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    Published on 09-01-2016 07:40 AM
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    Empower Your Kids to Learn Independently


    Are you looking for a literacy supplement that gives your children tools to take the lead in their own learning? VocabularySpellingCity was created to support homeschool families like yours.vsc-supergirl-games-jpg

    Kids can study and practice their vocabulary and spelling independently. It can be difficult for students to practice and learn new words on their own. Our activities give students immediate feedback, allowing them to work at their own pace.

    Words are presented phonetically and in context. Repeated exposures to words help your kids build vocabulary, which contributes to reading comprehension.

    More than 35 activities allow students to read, hear, speak, and write words, see them broken down into syllables, and learn how they are used in context.

    Make vocabulary and spelling your kids' superpowers!


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    Members of SecularHomeschool.com have an opportunity to win one of FIVE premium annual memberships from VocabularySpellingCity this month!


    To enter this giveaway, simply log into SecularHomeschool.com and comment below on this official giveaway article. You may earn up to four 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 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.
    1. Categories:
    2. General Homeschooling
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    by SHS Admin aandwsmom


    So, you want to homeschool? FANTASTIC! Welcome to the club! Do you think that this means you need to spend a house payment on school supplies?

    Nope!

    Not only are there fantastic sales this time of year to stock up on the basics for mere pennies, but there is also Craigslist for larger items, or even looking around your house, garage or storage for items to repurpose for your new adventure. And, whether or not you have a dedicated area in your house for your homeschooling, or are sort of spread out all over the place, you're still going to need some stuff for the fun learning escapades you are about to set in motion. Since not all stuff is created equal, here are my thoughts on supplies that every homeschooler should have quick access to!



    1. Library Card. Your local library can be your homeschooling friend. Free resources, endless books, research, movies. You can find out much more about what's available to you in our article: Homeschooling for (almost) FREE thanks to the Library. Oh, and make friends with the librarian. They are a WEALTH of knowledge.
    2. Good pencils and sharpener. Do NOT go cheap and get those bargain bin pencils. They don’t sharpen, they break constantly and in general, are a cause of frustration. Get a good brand like Ticonderoga and a good manual or electric pencil sharpener. Or go with mechanical pencils if that works best for you. I prefer wooden ones, and we have a old fashioned, attach-to-the-wall manual pencil sharpener just for me. My boys prefer mechanical ones. Whatever floats their boat. It saves me the bickering hassle of getting them to actually DO their work.
    3. Laminator. Granted, maybe you don’t NEED one of these babies, but you are going to WANT one. Your homeschool mom friends will have one, and this is a definite “keeping up with the Joneses” thing! Amazon has some GREAT deals on them. You can laminate labels, signs, worksheets (think multiple kid use here), their homeschool ID card, you name it… you can laminate it. In the end, you will wonder how you ever did without it.
    4. Netflix. There are SO many, MANY educational shows on Netflix. You can tie into almost any unit study. For those sick days when nobody feels like doing school, turn on an educational show and BAM! Unplanned learning! Jump onto any homeschooling parent forum and ask
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    by Published on 09-20-2016 01:16 PM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling

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    You’ve landed here because you’re the curious type. I like that. You’ve heard the term - - maybe from friends, maybe on social media, or maybe via a search engine. Now, you want to really understand. What is secular homeschool?

    Secular homeschool - a definition from a secular homeschooler

    There are many definitions of the term "secular homeschooler." According to different opinions, a secular homeschooler is:


    • all homeschoolers except evangelical Christians
    • athiests who homeschool
    • Pagans who homeschool
    • someone who uses secular curriculum
    • a homeschooler who believes in evolution
    • an anti-religious homeschooler


    I'm going to step out on a limb and say that there are probably a little of each of those within the secular homeschool community, but they still don't give us a complete definition of what a secular homeschooler is. So how about I provide my own? You can take it, or leave it, of course, but here it is:

    A secular homeschooler is a person who, whether or not they ascribe to any particular religious faith, is not homeschooling for religious reasons, but because it is the best choice for themselves and their child(ren).

    I especially like this definition because it focuses on what secular homeschooling IS, instead of what it ISN'T. It says that we are simply a group of people who understand that educating our children at home is the best option for our families, and that everything else is just beside the point.

    Why the need to differentiate?

    You may be thinking that homeschoolers are already in a league of their own. So, why would we need to label them further? It really stems from the fact that the early growth of the homeschool movement in the 1990’s and early 2000’s was among families who chose to homeschool for religious reasons. Either to instill a biblical worldview or to keep their children from secular teachings and influences they would receive in a traditional school setting.

    Slowly, though, as homeschooling became more and more popular, families of all types, regardless of religion, began embracing the option to school their children at home. Many of these families found themselves painted with a wide brush and grew tired of not only the assumption that they were homeschooling for religious reasons, but that most of the curriculum available to them was written from a Christian worldview. Thus, the term secular homeschool was coined to help these homeschoolers distinguish themselves.

    What is secular homeschooling?

    Just because we can define what a secular homeschool is, however, doesn’t mean that you can put all secular homeschoolers into one box. SecularHomeschool.com is the web’s largest community of families homeschooling with a secular homeschool approach, but if you were to interview all 30,000+ members you would probably discover that each and every one of them practices secular homeschooling differently. We recognize that every child is different, and that every homeschooler deserves a unique and customized education.

    Have more questions about what secular homeschool is? Drop into our forum and ask our members!


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SecularHomeschool.com was created to provide information, resources, and a place to share and connect with secular homeschoolers across the world. Secularhomeschool.com aims to be your one-stop shop for all things homeschool! We will be highlighting information about wonderful secular homeschool resources, and keeping you up to date with what is going on in the world of secular homeschooling. But that is only the beginning. SHS is your playground. A place to share the things that are important to you. A place to create and join groups that share your interests. A place to give and get advice. There are no limits to what you can do at Secular Homeschool, so join today and help build the community you have always wanted.

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