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New Free Technology

I am always on the lookout for exciting new freeware (free technology) to enhance our homeschool experience. Recently, I came across two that have become indispensable not only in our learning environment, but in social networking with family and friends. The first one, Jing, allows you to share basic screen captures and screen recordings. It’s fun, easy and simple to use. After downloading, you

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Use Your Moodle!

Homeschooling parents who want to teach their child via online classes for free, live with peers and a teacher, along with online materials and resources can use Moodle. Moodle a free and open-source e-learning software platform. It has a general public license, which means it can be downloaded for free, copied, modified and be used forever by individuals and organizations. It does need to

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Hug It Out! – The Importance of Hugs

During the course of the day, homeschooling and taking care of everything else, my children and I can become very detached from each other. We do our thing, fall into our respective roles. Sometimes before we know it, the day is almost over and very little of emotional significance has transpired. I feel a sense of loss, emptiness and sadness when I realize this.

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Awesome, Simple Record-Keeping for Homeschooling!

Record-keeping just got a lot easier! Evernote is a  fantastic free tool for homeschoolers to keep records of their children’s learning. Up until now, I have had to print out web pages, get pictures printed, summarize details of a lesson in a notebook, keep written track of the resources we use etc. It’s time consuming, hard to keep up and sometimes very unpleasant. Now

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Family Visits

My very traditional family is visiting in a few days and though I’m looking forward to spending time with them, I am dreading the questions as they raise their eyebrows or roll their eyes when I explain the way we have decided to parent and homeschool in our family. In order to keep up skills, we continue ‘schooling’ through the summer. Some insist on

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Enjoy Your Child

My main parenting driver for a long time was ‘must make this child a good one’. For years. One day, I heard someone say about their own child, ‘ she’s perfect just as herself’.  I thought and thought about this statement for weeks. I started to think about my driver and how it made it seem as though my child was a lump of

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Long Distance Relationships

My husband is a big kid with my son. He’s the one that gets down on the floor and plays with him, will spend hours discussing the ins and outs of a video game, will wrestle with my son until they are both giggling. He is the fun parent most of the time. I can be fun too but it’s nice to have this

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Global Student

Even though my son is still very young, I like to plan ahead for options for his journey.  I recently began reading the Global Student by Maya Frost. The book cover boldly proclaims, “Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education”.  Who would not be interested in finding out about this alternative?  Even if I wasn’t a homeschooling mom,

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Being Present

The most wonderful benefit from homeschooling is really knowing who your child is and in turn them really getting to know you. This happens with time. However, it must be noted that really connecting with your child is not an instant and guaranteed outcome of being with them 24/7. Genuine connection can take place even if you only spend a couple of hours with

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Online ‘Homeschool’

One thing I researched when we first started homeschooling was the online option. My son loved being on the computer so I thought it was a good option. Imagine, for most of these online schools, a set curriculum to follow, a loaner laptop or PC, Internet connection full or partial reimbursement, very limited and specific involvement for parents except general overview to ensure everything

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