Marty…he's been saying "You should get an iPhone" for quite a while. He said I would already know how to use it, because of the iPad. He was right!.
  • 333 (patterns)

    Sandra Dodd
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    My three kids, in birth order, and then 33 others. Nice!
  • Dead Poets Society, 25 years

    Sandra Dodd
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    This is a powerful movie that came out over a lifetime ago for people the age of most of those actors. Some of us who are parents of adults now had babies then, or were yet childless. Such a story with boarding schools for rich boys is foreign to most of us, but not to all the people I know. Such parenting is more familiar than the school is.The 1950's are gone, right? Long time ago. This is a great movie, and potentially a painful one. If it seems exotic, and out of your experience, that is wonderful, especially if you have children. Robin Williams and Norman Lloyd are both still living and…
  • Ace Art (by Holly, 2010)

    Sandra Dodd
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Holly did this art for a very small unschoolers' gathering several years ago. I just came across it and put it in a better place. The name came from Adam Daniel (documented here), the concept of a zia-based ace was mine, but the artistry and execution were all Holly Dodd's! A little more about the small series of meet-ups:Albuquerque Chat and ExploreAlbuquerque, and The Ace Festival (notes about the name, and connections made because of it)3rd Learn Nothing Day winding down (Holly's t-shirt, like Adam's t-shirt)
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    HomeschoolBuzz.com

  • Fears over welfare of home-schooled children in Worcestershire – Worcester News

    Gary
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Fears over welfare of home-schooled children in Worcestershire – Worcester News Worcester News Fears over welfare of home-schooled children in WorcestershireWorcester NewsMORE needs to be done to protect the wellbeing of home-schooled children in Worcestershire, the chairman of a body working to safeguard young people in the county has said. Speaking at a meeting of the Worcestershire Health and Well-Being Board on …and more »
  • Homeschooling Makes the Grade for Affluent Gen X, Conservative Households – Millionaire Corner

    Gary
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Homeschooling Makes the Grade for Affluent Gen X, Conservative Households – Millionaire Corner Homeschooling Makes the Grade for Affluent Gen X, Conservative HouseholdsMillionaire CornerNearly six-in-ten (56 percent) of Affluent households overall said they do not approve of homeschooling, but among the 44 percent who do, homeschooling gets the highest marks for allowing parents control over to what their children are exposed (59 …and more »
  • Carnival of homeschooling: So you’re thinking of homeschooling?

    Gary
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Carnival of Homeschooling: So You’re Thinking of Homeschooling Edition
  • I-SS looks to expand iAcademy for homeschoolers – Mooresville Tribune

    Gary
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    I-SS looks to expand iAcademy for homeschoolers – Mooresville Tribune I-SS looks to expand iAcademy for homeschoolers Mooresville Tribune There are 1,400 home-school students in Iredell County, and Iredell-Statesville Schools wants them to know it has the flexibility to serve them all, or at least as many as are willing to put their faith in the public school system. Year two of the …
  • Fears over welfare of home-schooled children in Worcestershire – Tewkesbury ADMAG

    Gary
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Fears over welfare of home-schooled children in Worcestershire – Tewkesbury ADMAG Tewkesbury ADMAG Fears over welfare of home-schooled children in WorcestershireTewkesbury ADMAGMORE needs to be done to protect the wellbeing of home-schooled children in Worcestershire, the chairman of a body working to safeguard young people in the county has said. Speaking at a meeting of the Worcestershire Health and Well-Being Board on …and more »
 
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    The Thinking Mother

  • Teen Driving: The Vehicle

    ChristineMM
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    In our suburb of Houston in Texas it is the norm for parents to buy a shiny new car for their newly driving sixteen year old. We did not plan that when we lived in Connecticut and we did not cave into the cultural norm now that we're here!I shared the other day that after thirteen years of driving a pickup truck my husband finally got a new vehicle. The old truck one was under $20K when purchased new. We are not drivers of luxury cars. I drive a minivan that is over six years old. We got that when the prior minivan's transmission died after clocking 135K miles. My husband's truck has 2.5…
  • More Thoughts on Teens and Driving

    ChristineMM
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    After my older son had his permit and was driving daily with supervision a long discussion on the homeschool high school chat list was had. I felt verified by the other's experiences that we made the right choice.One of the biggest problems was waiting until after the teen went to college when the teen lived at the dorm and sometimes out of state and far away was they were not able to do much driving with the permit! Thus if they had at 15, 16, 17 or 18 while living at home, gotten their permit they would have had more experience with practice.Some parents said that after they crammed the…
  • Thoughts on Delaying the Driver's License

    ChristineMM
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The decision for our older son to get his driver's license at 15.5, although late by Texas standards, seemed right for him. Using our knowledge of his maturity level, we thought he was ready. He had a permit for eight months and was excellent. We did not have much practice on the highway and the Houston highways are brutal (cars up to and over 90 mph, five lanes, high traffic, sudden braking, etc). We planned a rollout of privileges that was staggered.He obtained his license after eight months, at age 16 and three months. I had no reason to not allow it.  There was no large gap that I…
  • Children As Products - Homeschooling

