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    Published on 07-20-2010 05:39 AM
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    by Jadzia66

    If anyone had told me a year ago that I would be homeschooling, I would have laughed and thought they were joking. Instead, 2 weeks into my daughter's second grade year, homeschooling was thrust upon me in a single day. The shock of it came later that night. What I did first was spring into action, calling our Board of Education and finding out how to go about doing this. I was so relieved at how helpful they were! The woman on the phone gave me a bunch of information which I furiously wrote down and then immediately sent out the required paperwork. Hubby went to Walmart that afternoon and bought "The Big Book of 2nd Grade" workbook to tied us over until we picked out a cirriculum. Later that night after everyone was in bed and the house was quiet the panic set in. Homeschooling?? Me?? How was I going to manage this, especially with a soon to be 2 year old in the house? Would I be capable of it? ...
    by Published on 06-24-2010 11:15 AM
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    Here is an exciting opportunity for our members to write about their experiences as secular homeschoolers and be read around the globe!!! New member "Keren" is creating an International Homeschooling Newsletter, and would like to invite you to take part. Here is a copy of Keren's invitation....

    Hello, My Name is Keren and I live in Tasmania Australia. I am very interested in working with others to see the creation of an International Homeschooling Newsletter - secular in style. Our personal home educational journey is not based around any particular political stand point or faith. Therefore I guess my vision for this newsletter would be for it to share this view of the world. I intend to have no advertising in the newsletter, no political content and also no religious content. I respect everyone has a diverse and interesting homeschooling journey and lifestyle and I wish to learn about these. However I feel that in the spirit of networking, support and inclusiveness that the newsletter should reflect a multicultural view point of the world, and reflect our learning and achievements rather than our faith and political views. So I guess overall it will be secular in nature.

    Published on 12-22-2009 09:55 AM
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    Reprinted with permission from the website and blog: Your Homeschool Community.

    Homeschooling is a journey and the record of it, both visual (videos and pictures) and concrete (awards, work binders, etc.) all need to be kept in
    Published on 12-10-2009 08:54 AM
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    Having an essay scored for a standardized test used to be a privilege reserved for college-bound students. Now, however, in many states, even elementary and middle school students are receiving writing assessments in specific grades. ...
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    I started my homeschooling journey ten years ago, when the summer before my oldest son was about to start kindergarten he contracted a serious neurological illness, and school was not even an option for the near future. Our family suddenly became "accidental homeschoolers", without having ever even considered what that might mean.

    After doing as much research as I could (there was no free "Welcome to Homeschooling" guide back then), based on the materials available to me at the time, I jumped head first into my homeschooling adventure, learning as I went. As you can imagine, this mostly involved learning the hard way. Mistakes became the norm. In fact, if things went well our first time doing something new, I would begin to doubt it's effectiveness!

    Anyway, all this trial and error has given me a unique perspective on things, and I see it as an opportunity to share some of that hard-earned wisdom with those of you who aren't quite as far along on the path. So, I'm going to share with you my "Top Ten Homeschooling Mistakes," in order of what I think are the least egregious all the way to the mistakes that can do a homeschool program in.
    Are you ready?? Are you taking notes?? Then here we go...

    10. Procrastination

    If homeschooling wasn't high on your priority list, and seems daunting to say the least, you might be tempted to put off your research and planning in favor of say... having your toenails removed with pliers. This is a common beginner mistake, but one that will lead you to purchasing homeschool curricula you don't like, hanging out with support groups that don't fit you, and asking the wrong people for advice.

    9. Listening to the Naysayers

    If you are one of the few people in your family or circle of friends who homeschools, you are likely to hear any number of reasons why homeschooling will damage your children. 9 times out of 10 these well-meaning advisers have no personal experience with homeschooling, and are simply falling back on uninformed opinion or faulty information. Unless these people have experienced homeschooling for themselves, and know your children as well as you do, their judgment is not really trustworthy.

    8. Impulse Buying

    Many first time homeschoolers attend curriculum fairs or book sales. These are wonderful sources of ...
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