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    by Published on 04-01-2019 11:56 PM
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    It is HERE! It really and truly is! Flat Stanley is on his way to our first family! That means the “Where in the Secular Homeschool Community is Flat Stanley??” Contest is ON!

    Such a great adventure so far and we have barely started! Our Flat Stanley version was given life by me. He kindly let me snap a quick selfie before leaving Portland, Oregon on his way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was sad to see him go, but know it was time for him to stretch his legs.

    From April 1 until June 30, 2019, Flat Stanley along with a copy of his original book will make their way across the United States spending 1 week visiting each lucky family that signed up! During that week, the lucky family gets to take Flat Stanley out on homeschooling adventures. So much fun!

    At some point during the week, we would love if you would snap some pictures and share on your I Instagram page, tagging it with #secularhomeschoolflatstanley2019 . We will share them on our social media sites, so the whole secular homeschool community can follow Flat Stanley on his Spring/Summer adventures! Exciting!

    As for the contest requirements, take a short couple minute video of Flat Stanley on your homeschooling adventure. It can be one adventure or it can be a compilation video of the whole week. That is entirely up to you. Make sure to submit it to our contest link and at the end of the entry period, all submitted videos will be judged. One lucky winner will be picked and win a Flat Stanley Boxed Set.

    At the end of your week with Flat Stanley, pack him and his book up, bid them a fond farewell and ship them back to our main office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This ensures that no addresses are shared outside of our office. Once he returns to Florida, he will be repacked and sent off on his next adventure.

    You can follow the places he has visited on this map! We will be updating it as he adventures around the United States.

    Once all videos are submitted by the end of June, a panel of judges of our choosing will pick a winner. The winner will notified by email. Thank you to all who have entered so far.

    If this adventure sounds like too much fun and you want to get in on it, you STILL can. Check out our original article HERE and sign-up to have Flat Stanley visit you.

    We can’t wait to follow along with Flat Stanley and his adventures with our Secular Homeschool Community! Safe Travels Flat Stanley!
    by Published on 03-22-2019 06:02 PM
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    Meet Katrina Taylor - Secular Homeschool’s site, content and social media manager. Katrina/Aandwsmom is a veteran homeschooling Mom of 2 boys.

    “We never planned on homeschooling. I broached the subject when my oldest son was a headed off to Kindergarten but my husband was totally against it. Nobody homeschooled where we grew up, except religious fanatics.. Fast forward to October 2008 and our oldest was 6 weeks into 6th grade. Public school issues led our family to become accidental homeschoolers. Using Time4Learning as our main curriculum, I quickly realized homeschooling was a perfect fit for my boys. They thrived on homeschooling and we were lucky enough to live in an area of Portland that has many secular homeschoolers with many activities.” ...
    by Published on 03-22-2019 05:51 PM
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    Well, the title says it all. I mean history and fun rarely go together. History is often considered dry, boring and well, let’s face it….. HATED. Kids don’t want to learn it. We, as the teachers don’t want to teach it. Why?

    If you look back at all the insane things that have happened since the beginning of time, history is basically one long soap opera of OMG! It is not dry or boring. I LOVE history! It is full of drama, chaos, death, love, hate, wars, famine, rise and fall of empires, mysterious deaths, and there is something for everyone.

    This is NOT saying that I always loved history. I had to learn to love it. My history teacher in high school, UGH. Snoozefest. I hated how it was taught. As an adult, I still don’t think textbooks teach history well. We are required to read and memorize without ever stopping to delve into the historical part. It just takes away from learning history. YUCK

    Great you say… but how do I get my child to like it? How do I teach it if I personally HATE history? There are many ways to get that history bug going! ...
    by Published on 02-24-2019 11:40 AM
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    That dreaded word TESTING is getting ready to rear its ugly head as we wrap up our school year. Why does one simple word send shudders down our spine? Maybe because as homeschoolers we don’t worry about tests constantly like public schools. ...
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