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    by Published on 11-06-2013 12:18 PM
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    November is considered the month to be thankful for things!
    And we are issuing an Instagram challenge to the KIDS of SHS!!

    Pets are a HUGE part of our family! I could not, would not live without my pets! We have 2 rats, a cat, 2 dogs, 2 lizards, plus chickens and ducks outside! They are all our pets and I would have more if I had room in my home. Pets provide an unconditional love, asking just for food and shelter plus an occasional snuggle! And I know that my family is not the only pet loving family out there!

    Kids respond to pets and many times, kids with issues work better with pets around.
    A snuggle with your dog may calm your child after a meltdown, a head bump from the cat while studying may give your child that extra push to get it done on time, watching fish swim has proven to lower blood pressure and calm crying babies plus taking care of a pet teaches responsibility. Even using their pets as subject matter for art or writing can get kids to express more than they normally would!

    My boys each had a special pet growing up, my older son had a chihuahua since he was 18 months old and was his right hand man!! They went everywhere together and Brutus helped my son learn to calm down and focus instead of flying into a rage on a bad ADHD day! He passed away 3 years ago and we were a very sad family. He has a new dog now, Leia but it is not quite the same. My younger son had a cat that he personally picked out at 3 years old! Flyer the flying cat because she would leap all over his room. He would carry her around like a ragdoll. Sadly, we lost her not long after Brutus. We have yet to replace her. I had a cat from age 10 until 23 and she knew all my secrets! Bad day, talk to Patches! Boyfriend troubles, talk it over with Patches... ...
    by Published on 09-30-2013 12:43 PM
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    In alignment with Room to Read, we're celebrating Booktober at SHS this month!!

    What is Booktober?? Here's an explanation from the Room to Read website:
    Did you know that 796 million people in the world today cannot read or write? That’s one out of every five adults. The good news is that this month you can help change the story, and we’re going to give you all the tools you need to make it happen.
    Booktober is a month-long campaign to raise funds and awareness for global literacy, because every child deserves the chance of a brighter future.
    There are so many cool ways to participate with Booktober!!
    • There are Booktober events being held in various places around the world. Check them out to see if there is one near you.
    • Want to make it even more fun? Host your own Booktober event such as a "Book Costume Party" or Book Swap using the
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    We've never had a dedicated place on the forum to discuss books, and it seems high time! Introducing...the "Good Secular Reads" section of the SecularHomeschool.com forum!!

    The idea behind this new forum section is for parents to be able to share their personal insights and feedback on books that they have found especially worthwhile. To help parents sift through the new shares, we have broken down the Good Secular Reads section into the follow sub-forums:
    • Pre-readers
    • Early Readers
    • Elementary and Chapter books
    • Middle school level
    • Teen reads
    • Parental reads (why should the kids have all the fun?!)
    by Published on 08-04-2013 06:25 PM
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    shsnotbacktoschool-jpgCan you believe it? For many homeschoolers & unschoolers & roadschoolers & virtual-schoolers it's almost NOT time to go back to school!! That's right, it's time to NOT go backpack-shopping, NOT pay school activity fees, NOT memorize bus routes, and NOT feel those first day jitters. In fact, it's NOT time to do anything except figure out how to celebrate NOT going back to school!!

    We'd like to have a GROUP celebration this year at SHS. What's more fun than kicking off NOT going back to school by sharing pictures of what you'll be doing INSTEAD. We'd like to see your pics of freshly organized homeschool nooks, beginning-of-the-homeschool-year parties, field trips to any and everywhere, lazy park days, curriculum just arrived in the mail - - ANYTHING that makes you smile about NOT going back to school.

    To participate, simply post your not-back-to-school pics on Instagram and hashtag them #shsnotbacktoschool. We'll be running a stream of the most recently tagged photos on our SHS sidebar AND on a dedicated tab on our Facebook page. We can't WAIT to see how you are spending your days - - whether it's gearing up for new learning, or winding down from your summer adventures!!

    Happy NOT-back-to-school, SHS'ers!!!
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