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Articles, Meanderings, and Thoughts from the Homeschool Community

Pros and Cons of Home Schooling

    What are the main Pros and Cons of Home Schooling? If you are trying to decide, it helps to look at a list of Pros and Cons and look at discussions of the various positive and negative aspects of home schooling. Here are some to consider. The Pros of Home...

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A Guide to Various Different Learning Theories

Learning Theories are Varied and Here's a Few to Get Started Educational theorists, from philosophers like Socrates and Rousseau to researchers like Howard Gardner today, have addressed theories of learning. Many of their ideas continue to influence homeschoolers as...

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Natural Ways To Improve Focus

The number of American children being homeschooled is currently thought to be around 3.5 million. The reasons for homeschooling are different for every family but often include the chance to implement child-lead interactive learning in a 1:1 situation.  However, even...

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My Homeschooling Story

by Jennifer Eager My eldest daughter was four years old, and she was reading. Not memorizing a story and parroting back, not sight reading three letter words and laboriously sounding out others. Reading. She could pick up any children's book and read it, cover to...

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Going Beyond the Classroom: Life Skills for Students

Individual needs are well met in a homeschool environment BY SALLY KEYS When it comes to providing the best education for your child, you want to make sure that they have the best resources possible. That is one of the reasons why more and more families opt for...

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Making Youth Fitness Fun

I walked by a soccer practice the other day and witnessed a coach yelling at his players. The children seemed to be about 10-12 years old, certainly not yet teenagers. He was pretty demanding, I’d hate to say foaming at the mouth, but it definitely seemed that way. As the coach shouted at his players, he prompted them to do various calisthenics and exercises. I was only walking by so I wasn’t able to take in too much, but in my observation I heard commands such as:

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Why Homeschool?

Families have been homeschooling since the dawn of time. The reasons we do so now are varied yet we are all under the same umbrella of home educating our children. Over the years the trends change and homeschool group notice an influx at certain times of the year or during education regulation or curriculum changes, such as the Common Core issues in New York that are still playing out as of January 2014.

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Common Core and Homeschooling

Common Core is nothing new. It’s just the latest round of “fixing” public education by proposing new standards, tests, etc. The modern standardization movement goes back to the Nation At Risk report 30 years ago, and its biggest push was in the form of No Child Left Unstandardized a dozen years ago. Yet homeschooling regulation hasn’t gotten stricter over that time. There was concern in the wake of No Child Left Unstandardized that “they’re going to come for the private schools next, and then they’re going to come for us”.

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