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Nov 4

November 4, 2012

Nurturing Independence in High School

This month’s Homeschool High School Carnival is hosted by Leonie at  Living Without School. Our topic this month is: Nurturing Independence in High School….  To what extent do your highschoolers collaborate in planning their studies, how do you encourage your highschoolers to take the reins of their education, what tools do you use and how is this input communicated? I talked about how I tried to resist limiting my teens’ educational independence in my very first post for the Homeschool High…

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Aug 30

August 30, 2012

Taking the Road Less Traveled in High School

 This post is part of a link-up for the Homeschool High School Carnival, hosted the first Monday of September by Erin at Seven Little Australians and Counting. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.  Robert Frost The Road Behind Twelve years ago, I was standing in a preschool classroom, bent over a long, shiny formica table, helping a little girl count ants on a log.  They weren’t…

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Aug 17

August 17, 2012

A Day in Our Summer Term

The schools in our area just started back, and many homeschoolers with them.  We’ve been working on our “summer term” since the beginning of July, and we’re beginning to look forward to our vacation to the Gulf Coast over Labor Day weekend.  Sometimes I think that maybe we should do what everybody else does and break for June and July and start back some time in August, too.  Or else I think we should just eliminate “terms” and “breaks” entirely…

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Jun 25

June 25, 2012

This Week at Our House: Books

Summer is here, and the boys are beginning to get a little bored as the temperature goes up.  This is the last week I’ll record for this school year, and as of July 1st, we’ll start our new year.  I’m looking forward to it.  Although I do very much enjoy gathering resources for the kids and poring through booklists, I do not enjoy trying to keep everything organized.  None of the clearing out and organizing is ever done before the…

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Jun 22

June 22, 2012

Seven Quick Takes: Chores and other natural oddities

One The chore situation, which I mentioned in this post, continues.  I am sure my kids think their mother has suddenly become a schizophrenic.  I try really, really hard to be patient, to encourage boys to do chores out of their own free will… but there is stuff around here that really needs to be done, and I need help doing it.  So then I start saying things like, “Have you done your three chores so I can pay you…

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Jun 15

June 15, 2012

The week at our house that was two weeks ago

Note: I started writing this post before we left on vacation, but didn’t finish it in time to post it.  So the week I am describing actually took place two weeks ago.   A quick post, so I can add it to the stack of my Learning in Review posts –  which have already been printed and have been waiting around for a week or so, while I do other things instead of binding them!  Last year I made the…

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May 31

May 31, 2012

Reviving Old Posts: Planning to Unschool

 At this time of year, when it seems like “everyone” is working on lesson plans or ordering textbooks for the coming school year, I just ordered some stuff to have on hand for summer.  (Don’t worry; I’ll tell you what it is when it gets here.)  It’s not that I don’t plan at all, because we don’t always go at things willy-nilly (although we sometimes do).  But my planning tends to be more geared toward what to put into the…

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May 28

May 28, 2012

Reviving Old Posts: Thinking About Unschooling

This morning I was lying in bed in the quiet dark (which lasted for about 15 minutes), thinking again about unschooling.  I think about unschooling a lot. In my head I write posts called, “Thinking about Unschooling.”  Then sometimes I go back and discover I’ve already written posts called, “Thinking About Unschooling”, usually around this time of year.  So here is a post I wrote a couple of years ago about the tensions involved in living a quasi-unschooled life.   June…

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May 27

May 27, 2012

This Week at Our House: Unschooling

I’m writing this on a Memorial Day weekend on which we are all down with a wicked sort of flu-something, involving sore throats, stuffy noses, and unfortunately tummies as well.  Mostly we have sat around watching our new streaming Netflix.  In the past few days various people have watched: Omega ManCurious George 2MythbustersModern Marvels: Monster TrucksSense and SensibilityThe very first ever Star Trek episodeJourney to the Center of the EarthWallace and Grommit: “Loaf or Death” (My favorite was Wallace and…

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Mar 11

March 11, 2012

Paracosms, Creativity, and Learning History

I once read an article about creativity and childhood that used the term “paracosm”. A paracosm is a kind of alternate reality children invent that has the feel of a real place.  It’s not just, “Why don’t we play explorers,” one day, it’s more like, “Why don’t we play explorers discovering a new country,” that turns into a history of the country complete with maps and stories and a richness of place that comes from many days, weeks, months, and…

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