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    Published on 09-21-2010 07:53 PM
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    by Tammy Takahashi

    We all choose to homeschool for different reasons. But once we are here, we have the freedom to allow fear, anger, regret, or pain drive us, or to find peace and reduce suffering in our family, regardless of what happened before we arrived in the house of homeschooling. Our moment is now, and opportunity for peace is in every moment.

    5 unique ways to find peace while homeschooling

    1) Time. We live a life where our time is our own. Because of this, we do not have to be in a hurry. There are times when it's important to rush a bit, but overall, we do not have to hurry to make decisions, hurry up our children's interests, or be anxious about how long it takes to get something done. We can let things go until a better time. This is a gift. It is up to us not abuse this gift, however, and ignore that things have to be done at all. Having unrestrained time is an opportunity for us to learn how to manage our lives, enjoy the moment, and determine what's important to do based on what is good for our families, ourselves, and the world we live in. We can try to squeeze time, but we don't have to. We can live in time like a stick floats down a stream to get where it's going.

    2) Disagreements. We have the freedom to disagree and let it be OK. It's not a requirement that our children agree with us, or that we convince them of our opinion, simply because there is an assignment or for the purpose of getting or giving a grade. ...
    by Published on 09-14-2010 07:37 AM
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    2. Homeschooling with Technology

    I’d like to say we are an animal family, because we really do love animals, but I reserve that status for those cool families that start naming off the animals at their house, and it begins to sound more like a pet shop than a house, ya know? Our next door neighbors, for example, are the proud owners of several chickens, a couple of guinea pigs, some lizards, some fish and a cat. (They actually would have a few more chickens if the poor things hadn’t made the unfortunate choice of flying over into our fenced back yard where they were basically hunting practice for our mutt who happens to be part bird dog) Anyway, THEY, in my opinion, are animal people. We have two dogs – - big deal. But we honestly do adore animals, and think it is kinda cool having a “pet store” right next door. So, in honor of those many-legged, sometimes furry, sometimes scaly, always interesting critters, I’m dedicating today’s article to the animal of the species. Enjoy!

    • First off, a video game with educational value – - no that is not a oxymoron. I’m talking about Animal Genius for Nintendo DS. This game is chock full of animal facts and trivia.
    • Smithsonian National Zoological Park Index – if I had animal homework, I’d want the Smithsonian having my back. If you’ve got a question about animals and their habitats, you’ll probably find the answer here.

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