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For Love of Education: tales from a secular homeschooling family

For the Love of Education will chronicle my homeschooling journey and will serve as a place to discuss some of the issues facing teachers, children, parents, and administrators. It is a place to remove politics from education and focus on the true purpose of it- to provide children with a life-long love of learning and to help them develop the skills (both basic and advanced) that they will need to become the policy-makers of the future.

  1. Secular Activities for Teaching Pre-History

    by , 08-26-2013 at 06:05 PM (For Love of Education: tales from a secular homeschooling family)

    Pre-History is the study of the world before there was written language/documentation. By its most basic definition, it is secular Ė although I have seen some religious bloggers use religion to teach PreHistory. However, because we teach from an evolutionary point of view, it was important that not only do we focus on Pre-History for a full year, but that we combine it with much of what is the foundation
  2. Our First Grade Workbox System

    by , 09-09-2012 at 12:35 AM (For Love of Education: tales from a secular homeschooling family)
    Iíve mentioned before that my daughter loves schedules. She likes to know what is going to happen and she likes to check off a ďTo Do List.Ē My husband likes schedules too and gets pretty flustered if I change up our plans last minute. Iím a slave to schedules as well, but have always approached them with an attitude of flexibility. My daughter and my husband donít share this love of flexibility with me at all. So, when preparing for the upcoming school year, I decided to give Sue Patrickís Workbox System ...

    Updated 09-09-2012 at 12:38 AM by kristinabrooke

  3. Our First Grade Curriculum

    by , 06-10-2012 at 11:14 AM (For Love of Education: tales from a secular homeschooling family)

    We started first grade on June 1 although we are still working our way through some Kindergarten-level things, specifically Reception Year of the MEP curriculum and All About Spelling Level 1. Here is our by-no-means comprehensive list of what we are using for First Grade.

    Read more on my blog For Love of Education
  4. Kindergarten in Review

    by , 06-02-2012 at 05:49 PM (For Love of Education: tales from a secular homeschooling family)
    So we are finishing up on Kindergarten and itís been a very full year! Below you will find mini reviews about the resources that we used this year. What would I have done differently?

    1. Not over plan. I went crazy thinking that I would not have enough materials to cover the whole year, but my worry-wort tendencies just caused me to become overwhelmed thinking about what we had to complete. I am so over that now!
    2. Check things sooner rather than later if they are not working.
  5. Back At It: UPDATED Kindergarten Curriculum 2011-2012

    by , 09-26-2011 at 04:59 PM (For Love of Education: tales from a secular homeschooling family)
    After deciding to halt the Kindergarten progress back in July because we were just not ready (the beauty of homeschooling), we dove in this past week and have made so much progress. Our day is pretty much outlined here, but we are flexible. This week has proven that while daunting on paper, our schedule is doable on most days!

    Truthfully, we did not start out too well. The Tornado was reluctant and defiant at the beginning of the week. I am still in awe of how independent and stubborn ...
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