• Homeschooling Styles

    by Published on 09-26-2011 06:45 PM
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    SecularHomeschool.com has a good many members who are pagan, and it seemed like a cool idea to pull together information that they've shared on the forum and in our social networks to create a nice crowdsourced list of links that may be helpful to other pagans who are just kicking off their homeschooling journey. After all, if you've ever done a web search for "pagan homeschooling" you've likely already realized that there aren't a ton of places for pagan homeschoolers to hang out and create support for one another. Googling ďpagan homeschoolingĒ brings up a ton of resources, but clicking through to them, you quickly realize that most of them have now gone defunct. Iím concluding that this isnít because there wasnít enough interest, but because people simply couldnít easily find and network with each other.

    Thanks to our members, though, here is a list of some pagan homeschooling sites and resources which you may want to bookmark, if you havenít already.

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    Published on 09-06-2011 02:46 AM
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    by Marty Layne

    I am often asked how I did math with my children. Did I use any formal approaches? What text books did I use? Many moms worry about how well their children are going to learn arithmetic if they themselves feel a bit wobbly about it all. I canít help but think about what John Holt wrote in his book How Children Fail about the struggle that so many of the children he taught had with basic arithmetic. He described the panic that he saw in those childrenís faces whenever it was time for arithmetic. The students panicked because what happened during addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division seemed totally arbitrary, unpredictable, and confusing. They had no solid understanding of the one to one correspondence of numbers, the reliability of numbers, or trust that adding, subtracting, multiplying or division made sense and followed predictable patterns.

    Iíve been curious about how children acquire an understanding of numbers since my early 20ís. From the reading I did then and since and the years of observation of children becoming conversant with numbers and their operations, I think that one of the things that contributes to a childís grasp of the sense of number is experiences, real-life experiences with the properties of numbers and vocabulary around those operations. Math readiness, exposing children to number in daily life, is vital.

    This may seem daunting, but it is not as daunting as it looks. Everyday experiences are
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    Published on 08-30-2011 08:48 AM
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    School's never out for 14-year-old Zoe Bentley. Nor is it ever in.

    The perky teen from Tucson, Ariz., explores what she likes, when she likes as deeply as she chooses every day of the year. As an "unschooler," Zoe is untethered from the demands of traditional, compulsory education.

    That means, at the moment, she's checking out the redwoods of California with her family, tinkering with her website and looking forward to making her next video on her favorite subject, exogeology, the study of geology on other planets.

    "I love seeing the history of an area," Zoe said. "Maybe a volcano erupted and grew taller over time, or wind eroded rock into sand dunes, or a meteor hit the ground and made a crater. Finding out how these and other formations formed is something I just really like."
    Zoe's cheer: "Exogeology rocks!"

    Unschooling has been around for several decades, but advocates say....

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    by Published on 08-03-2011 01:46 PM
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    I saw a t-shirt yesterday with these simple words on the front: ďProud to be an eclectic homeschooler!Ē

    That got me thinking. Technically, isnít every homeschool some ...
    Published on 01-21-2011 01:39 PM
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    This is an excerpt of an article by Kate Fridkis published in MyDaily online magazine.

    I didn't go to preschool. And then I didn't go to kindergarten. And after that I didn't go to elementary school. Or middle school. Or high school, even. I was homeschooled.

    I say "unschooled" sometimes, to differentiate myself from the 80% of homeschoolers who educate at home for religious reasons. I was unschooled, and I felt really lucky.

    People always ask me, "Which one of your parents taught you?"

    That's still the way everyone thinks about learning. There's a teacher and a bunch of students. There's an adult who knows more, and some kids who know less. And the adult stands there and tells the kids things. And the kids learn.

    Neither one of my parents taught me, and, of course, they both did. Just as everyone's parents teach them things about being alive. And skills for navigating the world. And to cover their mouths when they yawn. I learned how fun it is to sit and gossip for hours from my dad. From my mom, I learned the value of occasional ritualistic formality (requesting that everyone share something they'd like to improve about the world at a holiday gathering. Or having the gathering in the first place).

    I learned how to make wildly creative sandwiches. I learned how to write thank-you notes. But most of the, "Can you tell me what six times seven is" type of instruction stopped when I was ten or so. After that, my mother's role in my education was more like that of a guidance counselor. I checked in with her. We worked on various curricula that I mostly didn't follow, because I had so many other books I wanted to read, and so many of my own, critically time-sensitive projects to complete.

    People stopped me constantly, along the way, to ask me what my family did for lab. How did we get the....

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