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    Published on 01-06-2015 10:41 AM
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    Homeschooling parents give and give and give. We are teaching from birth to graduation, and from breakfast to bedtime. We moms and dads tend to have the philosophy that every moment is a teachable one, so we are always on the alert for opportunities to impart wisdom and to ask questions that get our children thinking. How empowering it is to grow up in a household where knowledge is at such a premium! But for homeschooling parents, themselves, this atmosphere of always being in professor mode, can sometimes be a drain mentally and emotionally. We can easily hit burn-out by constantly being the imparters of knowledge and never the recipients. So what can we do to recharge our own intellectual batteries?

    Reclaim Your Brain

    I think the biggest thing we can do to reclaim our brain is to seek out new learning for ourselves. I am a big proponent of continuing education classes. In most communities, these are often offered through your local community college, although you might also find other organizations such as libraries, community centers, and parks and recreation departments creating programs for continuing-ed, as well. Our local community college, for example, is currently offering courses with such titles as "The Quest for Political Identity in the American Republic," "Local Geology", and "Eastern Religions." The great thing is that many of these continuing education
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    by Published on 03-13-2014 05:31 PM
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    March is National Craft Month!

    And I know we have a bunch of crafty people and KIDS on this forum!
    Crafts are not just busy work! Crafts are a way to express Art, learn Art, use Math skills, learn shapes, follow directions, use Science, practice reading skills, practice writing skills, learn about History and socialize with friends!!
    Local craft stores are having special fun events this month, check yours! Some are having SPECTACULAR sales on crafting supplies! This is when I stock up! I also hunt our local thrift stores for stuff I can use all year round!! I have oodles and oodles of stuff!


    Crafting is not just for little kids or adults! It is for all ages and for both boys and girls!
    Did you know that it is said that knitting can help with Math retention? True story! New Math Tricks: Knitting and Crocheting


    Kids with sensory issues may do better when learning new things through crafting! 10 Fun Activities for Children with Autism (Not for all kids with sensory issues, every child is different and you know your child best!)


    Create some GREAT family memories by crafting with your kids!


    You can teach art curriculum using crafts alongside it! What better way to distinguish between artists by creating their own piece of art for impressionism or surrealism or pointillism.


    Pinterest is a great place to find some great kid crafting ideas! Check out ours for Secular Homeschool! ...
    by Published on 01-16-2014 05:37 PM
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    We homeschool parents tend to forget to take a few minutes to ourselves! We take care of the kids, we are teachers, principal and parent all in one!

    In other words, we wear a lot of hats! And while I love, LOVE each and every one of those hats....I get TIRED! And when I get tired, I get crabby and lazy!


    And my boys KNOW this... I tend to agree to skip some work that week for them just to save my sanity! And they avoid poking the bear because they know Mom is a ticking time bomb!


    We get up early to get things done, we stay up late to get things done. We stay up late to have a few minutes to ourselves but that means less sleep and while it was great to get a few pages read of that new thriller novel, you have now made yourself even more tired. UGH! Vicious cycle....


    How to stop it? How to remember to take time for ME? I have these kids ALL THE TIME!



    • First, try to get a good night's sleep. At least a couple nights a week, make yourself stop at a certain time and go to bed. Most adults do best on solid 8 hours sleep.




    • Start turning off those electronics at a set time. TV, computer, phone, iPad, whatever. OFF! Proven fact that electronic use up until bedtime does not allow the mind to shut down

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    by Published on 12-02-2013 01:18 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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    Yes, Christmas is traditionally a religious holiday but it is celebrated by many secular families as a time of giving and family.


    In our home, we are secular and we celebrate Christmas, but we celebrate it as a time of giving to others and family. Before our children were even born, we knew that we wanted them to know that while they are fortunate to have their needs met, not all people are. Therefore we give to those less fortunate.
    We give in many ways, book drives, coat drives, food drives, toy drives. The angel or giving tree at the local mall, money in the Salvation Army pot, food to the local animal shelters and clearing out things we do not need for the thrift stores. Here are some ways to give that won't break the bank!



    • Food Drives: I always have a spot in my pantry for spare food for food drives. Don't pass up those coupons that say FREE item or BOGO! Even if you don't need the item or need just 1, grab it anyways and set it aside for food drives! When stores have a a great sale, grab 2. Doing a little at a time all year barely touches your pocketbook!
    • Toy Drives: I found Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads online for $5 each! Grabbed them for the daycare kiddos and grabbed a couple extra to put in the toy drive! I am always on the hunt for new in package toys at the thrift stores. You wouldn't believe how many of these I find! I save them for the toy drives as well.
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