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The Day I Decided My Daughter Will Not Choose Her Own Friends. By Leslie Blanchard I will never forget the day my daughter told me that Bethany, a girl in her 4th grade class, was annoying her.

The Day I Decided My Daughter Will Not Choose Her Own Friends

Homeschooling Advice & Help. Homeschool This — The Synapse. Erasing Misconceptions: Setting the Record Straight on Six Homeschooling Myths. I never planned to homeschool.

Erasing Misconceptions: Setting the Record Straight on Six Homeschooling Myths

I am the daughter, niece and granddaughter of excellent public school teachers. I cheerfully volunteered in my children’s classrooms and worked on parent committees. Why WEIRD People Limit Technology: and why it doesn't work. -  Together Walking. A Thousand Rivers. Before there was Phonics or Whole Language, there was the "Alphabet method," sometimes called "syllabification," where students were taught the letters of the alphabet followed by rote memorization and then combination of simple two-letter syllables, like BA BE BI BO BU and AB EB IB OB UB.

A Thousand Rivers

Combined with ample doses of the "Whipping" method, it was apparently highly effective. The New England Primer, widely used throughout the northeastern colonies through the end of the eighteenth century, followed a short list of these syllable combinations with illustrated verses designed to show each letter of the alphabet in use (“In ADAM’s fall, we sinned all,” or “The idle FOOL is whipped at school.”) and then went promptly on to full texts of prayers, hymns, dialogues between Christ, Youth, and the Devil, and thrillingly lurid illustrations of Protestant martyrs being burned at the stake. What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning. I refuse to steal my kids' dreams (On homeschooling as a social movement) Learning to be more committed to our kids than to our educational ideals. Best Homeschooling - Homeschoolers' Best Advice, with Links to Educational Sites and Free Learning Materials. Answering the Critics of the Gentle Approach to Homeschool.

Under the label of gentle, I am lumping together several different homeschool styles – Charlotte Mason, unschooling, delight directed.

Answering the Critics of the Gentle Approach to Homeschool

This would be the opposite of a school-at-home, textbook, or classical style of education. I am not here to criticize people who choose a more rigorous method. My focus is to defend gentle homeschooling against the opponents who demand that everyone fit the mold of traditional learning styles. In my experience, the criticisms of gentle learning aren’t direct attacks but subtle statements that create doubt and fear. Homeschool: When You Feel Like Giving Up. The following is a post from contributing writer, Mary Prather.

Homeschool: When You Feel Like Giving Up

We all know homeschooling is DIFFICULT. It is a unique type of stress we shoulder as homeschooling mothers. For the majority of last year I seriously considered GIVING UP. Throwing in the towel. Quitting. I know what the tuition is at our local private schools. I am so thankful God worked in me to give me the courage and strength to keep going. Yes, it’s that simple. But What About College? Thanks to my friend The Libertarian Homeschooler for today’s guest post!

But What About College?

How do you know your children will be ready for COLLEGE? It must be because I come from an over-educated family full of great degrees and flagrant under-achievement and I married into a family of happy, well-adjusted, hard-working people who made something of themselves without letters behind their names that I’m totally unimpressed with college and its magical powers. My family bought into the whole “college makes you superior, darling” mentality. I am here to tell you that people with letters behind their names are not exempt from debt, angst, failure, drug addiction, bankruptcy, divorce, bad decisions, or anything else. College is not the cloak of invisibility. Homeschooling and The Fear of Not "Fitting In" - Home - Homegrown Learners.

People make all kinds of assumptions about homeschoolers.

Homeschooling and The Fear of Not "Fitting In" - Home - Homegrown Learners

10 ways you're making your homeschool day harder than it needs to be. Homeschooling advice from graduates who have been there. Organizing Your Homeschool in a Tiny House. Homeschool High School–How to Log Hours for High School? Gentle Ways to Start Homeschooling Young Children. Photo Credit.

Gentle Ways to Start Homeschooling Young Children

5 Ways to Add Delight-Directed Learning to ANY Homeschool - Ben and Me. Welcome to the Teaching Creatively Blog Hop, hosted by the Schoolhouse Review Crew!

5 Ways to Add Delight-Directed Learning to ANY Homeschool - Ben and Me

For the next 5 days, I, along with 80 or so other bloggers, will be writing about creative ways to homeschool! For those of you who are wondering exactly what I mean by delight-directed and don’t have time to go read those articles linked above, basically it just means using your child’s interests and passions to direct what you teach. It’s not quite unschooling because you may in fact use curriculum to do this. But it is more relaxed than most curricula out there, and not much planning is required. Homeschooling in Small Spaces with Style.

Every homeschool is as unique as the people in it.

Homeschooling in Small Spaces with Style

Our lives are different too. And our homeschool spaces also vary from huge rooms and remodeled spaces to the dining room table. No situation is necessarily better than another. What’s really important is the quality education we strive for. However, a good space is an important place to begin no matter how small. Homeschooling in Tiny Spaces - Raising Lifelong Learners. Tools to Enhance Homeschool Learning {Intro} As if we don’t have enough to do as wives, moms and homeschoolers, now we need to enhance our children’s learning? You might read this title and think, “are you kidding me? FREE homeschool mini-course ~ 31 Days of Homeschooling ~ a month of tips, advice and wisdom from "Quick Start Homeschool" Introducing, our FREE 31-day getting started homeschooling series! This homeschooling mini e-course was designed to help you — the beginner, the experienced AND the long-time veteran homeschool parent, too!

In the next 31 days (or as fast as you choose to read), you’ll find answers to many common homeschool questions. We have also included lots of other popular homeschool topics for you, too! An overview of the series is provided below. It’s best to read the series in order. Frugal Homeschool Preschool. I Can’t Homeschool Because I Don’t Have Any Patience. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB) I can’t homeschool because I don’t have any patience!

Ever heard that comment before? Thought it? Classroom Of Life: The Wish To Learn - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger. “The important thing is not so much that every child be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” -John Lubbock I’m a little slow with getting these posts up, but I have a valid reason. We have been travelling for the past week – leaving our home in Kansas in order to visit family and wind up here in Seoul, South Korea where hubby is stationed for another year.

To the homeschool mom that is ready to quitThe Joyful Family. You just finished the worst day on the books this year. The tears started at handwriting, and it went downhill from there. 10 Lies People Believe About Homeschooling Families. Homeschooling Through Depression. Panicking About Preschool. I do a bit of Virtual Assistant work that puts me smack dab in the middle of the mainstream homeschool culture online. I not only spend time daily scrolling the #homeschool hashtag on twitter but updating many free homeschool deals around the web in a given week.

Living on ONE Small Income as Homeschooling Families. How to homeschool: Links to help you get started. How to Find Free and Inexpensive Homeschool Curriculum - Abundant Life. iHomeschool Network. 5 Things You Should Never Tell a New Homeschooling Mom - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger. Why I am Not a Militant Homeschooler.

7 Ways To Save Money On Homeschool Curriculum. How to Minimize Your Homeschool Shopping. How To Swim Through a Sea of Resources and Find Exactly What You Need. Homeschool Blindspots - Joshua Harris. I read the following article by Reb Bradley in the Virginia Home Educator Magazine and was challenged by it. The Benefits {And Struggles} Of Homeschooling In The Military - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger. Welcome old friends and newcomers! This week I am going to be sharing my experience, my semi-expertise, and my thoughts on homeschooling in the military. Homeschooling should be joyful! - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger.

Using discernment at homeschool conventions - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger. Tis the season! Homeschoolers and homeschool bloggers are packing their bags and getting ready to attend all the conferences, curriculum sales, and conventions that start as early as February and run until August.