The lazy girl’s guide to home education

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Written by contributor Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane

A big forest behind our house, lots of free time to read, a garden, science fairs, a playhouse, maps on the wall, Legos, an old piano, sketch books, almost no TV, and a library card.

These were the key components of my homeschool education growing up. In fact, when I’m asked what my homeschool days were like I usually respond, “I remember home but I don’t remember any school.”

My mom loves that.
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8 things I’ve learned about education in my 8 years of motherhood

8-things-Ive-learned-about-educationWritten by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and writer at Steady Mom

Education wasn’t exactly my top concern when I gave first became a mother. Unless it was my own education–I had a multitude of lessons to learn, mistakes to make, and love to give.

The learning curve continued dramatically when I began considering homeschooling. Now I look back shocked to see that eight whole years have passed. I have plenty of new questions I need answers to, but I’m also far enough down the road, of both motherhood and homeschooling, to feel like I’ve gathered a few lessons under my belt.

I feel far more secure and confident now–in myself, in my mothering, in our choice to homeschool. Here are eight things I’ve learned about education in my eight years of motherhood.
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Weekend links

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The winner of yesterday’s giveaway from Uzinggo math and science is Sandy W–congratulations!

Uzinggo is offering all readers 15% off any subscriptions through the end of October. Just use the code “SHS15″ at checkout.

“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Weekend giveaway: $135 package from Uzinggo math and science

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This giveaway has ended – thanks for your interest!

Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway, sponsored by Uzinggo:

Uzinggo is an online science and math program for middle and high schoolers. It’s like having access to a private tutor, but at a fraction of the cost.

Uzinggo tries to make learning as real as possible with real-world simulations – the more real a lesson is, the more students learn.

Uzinggo is unique in that they have their own built-in gaming system so students receive that additional encouragement to keep learning.

Through earning Zings (points) and badges as they complete more and more ZingPaths (pre-defined lesson plans), students are able to purchase virtual goods and even enter drawings for gift cards. Uzinggo is the gamification of education.”
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Homeschooling: Where to start and how to keep going

Homeschooling: Where to start and how to keep going
Written by contributor Jena of Yarns of the Heart

Have you ever felt like this? A reader shared her heart with me recently:

“I am in a desperate search for homeschooling counseling. I grew up in NYC and attended public school all the way through high school. My parents and friends aren’t very acquainted with the day to day concept of homeschooling.

So I find myself lonely and questioning whether I’m doing homeschool the “proper” way and truly second guessing the whole thing.

I’m a mom to an only child and am wondering if there is a certain approach I should consider. My daughter will turn seven in a little over a week and I find she gets bored very easily with her homeschool activities which makes me wonder whether I’m meeting her needs.

However, if I add a more challenging activity, she cries because it’s too hard. I really don’t want her to have a bitter experience with school. I’m afraid she’s building resistance and/or manipulating.

Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with this? I am currently not following any curriculum simply because I’ve no clue where to start. Because of this I feel a bit overwhelmed with the lack of structure and as to what to do, where to start and how to go about the whole matter.”

Here’s what I told her…
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