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Encouragement & resources for homeschoolers
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FREE Homeschool Planner (Updated for next year)

I've been terribly remiss about posting here, but I wanted to let you know that our free homeschool planner has been updated for 2016-2017.  It's been redesigned with a clean new look and some added pages. If you have any suggestions for pages you'd like to see added, let me know! #homeschoolplanner #homeschooling  
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Levitation

This is super cool. Do your kids know that you can actually levitate objects with sound waves?
#science   #levitation   #homeschool  
I've had a vision of making this video for almost a year.  Thank you very much to Ford for making it happen!  I feel that there are several PhD's worth of data in this footage.  Seriously.  If anyone wants to publish I would love to work with you on this.
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Christmas Quandary

If you are in the middle of Christmas craziness and wondering how next year can be different, you will be inspired by Rebecca's answer to this quandary. Madison Avenue has co-opted Christmas, but there is a way around it.
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A Florida county opted-out of mandated state tests after pressure from parents, then rescinds the vote. #testing #commoncore #optout #makeupyourmind
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Have you seen HipHughes History videos? We are using it along with Crash Course for American History this year.

I have 2 going to college this week! The 19yo is starting at UVA as a 3rd year transfer (she did her first 2 years at the community college starting with DE) and the 16yo is starting at the community college today with 3 DE classes. :)

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#1 Tip for Organizing Homeschool Activities

You float an idea on a homeschool email list or a Facebook group:
“I’m planning a field trip to Smith Historical Farm on the morning of April 10. I can get a group rate if we have 20 kids, and they’ll do special hands-on projects with the children.”

You give the details, and people say “count us in,” giving a headcount of 32 children for the field trip.

The day before the field trip, emails start flying with all the reasons people can’t be there. You go anyway, embarrassed to find that only 11 kids are there, and two of them are technically too young to participate. The Smith Historical Farm people are nice, but point out that you no longer qualify for the group rate, meaning that each family is now going to pay double what they expected.

The families who attend feel resentful at the unexpected cost, you feel unwilling to organize future events, and the Smith Historical Farm staff have supplies they didn’t need for people who didn’t show up – and not the greatest impression of homeschoolers. How can you avoid this scenario?

Read more: http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/1-tip-organizing-homeschool-activities/
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Great post from +Karen Childress 
 It doesn't matter if it is your first child to leave or your fifth, an adjustment will need to be made.
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New Homeschoolers, Beware

New homeschoolers are bombarded with information from which curriculum to use (see #11) to how to train their children (see #3). Homeschoolers are a wonderful group for crowd-sourcing information, but not all of the information available online or from other homeschoolers is helpful, useful, or productive. New homeschoolers are wise to beware the following:

1. Beware people who tell you exactly how you should homeschool. Find homeschooling friends and mentors who have experience, suggestions, and resource ideas, but who encourage you to find what works for your family.

2. Beware homeschooling organizations and homeschooling leaders who not only tell you how to homeschool, but how to live, what your religious beliefs should be, what your position on non-homeschooling issues should be, and how you should vote. Double beware if they want you to pay them to tell you what to think.


3. Beware books or resources which emphasize the importance of controlling children above all other aspects of homeschooling or child rearing.

4. Beware books, resources, or people who tell you that children need to be left to their own devices as the only way to learn, that their freedom to make all decisions about all things should always be completely unlimited, and that any guidance or input by parents interferes with children’s “natural” growth. Absolutely beware those which advocate physical punishments for or absolute control of babies.

5. Beware people and resources which lead you to believe that homeschooling will guarantee a desired outcome for your children — be that educational, spiritual, economic, or vocational. There is no homeschool guarantee.

Read the other 9 warnings for new homeschoolers: http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/new-homeschoolers-beware/#sthash.TwjZ1Cxo.dpuf

#newhomeschooler #homeschoolwarning #homeschoolguarantee  
New Homeschoolers, Beware
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