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Writing Practice like the Old Days

When we first began homeschooling, I daydreamed of the endless hours my son would spend writing his thoughts, ideas etc in a journal as I had so fervently as a child. The truth, unfortunately, is that my son could really have cared less about writing. He was adamant that he would avoid it all costs. I was lucky to come across an elderly woman

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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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Creative Handwriting

It seems as though when my children were smaller, I was a lot more creative with their lessons. I would make up my own unit studies and find the books to go with them. I would create crafts to go along with the subjects, as well as board games made from poster board and cardstock. We also went on lots of field trips to

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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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Let’s bring back the afterschool playdate

When school is out for the day, kids just want to run and play, speak as loud as they want, eat to their hearts desire… you get the picture. I believe they earn these small freedoms after a day chuck full of regulations. As afternoon caretakers, the most wonderful gift we can give our children is this unstructured freedom. For the most part, some

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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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Letterboxing

As I have mentioned in the past, my adventurous boy loves treasure hunting. We have been avid geocachers for about a year. Recently, a friend turned us onto something similar and just as fun called Letterboxing. It is, like in geocaching, a treasure hunting game/ sport which uses clues written online by other Letterbox enthusiasts to find a hidden box or treasure! This is

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Video Games – Friend or Foe?

Since he was little, my son has cultivated a love affair with video games. I, on the other hand, have cultivated a relationship based on abhorrence. I have used video games as reward, taken video games away as a consequence, you name it. My contention has always been video games are a waste of time and they burn up vital brain cells. I have

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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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