Seeds and saplings

seedsandsaplings

The following is a guest post written by Annie Reneau of Motherhood and More.

“We can think of ourselves not as teachers but as gardeners. A gardener does not ‘grow’ flowers; he tries to give them what he thinks they need and they grow by themselves.”
– John Holt

One day, I was chatting with a fellow homeschooling mom about this analogy of teachers as gardeners.

As she dug into her botany background and began passionately explaining the diverse needs of seeds, I was struck by the depth of this metaphor — not just for us “gardeners,” but for the “seeds” and “saplings” in our care as well.

All seeds have a basic need for sun, water and a place to anchor — much like a child’s basic needs for food, love and shelter.

But beyond that, seeds sprout and flourish under widely diverse conditions.
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Embracing a credit based system for high school

Graduation Credit

The following post is written by contributor Cheryl Pitt of CherylPitt.com.

Homeschooling high school often marks a big transition in the way we homeschool our children. They go from babes at Mama’s feet to independent, self-directed learners. While we, the parents, go from hands-on facilitator to hands-off manager. It’s an exciting time as we watch our children grow and test their independence.

With two seniors at home, I’ve found these high school years to be a blessing beyond measure. Watching the boys learn to drive, go on interviews and land first jobs, start dating wonderful young ladies — it’s all been so exciting to see the first true signs of who they’ll be as adults.

However, even though it’s been exciting and fulfilling, and even though I’m not deeply involved in their day-to-day schooling, it hasn’t been without challenges. My biggest regret in raising my first round of homeschool graduates?
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How to homeschool: Links to help you get started

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

I was CLUELESS about homeschooling several years ago. It seemed like something “strange” people did with their kids.

My, my–how life has changed.

But even after I decided to give homeschooling a try–it was kind of tough to figure out HOW. I felt as though I was floundering in a dark wilderness without a flashlight.

In case you’re considering homeschooling and need help getting started–I thought I’d put together an overview of links that consolidate information in one place.

This way you can spend an hour or two reading a few articles to get a grasp on the topic. Then you can take it from there.
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Weekend links

weekend links
Trishna (age 10) still loves our Green Kid Crafts subscription

Educents homeschooling dealsThe winner of this weekend’s giveaway from Educents is Amanda Lamar – congratulations!

If you didn’t win, remember you can still get an extra 10% off Educents’ already discounted rates! Just use the code “SimpleHomeschool10″ at checkout.

“…it’s not just learning that’s important. It’s learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn things that matters.”
~ Norton Juster

Weekend giveaway: $240 Magic School Bus Science Club subscription from Educents

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This giveaway has ended; thanks for your interest!

Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway, brought to you by Educents:

“Have you heard of Educents?

It’s the first flash-deal website that discounts homeschooling curriculum and educational products up to 90%!

We are a company with a mission: We aspire to provide affordable education to everyone.

After all, Educents was started by a homeschooling family, for homeschooling families.
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