    ChristineMM
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Yesterday I saw another quote on Facebook from a homeschooling family on their business page. I was going to try to write about my reaction without quoting it but I don't think I can so here it is:"Your child is not a project to show off to your family and friends. Your child is not here to help you validate your choices with their achievements. Your child needs your emotional support, your loving kindness, and your patience much more than he needs your ability to impart knowledge and skills. Knowledge and skills are the parsley on the plate. Stop focusing on parsley."  - The Libertarian…
  • Did Not Attend My Last Possible Homeschool Conference

    ChristineMM
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    If all goes as planned this is my last year of homeschooling. This year my older will be a senior and my younger will enter school full-time for grade nine at a private IB school.When the registration for this year's conference was issued our family was discussing a family vacation and college tours. I worried they would overlap so I did not register.Last month heard through the grapevine that it was sold out. By then I knew I'd be home for it but thought it was too late to attend. However also we were to have my son's friend from Connecticut here so I'd have a houseguest to entertain. It is…
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • NEW GAME…

    dcobranchi
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:38 am
    Name the drug that S. E. Cupp took before making this video.
  • LAPTOP DEAL OF THE DAY

    dcobranchi
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    NOTE: SALE ENDS at 1 a.m. EDT 7/20/2014 I’ve been searching for weeks for a laptop for Chelsea to take with her to college. I had narrowed the search down to just a couple of processors: the Intel Core i7-4500 series, the Core i5-4200 family, or the AMD A10-5750. With 8 – 12 GB of RAM these were running in the $700-$900 range. I caught a coupon earlier this week and got this Dell for $630. It had all of the features Chelsea wanted (no touch screen, backlit keyboard, at least 8 GB of RAM). And then, this morning, my RSS feed for Woot! showed they’re selling a very similar…
  • GO WEST, YOUNG(?) MAN

    dcobranchi
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Adam O’Neal is wasting his time marching to DC. He should have hiked to Raleigh. That’s where it would get fixed.
  • I’D HAVE STUCK IT IN THE MICROWAVE

    dcobranchi
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Electronics (including FBI tracking devices) really don’t do well in microwave ovens. Which reminds me, I’ll need to nuke my passport when it comes due for renewal in a couple of years. I still don’t trust RFID.
  • SEPTUPLE YOUR MONEY OVERNIGHT

    dcobranchi
    7 Jun 2014 | 3:38 am
    I missed a real financial opportunity here. I own a few (and I mean very few) shares of AAPL in my IRA. I just checked the balance and my AAPL holdings have magically increased in value by 7x. Of course, AAPL is splitting 7:1 on Monday and Scottrade already has figured that in. But the value is based on Friday’s pre-split close. If I’d have known that, I’d have put my entire port into AAPL on Thursday. It’d have been fun seeing a 7-figure balance, even if only for a day.
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    Homeschool Journal Dot Net

  • Rain

    liese4
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    So it rained Tuesday, rained Wednesday and it’s raining today. Rain is cool, water is great, but I don’t think we can handle too many days in a row of rain. I did get a few errands done and finally booked campsites for our CA trip, Grace started on an art project for a contest, Bethany wrote and Hannah played with her little pet shops characters. Grace made BBQ chicken pizza for dinner, we made one with jalapenos and one without. It was really good. James said that we should start a pizza night along with taco night, we would need to get individual pizza crusts though, 6 people…
  • Horsethief falls

    liese4
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    I was really hoping the rain would stay away until after 1 or 2pm, no deal. I forgot to put the hiking poles in the car, we didn’t really need them and since it’s July I haven’t put jackets back in the car (it was 60 up there.) I’ll have to at least put jackets for the girls back into the car on trips like this, the rain has really lowered the temps. We were headed to Horsethief falls on the back side of Pikes Peak today – 2.6 miles RT (to the falls) and +450 ft elevation gain. We drove to Divide, CO and then turned onto 67 for about 9 miles until we saw the old…
  • Pine lake

    liese4
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Went to a hiking/fishing/swimming co-op at Pine lake today. Just as we turned into the park we saw a deer with two speckled fawns. The day was gorgeous, but the cirrus clouds gave away the fact that the weather was going to change at some point. We didn’t swim because the river was too fast (I know it doesn’t look fast and high right there, but it was fast and even when not high it was too full of rocks.) Our shelter was also home to mud swallows, the fledglings were sitting on the roof keeping the bugs at bay. Those who had poles started fishing. Those who didn’t started…
  • Oodles of fun science inspiration

