What do Thursday nights have to do with homeschooling? Everything.
My son was in first grade and wanted to play baseball. My husband and I both worked. So I would take off early from work to pick up Ethan from daycare and get him to practice by 5:30 or 6:00. After practice, we would pick up one those healthy and homey meals from a fast food place and eat on the way home. This allowed us more time for Ethan to study for his spelling test, do any other homework, take his bath, and get to be so that we could all get up at six the next morning and do it again. Continue reading
I know, it sounds like the headline for some celebrity gossip magazine. What superstars do in private isn’t the same thing that they project to the world and we all want to know.
Well, this is actually a pretty similar situation except what homeschoolers really do isn’t the same thing that non-homeschoolers or even new homeschoolers believe is happening or should be happening. Continue reading
10. Help reduce public school class size
9. You know what they’re eating for lunch
8. Lost permission slips aren’t a problem
7. Forgot books at school-so what?
6. End “what to wear” to school arguments
5. Don’t have to worry about missing the bus
4. Can’t forget projects at home
3. Parent-Teacher conferences are a breeze
2. Who knows? You might like your kids!
1. Learning is something you do, not where you go
This is what is different about homeschooling. My son recently attended a Dafur Awareness meeting. In July. It was hosted by another teen who had only learned about the extent of the crisis in Darfur in the past few weeks–since after the local schools let out. About a dozen kids attended the meeting and all left with a better understanding about the genocide that is occurring there. Continue reading
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Place-based education, which draws from local culture, history, and geography to create a meaningful curriculum, can occur in any type of setting, but it holds particular promise for rural homeschooling. Place-based educators use local particulars to teach universal concepts, engage students in community life, and involve people and resources unique to the home community. This Digest identifies ways that place-based education can counter common concerns about homeschooling so that homeschooled students–especially those living in rural areas–receive academic, social, and individual benefits. Continue reading
He who can, does, he who can’t teaches.
So why are you worried about me homeschooling my kids? Continue reading
Recently I had a party and the main course was pizza. When we lived in Amarillo, I used to make pizza frequently since heating up the apartment by using the oven wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is any day in San Antonio except for the day when the northerner comes in sometime around the Texas-OU game and the one day after all the stores winter clearance sales where the temperature drops below freezing and you realize that none of your kid’s winter clothes from last year fit. Since we were long past those days (or they were still in the distance days to come-depending on how you look at), I really wanted to use the bar-b-que grill so I wouldn’t heat up the house. Continue reading
Have you ever watched “The Magic School Bus?” It’s a show about a teacher, Ms. Frizzle, who teaches her students science by taking them on field trips via the “magic school bus.” These aren’t your normal going to the museum or taking a tour of the power plant type trips. Nope, the bus usually turns them into a water molecule or something similar to experience the science first hand. Naturally, it’s these experiences that bring home the lesson to the students. Continue reading
Since the Lord of the Rings is about a difficult journey undertaken by the least likely characters, I thought it would be a good source of wisdom for homeschoolers. But then as I really started thinking about it, I realized it might not be the best analogy. After all, Frodo destroys the ring but loses a finger in the process and joins the elves fleeing to the havens. That’s just depressing. I guess you could say that the ring represent government authority over education and needs to be destroyed but then who are the elves and what is Aragon king of? So it’s probably better not to look for all encompassing themes and meaning. Continue reading
I realize that the quality of higher education has recently been cast in doubt by Spelling and company, but nonetheless, I think my post-secondary education has provided me with some valuable lessons for homeschooling. Continue reading