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    Published on 07-01-2014 08:30 AM
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    2. Monthly Giveaways


    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)

    Keep up with the latest at All About Learning Press:




    To enter for a chance to win this month's giveaway, simply comment on this giveaway article. 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 websiteand 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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    by Published on 07-27-2014 06:50 AM
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    2. General Homeschooling,
    3. Field Trips
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    This week at SecularHomeschool.com we're celebrating our freedom - - the freedom to explore the world around us without the restrictions of classroom time tables, permission slips, or bus parking. As homeschoolers, we can follow our curiosities on a whim, and turn almost any excursion into a field trip.

    When we're new to homeschooling, we tend to think of field trips in the more traditional sense - - a trip to the science museum, the zoo, or a historical exhibit. But as we get comfortable with the "learning happens everywhere" mantra, field trips take on a wider scope. A visit to the dentist, for instance, can turn into a learning adventure if you touch base with the office ahead of time and ask for a behind-the-scenes tour of the operations. If you aren't afraid to ask, the manager of your local feed and seed store might just be thrilled to fill you in on the status of the local agricultural scene, and current problems farmers are facing.

    One of the most important tools at your disposal are your local event calendars. Both print and online newspapers often post upcoming happenings in a calendar format, but you can also check and bookmark event calendars from your local tourism website, music venues, non-profits, and recreational parks. "Playing the tourist" in your own area is one of the least expensive and most rewarding perks of homeschooling.

    Learning happens while traveling too, though. Day trips or vacations are always opportunities to add to your education. And finding those opportunities can happen on a whim with the help of websites and apps on your tablet or smartphone. Here are a few to bookmark for your next adventure:


    If you have a favorite field trip, how about sharing it in the state or country-specific group forum so that other SHS'ers can benefit from your experience? And join us all week here on SecularHomeschool.com and in our social networks as we'll be continuing the celebration of our freedom by sharing more tips and trips about field trips!
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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.

    20 Things I'm Telling My Homeschooled Child Before He Goes To Public School



    1. School is an age-segregated place. You will get the message that you are only supposed to hang out with kids who are in the same grade as you. This isn't true. Don't forget about your friends who are older, or especially younger, than you. Good friends are the ones who are kind to you, no matter their age or yours.

    2. Kids at public school care WAY more about how other kids dress, what backpack and shoes they have than you've ever experienced as a homeschooler, outside of watching an episode of [insert name of any show on Disney XD]. Be yourself. Wear what you like. Ignore those messages. 

    3. If you come home stressed/worried/crying that you wore the wrong thing on the first day, I will take you shopping and buy you some new stuff anyway.
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    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! ...