An up-state New York radio station talks about homeschooling, as related to the Education Scene. The home education lifestyle doesn’t compare to a public school classroom, while the powers-that-be are paying attention to the entire money issue. How does homeschooling … Continue reading →
One 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.
Blog Buzz: How do homeschoolers get into college? via Penelope Trunk Homeschooling
Homeschooling is a big risk on the part of a parent—it’s going against what society tells us is right to do with our kids – and it can seem even riskier if you think your kid might not be able to go to college. I’m not saying college is necessary - it’s not. But knowing that…
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Blog Buzz: 4 Ways To Be Nice and a Great Kindle Single on the Power of Smiles via davisfnp
Is it that hard to be nice? It makes you feel good and the receiver of your niceness feel even better. Yeah, I know it’s not so easy first thing in the morning when it’s still dark and you drag … Continue reading →
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Blog Buzz: Update on Romeike Homeschooling Asylum Case – legal Insurrection (blog) via homeschool – Google News
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We have been covering the case of the Romeikes, devout Christians from Germany who wanted to homeschool their children because of what they perceived as the secularist agenda in German public schools. They fled and sought asylum in the U.S. after …
Blog Buzz: Homeschool ADD and ADHD via Online Education For Kids
As a classroom teacher for many years, I saw how difficult it was for the ADD/ADHD child to thrive in a typical class setting. Often disheartened by constant poor grades, these children seem to simply become the class “distraction” and their education begins to take a back seat in just trying to make them behave. [...]
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My oldest two children love to read, they read in the car, they read during their free time, they read during our nap/rest time, they read when they should be doing chores, they read to their siblings, and well, they read to get out of trouble. My husband and I both love to read also. …
Our chore routine is set up using Easy Peasy Chores. Easy to adapt to accommodate to your family’s often changing routines.
Gathering our history reading for 2013-2014 using the book lists in our awesome TruthQuest History guides.
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Blog Buzz: Homeschool Math Choices for a Future Scientist or Computer Programmer via Eclectic Homeschooling
With children who desire a future in science and computers, math is important in our household. This post is part of the Virtual Curriculum Fair: Discovering Patterns in Mathematics, Logic, or Science series. Check out the links at the bottom of this post to read how others approach math, logic, … Continue reading
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How Our First Day of Homeschool Became My Own Lesson via Babble.com
We recently had a really fun experience: The Land of Nod came out to set up a homeschool room in our home, then did a photo shoot of the room and us for their upcoming catalog. We’ve been planning this with them since the end of September, so we decided in the meantime to hold off on any “formal” homeschooling until then.
By formal I mean something I planned. We feel learning is an all day part of life.
After the room was finished and now that the holidays are over, I decided to start Bella where I would as a teacher with students her age. Since we are homeschooling, we don’t have to follow the Sept-May rule, or that you must turn a year older by October 1st for the grade. Bella is ready for Pre-K stuff and she is 4, never mind that it’s January.
Blog Buzz: Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies via Trivium Pursuit
A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they’re often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don’t be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent […]
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Lots 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.
Why Homeschool has posted the Carnival of Homeschool: The Eighth Anniversary – The New Year edition. Henry and Janine Cate have founded faithfully persisted in making this carnnival last eighteen years! That’s amazing comittment.
Welcome to the eighth anniversary of the Carnival of Homeschooling. The first Carnival of Homeschooling was published in January of 2005. This is the 419th edition. The start of a new year is a traditionally a time when many step back, review the previous year and ponder what they want to accomplish in the coming new year. I have spent dozens of hours in the last couple weeks doing this conventional activity.
The reasoning for this bill stems from one incident in January 2013 where a 14-year-old boy died after being beaten by his mother’s boyfriend while being taught at home. The mother had pulled him from public school after school officials reported signs of abuse to authorities. Seemingly, she attempted to cover up the abuse by homeschooling him, keeping him from the watchful eyes of public teachers. However, that brings up an interesting point to counter the need for such a bill. The abuse was reported by the public school teachers to authorities and nothing was done. There is no reason to conclude that homeschooling the child had anything to do with facilitating a murder. This bill “unfairly targets homeschooling” by taking the focus away from the state – who did not protect the child when it was first reported – and laying it on an often stigmatized educational choice.