    Alicia
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I’m loving this middle school science teacher’s blog, The Simply Scientific Classroom, for fun science inspiration. Among the ideas I’m excited about incorporating in our homeschool this year…. End of Year- Vocabulary Photo Album “I had purchased photo albums/brag books from a local dollar store. We used the photo albums to store the completed vocabulary cards….” I’m thinking this could be a great way to do all sorts of subjects, from math cheat sheets to presidents to countries.  Element Superhero “Students were assigned an element and…
  • Sunday

    liese4
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    We slept late, James is cramming for a test, the girls are playing with friends – a chill day. We did go to Flyin’ B park for lunch and found ripe crabapples and not so ripe pears. They built a little bridge to get to the island, so we took a look. The water was unusually clear, no need to fish for fish, just catch them in a net (now we can see the bullfrog, bet we can get him now!) The work on the house on the property is coming along, new windows, railings, siding and paint - they ruined my crusty backdrop. The week: Fishing/hiking/swimming/BBQ in Pine, Hiking near Divide, Park…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • August 2014 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    My, how this summer has flown! This month’s desktop calendar image comes from a lovely bouquet of wildflowers from a farmers’ market on an old town square. I processed it with a vintage feel because that’s how the bouquet felt to me, sweet and simple. Download August’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large Do you update your desktop with these calendars each month? Feel free to share with your friends via Facebook or Pinterest. Thank you for using them—they’re made for you! August 2014 Desktop Calendar is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home…
  • Today at (in)Courage: Why You Don’t Have to Win

    Dawn Camp
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Years ago my son’s baseball coach told his team, “It’s not about winning. We’re here to have fun.” My dad leaned down and whispered, “He forgot to tell them that it’s not fun if you don’t win,” and I nodded, a believer. My daddy coached my softball team through junior high and high school. We were in it to win it and we usually did. As a twenty-something, I once called a local radio station to verify my answer in Trivial Pursuit when my mother, aunt, and cousin questioned it. I not only believed I was right, I was willing to work to prove it in a day when a quick Google…
  • In Plain Sight

    Dawn Camp
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    18 days. For 18 days I couldn’t find my keys and then suddenly there they were, in a place we’d looked several times. When I offered a reward—a lunch date—everyone looked even harder, but that didn’t help. My 14-year-old daughter picked out a fancy Asian buffet and my husband said that he wanted to win, too. A date is a date. The keys didn’t stay missing because no one looked for them. If you saw where they hid, you’d wonder why we didn’t find them in five minutes instead of 18 days. Sometimes the things we seek are in plain sight, waiting for us to…
  • Summer Reading List: Atlas Girl (with giveaway!)

    Dawn Camp
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last week I inhaled Emily T. Wierenga’s Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look in my precious spare moments: riding in the car; in the bleachers during baseball practice; late at night while my house slept; and finally getting up early and reading in bed until I finished. I messaged Emily immediately because I had to talk about the book. Although I planned to review it, she offered me a guest post and a giveaway copy and that’s even better. Leave a comment to win!   What My Mum Taught Me About Church (giveaway!) By Emily T. Wierenga “So, I…
  • Summer Reading List: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

    Dawn Camp
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    This post is part of the “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour.” To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   There’s something decadent about curling up with a good book, probably because as women we deny ourselves downtime, like a privilege we must earn. Surely that’s not just me. Questioning the idea that it’s wrong to rest is one of my greatest takeaways from my friend Bonnie Gray’s new book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest (affiliate link). Bonnie defines spiritual whitespace as rest for your soul; I need that. If you’re a…
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  • Anyone use Khan Academy?

    Southerland_girl
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Hi, I am considering using Khan Academy for my 8th grader for next school year. I am just wondering how do you record keep and do grades? How is the program? is it like a supplement or is it a real curriculum? I could go on and on with questions, lol. Really, any information or advice about a good sound computer base math curriculum would be great.  We could not afford to buy our usually math curr. so i need something that is not going to cost a lot but is good and sound. Thank you in advance :)
  • Anyone Used This Free Course/Curric?

    lily
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I came across this website via Pinterest and was curious if anyone has used it or is using it. And if so, what do you think about it? http://www.freelyeducate.com/2014/07/free-high-school-curriculum.html It's suppose to be free curri for high school (apparently they have k-8th grade too). A completely planned out curric with free everything sounds too good to be true. I am considering trying maybe just one subjet to try for my 9th grader this coming school year. I just wonder how good the courses are, especially for high school level and college prep. If you have any experience with this or…
  • First day of "school"

    Shesta
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I am wondering how everyone starts their first day of "school". What does it look like? I have been home-educating for twenty years, but this is really the first time I've taken a summer break. I am either not ready for the summer to end or anxious a little bit about starting back. So, how does your first day or week look?
  • Language: Is this enough?

