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Textbooks, again!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

The 14th Carnival of Homeschooling is up over at Why Homeschool? I’ll be honest, I haven’t been following the CoH very closely. But I thought I’d take a look to see what’s happening at the Carnival.
There are some worthwhile comments on textbooks over at Farm School. Becky’s not terribly keen on them (”committee-written, dumbed […]

A new solution for the reluctant writer

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

You may recall that we were looking for ways to encourage our daughter to write. I may have stumbled onto a new approach that combines creative writing with the spelling theme of the week.
I proposed at the beginning of the week that together, she and I write a story, using our spelling words for the […]

Analogies: Some are better than others

Friday, March 17th, 2006

For example, here’s an analogy that doesn’t work very well at all: homeschoolers as Essenes.  Dave Terpstra struggles with educational choices for his children, but it appears he needs to struggle a good bit more.
What’s disappointing is that this is a Christianity Today blog (their Leadership blog!).  I expected better.  Sigh.
(Hat tip: Daryl Cobranchi).

The Solution: Name Your Homeschool “The Byrd School”

Monday, March 13th, 2006

The Problem: Ignorant WV school officials
“You’ve heard of third world countries? Well, that is what is happening to West Virginia because of homeschooling.”
Don’t you just know that things were much better in West Virginia before the onslaught of all those homeschoolers?
(Hat tip: Kimberly Swygert)

One Post; Two Smackdowns

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

You gotta love it! Suzi at My Own Thoughts first takes on “law professor and working mom Linda Hirshman” as Hirshman tries to lecture women who (gasp!) choose to stay home and raise their kids. A taste:
“I think it’s a mistake for these highly educated and capable women to make that choice [to […]

Homeschooling and Writing: Other Problems

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

I wrote the other day about a very welcome article I found in the latest edition of TOS. Vicki Caruana addresses reaching the Reluctant Writer, and this is something we have been struggling with in our home. The ideas that folks came up with in the comments are terrific! My sister-in-law suggested […]

Homeschool and Writing: Fear of Failure

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Full disclosure first: I agreed some time ago to keep the HomeschoolBlogger logo and link on my sidebar, and to write reviews of articles from The Old Schoolhouse (TOS, a homeschooling magazine) in exchange for a free year’s subscription to TOS.
I failed to incorporate the logo into the sidebars of my new themes until now; […]

Homeschool-bashing - it never stops

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Via Daryl, we find yet another homeschooling detractor taking his shot via the old media. This time, it’s University of Dayton Professor William Bainbridge in an article for The Columbus Dispatch entitled, Home-schooling data need close look. You may wonder why some of us get so agitated about this stuff, but hey, […]

An eight-year-old takes on King Richard

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

My wife and daughter were studying history (The Middle Ages) from this book today.  I was informed at dinner that the topics of today’s lesson included the Magna Carta and Richard the Lion-Hearted.
I was further informed that Richard the Lion-Hearted never made it to Jerusalem.  When I looked quizzically at my daughter, she said, “He […]

Skipping Recess?

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Edwonk reports on this recess controversy:

A Central Texas mom is mad at her son’s school for not letting his fourth grade class out to recess.
“I’m really concerned no only for my son, but also for the other kids who don’t have recess,” says Lina Abad. She says her 9-year-old is hyper-active and not having recess […]

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