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Pioneering the Way

Pioneering the Way

Do you remember when you first learned about the idea of homeschooling your children? Did it seem naturally right for you, or did you have to think about it a while, find out more information, discuss it with a few people, read a book or two and warm up to the idea first? For...
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Doubts

Doubts

Not long ago I received an email letter from a mother expressing doubts about her ability to homeschool her children. That in itself is nothing unusual, but the letter had a slightly different quality about it; I’d like to share a paragraph with you: “I’ve been reading about homeschooling, and especially unschooling, and it...
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Attachment Parenting International’s Anniverary

I got an email from Janet Jendron of Attachment Parenting International, telling about API’s upcoming 15th anniversary celebration in Nashville August 29 – 30. This is relevant for homeschoolers, because so many people come to homeschooling as an outgrowth of attachment parenting. From Janet’s email: We just got Vince Gill and his daughter Jenny...
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Memory Lane

Memory Lane

Going through boxes and files at the Home Education Magazine office, I found the original notebooks and edited manuscripts of several books we published, by Linda Dobson, Agnes Leistico, Cafi Cohen and others. I found photos of Mark and I speaking at conferences from New York to California, and marveled at how young we...
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H1N1 Homeschooling

It was inevitable: People are starting to wonder if this latest health scare and the resulting closure of schools isn't going to lead to an epidemic... of new homeschoolers. Some interesting notes about swine flu and homeschooling from around the Internet.
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Research?

When homeschoolers agree to participate in research, they are also agreeing that homeschooling can and should be measured by the categories and terms that researchers choose. In other words, homeschoolers who participate in research are agreeing that the important parts of homeschooling, or at least the criteria by which it should be judged, are...
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Spin me a memory

Spin me a memory

The wonderful world of poetry is fun to explore, and most of us have many good memories relating to poetry in some way or another. Remember The Cat in the Hat, The Highwayman, The Raven, The Ants Go Marching, Paul Revere's Ride, Jabberwocky, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Trees?
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One Perspective on Homeschooling

One Perspective on Homeschooling

The calls for more accountability in our education system promise a better educational system. Yet, I have to wonder if there isn't systemic corruption inherent in the way we choose to measure success? As homeschoolers are being pushed to be more like schools, can we challenge the measure of success for our kids? Is...
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Homeschoolers Call for ABC Boycott?

Homeschoolers Call for ABC Boycott After Joy Behar Calls “A Lot” of Homeschoolers “Demented” By Stephanie Raney, published Nov 22, 2008 Homeschoolers across the United States are talking about another comment made by mainstream media that portrayed them in a bad light. This time the buzz is caused by a remark made by Joy...
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Are Homeschoolers Really Outliers?

Outlier, noun. out·li·er 1 : something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body 2 : a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample According to Salon book reviewer Louis Bayard, an interesting premise lies behind a new book by über-consultant...
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