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  • Some Homeschool Mom Perspective {and a LOT OF FUN}

    Sprittibee
    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.
  • Bumper Crop

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    About all I can grow during this drought.
  • 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 - Planning, Organizing, and Choosing Curriculum Edition

    Why Homeschool
    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…
  • Carnival of Homeschooling, Thank You Edition

    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom
    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…
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    Sprittibee

  • 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,…
  • Adding a Menu Plan to Google Calendar

    Heather
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Sunday night I stayed up late trying to sync my iPhone. If you know how disobedient iTunes can be, and how long it takes you to back up purchases on your iPhone when you haven’t done it, (like, For.Ever.)… you’ll imagine the kind of time I had to kill while everyone else was asleep. I was in the kitchen, twiddling my fingers and sighing in disgust – staring at the status bar… 3 of 137… when I decided I might as well get a head start on the week by doing a quick refrigerator/pantry invantory. I like to start my menu by knowing what all I have to use up…
 
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  • 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…
  • Podcast Interview: Read-Aloud Revival

    Melissa Wiley
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Sarah Mackenzie of Amongst Lovely Things interviewed me about my family’s book-crazy lifestyle for her wonderful Read-Aloud Revival podcast.   The post includes links to the many books I gushed about (I swear, once you get me started on book recs there’s no stopping me) and a Prairie Thief giveaway. I had a great time chatting with Sarah about how read-alouds work in my family with our many ages of kids, how I do dialects, how we squeeze book time into the various parts of our day, etc. Basically: my favorite topic in the entire world. While you’re checking out the…
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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 - 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…
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Finding Solutions Edition

    Henry Cate
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Susan is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling, over At Home & School.She starts with:----------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.Enjoy.
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be held at At Home & School.This will be the 446th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me.
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Thank You Edition

    Henry Cate
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Notes From A Homeschooled Mom.It starts with:----------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.----------It is a great message.  It is important to say thank you.
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  • 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…
  • Don't compare homeschooling to public schools

    25 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    A friend posted about a pro homeschooling article on Facebook today.  I commented, and another friend got her feathers ruffled.  She was bothered (the best that I could tell) that comparisons were being made between homeschoolers and non homeschoolers.  I understand her point, that it should be about educating kids the best you can, homeschooling or not, I get that.  But I also think it is unfair to ask homeschoolers pipe down, on homeschooling statistics for PC reasons. I requested that the conversation be discontinued as it was happening on someone else's timeline (I…
  • Top 10 homeschool resources for 2014-15

    10 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Unfortunately, one of the sites I have relied on heavily (Hippocampus) to provide my kids with free, high quality education is has lost it's contract with NROC but I have found a couple new sites for you to try.  Keep in mind that most of my picks are for high school students, as that is hardest to find, and that you need to check these out thoroughly. My kids no longer try out these sites as they are in college, so I rely on reviews, poking around, and a couple hours of trial access. 10.  MIT Open Courseware is a great way to challenge advanced students who aren't quite…
  • Need extra math help this summer

    6 Jun 2014 | 9:57 am
    This program is usually $39.95 a school year, but this summer it is free. "At TenMarks, we believe in student achievement. When students work on TenMarks, they have access to hints and video lessons on EVERY problem, so if they can't recall something, or didn't quite get the topic when it was covered in class, they can quickly review the content, and move forward. Immediate support improves motivation and builds confidence, and our data shows that it does wonders for student outcomes."I suggest you try it.  It seems like a perfect balance between two of my favorites, Khan Academy and…
 
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  • 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…
  • Nature Study: Mid-July

    Dawn
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
     Baby bunny who lives beneath the ferns out front ...  Pretty purple coneflowers ... Rainy driveway... Very odd caterpillar! We have a rather large and noisy sparrow family at the feeders these days, as well as bright yellow goldfinches and a sweet cardinal pair. Also, just this morning I spied a cedar waxwing in a bush just beyond the patio. This makes me awfully happy! What kind of nature have you noticed this month? Thanks for stopping by, my friends! Hope you're all having a good week!
  • Happy Monday!

