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    by Published on 04-11-2014 12:08 AM
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    So, we are the at home homeschoolers. Because of my chosen career of childcare provider, I work out of my home and while this worked perfect for homeschooling my boys when the time came.....it does limit our activities out of the house pertaining to homeschool. Luckily, years ago I started working Monday-Thursday which gave us Friday and the weekend. So any homeschool stuff outside the home, we do on Fridays for the most part.
    I wish I had more time to do stuff outside the home sometimes, but then I hear of friends who haven't been home all day going from one thing to another and I know that is also not us.... so?
    Do you do more homeschool in the home or do you do most of the homeschool day out of the home?
    No judging here, just always curious by what others do and how other homeschools work!
    Click here to tell us! ...
    by Published on 04-04-2014 01:00 AM
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    So, we are in April....that usually means about 2 months left of the school year for most of us!
    In our house we have about 10 weeks.....we go through mid-June.
    My boys are off this week for "our" Spring Break and being spoiled rotten by the grandparents but starting Monday, they are back to school with new schedules and some new rules to ensure they get their stuff done! Mama is tired of being the bad guy!
    I "think" we are ready for the last push until Summer..... ask me in 10 weeks!
    Are you ready for the last bit of the school year?
    Click here to tell us!
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    Published on 04-03-2014 12:39 PM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. General Homeschooling
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    This is a blog reprint from secular homeschooler, Tina Smith. Tina has graciously allowed us to reprint her blog post, I am a secular homeschooler. You can find this original post and more on her blog, The Homeschool Realm. Thank you Tina!


    I am a minority amongst a group of minorities.
    (Using the word “minority” to mean literally “a number that is less than the whole number”, not in any way saying I have ANY idea what it means to be a racial minority.)

    One cannot assume nowadays that homeschooler=Christian. BUT, truth be told….religious homeschoolers still very much outnumber the nonreligious. That fact appears to be changing, and changing quickly, as I see larger and larger groups of secular homeschoolers all over the net and locally as well. And I have a hope that someday we will be equally proportioned, simply so things will be easier for us secular homeschoolers that get really tired of having to wade through all the religious content on the web for homeschoolers. Time will tell.

    But for now, my kind is in the minority and sometimes it gets very tiresome. Why, you ask? Because in 2014, it is still very much assumed, by most people, homeschoolers and nonhomeschoolers alike, that we are all “believers.”

    This is coming up right now because I just had a brief interaction with a homeschool podcaster that seemed to assume that I was a fellow “believer”…The situation was this: I was listening to a recent episode of his podcast (even though his podcast is very religious, I’d been able to get past that and glean some good info from it), where he interviewed a dad who was doing some neat things with his daughter. I went looking for their videos on YouTube and found the dad’s channel and noticed that if you clicked on “videos” it takes you to not only their uploaded videos, but the channel’s “liked” videos…and I was surprised to see that the likes were all very inappropriate, sexual, scantily clad girl videos.

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    Published on 04-02-2014 09:37 AM
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    2. Homeschooling with Technology,
    3. General Homeschooling
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    by Elfi Sanderson


    Years ago while attending an educational workshop on differentiating instruction, the speaker asked us to participate in a role-playing activity. Several participants were each given a small card listing an ailment. The speaker then announced, “The doctor’s office is open.” Each “patient” came forward to describe his/her problem to the “doctor,” who responded each time, “Take two aspirin and go to bed.”

    Initially there were looks of confusion and consternation, but as the activity continued, the point became crystal clear. No one would accept or continue to go to a doctor who prescribed the same treatment to all patients regardless of the symptoms they presented; yet in education “one size fits all” was readily accepted as the prevalent model in traditional classrooms of the day—and still remains so today for many of our gifted students.

    Now, after more than a century, the face of education is changing and morphing with online and blended learning at the forefront, providing us with opportunities to engage students in new and innovative ways. With these changes comes a renewed emphasis on the needs of the individual student and a more personalized approach to teaching and learning.

    What do we mean by “personalized learning?” In their recent publication, Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended, and Competency Education (2013) iNACOL offers the following definition:

    Personalized learning is tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs and interests—including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn—to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.

    So, what does personalized learning look like in an online environment? At first glance, an online course may look rather flat and two-dimensional. Scratch the surface of a quality online course, and you will find a rich tapestry of personalized interactions among students and teachers.

    Going back to the medical analogy, an effective doctor uses many tools before rendering a diagnosis and developing a treatment plan. The doctor puts together a profile of the patient, and based on that profile determines which treatment is most likely to be effective. Treatment options are discussed and ultimately,
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