How do I create a college-ready transcript?

Blog Buzz: How do I create a college-ready transcript? via
    The Basics This happens to be one of the most asked questions I see out there for anyone who is thinking about homeschooling their child through high school. Also, the one that I struggled with myself, I have kept good notes on classes,etc. that we have taken but putting it down on paper [...]
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If I’m Thinking About Homeschooling High School, Where Should I Start?

Blog Buzz: If I’m Thinking About Homeschooling High School, Where Should I Start? via
“Help! I’m thinking about homeschooling high school and I don’t know where to start.” If this is you, relax! You are not alone. This is one of the most common questions asked by potential homeschoolers/homeschooling families.  Where Do I Start My Homeschool High School Search? The best place to start your homeschool high school search is with [...]
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How do you Know if Homeschooling is the Right Decision for you?

Blog Buzz: How do you Know if Homeschooling is the Right Decision for you? via
That’s a good question… and one that, in truth, can only be answered by the person taking the homeschool plunge! Everyone is different, has different learning styles, different needs, and different goals. Many would even assert that you really can’t “know” unless you try it. While it may contain some risk, I must agree. You [...]
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Carnival of Homeschooling – The April Fool’s Edition

Jamie is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at momSCHOOL with an April Fool's theme. There are some great ideas for next year! 

April the first stands mark’d by custom’s rules,

A day for being, and for making fools: —

But, pray, what custom, or what rule supplies

A day for making, or for being — wise?

(Rev. Samuel Bishop, 1796)

This is one of the earliest known mentions of April Fool’s Day. Though the exact origin is a bit cloudy, most historians trace a general air of tomfoolery back to antiquity.The Romans celebrated a festive holiday during the end of March known as Hilaria. The Jewish festival of Purim is also celebrated during this time and incorporates costumes, carnivals, and pranks.While I’ve heard that an ancient Dutch poem mentions April Fool’s and was written in 1561. So, in any case we can see that playing pranks and making all sorts of general merriment is the custom for this time of the year!

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The 429th Carnival of Homeschooling – The Still Winter Edition

This week’s Carnival of Homeschooling at Golden Grasses.

It’s been a long winter ’round here. And it’s still happening- today was a day full of blowing snow, school closures and other winter nonsense. So, yeah, we are all about a change of season, and soon Till then, we are getting lots of school done, including tons of reading, read-alouds, CD-listening, DVD watching, and texts gone through.
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Carnival of Homeschooling – The Post Olympic edition

Susan is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Corn and Oil.

The Sochi Winter Olympics ended a couple of days ago.  Many of us watched various winter sports such as ice skating, hockey games, snowboarding, skiing (sometimes with a gun), along with the curious art of curling.  Fitting every day lives into those 17 days of competitions, many non-Olympian homeschoolers also found a gainful way to educate too.  Looking back at the Putin-powered Olympics, we.ll celebrate some Olympians who educate at home to keep up with their athletic passions and schedules. The real life homeschooling experiences shared by our Carnival participants also display the distinctiveness of a home educated family life.  We.ll keep doing what we do every day, whether it.s surrounded by snow and elite physical training or those of us just taking a nature walk through a park.  Enjoy!
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Please don’t wait till the kids have all moved out before you implement these suggestions

Blog Buzz: Please don’t wait till the kids have all moved out before you implement these suggestions via Trivium Pursuit
Suggestions on how to treat your adult children. 1. The majority of the time that you are talking with your adult child, you should be doing the listening, not the talking. Real and attentive listening. Respectful listening — not appearing to be listening or thinking about what you need to be doing next or what […]
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Networks Never Covered German Home-School Family’s Plight

via NewsBusters

Illegal immigration might be a hot topic for the media, but the networks remained mum when the government denied asylum to a German family seeking the freedom to educate their own children. 
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike along with their children came to the United States in 2008, seeking political asylum because home-schooling is illegal in Germany. The family wants to homeschool due to its Christian beliefs. Obama’s U.S. Justice Department refused asylum status, and chose to defend its decision in litigation. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by the Romeikes on March 3 which initially signaled a deportation for the family. Despite the win for the Obama Justice Department, ABC, CBS, and NBC have not mentioned the story. 

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Carnival of Homeschooling – The Just Keep Blogging edition

This week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Notes from a homeschooling Mom.

It is now March 2014, I officially became a veteran homeschooler back in May 2013, when I graduated my second, and last child, from homeschooling. I am still processing all of my thoughts and feelings about the last 10 years, because homeschooling is serious business, and just as you need to be mentally prepared to start and to make it through homeschooling, you need to put the same effort (at least in my case) into coming out the other side, and finding a new you, when you have been released from your homeschooling duties.
Just as I found blogging to be a great way to prepare myself and to keep motivated during the homeschool process, I am finding blogging to be a great way to process myself into my next phase in life-post homeschooling.  As much as inward blogging has helped me, I still need to spend just as much time reading the blogs of others, for sanity reasons, to let me know that I am OK… as in Not Crazy, as in other people are having the same feelings and experiences that I have either had, or am having right now. For this I am thankful, so with that I say, Just keep blogging through and even after homeschooling.  I will keep you sane, and it will also help those who come after you.

Celebrate Pi Day!

Blog Buzz: Celebrate Pi Day! via Katie’s Homeschool Cottage
If this is the first time visiting our site, please read our Welcome page to get an idea of what you can find throughout this website and enjoy our other offerings while you are here. Celebrate Pi Day with these Activities (For resources used with our study units, click on the Resources tab above.) March […]
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What new SAT reforms mean for the future of education

Blog Buzz: What new SAT reforms mean for the future of education via Penelope Trunk Education
The SAT is doing away with the essay test, finally acknowledging what free market economy has proven over the last seven years: That the more you pay for SAT tutoring, the higher your score is. Yes, there are exceptions: The kid who was going to get a perfect score no matter what. But that kid didn’t…
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Land of the Free: where the government can kidnap your child and lock her in a psych ward for a year

Blog Buzz: Land of the Free: where the government can kidnap your child and lock her in a psych ward for a year via The Matt Walsh Blog
Imagine this scenario. You’re sitting in the living room with your daughter. Suddenly, a large man shows up on your porch. He starts banging on your door and demanding to be let inside. You don’t comply. He goes around to the side of your house, smashes a window, and crawls through. You tell your daughter […]
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What If K-12 Went Open Source?

Blog Buzz: What If K-12 Went Open Source? via spottybanana
What if public education systems opened up the curriculum to teachers, students and parents? What kinds of changes do you think each would make and how might that improve the current state of a system firmly rooted in the 19th century? This may sound a bit extreme, but consider the Android operating system embraced open […]
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The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

Blog Buzz: The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller via Semicolon
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller, sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, Texas. Ms. Keller’s thesis can be summarized in two sentences: To make children into lifelong readers, surround them with books and let them read whatever they want […]
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