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    Published on 02-01-2015 08:09 AM
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    Our giveaway from Oak Meadow was so successful in January that we're doing it all over again in February! We're delighted to give our members another opportunity to win an amazing prize from one of the premiere secular homeschool curriculum providers.

    Oak Meadow's
    progressive, experiential homeschooling curriculum for preK-12 provides students with the educational freedom and flexibility to explore their interests, talents, and passions. The curriculum may be used independently or by enrolling in their fully accredited distance learning school.

    Since 1975, tens of thousands of families have used Oak Meadow. The curriculum has been used in 39 states and 36 countries, and up to 600 students enroll each year.

    For this month's giveaway, Oak Meadow is offering a lucky SecularHomeschool.com member a chance to win a complete homeschool curriculum package for the grade of your choice (PreK-8). Retail Value $130 to $510

    Keep up with the latest at Oak Meadow:

    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 the 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)

    View the official rules of this giveaway.
    Published on 01-06-2015 10:41 AM
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    Homeschooling parents give and give and give. We are teaching from birth to graduation, and from breakfast to bedtime. We moms and dads tend to have the philosophy that every moment is a teachable one, so we are always on the alert for opportunities to impart wisdom and to ask questions that get our children thinking. How empowering it is to grow up in a household where knowledge is at such a premium! But for homeschooling parents, themselves, this atmosphere of always being in professor mode, can sometimes be a drain mentally and emotionally. We can easily hit burn-out by constantly being the imparters of knowledge and never the recipients. So what can we do to recharge our own intellectual batteries?

    Reclaim Your Brain

    I think the biggest thing we can do to reclaim our brain is to seek out new learning for ourselves. I am a big proponent of continuing education classes. In most communities, these are often offered through your local community college, although you might also find other organizations such as libraries, community centers, and parks and recreation departments creating programs for continuing-ed, as well. Our local community college, for example, is currently offering courses with such titles as "The Quest for Political Identity in the American Republic," "Local Geology", and "Eastern Religions." The great thing is that many of these continuing education
    Published on 01-11-2015 09:37 AM
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    SecularHomeschool.com is excited to once again open our Valentines Card exchange for our members!! With our kids at home, one of the things we might miss out on is the exchanging of Valentines with our peers. For this reason, we have a whole forum specifically for the purpose of sharing names and addresses to send and receive Valentines with other secular homeschooling families.

    In this activity, you are limited only by your own creativity/finances/ability to get to the post office to buy stamps. You may purchase Valentines or make them yourselves. It might be fun to include something about your home state/country when sending, but that is totally up to you. You may also want to send a picture of yourselves, but again...totally up to you.

    However, here are our top five ideas for turning this project into more than just a simple exchange of pretty pink paper...

    1) Print out and post a Valentine's Exchange Map somewhere in plain sight where you can mark off or even research and find out more about each location that you receive a card from.

    2) Have your kids write by hand one interesting fact about your town or state and include it with each Valentine. (Wouldn't it be amazing if they could write a different fact for every Valentine??!!)

    3) Read the history of St. Valentines Day to your kids and have them create a drawing depicting their favorite part of the story. Photocopy these and turn them into the cover for your Valentines!

    4) Are your kids into learning about making movies? Have them re-create a scene from the story of Valentines Day, and film it and add it to YouTube. You can even include the link to your movie in your Valentines so the recipient feels like they are learning right along with you!

    5) Have your kids create their own Valentine's games. Maybe a Valentines hangman? Or a crossword puzzle? Or a Valentines Word Search? Then photocopy their efforts and include them with each Valentine you send!

    To participate in our Valentines Exchange 2015, all you need to do is use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page, and request the password for the private forum. Then head over there and read the instructions and get started!! Oh, and please, come back here and let us know what creative ideas your family came up with for sharing love across the miles!!

    PS: If you are a new member, because members share names and addresses in this private forum, you must have 2 moderated posts in our site forum before you can participate (one of which needs to be in the Introductions and Welcomes forum). Thanks!
    by Published on 02-01-2015 02:53 AM
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    A controversial subject that I have seen on many boards and forums!

    Kids and allowances!
    Do you give your kids them? If so, how much? And how much is too much or too little? Why do you give them?

    My boys DO earn an allowance but they also do set jobs for this allowance. They each have a twice weekly job of cleaning up after my childcare at the end of the day. Plus they do certain daily jobs around the house. All in all, they make about $10 each a month. That is not much for teens but they are fine with it and so are we.

    If they do extra stuff, they do get extra pay. Today we cleared and cleaned the side of the garage. It was a storage mess. Leaves, boards, etc. They worked hard and got paid.

    Most of the time, we pay for things they need and if it is something that they really want... it either waits until a birthday or Christmas OR they save up their money from Grandparents. They are GREAT about saving until they get enough for something.

    So, do you give your kids an allowance?
    Click here to tell us! ...

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