Learning Success With Unit Studies (updated) by Jane Boswell
Homeschooling offers parents the opportunity to individualize their child's learning.Unit studies are highly motivational, discovery-centered and offer something for every agencluding Mom and Dad. (Jane Boswell is the managing editor of Home Educator's Family Times, a homeschool consultant and supervisory teacher with Home Education & Family Services/Royal Academy, and experienced homeschool Mom and Grandmother. Jane also coordinates the New England Homeschool & Family Learning Conference.)
Meet Aloha Wid! by Isabel Lyman
My husband of twenty-one years is a homeschooling dad who relishes educational adventures.
In the land of manta rays and muumuus, Wid, at age 45, faced a super-sized challenge on October 19. He competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and had to draw upon untapped physical and mental reserves... (Isabel Lyman is the author of Homeschool Revolution, a homeschooling mother, and a freelance writer.)
Curriculum is an Individual Matter by Dorothy Moore and Moore Foundation
Probably the greatest overall advantage in home education is its opportunity for flexibility in learning. Even though you may not verbally plan it that way, it inevitably reflects your real philosophy (your reasons for homeschooling), your goals, your resources and your methods. This does not necessarily mean that you will be successful, but it does mean that you have decided on a pro gram that you are certain will fulfill your children’s needs. (The Moore Foundation was founded by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore - early pioneers of the modern homeschool movement, authors of over 66 books on education and homeschooling.)
Family Time Tips for Learning by Shirley M.R. Minster
Many families want to spend time with one another, but have forgotten how to have fun learning together. The following activities are memory makers that will help parents continue to guide their childrens’ education. (Shirley Minster is the founder and director of Home Education & Family Services and Royal Academy, a full service organization meeting the needs of homeschooling families around the U.S. and the world. Shirley is an expert in curriculum design, testing, learning styles and has over 20 years experience as an educator.)
Dear Mrs. Web: Tackling the Hard Questions
Read helpful and practical advice for every family.
Move? Or Stay Another Year? by Jon Remmerde
Amanda grew from two years old to eleven and Juniper from four to thirteen in Whitney Valley in Oregon's Blue Mountains, where I worked as caretaker of a hay and cattle ranch for eight and a half years. More than a year before we left the remote ranch, restlessness stirred through our family. We had lived rurally, and we had home schooled our daughters since they were quite small. Juniper particularly wanted to try a more urban existence. She wanted more activities involving other people. (Jon Remmerde and his wife homeschooled their two daughters. He is an author, musician and writer.)
Boot Camp For New Dads
New moms seem to get their advice from everyone - friends and relatives, nurses and doctors, even strangers on the street who pass along their little tidbits of info. But for new dads, they are left pretty high and dry. They browse the internet, watch TV, even sneak behind the wife's back to read books such as, "What to Expect When Expecting," but there's still something missing.
(Photo at left: Christian Goodwin - the editor's youngest grandson)
Let's Write! Learning How to Use the Correct "Person" by Dave Marks
Some young writers have a desire to use second person when they write narration. They must be given clear directions about this use. This exercise will help your student understand how to:
1. Use first person
2. Use third person
3. Avoid careless use of second person
4. Control the use of person in their writing
The following exercise has been written so that your students can work independently of you or not need your help in any way. (Dave Marks is the founder of The National Writing Institute and author of Writing Strands, Reading Strands, the "Dragon Slayer Trilogy", and many titles to help young people master the art of communicating and writing.)
Liberty - A Gift From God by Jillian Goodwin
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.... (Jefferson) (Jillian Goodwin is a wife, homeschooling mother, college student and one of the earlier 'graduates of the modern homeschooling movement.)
Tests, Music and Homeschooling by Nicky Hardenbergh
While glancing through a magazine about music teaching, I saw an article entitled something like: "Should music teachers be emphasizing the higher test results of music students?" Turns out music teachers are facing the same dilemma as homeschoolers. Sure, both homeschoolers and music students may test above average on standardized tests. And sure, both homeschoolers and music teachers may be tempted to publicize the higher test scores. But do we actually want higher test results to be the justification for our enterprises? (Nicky Hardenbergh is on the board of the Massachusetts Home Learning Association, a former board member of the National Home Education Network, a homeschooling mother and all-around advocate of homeschoolers everywhere.)
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