Posts Tagged ‘ socialization ’

The Door is Wide Open

The Door is Wide Open

The late Spring sunshine shone relentlessly through my windshield as I waited for the light to change across from the Middle School. Absently, my eyes wandered over the structure and I noted the flag pole and gray cement walls of the new section of the building. The old wing hung lamely off the end,...
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A Learning Cooperative

A Learning Cooperative

“I couldn’t believe all the bones…” That’s one kid talking about dissecting owl pellets. Actually it was Micah, age eight, writing a newspaper article for the Once-in-a-Lifetime Paper. All of the writers were homeschoolers from three towns in northwest Iowa, and both the owl pellets and the newspaper were part of a six-week learning...
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The “S” Word

The “S” Word

It happened again last weekend. A new acquaintance, this one a mother with grown children, learned that we had homeschooled our kids. Her most burning concern: what about socialization? Paradoxically, the questioner had just spent an hour plus with our two kids, home for the holidays. Before she had learned about Jeff and Tamara’s...
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Won’t They Be ‘Different’?

Won’t They Be ‘Different’?

“Aren’t you doing your kids a disservice by homeschooling? I mean, how will they fit into the real world if they haven’t been schooled like everyone else? Won’t they be different?’ “I sure hope so!” I wanted to say. “I really want my children to be different!” Her question was honest enough. She was...
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Asking Questions, Finding Answers

Asking Questions, Finding Answers

Asking Questions, Finding Answers: A Parent’s Journey through Homeschooling, Tamra Orr’s newly updated and expanded book, is arranged in an engaging question and answer format that provides information and perspective about nearly every imaginable homeschooling issue. Tamra complements her own considerable knowledge and understanding with well-wrought essays by homeschooling parents and teens, whose voices...
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