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Is It Just The Age?

Is It Just The Age?

Cynthia sent the following: Is it just the age ? Becoming a teenager thing ? It’s the age. Eleven is a “disintegrating personality” stage, somewhat like being 2 1/2 again. It is a necessary transition to make, though, from childhood to being a teenager. May I suggest reading Erik H. Erikson on “Identity and...
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Is the Economic News Going to Affect How You Homeschool?

By Ann Zeise Just thinking about how the economic news is going to affect our life here. Things sure getting crazy For the first time in the life of my website, I’m getting email from families who are turning to homeschooling because they’ve lost their homes in foreclosures. I had thought I had heard every reason...
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It’s so much fun, it can’t be legal

For awhile it seemed that every time Scott and I went to his pediatrician he would ask, “What does the state to ensure that Scott is learning anything.” This is usually after remarking what a healthy, strapping boy he is, and how bright and articulate. I explain that since I’m a credentialed K-9 teacher...
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Janice VanCleave Wants to Exchange Ideas

Janice VanCleave Wants to Exchange Ideas

Physics and Science – Pre Highschool By Janice VanCleave Educators who present multiple curriculums generally list science as the topic they feel least competent to teach. They are more likely to select biology topics, but have a fear of chemistry topics. As to physics, no problem. They block out even the slightest thought of this...
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John Holt & the History of Homeschooling

When people write about the history of the homeschooling movement there's one name which comes quickly to mind: John Holt, the gently but relentlessly questioning author and educator who founded the first newsletter about taking or keeping one's children out of school, Growing Without Schooling, often better known as GWS.
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John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto

Contributions to the Home School Movement By Ann Zeise Parents tend to think that schools exist to help their children reach their highest intellectual ability. However, that is not the political goal of the industrialists that fund compulsory education, which is to create a nation of complacent, socialized workers, deep in debt because they...
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Journal of a Homeschooling Mom

By Anne Salazar-Dunbar, a Homeschool Mom If anyone truly believes that learning only occurs during school hours, school months, in a classroom, I would find it easy to disagree! With the lovely summer weather here in Southern California, learning just seems to accelerate with the longer summer days. The children play hard and though...
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Katrina Relief from Homeschoolers

Homeschoolers Helping Katrina Victims. How various individual homeschoolers and programs are assisting Katrina Victims By Ann Zeise September 12 Income Donation I promise to donate all proceeds made on this site on Monday, September 12, to one or several relief organizations that promise to give the greatest proportion directly to relief and not overhead....
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Keeping Mom Fit While Homeschooling

Exercising While Homeschooling By Ann Zeise On June 9th a member of the A2Z Homeschool group asked how others managed to homeschool and get in some personal time for exercise. This created quite a stir because it is something many of us struggle with. Maybe before we started homeschooling, we used to drop the kids off...
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Kit Kittredge: American Girl

By Ann Zeise Yesterday I went to see Kit Kittredge: An American Girl at our local theater, and was utterly charmed. If Abigail Breslin doesn’t win an Oscar for her role, I’d be surprised. The show has a stikingly contemporary feeling, what with all the jobs being lost, people having their homes foreclosed, and families separated...
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Kitchen Unit Studies

Unit Studies are such a great way to really tailor learning to your children's interests and ability levels, but sometimes you're stumped for ideas and you want something new and now. How about starting in the kitchen... with a recipe?
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Let’s Play and Find Out About Slime

Let’s Play and Find Out About Slime

Teaching Using Slime By Janice VanCleave Slime is easy for kids to make and ever so fun for kids to to play with. This ooey, gooey, slippery, and slimy stuff provides a perfect opportunity to guide kids to discover new things by applying what they already know. Teaching Tips Telling kids in advance what...
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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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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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Living Joyfully With Children

Living Joyfully With Children

How to maximize freedom and success, while minimizing stress and failure while raising children.
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Losing Weight with Kids Around

By Ann Zeise Losing weight with big kids around all day every day can be a mighty big challenge. Typically big kids are in some sort of growth spurt, and they want a lot to eat. They also are in motion enough that their weight looks pretty good on them. But when you try...
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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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MacWorld SF 2005 Report

Tips and Neat Stuff for Homeschoolers from Apple and other vendors by Ann Zeise I’ve been at MacWorld SF most of this week and thought I’d report back what I saw and heard that might most interest homeschoolers and homeschool webmasters. For those of you on Macs and looking for a “buy,” BBEdit is having a...
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May a Grandmother Homeschool?

By Ann Zeise Yes, a grandmother may homeschool her grandchildren. And so may a grandfather, aunt, uncle, or older sibling, once the parents or legal guardians have set up a legal homeschool according to the laws of their state. Since the dawn of time relatives have helped educate their grandchildren. All parents may “outsource,” to...
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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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Music: A Magical Tool for Learning

Music: A Magical Tool for Learning

I want to share with you why music is so important to learning and some ideas on how to incorporate music into your child’s homeschooling experience.
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Must I Be Organized?

Is Keeping your Homeschooling Space Organized Important? by Ann Zeise Contrary to what some perfectionist homeschool moms espouse, organization is one of the LEAST important factors of a successful school year.  If your household and school room (school room? What’s that?) are organized, you may have a much smoother and more enjoyable time with your homeschooling,...
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Naming Your Homeschool

A2Z Homeschool

If you haven't already done so, consider naming your homeschool.
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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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National Geographic Bee Contest Eligibility 05′

Homeschoolers may participate! Here’s how! Minnesota Boy Wins 2005 National Geographic BeeNEW The National Geographic Bee champion for 2005 is Nathan Cornelius of Minnesota. The homeschooled 13-year-old from Cottonwood, in the southwestern part of the state, edged out Rhode Island’s Karan Takhar, a 14-year-old eighth grader at the Gordon School in East Providence, in...
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New Year’s Cleanout

Cleaning Up For The New Year By Ann Zeise I feel odd lately, and I don’t know if it’s the coming of the new millenium or not, and was just wondering if anyone else was having this reaction. I’m not a terminally “neat” type, preferring just enough order to find things and stay healthy, but...
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No More Writer’s Block

Using Multiple Intelligences to Help Young Writers By Laurel Schmidt, author of Seven Times Smarter: 50 Activities, Games and Projects to Develop the Seven Intelligences in Your Child Ask some kids to write, and they can’t get to their pencils fast enough. Ask others—you get a marathon stare. Twenty minutes later, they’re still staring. The...
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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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Online Buddies Bash

Fellowship On Online Support Systems. By Ann Zeise Many homeschool parents and kids, isolated from other homeschool families or not, enjoy the fellowship on online support found through chats, message boards and email lists. Though the prevailing wisdom says to be careful about meeting folks offline that you meet online, often trust is built through months of exchanged...
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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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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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Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure

Tales of Adventure! by Ann Zeise What my husband, Fred, wanted for Father’s Day this year was an family outdoor adventure, and, boy, did we have one! We rented a canoe and started down an 11-mile trip on the Russian River near Healdsburg in Northern California. Scott, our teenaged son, and I traded off...
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