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    by Published on 11-20-2013 10:11 PM

    So, we are a few months into the school year for most of us!
    That means we have had a chance to see how things are working or not working and change up any curriculum that is NOT working for us!
    At our house we are using Time4Learning High School for both the boys plus addition of a Latin for younger son and a Video Game Design for older son. We have been at this for 2 months and so far, so good. Little hiccup with Math. Not T4L's fault! We hit a snag and stopped for a few weeks to figure out how to do that geometry. We are now back on track. Thank goodness!
    Over the past years, we have gone as far as to change out everything by the time we get to Christmas break! I do not miss that! It was a BAD year!
    I am SO thankful that this year we have not had to do that!
    As it is, I got a great teen cookbook so we can start our Home Ec classes come January 2014 so I am adding MORE to our homeschool day!! LOVE IT!
    So, have you had to change out any subject curriculum so far this school year? Tell us which one in the poll and then why in the comments!! You never know when your feedback might help another member with their curriculum!
    Click here to tell us! ...
    Published on 11-19-2013 07:30 AM
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    3. Homeschooling with Technology

    By Chris Yust, Homeschool Programming, Inc.
    November, 2013

    In this digital age, you may find your children spending quite a bit of time on the Internet. They may be working in online classes, researching topics for papers, updating their Facebook and Twitter pages, or just surfing the web. Regardless of what your children enjoy doing online, chances are they have shown some interest in creating their own websites. Fortunately, basic website design is something that just about anyone can learn with no expensive software!

    Getting Started
    When you view a website, you are using a piece of software called a web browser. The most common web browsers on the market today are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. These browsers all speak a common “language” called HTML. HTML code is mixed in with the main content of the web page to add color, style, images, and many other fancy features. While HTML may seem mysterious at first, the language itself is something that can be easily learned and understood by computer-literate children.

    Tools of the Trade
    Great, your eager students are ready to learn HTML. What do they need? A big fancy computer? Special software? Nope! Simple web pages can be created in any text editor program that comes already installed on your computer, like Windows Notepad or Mac’s TextEdit. This means that all you need is a personal computer, some basic computer skills and your imagination! You don’t need to set up a web server or install new software.

    Writing the Code
    So now you that have your text editor program open and you’re staring at a blank screen, what next? HTML code is just a series of “elements” that tell the browser how to display your web page. There are three elements usually included in your file. First, the “” element tells the browser that you are starting your HTML code, so the opening tag should be the first line in your file. At the very end of your file, you will “close” the element with the tag .
    HTML Code:
    In between these “html” tags go ...
    by Published on 11-15-2013 11:01 PM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. General Homeschooling,
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    5. Parenting
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    I see so many people on Facebook posting their daily things they are thankful for because November is Thankful Month. I am not sure I could remember, much less sit down and come up with 30 things that I am thankful for. I know I am thankful for many things and I am sure that number is more than 30 but to be put on the spot and have to remind myself daily to do it... yeah, not happening. If you can do this, great!

    So, instead I am posting here! What are you SHS members thankful for?

    • I am thankful for the ability to HOMESCHOOL! Both legally and mentally! It has changed my boys lives and my life for the better. I get to spend quality time with my boys, let them learn to their ability and enjoy almost every minute of it.
    • I am thankful for my boys! They are TERRIFIC kids! They are the best teenagers I have known and when I see, read or hear about friends or families kids and their issues... I am just even more thankful for my kids! They are polite, they consider others, they are inquisitive, they love each other and their parents, they love animals and they love learning. Which makes my job as their teacher that much easier!!
    by Published on 11-13-2013 10:31 PM

    So,religious or not.... the next 7 weeks brings on the holiday season! Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years and any other holidays all will happen.
    We are not a religious family but we do celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas plus my son turns 17 during that time too. So busy weeks ahead!
    We stop our schoolwork for the week of Thanksgiving. That is our major family holiday away from home. We head to the Grandparents for Wednesday through Saturday and do Thanksgiving, Christmas tree hunting, and Christmas with that side during those few days.
    Then back to work for a few weeks and off again for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year's. Rule in our family since we started homeschooling was you get the week of your birthday off. So, since my older son was born on New Year's Eve and my younger son was born around Memorial Day weekend..... it works out well to take our breaks then!
    So, that means between now and then we buckle down and get it done so we can start off the New Year great!!!
    Do you take breaks from school over the holiday season?
    Click here to tell us!!! ...
    by Published on 11-09-2013 10:15 PM

    Thank you to SHS member Kethra, for allowing us to reprint this from your blog! Here is a little bit about Kethra!!
    Heyla, I'm Kazia aka Kethra. I’m a 31-year-old wife, mother, and now homeschool teacher of a precocious geek-in-training daughter. I’m a geek to the core, spending my “free time” playing fantasy MMOs and devouring most any and all fantasy and sci-fi books. I love all things Doctor Who, Supernatural, Firefly/Serenity, Star Trek, Star Wars, Princess Bride, etc. My little family lives in Houston, TX, and we enjoy going to Renaissance faires, sci-fi and comic conventions, and doing generally anything geeky together and you can find more on her blog here, Geeky Homeschool!!

    Adventures Begin: Geek teaching mini-geek!

    My husband and I have made the plunge and committed to homeschooling our daughter, age 7. She went to public school on October 24th not knowing it would be her last day of public school for a while, if ever.
    Our initial plan was to start in January at the beginning of the “semester” which would be more of a natural cutoff/start-time. The more I researched and thought about it though, after committing to homeschooling, it’s really not about starts and stops in the concrete sense anymore. I might not have all my curricula yet (we’re waiting for mid-Nov for the big buys), but we had already decided upon using Time4Learning.com (T4L) as a supplement, so we’re going to start with it for some review of what she’s learned so far in 2nd grade. Why wait?

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