Weekend links

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Happy Easter, friends!

“There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou – Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.”
~ Emily Bronte

Q&A Friday: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

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Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

For the past month or two we’ve been chatting about personality. The blend of temperaments within our four walls profoundly impacts our homeschool and family life.

Combine introverts and extroverts in the same house, tell them to live and learn and love together, and you’re pretty much guaranteed never a dull moment!

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If you’ve missed any of the personality posts so far, here’s your chance to catch up:
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5 educational board games you probably already own

Educational Board Games

Written by contributor Kris Bales, of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

My family and I enjoy playing lots of board and card games.

Usually when we’re playing, it’s just for fun and I’m not even considering the educational value. However, a lot of games that we play actually put many practical learning skills to use.

What hidden learning is lurking in your game closet? [Read more…]

The myth of the uninvolved unschooler

The myth of the uninvolved unschooler
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool also writes about motherhood at Steady Mom

I remember the first time I heard the term unschooling. I was standing on a street corner chatting with a homeschooling neighbor, who used the term.

“What’s that?” I asked.

While I can’t remember her exact definition, I remember my reaction–far from positive. It sounded to me as though unschooling parents ignored their children, not getting really involved in their education.

I knew it wasn’t for me since the idea of traditional homeschooling already freaked me out. But then an evolution occurred. And I now find myself parked most resolutely on the informal side of the homeschooling spectrum.

I’m not the type who likes being put into a box, so I don’t label myself or my family. We pull from a variety of influences in our homeschool–unschooling/interest-led learning, Waldorf, and leadership education predominantly. But basically, we just do what works and what best fits our needs.

Last year Jena wrote a post about the two foundational principles of unschooling–that children are born to learn, and that forced learning kills the desire to learn.

But what exactly do unschoolers do all day? That varies as much as individual families vary–in other words, a lot! But as I’ve come to know more unschoolers, it seems to me that we often have in common the following six focuses.
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Weekend links

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ghc2Less than two weeks remains until the Great Homeschool Convention where I’ll be speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio–April 4-6.

It’s not too late to register–I’d love to see you there!

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” ~ Walter Cronkite