Browsing Category : Homeschooling

40 Books Reading Challenge


Somewhere in the last month I read an article about a 40 books reading challenge. A teacher had challenged her class to read 40 books for the school year. The theory is that this will foster a love of reading. It sounded like a good idea. I did a quick search so I could let you know where I first…

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How to Write an Essay


Today I have a guest post, How to Write an Essay, from my son, Yak. This is actually, from a couple of months ago. I wanted to give him incentive to improve his writing, so we started polishing up his work to post on our blogs, and send out for publication. I only suggest corrections to his work, I don’t…

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Planning for High School


We have been planning for high school for several months, now. Yak, currently taking a fun break, will spend a couple more months in “8th grade”, then start “9th grade” in or around September. According to conventional standards, he should be in 8th grade in September. The beauty of homeschool is not having to bow to conventional standards. Some may…

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Working and Homeschooling – Self Discipline


Working and homeschooling is a tricky balance. A child intensive curriculum, one in which the child is responsible for his work and corrections is wonderful in theory, but doesn’t always work the way it is supposed to in practice. Some children just want to be doing something else. Anything else. So they need a certain amount of supervision and motivation…

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