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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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    Published on 12-31-2013 10:26 AM

    Imagine yourself at 10! We can wait....Got that in your mind?!

    Ok, now close your eyes and remember that feeling of running to the mailbox and finding you have - GASP - a letter!

    Yep, that feeling. You were giddy. It was awesome if it was close to a birthday and it was a card for you that might contain some spending money from Grandma. Or a catalog that was the latest and greatest toys! Or my personal favorite, a letter from someone you never met but totally knew! What? A pen pal silly!

    I loved having pen pals! We did it for both kids in other States and other Countries. All of mine were through school, our teacher would hand out a sheet and we would end up with someone in another State or Country. And in a few short letters, you would learn all about each other. Some lasted awhile and some only the school year. Makes me wonder why we ever stopped!

    Oh yes, the discovery of the world wide web! Yep, email. You can chat with lots of people in lots of different States and Countries from the comfort and convenience of your couch. Great right? WRONG! You do not have the feeling of pen to paper, the joy of addressing it to someone and licking a stamp. Okay, I know NOBODY licks stamps anymore...they are stickers now but I am old-fashioned!LOL And then waiting a week or so for a return letter!
    As we have discussed in the past, writing is a lost art. Especially in public schools.....sad but true. But, we homeschoolers will NOT stand for that! No way, no how! Write we must!
    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 07-18-2014 10:23 AM

    Well, we are mid-Summer. How did that happen already? I swear I was just waiting for it and poof....

    Many of us are done with school for at least part of the Summer, or are taking a little break!
    My boys finished late June and are done until the 2nd week in August. Mainly because during that time they headed to their grandparents for the Summer visit and our family vacation. So their 7 weeks break turns into 4 weeks really because the rest is planned and busy!

    They are older and while I could send them to a camp, it is not really their thing. They love TO camp but not attend a Summer camp. Plus many of the camps in our area are day camps and while I am a homeschooling Mama, I am also a working Mama and it is not feasible to drag all the childcare kiddos around while trying to shuttle my boys daily.

    But, I attended camp as a kid! I think it was mainly to give my parents a break plus I have some fond memories of it. I was and still am, horse crazy! I went to Horse Camp and since I didn't have a horse of my own, this was the bomb!

    So, do your kids attend a Summer camp? Your choice or theirs? What camp and do they like it?
    Click here to tell us! ...

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