• In Other Words

    Published on 01-06-2015 09:41 AM
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    Homeschooling parents give and give and give. We are teaching from birth to graduation, and from breakfast to bedtime. We moms and dads tend to have the philosophy that every moment is a teachable one, so we are always on the alert for opportunities to impart wisdom and to ask questions that get our children thinking. How empowering it is to grow up in a household where knowledge is at such a premium! But for homeschooling parents, themselves, this atmosphere of always being in professor mode, can sometimes be a drain mentally and emotionally. We can easily hit burn-out by constantly being the imparters of knowledge and never the recipients. So what can we do to recharge our own intellectual batteries?

    Reclaim Your Brain

    I think the biggest thing we can do to reclaim our brain is to seek out new learning for ourselves. I am a big proponent of continuing education classes. In most communities, these are often offered through your local community college, although you might also find other organizations such as libraries, community centers, and parks and recreation departments creating programs for continuing-ed, as well. Our local community college, for example, is currently offering courses with such titles as "The Quest for Political Identity in the American Republic," "Local Geology", and "Eastern Religions." The great thing is that many of these continuing education
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    Published on 05-21-2014 08:21 PM
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    We're honored to be able to reprint this post from unschooler and author Pam Laricchia. Pam is the author of the unschooling books Free to Learn and Free to Live.

    I love the variety of words that express the concept of being mindful: observant, aware, attentive, conscientious, careful, cognizant, considerate, present, respectful, thoughtful, sensible.

    Living mindfully is another skill that I picked up as I played with creating a solid unschooling environment in our home. Being mindful walks hand-in-hand with unschooling because they both call us to be observant and make conscious choices, see how they play out, and incorporate those experiences into our lives moving forward. Itís how we learn, regardless of ageófrom learning to walk to figuring out games to discerning our sleep patterns ...
    by Published on 12-02-2013 12:18 AM
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    Let's get CRAFTY!!

    A new Instagram challenge is being issued to all Secular Homeschool members who like to craft, create, and do homemade things during the holidays! This is for both kids and adults!

    We want to see pictures of your creations! Ornaments, gifts, goodies, home-baked goods, and the like! You never know when your creation will inspire another member to make something new!

    I know that this time of year, we are constantly making goodies in my house! Between daycare crafts to take home or make as parent gifts, my boys creating things for family members or making gifts and goodies for my husband to take to work and hand out.... I am busy baking, crafting and by the time the month is over.....glue, glitter, flour and sugar seem to rule my home! LOL

    This year, I have 11 crafts for the little kids to create(yes, I am slightly insane!), bread and cookies to bake for all their parents plus our neighbors.... Secret Santa at Hubby's work, cookie exchange at Hubby's work plus treats and goodies for him to take to work just because! I haven't even started on crafting for our tree yet! We want to try the borax and pipe cleaner snowflakes this year as well and hang those in all the windows! WHEW!

    So, take a snapshot of those creations no matter how big or small! And then be sure to add our hashtag, #HomemadeHolidaysatSHS

    Now, go forth, be creative and then share!!! ...
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