    Carolina
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Hello, everyone!  We will be starting to HS my 8 and 11 yo boys in a few weeks using a mixture of My Father's World, Horizon Math and Apologia Science.  My main question is about language.  We aren't using the recommended language book by MFW.  We will be using English From the Roots Up for vocabulary word and Evan Moor Language Review Books for each grade level.  We are also doing read=alouds and I will be having them do a book report.  With spelling, I will be doing a bit of dictation and then using the words they get wrong for their spelling list. Do you think this should be enough…
  • Need some encouragement

    Amanda Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    This will be our 3rd year homeschooling. My kids are 7th, 6th and 3rd grades. I am dreading starting this year. The last two years I have been very excited to start, but this year I am just not. Maybe I'm having anxiety about high school bearing down on us? I don't know. I just feel tired and overwhelmed by the sheer responsibility of homeschooling. Anyone else ever feel like this? Any advice?
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  • Ultimate Homeschool Pinterest Party

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
      –> Follow Curriculum Choice’s Homeschool Organization board! Visit these ladies: Jamerrill @FreeHomeschoolDeals Jenn @ Daze of Adventure Toni @ The Happy Housewife Staci @ Motherhood on a Dime Tricia @ Hodgepodge  My Pinterest Homeschool Boards Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool: Heart of Wisdom on Pinterest. Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool: Bible on Pinterest.   Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool: Free […]
  • Free eBooks, Audio Books, & Book Advice

    admin
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    You can use your library card on-line to place eBooks on your Kindle, Nook, iPhone, tablet, etc or read online (I now read most books on my computer with a table mate). I use Overdrive to check out eBooks from my library. All you need is a library card. I’ve probably saved thousands this way. At times […]
  • 5 Steps to Successful Forgiveness

    admin
    21 Feb 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Unforgiveness is toxic. It can consume us. It causes suffering, health problems, bitterness, chronic anger, resentment, rage, and a miserable attitude. Studies show that such emotions can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, joint pain, headaches, high blood pressure and a depressed immune system.
  • Key to a Sucessful Homeschool- Never Fails!

    admin
    21 Feb 2014 | 5:35 am
    After 30 years of homeschooling I can confidently say this is the key. It is the only way.  
  • In Memory of My Daughter

    admin
    16 Feb 2014 | 7:51 am
    She was beautiful, giving, amazingly talented. She was the most loving person I have ever known. She loved her children emormously and was usually seen with one of them in her loving embrace. Her laugh was infectious. She was inspirational, amazingly creative in business, crafts, and art. She was the peace maker in our family. She was […]
 
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  • 5 Tips for Planning a Successful Field Trip

    Kris Bales
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one where Charlotte returns

    Kris Bales
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • 5 Homeschool Planning and Organization Posts

    Kris Bales
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: the one where we talk curriculum and the first day of school

    Kris Bales
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Giveaway: WriteShop Junior Book E!

    Kris Bales
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • 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,
  • One on One

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I believe one on one with my son will show huge improvements in education. He has done well in the public school, now going into the 5th grade he is struggling
  • How do I start homeschooling my six year old, immediately?

    8 May 2014 | 5:23 am
    My husband took a job in Mississippi and we had to pack and move, quite suddenly. We are only here for four weeks before moving to Florida for a couple
  • Single, working and homeschooling - Gotta love Chaos!!

    5 May 2014 | 5:38 am
    My husband and I separated just as my daughter was to enter Kindergarten. I felt like it was too much change for her all at once, so I decided to homeschool
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival: Summer Party Edition

    Sonya Shafer
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    A change of scene. Sometimes a change of scene is the key to refreshing our wits and renewing our energy. A biography on Charlotte Mason tells us that her daily life of teaching and supervising and corresponding and running a household “made heavy demands on her health and it became essential for her to renew […] Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival: Summer Party Edition originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Setting Them Up for Success (Narration Q & A, part 5)

    Sonya Shafer
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    When I began using Charlotte Mason’s method of narration, I thought it should look like this: We sit on the couch. I open the book and read the next chapter. I close the book and ask a student to retell the chapter in her own words. End of lesson. But sometimes I would get blank […] Setting Them Up for Success (Narration Q & A, part 5) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • The Simplest Way (Narration Q & A, part 4)

    Sonya Shafer
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    I like simple. Well, let me amend that statement. I like simple as long as it’s effective. As we continue our series on narration questions and answers, let’s look at a simple description Charlotte gave for using narration effectively. This one statement can answer several of your questions. Here’s her statement: “The simplest way of […] The Simplest Way (Narration Q & A, part 4) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • In My Own Words (Narration Q&A, part 3)

    Sonya Shafer
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    How well do you know The Pledge of Allegiance? I’m pretty sure most of us can recite it. Want to try? (Those of you residing in a country other than the United States, bear with me while I make a point.) But how well do you know The Pledge of Allegiance? Try putting it in […] In My Own Words (Narration Q&A, part 3) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • The Why Behind the How (Narration Q&A, part 2)

    Sonya Shafer
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    We just returned from a homeschool convention in Texas that required four days on the road and three days at the convention hall. You do the math. During those days away from home, we ate in many different restaurants, and I noticed a trend among the informal ones. As we came in the door, an […] The Why Behind the How (Narration Q&A, part 2) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
 
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • Apologia Science is Great College Preparation

    Lee
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Apologia Science is Great College Preparation This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough […] The post Apologia Science is Great College... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Writing the SAT Essay

    Lee
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In How is the SAT Essay Scored I shared what it takes to get a perfect score on the SAT essay and that while it […] The post Writing the SAT Essay appeared first on The HomeScholar Helper. Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • How is the SAT Essay Scored?

