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?

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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.

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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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Homeschooling in the Education Debate

Blog Buzz: Homeschooling in the Education Debate via Corn and Oil

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

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How do homeschoolers get into college?

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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Update on Romeike Homeschooling Asylum Case – legal Insurrection (blog)

Blog Buzz: Update on Romeike Homeschooling Asylum Case – legal Insurrection (blog) via homeschool – Google News


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Update on Romeike Homeschooling Asylum Case
legal Insurrection (blog)
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 

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Homeschool ADD and ADHD

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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You Might Be a Literature Based Homeschool If

Blog Buzz: You Might Be a Literature Based Homeschool If via peacecreekontheprairie.com

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. …

Homeschool Encouragement

Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention 2014

Our chore routine is set up using Easy Peasy Chores. Easy to adapt to accommodate to your family’s often changing routines.

Easy Peasy Chores @ GoodOldDaysFarm.com

Gathering our history reading for 2013-2014 using the book lists in our awesome TruthQuest History guides.


Our Favorite Reading and Spelling Curriculum. It will help those with vision challenges, speech issues and more.

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Homeschool Math Choices for a Future Scientist or Computer Programmer

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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First day of homeschooling blues

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.

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