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
From Lily and Ellie’s Duggar Family Blog: Have you seen our newest feature? We have now made it easier than ever for our readers to watch full episodes of “19 Kids and Counting,” as well as all of the Duggars’ previous shows. Visit our “Watch Full Episodes” page to let the entertainment begin! Read full article
From Beverly Hernandez at About.com: Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BC. Hanukkah 2011 runs from sundown on December 2oth through sundown on December 28th. Learn all about Hanukkah with these fun printable pages. … Read Full Post
What a special time of year… A closer look at Christ’s love, memories with family & friends, the joy of giving & sharing, festivities & celebrations, Christmas hymns & manger scenes… What an opportunity to spread the love of Jesus with others! Consider a way that your family might spread Christmas hope and cheer to others this year: maybe a special meal prepared for a sick or needy family, maybe a visit to a nursing home or hospital, maybe spreading God’s word through giving to a Bible printing ministry… In a country full of goods, its easy to focus only...
By Becky Ogden I wasn’t sure what to expect when we went to Holiday Lights at McCormick Railroad Park, except that the parking lot wasn’t very big so I wanted to be there early! Our decision to go was somewhat last minute, as I tried to decide between that and something at Desert Ridge. I have to say, though, that this will be a tradition my family continues every Christmas. It was that fun. We showed up, got a great parking spot, went to buy or train tickets, and having overheard someone say to someone else that they should get...
Yesterday, we wrote about the Duggars’ traditions leading up to Christmas. Today, let’s take a look at how they spend Christmas Day. Jim Bob and Michelle host an average of 30-45 immediate and extended family members for Christmas dinner, which is served buffet-style at their 7,000 square-foot home in Northwest Arkansas. Can you guess what the Duggars’ favorite holiday dish is? It’s not the mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, or even the assortment of homemade pies. It’s the rolls; the Duggars’ melt-in-your-mouth, Homemade Yeast Rolls. (Click here for recipe.) After dinner, the family gathers around the Christmas tree (decorated this year...
I will be offering two IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) classes each week in Peoria, beginning in February. I am an accredited instructor for IEW. One class’s theme will be “Myths, Fables and Fairy Tales”, and the other will be “Bible-based Writing Lessons”. Please see my web site for more details: http://nwvalleywritingclasses.weebly.com/