    Lee
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    How is the SAT Essay Scored? Here is what the College Board has to say about the scoring of the SAT essay: “We want students […] The post How is the SAT Essay Scored? appeared first on... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Senior Year Homeschool and Way Behind!

    Lee
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It can happen; you lose track of time and the next thing you know your child is a high school senior! Parents often feel like […] The post Senior Year Homeschool and Way Behind! appeared first... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Shaping Genuine Diamonds: Children with Character

    Lee
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shaping Genuine Diamonds: Children with Character Homeschooling is not about money or prestige. It’s about learning! It’s about your child becoming who God intends them […] The post Shaping... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Sparkling Adventures - Articles

  • The tar-mountain of parental grief

    lauren
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    A parent’s worst nightmare is usually the possibility of losing a child to death. All parents carry this grief with them; most of them only know it as an unopened package that they briefly examine in dark times, in sympathy or in fear. Others — like me — have experienced the reality of a child’s death and know what it feels like to move into and through the huge tar-mountain of parental grief. Most parents have imagined some scenario for a child’s death and their response afterwards. We see it lurking in dark shadows, high trees, bath-tubs, solitary walks, careless…
  • A new story about food

    lauren
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    When nine-year-old Aisha started crying in the supermarket, I knew I was doing something wrong. The fact that she was crying in frustration over yoghurt choices made me realise that I was writing a story into her life that was harming her rather than helping her. So I stopped — collected myself, comforted Aisha, and then created a new dominant story about the food we choose to purchase and consume. Ever since we visited a dairy farm in 2011, I’ve felt uncomfortable about conventional dairy products. The practices I saw (especially the ways the cows and calves were treated) directly…
  • Roadart

    lauren
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    Have you seen potholes outlined in colourful lovehearts and sinewy, dotted snakes warning of cracks on the road? If it was in northern NSW, it was probably the work of the artist who goes by the suitable moniker “Roadart” (or possibly “Roadheart”, see comment below). We only met Roadart at Nimbin market this week but fell in love with his spirit last year as we drove through the area and first enountered his artworks. A loveheart painted on the bitumen leads the way to a pothole. It serves as a warning to motorists. A bump at the edge of a bridge is highlighted with…
  • Sleeping under the shooting stars

    lauren
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    It’s a bit chilly to be sleeping outside, but the view makes it worth it. Tonight is the peak of the Delta Aquarids meteor shower and it coincides nicely with the very start of the Perseids meteor shower which we camped out for two years ago. I didn't capture any shooting stars in the camera's frame tonight, but we saw so many that we lost count! Three of their friends joined my girls and me on mattresses at the edge of the rural property where we had a good view of the sky. We used extra blankets to stay warm, but the evening is still quite mild for mid-winter. I enjoyed listening to…
  • Nimbin market

    lauren
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Nimbin market is a thriving, colourful space where almost anything is on sale, and locals browse the stalls as an excuse to catch up on their socialising. Although it’s been happening for about thirty years, the market has recently been revived through a new dose of energy and is now a must-do for anyone touring Northern NSW. Nimbin isn’t usually one of the stops on our itinerary. We drive straight through on our way to friends’ who live in the area, but it’s been a couple of years since we’ve visited Nimbin properly. However, after encouragement from friends who…
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    Passport Academy

  • Creative Writing Assignments via StoryJumper

    karinkath
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    The boys recently completed a Creative Writing Workshop and published their finished product on  StoryJumper, a free site where children can write, illustrate and publish their own books. Zakron’s Adventure by Logan A boy learns to treat others how you’d like to be treated after a surprise trip to space!                 The Magic Within by Garrett Luke is summoned to fight in the King’s army. Thinking he needs magic, Luke goes on a quest to find magical items to help him win the battle, but then Luke has to learn the hard way that…
  • 6 (non) Homeschool Conferences to attend in 2014

    karinkath
    31 Jan 2014 | 4:47 am
      My goal for the 2013-2014 school year was to stop thinking of myself as a homeschooler and to start thinking of myself as an educator who chooses to teach my own children. Thinking outside of the box While I have enjoyed being a member of the homeschooling community I have also have come to realize that it can be as limiting as some  criticize the traditional school system of being. I want to think outside of the ‘homeschool box’ (and you know there is one).  I don’t want to limit my education or my children’s education to just what can be found inside the…
  • Not Back to School Blog Hop 2013-2014

