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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Homeschooling 101: Creating Lesson Plans

Blog Buzz: Homeschooling 101: Creating Lesson Plans via Confessions of a Homeschooler

Homeschooling 101: Creating Lesson Plans is a post from Erica @ Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+!

Homeschooling 101: Creating Lesson Plans is a post from Erica @ Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Gathering Curriculum, so today we’re going to…
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Carnival of Homeschooling – Lincoln’s wisdom edition

Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling – Lincoln’s wisdom edition.

A study for the Lincoln Memorial sculpture by Leonard Wells Volk

A study for the Lincoln Memorial sculpture by Leonard Wells Volk

Tomorrow (February 12) is Abraham Lincoln’s 149th birthday. He was the 16th President of the United States, only just starting a second term when assassinated in 1865. He remains one of the most influential and beloved figures in US history. Perhaps this was in part because of his wisdom and wit which lives on in his quotes – quotes sprinkled throughout this edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling along with the collected wisdom and humor of this weeks carnival participants.

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.

Cindy tells us about Winter Homeschooling
Winter won’t last forever!  Until then, enjoy some creative learning time that keeps everyone from going stir-crazy. Via Our Journey Westward

My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.

Kerin presents The Vocabuverse: You/Your/You’re
He has created an excellent resource for teaching kids/adults big words and grammatical concepts!  Posted at The Vocabuverse

Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.

Rachael presents ~The Teetering Balance for the Homeschool Mama~
Homeschooling puts a certain amount of added pressure on the average family. In this blog post she attempts to honestly share her struggles, and some tips/tricks she has found helpful along the way! posted at DiAmOnDs In ThE rOuGh.

And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.

April asks “I’m thinking about homeschooling. Where do I start?”
She has been asked several times how to start homeschooling, or where to find curriculum.  She usually has to go digging around for old emails to retrieve information already shared once.  She finally decided to create a blog post sharing some basic steps and resources for those considering homeschooling. Via ElCloud Homeschool: Busy Minds, Busy Hands, Busy Feet

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) shares her Secret Thoughts of a First-Year Homeschool Mom
All right, everybody.  I’ve started a blog and a Pinterest account. I’m ready to homeschool! via Homeschool and Etc.

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.

Joy presents 24 Reasons to Homeschool Your Special Needs Child posted at Who’s learning? Who’s teaching?.

Natalie tells us about Made You Look by Sheri Graydon a review of a book about advertising written for kids. via Fill Your Bookshelf

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

Leah asks Is Your Homeschooling Joyful? Here’s a Resource to Help posted at As We Walk Along the Road.

Gina creates {Handicrafts} Busy Hands with Paper Sloyd Little Hands that create builds focus, attention and discipline. posted at my rubyslippers.

Celeste presents Schooling with Littles :: Our Daily Schedule posted at Joyous Lessons.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Monique shares some fun toddler activities Fun activities to keep your toddler busy while you Homeschool the older children. posted at living life and learning

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Annie asks Is There Life after Homeschooling? For those who transition well, the end of homeschooling is not only an ending but also a new beginning. That seems to make all the difference. Posted at Tea Time with Annie Kate

Henry says: The answer is YES! Henry writes that when parents ask if they should homeschool most of the time he would say YES. via Why Homeschool

Kathy wonders Do You Have These 9 Essential Leadership Traits? posted at Kathy Davis, FNP

And finally, Kathy of Homeschoolbuzz reviews the book Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons
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Whatever you are, be a good one.

Heaven or Harvard? Anti-Intellectualism in Christian Homeschooling

Blog Buzz: Heaven or Harvard? Anti-Intellectualism in Christian Homeschooling via Eclectic Homeschooling
A few weeks ago, someone on Facebook posted a quote that went along the lines of “Raise your children for heaven, not Harvard.”  I pondered the statement for a little while trying to grasp the logic in it.  No, it still didn’t make sense.  It was like one of those … Continue reading
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Tolerance: My Article Picked up on The Christian Post

Blog Buzz: Tolerance: My Article Picked up on The Christian Post via Front Line Moms & DadsFront Line Moms & Dads | Tackling the Sticky Subjects…Building Families that Stand
By Lisa Cherry I’m a guest contributor this week at The Christian Post. They published my article The Definition of Tolerance. Tolerance is such a hot button in our world today. Check it out!   The Definition of Tolerance By Lisa Cherry, CP Guest Contributor February 4, 2014|4:24 pm When I was a girl, Mama […]
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Add The Icarus Deception to Your Reading List

the icarus deceptionYou remember the story of Icarus, the kid who didn’t listen to his dad and flew to close to the sun?  His waxy wings melted and he plummeted to his death in the sea. Seth Godin uses this greek myth to teach us about art. No, not marketing, but art.  What does Icarus have to do with art? And how/why does marketing guru Seth Godin teach art?


Seth uses Icarus to point out we only know half the story.  Icarus’s dad didn’t just tell him to not fly too close to the sun, but also warned him not to fly too low or the sea would wreck the lift of his wings.  Flying is a delicate art, not too high, not too low, or disaster.

He explains,

It’s far more dangerous to fly too low than too high, because it feels safe to fly low.  We settle for low expectations and small dreams and guarantee ourselves less than we are capable of.  By flying too low, we shortchange not only ourselves but also those who depend on us or might benefit from our work. We’re so obsessed about the risk of shining brightly that we’ve traded in everything that matters to avoid it.

Your work is your art.  Art is about making a connection.  Art isn’t limited to paper and palettes of color, it is your contribution to the world.  It is aspiring to do great work for the purpose of making real connections with others.  Do you influence? Are people changed for the better because their path crossed yours?

Making art is not easy, it forces us to see things from a different perspective or stretch our wings farther than we’re comfortable with.  Fear of being wrong or rejected keeps us safe, but probably keeps us unsatisfied because we haven’t bloomed our potential.

Seth says art might scare you, might bust you, and it isn’t always pretty.  But it is who we are and what we do and what we need. If you are brave, use insight, creativity and boldness to challenge the status quo, then you are an artist.

Read the story of Icarus again, see what you didn’t notice before.  Then get yourself a copy of The Icarus Deception and be prepared for everything you thought you knew about art to be defied.  I knew I was an artist –  an unconventional one, but still an artist. Now, off I go to make better art.


Carnival of Homeschooling – Winter Edition

The Carnival of Homeschooling – Winter Edition is hosted this week by Living Life & Learning.

This week I’m hosting the Carnival of homeschooling for the 3rd time. Hooray! I love reading all the entries that I receive and I hope you do as well. I love reading what other homeschoolers are doing so that I can gleam new ideas or solve some of my own problems and get new resources. There’s so many great resources out there and it’s all for free, the problem I have is keeping up with so many blogs.

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