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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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Theatre For Kids

Information on the various types of Theatre Dateline: 2/9/04 by Peggy Burgi Reprinted with permission from the California HomeSchooler, the bimonthly publication of the HomeSchool Association of California (HSC). If you have always wanted to be a stage mother or father, there are ways to get your kids involved with theater: Children’s Theater, and Community Theater...
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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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Protection Online

Online Security by Ann Zeise Privacy online is gone, yet the game of over protection goes on, seldom working. As I write this back in April, homeschool mail list posters have been fuming over these events: Amazon.com being sued for not protecting child product reviewers enough; AOL and other providers protecting everyone so much...
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Online Shorthands

aka. Acronyms By Ann Zeise For those new to online message boards who want to understand the lingo here, and for those of you who have been online awhile, but run across a new one or want to increase your online vocabulary, I’ve a set of bookmarks here in our Yahoo Group to help you along....
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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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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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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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Other People’s Children

Someone else's children will ALWAYS know something that your kids don't. From your homeschooling guide, Ann Zeise.
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Read In Remembrance

Read In Remembrance

A time to read and share stories of freedom, courage and hope. by Tracey Thomas Fetting Read in Remembrance will be a time for children, teachers, parents, and community leaders to come together and share books and writings that teach and inspire; words that celebrate and honor the bravery and spirit of those who lost...
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Web Writing

By Teri Brown I have my first check on the wall. I’ll never forget how excited I was when I realized that someone would actually pay me to write. Not only have I found a way to make a bit of extra money, but I get to do it while homeschooling my children. And, as...
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Questions and Comments About Homeschooling

An upset educator wrote me today. Her questions may be some you also have, so I thought I’d put them up online. Ann, I am not necessarily for or against homeschooling. I think that homeschooling can be a rewarding and wonderful experience-IF IT IS DONE RIGHT!!! You make the assumption that there is one...
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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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Off Topic E-Conversations

Chit-Chatting Online by Ann Zeise I’ve been in many, many homeschool and other sorts of Social Networks and email lists, and when there isn’t a direct on topic question to answer, then everyone just chit chats. Do many of you go to a homeschool group park day and ONLY talk about homeschooling? Of course not! Often through...
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Planning a Custom Education

by Ann Zeise Dear New Homeschooler, The real trick to homeschooling is, believe it or not, to forget what “they” have put in place of goals for your child. It is quite obvious to me from your letter that your daughter’s goals for her life are not in sync with the school district’s. Our...
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Protecting the Gift

A Little Bit Of Streetwise – Homeschooling by Ann Zeise In our Yahoo Group we’ve been discussing how talking to strangers can be fun and enlightening and even lead to long friendships. So how do we also teach ourselves and our children to protect ourselves from less well-intentioned strangers? When is it a good thing to...
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Library Paddles

Library Paddles

Library Book Placeholders by the Eigen Family After numerous trips to the library and getting the hairy eyeball from Attilah the Librarian who knew that the girls never put a book exactly where it belongs after showing it to me … or at our library here, filling up the baskets at the end of each aisle...
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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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Using Content Standards

Why Use Government Standards In Homeschooling? by Ann Zeise Yes, I know, I know. I don’t pay much attention to the state government “Content” sites. We like to do “child led” learning, as I know many of you do, too. So why have the government content standards linked on a homeschooling website? Why do homeschoolers bother...
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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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