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Homeschooling in New York State: Q & A session #1*
Questions about homeschooling in NY? Here are some answers! "We decided homeschooling is the best option for our family, but we don't know where to begin.  How do we know what's required to teach?  What do we need to send to the school district?  Is Kinderg...

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I'm Disgusted by Those Who Support Trump, but I'm Still Voting for Him.
Oh, really? At
what point did degradation, sexual assault, and rape become better than
indirectly causing someone’s death? 
That’s the argument – that Donald Trump has said some horrible things,
and is accused of doing some horrible things, but at least he ...

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Individualized Home Instruction Plan Revisited: simplifying the process
A little over 3 years ago I posted my original explanation of the Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) for New York State.  It details what is required by the state and also provides an example of my own IHIP form, which I used for about 4 years. Ove...

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Memorial Day Homeschool Curriculum Sale!
What better way to kick off the summer of 2016 than with a huge homeschool curriculum sale?   No way.  No better way whatsoever.  Okay, maybe a chicken BBQ and some watermelon and some Popsicles followed by a swim in the pool would be a better way, but thos...

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Affordable Homeschool Planner 2016-17
"Any recommendations for an affordable planner that I can use to keep track of doctor appointments for myself and hubby also?" "I'm trying to find planner sheets and figure out how to plan for schooling year round." "Does anyone have a really awesome planne...

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Mistakes New Home Schoolers Make: Part II
LET THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CALL THE SHOTS This goes hand in hand with my first post on meeting with the superintendent and begs the same advice: DON'T DO IT!!! States vary widely in how much paperwork is required for home schooling.  Some states require nothin...

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Mistakes New Home Schoolers Make: Part I
If you are new to home schooling, or are considering home schooling, then you'll likely find your mind riddled with questions.  What curriculum should I use? How many hours a day should we "do school"?  Should I ask my school's Superintendent for advice?  W...

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Biology: Anatomy & Physiology - Home School Co-op Dissection Class
My kids and I participate in
a local co-op for homeschoolers. 
Each semester, parents are required to teach a class.  For some bizarre
reason that I have yet to figure out, I chose to teach a dissection
class.  (My gag reflex is strong!)  Over the semester,...

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Biology: Anatomy & Physiology - Home School Co-op Dissection Class
My kids and I participate in a local co-op for homeschoolers.  Each semester, parents are required to teach a class.  For some bizarre reason that I have yet to figure out, I chose to teach a dissection class.  (My gag reflex is strong!)  Over the semester,...

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A Day in the Life: a homeschool family vlog day
We decided to try something new.  This past Monday, I carried my video camera around with me all day and made a video log (vlog) of our day, which I posted to YouTube.  The boys had fun being part of it.  I think we're going to try to make it a regular thin...
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