    Dawn
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Hello, my friends ... long time no chat! I'm sorry I haven't had much time to post lately, we've had a lot going on and I haven't really had a chance to just sit down and write. But I wanted to pop in quickly this morning afternoon to say "hi" and let you know I am still here! And all is well - just busy with the family, the house, and lately, some birthday celebrations. :) For instance, this past weekend we celebrated Bill's birthday ... with a nice family lunch on Sunday and a "Date Night" on Friday (our first in a LONG time). His birthday cake…
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  • How to fail at teaching--and it's more work to fail (School Education)

    Mama Squirrel
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    At the end of School Education, Charlotte Mason does talk very specifically about what a curriculum based on her "educational manifesto"--she jokingly refers to it as the Children's Magna Carta--would look like.  Or what it did look like in 1903, twelve years after the Parents' National Educational Union had begun to offer a formal curriculum.  I tend to think of this time in the P.U.S. as sort of its adolescence, if childhood was the beginning period in the 1890's, and maturity was sometime in the teens through the time of Mason's death in 1923.  Middle age?--the…
  • Vocation, the Ultimate Intimacy (School Education)

    Mama Squirrel
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    In the last chapters of School Education, Charlotte Mason has been using the example of William Wordsworth and John Ruskin, two nineteen-century writers (among other things) who preserved many details of their childhood experiences.  What is it about the child that makes the man?  Yesterday's post here covered most of their contrasting examples: an affinity-building childhood (Wordsworth) vs. a more restricted one (Ruskin).But in the end, she talks about vocation.  Not in a necessarily religious sense, but as, literally, something that calls out to you.  For Ruskin, it was…
  • Probably the first time anyone used "ectoplasmic" in a literary book review

    Mama Squirrel
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    I just found this and thought it was cool:"...in 1922, the year that Proust died with his great mythical Recherche complete, the appearance of The Waste Land, Ulysses, and the more ectoplasmic Fantasia of the Unconscious startled the literary public also into realizing the importance of myth.  It was the next year that Cassirer began to bring the problem into systematic philosophy, and in the thirty years since then the word myth has continued to produce that uninterrupted flow of talk which is generally called, and sometimes accompanies, a steady advance in thinking."…
  • What's for supper? Pizza and pasta

    Mama Squirrel
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Tonight's dinner menu, on a hot evening:Frozen pizza, baked in the toaster oven on a piece of foil (because none of our round pans fit this toaster oven)Pennine Primavera, made with zucchini, mushrooms, and chickpeasPartly-thawed strawberries, very cold yogurt, and yesterday's zucchini cake.
  • Ruskin and Wordsworth go under Charlotte's microscope (School Education)

    Mama Squirrel
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Did you ever read an autobiography and wish you could have lived in that person's family? Or not, as the case may be?In the last several chapters of School Education, Charlotte Mason gives a sort of bucket list of the things that children need, the relationships (intimacies, affinities) they need to form; she's been over this ground earlier in the book.  She then spends a number of pages setting up her list against the childhood memories of William Wordsworth and John Ruskin, from Wordsworth's Prelude and Ruskin's Praeterita.  As a little postscript, she includes Wordsworth's 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 […]
  • Homeschool Sale! Save 40%

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
    Do not miss this lowest price for the 2014/2015 School Year! Download Free Sample Pages & Lessons Here   Related Articles Free Sample Lessons and Book Excerpts Wisdom: An Internet-Linked Unit Study The Heart of Wisdom Approach Adam to Abraham: An Internet-Linked Unit Study Creation Unit Study: Links Updated on Pinterest What Do I Need […]
  • 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.  
 
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  • 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…
  • Trust, respect, and attention: How not to diminish your child’s true self

    Lori Pickert
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    Recently I was contacted by a mother who told me she was upset and frustrated because she was trying to introduce PBH to her sons and they were resisting. She had been trying to share her own work with them in an attempt to make her own learning visible and start building a family culture of making and sharing. And what happened? “They act like my work is boring and not important. They don’t want to listen. They roll their eyes and change the subject.” I asked her what her sons’ interests were — and things got very quiet. “Well… I’m not sure. They used to be really into video…
  • New resources on the site — enjoy!

    Lori Pickert
    1 Jun 2014 | 10:14 am
    We have some new resources here on the site: Resource section — We’ve started to build out a huge collection of PBH and general learning-related resources for you to browse here. I will be updating this (LOTS more to add) so check back once in awhile.  Journal Gallery — PBHers have shared photos of all kinds of PBH journals to help you think about the system that would work best for you. Check it out. (I’ll be adding to this one, too — some digital PBH journals are next!) Workspace Gallery — Browse this collection of different PBH studios and workspaces from all kinds of…
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  • Chicken Liver Pâté

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Chicken Liver Pâté 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1/2 chopped onion 1 garlic clove, chopped or minced 5 oz of chicken livers 3 1/2 ounces of butter or bacon grease Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 or 2 pieces of bacon, cooked, minced (optional, but WHY?) Directions: Heat the oil or cook the bacon in a frying pan and fry the onion and garlic until soft, but not coloured. Add the chicken livers and fry on both sides until golden brown all over.  Then allow it all to cool for a few minutes. Place the butter, cooked bacon (if you’re using it) and the chicken liver mixture intto a food…
  • Gotta Watch This

