Welcome to College Life

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College Girls

So this week my youngest decided on a college for next fall. It’s a big step from home to living on his own, but I know he’s ready for it!

Having watched his brother set off on the same path a few years ago, I’ve written a new article with advice on how to make the transition to college as rewarding and meaningful as possible.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Teach Science

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Solar cooker comparisonsOne subject that gets a lot of new homeschoolers nervous is science. It’s really not necessary to equip your home with a full-fledged laboratory to fun and meaningful experiments and activities.

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New to Homeschooling? Take Time to Decompress

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School buildingLots of new parents are jumping on the homeschooling bandwagon this time of year. When families make that choice midyear, it’s usually because things were not going well at school in the fall. And often that means both parents and kids are stressed to the max.

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More Cooking Topics for Kids — Food Shopping and Safety

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Kids CookingThe "cooking class" I did with my sons was one of their favorites ever. So I’ve just added another new article on topics to cover when you are sharing cooking skills with your kids.

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Juggling Work and Homeschool

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WorkingMother-Ben-Bloom.jpgThe popular perception of a homeschooling family is a two-parent unit where the dad works and the mom stays home and teaches the kids. But that’s not how it plays out in most modern American families. Homeschoolers today include parents who must work, raise their kids, and see to their education — all at the same time.

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A2Z Home’s Cool Gets a New Look

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A2Z Homes CoolAnn Zeise has long been one of the homeschooling community’s best resources. Her site, A2Z Home’s Cool, is a collection of links to any topic you can imagine, from field trips to special needs. She has recommendations for any topic you or your child might want to cover. Her essays and articles are filled with sound homeschooling advice. And her section on homeschooling laws and regulations is constantly updated.

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Homeschool Doubts and How to Get Past Them

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Alpaca Field TripEvery homeschooler has those moments of doubt. Those times when you think, “Maybe the critics are right — maybe I really am ruining my child’s chances of ever having a happy life.”…

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Do Credentialed Teachers Teach Better?

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School at homeMany critics say that parents can’t be good educators if they are not trained and certified to teach in a classroom. A 2006 study by the Brookings Institution disagrees:

Traditionally, policymakers have attempted to improve the quality of the teaching force by raising minimum credentials for entering teachers. Recent research, however, suggests that such paper qualifications have little predictive power in identifying effective teachers….

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Finding the Best Science Resources

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Science BoyBefore my kids even reached school age, I became alarmed as I read about the sorry state of textbooks. Science in particular is one subject where information is always changing and being updated. Yet textbooks are created by teams of workers who simply copy the mistakes from one edition into the next….

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Teaching Science Like it Matters

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lemon batteryToo often, science instruction in schools consists of two things: vocabulary and formulas. While these are easy to teach and easy to test kids on, they aren’t what makes science interesting or valuable….

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