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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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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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Spring Cleaning Your ‘tudes

Not Just Spring Cleaning Your House! By Ann Zeise Now if you came to this site looking for someone to tell you to clean your house, you came to the wrong site, sister! Yeh, yeh, I know half the Christian homeschooling sites tell you to clean your house before you even THINK about homeschooling. But realize that...
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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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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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Teaching and Relating to Your Child’s Learning Style

Teaching and Relating to Your Child’s Learning Style

How to figure out and work with various learning styles By Lorraine Peoples Once you have identified how your student learns — by seeing (Visual), hearing (Auditory) or by doing (Kinesthetic), discuss what you learned with your child. If you need some checklists consult the book, You Can Teach Someone to Read. Throughout this article, I will...
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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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What science or history curriculum do you love?

I need some help. What science or history curriculum do you love? I can't seem to find anything that doesn't bore me to tears. My kids are in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. Any suggestions will help.
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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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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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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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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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When the Media Calls, YOU Can Answer

With accelerating media interest in homeschooling, chances are increasing that you will receive a request to speak with a reporter for a magazine or newspaper article, a television or radio program. What will you do? You could say “no,” and leave it up to someone else. That would be the simple and easy response....
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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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Homeschool Articles of Interest

Homeschool Articles of Interest

Essays are 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...
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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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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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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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The Homeschooling Image: Public Relations Basics

The Homeschooling Image: Public Relations Basics By Ann Zeise Permission to use exerpts given by Mary Griffith Guiding Principles The understanding and support of the general public plays a crucial role in keeping homeschooling a legal and commonly recognized option in education. There is too much diversity within the American homeschooling movement for any...
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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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