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Common Core: It's the Biggest Reform You Know Nothing About

March 31 is the launch date of Building the Machine, the first investigative documentary about the Common Core. Building the Machine will introduce the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary, created by HSLDA, compiles interviews from principle educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee.

Kids Need Praise

Monday morning, fall 2002. After breakfast, the twins began their chores. I wrote a list of about three things for each boy on little yellow post-it notes a with a black marker—things like: Take out the trash; Fold laundry; Windex the sliding back door...

In the pre- school years, we had a chore chart on the fridge, but once the boys were in the elementary grades, I switched to post-it notes.

Come Fly With Us

It was a cool Monday late September when Jay called to let me know that a series of vintage (1920's and 1930's) airplanes were on exhibit at Frederick's Regional Airport for the "National Air Tour". I looked out our school room window, propellers already spinning in my mind.

"Hmm... I'm not sure that I can re-arrange things, but I know that the twins would love it. And I would love it!" But I hesitated as I looked down at my planner...

HSLDA on Pinterest

Well, we've done it. HSLDA has started a Pinterest account! Head on over to our Pinterest page and check out all the goodies we've collected for you! There's a board for everyone! Are you new to homeschooling? We've got you covered! Looking for some delicious, yet budget friendly recipes? We've got those recipes! How about some Christmas crafts or activities to do with your family? You'll find all that and more over on HSLDA's Pinterest page!

Music, Movement and Learning!

 

We love to sing and dance and move at our house. My kids are such tactile, kinesthetic (wiggly) learners! I continue to learn that rather than fight against this natural bent in their learning preferences to incorporate music and movement into my teaching times, be it acting out Bible stories or putting motions to poems, to singing directions during important routines and transition times. 

Have A Wonderful Thanksgiving

I love the fact that Dr. Ben Carson always speaks so highly of his mother's strength and influence in his life. I've heard him say that his mom often reminded her young boys that God gave them brains, so they needed to use them. That reminds me of...

...our eleven years of homeschooling, and how I often told my boys, "God gave you a voice, and He wants to hear it." So I related that to prayer, and how that  God wants all of us to praise Him, no matter what our age...

The Musicality of Language

"To read with a loud and full tone, to pronounce every syllable properly and distinctly, and to mind the pauses;---are the three most difficult points to be gained in making good readers." -The Original McGuffey's Eclectic Fourth Reader

In the Pronunciation Project, I talked about encouraging our kids to use their voices masterfully whether they're speaking or reading. Today, I'd like us to look at language ---and, once again, to marvel at the instrument we carry around with us every day...

Go For It!

"...WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE..." --Luke 1:37

You're looking at the pros and cons. You've been considering homeschooling for a long time, and have always wanted to try it. Well, if you're still wondering whether or not this is the year to start homeschooling, I highly encourage you to put your doubts behind, and go for it! After all --- there are only two things that can happen....

Parents Night Out Facebook Party!

HSLDA is excited to invite you to our very first Facebook Party this Thursday October 10th at 9:00 PM EST. We’re partnering with APOLOGIA Educational Ministries. The theme is ‘Parents Night Out’, and guess what? We’ll be giving away prizes along the way, including the makings of an actual parents night out~ think Panera Bread and the movies! 

We’ll start the party on Apologia’s Facebook page at 9:00 PM EST, and then move over to the HSLDA Facebook page at 9:30. Faith Berens and myself will be there to chat with you. You can ask questions- especially those that pertain to homeschooling a child with special needs, share ideas, and just fellowship. Faith and I love to talk, so it should be a lot of fun! 

12 Ways To Build A Child's Imagination

 

Maybe you plan on homeschooling your four or five -year- old next year, and are already taking plenty of time to read, tell stories, and develop your child's budding intellect with hands-on play.  If so --- great!  And here are a few extra tips, or reminders to keep on doing what you're doing, and to encourage you all the more...

Two Events for Families who Homeschool Children with Special Needs

 

We want to take this opportunity to tell you about two opportunities designed to encourage and equip families who are homeschooling children with special needs.

 

 

10 Benefits of Homeschooling ~ From the Brain of a Former Public School Teacher

 

What you’re about to read is a very light-hearted perspective of homeschooling.  If you’ve never been a classroom teacher, this list may mean nothing to you- but these are the honest thoughts and thrilling revelations that occurred to me as I began planning for Kindergarten and our first ‘official’ year of homeschooling!

 

Helping Your Children Realize Their Biggest Dreams

Today’s post is a bit unorthodox. You will hear about an incredible new audio drama by Phil Lollar, co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey, and what YOU can do to help make it a reality. (It’s called Iliad House and you’re about to get the inside scoop because I am a member of the team!) 

You will also find out the dirty little secret behind why I never became a veterinarian. But most importantly, you will hear the practical steps that my parents and mentors have taken to help me realize my dreams so that you can help YOUR children do the same. (Get ready to be impressed by how many things you are already doing to help make your kids’ dreams come true!) So today’s post is a little about me, but it is mostly about you.

To Our Kitchens, O Mothers

...I pictured myself back in my college days at the University of Maryland giving a speech to my fellow classmates. I envisioned telling them what I'm about to tell you. A few people, including the professor walked toward the podium. I knew that they wanted to usher me out of that lecture hall quicker than a flash...

I think that moms really set the tone at home, and that when it comes to nurturing their families --- no one is quite as good as a loving mother. And, specifically when it comes to nutrition, mothers are extremely influential. 

Common Core - How Does it Affect You?

Common Core proponents offer upbeat descriptions of utopian educational goals along with detailed practical lists of what students should know and be able to do in grades K–12 in mathematics and English language arts. But those goals and standards are just two facets of the conglomeration of federal funding, preschool–workforce invasive student tracking, and one-size-fits-all computer-based learning that has become the Common Core.

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