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Spontaneous Science

Spontaneous Science

The myths about science is that it takes lots of equipment and requires special knowledge to “teach”. Then there are those field trips that you have to prepare for… planned outings requiring lunch and money for admission to the museum, zoo, or whatever. Sometimes the obstacles seem insurmountable and science ends up being shoved...
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Supplements are the Key!

Supplements are the Key!

I admit it. When I began homeschooling my seventh grade daughter just this year, I was overwhelmed. As a first time homeschooler, I had ordered a curriculum, but workbook after workbook is boring for any child, let alone an adolescent. I can’t count the amount of times I pleaded, begged and cajoled Ashley into...
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Unschool Learning

Unschool Learning

By September, every homeschooler in our state has outlined her proposed curriculum and sent it off to the local school district. I never found the forms our school district sent us particularly useful. They provided a planning sheet divided into small boxes, each about two inches by three inches, into which I was supposed...
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They’re Homeschooling

They’re Homeschooling

I took my granddaughter Ally to the circus last week. I’d have taken all my grandkids, but it was a working assignment; I was photographing and videotaping the event, and Ally has proven herself a reliable assistant when I’m in the field. We got to go backstage and meet the performers, and we stayed...
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Homeschooling a Free Spirit

Homeschooling a Free Spirit

The other day I had the chance to reflect on how homeschooling can so easily adapt to the differences in our children. Like most mothers, I enjoy watching my children and noting the striking differences in each personality. Some of my children are very conscientious and self-motivated. Another child can best be described as...
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