homeschooling

Homeschooling in the popular culture

Sunday night, the children and I sat down to watch a movie on Hulu since we have no television (and no real interest in football, anyway.)  On the lineup?  Princess, because I’ve had about all the Flipper and Fudge I can take.  The plot doesn’t really matter.  Suffice it to say, she doesn’t get out much, having spent almost her…

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Raising all weather children in the country

For some reason, my children do not like playing in the snow.  They ignore me when I suggest they go outside and play.  They whine when the suggestions become stronger.  They grumble as they put on their snowsuits, and they do so only after being bribed with hot cocoa.  I think the problem is that our yard here in town…

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A little homeschool-style socialization

Seated around our table with five of her friends, Mouse celebrated her eleventh birthday. One is two years younger than she. One is three years older. The other three are her age. All five are Christian. Only three attend our church. Three are homeschooled. Two attend public school. One lives down the street. Four live thirty minutes or more away.…

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Instilling mindfulness in our homeschool

In his book New Pioneers, Jeffrey Jacob quotes a homesteader from Idaho’s description of the joy she has in the way of life her family has chosen: There is so much more to say, and all I can start with is–this is a most beautiful way to live.  We feel joy in just watching a gate we built open and…

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On socialization and learning where we fit in the world

Hey, did you know we’re Mexican? says the little girl at craft table at the library.  She couldn’t have been older than six.  Her little friend across from her dropped her scissors, mouth agape. Don’t you call me that! She was clearly insulted and the table fell silent, all eyes on the offender.  She averted her eyes, but there was…

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education, government

Why we should listen to the president

Like I mentioned yesterday, I will be watching President Obama’s speech to America’s school children with my children later today.  We have little ones around here, so we’ll be using the elementary lesson plans, legal or not. Actually, we’ll be focusing specifically on this question, because it fits perfectly with some ongoing conversations we have been having around here: Why…

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