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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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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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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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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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Sociability of Students in a Home-Based Charter School

The “S” Word – A Deeper Look By Craig Butz University of Nevada, Las Vegas EPY 790 Homeschooling is one of the fastest growing trends in American education, with approximately two percent of school-aged children in the United States being taught at home. The number of students taught at home is growing at a...
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Single Parent and Working – Homeschooling Alone

Homeschooling Alone as a Single Parent by Ann Zeise > I wish that I could stay at home and teach > her myself but I’m a single parent and I have to work. There is really no reason that homeschooling can’t be done completely on weekends and holidays. Do the math… Many states have some...
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World Trade Center Crumbles

World Trade Center Crumbles

The dramatic and tragic events of the last few days are so horrible that we might like to shield our children from them. But with an event of such magnitude, it is impossible to do so.
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The Magic of Musical Storytelling

by Nancy Mellon A mother, dismayed at her son’s resistance whenever she wanted to go anywhere, discovered that the gentle singing of songs from her own childhood eased him into new activities where plain words could not. Although she had no musical training, eventually she learned to make up little songs and to sing him in and out...
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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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Foreign Service Homeschooling

  The desire to remain close as a family has not escaped those who work for the American Foreign Service. While the lure of glossy advertisements in the American Foreign Service Association Journal to send their children to private boarding schools stateside may provoke some with their promise of attaining high academic skills, others are noting that...
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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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Homeschooling in Other Countries

Overseas Homeschooling By Ann Zeise On occasion I get asked about homeschooling in a country where English isn’t spoken and that may have little or no information on the web about homeschooling. “I live in Thailand. Are there other homeschoolers here?” “My husband’s company needs him to work in Germany. Can we homeschool there?”...
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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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HSLDA And Gun Free School Zone Act

Homes being considered *Schools* for the purposes of Gun Control. NOTE: This issue has been resolved, and is only still posted for historical interest. ***Please share this summary with other interested parties via print, email, or any other format. However, please do not change or delete wording, but reproduce this summary in its entirety.***...
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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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Undiscovered Country

Undiscovered Country

Book Review By Ann Zeise You might be interested in a fairly new book I just finished reading. While its not supposed to be an “unschooling book,” it is unusual. The link is to the Amazon.com store, if you’d like to read it. The Undiscovered Country, by Samantha Gillison Story takes place in New Guinea,...
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