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    Thanks, Holli. I have to admit I take an absurd amount of pictures of my feet as documentation of the places we go and stuff we do. I agree that the freedom and time to travel is a great perk of homeschooling. My DS was in ps for a year and a half, and it always felt weird to me to ask his teachers' permission to go on a trip or visit family. Blech! lol

    Thanks for introducing yourself!
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    Awesome! My daughter loves getting the postcards. We'll make sure we get one to you as soon as possible.
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Our little family began homeschooling this December (2011) at the request of our eleven year old daughter.....she was fed up with middle school social issues. I was thrilled because I had always wanted to homeschool, and we have taken several (3 month long) winter breaks from public school where we "home-schooled" while traveling (under the direction of our public school teachers), so I knew we could do it. So far, so good.

We live in central Alaska and have always lived a bit differently from the standard fare. When the sun doesn't rise until 11am and it is -30f outside, there really is no reason to get up and head out for the 8 to 3 set up. We have our own time frame, and we enjoy our time together.

I'm not anti-public school by any means, but honestly, I feel school is failing my kids. I want my kids to strive for excellence, and public school seems to be happy for them to settle for mediocrity. I don't fit into a box, and I don't want my kids to feel they should have to either. I want my kids to view the world with open eyes and a mind set that doesn't limit them. I think home-school will allow us to do just that.
Photography, travel, camping, history and geography, and enjoying good food with good friends!
I work at the local Public Library, and own a backpackers hostel.


Life is a verb ~ live!
We learn, we laugh, we do things our own way...cut and paste style!


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Alabama to Arizona

by gypsylovecircus on 05-21-2013 at 03:48 PM
Well, we discovered that learning and writing about 50 states in 50 days just isn't gonna happen (I know, I always have GIANT aspirations!), but we are still spending 50 different school day learning about 50 different states, so the title is still okay. Anyway, here are our latest post. Hope you enjoy the ride!

Alabama http://fiftystatesinfiftydays.blogsp...e-alabama.html

Alaska http://fiftystatesinfiftydays.blogsp...-our-home.html

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50 States in 50 Days....Louisiana

by gypsylovecircus on 05-10-2013 at 03:11 PM
Hello and Welcome to our 50 States in 50 Days Project. We are bored with school, so we decided to switch things up a bit for the last month and a half, and just have some fun with our fifty states!

Our plan is to study the fun facts about each state, one per day. We want to learn about culture - famous people, music, food, art, festivals - as well as geography, famous land marks, and reasons to visit each state.

This whole project actually began because of a box

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NovaLee's Rockin' Science Video

by gypsylovecircus on 05-01-2013 at 12:18 AM
Okay, I am kind of a cheating with my post this week, because basically I am just re-posting my daughters blog. She has been working very hard on a climate video for the past few months, and finally finished it today (it is the feature of her weekly blog post as well). Yeah!! It feels so good to be done with one of our major projects. Time to relax....or just move on to something else.

I've got to say that one of the best parts of homeschooling is how much I have been forced

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Our magical typewriter

by gypsylovecircus on 04-28-2013 at 09:43 PM
It began with a wish. No, it was before that; several years ago Nova discovered strange lettering in the pages of a book she was reading (an old copy of Alice in Wonderland maybe?).
“I want to write just like that,” she stated. I smiled and took her to the library where I knew we kept an old typewriter for patrons’ use, though I doubt it had been touched in a decade and I wasn’t sure if the ribbon was any good. I pulled the antiquated machine out of the cupboard and set it up for her

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We Make Zines!!

by gypsylovecircus on 04-11-2013 at 02:18 PM
In this day and age of technology and virtual living, learning, and networking, it seems like you can’t get anything done without the help of computer. I honestly can’t tell you how many hours we spend a day online doing research, watching school related Netflix (or watching re-runs of Raising Hope at night), and finding math games to help understand fractions or games to help learn the names of the States. But some days we like to hide the electronic information box and just kick it old-school….we

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