Closer Look: History

Time in its irresistible and ceaseless flow carries along on its flood all created things and drowns them in the depths of obscurity . . .. But the tale of history forms a very strong bulwark against the stream of time, and checks in some measure its irresistible flow, so that, of all things...
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Physical Education

Many times I’ve been asked how my children complete physical education while homeschooling. It is an easy question to answer. There are a variety of ways they have remained physically fit. They love taking bike trips, hiking, climbing, swimming, running, roller blading, ice skating, baseball, basketball, weight lifting, aerobics, gymnastics and more. Other families...
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Homeschooling Older Kids

“Go light on the teacher aspect of home education. Don’t be the nightmare homeschooling parent, the one who insists on researching the country of origin of every piece of produce in the grocery store. Yes, it can make you – the parent – feel good to point out the educational aspects of everyday life....
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Noted science fiction writer Ray Bradbury once said, “We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” Since the first caveman scribed his symbols on the cave wall, writing has been a wonderful form of communication.We have come a long...
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“Although credentials are defined as something that entitles one to confidence, credit, authority, or power, the term has come to refer primarily to formal pieces of paper that have been awarded through an institution. Yet in practice, employers, college admission committees, and others often quickly pass over these formal credentials and instead make decisions...
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One of my favorite math resources is a well-named article, A Few Words About Unschooling Math, by unschooling pioneer Luz Shosie. It’s not actually an article per se, but merely a simple collection of words related to math, or evocative of math-type experiences, words as disparate as Origami, mileage, knit 1 purl 2, weave,...
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Gardening With Kids

“No one sees the garden as vividly, or cares about it as passionately, as the child who grows up in it.” -Carol Williams, Bringing a Garden to Life Taking the time and making an effort to instill an interest in gardening will guarantee lifelong benefits for your children, and as their interest grows, so...
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When I was a little kid, a classic sci-fi movie called The Blob, which probably still runs on late-night TV, scared the bejeebers out of me. The Blob was an unstoppable menace which absorbed whatever got in its path, and thereby grew to enormous size… Blogs remind me of The Blob, growing and spreading...
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“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ~Groucho Marx Reading is potentially one of life’s most underrated accomplishments. Consider for a moment how much reading you do in a single day – beginning with what you’re reading right now....
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Educational Games

Games are one of our “universal languages,” bringing all ages together. In Time For Family Baseball, Earl Stevens wrote, “We get to know each other better and become closer when we play together. People tend to let go of their reserve.” Games can bring back favorite family memories; in From Boring To Board Games...
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