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Educational Things to do with Your iPod

Annotated Lists Kentuckiana Home Schoolers Field Trip Planner A list for planning field trips for Pre-K through 2nd grade. At least monthly field trips will be offered by list moderators, but field trips planned by other members are encouraged. Kentucky Museums Guide A page with Kentucky museums, historical societies, arts organizations, and related entities...
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Educationese for Homeschool Reports

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Educationese — or Teacherese — is the name sometimes given to the jargon too frequently employed by some of those who train our schoolteachers. It is characterized typically by its humorlessly abstract, Latinate, and polysyllabic diction and its convoluted, rambling, and frequently passive syntax. Fights are never “fights” and rarely even “quarrels.” Instead, fights...
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El Cheapo Summer

A Thrifty Summer By Annette Berlin and Ann Zeise (links) No money for camp? Not a penny for vacation? How will you and the kids ever survive the summer? Very well actually, if you’re willing to get creative. You can treat your kids to a fun, educational and el cheapo summer if you learn...
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Falling Through the Cracks

Learning Disability? Or “School Disability”! By Ann Zeise A mother wrote to me…. I have three children and all three of them are doing poorly in school this year. My oldest daughter, who is very smart, is not fairing well. I had a meeting with five of her teachers the other day and left...
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FDR A Presidency Revealed Eligibility

“FDR – A Presidency Revealed” Homeschooler Eligibility In This Contest Homeschoolers NOW may participate! Your phone calls and emails helped! As a follow up our phone conversation, we have regrouped with our legal counselors and with The History Channel executives this afternoon to discuss your concern of allowing homeschooled high-school students grades...
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Financial Lessons Coloring Book

Bean Counting…Another Garden Metaphor By Elisabeth Donati So there we are, Jan and I this morning, picking bean in my garden. I planted three types: green, yellow and purple. Before you get all excited about the purple ones you need to know they turn green when you cook them. Imagine my disappointment because I...
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Foreign Service Homeschooling

By Ann Zeise This article was originally written for the American Foreign Service Association Journal, who later decided not to publish it. The editor had wanted me to recommend school-at-home options, not understanding the true nature of homeschooling. I hope that Embassy people everywhere can make some use of this article as a way to...
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Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

By Ann Zeise An interesting article appeared in this morning’s New York Times. It debunks much of what educators have been saying about how children learn, and seems to verify what unschooling families have known for years. Parents, they have tossed out all that you ever thought was “right” about study habits, and are...
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Foundations for Successful Homeschooling

Foundations for Successful Homeschooling

Those with large families often wonder, “How can I be successful when homeschooling my family when my state requires me to report?”
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Getting Started, A Chat

By Ann Zeise In chat I often get to reassure a new parent to homeschooling. This New York mom had recently started to homeschool after also moving to a new home. NewHomeschoolMom: About how many hours a day do the kids do schooling? Homeschooling Guide: Depends on how you count it. I’m an unschooler so we don’t watch the hours...
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Going Our Own Way

By Ann Zeise I took the leap. I made the decision to homeschool. Scott had been put in the back of his classroom, near a heating system with a loud fan, behind a box, so he wouldn’t be “distracted.” He had been labeled a “bad boy” and was finding school a torment. I had...
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Google for Homeschool Resources

By Ann Zeise Google.com has become the search engine of choice. I use it to research homeschool information for my website and for our homeschooling. Google has grown to be far more than an ordinary search tool. Here are some tips to make you a power user. First, set up Google preferences from the home page. I...
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Heart Math and the Magical Child

Joseph Chilton Pearce: Heart Math and the Magical Child Dateline: 10/14/97, Updated 11/22/99 By Ann Zeise In August 1997, at the Home=Education Conference in Sacramento, California, I had the pleasure of listening to Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of “The Magical Child,” speak on the topic: The Heart / Brain Factor: Revolutionizing Education. Dr. Pearce got my attention right away...
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Help the 10,100 Fired Teachers in California

Hire one! Dateline: 3/17/08 By Ann Zeise Layoff notices set to hit teachers’ mailboxes by Jill Tucker, SF Chronicle, March 14, 2008 “More than 10,100 teachers will see pink slips in their mailboxes over the next few days as districts up and down California meet a Saturday deadline to warn staff of anticipated layoffs...
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Helping Gifted Children Soar – Book Review

Helping Gifted Children Soar – Book Review

Very readable, well-organized, practical, on everything from dealing with pros and cons of special talents in the kids to responses that aren't always supportive in the teachers, to advocating for one's child. Essay by Ruth Richards, Creativity Researcher.
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Helping Your Child Learn to Read

Learning to read is an exciting time for children and their families. For many parents, helping their child learning to read establishes a pattern for their involvement in their child's academic education. Here are a few important hints.
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High Interest Approachable Vocabulary

