Archives for November 2012

So, how do you homeschool?

Written by contributor Amida of Journey into Unschooling.

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.”

~Galileo Galilei

When people first find out that I homeschool my children, their first response is inevitably, “Wow — That’s great!” followed closely by, “How do you do it?”

They wonder if there is a set schedule with a set curriculum. To them, “homeschool” translates to “school at home”. They comment on how hard it must be to keep four kids under control or even hint at my brilliance for being able to “teach” them everything they need to know.

Usually, I just shrug it off and say it’s not really anything extraordinary. It’s all we know and very much just a part of our lives. If anything,  I find the act of getting kids to and from school and extracurricular activities, in addition to making sure they complete all their homework everyday to be an amazing feat all its own.
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Weekend links

The winner of yesterday’s Oak Meadow giveaway is Jalynn Patterson–congratulations! Head here to read more about Oak Meadow’s curriculum and other resources.

“No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

Weekend giveaway: Oak Meadow

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Welcome to another weekend giveaway, sponsored this week by Oak Meadow.

In their own words:

Curriculum packages—dubbed “curriculum in a box” or “boxed curriculum”—offer homeschooling parents a complete curriculum for a full year. Some parents feel they have struck gold when they find a curriculum package that suits their child.

Many other homeschoolers, however, think that curriculum packages are too confining, too rigid. They think, “Curriculum in a box? That’s not for creative types like us.”

Think again.
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Q&A Friday: What if your child could only learn one lesson?

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and writer at Steady Mom

Homeschooling feels awfully complicated at times, wouldn’t you agree? There are multiple subjects, multiple children (usually!), and multiple household tasks to juggle.

All these categories place demands on our time, and in one way or another we need to devote energy to them. But sometimes we lose focus and our lives become a blur of reading lessons, math problems, and test-taking strategies. Not too fun for anyone.

We measure our kids–and our success as homeschooling parents–by these external benchmarks, but what is actually most important in the long run?
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Always learning

Written by contributor Rachel Wolf of Lusa Organics and Clean

Last week my mom came to visit.

When she arrived I was cleaning up from a class I had just taught to our homeschooling coop.

As we tidied up, she asked about our lesson.

“What were you teaching?”

I have a background in environmental education, so we could have easily been digging in to some serious topics.

Endangered species management, ecology, or plant taxonomy perhaps.

Or maybe something basic yet academic.

Like math.

But instead I was teaching letterboxing. [Read more…]

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