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    Published on 09-01-2014 07:20 AM
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    Technology is with us all day long, so it makes sense to include it as part of your homeschool approach. In fact, it's a necessity! Time4Learning's award-winning online curriculum is technology-based and easy for both students and parents to use, making it perfect for both tech savvy and novice users! With technology already incorporated into our daily lives, it only makes sense to include it in our children's education.

    Did you know that Time4Learning includes over 1500 multimedia lessons provided in an interactive learning environment? This automated learning system both teaches concepts and promotes computer literacy through entertaining and engaging tools. Students love the "outside the box" combination of animated activities, instructional videos, and interactive lessons that present their materials at their own pace.

    Did you know that Time4Learning also offers an award-winning preschool curriculum?
    With Time4Learning, preschoolers won't just sit and watch. They'll laugh, learn, participate and explore while building pre-reading literacy, a solid math foundation, and more:
    • They'll sing along with Ed Mouse on the farm and get up and exercise with a group of kids.
    • They'll yell out numbers to an octopus under the sea and politely help a mountain climber scale Manners Mountain.
    • They'll learn how to spell their names while decorating their virtual school supplies box.
    • They'll learn about colors, shapes, sizes, numbers, letters and more... all under cover of play-based and experiential activities.

    Want to try Time4Learning out for yourself? Explore the customized Time4Learning lesson demos to see if this curriculum is right for you an your family.

    This month, Time4Learning is offering TWO terrific prizes to the members of SecularHomeschool.com. A one year subscription for one student to Time4Learning's interactive multimedia curriculum for grades K-8 AND a one-year subscription for one student to the Time4Learning preschool program.

    To enter this giveaway, comment below and let us know which prize you would like to win - - the Time4Learning preschool subscription, OR the Time4Learning K-8 subscription. (NOTE: Members may only enter in ONE prize category.) You may earn up to five additional entries for this giveaway by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and coming back and commenting to let us know, by sharing this giveaway on Twitter and coming back and commenting to let us know (with your Twitter ID), by sharing this giveaway on your Google+ profile and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL link of your share), by sharing this giveaway on Pinterest and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL of your pin) or by sharing this giveaway on your personal blog or website and coming back and leaving a comment with a link to your post. (Each additional entry must be entered via a separate comment)

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    Published on 08-27-2014 01:55 PM
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    Your child proudly hands you his or her latest piece of writing. Maybe it's a short, choppy paragraph about his obsession, Minecraft. Maybe it's her rambling horse essay that plods on and on and on. Or maybe it's a poignant, well-thought out anecdote about a recent swimming meet, but it's filled with spelling and punctuation errors.

    After you smile and say, "Good job, sweetie! Thanks for sharing that with me," you ask yourself: How do I grade this? Should I even grade it at all?

    The truth is, whether or not to grade your student's writing depends on a number of factors. But, before we look at times when grading might be appropriate, let's expel some common myths:

    MYTH #1 - Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar equal good writing

    Writing is about the Mind Life. Punctuation, spelling, and grammar are the mechanics of writing and cannot lead to quality writing no matter how well they are mastered. No one ever finished a novel and said, "The comma placement was exquisite. The use of periods moved me. The utter care to spell every word correctly changed my life."

    Mechanics support the ability to convey the mind life in writing which is why we work on them. However, if someone amputated my hands and gouged out my eyes,

    by Published on 08-06-2014 07:45 AM
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    The Dark Ages of Secular Homeschooling

    I started homeschooling back in the Dark Ages. Don’t laugh! There was really and truly a time when finding another homeschooler who wasn’t homeschooling for religious or moral reasons was akin to finding a cactus growing in the ocean. No wait...let me clarify. Living here in North Carolina, it was more like finding a cactus growing in your bathtub.

    Now you’re curious to know what the Dark Ages of Homeschooling was like, aren’t you? I’d like to give you a full account, but my therapist has said that regression treatment isn’t the right protocol for my post-traumatic-denim-skirt-disorder. But there are occasional flashbacks of fibbing on support-group statements of faith, condemnations of our sons’ card-game hobbies, and marked looks of disapproval when it was my turn to teach the science co-op class.

    My Attempts to Reach Enlightenment

    In 2009, after trying everything from putting up flyers in the local library seeking other secular homeschoolers to scheduling Sunday morning field trips in order to “out” any other closeted families in our support group, I gave up looking for local support and turned my attention to the web. Surely there were some organized online gathering places for homeschoolers like myself who had chosen this educational path simply because it was the right option for my kiddos.

    Sadly, though, even the secular homeschooling networks on the internet were few and far between. But having recently watched “Field of Dreams” for the umpteenth time, I became convinced that there really were other homeschoolers like myself somewhere out there, and if I could just create a welcoming and inclusive place - - a place where people who homeschooled for health reasons, poor school/child fit reasons, family bonding ...
    Published on 08-19-2014 08:08 PM
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    by Published on 08-29-2014 12:38 AM
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    So, we just wrapped up our 2nd week of school!
    And I have to say, so far....not too shabby!

    Well, other than I seem to have lost 1 sons folder after the first week.....and older son didn't get the memo that he was to start his emails to Grandma this week.
    We are using Time4Learning high school level plus a few side things Mom came up with.
    Now, this is not to say that next week will be major meltdown or the schedule will go missing or ?

    We were able to start early for our school year this year and spread it out into 38 weeks so we have less to do per day on T4L and I can add a few extra things and my boys still have time to play video games with friends, etc.

    So, have you started your school year yet?

    If yes, how is it going?

    If no, when are you starting?

    Click here to tell us! ...

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