    karinkath
    7 Aug 2013 | 5:17 am
      One of my favorite homeschooling blogging traditions is to participate in the Not Back -to-School Blog Hop.  This year, I’ll admit that it kinda snuck up on me and here I am in Philadelphia on a business trip with my husband and kids where we are enjoying jam packed days of fun and field trips. I will post our curriculum choices here on August 9th when I update this post.  In the meantime I didn’t want you to miss out about knowing about the Back-to-School Blog Hop. You can participate by linking up to Curriculum Week or just reading about what other homeschoolers are…
  • Children’s Book Week 2013

    karinkath
    6 May 2013 | 12:56 am
      I’m over at the Homeschool Classroom this week with a post on: How to Celebrate Children’s Book Week May 13-19th with your children. I’ll be posting a Linky during Children’s Book Week if you’d like to link up your own posts on how you celebrated with your kids.
  • Nominated for Best Homeschool Blog Design

    karinkath
    7 Nov 2012 | 6:48 am
    I cannot tell you my pure joy and excitement over learning that our homeschool blog was nominated for Best Homeschool Blog Design.  I wish I could take all of the credit but there is an amazing Blog Designer behind the blog and she even held my hand while I hyperventilated about switching 4 blogs to WordPress.  So a vote for us, is really a vote for her. If you haven’t already done so please check out all the nominees in this year’s Homeschool Blog Awards. It’s the best way to find new blogs to follow. In case you didn’t know, you can also vote ONCE daily for your…
 
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Homeschool Curriculum Reviews for Electives

    Tricia
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    by Tricia Electives can cover such a wide range of topics in homeschool. And electives are often where our students find the most joy – plus develop unique talents and interests. We offer you an abundance of homeschool curriculum reviews for electives below! ~don’t miss the giveaway at the end! Our Homeschool Curriculum Reviews for Electives Below are some of the many electives reviews our Curriculum Choice authors have written.  You’ll be amazed at all the resources available to you and your homeschoolers! Econonics Fine Arts Art Music Foreign Language High School Home Economics…
  • Homeschool Reviews for Nature Study, Science and Technology

    Barb
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    by Barb Choosing a science curriculum is a big decision when you homeschool your children. Each family has its personal interests and preferred methods of offering science from year to year. Are you looking for your curriculum for science and nature study? Looking to add in some formal technology training too? This post is full of ideas and practical suggestions for making your science, nature study, and technology choices easier. Check out what other families are using and LOVING! ~ don’t miss the fantastic giveaway at the end! Nature Study and Science from the Archives Science and…
  • Homeschool History and Geography Curriculum Reviews

    Stephanie Harrington
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    by Stephanie Harrington History has always been the backbone of the homeschool plan in my home. What I mean is that I often plan and build my homeschool curriculum choices and enhancements around our history for the year.  I love to add historical fiction for our reading selections and art lessons for some hands on history projects. I also love approaching this subject in the homeschool environment. If you’re still not sure what to chose to get you started this year, you’ll find a place to begin right here. Let us tell you what we’ve liked and used and what you’ll…
  • Homeschool Math Curriculum Reviews

    Heather W
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    by Heather W Whether you are just starting out or it’s time for a change, the authors here at Curriculum Choice have much to share with you! Read below for an abundance of information on math resources and programs. Our Math Curriculum Reviews Below are some of the many math reviews our Curriculum Choice authors have written.  You’ll be amazed at all the resources available to you and your homeschoolers! Math Resources from our Authors Key To Geometry Review Math U See Review Math-U-See Works for Us! Playing Math with Equate Mega-Fun Card Game Math Math on DVD Pre-Calculus Math on…
  • Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum Reviews

    Cindy
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    by Cindy Here at Curriculum Choice, we know the importance of language arts instruction from preschool through high school!  If our children are to be great readers and writers, consistent language arts lessons are a must. ~don’t miss the fabulous giveaways at the end! Our Language Arts Curriculum Reviews Below are some of the many homeschool language arts curriculum reviews our Curriculum Choice authors have written on the vast variety of language arts.  You’ll be amazed at all the resources available to you! Grammar Handwriting Literature Phonics Reading Spelling Vocabulary…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • Carnival of Homeschooling: So You’re Thinking of Homeschooling Edition

    Monique
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    As we head into August, parents are starting to think about school again if they were off for the summer break. Parents may also be thinking about the possibility of homeschooling as well. This is definitely the perfect place to be for that. I remember the first year we started homeschooling, I read everything I could […] The post Carnival of Homeschooling: So You’re Thinking of Homeschooling Edition appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Easy Chicken Pho Recipe

    Monique
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    If you are craving some Vietnamese Pho, then look no further, you can make it at home and it’s super easy. Traditional Vietnamese Pho is cooked with beef bones. It’s a long process, when I was making it from scratch I’d cook my broth for 4-5 hours to ensure I had a really good tasting […] The post Easy Chicken Pho Recipe appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • HomeschoolPiano Review – Learn Piano at Home

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A great way for children to learn music is to have them take lessons, unfortunate private lessons are costly, but HomeSchoolPiano has an online program:  HomeSchoolPiano – Complete Set of Books that you can take from the comfort of your own home. This was definitely a timely review for us because we recently purchased a keyboard for my younger […] The post HomeschoolPiano Review – Learn Piano at Home appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • What is Your Child’s Learning Style?