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Trey Gowdy vs Irs Commissioner John Koskinen again. Reminds Koskinen that he testified under oath to Congress that ‘We confirmed’ the Lerner emails and hard-drives were gone, gone, gone and there were no back-ups existed. Asks Koskinen to please explain who this ‘we’ is and how does he define the word ‘confirm,’ and is he still ‘confirmed’ about this? Thanks to the Daily Caller, and I agree with their take that Koskinen looks considerably less snotty and smug here. More here.
  • Police State

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    The above picture is from the Indiana Libertarian Party. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population of the entire county was 13,402.  Of the towns in the county, Winamac is the largest with a population of about 2400. The estimated Winamac crime index is 47% lower than the Indiana average and and the Indiana crime index is 3% higher than the National average.The estimated Winamac violent crime rate is 67% lower than the Indiana average and and the Indiana violent crime rate is 10% lower than the National average.The estimated Winamac property crime rate is 44% lower than the Indiana…
  • Bed-Sharing

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    My eldest shared this link with me (and the rest of her FB friends) recently: “Breastfeeding mothers and babies sharing sleep is a biologically normal behaviour, while formula feeding and separate sleep are departures from the norm. It is these behaviours that need to be shown to be effective and safe, not the other way round.  In some reports on SIDS and other sleep related deaths, breastfeeding mothers who do not smoke and have not consumed alcohol or arousal-altering medications are considered a sub-group to be discounted from the analysis – whereas they should be the normal…
  • Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but a real friend doesn’t need to say that

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
    In other news, although maybe this, too, was made possible by therapy, I deleted, blocked, or unfriended a couple of sanctimonious sorts from my friends list because they were seriously SO not helping.  I’ve known that the things these particular people said to me were actually harmful for months, and in one case a few years, but I didn’t want to hurt their feelings.  Then I accepted the fact that the possibility that I would hurt their feelings was not more important than me not being able to function for a full day (or longer) because of the kinds of stuff they felt free to…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • 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…
  • What I Didn't Say in Austin (Or, Turning a Keynote About Homeschooling Into a Blog Post)

    Karen Edmisten
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    When I recently spoke at a homeschooling conference, I wanted to be sure I had enough to say, so of course I over-prepared. There was a section of a talk that I didn't even get to, so it comes to you now as a blog post. Yay! Double-duty writing!~~~~~My relaxed methods of homeschooling prompt another question: Are we being academically challenging and rigorous enough?That gets us to the core questions about why we homeschool in the first place: for academic excellence? For spiritual reasons alone? Do we homeschool to get our children to Heaven or to Harvard?Personally, I’ve never really…
  • Catching Up With My Online Pals, Part I

    Karen Edmisten
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Go win a copy of Melissa Wiley's book, The Prairie Thief!  Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things interviewed Lissa for her Read Aloud Revival and is doing a giveaway of Lissa's book, too.Speaking of lovely things, I just bought Sarah's homeschooling book, Teaching From Rest. Because I am all about teaching that way. Homeschooling doesn't have to be as stressful as we often make it, and I'm looking forward to hearing what Sarah has to say on the subject.~~~~~Tanita Davis. This post. Go read. Especially if you are a writer. Or if you're married. Or if you're an insomniac. Or if you have…
  • Back!

    Karen Edmisten
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Home from Austin!Sorry I've been so quiet!Apologies to my neglected blog! And my neglected readers! I've missed you.Have three other things to say:1.  Maxi skirts! I love them. They are my new uniform.2.  Audible.com on the plane! Reading without reading. No air sickness. Very good.3.  Landline by Rainbow Rowell! Read (listened) on the plane. Not done yet. Review to come.Also? (I guess I had four other things to say.) I loved presenting the writing workshop at the conference in Austin. Homeschooling and writing are two of my favorite things to talk about, and the wonderful moms…
 
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    Heart of the Matter

  • Tool Tangle

    Guest
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    I love my Kitchen-aid mixer. It was a gift for my fortieth birthday and came with really useful attachments. Although the attachment I use the most is the beater blade, I often use the whisk and dough hook. If mixer attachments had feelings, the whisk and dough hook might feel less valued since I use...
  • Having a Backup Plan

    Melinda
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if everything worked according to your lesson plans?  Imagine having all the materials you need at your fingertips.  Picture your kids being motivated and cooperative for each and every lesson you provide them with, and each assignment takes just the amount of time that you have allotted for it.  Your children...
  • God Dwells Inside of Us! (An Object Lesson)

    Mary Kate Warner
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    Where Does God Dwell Today? Inside of Us! Here is a wonderful activity you can do with your children, to teach them that God dwells in each and every one of us today.  Props are used to help children remember this important message.  We also share a special prayer that will put the Holy Spirit...
  • Empty Tub Syndrome

    Lorrie Young
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    As a multi-tasking Mom—it’s quite common for me—at the end of the day—to start running the water for a nice warm bath, and then run to finish one last thing before sinking into the suds. However, last week, upon returning, I was shocked to find a completely empty tub.  I quickly realized I had forgotten...
  • Five Ways to Support and Encourage Your Spouse

    Guest
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    Have you ever had a day when you just felt “blah” about your significant other? It could be they have left the toilet roll empty for the third time this week, maybe they left their shoes in the middle of the floor, or their clothes on top of the laundry basket instead of IN the...
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    Home*School*Home

  • 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…
  • Trying to prioritize.

