Instead of Curriculum: The Great Courses Our family has greatly enjoyed using The Great Courses audio and video recorded classes. The first of The Great Courses we used was The Story of Human Language, presented by leading linguist John McWhorter, who gives 36 lectures about the development of human language, why languages change or become extinct,... 27 Nov 2013 No comments Read More
How Homeschooling Measures Up This is a fabulous graphic and article summarizing how homeschooling compares to public schooling in various respects: Source: TopMastersInEducation.com
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Free To Learn Is A Transformative Book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life by Peter Gray isn’t just a book, it’s a powerful agent of transformation. I’d like to put a copy in the hands of every parent, teacher, and policy maker. Gray,... 24 Nov 2013 No comments Read More
Delaying Academics: When Homeschoolers Defer Formal Lessons Schools are pushing standardized testing and formal academics earlier than ever, with today’s kindergartners and preschoolers asked to master skills and content that used to be learned in first and second grades.Stories like this one from New York and this one from Chicago are popping up all over the country... 16 Nov 2013 No comments Read More
Help! I ran out of time to do everything I planned! Gena Suarez, Publisher of TOS Magazine Hey, Mama, I don’t know about you, but this could be a common lament at my house: “Help I ran out of time to do everything I planned!” In my zoo (otherwise known as a family–grin), that’s a common problem. I can make all... 13 Nov 2013 No comments Read More
It's Hard to Stay Objective About the Common Core From Beverly Hernandez at About.com: When I first heard about the Common Core, it was hailed as a boon for writers of nonfiction books for kids like me. Schools were now going to encourage students to read more good books about science, biography, and history as well as novels and... 10 Nov 2013 No comments Read More
Homeschool Writing & Design Contest It’s Homeschooling Teen magazine’s 5th Anniversary! To celebrate, they are hosting two contests: one for teen artists and another for teen writers! $450 worth of fabulous prizes have been generously donated by several homeschool authors and publishers. All entrants must be homeschooling teens age 13-19. For the complete list of... 07 Nov 2013 No comments Read More
Citizen Science How YOU can get involved in real science!There is a new craze hitting the streets, and hopefully this one is here to stay. It’s called citizen science. With the advancement of technology, it has become easier and easier for “regular” people to do real science. There are people everywhere interested... 02 Nov 2013 No comments Read More
The Ocean is this 6-Year-Old Girl’s Playground … Mom and dad took Camden to the nearby North End beach during breaks from her home-schooling. There, she’d sit on the board while her father coached her in holding her breath, respecting the ocean and learning the difference between head and tail winds. … Read full article (Thanks HSLDA... 26 Oct 2013 No comments Read More
Archive for October, 2013
Parental Rights: God Grants Them. Governments Secure Them by HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris August 10, 2010 Any good idea will attract opponents. Homeschoolers should be the first to recognize this truth. There are those who say that we are denying our children the opportunity for the inculcation of liberal multiculturalism that is necessary for the best interests of the children’s future. A law professor at Emory University recently proposed that all private education and homeschooling should be banned for this very reason. There are also Christian critics of homeschooling. They argue that Christians have a duty to be the salt...
For Immediate Release August 2, 2010 National Contest Constitution Day Poster Contest All Kindergarten-12th grade students are invited to participate in the 2010 Constitution Day Poster Contest. Entrants must create a poster that demonstrates how the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution affect their daily lives. Entries will be judged on both artistic merit and relevance to the U.S. Constitution. Entries must be post-marked or uploaded by October 1, 2010. For more information, visit http://www.ConstitutionFacts.com. The first 100 entrants receive a copy of “The U.S. Constitution & Fascinating Facts About It” – a pocket-size guide to the constitution provided by...
We’re excited to have discovered this incredible resort-like back yard to rent for our big family birthday bash this year, at the home of builder/realtor Michael and Dottie Sosnicki near the White Tank mountains. Here is their flyer, if anyone else is looking for a unique and private option for swim/play corporate, organization and private events: Update 4-27-11 Becky at Just Field Trips has offered to host a “Not Back to School” party at this amazingly fun place for Arizona homeschoolers this summer. Contact her for more information.