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February Homeschool Freebies

February Homeschool Freebies

Enjoy your homeschool studies in the month of February with free printables, activities, videos, and resources aligning with current events. Includes homeschool freebies for Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, and more!
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Records and Reports – Part 2

Records and Reports - A2Z Homeschool.com

Reports and record keeping are one of the toughest jobs that homeschool parents face. In this post, you'll find free resources, printables, and even an excel spreadsheet to help make record keeping a manageable task!
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Naming Your Homeschool

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If you haven't already done so, consider naming your homeschool.
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Records and Reports

Records and Reports - A2Z Homeschool.com

An Excel spreadsheet and links to help you plan, record and report. Updated for 2016-2017. Feature by your Homeschooling Guide, Ann Zeise.
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Reading Level Assessment Tests

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Two reading tests to help you assess the reading level of your child. Explanation of the RL code on books.
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Lucky You, You’re Homeschooling!

Lucky You, You’re Homeschooling!

Let the shamrock remind you that the strange and unusual are lucky. Yes, to many, we homeschoolers are like shamrocks: rare, and a bit "freaky."
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Light and Learning: How Full Spectrum Lighting Effects Learning

Light and Learning: How Full  Spectrum Lighting Effects Learning

If you want to see an immediate improvement in attitude in your family, replace pink and cool white fluorescent lighting with full spectrum light bulbs inside your home, and spend more time outside near if not in sunlight. (Sunburn doesn't help learning!)
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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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Dear Homeschoolers, You Are Loved Here!

Dear Homeschoolers, You Are Loved Here!

Dear undocumented homeschoolers, In A2Z, there are no walls. You belong here. You are loved. Dear black homeschoolers, In A2Z, YOUR life matters. You are loved. Dear Muslim and Middle Eastern homeschoolers, We know you are not terrorists You are loved. Dear Mexican homeschoolers, We know you are not rapists or drug dealers. You...
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Nasty Women Homeschool

Nasty Women vote

“Get this, Donald. Nasty women are tough. Nasty women are smart. And nasty women vote,” Elizabeth Warren told a crowd of an estimated 4,000 folks bundled in jackets and vests on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, surrounding by blazing orange and red fall foliage. “And, on Nov. 8, we nasty women...
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Some Must Fall, by Clair St.Claire

Clair St.Claire, homeschooled in the country all her life. She intends two more books to follow Some Must Fall in the series, The Coming Crown.
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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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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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Sample Form to Request School Records

Some may want to have a copy of a past school records These records concern your child’s past grades, test results, and other items kept in their child’s cumulative folder. Do note that you will only get a copy, and that the original will remain at the school. Parents have a right to get and...
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Educational Neglect

Legal opposition to homeschooling takes several forms. One of the scariest is the accusation of “educational neglect,” as if we were a mother out of a VC Andrews’ horror novel, locking our children in the attic. What can you do or not do to avoid being accused of educational neglect? Now I’m not a lawyer,...
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Care For the Primary Care Giver

How to take care of your self first, as the primary care giver in a homeschool family. I tend to make elaborate homeschooling resolutions in September. But now, after attending Ed Dickerson’s “Destinations” workshop at the Home=Education Conference in Sacramento, I’m determined to put ME FIRST! If I am to model patience, self-motivated learning...
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What is the best homeschool curriculum?

What is the best homeschool curriculum?

The Best Homeschool Curriculum in the Whole Wide World! So often I get asked “What is the best homeschool curriculum?” and without any supporting information to give an adequate answer, I thought I’d post an analogy. A woman rushes into a large shoe store, one with a zillion shoes for men, women and children, corrals...
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Should We Test Homeschoolers?

Should We Test Homeschoolers?

Homeschooling articles against standardized testing of children. Opinions of psychologists. Alternatives to taking a test.
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Reading Lists – Great Books for Children – Page 1

Reading Lists – Great Books for Children – Page 1

Reading Lists: There are so many books available for children, how do you choose the ones that are best for your child?
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Socialization: The “S” Word

What is socialization? Studies showing the comparison of the social adjustment of homeschoolers vs. school children. Articles about the social skills of homeschooled children and the effect on their development by being around adults a lot.
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The Adventures of Charlie – Book Review

The Adventures of Charlie – Book Review

Book Review’s – “The Adventures of Charlie” by Ann Zeise & Friends Here are some book review’s of a book series called The Adventures of Charlie that a bunch of cousins and their mothers want to recommend to you. First one of the moms wrote to me: My sister homeschools her 6 children and...
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Teaching Children to care about Community and Charity

Engaging children to care about community and charity. By Ellen Sabin A movement is afoot in our country to teach young children universal messages and values that will reinforce their growth into kind and caring world citizens. Legislation exists now in over 30 states to require “character education” in k-12 classrooms. These standards “teach”...
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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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Childcare Co-Op

Childcare Co-op By Ann Zeise You don’t hear about childcare co-ops very much any more, but back in the 70’s, when I was a young mom, they were all the rage. I started one up in McMinnville, Oregon, that lasted for years, long after I had moved away. Here’s how I remember setting it...
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Bookstore Etiquette

Being Courteous at a Bookstore By Ann Zeise I have been working part-time at our local Borders Books, Videos & Music store, and have encountered many interesting and friendly people, and some very messy ones. It often entails some detective work to find the exact title a customer wants. Here are some suggestions of...
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Blogs and Kids

Staying Safe and Having Fun By Tammy Takahashi Blogs are the hottest thing on the internet and everyone wants to try them — even our homeschooled kids. But all the stories about online blogging websites and social media can make parents worried about their child’s safety when they have an internet presence. Blogs are...
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Testing Requirements for Homeschoolers Compared by State

Testing Requirements for Homeschoolers Compared by State

Twenty-two states require testing or offer testing as one of several assessment alternatives. There is no proof that homeschooled students in states that require testing do better or worse than in states that do not require oversight evaluations. Testing is not required annually in all these states. Some states require testing only near the...
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What to Know Before You Join a Homeschool Co-op

What every homeschooler needs to Know Before You Join a Homeschool Co-op Chapter excerpt from Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out By Carol Topp, CPA There are so many advantages to belonging to a homeschool co-op such as socialization, shared teaching, support, encouragement and fun! But perhaps you are...
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Murphy’s Laws of Homeschooling

Murphy’s Laws of Homeschooling

Laws: Whatever you know a whole lot about, your child will refuse to learn it! Whatever you know a whole lot about, your child will refuse to learn it!
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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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Christopher Paolini and Eragon: A Homeschool Success Story

Christopher Paolini and Eragon: A Homeschool Success Story

A Story Of Homeschool Success: Christopher Paolini and Eragon. by Barbara Frank Reprinted with permission from Barbara Frank Now that the first generation of homeschoolers is well-established in society, we’re hearing a lot about how well these young people are doing. They are running businesses, excelling in college and homeschooling their own children. One has...
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Curriculum To Unschooling

Curriculum To Unschooling

Transitioning From Curriculum To Child Led Learning By Ann Zeise Purchasing an off-the-shelf curriculum or accepting one from a school district’s Independent Study Program often seems like the easiest way to homeschool. I’m going to tell you a story how we came to not using curriculum. So what’s wrong with curriculum? It can be...
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