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How to Put a Real Name in Your Facebook Group URL
http://a2zhomeschooling.com/support_groups/put-real-name-facebook-group-url/

Having a real name in your Facebook group url will make it much easier for you and your members to remember what it is. I see far too many homeschool support groups on Facebook left with a long chain of numbers at the end of their URLs.

Note that you need to do this before your group has 5000 members!

Only the owner or editors of the group can probably make this edit. Here’s how to get a real name in your group URL.

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What DeVos Appointment Could Mean to Homeschoolers


Should we homeschoolers, all of us, be concerned about the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, if her appointment is approved?

Many are thrilled that she has given a one-paragraph approval of homeschooling that seems to get quoted every where.

PHILANTHROPY: What about homeschooling?

MRS. DEVOS: Homeschooling represents another perfectly valid educational option. We’ve seen more and more people opt for homeschooling, including in urban areas. What you’re seeing is parents who are fed up with their lack of power to do anything about where their kids are assigned to go to school. To the extent that homeschooling puts parents back in charge of their kids’ education, more power to them.

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/thoughts_opinions_home_school/devos-appointment-mean-homeschoolers/

Advent Calendar for Christmas, December 2016


A countdown to the Holidays with a new, fun link each day on our Advent Calendar for children ages 5-95.
Be sure to check our Advent Calendar every day and click to see what is behind the next holiday symbol.

I have a whole bunch of new links this year. None require Flash! I am leaving each day up all month long, so it is up to you to open one day at a time or all at once.
http://a2zhomeschooling.com/holiday_activities_crafts_ideas/advent_calendar_for_christmas/

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Nasty Women Homeschool

“Get this, Donald. Nasty women are tough. Nasty women are smart. And nasty women vote,” Elizabeth Warren told a crowd of an estimated 4,000 folks bundled in jackets and vests on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, surrounding by blazing orange and red fall foliage. “And, on Nov. 8, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever.”

When Warren said this, my reaction was, “And Nasty Women also homeschool!” Have you ever met a bunch of women who are so vocal and willing to stand their ground, and fight for their right to home educate as they please, for whatever reasons are important to them?

We homeschool moms have all “done the nasty,” which is how we got the kids we now homeschool, right? Let’s not pretend we are all shrinking violets, because we just are not! Conservative or progressive, religious or not, when we decided to homeschool, we jumped ship to become part of a revolutionary force to change the face of the education establishment, and even of the “typical family.”

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http://a2zhomeschooling.com/main_articles/nasty-women-homeschool/

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Homeschooling a Dyslexic Child
http://a2zhomeschooling.com/concerns_homeschooling/homeschooling_dyslexic_children/

Homeschooling a Dyslexic Child works, but it helps to connect with others. Free font to down load to help those with Dyslexia read on computer.

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Printing and Binding Classic Books for Homeschooling

Consider the cost of printer ink, paper and covers before you think of printing these as "Free" books. The cost may be more than buying paperbacks.

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/materials/curriculum_shop/free_curriculum/printing-binding-classic-books-homeschooling/

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Contests For Kids – Academic and Skill-based
Competitions and Challenges


Competition among equally prepared peers can be fun and challenging to children and teens with competitive natures. No child should be forced to enter a contest that doesn’t interest him or her. These contests encourage the participation of homeschoolers, but may have restrictions because of age or location. Since contests require registration, kids, ask your parent’s permission before entering. Contests being held in one state only will be listed on that state’s page. Participation usually requires dedication and preparation and offers some kind of real prize as a reward to winners. Websites not meeting these criteria are considered “games” and listed elsewhere in Explorations 4 Kids. Awards from these contests can be used when filling out college applications, in the “Academic Awards” section.
Computer Related
Fine Arts
Language Arts
Math
Physical Education
Problem Solving
Science
Social Science

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Care For the Primary Care Giver

How to take care of your self first, as the primary care giver in a homeschool family.

I tend to make elaborate homeschooling resolutions in September. But now, after attending Ed Dickerson's "Destinations" workshop at the Home=Education Conference in Sacramento, I'm determined to put ME FIRST! If I am to model patience, self-motivated learning and enthusiasm, then I just can't be too tired to do so. Before you all think I've gone totally egotistical, let me tell you, I love nurturing my family, but I need time to myself, to read, to create these web pages, to take a walk, and just be me.

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/main_articles/care_primary_care_giver/

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Homeschool Record Keeping & Planners for Sale

Plan & Keep Records in Binders, in Software, in APPs, and on the Web
Planners come in different formats. Chose what works best for you.
Binder Systems
eBook
Mac & Windows
Web-based
Windows

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/materials/curriculum_shop/homeschool_record_keeping_planner_software/

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“Independence Day” has a double meaning for homeschoolers. Not only is it a day to celebrate our country’s independence from tyranny, but also our own family’s liberation into homeschooling.

So when you get out with your friends, family, and neighbors, make a toast to your own independence and freedom telling what it means to you.

Here are some things we celebrate... Care to comment on how you plan to celebrate your independence from the school system?

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/holiday_activities_crafts_ideas/independence_day/
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