Monthly Archives: February 2013

Suggested Books for Geography Study

Thank you to Diana Hooper for compiling this list of living books for Geography studies. (Note: Diana has read all of these with her family and feels that they are clean and appropriate for grades 5 and up, but different … Continue reading

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Learning is Child’s Play

“What a child digs for becomes his own possession.” –Charlotte Mason I’ve never been one to follow advice based solely on studies and I can’t recommend it, but I’m going to go ahead and feel a little smug that the … Continue reading

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What is Common Core, how will it affect home schoolers and what can I do about it?

There is a lot about Common Core that nobody knows yet, since we are waiting for curricula to be written, standardized tests to be adapted and there have been no test cases to see what the results of the program … Continue reading

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Welcome to Homeschooling!

Relax. Be creative. Enjoy time together. Learn to love learning. Home schooling is not public schooling. Get comfortable. Don’t plan on sitting at desks all day. Go with the flow of family life. Set priorities, but be willing to work around … Continue reading

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Information is Not Education: Finding Your Personal Style

“The question is not, –how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education–but how much does he care? …how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and therefore, how full is the life … Continue reading

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Home Schooled Teens Outperform Peers in College

Among the many benefits of home schooling is the lack of the burnout that plagues a fair number of traditionally schooled kids. Home schooled kids are often allowed to follow their own interests and learn skills that support those interests, … Continue reading

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Story Time: Why, how and when to read aloud.

The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan I had a mother who read to me Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea, Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth, “Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath. I had a Mother who read me … Continue reading

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Math Standards and Common Core: Does it all add up?

“…Stanford University professor James Milgram, the only mathematician on the validation panel, concluded that the Common Core math scheme would place American students two years behind their peers in other high-achieving countries. In protest, Milgram refused to sign off on … Continue reading

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Do you want to continue to exercise the right to home school? If so, educate yourself and then stand up and be counted.

From Oak Norton, a long-time advocate of excellent education: The Obama administration is actively seeking to deport a German family who has refugee status in the U.S. because they homeschool, which is illegal in Germany. The Obama Justice Department says … Continue reading

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Mentoring Teens: “How can your mom teach you all of the subjects?”

I have to smile when I remember a comment made by an adult neighbor to my oldest child, several years ago: “How can your mom teach you all of the subjects?” Teaching is not a matter of knowing everything and regurgitating it … Continue reading

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