Salon posted an op-ed by Dana Goldstein: Liberals, Don’t Homeschool Your Kids: Why teaching children at home violates progressive values. (HT: The American Conservative). Goldstein’s arguments seem to include a fear that opting out of our “diverse” schools will somehow lead to less diversity. I think the opposite may be true. Rather than a Federal system which churns out like-minded, citizens that all believe the same truth-of-the-day, it will be home-schoolers and un-schoolers who are marching to the beat of a different drummer. Without our kids (liberal or conservative), there would be no one to challenge the orthodoxy of the cultural group-think.
Here’s and example the of the worst-case scenario described by Goldstein:
Take, for instance, Sonia Songha’s New York Times account of forming a preschool cooperative with six other brownstone-Brooklyn mothers, all of whom “said our children had basically never left our sides.” Indeed, in a recent Newsweek report, the education journalist Linda Perlstein noted a significant number of secular homeschoolers are also adherents of attachment parenting, the perennially controversial ideology defined by practices such as co-sleeping with one’s child and breast-feeding for far longer than typical, sometimes well beyond toddlerhood. Meanwhile, in suburban New Jersey, one “hippy” homeschooler told the local paper she feared exposing her kids to the presumably negative influences of teachers and peers. “I didn’t want my child being raised by someone else for eight hours out of the day,” she said.
Blog Buzz: More Cooking Topics for Kids — Food Shopping and Safety via About.com Homeschooling
The "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.
“It’s hard to explain how natural learning works, but I trust that it works because I can see that it works.” The above quote is from a Scottish unschooler – Maryanne Jacobs. Time always tells. Our observations are one gift we have with our children at home. From Barcroft TV: No school for my kids: radical unschooling […]
Blog Buzz: Carnival of Homeschooling #415: Living with Books Edition via Dewey’s Treehouse
Eddie, Robert, Willie, Tad – beloved sons of Abraham Lincoln. They were spirited, spoiled, beautiful, privileged children of the president of the United States. Yet status, wealth, love, and power could not save three of them from untimely deaths. Only Robert would live to see wrinkles and gray hair. For the short season Lincoln was a parent he relished the role. His staff members viewed his boys as mischievous, devious monsters. Through his devoted eyes Abe could only see crafty, adventurous, entertaining boys being boys. Anything they did from smearing artist’s paint on the walls to letting animals run free in the white house made Abe smile and sigh with delight. What would those rambunctious boys think of next?
On another memorable day, the boys were busily exploring the White House when they discovered a tiny attic room that housed a pile of bundled-up wires. The wires rang the bells that summoned servants to the various downstairs rooms. Soon all the bells were ringing through the mansion at the same time. Willie and Tad had seized the wires and were gleefully tugging them all simultaneously. Their father ordered them down from the attic, but naturally did nothing to punish them.
Excluding his frequent absences from home for work duties, any child would think Lincoln the perfect parent. Do what you want, jump on the furniture, scream in dad’s face, interrupt him at work for no good reason, and fear no consequences. No discipline?! Shouldn’t these boys then turn out to be hellions? Maybe Eddie, had he lived longer. But it’s doubtful based on how the other boys grew. Willie was smart, witty, articulate, very much like his father. His death at age eleven was so devastating to the Lincolns that neither Mary or Abe ever truly recovered from the loss. Tad, likely learning disabled, grew up to be a gracious, humble gentleman, and his premature death at age eighteen sent Mary over the sanity edge. What became of Robert? What did he accomplish in his 83 years of life, and are there any descendants of Abraham Lincoln alive today?
The author sprinkles in very little politics, focusing rather on a lovely yet heart wrenching view of the joys and losses our Civil War president experienced in his gone to soon life. In addition, Holzer gives insight into the intricacies of the Lincoln’s marital relationship, and understandingly sympathizes with the burdens Robert Lincoln carried throughout his life.
Parents in particular will be both enchanted and haunted as they see a new side of Lincoln, and will linger over the many photographs of the first family. I adore Lincoln, and will eagerly sponge anything I can on his life. This is now one of my favorite books about him – and I love him even more for how deep and pure his love was for his boys. More than for his speeches, wisdom, historic accomplishments, and presidency, I think Lincoln would want to be remembered for being a good father who loved, oh how he loved his sons.
“In the end, it’s not the years on your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
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