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    Published on 01-11-2015 09:37 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 11:08 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 10:28 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.
    Published on 09-28-2014 05:00 PM
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    We are looking for secular homeschoolers who are willing to share what an average day in their life might look like.



    View the full archive of "A Day In The Life" posts





    It's Baaaaaacccccccccckkkkkkk! The DITL was SO popular for 2013, that we decided to bring it back on a smaller scale for next month!

    For the month of October we hope to be able to feature NEW" Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler" posts!!

    We love, LOVE, L-O-V-E our Secular Homeschool members SO much....that we want to read all about your homeschool! We would like to feature any and all members who would be willing to share a little bit about what goes on in the daily life of your homeschool!

    This is totally voluntary, of course. But if enough members were willing to share, we could feature 1-2 PER ...
    by Published on 06-23-2014 10:59 AM
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    We're celebrating a HUGE milestone at SHS this week. We've just recently had our 20,000th site registration, which means 20,000 families have sought out a secular homeschooling community and have utilized our secular homeschooling resources since our debut in 2009. That's thrilling!!

    We want to thank each of you who have contributed to making SecularHomeschool.com one of the most active homeschooling sites on the web. If you've discovered a new curriculum in our directory, located a local like-minded support group on our support group map, or have made connections with someone in your same boat, then we admins feel that our hard work in building and growing SHS has more than paid off.

    If you have feedback about where you'd like to see SecularHomeschool.com go from here, we'd certainly love to hear it. Sound off in our Feedback Forum, or even use the Contact Form to send us a message. We're here for YOU, which means your input and ideas are important to us. You matter!!

    BIG thanks to Pandahoneybee, Aanswsmom, and Fairielover for keeping everything running so smoothly around here day to day. This place simply wouldn't exist without all their TLC.

    I'm just so proud to see not just this site, but secular homeschooling in general evolving into a strong and confident demographic in the homeschool community. Here's to 20,000 more, SHS!!
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