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A2Z Homechooling on The Better Part TV Show

Ann Zeise being interviewed by Sarah Doxiadis about homeschooling. Come sit and enjoy. This BetterPart KMVT television talk show is about a half-hour long. All talk. No ads.
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Am *I* going to pass along Parade Article?

The Response to the “Parade Article” By Ann Zeise What I wrote back to Parade Magazine when I was asked to post a link to their recent highly inaccurate and biased article about homeschooling. — Hi Alexis, Too bad it is SOOO inaccurate! And I know. I was one of the people who filed...
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Americans leave school to study with their parents at home

A Brazilian Take on American Homeschooling. by Mariana Leite Published in the Diário de S.Paulo, Brazil, February 15, 2004. Republished here with permission from Ms. Leite. Translated from Portugese by Lara Fountain and annotated by Ann Zeise. Americanos deixam a escola para estudar com seus pais em casa Americans leave school to study with their parents at...
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Avoiding Hotel Food

How to survive at a homeschool conference with starving children in a hotel room where all the food is way too expensive for your budget. By Nancy Friedland Bring: Ice chest (refill with the hotel ice) Paper goods: plates, bowls, cups, forks, spoons, knives, napkins and/or paper towels. Serving bowls to hold things like...
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Back to School

It is Back to School Time By Connie Colten Back to School Back to school. Does that phrase make you and your kids feel like there is a party and you aren’t invited? The retailers hit the media with their usual wham-bang to entice shoppers to the stores. Most of us parents did return...
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Begin Homeschooling with Confidence

By Julie Gilbert Take a Deep Breath. You CAN Homeschool! Take a deep breath! You can do this! When you first start homeschooling it can be very daunting. The possibility of ‘getting it wrong’ seems very real. My first thoughts were “how on earth am I going to teach my children everything they need to know?” It...
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Best Books For Kids Who (Think They) Hate To Read

Best Books For Kids Who (Think They) Hate To Read

Getting a reluctant reader to pick up a book is much harder than simply turning off the television and demanding they read.
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Bilingual Education

Bilingual Education for Homeschoolers Dateline: 4/18/06 By Susan Crawford Let’s Try Homeschooling Instead! In Richard Rodriguez’s essay, “Aria, A Memoir if a Bilingual Childhood,” he makes a compelling argument for conformity as a value system as taught by the educational system in this country. He writes about the love and comfort he experienced at...
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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 MySpace and online blogging websites make parents worried about their child’s safety when they have an internet presence. Blogs are an awesome...
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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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Boys And War Games

When Scott was about six the Gulf War was on. He was going nuts about collecting military “vehicles” and GI Joe “action figures.” (Do NOT call them dolls and cars, Mom!) Every night he’d line up his army just back a bit from our front door, ready for any invasion. I realized that we...
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California Decision Vacated

Dateline: 4/29/08 By Debbie Schwarzer Co-chair Legal Team Legislative Chair HomeSchool Association of California In February 2008, an appellate court in Los Angeles issued a decision that interpreted California’s education laws in a way that was very unfavorable to homeschoolers. But that decision has been vacated, so California homeschooling is currently exactly the same as it was four...
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California Homeschoolers Win Landmark Case in 2008

Landmark Court Case – California Home Schoolers Win By Ann Zeise 11:40 AM I got a call from an excited Debbie Schwarzer, as she drove along the highway, hopefully hands-free, that the California Court of Appeals had ruled in favor of homeschooling in our state. You may read the whole Opinion on Rehearing here, as...
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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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Celebrating Jamestown

Celebrating Jamestown

Celebrating Jamestown By Kris Bordessa The year 2007 brings the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown colony, the first permanent English settlement in what would become the United States. A group of men called the Virginia Company sailed from London and after five long months of traveling over the sea, arrived at Jamestown...
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Challenges In Homeschooling ADHD Children

Challenges In Homeschooling ADHD Children

Many parents are entirely justified in taking their ADHD kids out of the school system because they rightly feel that they are not getting enough attention. The school system is not geared to coping with ADHD adequately in spite of special accommodations and IEP programs. Budget restrictions mean that more and more facilities are...
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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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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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Comfort Zone for the Homeschooling Dad

Jeff, a homeschool dad, was in torment. How would his children ever make a living as adults? Were the children's minds sinking into quicksand?
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Cool Homes

Cool Homes

By Ann Zeise Knock on the door of each homeschooling family’s virtual home on the web and you will see what reasons they have for homeschooling and what advice they have for you. Get a glimpse about what homeschooling is like in different states, provinces and parts of the world, in cities and in...
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Creative Activities

Useful and Usable Creative Items By Ann Zeise Q. I have been schooling my children at home from the beginning. My daughter is 13, my son is 7. I would like to teach my children through creation, not books only. I want to make with them usable items, not crafts. Do you have any...
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Current Homeschool Articles

Current Homeschool Articles

Essays written and copyrighted by your Homeschooling Guide, Ann Zeise, as well as features written and copyrighted by guest essayists. Most feature articles also contain links. Advice for DACA participants about Homeschooling High School This past Tuesday, President Donald Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era program, DACA, that shielded undocumented immigrants brought to...
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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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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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Declaration Of Educational Independence by Linda Dobson

By Linda Dobson, reprinted with permission WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for Families to dissolve the Educational Bands which have connected them to a faltering Society, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle...
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Democrats Homeschool, Too

Democrats Homeschool, Too

I've been getting questions via email asking if liberals and Democrats homeschool, too. It is time for the Democrat Party to realize that, yes, many of their faithful have decided to homeschool their children. Homeschooling is also a liberal reaction when one's child just isn't thriving in public school.
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Developing Your Online Persona

Why Multiple Online Personas’ Are Important. by Ann Zeise I dropped into a homeschool chat wearing my “wrong” name for that chat room. I was GoMilpitas and I usually appear as A2ZHmsCool. One friend recognized the GoMilpitas name from my website and asked, “A2, is that you?” I quickly changed into my proper persona...
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Discriminating, Elitist and Racist

Claims Against Homeschooling By Ann Zeise Diane sent the following: This woman said to me, “Gangs and drugs are part of the real world. Protecting kids from that will not prepare them for life. Isolating them doesn’t help them learn how to cope. I want my kids, and all kids, to be exposed to...
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Dispelling the Stereotype of Ethnic Prejudice in Homeschooling

by Hank R. Kraychir Position Paper, Reprinted with Permission. Abstract There is a prevailing stereotype in the United States that homeschool education is racially prejudice (Butz, 2001; Danehy, 1999); that is, that white parents decide to homeschool their children because of their discriminatory opinions of other races. However, an interesting aspect of homeschooling is...
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Do You Yahoo?

And Why? by Ann Zeise I hear this question more often among groups these days. Just about any group asks its members if they are willing to be part of a Yahoo Group to help improve communications among members. So why Yahoo? Yahoo is easy for any member of your support group or family...
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Early Days of AOL Homeschooling Forums

Early Days of AOL Homeschooling Forums

By Ann Zeise December 2002 marks my 13th year online. I had seen a November 1989 magazine offering a charter membership to some sort of thing called America On Line, and since I had recently inherited a free 1200 baud modem from someone, and had hitched it up to my MacPlus, I was looking...
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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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