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    Published on 07-01-2014 08:30 AM
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    Listed in Cathy Duffy’s Top 101 Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, the award-winning All About Spelling program is easy to learn, easy to teach, and loved by parents and children everywhere.

    Based on the latest research, this seven level multisensory program provides complete and comprehensive instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach. All About Spelling teaches encoding skills, spelling rules, and strategies to help your student become a proficient speller for life. Add in their one-year guarantee and lifetime support, and you’ve got a program that can’t be beat!

    All About Spelling will help you take the struggle out of learning—you have their word on it!

    The lucky winner of the July giveaway from All About Learning Press and SecularHomeschool.com will receive the All About Spelling Level One materials plus Spelling Interactive Kit. (Retail Value: $75)

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    by Published on 07-26-2014 12:19 AM
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    This is a great blog reprint from homeschooling Mom and blogger, Julie Kirkwood!

    Julie Kirkwood blogs at Creekside Learning. She still considers herself a homeschooling mom to three awesome kids, even though one of them will be going to public school. Besides writing, taking pictures and hanging out on social media, Julie loves to explore creeks with her children, drink coffee and travel.  She and her husband live in Virginia.  Connect with Julie on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. 
    Thanks for sharing this Julie!

     
    Firefly, our 10-year-old is going from homeschool to public school.  After four years at home, our family suddenly finds itself with one foot in two very different schooling situations. Our youngest two will remain homeschooled and our oldest will be a 5th-grader in our neighborhood's public school.

     

    Three months ago this was not even on our radar. But then, it was. And it became clear to us that this is what is best for this particular child at this particular time.  It's the right thing to do. He is happy about this decision and very motivated to go to school. 

    This is a huge change. We are all trying to prepare.  Over the past four years, we've evolved into pretty relaxed homeschoolers. To help Firefly prepare for how very different public school will be, I have been telling him some very important things. ...
    Published on 07-07-2014 12:23 AM
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    This is another great blog reprint from unschooling blogger, Idzie Desmarais. Idzie has graciously allowed us to reprint her blog post from her blog, I'm Unschooled. Yes, I can write! Thank you Idzie!

    Idzie Desmarais is a (grown) unschooler, feminist, green anarchist, (confusedly) queer, pagan(ish) woman who makes her home in the Montreal area. She spends her time reading fantasy novels, writing, cooking up lots of tasty food in the kitchen, and dreaming of the homesteading intentional community she wants to help found someday.


    The Value in Writing for an Audience, Not a Grade

    After not reading any non-fiction books in quite a while, I picked up Better Than College by Blake Boles this afternoon and started reading. Instantly, something sparked a blog post idea. Blake writes:
    Instead of working on homework, papers, and presentations destined to be seen once and tossed into a trashcan, self-directed learners turn much of their hard work into useful products for other people.
    I don't know about "products," per se, but definitely something useful and appreciated.

    Reading that, I had a thought that somehow had never occurred to me before. Most young people view non-fiction writing as something primarily done to get good grades, something that is only useful insofar as it pleases a teacher or professor and thus leads to good marks.

    I've never written a five paragraph essay. Count paragraphs, you say? Construct an essay based on a rigid outline? Why would I do that? I've worked within word or space or time constraints numerous times, writing articles for magazines or talks for conferences. But I've never written an essay expected to adhere so closely to a specific outline, nor have I ever written something designed to please just one specific person. ...
    by Published on 07-25-2014 11:50 PM
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    So, my boys just took their last required State test today!
    One more thing checked off my list! WAHOO
    Oregon is pretty lenient for homeschooling but it does require testing by a qualified tester at 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th grades.
    We can go to a group test facility or we can find a private tester!
    I looked years ago when we had to do our 1st one and found a great private tester, Amber! SHE ROCKS!
    She was willing to work with my older son who twitches and wiggles and taps his foot. She made both my boys feel welcome and comfortable and what was nerves at first quickly melted into working out the problems on paper!
    But, I was not sad to bid her adieu today for the last time. She has been and will continue to be referred to any homeschoolers asking if I know a tester in the Portland area!
    Now to wait for the results.... not that I am worried.
    So, does your State require testing?
    Click here to tell us! ...

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