Carlow mother of six faces prison over home schooling dispute – Newstalk 106-108 fm


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Carlow mother of six faces prison over home schooling dispute
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A Carlow mother is preparing to face prison today after she refused to pay a fine over her children's homeschooling. Monica O'Connor and her husband Eddie O'Neill have six children who have all been educated at home – and Eddie is also expecting to …

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Homeschooling Makes the Grade for Affluent Gen X, Conservative Households – Millionaire Corner

Homeschooling Makes the Grade for Affluent Gen X, Conservative Households
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Nearly six-in-ten (56 percent) of Affluent households overall said they do not approve of homeschooling, but among the 44 percent who do, homeschooling gets the highest marks for allowing parents control over to what their children are exposed (59

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I-SS looks to expand iAcademy for homeschoolers – Mooresville Tribune

I-SS looks to expand iAcademy for homeschoolers
Mooresville Tribune
There are 1,400 home-school students in Iredell County, and Iredell-Statesville Schools wants them to know it has the flexibility to serve them all, or at least as many as are willing to put their faith in the public school system. Year two of the

Fears over welfare of home-schooled children in Worcestershire – Tewkesbury ADMAG


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Fears over welfare of home-schooled children in Worcestershire
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MORE needs to be done to protect the wellbeing of home-schooled children in Worcestershire, the chairman of a body working to safeguard young people in the county has said. Speaking at a meeting of the Worcestershire Health and Well-Being Board on …

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Homeschool.com Publishes their Newest Virtual Magazine, Back to Homeschool – WebWire (press release)

Homeschool.com Publishes their Newest Virtual Magazine, Back to Homeschool
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Homeschool.com has recently published the Back to Homeschool edition of their virtual magazine, just in time for the back-to-school season. The Back to Homeschool edition includes fifteen how-to articles, covering the subjects of goal setting, choosing

Graves Co. Schools Might Allow Homeschoolers to Participate in Elementary … – WKMS

Graves Co. Schools Might Allow Homeschoolers to Participate in Elementary
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The Graves County Board of Education is exploring the idea of allowing homeschooled elementary students to participate in extracurricular activities – including football – organized by the school district. Such a move would make Graves County one of

Upstate homeschooling business contests F rating by the BBB – WHNS Greenville

Upstate homeschooling business contests F rating by the BBB
WHNS Greenville
An Upstate business meant to help families process their homeschooling paperwork got a failing grade with the Better Business Bureau. Insights on Education is part of the South Carolina Homeschool Association. It sends official academic transcripts and …

Happy Homeschool Mom Hears “Not a Peep from the School Board!” – Home School Legal Defense Association

Happy Homeschool Mom Hears “Not a Peep from the School Board!”
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia homeschool law is among the most onerous in the country. With annual notices, annual assessments and an unconstitutional waiting period involving often unfriendly public school officials, homeschoolers in the Mountain State can sometimes …

Knowlton Fine Arts homeschool co-op orientation is Aug. 29 in Columbia – The Warren Reporter

Knowlton Fine Arts homeschool co-op orientation is Aug. 29 in Columbia
The Warren Reporter
Knowlton Fine Arts is a Christian non-denominational homeschool co-op that meets in the Knowlton Presbyterian Church, 3 Knowlton Road, Columbia, once a week from September to May. There are classes offered in drama, voice, choir, band instruments, …

Child advocates warn against unmonitored homeschooling – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Child advocates warn against unmonitored homeschooling
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
One of the recommendations addressed the more than 36,000 Pennsylvania children who attend cyberschool, and the more than 22,000 who are homeschooled, recommending that monitoring be done if the family has a history of contact with a protective …

12-Year-Old Boy Headed To College After ‘Years’ Of Homeschooling – KOLO


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12-Year-Old Boy Headed To College After 'Years' Of Homeschooling
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SAN DIEGO (AP) – A 12-year-old Southern California boy will be the youngest fulltime student in the history of Mira Costa College when he enrolls this fall. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Saturday that Kyle Litzenberg, of Oceanside, has been …
Boy, 12, To Be College's Youngest Full-Time PupilCBS Local
Boy, 12, will be college's youngest full-time pupilOCRegister

