Friday, October 2, 2009

News October 2, 2009

The Boston Globe is running an article entitled, "Somerville Home-School Parent Starts Reading Program."

Are you familiar with the Classics for Kids podcast series?

The HomeScholar writes, "The PSAT is Coming! The PSAT is Coming!"

Thursday, October 1, 2009

News October 1, 2009

Paul Galvin has published a very passionate essay entitled, "Providing Balance: America's Homeschoolers." Regarding public schools he writes, "With this toxic stew of course nothing meaningful will ever change."

Rachel from Christian writes, "Teach Your Sons With These Great Homeschool Camping Ideas." I'm not sure that her suggestions need to be limited to boys. For that matter, I think public school kids could also learn a ton from her suggestions.

Heart of the Matter Online is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling.

If you are looking for some good crafts go to Homeschool Creations.

Monday, September 21, 2009

News September 21, 2009

The Weymouth (MA) Wicked Local is running an article entitled, "Private Schooled Students Merit Public School Access." It states, "Tomorrow the (school) committee is expected to vote on whether to allow access to public school programs and activities to Weymouth students who are home-schooled or attending private schools."

In the article, "Homeschooling Group Makes Time for Student Socialization," the Southeast Missourian writes, "Each Friday, more than 115 students flood into Mount Auburn Christian Church for the classes, which started Sept. 4."

Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers writes, "I hope you'll enjoy this week's selection of posts, offering inspiration, encouragement, tips and ideas as we showcase some of the fun, exciting, hands-on ways that homeschooling families live, learn, and enjoy life together..."

An excellent article on The Simple states, "Homeschool may not be the new educational paradigm - BUT - the ideas that make homeschool so successful ARE..."

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

News September 17, 2009

Old Virginia Blog is running an illuminating post written by a college student on her experiences as a homeschooler.

How do you schedule your homeschooling day? Heart of the Matter (Online) explains her family's schedule.

Alasandra's Homeschool Blog is looking for nominations on the best homeschool blogs. Thanks to Get In, Hang In for pointing the way.

As We Walk writes, "Did you know there are about a gazillion ways to classify animals? Maybe you’re stuck in the old rut of mammal, reptile or bird; but we’re free enough around here to group them by color, size, sleeping and eating habits, location, and a myriad of other ways."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

News September 15, 2009

The Coshocton (OH) Tribune is running an article entitled, "Opportunities Expanding for Home Schooling Families." Read it here.

Homeschool Haven explains that if your home school is "cut and dry" it is probably not overly effective.

There's not a whole lot of news today. That's probably good because I am very excited about spending time with Homeschool Connections first day back, with over two hundred students.

Monday, September 14, 2009

News September 14, 2009

In Gaston, North Carolina, the number of homeschoolers is going up, according to an article in the Gaston Gazette.

The Anchorage Daily News is running an article entitled, "Home School: Making the Grade?" The article states, "Should Alaska join the ranks of other states by tightening its home-schooling laws...State Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux wants to at least ask the question."

Thanks to Proverbs 14:1 we learn about Heart of the Matter Online, a website that Proverbs 14.1 describes as wonderful for homeschoolers, having great pictures.

Kit and Caboodle writes, "Being able to study what you want, when you want to, is the beauty of home school. " Her younger daughter is studying an Equestrian curriculum.

Science of Relations is hosting the weekly carnival of homeschool blogs. It's episode number 12. Read it, here.

There are a large number new of homeschool blog posts online today. If you'd like me to include a link to your blogpost contact me at

Friday, September 11, 2009

News September 11, 2009 is running a guest feature by a homeschooling mom in Michigan. It's entitled, "Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom: Part II." The post states, "I do put extra pressure on myself to turn everything into a learning experience, whether we're flying a kite or at the park. After a recent farm stand purchase of a purple cauliflower for dinner, I pulled everyone to the computer to look up what made it purple (answer: anthocyanin, an antioxidant found in red wine)."

What makes somebody qualified to homeschool? Read this article for one person's take.

Special Connection Homeschool writes about "Steve Spangler Science." Steve Spanger has a weekly show in which he discusses an experiment that can be done at home. Read more here.

Are you familiar with the Homeschool Buyer's Co-Op? Mother by Nature tells us why she joined, here.

If you are new to homeschooling or thinking about it, Homeschool Bliss writes, "Here's the bottom line, no two homeschools have the same exact philosophy. There is no cookie cutter approach. Each family needs time to figure out what kind of philosophy they will incorporate."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

News September 10, 2009

Homeschool Creations has a great post entitled, "Homeschooling is Like Making Pancakes." How do you like your pancakes? How do you like to learn?

Since today's news is short, I'll also point to my other blog: TechnoLesson. On a daily basis I ask a set of questions related to a current event news article. Enjoy!!

Today Your Home School Connection published its first edition of "The Connector" our monthly newsletter. I'd be happy to send you a copy of this newsletter. Simply send me your email address. My email address is

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

News September 9, 2009

Did you know that the Wall Street Journal has a homeschool community? A description states, "
As the many benefits of homeschooling have earned worldwide recognition, old stigmas are giving way to new enthusiasm for the concept." See it here.

While you may not agree with it, I found this article about the choice to homeschool in a divorced family quite intriguing. It sparked thought. The article begins, "One mom doesn't believe that homeschooling should be decided upon by one parent."

How do you incorporate fine arts in the homeschool? Read some suggestions here.

There's an array of interesting links at this virtual homeschool carnival.

What are the top ten homeschooling mistakes? Homeschool online begins the first of a two part series on the topic.

Friday, September 4, 2009

News September 4, 2009

Through an article entitled, "Homeschool 101: What are the Statistics?" we learn about an important homeschool research organization, National Home Education Research Institute.

Karen Berger writes about "Music Instruction for Homeschoolers" at Suite 101.

Alyssa at The Dream Box Blog writes a great post, "Math Learning Field Trip Ideas for Homeschoolers." It's well worth the read.

The Thinking Mother writes about her children ignoring an adult who asks them why they are not in school. I thought, "OK" until I read the comments. Then I thought, "Great. It's worth being included."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

News September 3, 2009

A CBS affiliate in Texas reports, "Texas Home School Coalition PAC Endorses Gov. Perry for Re-Election." Read about it here!! Does your state have a homeschool PAC?

What's the relationship between general reasons to homeschool and your reasons for homeschooling? Bearing Blog ponders.

June Fuentes at Proverbs 14 Verse 1 points to an excellent organization method at Many Little Blessings. She writes, "Here is a system that I have been using for organizing our homeschool that I cannot praise enough..." Read it about it at one of the links.

Do you feel that homeschooling strengthens families? Why Homeschool explains how her different aged children help one another grow.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

News September 2, 2009

Fox News is running an article entitled, "Group Asks Court to Reconsider Removing Girl from Homeschool." Read it here.

The Greenville (NC) Online reports, "Clemson Home-School Mom Resigns as Chairman of State Board of Education." It's available here.

Betsy Wald writes in a local New York Times blog, "The following homeschooling “classics” are recommended for everyone — regardless of educational philosophy –- both for questioning assumptions and reminding ourselves that living is learning, everywhere and all the time." See the list here.

Jennie Woehl writes in the Holland Sentinel, "My Take - Home-school Kids Excel in Studies and in Life." Read her commentary.

In her blog, The Plotmonkeys, Julie Leto writes about "The Decision to Homeschool." Read it here.