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    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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    by Published on 11-30-2014 09:59 PM
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    Are you a Pinterest fan? Do you love to countdown to the holidays, but are concerned about the religious overtones of most advent calendars?

    Guess what?

    Secular Homeschool has their very own Pinterest board dedicated JUST to Advent calendars!

    Get some ideas!
    Project with the kids!
    Project for the kids!
    Surprise the kids!

    Countdown to Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah or Winter Solstice or whatever you want!
    Don't miss out!

    And hey, if you one you would like to share...PIN it to our board!!! Share and share alike!

    Treats, Candy, Acts of Kindness and even just reading a book every day.... you can do a holiday countdown in many ways!

    Personally, this Mom loves the little chocolate ones we grew up. Fond memories of my Grandparents providing me with a new one every Thanksgiving. I was a patient girl and did the correct one daily. My brother, he would eat several days at a time and then beg me for mine. Ummmm no!

    I usually buy my boys the Lego Advent Calendar and the chocolate one but I do LOVE the wrapped storybook countdown version we have on our Pinterest board!

    Psssst, pass it on to your fellow SHS members! The more, the merrier! ...
    by Published on 10-08-2014 12:49 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 03-13-2014 04:31 PM
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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 04:37 PM
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    We homeschool parents tend to forget to take a few minutes to ourselves! We take care of the kids, we are teachers, principal and parent all in one!

    In other words, we wear a lot of hats! And while I love, LOVE each and every one of those hats....I get TIRED! And when I get tired, I get crabby and lazy!


    And my boys KNOW this... I tend to agree to skip some work that week for them just to save my sanity! And they avoid poking the bear because they know Mom is a ticking time bomb!


    We get up early to get things done, we stay up late to get things done. We stay up late to have a few minutes to ourselves but that means less sleep and while it was great to get a few pages read of that new thriller novel, you have now made yourself even more tired. UGH! Vicious cycle....


    How to stop it? How to remember to take time for ME? I have these kids ALL THE TIME!



    • First, try to get a good night's sleep. At least a couple nights a week, make yourself stop at a certain time and go to bed. Most adults do best on solid 8 hours sleep.




    • Start turning off those electronics at a set time. TV, computer, phone, iPad, whatever. OFF! Proven fact that electronic use up until bedtime does not allow the mind to shut down

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