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    by Published on 05-25-2015 08:42 AM
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    We’ve had plenty of discussions here at SHS about teaching religion - - and a few of them have gotten quite er...intense. (come on...you know you had fun, though!) But I’m going to come at it from a slightly different angle in this featured From Soup to Nuts post this week. I’d like to talk about teaching religion to our kids in the context of STORYTELLING.

    Truth is, the history of religion is a history of stories. Not just the teachings of the religions themselves - - which truly are rife with fables, parables, allegories, and myths - - but even the very timeline of events tied to religion over the course of human existence includes narratives that are more than just a little interesting to study in detail. And is there any more engaging way to get kids excited about learning than storytelling?!

    This whole topic came front and center for me a couple weeks ago when I was listening to a video interview with Laura Gibbs about Teaching Humanities Online. Laura, who teaches online courses at University of Oklahoma, and has a unique non-lecture approach. Her approach is to have students create semester-long storytelling projects called “Storybooks” along with their reading assignments. And as if this weren’t cool enough, the reading content that students use in Laura’s courses that she calls “UN-TEXTBOOKS” is completely Open Source, free, and available to anyone. Yes, I said, ANYONE.

    So, let me introduce you to my favorite new resource for teaching religion via storytelling, care of Laura Gibbs…”The Myth-Folklore Un-Textbook.”

    Now, I could go on and on telling you how amazing I think this resource that Laura has created is, but let me share a little bit of what one of Laura’s former students, Beth Hobson, had to say about it…

    "I was driven to take Laura's Mythology and Folklore class because I have always thought that mythology and folklore was an interesting topic. I guess you could say that I naturally gravitated towards learning stories about other cultures and the stories that existed in them.Laura's class styling is unique and in a very good way. It was creative, more in depth, allowed me to use my creative skills as a student/artist, it fit into
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    by Published on 05-25-2015 08:28 AM
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    new-forum-addition-jpgYou asked for it, and here it is! The newest addition to the SecularHomeschool.com forum is a section dedicated to discussions about College Prep. Many of our members are smack dab in the middle of their homeschooler's high school years, some are edging closer to that daunting stage, and a few of us (waving hand wildly here) have actually found ourselves on the other side with some actual wisdom to offer (stop giggling!!!).

    So, thanks to the request of multiple SHS'ers, as of today you have a custom-built location for all-things higher-ed-prep. Let the questions, advice, and occasional commiseration begin!!!
    by Published on 05-18-2015 10:54 AM
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    When we started homeschooling, I didn't think much about being a leader… The president's a leader. Heads of big corporations are leaders. At the time, I mostly thought about saving my then seven-year-old from the child-eating machine that he was caught in.

    I'm sure that many of you have similar stories: he was diagnosed with migraine at age 6, lost 20% of his body weight in first grade, screamed like he was being murdered in his bed with night terrors most nights of the week. My little Max, formerly a happy, confident, friendly guy, reacted with these symptoms to the stress of too much academic pressure at too young an age. Meanwhile, his teachers were advising a psychological evaluation and hinting at medicine to help control his "distracted" behavior.

    Have you ever heard of the 4C's of leadership? They are:

    • calm
    • courageous
    • confident
    • consistent


    At the time I didn't know it, but the process of learning about homeschooling, bringing my husband Ben on board, figuring out how we were going to do it, and actually getting our Max out of school took a huge dose of ...

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