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Nature Book ideas for Homeschool

When it comes to homeschool, one of the more creative and interesting ways to learn about earth science and biology is by collecting specimens in nature and then drawing pictures of them in a journal. This way, you can identify them and eventually produce a book of nature finds by the end of the school year. I recommend that you (the mom/dad teacher) make one as well as your kids. Sometimes your kids may not be able to draw that well and they may be trying to compare their work to yours — that happened to my daughter and...

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History for Homeschool

One of my favorite subjects for homeschool is history. I think I got a better education for world history when I decided to teach my kids at home. I setup our history curriculum for grades 1-12, using specific textbooks, timelines, videos, and activities. We used this with great success, meaning my kids learned and loved history. In fact, I finally love history after all those football coaches teaching history in my high school. History for homeschool, Grades 1 – 12 I followed the advice from Susan Wise Bauer. We studied world history over a period of 4 years, and then...

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Why I homeschool

One late August day, I was in a store and saw a lot of moms walking around holding lists of school supplies to purchase for their kids going back to school. I confess, I was relieved I had no list. This isn’t because all my kids were raised and had moved on, but because I homeschooled. I began 15 years ago when I decided to try something different with our third child for his — or should I say “our” middle school experience. The neighborhood Middle School was the holding tank for my two older kids — even the Principal called it...

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Kissing under the mistletoe

A few years ago, I had no idea that I had decorated my Christmas Day dinner table with the product of bird dung on a twig. We sat around talking about the mistletoe I had snipped out of the tree on my hike through the oaks. Our discussion evolved into the source of my mistletoe — Where does it grow, how does it grow way up there in the tree; is it really poisonous? Where are it’s roots?   Mistletoe is associated with the winter solstice, Christmas, and New Years probably because it is an evergreen in the dead...

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Avoiding shipwrecks

I have three copies of Robinson Crusoe. The author of  the “The Moonstone,” says that whenever he feels down, he brings out his worn torn copy of  “Robinson Crusoe.” You may think this is an odd book to turn to. I’m not saying it replaces my religious texts, but it has a place on my bookshelf. Daniel Defoe published “Robinson Crusoe” in 1719. All of my kids have read it as part of our homeschool, which necessitated that I read it too. The first chapter is “A Warning:” Young 18 year-old Robinson Crusoe admits that his dad had warned him not to run...

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How to improve your aging brain

I’m half way through my masters in Education — a field I thought I’d never venture into. And I’m no spring chicken. My focus is on eLearning and I’m fascinated by this new method of learning. If you want to know more about a subject, you don’t have to go very far to look it up. The Internet is always open. And there are some innovative ways to learn. I’m enrolled in an accredited college for my masters; but I try other free online courses. After all, this is my major now instead of biochemistry. And if you homeschool...

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10 reasons to homeschool

I pulled my kids out of school 14 years ago and decided to homeschool. Almost immediately a calm feeling came over me — the realization and confirmation — that I had made the right decision. It was not an easy one, because I had to be a bit of a rebel to do it. The school system, the neighbors, the people you know begin to see you differently. They think you are a little crazy. But I’m comfortable with that. I followed my instincts and promptings — you are free to do the same. For me and my situation...

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5 Books for homeschooling teens

I’ve noticed that my kids read more than their friends. Maybe it’s because our reading list is far-reaching and is not chosen to meet the school district goals. Homeschool has benefits. You get to pick the books. Here’s five of our favorites, not in any order, and not, by any means the end of the list. 1.  “Right Turns” by Michael Medved — This is biographical, humorous, insightful and one of my favorites. Michael went to college with John Kerry, Hilary and Bill Clinton and George Bush. Medved is brilliant and headed off to Yale at age 16. His story portrays his belief in God, miracles, and the journey from a liberal point of view to a conservative. It’s unique and funny. One of my son’s favorite parts was when Michael was being interviewed at his home for Harvard University —  his father walked in wearing his tidy-whities and T-shirt, and introduced himself, “hello, I’m Professor David Medved.” He wasn’t sure if that had anything to do with him not being accepted to Harvard, but it made a lasting impression. I bought several copies of this book, to give away and read. I waited in line to get one of them signed. 2.  “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde — A classic play and comedy. Read the book, see the movie and see the play. I’m always amazed...

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Paint of the Day

I settle down to write, finding the remains of a can of Red Bull, fizz gone, but being mother eve, have no problem claiming it mine, and not wasting it. I am in the midst of painting. I am painting the baseboards and the doors, and door jams of my home in hopes that I can sell it for a good price. I have been working on this project all week. And the project of “get the house ready to sell” for a year now. Partly, waiting for prices to go up, and partly because of the interruptions of life–like two marriages and visits when my kids arrive with all their stuff. I had been working a couple of hours but took a break to get some breakfast with Hyrum (who arrived with Arleene in the wee hours of the morning), and Seth. Our favorite French Cafe–breakfast crepes for the boys and an almond croissant for me. I have been working on one of the bathrooms, and what a job. Scrubbing grout, painting, reaching around the “water closet” and at the same time, stopping to grade math problems and go over new assignments. This is all part of Home school. Having done that, I see Seth march off with his orders, math book under arm to go do his problems. Back at the work site,I find my place and...

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About me

  I was born on Valentine’s Day. ​So I have always loved red and pink hearts, cupids, silly, cheap valentines that come in boxes, making valentines with ribbons and lace, flowers, and of course– expensive chocolates. In 1976 I received a box of Sees candy (hand picked, all my fav dark choc) and two yellow tulips left at my doorstep, with a little hand scribbled note, “Happy Valentine’s Day, Gene Taylor” a guy I had met earlier that week in the quad at Occidental College, and later married. I loved school and I still love to learn. I wish I could study in several different fields. However, in college I chose biochemistry and in graduate school I studied pharmacology and nutrition. I got my master’s in Education while in my 50’s. I grew up in the era when society told women that they needed and could do more than just be a mother. That was a strong drive for me. And I wanted to be a doctor. I had planned on leaving my kids with babysitters, had even asked my sister if she would be interested in watching my kids, so that I could be “more than just a mom”. After interviewing with a female doctor, and talking with her own daughter about how she was raised by several nannies, I chose not to go on to a medical career. I desperately...

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