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    Published on 05-01-2015 08:00 AM
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    Calvert Education offers a comprehensive homeschool curriculum using a blend of textbooks and online learning that can be used wherever life takes you. Whether you are new to homeschooling or a seasoned homeschool veteran, Calvert Education has a program to fit your child's needs.

    Are you looking for an education alternative? Calvert also offers their award-winning curriculum for free through virtual public schools in many states. Visit our virtual school site to learn about one near you!

    Calvert has created Verticy Learning for children who are dyslexic or who struggle with reading, writing or spelling. The Verticy Learning program can be used in your home to supplement school lessons or as a complete homeschool curriculum. Learn more at VerticyLearning.org.

    One lucky SecularHomeschool.com member will win a full K-8 Math course from Calvert Education Services during our May 2015 giveaway!

    Choose between:
    Traditional Calvert Math - Calvert Math teaches key math skills and how to apply them to everyday life situations. The program provides daily lessons and step-by-step directions and places strong emphasis on the higher level critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    Calvert's Math in Focus – Using the world-renowned Singapore Math Method, Calvert's Math in Focus course emphasizes conceptual understanding, critical thinking, problem solving, and skills fluency. Your child will focus on fewer concepts that are taught to mastery, thereby eliminating the need to reteach concepts year after year.

    Easy to Use
    Spend your time teaching, not planning. Each math course includes everything you need:
    • online instruction and games that promote creative thinking
    • easy-to-use manuals with daily lesson plans included

    FREE Placement Test Included!

    FREE Expert Support Included!
    Calvert’s Education Counselors are on call, ready to provide FREE support. Whether you have questions on the best placement for your child, want advice on how to teach a new math concept, or just need general homeschooling support, you don't have to go it alone with Calvert. (Retail Value: between $268-342, depending on grade level)

    Keep up with the latest at Calvert:

    To enter this giveaway, simply comment below and let us know why you would like to win a Math Course from Calvert Education Services.
    You may earn up to five additional entries for this giveaway by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and coming back and commenting to let us know, by sharing this giveaway on Twitter and coming back and commenting to let us know (with your Twitter ID), by sharing this giveaway on your Google+ profile and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL link of your share), by pinning this giveaway post on your Pinterest profile and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL of your pin) or by sharing the giveaway on your personal blog or website and coming back and leaving a comment with a link to your post. (Each additional entry must be entered via a separate comment)

    Click here to view the official rules for this giveaway
    by Published on 05-18-2015 10:54 AM
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    NOTE FROM THE ADMINS: Karen will be hanging out with us at SecularHomeschool.com all this week to talk about homeschooling with a chronic illness. You can ask her any questions or comment on her story here in the original forum post!

    When we started homeschooling, I didn't think much about being a leader… The president's a leader. Heads of big corporations are leaders. At the time, I mostly thought about saving my then seven-year-old from the child-eating machine that he was caught in.

    I'm sure that many of you have similar stories: he was diagnosed with migraine at age 6, lost 20% of his body weight in first grade, screamed like he was being murdered in his bed with night terrors most nights of the week. My little Max, formerly a happy, confident, friendly guy, reacted with these symptoms to the stress of too much academic pressure at too young an age. Meanwhile, his teachers were advising a psychological evaluation and hinting at medicine to help control his "distracted" behavior.

    Have you ever heard of the 4C's of leadership? They are:

    • calm
    • courageous
    • confident
    • consistent

    At the time I didn't know it, but the process of learning about homeschooling, bringing my husband Ben on board, figuring out how we were going to do it, and actually getting our Max out of school took a huge dose of ...
    by Published on 05-18-2015 02:06 AM
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    Published on 05-07-2015 12:31 PM
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    Welcome to one of our newest features!

    Every couple of weeks we will be showcasing a blog from one of our members. This is our second one and is longtime SHS member h5rus.

    Here is a bit about h5rus/Heather:

    Heather is a homeschooling mother of 3 kids, aged 11, 6 and 6.

    She started homeschooling in 2007 out of a heartfelt belief that education should be an individualzed experience tailored and adapted to the strengths and weaknesses of each child- something which state and federally provided curriculum and facilities just aren't equipped to provide.

    Over the years, she's expanded from a single backpack full of materials to a renovated 600 square foot, fully equipped school room in her family home. She's also created a homeschool cooperative in our community that has experienced substantial growth over the years since its inception.

    “My whole thinking on homeschooling was crystalized one day when I encountered this saying by Albert Einstein, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I truly enjoy catering to my children’s needs and allowing them to be the individual and unique beings that they are.”

    Here is a blip from her latest post- Life and Death:

    Life is full of amazing learning experiences for kids. ...
    by Published on 04-29-2015 11:26 AM
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    Would you believe we've NEVER done a blog hop at SecularHomeschool.com? I'm not sure why, because it truly sounds like fun. So let's give it a shot, eh??

    We're all about the positive around here, so let's make this first ever blog hop a brag-board of what's gone RIGHT this homeschool year. You may have had 160 bad days this year, but we know there were at least a few that reminded you why you got into this adventure in the first place. Those are the ones to tell us about on your blog.

    • What did your kiddo(s) accomplish that surprised you?'
    • What change to your routine or schedule fixed some underlying aggravations?
    • What did your outside family members notice and take time to compliment you on?
    by Published on 05-14-2015 12:28 PM
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    This is something I have seen all over every homeschool group or board or forum I belong to over the past couple of weeks!
    Lots of people are currently choosing or have already picked/bought/found their curriculum for next school year!

    KUDOS to them I say!

    We have always used Time4Learning, except for our first couple of years of High School. T4L didn't have theirs yet and Mom had to figure out what she wanted to do. UGH!
    2 teens, 9th and 10th grades..... that was a nightmare Summer for me. Especially when a lot of what I bought, we ended up hating. I dreaded the computer because I had to find stuff, then find the best deal, order and hope for the best.

    I have 1 kid graduating this year(yay and sad at the same time!), that leaves me with 1 for Fall, doing his Senior year of High School.

    I guess you could say I already have curriculum picked out, as he is doing Time4Learning again. He hasn't picked what extra things he wants to do though. That is up to him. The sky is the limit, since it will be just him with my full attention.

    So, do you have your curriculum picked out for next school year?
    Click here to tell us! ...

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