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Why do you need to figure out your child’s learning style? You are their teacher and if you can enhance their learning experience and figure out the best way to reach them then why not? When I first started homeschooling I found a wonderful book that was a textbook about my son, he is a […] The post What is Your Child’s Learning Style? appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • O’ Canada, It’s Time for School – All About Learning Press Giveaway -closed

    Monique
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you’re using your the summer to get your homeschool planning done then you need to enter this giveaway. If you have a student that you need to teach to read and learn how to spell then you must have heard about All About Learn Press. Their materials use a multi-sensory approach to learning. It […] The post O’ Canada, It’s Time for School – All About Learning Press Giveaway -closed appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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    Racheous - Lovable Learning

  • The Unlikely Partner in Our Unschooling Journey

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Today I’m joined by my lovely friend and fellow unschooling blogger Andrea from hippyhappymama as part of a mini series ‘Life Without School | Real Families’. You know how much we love connecting with the natural world. I know this will inspire you!   I sit talking with my friends on our rugs, holding our […] The post The Unlikely Partner in Our Unschooling Journey appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Parenting a Sensitive Child Respectfully

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    “I want to stay over here for a while” my 4.5 year old announces quietly as we arrive at a creek with some friends. “Sure, I’ll be over there saying hello” I reply without a pause in my step. We exchange happy hellos and little eyes flash over in Cameron’s direction. “He just needs some […] The post Parenting a Sensitive Child Respectfully appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Reading Eggs | Read-To-Cure Challenge

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Cameron uses and loves Reading Eggs to learn to read. We tend not to use programs or a curriculum, however I love Reading Eggs and find that it is an engaging program that Cam really enjoys. Today I’m going to be talking about the Read-To-Cure Challenge. From 4 August to 1 September, children all across […] The post Reading Eggs | Read-To-Cure Challenge appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Invitations to Explore with Rocks | Reggio Provocations

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    Nature provides the best in Reggio inspired provocations. I love the Facebook page Creations in Nature and have been sharing some of their gorgeous images on my Facebook page. Since I defined what a provocation is, I thought I would share some of my favourites, starting with those including rocks! Some rocks naturally have white […] The post Invitations to Explore with Rocks | Reggio Provocations appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • What is a Provocation? | Reggio Inspired Learning

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:52 pm
    My most popular Pinterest board is my Reggio Provocations board. Follow Rachel B | Racheous – Lovable Learning’s board Reggio Provocations on Pinterest. But, when it comes to the Reggio Emilia approach, what is a provocation? Put simply, provocations provoke! They provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, interests, creativity and ideas. They can also expand on a […] The post What is a Provocation? | Reggio Inspired Learning appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
 
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  • Fun Inexpensive Ways to Learn a New Language This Summer

    earthendee
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Fun Inexpensive Ways to Learn a New Language Over The Summer For Homeschool High School from Let’s Homeschool High School
  • Road Trips

    tiallarising
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Road trips can be a wonderful way to create memories of your summer vacation.  But did you know they can be educational as well?  Sure you did – it’s obviously a great opportunity to teach geography.  Ahh, but did you know road trips are a prime time for exploring science and math as well??  My [...]
  • Lab Science for Unschoolers

    bailbrae
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Being an unschooler is about freedom. It’s about curiosity. It’s about taking your child’s passions and building an education around them. It’s not about following a curriculum. It’s not about adhering to a specific schedule or to a specific pattern of study. But what happens when your unschooling path crosses the path of needing to [...]
  • Fun Inexpensive Ways to Learn to Do Magic Tricks Over the Summer

    earthendee
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Fun Inexpensive Ways to Learn to do Magic Tricks Over The Summer for Homeschooling High School from Let’s Homeschool High School This is part of our summer learning slideshow series. Click here to view other items in this series.
  • Fun Inexpensive Ways to Learn to Play an Instrument This Summer

    earthendee
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    This is part of our summer learning slideshow series. Click here to view other items in this series.
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  • I Didn't Think I Could Climb the Hills

    Megan Gray
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    When I first arrived in Portland, and started riding my bike around, I had to walk up most of the hills. I am ashamed to say that even on the Breezer I was walking up the hills at least part of the way. I thought there was no way I would ever be able to make it back home by bike from any other area of the city. Well, maybe I would be able to once in a while, but not a few times a week. I was trying to figure out how we were going to afford to put an e-assist on the bakfiets. I felt defeated. I was worried that biking here wasn't going to be as fun as I had hoped.I was wrong! So wrong! Most of…
  • Creative Mothers - Mandy Brasher

