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Board Games and Math

Board Games and Math

Arithmetic, computation or mathematics … no matter what it’s called in school, the subject often adds up in a child’s mind as plain old boring. Kindergarten worksheets display clusters of objects for children to color and count. By third or fourth grade word problems sneak into the curriculum. I don’t know about you, but...
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Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright

The night sky has always fascinated me. Whether lying on the grass in our backyard as a child (up way past bedtime on a starry summer night) or sailing on the ocean (all alone in the cockpit on my night watch), I have always found comfort in looking up to see familiar companions like...
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Support Without A Support Group

Support Without A Support Group

I frequently get asked by both homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers whether or not we belong to a support group. Coming from non-homeschoolers this usually means: “Do your kids have any contact with other kids?” Coming from homeschoolers this usually means: “Is there a group in the area that I don’t know about that I might...
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The Truth About Necessary Knowledge

The Truth About Necessary Knowledge

Question: What do our children really need to learn. And by when? There it is. Blowing the doors off my little schoolhouse and nearly obliterating the entire structure. What do they need to learn, and by when? That is the question. No, my kid didn’t necessarily know Daniel Boone and westward expansion yet. But...
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Learning with Libraries

Learning with Libraries

Of all possible homeschooling resources – after, of course, such pipe-dream unobtainables as unlimited time and money – next-best is a library card. Kids vary certainly, but there’s no doubt, as Neil Postman said, that a magnificent education can be obtained solely through reading; and even for the reading-resistant, the library has a lot...
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