• Homeschooling Styles

    by Published on 03-09-2013 11:22 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. Homeschooling Styles,
    4. General Homeschooling,
    5. Site How-Tos
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    Are you new to the Secular Homeschool forum?(We all were at one point!) Maybe just a long-time lurker who has trouble finding their way around?(Been there, done that!) Just joined the forum to find other homeschoolers in your area but have been unable to do so?(Yep!)Well, it is your lucky day then! SHS has a support group section! There is a group for every State, Unschoolers, Road Schoolers, Raising Patriots, Homeschoolers in Germany, Virtual Earth Scouts and yes, even Pagan Homeschoolers! And that is just to name a few!

    You are no longer alone on your homeschooling journey! You can join 1 group or multiples! Find like members who raise their homeschoolers the way you do! Chat it up, ask questions, get answers all within the power of those fingertips! On a forum that you already belong to! How cool is that?!

    You live in say, Virginia and want to know if there are either other members on the forum FROM Virginia or if there are homeschool groups near you...check out this thread in the Virginia section: Where in Virginia?

    Where are these "groups" you ask? Easy Peasy! Head to our Home page at SHS and look for the menu item called Groups, click on that and it will take you to all groups imaginable! We have 11, count them 11....pages of groups at SHS! WOW Once on the groups page, down on the lower right it says categories! Click VIEW ALL and it will take you to these 11 pages so you can then peruse and decide whether to join 1, 2 or 10+!

    STILL don't see a group that fits you? Well, that just means it's time to create your OWN group at SHS - - yep, a place to discuss niche subjects and passions with like-minded SHS'ers. Here's how. On the main Groups page, look for the "Create Group" button.


    You'll be asked to choose a category, name, description, and whether you want your group membership to be public to all of SHS or via private invite only. You'll also be able to upload an image for your group if you choose.

    Then, just let your fellow SHS -members know about your group and watch the group memberships and conversations grow!

    Enjoy, join, connect!
    Just another fun day at Secular Homeschool!
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    by Published on 01-25-2013 12:16 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Homeschooling Styles,
    3. General Homeschooling,
    4. Day in the Life
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    Welcome to our 1st "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of.... mom2samtheman! She has been homeschooling her son Sam for over 5 years and here is a little insight into her homeschooling day!


    Each day is a little different. I work for a few hours overnight 7 nights, so our days never start early

    We do school four days a week and usually we start around 10am. The one weekday off gives us a day to catch up on laundry (Sam helps with all the chores), other housework, phone calls, doctor appts etc. My son (12 yrs old and in his 5th yr of homeschooling) will come wake me up after he wakes up and has played for a little while. We have breakfast together, do some housework and usually start school work around 11am.
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    by Published on 01-22-2013 01:46 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Homeschooling Styles,
    3. General Homeschooling
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    You know how during vacation or lots of down time....we grown-ups do not want to return back to work, whether at home or outside the home. Well.....after a week off at Thanksgiving and another 2 weeks off at Christmas....neither of my teens wanted to return back to schoolwork at the beginning of January!
    Monday after the long break was B-A-D! I mean "want to dump them at public school" bad! Send them back to Grandma's bad!

    I had been a busy Mom during our break and expanded our high school day! Now, keep in mind.....compared to a public high school day....it is easy but still challenging! I changed up our Math, added more work pages because they had enjoyed them so much AND I realized we needed more practice of daily Math in our eighth grade math lesson plans. But the fact that it went from 1-2 pages a day for Math to 4....you would have thought I was handing out a disease!

    I added more brain teasers, more reading, more science and history. Our writing went from a workbook to a journal. Basically I expanded on our 1st semester and created a more realistic day that still included PLENTY of downtime for gaming with their friends! I also gave them the choice and a time frame of when I wanted it done by. They could jump up and do it all, have the rest of the day. They could do it in sporadic spurts throughout the day. They could wait until naptime for the daycare kids and do it while the house was quieter. I didn't care as part of homeschooling is the flexibility part!
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    by Published on 10-03-2012 10:40 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Homeschooling Styles,
    3. General Homeschooling,
    4. Homeschooling High School,
    5. Parenting
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    So, what has been the overall response to your homeschooling your kids?
    Mine has been up and down!
    The hardest people to deal with on it has been our families! We have everything from 100% support to totally against is so therefore we ignore it and pretend it doesn’t happen! It makes me sad and angry. My Mom was a schoolteacher for 37 years and she is our biggest supporter. She has been for it since we started. The only issue has been getting her to think outside the box when it comes to teaching them, vs. how she taught for years. My Stepdad has been against it and for it and then against it again. He thinks I am sheltering them too much and that they should experience the things of high school to be able to deal with real life. I cannot make him understand that high school TODAY is not like he remembers back in the 50's. Heck, it isn't even the high school I attended in the late 80's! Hubby's family is totally against it. They(his parents) used to help buy the boys school clothes when they went to public school and they no longer help. That stopped as soon as we became homeschoolers. They do not ask the boys how school is, they do not acknowledge a field trip, etc. It really angers me but after 4+ years, I have learned to let it go and consider the source. Though I do like "poking the bear" so to speak by telling them how the school year is going, how the boys trip somewhere went, etc. ...
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