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    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 ...
    by Published on 10-08-2014 12:49 PM
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    Did you know that October is Anti-Bullying Month or Bullying Prevention Month!

    I know many homeschoolers started homeschooling because of a bullying issue in public school. The boards and groups are full of kids who have had a bullying issue at school. It makes me so sad to read about them.


    My own son was no exception. We became accidental homeschoolers in Fall 2008 due to him being jumped from behind at school by 2 kids. He is a tall, big kid and at the time....only 1 teacher in the whole school was as tall as him. He defended himself, all kids were sent to the principal's office. The 2 kids who started it got off without punishment. My son was suspended for defending himself. It was the last straw and we became homeschoolers! Never looked back!

    Bullying has become such an issue, though I do think it was ALWAYS an issue. Think back to when we were growing up. There was always 1 kid who was the one to avoid, he or she was the school bully. Picking on the younger and weaker or different kids.

    Now, we have cyber bullies, physical bullies, hazing, and pretty much any kind of bullying you can imagine.
    Nobody should be bullied, EVER. ...
    Published on 10-11-2014 07:36 PM
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    Welcome to our October 2014 "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of SHS member....Jazz! She has been homeschooling for 6 years and is Mom to 2 kiddos and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....


    Here’s a typical day for us with two working parents who own a design business together, a fifth grade dancer daughter, and a first grade Lego-loving son. We use a Waldorf-inspired schedule.

    Wake Up:
    Small Boy usually wakes up early and climbs in to snuggle with mom and dad for a while. Eventually he announces that he’s hungry and I get up too. Small Boy and I get dressed and make breakfast while my husband makes coffee and attempts to wake up our daughter. By the time the other 3/4 of ...
    Published on 10-02-2014 10:53 PM
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    Welcome to our October 2014 "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of SHS member....Home's Cool! She has been homeschooling for 6 year and is Mom to 3 daughters and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....


    The only thing routine about our homeschooling is that we don't have a routine. We have gone through phases when a routine worked for us but, for the most part, routines just don't work... there is too much out there for us to do.

    I have three daughters; two 10 year olds and a 6 year old. All three have recently acquired pen pals, so geography lessons are built in with discussions about their new friends.

    Our mornings usually begin with all three girls tending to the needs of their pets, we have 3 dogs, a cat, 2 guinea pigs and a rabbit. We recently had a hamster and a second rabbit but those have died. We have also let my mother care for our turtle for some weeks now.
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    by Published on 10-25-2014 01:49 AM
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    It all depends on how you look at it, whether you see Halloween as religious or just a spooky and fun holiday!

    Since we are a secular family, it is just a fun holiday. Get to make some cool costumes for my teens, decorate the house for the daycare kids, attend some fun homeschool Halloween dances and pass out goodies to a bunch of cute dressed kids!

    Growing up in the middle of nowhere, 30-60 minutes from school....I rarely got to participate in Halloween more than what we did at school and/or trick-or-treating at my Grandparents house next door. I always wanted to march for hours and collect candy. It seemed SO awesome to me!LOL

    Imagine my joy when my Mom remarried and we moved to the city! An actual house in a real neighborhood! I decorated the house, I dressed up and I handed candy out to over 300 kids! I was 19 and it was the BEST night EVER! I promised myself that when I had kids, we would do Halloween! ...

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