An Eclectic Approach to Becoming a Writer

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It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.

– Ernest Hemingway

A question that I often come across on homeschool forums is what can you do to help  a struggling writer. I had a struggling writer for many years, and now that he is 16 and thinking about college he is debating majoring in writing…

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Learning Through the Holiday Season

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Looking back over the years, December has always been one of the most difficult months for homeschooling. Right around the end of November, my children just seem to lose the ability to focus on their lessons.  Unfortunately, it isn’t just the children who lose focus – my schedule tends to get a little busier this time of year too. Distractions range from shopping, baking, extra housework and decorating, to preparing for company – there is a lot to do in December…

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Service Learning Mission: Planting the seeds of compassion

Aristotle wisely said that educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. I strongly believe in this…

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HOMESCHOOLING – THE EARLY YEARS

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I have been part of the online homeschool community for a number of years, and I often come across posts from a parent who is panicked about whether their young child or children are doing enough school work. Often the posts will list all the curriculum the parent has purchased and planned for the year and then go on to discuss how frustrated both the parent and the child are becoming with their school day. Sometimes the child becomes grumpy and uncooperative, sometimes the parent feels like all they are doing is yelling at the child, and it is obvious to me that everyone is miserable…

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The Best Method to Use for Learning Is the One that Works

Blair's pic for articleThe first time I thought about how others learn best was 40 years ago. I went to high school in Conroe, Texas, which is outside of Houston. Our Spanish teacher recruited several of us to volunteer with her church to assist migrant farmers who were illiterate and/or did not speak English. Our job was to help the men learn to read. Working with them was a powerful experience. It is rare for a young person to be made aware of how important knowledge is for adults who don’t have it. Even when parents push you to do well in school, it isn’t the same. They also push you to feed the dog, be nice to your sister, and clean your room. For most kids, myself included, the rationale to do these tasks all seem about the same…

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From Soup to Nuts: A Secular, Eclectic, Academic Approach to Homeschooling

Wouldn’t it be fun to spend the week sharing tips, strategies, and stories about handcrafting an education?

Have you ever had a situation where the best way to learn something didn’t coincide with the easiest way to teach it?

Let’s talk about travel and service projects! Where have you been, or where do you want to go? Have you done any service projects? Do you want to do any…

 

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Creating happy childhood memories, one birthday and one learning moment at a time

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A birthday is a perfect excuse to party and have a blast. If you are a homeschooler, these special occasions are not only opportunities for your child to be with other kids but these can also be turned into fun, creative, educational and enriching experiences…

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A Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschool Approach for Twice-Exceptional Students

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SEA: Secular, Eclectic, Academic – What does that mean and look like? How does this approach benefit students who have been identified as twice-exceptional…

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How to Get Started With Coding

When Sean isn't coding he likes to volunteer. Here he is volunteering at Re-member, a non-profit group that operates on the Lakota reservation on Pine Ridge.
When Sean isn’t coding he likes to volunteer. Here he is volunteering at Re-member, a non-profit organization that operates on the Lakota reservation on Pine Ridge.

If I were to give one piece of advice to new programmers it would be to have fun. A popular stigma is that programming is a monotonous task where geeks stare at screens of gibberish day and night. But this is not true, except sometimes when you put off fixing a bug all week. Coding is creative, engaging, and fun.

In my case coding started with a love of video games and watching YouTube videos…

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