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    In my mind, there is a missing "homeschool manual" out there somewhere. It was supposed to arrive on my doorstep, or in my mailbox on the first day we began our adventure in homeschooling, but somehow it got lost in the mail (right along with my parenting manual, which I was expecting to be waiting for me when I brought our first son home from the hospital). As a result, I have had to learn all those necessary lessons about homeschooling the hard way - - by homeschooling!

    I imagine that on the very first page of the homeschooling manual is this prime piece of advice: BEFORE YOU SPEND ONE DIME ON HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM, BE SURE THAT YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING STYLE!!! Wow, would that ever have been helpful advice to have received before plunking down hundreds and hundreds of dollars on homeschool curriculum that was far from workable. I was probably about four years, and many grey hairs into our homeschool journey before I realized the importance of matching curriculum/materials to each child's preferred mode of learning.

    This can be especially important when choosing math curriculum, because of the incredible diversity in how math products and curriculum are designed. The array of math programs available to homeschoolers is larger than ever before, and the choices can be overwhelming. But knowing how your child learns best can help you narrow down your options, and ensure that you don't waste money on items your child won't or can't use. ...
    by Published on 01-16-2014 04:37 PM
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    We homeschool parents tend to forget to take a few minutes to ourselves! We take care of the kids, we are teachers, principal and parent all in one!

    In other words, we wear a lot of hats! And while I love, LOVE each and every one of those hats....I get TIRED! And when I get tired, I get crabby and lazy!


    And my boys KNOW this... I tend to agree to skip some work that week for them just to save my sanity! And they avoid poking the bear because they know Mom is a ticking time bomb!


    We get up early to get things done, we stay up late to get things done. We stay up late to have a few minutes to ourselves but that means less sleep and while it was great to get a few pages read of that new thriller novel, you have now made yourself even more tired. UGH! Vicious cycle....


    How to stop it? How to remember to take time for ME? I have these kids ALL THE TIME!



    • First, try to get a good night's sleep. At least a couple nights a week, make yourself stop at a certain time and go to bed. Most adults do best on solid 8 hours sleep.




    • Start turning off those electronics at a set time. TV, computer, phone, iPad, whatever. OFF! Proven fact that electronic use up until bedtime does not allow the mind to shut down

    ...
    by Published on 01-09-2014 09:59 PM

    Well, here in the Pacific Northwest we have already had our cold snap back in early December and therefore have missed this crazy cold snap that is on the news!! WOW
    I have heard about stories from friends in New York, Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin and even North Carolina that had ice rinks for yards, frozen water lines, barely working heaters, power outages and school closures.
    Insane the temperatures that are being registered across the continent! Record breaking!
    Have you been affected? If so, anything nuts happen at your place?
    Let us know!!!
    Click here to tell us!!! ...
    Published on 01-08-2014 04:05 AM
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    by Chris Yust of Homeschool Programming

    The Myth of Outsourcing
    ďIs there any future in computer programming? Arenít all those jobs overseas now?Ē I smiled as an earnest young mother asked us this question at a recent convention. Iíve heard this question many times over the last few years and my answer is always a resounding ďNo!Ē Despite what most people believe, outsourcing has not killed the computer job market. Oh sure, some companies use overseas help in different areas, but a great many computer programming jobs are still around locally. Itís simply too difficult for most companies to manage the complex process of software creation over long distances.

    As a full-time software engineer, I have observed a lack of quality candidates at my own employer. Jobs often go unfilled for long periods of time because we simply canít interview enough people who qualify. I get calls every month from recruiters who still have my 10-year old resume in their database from the last time I was looking for a job. Anecdotes aside, the statistics show that roughly 50% of all software outsourcing projects are failures, and those that do succeed offer only modest 25% cost savings. Thatís a huge risk for minimal return!

    The Recession-Proof Job
    In this age of recession and a downturned economy, one of the booming job sectors is the computer industry! Where other companies are cutting staff or shrinking salaries, computer jobs have seen steady growth and salary increases. Is this trend expected to continue? You bet! ...
    by Published on 01-03-2014 03:00 PM
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    Two lucky SHS members each now have early elementary science in the bag for 2014! Members A.Banks and davispenn each won a one-year subscription to Science4Us. We want to congratulate both of them, and feel free to add your own congratulations in the comments below.

    Thank you to all who participated in last month's giveaway. And we hope you will check out our January giveaway from Fortuigence as well for your chance to win a Kindle Fire HD!

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