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yoga, reading, writing, cooking, craft beer



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Raising Independent Kids

by Red Oak Lane on 04-27-2012 at 10:41 PM
I have always believed that children should know how to entertain themselves. Another way of saying this is that I don't believe in 'entertaining' children.

When my girls were small, I would set toys out for them and go about my business of cleaning, laundry, meal prep. Up until they were 3 or 4, ... read more...

Individual Paths (An Opinion Post)

by Red Oak Lane on 04-19-2012 at 11:02 PM
Homeschooling is not the norm. Homeschooling is not something most people do. Most kids go to some sort of formal school. Homeschooling is a risk. We are taking our children's education into our own hands. The power and the importance of this is not lost on most homeschool parents. We realize the danger of doing things differently, but we also believe that the outcome is worth it. What is true in the rest of life, is true in homeschooling: the greater the risk, the greater the reward.

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How We Do Science: Exploring the Human Body

by Red Oak Lane on 04-06-2012 at 12:53 PM
I hated Science when I was a kid.

When we made the decision to homeschool, Science was the subject I was not sure if I could teach. How could I encourage interest and exploration in a subject that I did not understand, despite countless classes at the college level?

Our first year of learning at home, we tried many different Science programs. We found that we most loved Science kits, but we needed more of an explanation, more facts, more reasons WHY we did these experiments.

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Remarkable Journey

by Red Oak Lane on 05-13-2011 at 05:43 PM
When you have kids, you tend to not want them to miss out on anything. There were times, I admit, that I got wrapped up in what everyone else was doing and not wanting the girls to miss out. I didn't take into consideration that they were not really interested in doing it. If they gave me a hard time about it, I was incredulous: I was doing this for THEM.

This year has been about finding what is right for our family. Every step toward living an authentic life has taken us (Read more...)

How to Make Photo Collages

by Red Oak Lane on 05-12-2011 at 09:42 AM
You can use Photoshop to make collages, but I like photoshop better for editing and creating watermarks. I prefer to use photobucket or picnik to make collages. Personally, I prefer photobucket because it allows you to save photos and collages and gives you (Read more...)
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