Suspense Series for Tentative Readers by Ruth Pell Published with permission of Tammy Takahashi Editor – California HomeSchooler Newsletter/Magazine HomeSchool Association of California “A hand was there in the mud. On the hand was a ring with a big red rock. By the hand was a locked bag. It was spooky!” Thus begins The Swamp,...
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Hiking with Homeschoolers

Taking Your Homeschooler Hiking By Sheri McGregor As the weather turns, the soft, warm breezes of spring call for us to revel in the bright green of newly sprouted grass, and the promise of budding blooms that hold sweet scented rainbows inside. With the snow melted and the blue sky brightening their worlds, how...
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Holding Children Accountable

Although I understand the perspective of children being accountable for their own learning, I don't agree that it's a child's responsibility to show to other people that they are learning. Feature article by Tammy Takahashi.
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Holistic Home

By Lucie Smoker Each day when my youngest child wakes up, he practically runs me over with an awesome hug! On the other hand, my eldest is known for his morning grumbles and his habit of sitting in a chair, just staring into space for a while – don’t touch him or speak to...
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Homeschool ID Cards Template

Homeschool ID Cards Template

Cards Updated for 2016-2017, with the new site link, and for newer versions of WORD. You can download a membership card template for this site in either .doc or .rtf format. The .doc one looks better, but you’ll need WORD or a program that reads WORD files. The other one, in rich text font,...
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Homeschoolers for Kerry and Edwards

Learning By Doing – Political Systems Teach your children how to work the political system by actively participating with some of the excellent activities and lessons suggested here. Fall 2004 is a good time to do this. By Ann Zeise While this page is particularly supportive of Kerry, I also have great non-partisan activities...
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Homeschoolers Plan to Help Tsunami Victims

by David Albert From: David Albert & Ellen Sawislak Date: Sun Dec 26, 2004 3:39 pm Subject: OT Tsunami Dear homeschooling friends ­ By now, many of you have read about the tsunami that has just hit the coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal. I am particularly sad to report that areas of the coast of southeast...
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Homeschooling Green

By Ann Zeise I recently attended a conference about how to teach children about “living green.” There were some good exercises we learned, and one fun one we got to do was to electronically “vote” which ecological savings we really thought we were willing to implement. The point being: no one can do each...
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Homeschooling in Other Countries

Overseas Homeschooling By Ann Zeise On occasion I get asked about homeschooling in a country where English isn’t spoken and that may have little or no information on the web about homeschooling. “I live in Thailand. Are there other homeschoolers here?” “My husband’s company needs him to work in Germany. Can we homeschool there?”...
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How Natural Reading Happens

How Natural Reading Happens

Reading Can Happen Naturally by Susan Viator During the summer between kindergarten and first grade, our son Matt learned to read. He went from not reading anything to reading everything overnight. He read cereal boxes and billboards and parts of the newspaper. He read his animal books, his stories about the solar system, and the greeting...
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HSLDA And Gun Free School Zone Act

Homes being considered *Schools* for the purposes of Gun Control. NOTE: This issue has been resolved, and is only still posted for historical interest. ***Please share this summary with other interested parties via print, email, or any other format. However, please do not change or delete wording, but reproduce this summary in its entirety.***...
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HSLDA Grant Funds

HSLD Foundation Grant Recipients 1998 The Home School Legal Defense Foundation made grants to the following organizations in 1998. According to HSLDA, as of March 1, 1998, The Discount Program paid $5 per family for groups with between 25 and 500 families and $7.50 for each group with 501 or more families. This list, then,...
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Hslda Grant Funds 1996

HSLDFoundation Grant Recipients 1996 The Home School Legal Defense Foundation made grants to the following organizations in 1996. According to HSLDA, as of March 1, 1996, The Discount Program paid $5 per family for groups with between 25 and 500 families and $7.50 for each group with 501 or more families. This list, then,...
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I thought I could…school at home, what should I do?

Can I really do this? I thought I could school at home and now that we've started, I am freaking out - what if I am making a mess of it?
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Indigo Children and Homeschooling

By Sally Carless sally@globalvillageschool.org Who are the Indigo children? How do you know if your child is one? And if they are–or if you’re not sure, but you know that their current schooling situation is not working for them–what do you do about it? Let’s start with who they are. Indigos are unique and powerful children,...
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Is Homeshooling Suddenly Illegal In California? No!

Regarding 08′ Court Decisions Dateline: March 5, 2008 – Below are two links concerning the 2008 decision. “In re Rachel L.” decision – 3/5/08 The “In re Rachel L.” decision handed down by the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, in Los Angeles County, on Febuary 28, 2008, has become...
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