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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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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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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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The Surprising Success of Finland’s Schools

Finland has had recent surprising successes in measures such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s PISA survey, which compares the fifteen-year-old students of various countries in reading, math, and science. For the past decade, Finland has ranked at or near the top, along with heavy hitters South Korea and Singapore, while the U.S.

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Learning to Read: How My Natural 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 first in a series of posts examining how each of my children learned to read. — Noa

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What the Kids Are Reading

I’m planning a series of posts telling how each of my four children learned to read. Obviously, I don’t have time to tackle that project until after Christmas, but here’s a little teaser in the form of what they’re reading right now. Nova (16) The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy … yes, at the

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Movie Monday: Born to Learn!

Birds fly. Fish swim. People learn. ~ John Holt It turns out that the above quote is turning out to be more true than we thought! You’ve heard that babies are born already recognizing their mother’s voices, sometimes their father’s, and things like a passage from a book that mother read over and over. Well

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“He’s Bullied, But He’s Still Got to Go to School!” … Doesn’t He?

Jonah Mowry posted this video of himself about his fear and despair at the thought of starting 8th grade, because of the severe bullying he has experienced since 1st grade … and he started cutting himself in 2nd grade. At some point – at several points – during the ensuing seven years, he has contemplated

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You Learn to Teach by Teaching

A local radio station, KTAR, recently interviewed a friend and me about homeschooling. From a twenty-minute interview they put a couple of sound bites on drive-time radio the next morning (I didn’t hear it, but someone I know did!) and a brief article on their website. Thankfully, they didn’t try to make us or homeschooling

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The Easy Way to Run a Homeschool Group

It’s not a NO-work homeschool group, but definitely LESS work. Still sound good? I’m the leader of my local homeschool support group. We’re pretty laid-back, so much so that I really don’t consider myself the “leader” … I fulfill more of a secretarial role in my own opinion. But most of the group calls me

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