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    We're honored to be able to reprint this post from unschooler and author Pam Laricchia. Pam is the author of the unschooling books Free to Learn and Free to Live. Explore all her books here.

    I love the variety of words that express the concept of being mindful: observant, aware, attentive, conscientious, careful, cognizant, considerate, present, respectful, thoughtful, sensible.

    Living mindfully is another skill that I picked up as I played with creating a solid unschooling environment in our home. Being mindful walks hand-in-hand with unschooling because they both call us to be observant and make conscious choices, see how they play out, and incorporate those experiences into our lives moving forward. It’s how we learn, regardless of age—from learning to walk to figuring out games to discerning our sleep patterns ...
    by Published on 12-02-2013 12:18 AM
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    Let's get CRAFTY!!

    A new Instagram challenge is being issued to all Secular Homeschool members who like to craft, create, and do homemade things during the holidays! This is for both kids and adults!

    We want to see pictures of your creations! Ornaments, gifts, goodies, home-baked goods, and the like! You never know when your creation will inspire another member to make something new!

    I know that this time of year, we are constantly making goodies in my house! Between daycare crafts to take home or make as parent gifts, my boys creating things for family members or making gifts and goodies for my husband to take to work and hand out.... I am busy baking, crafting and by the time the month is over.....glue, glitter, flour and sugar seem to rule my home! LOL

    This year, I have 11 crafts for the little kids to create(yes, I am slightly insane!), bread and cookies to bake for all their parents plus our neighbors.... Secret Santa at Hubby's work, cookie exchange at Hubby's work plus treats and goodies for him to take to work just because! I haven't even started on crafting for our tree yet! We want to try the borax and pipe cleaner snowflakes this year as well and hang those in all the windows! WHEW!

    So, take a snapshot of those creations no matter how big or small! And then be sure to add our hashtag, #HomemadeHolidaysatSHS

    Now, go forth, be creative and then share!!! ...
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    Thanksgiving is soon upon us, and it traditionally heralds in a holiday season full of indulgences and overeating. Would you like to enjoy the holidays and yet avoid the need to spend January detoxing and losing the 5 or 10 pounds you gained? Kick off Thanksgiving right with these tips for keeping the holidays healthy!

    1) Choose Your Indulgences Wisely
    Before you get too festive, take an honest look at where your weaknesses are. Do you gorge yourself on Grandma’s old-fashioned Thanksgiving cooking? Do you have a sweet tooth that gets a little too sweet this time of year? Recognizing the problem is half the battle! Come up with a reasonable plan you can stick to, perhaps limiting yourself to drinking only water with meals, or only having one sugary dessert item at your neighbor’s annual Christmas party this year. Little things add up, so make some small adjustments where you can, and you won’t need to feel so guilty about indulging on the things that it just wouldn’t be the holidays without.

    2) Let Your Body Realize It’s Full
    Did you know that the First Thanksgiving feast lasted for days? Maybe the Pilgrims knew better than to stuff themselves full of every harvest food all at once, but many of us sure try to do exactly that! Definitely enjoy your meal, but it may help to then take a break to let your food “hit bottom” before going back for another helping. Plan on some time to digest your meal before having dessert, too. You’ll cut down on the risk of indigestion and also make better food choices when you’re not rushed to load up on as much as you can, as quickly as you can.

    3) Have A Glass Of Water Before Meals
    It’s old advice, but it really works! Have a glass of water before the meal is served, and your stomach won’t have as much empty space to fill during dinner. If you choose an appetizer, try something with fiber, like vegetables and whole grains, that will help keep you feeling full and less likely to overeat later.

    4) Cook From Scratch
    You probably already know how unhealthy all that processed, ...
    by Published on 11-15-2013 11:01 PM
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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!!
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