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Posts Tagged ‘ Articles from 2000 ’

Teachers Who Want to Tutor

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself” —Galileo Recently it seems not a week goes by we don’t get an email from some fed-up public school teacher who wants to leave her job and set up a tutoring service for homeschoolers. She’s met some and decided that...
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Halloween Spook School

Spinning Pumpkin

Welcome to our homeschool for little spooks. Our haunted house needs to meet all the state requirements for being a haunted home school on Halloween.
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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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El Cheapo Summer

A Thrifty Summer By Annette Berlin and Ann Zeise (links) No money for camp? Not a penny for vacation? How will you and the kids ever survive the summer? Very well actually, if you’re willing to get creative. You can treat your kids to a fun, educational and el cheapo summer if you learn...
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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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Working With Museums

Report from the Effective Strategies for Working with Homeschoolers session at the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums Conference.
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Conference Conundrum

Tips for having a grand time at a homeschool conference or convention. “co-nun-drum: an intricate and difficult problem syn see mystery.” –Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary By Ann Zeise The season of conferences, conventions and curriculum fairs is once again upon us. So why so many different names? The inclusive (“We don’t care what your religion...
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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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A to Z Homeschool Articles from 2000

A to Z Homeschool Articles from 2000

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. Journal of a Homeschooling Mom – 11/1/00 Learning happens so often outside our home, while on extensive vacations or just in town. By Anne Salazar-Dunbar. Ghost Town –...
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Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 7

Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 7

By Ann Zeise Page 7 Bryan and Andrew, with the Gold Mine behind them, check to see if these old levers still do anything. The old Methodist church appears to still have a ghostly congregation. Our cast of ghostly homeschoolers bids you goodbye. They much enjoyed haunting you and sharing a little California history...
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Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 6

Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 6

By Ann Zeise Page 6 Tioga Pass, the “highway to heaven” between Yosemite and Lee Vining near Mono Lake and Bodie in California, and Highway 395 were ablaze with the autumn foliage of quaking aspen in sharp contrast with the purple sage and dark juniper and the snow covered peaks of the Inyo range....
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Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 5

Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 5

By Ann Zeise Page 5 A Ranger’s cat popped out to greet us at the blacksmith shop, making us jump with fright. He condescended to let us pet and scratch him, but had learned his lesson not to come out from behind the barrier. One tourist had thought he was a stray and had...
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Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 4

Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 4

By Ann Zeise Page 4 Evelyn died at the age of three when she stuck her head out of the window of her home to watch the man using a pickax to dig a drainage ditch around her home. Rest in peace, Evelyn. One little girl, whose family was taking her to the remote...
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Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 3

Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 3

By Ann Zeise Page 3 Pals Andrew and Bryan and I became separated from the others and found ourselves transformed near the haunted school house. Can you see the skeleton inside Bryan here? The schoolhouse was still decorated in Halloween motif, making Bryan come to the conclusion that the town had been abandoned shortly...
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Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 2

Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 2

By Ann Zeise Page 2 October 18th, I and two other homeschooling families made the trek to the Gold Rush ghost town of Bodie, California, about a two hour drive from Yosemite where we had been camping. Some of us found ourselves transformed into ghosts in the reflections of the windows in the abandoned...
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Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 1

Ghost Town _ Bodie, California _ page 1

By Ann Zeise Page 1 Reflections in the window of the undertaker’s invite you to enter in and wander the streets of this haunted California ghost town with your guide, Ann Zeise, and her homeschool family and friends. Click here to Enter if you dare! Start 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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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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