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    by Published on 11-16-2015 02:13 PM
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    When I began homeschooling my oldest child in 2000 I lived in a city where homeschooling wasnít unheard of, but finding other like-minded homeschoolers proved to be difficult. I wasnít religious enough, I was too religious, I was the wrong religion. My kids were too young, my kids were too old, I didnít have enough kids. I lived in the wrong city, I lived in the wrong part of the city, I didnít live in the country. You name the reason for not fitting in and, well, I didnít fit in.

    After spending a year trying to find like-minded friends ...
    by Published on 11-02-2015 12:53 PM
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    To interact with Blair on the original forum post, click here.

    Hi, my name is Blair Lee, and this week I will be hosting the discussion on From Soup to Nuts. I would like to leave the discussion open to any of the topics I write and speak about: secular, eclectic, academic homeschooling, how people learn, science, travel, service projects, and writing.

    As an educator who chose to educate my child outside the traditional venue, I represent a growing trend in the homeschool community. During the ten years I have been homeschooling I have observed that learning, on many different levels, is far superior when academics are handcrafted to fit the strengths, weaknesses, and passions of an individual and their family, as happens with homeschooling. Donít get me wrong, I am not a fan or detractor of any learning method. I am a cherry-picker of methods, using, discarding, and sometimes coming back to methods, including those from traditional schools, depending on the subject and how my son accesses information using a method. This eclectic, academic approach results in a person who loves learning and who understands how to learn, the two most important components of someone who is a life-long learner.

    The question I get at conferences and via email is how to do it? Why to do it is easy. The hard part is figuring out how to handcraft a unique course of study. Iíll share a secret, sometimes when we implement something really unique, I feel like we are jumping off a cliff with no parachute! It sounds very dramatic, doesnít it? But it makes me nail-bitingly nervous. What if I blow it?!? What if this handcrafted education keeps Sean from being able toÖ toÖ toÖ I have never been able to figure out what our eclectic journey through education might keep him from, but the concern of this still creeps in from time to time. These days I donít worry as much. I have come to realize these are the best times of my sonís education. It helps that we have been at this for 10 years. I have the benefit of perspective.

    Before retiring to homeschool, I was a chemistry and biology professor at community college. This is where I first began thinking about eclectic, academic approaches to learning science. It was then I realized the way subjects are easiest to teach often does not coincide with how they are best learned.

    Teaching science also gave me insight into how mixed and varied peopleís understanding of science is. At the ...
    by Published on 10-01-2015 01:49 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. ...
    by Published on 08-17-2015 01:37 PM
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    As I write this tonight, Iím sitting in the ICU waiting area outside an area where the son of one of my best friends is suddenly, unexpectedly, fighting for his life. This friend and I met each other a little over six years ...
    by Published on 08-10-2015 12:12 PM
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    Welcome to Homeschool Geek Week!

    My name is Amber Benton. I prepared a short introduction for my husband David and myself over on our blog. (He's the real geek).

    We have a fun week planned for you and I am looking forward to the conversation here at Secular Homeschool. You can join in the conversation on the forum, over on the blog, or on social media. We have prepared the week's schedule on the blog but I will post it here as well. Of course we can always chat about anything that interests you! If you want to see some of the things we talk about in our local meet ups you can take a look at the long list on this post.

    A Contest
    We have created a special design challenge just for you and we are giving away a free prize. Click over to Welcome Secular Homeschoolers to read all about it. Just follow the instructions to enter - you will have until 8pm on Friday and we will announce the winner here and on the blog on Saturday.

    We would also like to take a moment to invite you to sign up for our free newsletter CONSTRUCT!


    The Proffessor's Syllabus

    Iterative Design
    The Professor will aslo release his weeklong design challenge this morning!

    The Modern Maker Movement
    The importance of making and the relationship of craft and tech.

    How To Be A Coder
    How does a coder think? Learn to program without a computer.

    The Robot
    Robots, robotics, and robotics education.

    A Study in Artillery
    David and the boys will share five of their favorite artillery projects.

    A Brief Personal Note
    If you have seen me speak before, engaged with me on social media, or read other things I've written you may wonder why I'm here at Secular Homeschool. First of all, I'd like to thank you for making me feel welcome! If you want to read a bit about why I'm here and or find out more about Big Green Chair read What is Big Green Chair and click on Our Story.
    by Published on 08-03-2015 01:27 PM
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    I do customer support for Time4Learning.com, an online homeschool curriculum. A section of our parent forum is devoted to working parents. Two questions dominate the discussions topics: Can you work and homeschool? Can you work FROM HOME and homeschool?

    I've worked from home for close to ten years now. During that time, four of my six kids have graduated from our homeschool, attended college, and gone on to jobs or careers they enjoy . . . so I guess you can! I'm a pretty ordinary mom, and we've had our share of ups and downs along the way. I'd like to share a few things that have helped me manage these two demanding roles, and I hope you'll add your ideas and questions, too.

    Scheduled Flexibility

    I function best with a schedule, and I've found that to be true for my kids, too. With a growing family, our schedule changes often. What worked last year might not work today, so I'm constantly re-evaluating. When I would make a schedule change in the past, I worried that I might never "get it right". These days, I've come to accept that responding to the changes in our family situation IS getting it right! During the eighteen years we've been homeschooling, ...
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