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Multi-aged homeschooling

How I manage homeschooling with children across such a broad age range (10, 6, 4, 2 and 4 months) is probably the most common question I am asked.  It is also one of the more difficult ones for me to answer.  The hardest is “How do you get it all done?”  Because I don’t.  And really, the answer is the…

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Discussing diversity with the homeschooled child

Catholic Dads recently asked how other homeschool families discuss homeschooling with family, friends and paticularly with the homeschooled children.  Particularly the questions of children seem to draw out uncertainties.  After all, we have so much power to frame the entire discussion and insert our views into our children.  Catholic Dad’s questions echo my own thoughts as I attempt to answer…

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Government funded homeschooling

The Globe and Mail out of Canada has some nice commentary on homeschooling.  I particulary liked the fact that the author’s “conversion” to a supporter of homeschooling occured not after being inundated by statistics and well-crafted arguments.  Instead, she was confronted with a roomfull of homeschoolers in a homeschool information night at her library. Seated beside a mom with coiffed…

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Sweden proposes making homeschooling illegal

June 16, the new school law was presented to the Swedish minister of education.  Based on its understanding of the European Convention on Human Rights (itself based on the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights), homeschooling will be made illegal.  The following is a letter forwarded to me from a homeschooler in Sweden: ******************* Dear friends, Today the Swedish Government…

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How should homeschoolers communicate in the public square?

JJ Ross pleads with homeschoolers to think a little before writing. Homeschool advocates, please, please educate yourselves first before you “defend” homeschooling freedom in the public square, lest you make our community’s thinking skills seem inadequate and thereby bolster the regulators’ case or the standardizers’ case or the social worker-teacher union-UN case.  Cocking a Snook I always have a little…

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The Carnival of Homeschooling’s Field Guide to Homeschoolers

Welcome to the 180th Carnival of Homeschooling!  This week, we will be consulting the Field Guide to Homeschoolers to attempt to describe this fascinating specimen of educational freedom and gain a greater understanding of its habits, habitat and daily life. The homeschooler, elusive and quick, is one of the most difficult creatures to study.  They do not survive well in…

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Why do you homeschool?

Seth at Contend Earnestly has begun an interesting and somewhat spirited discussion on Christian homeschooling.  While he obviously has some reservations regarding homeschooling, he is gracious in his thoughts and I probably agree with him more than I disagree with him.  Mostly because I agree wholeheartedly with his main point: What I really want people to be asking and really…

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