• mseward

    by Published on 08-04-2012 10:07 AM
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    3. Homeschooling Styles,
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    Reprinted with permission from SHS member: mseward from her blog! She has a short bio at the end of the article as well! Thanks!

    A few weeks ago (maybe a few months ago...where does the time go?) I was online searching for something, probably homeschool resources or the like, and I came across a review/praise for 'The Adventures of Munford' by Jamie Aramini (you can also find her on Twitter @JamieAramini). Any time I get new info on a book the kids might enjoy, I (1) immediately check to see if our library has a copy; and (2) place a hold on it so we can pick it up. Well, our library does not carry the Munford series. Bummer, right? Kinda sorta. Our book back-up plan consists of Better World Books and Amazon. I really like Better World Books because, for every new or used book purchased, the company donates a book to a child who may not otherwise own any. And oh yeah, the company was started by University of Notre Dame grads so of course I'm biased :-) Can you blame me?

    I also like connecting with people on Twitter, in case you didn't already know that. After learning about the Munford series, I went and found Jamie to let her know that I'd read great things about her books and that we'd be ordering since our library did not carry them. Well, guess what? Jamie offered to send a copy for my youngest daughter! Can you believe that? I've said it before and I'll say it again: The people I 'meet' on Twitter just never cease to amaze me with their kindness, generosity, and all-around helpfulness.

    <I promise this is all related...keep readin!>

    Yesterday I finished reading Denise Schipani's 'Mean Moms Rule' and I especially liked the chapter about teaching our kids life skills, such as learning to do their own laundry, mowing the grass, and navigating the kitchen, even for something as simple as making a PB&J sandwich. This 'advice' may be old news to some of us, but as Denise pointed out in the book, her dad had to show her 16 year-old nephew how to properly rake leaves. Some of her neighbors were even shocked that another dad in the community taught his 9 year-old son how to (safely and properly) operate a lawnmower. Umm, where's the justice? <insert sarcasm here> I was allowed to operate a gas stove/oven at that age because I was ready to start baking. Can you imagine what people would say or think about such child-cruelty in this day and (microwave) age?
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