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    Published on 08-05-2015 08:08 AM
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    SecularHomeschool.com is super grateful to have Time4Writing as one of our premium sponsors. Each of our site admins has used the program with our own kids and have had wonderful results from the eight-week courses.

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    by Published on 08-24-2015 02:02 PM
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    Have experts told you something about your child that you see differently?



    I hesitated at the heavy glass doors of my son’s school. I’d cheerfully walked in these doors many times. I volunteered here, served on the PTA board, joked with the principal and teachers, even helped start an annual all-school tradition called Art Day. But now I fought the urge to grab him from his first grade classroom, never to return.

    I’d come in that morning hoping to discuss the angry outbursts my son’s teacher directed at several students, including my little boy. But I entered no ordinary meeting. It was an ambush. Sides had clearly been chosen. The principal, guidance counselor, and my son’s teacher sat in a clump together along one side of the table. Feeling oddly hollow, I pulled out a chair and sat down. Since I led conflict resolution workshops in my working life, I was confident that we could talk over any issues and come to an understanding.

    I was wrong.

    The counselor read aloud from a list of ADHD behavioral symptoms my son’s teacher had been tracking over the past few weeks. My little boy’s major transgressions were messy work, lack of organization, and distractibility. The teacher nodded with satisfaction and crossed her arms.

    No one who spent time with him had ever mentioned ADHD before. I breathed deeply to calm myself. I knew it was best to repeat what I was hearing in order to clarify, but the counselor barreled ahead, saying they had a significant “ADHD population” in the school system who showed excellent results with medication.

    After giving the teacher kudos for dealing with a classroom full of children and acknowledging the difficulty of meeting all their needs, I tried to stand up for my child (although I felt like a mother bear defending her cub from nicely dressed predators). I said the behaviors she noted actually seemed normal for a six-year-old boy, after all, children are in the process of maturing and are not naturally inclined to do paperwork. The teacher shook her head and whispered to the principal. The counselor said first grade children have had ample time to adapt to classroom standards.

    I asked if any of my son’s behaviors had ever disrupted the class. The teacher didn’t answer the question. Instead she sighed and said, looking at the principal, “I’ve been teaching for 15 years. This doesn’t get better on its own. I’m telling you this child can be helped by medication.”

    When I asked about alternatives such as modifying his diet the teacher actually rolled her eyes, saying, “Plenty of parents believe there are all sorts of things they can do on their own. But students on restricted diets don’t fit in too well in the lunchroom.”

    ...
    Published on 08-23-2015 09:04 PM
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    Our featured member blog highlighted this week is: BoldHeartMama

    Here is how BoldHeartMama describes herself:

    We are a project-based homeschooling family and nature is our outdoor classroom. Our homeschool is an extension of my mothering and has been an education for me as much as for the boys. It’s a lesson in our relationships, how to pursue meaningful work, how to take life as it comes, and how to live as we go while giving ourselves space to make mistakes and to keep trying and to answer our own questions and to follow wherever our hearts lead us. When the days grow long, when I need to refuel, I seek out nature to reconnect with my boys and with myself. We like to spend part of every day out of doors.

    Jacqueline is a BoldHeartMama of two and writes on topics of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, mothering, homeschool, and work life self integration. Inspired by a city she loves, Jacqueline and her husband are raising their wild sons in the heart of Virginia, and pursuing together a life of inquiry, creativity, and adventure.

    And here is an excerpt from her latest post: Growing in Love and Life

    The seasons are changing in the obvious sense that Summertime is winding down—the morning mist-enveloped riverbanks and cool afternoon breezes say it is so—and my mental energy has shifted, too, to the tasks of Fall, and readying ourselves for our second year of homeschool and other plans we have reserved for the slower, colder, months.

    I was motivated last week to tackle my quarterly inventory of the boys' dresser drawers. Carefully checking the size tags on their ever-smaller tees and shorts, gathering the items that Roscoe has outgrown—checking for signs of too much wear and passing the good stuff down to Merritt—to make room for a few fresh tops and pairs of pants. The emptying and the filling, it is a chore that I enjoy and one that highlights in real time that the boys just keep growing and getting bigger and outgrowing and moving forward. ...
    by Published on 08-23-2015 10:43 PM
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    Yep, that time of year again. Homeschoolers are starting up their new school year and our house is no exception!!!

    I know many of you have already been at it for a few weeks or so. Yay for you!

    Ours starts up right after Labor Day.
    Is this Mama ready? NO!!!!
    Will I be ready in time? YEPPERS!

    Only 1 kid this year to homeschool. *sigh. And he will be a 12th grader. double *sigh and a sniffle.
    He is already signed up for Time4Learning High School(our family favorite) and I finally-FINALLY found an Oceanography unit(his request). I think. It is online. Looks ok. Will have my son double check when he gets home from the Grandparents next weekend to make sure it is what he wants! Cross your fingers because only other choice(s) is either an online college course OR a way younger book OR I find something and come up with a whole curriculum myself based on that.

    Signed myself up for the HP monthly ink program! 1st month, I am doing the $10 charge aka allowed to print out 300 pages. This will cover the activity planner for my son, a bunch of preschool pages for the daycare kids and then I will drop down to the lower print limit after that. Should save a TON on ink this year with this. Hoping it works as well as it claims.
    Think my printer might be smoking by the end of the week!LOL

    Got the binder, got the tabs, got pencils.....
    We will be ready..... WE WILL BE READY.... this is my new mantra to myself to make sure I don't slack and have us behind before we start.

    Are you ready for being back to school?
    Click here to tell us! ...

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