Learning

Bullying – Learning to Deal

A few months ago, a friend of mine was telling me how her son was being bullied at school. She commented how lucky we are that we don’t have this problem because we homeschool. Nothing could be further from the truth. As we have become more involved with study groups, organizations and play groups, we have encountered our fair share of bullying. My son

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On Taking a Break

My son has been asking for a sibling since he could say the words. After trying for many years, we were ecstatic when we got pregnant.  No one was more excited than my son. He didn’t care about a boy or a girl. He just knew he would be a big brother. The best one ever. As the pregnancy progressed and I got bigger

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Location, Location, Location!

My son’s favorite announcement is “I’m bored!” What he doesn’t know is that sometimes, I am too!  Over the years changing up our learning location  has been the very thing that we needed to get some perspective. Whenever we’ve hit a block, my son is out of sorts or I’m just not feeling so great, our back plan is “Let’s escape!” We are transformed

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

My son constantly debates whether to be an astronaut, a police officer, a secret agent, or a gamer.  The debate takes place every day,”Mom, I could be a police officer like my uncle or maybe it would be better to be a gamer and play video games all day!  But maybe that would be boring after a while…” on and on. I remember having

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Tune Into Free Online Resources with ITunesU!

I recently upgraded to an IPhone and was in the process of downloading my music library from ITunes when I came across ITunesU.  What caught my eye was the phrase “free education”.  As all homeschooling parents will understand, I am always on the lookout for free anything, but free education sounded extra special.  Well, I can say, after checking it out, that it is AWESOME!  Educational

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Homeschooling Co-ops

Everyone craves community. Homeschooling families more so, not just for the companionship for our kids and possibly for the adults, but for the resources such friendships can provide. For example, I love writing and portrait painting. My husband is a math wiz and an avid tennis player, and my ex-husband a wonderful guitar player and agriculturalist. All we were missing to complete our homeschooling

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Homeschooling Thru High School

As a homeschooling mother, I find myself wearing many hats. As kids get older, I am less of a teacher and more of a guide. If the goal is to home school all the way through high school, it seems a prepared parent is the most successful. Getting kids through high school is more about planning than knowing the intricacies of geometry. Once your

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Volunteering for Home Schooled Children

For years, I have volunteered at the local Humane Society and Wilderness Center. I love to work with animals, but the main reason I do it is because I believe compassion is learned as we help others. I want to set the example for my children so they can one day feel the fulfillment I have felt while volunteering. Though there are few organizations

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Snow Days!

For many of us, this winter has already been a snowy one. The excitement my children show when they see those first few flurries is contagious. After the snow blankets the ground, we bundle up to go sledding, make snowmen, have snowball fights, and take a quiet walk through the icy woods. After everyone’s been outside a while (the kids usually last longer out

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Everyone Has a Story

This week as I was shopping at the grocery store, I stopped for a few minutes to talk with the lady giving out samples of chocolate milk. Though the course of our conversation, I learned that she grew up as a tomboy, was a cheerleader in high school, had a brother who was once an Olympic hopeful, had been married to a pro-football player,

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