    Fatcat
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    I need to get some things done today, the most important thing is I need to go to the doctor for this latest thing I have.  Then everything else will have to fall in place around that.  Also I have to postpone another appointment, find out when my mom's pain clinic appointment is and try to get everything else arranged around that for August and file 4H state fair paperwork if my kids want to sell things for the 4H Microbusiness Club, drop off the library books, mail some packages, cook meals for the next 3 days, contact a realtor about selling my mom's house, go pick up my mom's VA…
  • Trying to figure out.

    Fatcat
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    How to get through the week without a car.  As I may have mentioned, my husband is gone to work ALL the time now.  He went from being gone 4 days a week for about 12 hours to 5 days a week about 12 hours which really doesn't seem like that much of a change, but he's going in later, so he doesn't get home until about 7:00 p.m. most nights.  That makes it very difficult to share a car with him.  My son is working about 40 hours a week and generally leaves for work about the time I am getting finished with my job.  So I am trying to get to all my obligations without a…
  • The low key summer continues.

    Fatcat
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Growing garden.Lightning bugs.Purple coneflower.Walking to the mailbox.
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • 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…
  • Doing Math Mammoth with animals

    MathMammoth
    5 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Math Mammoth with animals! This is Julia-Grace, her duck Faith, sheep in the background and dog, Mocha, short for Mi Chamocha Java Joe Cappuccino Latte Wirth.
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • 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…
  • What You Can Hold On To — Before Things (and You) Fail this Week

    ann
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    When the three oldest kids and a bunch of their friends and I met Jefferson Bethke – he knocked us all over with this brilliance, humour, and genuine care and warmth. He’s the kind of guy you want in your faith community, down your street, hanging out around a campfire with his wife and baby girl being real and sharing real Jesus. Jefferson has that compelling story of overcoming a painful childhood of poverty and a broken home, and this gives him a unique perspective on the grace of God and the work of Jesus in his life and the lives of others. It’s this perspective that has…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [07.19.14]

    ann
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Aerial photographs from around the world.  This life is a gift. Dutch physicist has created an extraordinary collection of artwork using coloured X-rays - must see He saved a man’s life – but couldn’t save his own. Then this happened. And what his dad said…  and yes, yes, yes — the whole earth is full of His glory … {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?}  what happens when people care for a stranger in Lowe’s  “I thank the guys and they look at me and say, ‘It was our honor…’”…
  • Why Now is the Time: Let’s All Be Brave

    ann
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    When you meet Annie Downs, you feel like you’ve come home. Home to realest and honest and funniest friend you didn’t know you had. No one meets Annie and doesn’t want her as their best friend. Annie’s spent the last few years focused on writing for teen girls and their leaders, but she never has forgotten her friends. The ones who are in college, the mamas, the singles, the husbands of her best friends. In Annie’s newest book, Let’s All Be Brave, she hopes to inspire these, her friends- men and women, to identify courage in their own lives, embrace it,…
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    Natural Born Learners

  • 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…
  • You say you want community?

    beatrice ekoko
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We're all talking about community. How do you find it? How do you get more of it?But what is community anyway? Is it companionship? Lots of friendships? Is it people who think the way you do? Support? All of these? Does it have to be face to face consistency in order to qualify? Or will online sharing of resources suffice? Getting a clear sense of what one means by 'community' is a first step to getting what you want from it. 'Community' can simply mean the physical presence of people you like being around.Some people are willing to go to great distances to find  their community. For…
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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

  • Carnival of Homeschooling: The Finding Solutions Edition

    Gary
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Susan has posted the Carnival of Homeschooling for this week. Check it out: Carnival of Homeschooling: The Finding Solutions Edition July 15, 2014 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. Read…
  • Homeschooling: Would I do it all over again?