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Discrimination Issue Solved in Favor of Homeschool Family – Home School Legal Defense Association

Discrimination Issue Solved in Favor of Homeschool Family
Home School Legal Defense Association
J. Michael Smith is president of HSLDA. He has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years. Read more >>. One of the issues every homeschool school family will eventually face is obtaining a learner's permit and a driver's license for

Carnival of Homeschooling: The Finding Solutions Edition

Susan has posted the Carnival of Homeschooling for this week. Check it out:

Carnival of Homeschooling: The Finding Solutions Edition July 15, 2014 Welcome to the Finding Solutions Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling!  Homeschoolers face many different challenges and deal with a variety of doubts about our chosen educational path. Even after homeschooling for 20+ years, I still have questions and concerns, and reading about how other homeschoolers deal with their anxiety helps me remember that I am not alone, and that solutions can be found for any obstacle we may encounter.

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Homeschooling: Would I do it all over again?

IMG_2203Now that two of my three boys have graduated high school, I’ve wondered if I would do it all over again. If I could travel ahead in time when we began this homeschool thing and could see the end, would I still do it? Yikes, did I realize just how hard homeschooling was? I don’t think I did.

No, I’m sure of it.

I had no clue how hard homeschooling would be.

Homeschool three boys for nearly twenty years.

Teach them to read, to do math, to write.

Ugh.  Writing!  Why was that so bittersweet? One loved it, one liked it, one would rather stare off into space.

Science, history, manners.

Gym, aka go run around outside and swing for a half hour.

Language, geography, cooking, chores, public speaking.

Clubs,  Awana, bible quizzing, honor society, art, music, laundry (my future daughter-in- laws are supposed to thank me for that one).

Library skills? Right.

Fire safety, bike safety, highway safety, STD’s (that was weird), anti-smoking.

Drivers education.  Ok that one nearly killed me.  I recommend you hire a professional for that subject.

I’ve written 128 quarterly reports, 31 Individual Home Instruction Plans, and lots of Annual Assessments and Letters of Intent. Thank you NYS for being so greedy for paperwork.

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All this while trying to keep the meals coming, the house in order, and a marriage happy.

I’m not trying to scare those of you who are thinking of homeschooling, and I’m not trying to prove I’m some super star homeschooling mama (though I really am and so are all of you homeschooling mamas).

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Now that I’m at the end and if I had a time travel machine to go back, would I do it all again? Would I homeschool my three boys for nearly twenty years? Knowing how hard it was physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally? Let’s not forget…

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Would I do it all again?

Hell Yeah!

Every single minute of it.

Garrison, Ben, Will.  You are the best, it has been a privilege to be your teacher, and I am am blown away God chose me to be your mama.

Would I do it again?  What a silly question.

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Carnival of Homeschooling: Graduate Edition

Homeschooling has it’s seasons. We all knew when we started this journey that the goal was to someday graduate. We just graduated our second son here at the Davis home. One more to go. Certainly we have mixed feelings as we see our sons become more independent but there’s joy in knowing we were there and part of their lives every step of the way. Our own Kathy tells the story as we Graduate Number Two at Homeschoolbuzz.com. ChristineMM of The Thinking Mother shares what she thinks is the main thing that all parents (not just homeschooling parents) should teach their kids : What a Parent Should Teach Deputy Headmistress tells of Life with mostly littles via The Common Room: “One day I had three children, ages 9, 7 (almost 8), and 2, and then the next day I had five, ages 9, 7, 5, 3, and 2.  All three of the youngest were in diapers.  How did I ‘do it all?’  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA”

alice in pool of tearsSo what was I was doing when my oldest was 9? I was trying to cope. I just functioned, one foot in front of another, one day at a time. I’ve told part of this story before.  I was treading water.

Bon says: “The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching” is Not So Good via MathFour.com. Have you seen the list of 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching? Looks like there’re some problems with it!

