• Homeschooling Styles

    by Published on 02-22-2016 08:58 AM
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    Hi! Iím Jackie and Iím fairly new to this community. Iíve only started my true homeschooling journey with my oldest child this year. My husband is active duty Air Force. Our children are ages 5, 3, and 1.

    Our main goal as a family is to stay together as much as possible despite the military. While sometimes it's impossible to join my husband, there are other times we have been able to follow along. Itís been worth the long car trips, plane trips, and the (lack of) money to have more time together as a family. Weíve been able to experience as a family many places including Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Montgomery, and Wichita Falls. Joining him when possible ...
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    Infographic: Homeschooling Acronyms Abbreviations There are few things more frustrating to new (or even experienced!) homeschoolers than heading to a social community or forum and landing in a sea of unknown letter combinations. Homeschoolers have certainly created their own online shorthand for the curricula, styles, and general phrases they use over and over. This infographic will help you make sense of the most common acronyms and abbreviations you may encounter on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and online communities.

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    by Published on 11-02-2015 11:53 AM
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    Hi, my name is Blair Lee, and this week I will be hosting the discussion on From Soup to Nuts. I would like to leave the discussion open to any of the topics I write and speak about: secular, eclectic, academic homeschooling, how people learn, science, travel, service projects, and writing.

    As an educator who chose to educate my child outside the traditional venue, I represent a growing trend in the homeschool community. During the ten years I have been homeschooling I have observed that learning, on many different levels, is far superior when academics are handcrafted to fit the strengths, weaknesses, and passions of an individual and their family, as happens with homeschooling. Donít get me wrong, I am not a fan or detractor of any learning method. I am a cherry-picker of methods, using, discarding, and sometimes coming back to methods, including those from traditional schools, depending on the subject and how my son accesses information using a method. This eclectic, academic approach results in a person who loves learning and who understands how to learn, the two most important components of someone who is a life-long learner.

    The question I get at conferences and via email is how to do it? Why to do it is easy. The hard part is figuring out how to handcraft a unique course of study. Iíll share a secret, sometimes when we implement something really unique, I feel like we are jumping off a cliff with no parachute! It sounds very dramatic, doesnít it? But it makes me nail-bitingly nervous. What if I blow it?!? What if this handcrafted education keeps Sean from being able toÖ toÖ toÖ I have never been able to figure out what our eclectic journey through education might keep him from, but the concern of this still creeps in from time to time. These days I donít worry as much. I have come to realize these are the best times of my sonís education. It helps that we have been at this for 10 years. I have the benefit of perspective.

    Before retiring to homeschool, I was a chemistry and biology professor at community college. This is where I first began thinking about eclectic, academic approaches to learning science. It was then I realized the way subjects are easiest to teach often does not coincide with how they are best learned.

    Teaching science also gave me insight into how mixed and varied peopleís understanding of science is. At the ...
    by Published on 10-26-2015 08:39 AM
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    Hi! Ready to talk about homeschooling your only child? Or maybe you have a houseful and you're just curious as to what we do with our 'onlies' all day.

    First, let me introduce myself - I'm Tonia and I'm homeschooling one daughter - TJ. She's 11, in 6th grade, and she's never been inside a classroom - homeschooled since birth!



    I hear lots of positive (and negative) assumptions about homeschooling in general and even more about homeschooling an only. But I'd like to start on a positive note - so let's talk about the advantages of homeschooling an only.

    The Advantages of Homeschooling an Only Child

    What do you love about homeschooling your only child?

    Or, if you have more than one - what do you perceive are the advantages of homeschooling an only?

    There are many positive aspects of homeschooling an only:

    Homeschooling an only takes less time

    When you're homeschooling one child it takes a lot less time to teach. Your time isn't divided between children - you can focus on just one. Now whether they can complete their work in a reasonable amount of time is another story... anyone else have a kid that dawdles all day? (I guess that should be saved for another discussion!)

    Highly Customized Education

    While my average teaching time is much shorter than a mom of many, I also have the advantage of creating a highly customized education plan. Of course, homeschooling in general allows you to create your own plan but when you are focused on one child you can spend more time on their interests, on bunny trails, or particular ...
    by Published on 09-07-2015 11:16 AM
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    You would think homeschooling your second-born would be a given if you are homeschooling your first, right? But even though the special needs of my oldest had necessitated him getting his education at home, I didnít really consider it for my active, happy five year old (who Iíll call ďPĒ). Yes, he was quite speech-delayed, but he had a lot of ear infection troubles as a toddler, and our ped always attributed the delay to that. So with speech therapy and a half-day kindergarten program, we felt like we were right on track with P.

    Until we werenít.

    Only three weeks into the school year, P became lost on a school field trip. He had simply wandered off from the group - - something we had dealt with multiple times in the past, and had again attributed to simple causes. Thankfully, he turned up just down the road from his group, but a couple months into the school year, the speech delays just werenít improving much, and P was getting frustrated at not being able to communicate well with his peers and teachers. And following Christmas, we were having an unexpected sit-down with the school therapist who felt at the minimum he was likely to have dyslexia, and at the maximum, well...just might be on the Autism Spectrum.

    So, upon finishing the one and only school year he ever partook in, we brought P home to be educated at home with his older bro. To boil down the rest of our homeschooling story, Iíll break it down into some major highlights. (And when you read these, do NOT interpret them in any way as advice, but rather just personal choices I/we made which felt right at the time)

    • Because we were homeschooling, I never felt the need to go through an official diagnosis protocol. As his mom, Iím 99% sure heís has ASD, but weíve never applied for special services or even acted as if there were anything he couldnít accomplish because of his unique differences
    • ASD affected just about every aspect of homeschooling P - - from curriculum choices, to schedules,
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