    Kathy
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Now that two of my three boys have graduated high school, I’ve wondered if I would do it all over again. If I could travel ahead in time when we began this homeschool thing and could see the end, would I still do it? Yikes, did I realize just how hard homeschooling was? I don’t think I did. No, I’m sure of it. I had no clue how hard homeschooling would be. Homeschool three boys for nearly twenty years. Teach them to read, to do math, to write. Ugh.  Writing!  Why was that so bittersweet? One loved it, one liked it, one would rather stare off into space. Science,…
  • Carnival of Homeschooling: Graduate Edition

    Gary
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Homeschooling has it’s seasons. We all knew when we started this journey that the goal was to someday graduate. We just graduated our second son here at the Davis home. One more to go. Certainly we have mixed feelings as we see our sons become more independent but there’s joy in knowing we were there and part of their lives every step of the way. Our own Kathy tells the story as we Graduate Number Two at Homeschoolbuzz.com. ChristineMM of The Thinking Mother shares what she thinks is the main thing that all parents (not just homeschooling parents) should teach their kids…
  • Homeschoolbuzz.com Graduates Number Two

    Kathy
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:06 pm
    This past weekend we graduated our second son from homeschool.  If we can do it, you can do it.  Davis Homeschool started in 1999 with one in kindergarten, one in pre-k, and one in utero receiving instruction in ABC’s via daddy talking to my round belly. We homeschooled our two graduates for 13 years, and have four years left with our youngest. It has been one wild, adventurous, unpredictable, all consuming, and undeniably spectacularly wonderful ride! Congratulations to our 2014 graduate Benny for surviving and thriving in homeschool.  He has grown from a sweet, always…
  • Carnival of Homeschooling – Wisdom

    Gary
    28 May 2014 | 1:11 am
    Consent Of The Governed is hosting this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling – The Wisdom Edition. Carnival of Homeschooling – The Wisdom Edition Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling – The Wisdom Edition! We’ve got some really interesting entries this week with some very helpful words and advice regarding life and homeschooling – plus a touch of humor … Enjoy! Read more…
 
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    The Thinking Mother

  • June View Out of My Kitchen Window

    ChristineMM
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is the view we see while sitting at the kitchen table. This was June 2, 2014. The plants have grown even taller in the last six weeks. I designed and installed 90% of this organic garden in 2013. They are a combination of perennial flowers and ornamental and culinary herbs. The two plants in the forefront are two varieties of sage: peach and pineapple which will bloom continuously from July through November or December and they are much loved by hummingbirds and butterflies.copyright 2005-2009 The Thinking Mother
  • Elder Care: Making Plans

    ChristineMM
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    When problems happen and sudden medical crises occur with an elderly relative, it becomes apparent that advance planning would have been optimal. In order to help an elderly family member live as close a life as possible to what they wanted for themselves, they really should do advance plannning, before the first problem occurs. Sometimes the first event is so major it left them in a state where they have no say in their future, such as when my husband's uncle had a sudden stroke and could not speak or write enough to communicate. The problem is that most people are unwilling to do plannning…
  • Knockout Rose in My Garden

    ChristineMM
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    This is a Knockout Rose which is found at Home Depot. Much of my yard was landscaped by the previous owners in plants and trees from Home Depot.I don't know much about the Knockout Rose except it seems pretty common. It is known in the Houston area for being in continuous bloom for about ten months of the year. They need barely any care and should be cut down to the ground once a year. I have had to do serious pruning about three times a year so that pathways can be passable. If they are pruned down on February 1 they will be in blossom about two months later, they can put on that much growth…
  • Big Spider Living On My Patio

    ChristineMM
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    One night we went outside to go for a swim in our pool. There is a nook next to the back door and I spotted this guy inside it. I wanted a better look so I used a stick to get it to walk out into full view. It was over two inches across.I tried using online guides to identify this. It looks like a wolf spider but the stripes on the legs don't match well enough. Its body is not thin as some wolf spiders' are. I did not mind it living next to the door as I know they eat bugs but I didn't like the idea of it being so close that we may scare it by walking through the doorway and I didn't know if…
  • I Hate Fire Ants

    ChristineMM
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am torn about whether the heat and humidity or the fire ants is my most hated thing about living in the Houston Texas area.I had never experienced fire ants until I moved here.When the fire ants sense a threat, such as if you accidentally step near their nest, they will swarm frantically and seek out the invader. They grab ahold of your skin with their mouth and they sting with their hind end, once, then they swivel over a little and sting again, and repeat this for a full circle. While one is biting you, the others are on you and biting. The allergic reaction is terrible, much worse than…
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • 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.
  • THE NEXT BIG THING

    dcobranchi
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I want some Tech guru to invent anti-social media. Facebook has a billion members. That means there are 6 billion who’ve resisted the call to be “social.” There’s the market.
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  • Wednesday

    liese4
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    We saw Walking with Dinosaurs this morning, it was a good movie. We went to the park and I forgot my camera at home, so I didn’t get any pics of the eggs in the swallow nest, the kids in the creek, the kids in the pedal boat or the crawfish and damselfly nymphs that we caught. But, since we took the nymphs home….. We found out that dragonfly nymphs can take up to 4 years to crawl out of the water and morph into adults, damselflies take less time than that, but we don’t know how old these are. We got extra creek water to keep them in and I guess we’ll be looking for…
  • A busy day

