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How to Teach Homeschoolers about the Election Process

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2012 is proving to be an exciting year for America! We’ve cheered for our Summer Olympians, and now, we’re gearing up for a Presidential Election season. What better time than now for those of us who homeschool to teach our kids—regardless of age—about their civic responsibility and privilege. Even if our kids are too young to grasp the concept of the Electoral College, we can still teach them about democracy, representative democracy, the responsibility of our elected offices and even how to vote.

While we may take it for granted that our kids will be active, involved citizens, the More >

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The Core by Leigh A. Bortins (Homeschool Review)

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A new friend recently introduced me to Classical Conversations (CC), a classical model co-op with thousands of homeschool groups meeting weekly around the country. Let me say, I am not a classical educator and until now, I’ve never quite understood the classical model of education. I’ve tried to read several articles about it and have even asked classical-model homeschoolers about it. They usually lost me at the word “trivium.” Huh? As far as I knew, the classical model boiled down to lots of memorization, old books that only English literature majors read and Latin.

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Jessica Hulcy Talks about KONOS

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I recently came across this video of Jessica Hulcy, co-author of the hands-on homeschooling curriculum KONOS. It’s the first time I’ve had the privilege of hearing Hulcy as she has been recovering from a serious car accident over the last several years and hasn’t attended the local homeschool convention. I’m thrilled to see her and would love to attend one of her seminars. In fact, I just learned that she and her husband are now hosting an online mentoring program, Homeschool Mentor.com, for home educators wanting to use KONOS. I’ll definitely check that out.

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Preparing for a Homeschool Convention, Part 2

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In my last post, I talked about planning for a Homeschol Convention. Today, I’m going to give you some tips for making the most of your time at the convention.

1.       Bring your spouse.

Homeschool conventions are a great chance for both parents to make informed, united decisions about their children’s education. It’s also a great chance for the non-teaching parent to have a voice in the homeschool, and two heads are better than one when it comes to making final selections.

2.       Bring cash for parking.

3.       Bring a large bag or backpack for your purchases.

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Preparing for a Homeschool Convention, Part 1

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A friend of mine once admitted that the first time she visited a homeschool convention, she sat down and cried. She looked around at all the products being offered and felt completely overwhelmed. I understood her reaction. Homeschool conventions are full of fun, compelling and competing products. For someone new to homeschooling or new to homeschool conventions, it can be a bit much. But with a little planning you can go to your next convention confident and clear about what you want and what you have to spend.

Over the next two posts, I’m going to share how I prepare for a homeschool More >

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Homeschool’s Newest Friend: the iPad

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If you have thought about adding an iPad to your homeschool but wonder just where to start, you’ll be happy to see this article by Charlie Osborne. In the article, Osborne offers 50 Resources for iPad Use in the Classroom with links. And while the article focuses on traditional classrooms, many of the the apps are still good for home educators. Like you, I will enjoy looking through all the goodies.

There are apps for creating lesson plans, math games, phonics games, foreign language and more. The suggestions cover all grades – from elementary to high school, so there’s something for every More >

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What Americans Really Believe about Religion

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I just came across this research article by the Barna Group, Godless Hollywood? Bible Belt? New Research Exploring Faith in America’s Largest Markets Produces Surprises,  and I just had to share it. It doesn’t have to do with homeschooling per se, but since homeschoolers are often a devout group, I thought you’d enjoy reading it. It covers topics like:

  • Where do the most (or least) evangelicals live?
  • In which city do more Americans attend Sunday School?
  • In which city do more people attend large churches?
  • In which city do more people attend churches with fewer than 100 people?

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How Much Screen Time Should Children Have?

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Do you ever worry that your children are spending too much time in front of an electronic screen? I’m not just talking about vegging out in front of the TV. I’m talking about all of the screens that have infiltrated our homes — TV, gaming systems, iPads, computers, even phones. Now, there are even screens for books. Who doesn’t love the ease and convenience of the Kindle or Nook? And if you’ve ever had to wait with a busy child in a doctor’s office, you know the games on your phone can make the whole visit easier.

And not all of these screens are mindless. In our homeschool, I regularly More >

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Creative Writing for Elementary Homeschool Students

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It’s July. The summer has heated up, and all across the country home educators are waking up to the realization that the new school year is right around the corner. If you’re like me, you’re considering what to keep the same, what to change and what to add or delete in your homeschool in the coming school year.

One of the areas I’d like to add to our homeschool, is creative writing and journaling. My children are still young so I’m looking for a creative and fun way to introduce creative writing. I wanted to share some of the resources I’ve found.

First, I’ve heard lots of great reports More >

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New Edition of 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum is on sale!

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Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum is right at the top of my list of favorite books for new homeschoolers. In addition to the valuable reviews of curriculum, Duffy takes new home educators on a revealing journey to discover what type of curriculum would work best for parent and child. I’m very excited to see a new edition of this homeschooling classic since that last edition is a few years old, but I’m even more excited to see that it is available for a low introductory price through Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

If you know someone who is getting started in homeschooling, this More >

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