    Megan Gray
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    This week's Creative Mother is Mandy Brasher. Mandy contacted me after seeing the interviews shared on the Lost in Living Facebook page (thanks again Lost in Living), and I am so glad she did. I am really in awe of all the amazing creative mothers out there. I love reading these interviews. Every interview has something in it that just hits home for me. I hope that's the same for all of you. Mandy is a great example of doing what you love, no matter when, where, what age, or how. We really don't need to feel we were born with creative talents, sometimes they come later and that's great too. I…
  • Bumfuzzle and More

    Megan Gray
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    Photo by Patrick Schulte (Bumfuzzle).If you know us in real life then you know that a dream of ours is to live in a tiny home, or a motorhome traveling the country. Well, I guess you all know now too. Before we made our big move to Oregon from New Jersey we were seriously considering RV life, but honestly it all came down to what are goals were and money. Our number one goal was to remain car-free and get our butts to the west coast. Plus, we wanted to surround ourselves with some serious bike culture, which Portland obviously has. All that said, our apartment still feels too big, and I'm not…
  • Birth of a Painting

    Megan Gray
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    This painting was inspired by Crankymommys Instagram photo above. Her trail photos are always gorgeous and I couldn't help but paint one. It was fun to try something different and go out of my comfort zone. This painting is definitely an interpretation of her photo, but I like the way it came out. It's a lot better in person and looks great when hung up. Here are photos I took during the painting process of this mountain trail.Final Painting BelowMountain Trail 16"x20" canvas$150 This painting will be available in my Etsy Shop soon. Interested before it gets listed? Email…
  • How Do You Find Time to Paint?

    Megan Gray
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I often get the question, "How do find time to paint while homeschooling, blogging, being car-free, etc.?" The truth is I don't have the time, I make the time. I prioritize making art. Sometimes I just do it and say the hell with cleaning the bathroom! Haha! I digress. Anyway, we are not a classic homeschooling family that has school at home. We are very relaxed here and what works for us is more of an unschooling atmosphere. As the kids get older it gets easier because they are in control of their own learning. My husband and I are here to help and guide them in the direction they…
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  • Carnival of Homeschooling: The Finding Solutions Edition

    Susan Raber
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    Welcome to the Finding Solutions Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling! Homeschoolers face many different challenges and deal with a variety of doubts about our chosen educational path. Even after homeschooling for 20+ years, I still have questions and concerns, and reading about how other homeschoolers deal with their anxiety helps me remember that I am not alone, and that solutions can be found for any obstacle we may encounter.One of the most common issues homeschoolers deal with is that of organization - scheduling, lesson plans, record keeping. . . Mystie at Simply Convivial…
  • Weekly Wrap-Up: It's been a Yankee Doodle week

    Susan Raber
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    You know why Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni? Because he was sleep deprived, that’s why. Who needs to go see fireworks on the 4th of July anymore, when there are fireworks going off from the first of July until the day before yesterday? Even if I could sleep through all the racket, our Yorkie is terrified of loud noises, and prefers the end of my bed when he’s scared. However, we had an interesting family discussion about how the noise increases one’s chances of getting away with murder, because no one is going to think twice about nearby explosions and…
  • Carnival of Homeschooling at Dewey's Treehouse

    Susan Raber
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The Canadian homesquirreling at Dewey's Treehouse celebrate Canada's 147th birthday with the 444th edition Countdown to Summer of the Carnival of Homeschooling.A blog carnival is a collection of blog posts by different authors that share a common theme. The Carnival of Homeschooling is organized by the Cate's at Why Homeschool, and is a weekly collection of homeschool blog posts published every week, and it is a great way to learn about homeschooling from families who live around the country (and the world) and use very different methods to educate their children.You…
  • What are "Teachable Moments"?

    Susan Raber
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Relationships are created and nurtured moment by moment, line by line, and in between the lines. How many of us bought into the idea of trying to separate life into batches of quality time, only to be left with fragments instead of fulfillment?Planned teaching and training time is good, but the spontaneous and natural teaching that happens during the minutiae of daily life lends variety and fun to what is often seen as mundane. It starts with being aware of your surroundings and your child. Learn to balance the importance of the tasks in which you are engaged with your child’s need to…
  • The Carnival of Homeschooling at Small World at Home

    Susan Raber
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Sarah at Small World at Home says: We have a little something for everyone on this homeschooling journey with this carnival, from preschool to college. Grab a cup of something cold (it's really hot down here in the South, folks) and start reading!Read about topics from teaching math to Shakespeare and Dracula, for parents with kids preschool to high school. There's always something new and interesting in the Carnival of Homeschooling!Want to know more about the CoH or submit a post? Visit Why Homeschool.
 
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