    liese4
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    We have Internet! We…don’t have a/c, but we will on Friday. We waited around for the a/c guy to come by and give us a quote, actually 2 companies, then we waited for the Internet to get fixed, then we headed out to Golden. The cfs flow reading that I saw must have been upstream, the chute we were at was not 380 or 400 or anywhere near that low, I think it was closer to 500. The water was also colder than what we’re used to there, 60, but with the sun shining and the temps nearing mid-90′s it wasn’t too bad. The chutes are always a good place to people…
  • Chatfield swim

    liese4
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Hot day. Friends. Getting used to the temperature. Not freezing, but still pretty cold. All in. Nice clouds. Good day.
  • What’s up

    liese4
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Friday we took a friend out to lunch for her birthday. Sherpa house, friends, fun. I also went to the doctor to pay the ransom for my BP pills that they were holding hostage. The doc thought that was funny…I wasn’t laughing. You know I need those pills, but yet you make me pay a $50 co-pay so you can check my BP and tell me…I need those pills, hostage holding, pure and simple. Saturday we had the a/c guy out and of course the board is fried again. We’ve replaced that board two years in a row, so we left him on hold and went to check out a new a/c at Home depot. Of…
  • 10 Ways We’ve Learned and Played Here Lately

    Alicia
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    July is flying past!  We’re so busy, as usual.  Here’s a bit of what homeschool looks like around here lately…. Daryl and the boys just finished the second weekend of the Wilder Pageant. Attendance is averaging between 800 and 1,000 audience members a night.  The performances have been really good and the weather has held out.  Next week is a huge production with many of the cast members from the TV show attending.  Ticket prices are higher, reserved seating has been sold out for months, and we’re anticipating crazy crowds.  It should be fun! Jack took part in a…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • 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…
  • July 2014 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Where has this summer gone? Anyone else want to go back to May for a do-over? I took an early run yesterday before the heat set in (94° degrees forecasted for tomorrow—yuck!) and saw our day lilies in bloom: perfect for July’s desktop calendar. The kids and I spent last week in Alabama for singing school, and our day lilies and rose of Sharon arrived just in time for our return. I love perennials that just keep on giving. I photographed these in morning bloom, fresh from the rain. I’ve owned my macro lens more than a year and it still challenges me, but I’m happy with…
  • A New Season at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Sorry I’m late sharing my monthly (in)courage post with you—my kids and I spent last week in Alabama at singing school. As the mother of two newly engaged sons, I’m entering a new season in life and I covet your advice, whether from the point-of-view of mother-in-law or daughter-in-law. Please click over to my post, A New Season, and share your thoughts! A New Season at (in)courage is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • Mary & Martha’s Semi-Annual Sale!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Mary & Martha’s Semi-Annual Summer Sale is here with items discounted up to 75% off of retail value! There are four full pages of sale items here with links to featured items. Click on an image to see it enlarged. To see the full sale, go to my Mary & Martha site and click Shop. There’s a blue SALE! button on the left—click it to scroll through all four pages of sale items! Micah 6:8 Block Wall Decor – Regularly $49, Sale $24 Grace & Gratitude Apron – Regularly $39, Sale $19 Gracious Blessing Candlestick - Regularly $36, Sale $18 Vintage Metal…
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • Balancing homeschooling while working part-time

    Ali
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Hi. I am about to start my 6th year of homeschooling. When I began on this journey, I didn't plan to work outside of my home. Be it as it may, I now have to work part-time. It's been a trenendous challenge to try to get school done (while exhausted) and try to keep my kids on track as much as possible. We have fallen behind a lot this past school year. I feel very guilty and would appreciate any tips that have helped you maintain a good balance in your home, while homeschooling and working part-time outside of the home. Thank you in advance.
  • Planning

    Tiffany
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    What is the best planning book to use for homeschooling.  I have used several and don't think they work very well.  Every year I am looking for the 'right' one.
  • Spanish and German

    Tiffany
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Just wondering what a good software to use for learning spanish and German. Daughter wants to learn spanish and son wants to learn German and I would like to try and find something cheaper than Rosetta Stone. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  • SAT subject tests?

    Timberley
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    Has anyone taken these or is it easier to take the CLEP exam?
  • prayer request needed

    Freda Janelle Gerrish
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    My husband and i need your prayers as we go to court this friday please pray for us and our five children. God is the only one that help us so all i am asking is that you pray knowing God works things out for the good of those that love him. thank you for your prayers in advance.
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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 […]
  • Homeschool Sale! Save 40%

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
    Do not miss this lowest price for the 2014/2015 School Year! Download Free Sample Pages & Lessons Here   Related Articles Free Sample Lessons and Book Excerpts Wisdom: An Internet-Linked Unit Study The Heart of Wisdom Approach Adam to Abraham: An Internet-Linked Unit Study Creation Unit Study: Links Updated on Pinterest What Do I Need […]
  • 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.  
 
