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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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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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How Do They Learn?

“The Pain of Learning” by Angelo Bronzine. Image in the public domain. This image, “The Pain of Learning,” by Angelo Bronzine, is a pretty good representation of how a lot of folks think learning ought to look. So how do unschoolers learn? He couldn’t have told you where he learned it. Or when. I doubt he

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10,000 Hours

When the Beatles were a fledgling band, they went to Hamburg, Germany, and spent several years playing more than 1,200 live shows in clubs and bars, accumulating over 10,000 hours of playing time. When they returned to England, they were a slick, professional band with a startling new sound no one had heard before. According

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Movie Monday: Will Harvard Make You Happy?

I found this gem on Lee Stranahan’s Unschooling: The Movie website. Now THERE is a movie I can’t wait to see! Here is a snippet of Stranahan interviewing Seth Godin (a wildly successful author and entrepreneur),  on education. It’s brilliant, but the most astonishing quote comes near the end: “One of the studies I’m fond

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Keeping Up with the Bob Joneses, or “So What?”

Many homeschoolers, often newbies but sadly often not, panic if their child is not exactly on the school’s schedule, is “behind.” Let’s leave the question of just what “behind” really means for another day and assume for the sake of argument that every child really does need exactly twelve years of schooling before starting college or

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Pecans = Math

About seven years ago …  “Look, Mom, I broke my pecan in half.” “Mmm-hmmm. Does it taste better that way?” “Now I broke both halves in half. Now I eat them!” “Wow! Do you know that when you break a half in half, it’s called a fourth?” “A fourth?” “Yeah, look. I’ll break this pecan

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