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July 2013

by Mary Ann Kelley
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Phonics, Charlotte Mason, Free Range Learning, Writing, and More

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.  –Albert Einstein

From the Editor

I’d like to welcome Brave Writer, our most recent newsletter sponsor. As the parent of a writer who loves to write but hates to organize her writing, I had heard of Brave Writer but couldn’t wrap my mind around a program that encourages freewriting first and foremost, which is what Brave Writer does. We gave their online classes a try this year, and I’m now a convert — Brave Writer has been a great experience for us. My daughter has had the same instructor for both classes that she has taken through their online classroom and the feedback has been detailed, helpful, and encouraging. If you have a reluctant writer or a disorganized writer, Brave Writer can help them to latch on to a topic they love and take all of their random thoughts and turn them into something cohesive that is organized and thoughtful. Brave Writer has a free newsletter with daily tips, and I encourage you to also Like them on Facebook, where Julie Bogart (the founder) posts some great thoughts on writing.

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Educational Resources

Progressive Phonics

Progressive Phonics is a systematic all-in-one reading program that is easy, fun, and free. It is designed to be used by anyone, whether or not you have experience. Just a few minutes a day are all that is required, and the program also has coordinating handwriting sheets for download. Normally free registration is required but for a limited time, all downloads are available without registration.

Simply Charlotte Mason

Interested in learning more about the methods Charlotte Mason used but don’t have time to read the 6 volume book series? Simply Charlotte Mason is a good place to start. Learn what the Charlotte Mason Method is all about, the methods she used for gentle learning, take advantage of a free curriculum guide, or browse their suggestions for the early years.

Free Range Learning

Laura Grace Weldon occasionally writes for TheHomeSchoolMom, but her main writing is at her self-titled website. Her book Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything explores natural learning and how the acquisition of knowledge on one’s own is more meaningful than that learned in a classroom. My favorite post is her own story of how she came to the decision to pull her children out of school: School ADD Isn’t Homeschool ADD.

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Recent Blog Posts

Combination Summer Homeschooling

Combination Summer Homeschoolingfor many of us homeschoolers, summer doesn’t necessarily mean “no school”. Homeschoolers have the flexibility to choose the level of education they wish to do during the summer months, as they do the rest of the year. And every homeschool family does it differently. Some families school straight through the summer, some take some breaks but continue to school some as well, and other families take the summer off completely. We do the combination approach. Read more »

EdSpeak or Educationese for Progress Reports

EdSpeak or Educationese for Progress ReportsLearning activities that we once knew by simple names have been given new industry-generated names in recent years that are supposed to be more descriptive of subtle differences. Called “edspeak” or “educationese”, these words or phrases are often used by professional educators. If you are required to file some form of proof of progress to your school district, you may find some of these terms helpful in describing your child’s activities. Additionally, if you are working with a school system because your child has an IEP, the ability to understand the language commonly used by professional educators is helpful. Read more »

Post-Convention Stress Disorder

Post-Convention Stress DisorderYou may not find it in the DSM-5 list of psychological disorders, but I promise you it exists. You’ve heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Yeah, just call this PCSD.

Post-Convention Stress Disorder.

Have you experienced it? The “Where am I going to put all this stuff” mind racing, the “How can I incorporate these ideas” insomnia, the “What did she say about managing toddlers while you’re teaching” memory lapses, and the “There is no way I can do all of this” headaches. Read more »

THSM June 2013 Newsletter

THSM June 2013 NewsletterVolcano Experiments, Inquiry-based Learning, Building on Strengths, Children’s Books, Art, and More – I’m very excited to let you know that I am working on a long overdue overhaul of our website! I’ll be working over the next several weeks with Joy Miller, a very talented and knowledgeable designer, preparing everything for the new website. In the meantime, here are some great resources for your summer. The featured article this month has some summer volcano science; it seemed appropriate since volcanos are one of only two science experiments that I can do without failing miserably. If you enjoy the volcano experiments, be sure to check out the free Science Video and Activity

Guide from Supercharged Science. Read more »

Featured Article

Homeschooling Can Change Your Life

By Barbara Frank

When we first heard about homeschooling, my husband and I thought it sounded like a great idea. Our first child had just been born, and like all new parents, we wanted only the best for her. Neither of us had been greatly impressed by our own school experiences, so we put homeschooling on our mental list of pursuits to consider someday.

“Someday” came quickly. By the time our daughter reached school age, we’d so enjoyed watching her and her little brother learn through play and work with us that we just couldn’t put her on the school bus. Instead, I taught both kids at home.

Over the next few years, we had two more children. Our fourth child was born with medical problems and Down syndrome. We spent his first two years going back and forth to doctors and therapists. It was very hard for me to teach our older two children, keep track of our toddler and take care of a newborn on a heart and apnea monitor, in addition to the usual chores of a homemaker. So my husband quit his job and started an at-home business so he could help around the house. That was the only way we were able to keep homeschooling.

As it turned out, we didn’t send a child to school until our eldest son went off to college. Now all of our children have “graduated” from homeschooling and are grown, and we’ve recently become grandparents.

It’s been 30 years since we first thought about homeschooling our newborn, and over the years we’ve all learned a lot. I want to encourage those who are new to homeschooling by sharing some of the things we’ve learned:… Read more on our blog

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