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • 5 Homeschool Planning and Organization Posts

    Kris Bales
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Weekly Wrap-Up: the one where we talk curriculum and the first day of school

    Kris Bales
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Giveaway: WriteShop Junior Book E!

    Kris Bales
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • 5 signs you might be a homeschooling parent: the summer edition

    Kris Bales
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The last one of summer break

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

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Let’s Talk about Narration (Narration Q&A, Part 1)

    Sonya Shafer
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    In my pantry are some foods I think of as staples. They can be included in a variety of dishes and used in a variety of ways. Take potatoes, for instance. I can add them to a stew or pop them in with a roast. I can bake them, boil them, mash them, slice them, […] Let’s Talk about Narration (Narration Q&A, Part 1) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
 
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • Our Charlotte Mason Pond

    Lee
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.  Our Charlotte Mason […] The post Our Charlotte Mason Pond appeared first on The... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Help! My Child Has No Interests!

    Lee
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    “My child isn’t interested in ANYTHING!!!” I hear parents complain that their child has no interests fairly often, especially from those with younger children. Hang […] The... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Letter of Recommendation Basics

    Lee
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The best letters of recommendation will come from someone who knows a child well and who also writes well. Usually these letters are from someone […] The post Letter of Recommendation Basics... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Rosetta Stone or Power Glide?

    Lee
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Rosetta Stone […] The post Rosetta Stone or Power Glide? appeared first... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • A Matter of Honor

    Lee
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A Matter of Honor: Honors Classes Honors credit or no honors credit, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler to give your child a C grade […] The post A Matter of Honor appeared first... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Sparkling Adventures - Articles

  • Basket Swamp Falls

    lauren
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    Looking for a fantastic place to play on a natural watercourse on a hot day? A visit to Basket Swamp Falls can include free-camping in the adjacent Boonoo State Forest as well as fresh-water fun in northern NSW. Spotted with granite boulders, Basket Swamp consists of over 200 hectares of heaths and sedges that filter the water that eventually flows into the Clarence River. Basket Swamp National Park is about 20km north of Tenterfield and part of the granite belt’s wondrous region of untouched beauty. The isolation of this national park — coupled with the lack of “proper”…
  • Knitchen

    lauren
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    “Knitchen” is a wonderful term — evoking kitsch within a natural combination of knitting and kitchen — and I had to see it for myself! Coordinated yarnbombing is a beautiful thing — and even more so when it’s influenced by the colour-savvy eye of artist Loretta Grayson. Today we visited Warwick Art Gallery to see the Knitchen exhibit — a retro kitchen entirely covered in fibre! A doily-covered fridge is part of the collaborative exhibit that took eight months to complete. Jumpers & Jazz in July has been running for several years in Warwick. Locals cover the trunks of…
  • Accepting children's emotional states

    lauren
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    After four years on the road, we still tend not to linger for long when we’re visiting friends. I’m well aware of the adage “fish and guests smell after three days”, and I know that my four extra children tend to add a stress to most households. Even when we’re in a group dedicated to living in community, I’m aware that we all need time to learn to navigate through the many different relationship combinations, and so I like to remove our family in our bus and explore other local parts for a while. The diggers have already moved in to begin construction on an extension for the…
  • Passport time again!

    lauren
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    In Australia, child passports are valid for only five years. So I recently started the process to apply for new passports for the four girls which includes getting the pictures taken. We’re not allowed to smile for the passport photos, and so I think it makes everyone look like solemn refugees. Still, it’s nice to have a record of the girls — especially in contrast to their photos from five years ago! I'm too close to the girls to see the physical resemblance between their faces. Can you? Even though Delaney’s passport is valid for nine months’ longer than her…
  • Blessing the closure of a woman's fertility

    lauren
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Rituals are important in marking the significance of a change in life, and although women often celebrate upcoming births, before today I’d never witnessed a ceremony that celebrates the conclusion of a woman’s childbearing years. Nimbin-based Doula Kirrah Holborn gave my beautiful friend Hellena a special ceremonial blessing to honour Hellena’s new stage of womanhood. Almost three weeks ago, Hellena was in hospital undergoing a tubal ligation. After eight children, she and her partner Currawong feel that their family is complete. When Kirrah heard about Hellena’s…
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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 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…
  • In The Hands Of A Child :: Basic Survival Skills Note Book

