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    by Published on 09-13-2013 12:06 PM
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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.
    Published on 08-21-2013 07:23 PM
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    3. Parenting

    ďChildren pursue life, and in doing so, pursue knowledge. They need adults to trust in the inevitability of this very natural process, and to offer what assistance they can.Ē ~ Earl Stevens

    Summertime! For parents of school-age children, and particularly those who might be homeschooling, the summer months herald a palpable shift in daily rhythms, providing some much-needed downtime and important opportunities to recharge batteries and make plans for the coming year. For the kids, summer opens up time for all kinds of playful learning experiences, both intentional and serendipitous. Students of all ages can enjoy online courses as well as more experiential summer enrichmentopportunities through Oak Meadow.

    Summer is also an important time for reflection, assimilation and growth: a time to try something new, discover a new passion, or master a skill; to learn how to swim or ride a bike, hook a worm, handcraft, drive a car, or speak a new language. Children can become a Citizen Scientist,
    count fireflies, learn how to juggle, spin out fantastical trickswith a yo-yo, make art, or journal.

    But letís not let the kids have all the fun!

    After all, parents and home teachers need to seek out and enjoy new playful learning experiences, too. Setting aside time for self-directed creativity as well as professional development can bring about a renewed commitment to and excitement about parenting and homeschooling.

    "Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners."
    ~ John Holt

    For the home teacher, summer is often a time to reevaluate the homeschool year and to reflect on what worked well and what things you would like to do differently. Itís a great time to refresh and organize your learning spaces and to get excited for the upcoming homeschool year. Depending on your stateís or districtís requirements, you might find yourself having to happily find time to write up year-end progress reports and to research, plan out, and draft your new homeschool plans for your district (and yourself) amid the usual flurry of summer activity. Summer is also the perfect time to get inspired by new ideas, learn something new, and connect with other homeschooling families.

    We hope you find many ways to enrich your learning and teaching as the summer winds down. For more ideas, be sure to visit Tools for the Lifelong Teacher/Learner and our other boards on Pinterest. Happy summer-ing!

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