• Homeschooling Styles

    by Published on 03-12-2016 11:21 AM
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    I've said it forever. Secular homeschoolers are THOUGHT-ful people. Yes, we can be empathetic, but what I really mean is that we tend to ponder deeply on subjects that interest us. And what's even cooler is that when one of our tribe is at a crossroads and asks for advice, we offer it. Well-thought-out, built-from-personal-experience kind of advice...the best of all kinds!

    Recently, on our Facebook page, one of our followers asked the following;

    I have one son who won't tolerate ANY kind of reading instruction and he's almost 8. I've been super patient, and understand that different kids read at different ages, but I'm starting to panic a bit. He asks to be read to, so I know he enjoys books, but he simply doesn't want to learn to read on his own. Is this a real issue for some kids, or just a power struggle? HELP!
    And she was lucky enough to receive over 70 replies from our members! I've crowdsourced some of my favorites, in case they will be helpful to people here at SHS, too! ...
    by Published on 02-22-2016 09:58 AM
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    Hi! Iím Jackie and Iím fairly new to this community. Iíve only started my true homeschooling journey with my oldest child this year. My husband is active duty Air Force. Our children are ages 5, 3, and 1.

    Our main goal as a family is to stay together as much as possible despite the military. While sometimes it's impossible to join my husband, there are other times we have been able to follow along. Itís been worth the long car trips, plane trips, and the (lack of) money to have more time together as a family. Weíve been able to experience as a family many places including Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Montgomery, and Wichita Falls. Joining him when possible ...
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    Infographic: Homeschooling Acronyms Abbreviations There are few things more frustrating to new (or even experienced!) homeschoolers than heading to a social community or forum and landing in a sea of unknown letter combinations. Homeschoolers have certainly created their own online shorthand for the curricula, styles, and general phrases they use over and over. This infographic will help you make sense of the most common acronyms and abbreviations you may encounter on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and online communities.

    Infographic: Homeschooling Abbreviations Acronyms

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    by Published on 11-02-2015 12:53 PM
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    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 ...
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