• Homeschooling Styles

    by Published on 03-13-2014 04:31 PM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. Homeschooling Styles,
    4. General Homeschooling,
    5. Parenting
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    March is National Craft Month!

    And I know we have a bunch of crafty people and KIDS on this forum!
    Crafts are not just busy work! Crafts are a way to express Art, learn Art, use Math skills, learn shapes, follow directions, use Science, practice reading skills, practice writing skills, learn about History and socialize with friends!!
    Local craft stores are having special fun events this month, check yours! Some are having SPECTACULAR sales on crafting supplies! This is when I stock up! I also hunt our local thrift stores for stuff I can use all year round!! I have oodles and oodles of stuff!


    Crafting is not just for little kids or adults! It is for all ages and for both boys and girls!
    Did you know that it is said that knitting can help with Math retention? True story! New Math Tricks: Knitting and Crocheting


    Kids with sensory issues may do better when learning new things through crafting! 10 Fun Activities for Children with Autism (Not for all kids with sensory issues, every child is different and you know your child best!)


    Create some GREAT family memories by crafting with your kids!


    You can teach art curriculum using crafts alongside it! What better way to distinguish between artists by creating their own piece of art for impressionism or surrealism or pointillism.


    Pinterest is a great place to find some great kid crafting ideas! Check out ours for Secular Homeschool! ...
    by Published on 01-16-2014 09:20 PM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. Homeschooling Styles,
    4. General Homeschooling
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    Teaching and curriculum strategies based on your child's learning style.


    In my mind, there is a missing "homeschool manual" out there somewhere. It was supposed to arrive on my doorstep, or in my mailbox on the first day we began our adventure in homeschooling, but somehow it got lost in the mail (right along with my parenting manual, which I was expecting to be waiting for me when I brought our first son home from the hospital). As a result, I have had to learn all those necessary lessons about homeschooling the hard way - - by homeschooling!

    I imagine that on the very first page of the homeschooling manual, right after it says "Welcome to Homeschooling", is this prime piece of advice: BEFORE YOU SPEND ONE DIME ON HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM, BE SURE THAT YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING STYLE!!! Wow, would that ever have been helpful advice to have received before plunking down hundreds and hundreds of dollars on homeschool curriculum that was far from workable. I was probably about four years, and many grey hairs into our homeschool journey before I realized the importance of matching curriculum/materials to each child's mode of learning.

    This can be especially important when choosing math curriculum, because of the incredible diversity in how math products and curriculum are designed. The array of math programs available to homeschoolers is larger than ever before, and the choices can be overwhelming. But knowing your child's learning style can help you narrow down your options, and ensure that you don't waste money on items your child won't or can't use. ...
    by Published on 09-13-2013 11:06 AM
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    If you went to public high school anytime during the 50's, 60's, 70's or 80's....chances are, you took a Home Ec class! It was a requirement and an easy class to do. Many guys took the classes to meet girls and get an easy A. Girls took the classes to learn how to sew and bake. Some basic life skills!
    Out of all my classes, this was the most fun. I knew how to do most of this already, but it was an easy A for me plus a nice break in my day. We cooked, we learned basic sewing skills, we cleaned. Life lessons. In fact, my favorite muffin recipe and coffee cake recipe that I still use today...came from this class!
    Well, due to economics most schools have eliminated these classes, along with many shop classes as well and therefore dooming millions of kids to a lack of life skills.
    How can this be?!
    Schools are required(HAHA) to teach the 3 R's, basic stuff and I would include teaching life skills in that as well. Generations of kids now do not know how to thread a needle, sew a basic button back on, cook a simple meal or bake, fix a loose board or check the oil in their car. Heck, even manage money, budget and keep your checkbook.
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    by Published on 09-02-2013 06:24 PM
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    3. General Homeschooling,
    4. Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschoole
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    Welcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of....MistyDixon! She is has been homeschooling for 3 years, is Mom to three kids and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....


    My day begins a peaceful, quiet hour before my kids wake. I rise at 7:30 with the intention of working out, but I usually just drink coffee and check the news. I start cooking breakfast around 8:15, which easily rouses my eldest son, the bottomless-teenage-pit. I then open the blinds in my daughter's room, garnering a hilarious, vampiresque response. My 3 year old is awakened by the noises from across the hall, and we all stagger to the breakfast table. My husband passes through for a few kisses and a bite or two (of breakfast, you dirty birds), on his way out the door.
    The kids wash up and get dressed, as I unload the dishwasher and feed the pets. School officially starts at 9am, but it's almost always closer to 9:15 by the time we all make it to the classroom. Then, on good days, it looks like this:

    9 (or whatever)- 10:45
    9th grader-Algebra, then Earth Science
    4th grader-Spelling, Language Arts, then Science
    preschooler- ABCmouse.com then coloring or play dough

    15 minute recess/morning snack

    11-12:30
    9th grader-Literature, then Civics
    4th grader-Math, then Social Studies
    preschooler-puzzles, blocks, active play, counting, matching games (the list goes on, basically whatever he's "feeling" that day) ...
    Published on 08-18-2013 01:40 PM
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    4. Homeschooling High School
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    by Sancha de Burca of The Graphic Design Project

    Something that is trending right now is Design Thinking. Not only is this very overt in the creative and design industries themselves but it is also favoured in business, education and any other sector where innovation and new ideas are required. Put simply design thinking is enabling the skills and processes normally used within regular design to help generate and develop ideas across any field where there are users and a need to “solve” a problem. This could be applied to starting a business, designing a hospital or to developing an educational curriculum. I’d describe it as the ability to deal with a problem with logic but also with divergent “out of the box” thinking, finding a creative solution that helps the end users.


    Relevant for homeschoolers and their families is that understanding how to go about a design process properly can build up a whole range of transferable design thinking skills that are really useful for learning and also for anything from cooking the dinner to inventing a new clean fuel to save the planet.


    I’d recommend that all learners undertake at least a couple of design projects during their education because what I have witnessed over the years as a design tutor is that doing design helps, even obliges, people to approach things with a professional attitude and systematic process that enables inquiring exploration and flourishing creativity.
    So, in what ways is graphic design so good for your learning? What does it involve that’ll help a learner to be a better learner? While my list here is linear, the design process is actually very organic and intertwined so each skill feeds the other skills too.


    1. Motivation. Yes, it is fun, it’s contemporary and cool, which motivates people to get involved. The range of graphic design, illustration and photography that is out there waiting to be explored is inspiring, helping learners
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