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Unschooling

The other day at the park, I watched a woman with four children arrive. Her children ran in all directions in unadulterated joy, whooping and yelling.  Our kids started playing together so we started a conversation. She was a homeschooling mom too but she emphasized that she unschools her children. In the homeschooling world, it’s the unschoolers who are the radicals! I have met

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Getting Dad Involved

For many of our homeschooling years, I worked with our children as their only teacher. As my oldest son made his way through middles school, however, I knew I needed some extra help, and we joined a co-op where he could take classes in math and science. At times, I tried to get my husband involved in the schooling too; a history buff and

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Race to Nowhere

I am always on the lookout for documentaries on homeschooling, education and resources to keep up with what’s current. I recently read an article on a new documentary which challenges the current national school system on its all or nothing reliance on standardized test performance. ‘Race to Nowhere’ was filmed by a mother, Vicki Abeles, who became concerned when her daughter was diagnosed with

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Mommy Does the Laundry

Our days are full with projects, day trips, playgroups, errands and chores. Since I am the one that is at home, I take on the responsibility of the housework, cooking and shopping. One day recently, I was horrified when I overheard my son tell a friend that was visiting,”yeah, when I get old, I’ll get a wife so she can do everything in the

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Perpetual Classroom

Recently we were at a birthday party and I was enjoying some uncommon light conversation with the other parents. Several times we were interrupted by children with the usual complaints, needs, etc. Every single time, I noted the parent quickly dispatched his or her child with ‘not now’ ‘go ask your father’ and the ever popular ‘how many times have I told you not

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Keeping Kids in a Bubble

When I first started homeschooling, my family and friends were alarmed. They shared their concerns that ‘sheltering’ my son was not going to do him any favors. That homeschooling would only help him stay a baby. I don’t know exactly what they had in mind homeschooling entailed. Though we homeschool around his interests, it does not mean he will think the world revolves around

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Studying Science — It’s Easier Than You Think

If you’re like me, as your children grow older, you may find it increasingly difficult to accomplish all that needs to be done during a typical homeschooling day. Reading and math are a must, and sometimes just getting through those two subjects can take easily- distracted students several hours to complete. Lunchtime often becomes a much-needed break for everyone. And if you’re schooling multiple

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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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Car Rides That Really Take You Somewhere!

When I was kid, my family took a fourteen hour car ride to Chicago.  It was a smelly station wagon borrowed from someone, and since there were four adults, the four kids, including me, had to sit in the wagon area or trunk, amongst the luggage.  We had a blast.  We played every game we could think of to pass the time — punch buggie,

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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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