Sharon presents Honoring Aunt Tucker posted at awakeningyourtrueself.com. “The voice I heard when I woke from a dream this morning was my Aunt Tucker’s. Not actually her voice, but definitely her. I could not go back to sleep so instead I begin celebrating Aunt Tucker’s life. On this day when her body will be placed in a grave, her soul is dancing with the moon and her sister stars. She has already sent us small but distinct signs that she is loving us from her new home, from the place where she is light and ageless.”

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Susan asks: College Prep Homeschooling: To Go or Not To Go via At Home and School. Should your child go to college? Maybe not. Here are three questions that may help make this decision.
Henry shares another perspective on homeschooling: My brother’s perspective on homeschooling at Why Homeschool
Cindy shares: A Nature Study Photography Project for Any Age at Our Journey Westward. This nature study project is motivating for kids who love nature study and kids who don’t!
Julie has some Electric Conductive Paint Projects via Homeschooling Ideas. 
Conductive ink is a cool new type of paint that makes for some fun electronics projects in your homeschooling.
Judy writes: Dear Mom and Dad: I’m Not Going To College posted at Consent Of The Governed. I wrote this article back in 2007 – and it is still relevant today. Many kids are delaying college because it is just too expensive and/or they need time to decide what it is they really want to do… and that’s ok!
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Denise shares More Than One Way To Find the Center of a Circle posted at Let’s Play Math!. An old geometry puzzler for high school students: Pick one side of the debate, and try to find at least three different ways to prove your point.
Taylor tells us Why I Walked Out on God at HomeschoolingIRL What happens when a home schooled teen is told she isn’t trying hard enough at church? And what happens when she walks away from the God she thought she knew? Hope and encouragement for parents with struggling teens and young adults from homeschool grad, Taylor Nieman.
Annie offers Election Report Guidelines via Tea Time with Annie Kate.
Dave and Carol tell us about Money Myths Homeschool Moms Believe via HomeschoolCPA 
Do any of you, like me, have curriculum sitting on your shelf, that if you are honest with yourself, you will probably never use? I want to share some experiences I’ve learned about money and homeschooling in a podcast with guest Susan Raber.
An finally Kathy writes A Letter to my Husband: Where Our Dog Herds a Fawn and I Meet a Fräulein at Life-verses.com. This is a hilarious story of our dog’s spurious hunting efforts in our suburban neighborhood.
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of homeschooling using our carnival submission form or follow the email instructions here. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Homeschoolbuzz.com Graduates Number Two

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This past weekend we graduated our second son from homeschool.  If we can do it, you can do it.  Davis Homeschool started in 1999 with one in kindergarten, one in pre-k, and one in utero receiving instruction in ABC’s via daddy talking to my round belly.

We homeschooled our two graduates for 13 years, and have four years left with our youngest. It has been one wild, adventurous, unpredictable, all consuming, and undeniably spectacularly wonderful ride! Congratulations to our 2014 graduate Benny for surviving and thriving in homeschool.  He has grown from a sweet, always smiling, loved to read, little boy to a charming, dry-humored, always smiling, loves to play video games, but loves Jesus more young man.  We are beaming with joy. We know God has plans for our sons, and are happy to sit back and watch it all unfold.  I wish we could take credit for the way they turned out, but we were just the instruments.  God gets the glory.

  • If you are in the early years of homeschooling: enjoy it and don’t give up, it only gets better.
  • If you are in the middle years, don’t panic: high school is easier than you think.
  • If you are in the home stretch: hang on tight cause its a whirlwind.
  • If you graduated your child: Congratulations.  

they are worth it

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Strong Religious Beliefs Can Shape How Women View Homeschooling – PJ Media

Blog Buzz: Strong Religious Beliefs Can Shape How Women View Homeschooling – PJ Media via homeschool – Google News

Strong Religious Beliefs Can Shape How Women View Homeschooling
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Marcia Clemmitt, a social policy researcher and former high school teacher recently published an extensive report on homeschooling at CQ Researcher. In Homeschooling: Do Parents Give Their Children a Good Education? Clemmitt discusses the research …

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