Author: Carma

7 Reasons I Homeschool My Teen

CafeMom recently posted “7 Reasons I’d Never Homeschool My Teen” by Ericka Sóuter. It’s not mean-spirited or anything, but it is ignorant … almost willfully so, since the points made are so well-refuted in so many places it seems like they should just Go. Away. and never bother us again. But since they haven’t, I’m

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Author: Carma

Learning to Read: How My Unnatural Reader Began Reading

– I have four children who have always been homeschooled. They learned to read in four very different ways, though there are some important similarities too (all four have me for a mother, after all). This is the second in a series of posts examining how each of my children learned to read. – Colter

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Author: Carma

Author: Carma

Tuesday Poesy: In the Sultan’s Garden

I found this pantoum form of poem to be just fascinating! Pay attention to the repetitions and think about if you could construct a poem like this one! In the Sultan’s Garden She oped the portal of the palace, She stole into the garden’s gloom; From every spotless snowy chalice The lilies breathed a sweet

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Author: Carma

Author: Carma

Author: Carma

First Alphabet Blocks for the Budding Mad Scientist

Xylocopa, a jewelry store, has produced the coolest set of blocks I have ever seen! These take the old alphabet block standard to new heights: blocks for budding mad scientists! The laser-cut imagery is beautiful, and the blocks contain such helpful words as F for Freeze ray, G for Goggles, H for Henchman, M for

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Author: Carma

Fearful Dementoids, Unite!

So, it seems Joy Behar of The View thinks that homeschoolers are demented, and that homeschooled children learn to be afraid of other children. This clip is from the middle of a discussion about whether the Obama girls should be homeschooled or sent to public school. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gq9yefHhhI] Here is a partial transcript of this section of

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Author: Carma

Never Let Them In

They need a warrant. They need to let us know the allegations against us. They need to pursue reasonable avenues to investigate unsubstantiated and potentially baseless claims from a single anonymous source – say, maybe, talking to the parents or possibly seeking input from friends and neighbors before they force their way into our homes and grill and

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Author: Carma

So Much for Socialization …

Every homeschooler has been questioned about the Big “S” … the socialization question. How will our poor homeschooled children ever become properly socialized? A single room with a single adult supervising 20 to 30 same-aged children is assumed to be the proper milieu for learning good social interaction skills. Five-year-old Alex Barton might have a slightly different

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