    Shirley
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Shirley One of my favorite online curriculum providers is Currclick.  I love that you can just about instantly fill a gap or meet a need in your homeschool with just one click of a button. The winter of 2013 was a rather snowy one for us here in England. We kept hearing reports of people going missing in the mountains, or of being stranded in their vehicles on snowy mountain passes. I asked my girls what they would do if they found themselves in such a situation. The answers were NOT reassuring! So I thought that clearly there was a ‘gap’ that needed to be filled so I popped…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • Charlotte Mason #Homeschooling Bundle {July 21-28 only}

    Monique
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The “Build Your Bundle” - Homeschool Edition sale is going on for one week only (July 21-28)! There are so many wonderful products and amazing deals! We are highlighting the Charlotte Mason Bundle below. Take a look at the Charlotte Mason Bundle:  $377.35 ONLY $49.00 Save: 87%Amazing things await you in our Charlotte Mason Bundle! […] The post Charlotte Mason #Homeschooling Bundle {July 21-28 only} appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Build Your Own Bundle and Choose Which #Homeschool Products You Want {July 21-28 only}

    Monique
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The first ever “Build Your Bundle” – Homeschool Edition sale is here! For one week only (July 21-28) save up to 92% on bestselling homeschooling products, including MANY on Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 list! The bundles are AMAZING, including products such as Learning Language Arts Through Literature, A Child’s Geography, Character Concepts, Picture Smart Bible, […] The post Build Your Own Bundle and Choose Which #Homeschool Products You Want {July 21-28 only} appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Grade 4-6 Elementary Homeschool Bundle {July 21-28 only}

    Monique
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The “Build Your Bundle” - Homeschool Edition sale is going on for one week only (July 21-28)! There are so many wonderful products and amazing deals! We are highlighting the Elementary Bundle below. Take a look at the Elementary 4th – 6th Grade Bundle:  $220.35 ONLY $39.00 Save: 82%Your 4th-6th graders will develop foundational skills […] The post Grade 4-6 Elementary Homeschool Bundle {July 21-28 only} 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.
  • #Homeschooling Mom Bundle – Renew Yourself and Your Home {July 21-28 only}

    Monique
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    $118.19 ONLY $10.00 Save: 92%Save money, strengthen your marriage, and streamline your schedule using our Mom Bundle. Find the encouragement you need and the insight to speak to your child’s heart (even that difficult child!). Whip your home into shape and train your children to do their chores effectively with Easy Peasy Chores. This bundle […] The post #Homeschooling Mom Bundle – Renew Yourself and Your Home {July 21-28 only} appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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    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.
  • The Best Homeschool Curriculum

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    What is the best homeschool curriculum? What are we planning on using? I get asked this so often. The answer? The curriculum of curiosity. This curriculum is amazing, let me tell you. The curiosity curriculum is: for every child, every age, every ability, all interests, developmentally appropriate, child-paced, relevant to your child, flexible, challenging, empowering, […] The post The Best Homeschool Curriculum appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Montessori Kids Books

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    contains affiliate/sponsored links Children’s books that are inspired by Montessori are hard to come by. This series of books is the best that I’ve seen that encompasses her methods and makes the learning more hands on.   The newest in the series, and one I was personally excited about is Map Work (or here with […] The post Montessori Kids Books appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • A Recipe for Learning

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Today I’m joined by my lovely friend and fellow homie (home education co-op friend) Jessica from Memoirs of a Childhood as part of a mini series ‘Life Without School | Real Families’. I hope this inspires you!   I am so excited to be here sharing with you all today! I’m a mum to two […] The post A Recipe for Learning appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Surprise Marbled Playdough

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Despite being partial to uncoloured homemade playdough for exploration, I love making ‘surprise’ marbled playdough with my littlies. I have seen the surprise colour aspect on Teach Preschool and the marbled aspect on Mummy Musings and Mayhem. Our favourite no-cook playdough recipe is an adapted version of several I’ve found over time. I use: Ingredients: […] The post Surprise Marbled Playdough appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
 
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  • 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.
  • Which Curricula Should I Use?

    tiallarising
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    While I was homeschooled, I used all sorts of curricula.  I don’t think I ever used the exact same curricula every year.  So naturally, it kind of surprised me when I first heard of some students who only used one curriculum for every subject (similar to Time4Learning).  What trickery is this? I thought, wondering if [...]
  • What Happens When…You Have A New Sibling

    Meg
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    To commemorate my newest little sibling, I’m here to tell you what to do when you find yourself holding a crying baby in a blanket, whether it be for the first time or the second, third, fourth, or, fifth. Take it from a veteran, having a new sibling can be tiring. Especially if you’re older [...]
  • Fun Inexpensive Ways to Learn Photography Over the Summer

    earthendee
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Fun Inexpensive Ways to Learn Photography Over the Summer For Homeschool 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.
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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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