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    by Published on 05-11-2015 09:21 AM
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    My fingers are kind of tingling as I type this post, because I haven't been this excited about site news in a while. Thanks to feedback from you wonderful members, we're adding a brand new forum section to SecularHomeschool.com. It's called "From Soup to Nuts" (if you aren't familiar with that fun idiom, check it out on Wikipedia), and the idea behind it is to create some in-depth discussions on a wide variety of topics of interest to secular homeschoolers.

    Sometimes, we'll be featuring guest posters with a particular background or passion in a specific subject. Other times, we'll pull apart a news story or trending topic and look at it from every angle. But either way, From Soup to Nuts will be a single weekly featured thread on SHS that will let us explore a specific subject in-depth with our famous talent for creating dynamic discussion. And even cooler - - when we have a featured guest poster - - that person will stick around for the entirety of the week to answer questions and engage in the conversation.

    Just a couple things to note about this new forum section.

    1) It will open next Monday, May 18 and will feature our first guest poster, Karen Lock Kolp, who is homeschooling while dealing with chronic illness. (For more about Karen's story, read this piece from Bay State Parent.)
    2) It will not be an "open" forum in the sense that only admins and guest posters will be able to create new threads - - but ANYONE can participate in the featured discussions.

    If you have a suggestion for a topic for From Soup to Nuts, or a person you'd like to see featured, could you either follow up in the comments below or contact us?
    Published on 05-03-2015 06:37 AM
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    No purchase necessary. Open to entrants 18 or older who have a Facebook account. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries received. ...
    by Published on 03-08-2015 08:31 AM
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    We don't know about you, but we'll use any excuse to celebrate around here. However, this time around, there are no excuses needed because this is BIG. No wait....we mean....
    Because recently, SecularHomeschool.com passed the 25,000 member registration mark. That's a LOT of secular homeschoolers!!!! ((Shall we take over the world, now??))

    Anyhoo, we don't think there is any better way to celebrate AND thank our amazing members and followers than by hosting a WEEK of giveaways. So, that's exactly what we're going to do! For the week of March 13, we'll be hosting SEVEN full days of giveaways on our Secular Home School Facebook timeline. There will TWO different giveaways each day, from vendors like Oak Meadow, Moving Beyond the Page, Time4Learning, and Institute for Excellence on Writing.

    So, be sure to drop into our timeline each and every day this week to get entered for some amazing prizes and be part of all the fun. After all, it's YOU who got us here. And that's why this upcoming celebration is our way of saying THANK YOU!!!!

    Please pass this article along to all of your secular homeschooling friends, too, because the more the merrier.
    Published on 01-11-2015 08:37 AM
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    SecularHomeschool.com is excited to once again open our Valentines Card exchange for our members!! With our kids at home, one of the things we might miss out on is the exchanging of Valentines with our peers. For this reason, we have a whole forum specifically for the purpose of sharing names and addresses to send and receive Valentines with other secular homeschooling families.

    In this activity, you are limited only by your own creativity/finances/ability to get to the post office to buy stamps. You may purchase Valentines or make them yourselves. It might be fun to include something about your home state/country when sending, but that is totally up to you. You may also want to send a picture of yourselves, but again...totally up to you.

    However, here are our top five ideas for turning this project into more than just a simple exchange of pretty pink paper...

    1) Print out and post a Valentine's Exchange Map somewhere in plain sight where you can mark off or even research and find out more about each location that you receive a card from.

    2) Have your kids write by hand one interesting fact about your town or state and include it with each Valentine. (Wouldn't it be amazing if they could write a different fact for every Valentine??!!)

    3) Read the history of St. Valentines Day to your kids and have them create a drawing depicting their favorite part of the story. Photocopy these and turn them into the cover for your Valentines!
    4) Are your kids into learning about making movies? Have them re-create a scene from the story of Valentines Day, and film it and add it to YouTube. You can even include the link to your movie in your Valentines so the recipient feels like they are learning right along with you!

    5) Have your kids create their own Valentine's games. Maybe a Valentines hangman? Or a crossword puzzle? Or a Valentines Word Search? Then photocopy their efforts and include them with each Valentine you send!

    To participate in our Valentines Exchange 2015, all you need to do is use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page, and request the password for the private forum. Then head over there and read the instructions and get started!! Oh, and please, come back here and let us know what creative ideas your family came up with for sharing love across the miles!!

    PS: If you are a new member, because members share names and addresses in this private forum, you must have 2 moderated posts in our site forum before you can participate (one of which needs to be in the Introductions and Welcomes forum). Thanks!
    by Published on 11-10-2014 10:08 PM
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    The 2014 Holiday Season is upon us! What does that mean to those of us at SHS! You, your family and/or your child can participate in the annual Holiday card exchange!

    This has become a tradition among Secular Homeschool Members!

    Whether you are a new member, old member, never exchanged before member, whatever kind of member.....as long as you are a contributing member of SHS, you can participate!!

    If you go to your Forum page, scroll down and click on the SHS Christmas/Holiday card exhange and read the rules and directions! Then, just use our Contact Form to request the password for the forum. (We make this forum private so that names and addresses aren't publicly viewable)

    To participate in this exchange,well we all know how this works right? NO? Ok it's simple, just start a new thread with your family or child's name and address in it. As others start new threads simply reply to their post to let them know that you are sending out a card to them. Then they will do the same for you!! Please put in your post how your family celebrates the Holidays (ex. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule,Winter Solstice, etc)

    Now your cards can be store bought BUT our personal favorite is handmade cards, even story cards with your family's traditions and/or recipes around the holidays or family newsletters of everything exciting you did this year.

    The sky is the limit!

    Want to know what the most important part is? To have FUN! Make connections with other members, make a friend, and have fun!!!

    Happy Holidays and Happy Exchanging!

    PS: IF you are a brand new member or longtime lurker to Secular Homeschool, please understand that since this involves names and addresses of members.... you must have at least 2 approved posts before you are allowed the password for the Holiday Card Exchange forum! One of those posts must be an INTRO post plus 1 additional post! Thanks!

    by Published on 10-26-2014 09:28 AM
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    Our three official winners of The Universe Verse, Book 3: Great Apes have been chosen and they are:
    • Anderags
    • marcyj3
    • Gill Connors

    Winners, make sure you respond to your winning PM's or email announcements to claim your prize before Wednesday, October 29.

    Thanks to all who entered. If you'd like to find out more about the Universe Verse graphic science books for kids, visit the author's website.
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