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    Published on 10-06-2015 07:54 AM
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    Welcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler" Fall 2015 edition! This week we are featuring a day in the life of....ondreeuh ! She has been homeschooling 6+ years, is a Homeschooling Mom of 2 and College Mom of 1 and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....

    I have a 2-for-1 -- between the two consecutive days, this is a pretty good picture of how our days go.

    DAY 1 6:45Ė wake up to sound of boys arguing in the playroom below my bedroom. I have no need of an alarm clock.Make them breakfast, pass out meds, and distract punky 2nd grader by hiring for the job of vacuuming the stairs. Pay him $1. Feed dogs, take them outside, etc.Drink coffee, check email until 2nd grader drives me nuts with attention-seeking behavior. I swear I would pay good money for a Ritalin nose spray.8:00 -- Convince him to play Qwirkle with me, with the caveat that we can quit if he doesnít like it after a fair try. He does fine, but we donít keep score to keep the drama down.Start math with 2nd grader (cumulative review), he falls apart when he doesnít understand how they want him to write down every intermediate step in long-form multiplication when he can do it swiftly. I bring him to the couch and scribe for him to get him through that part. He finishes up on his own and does his Math Minute easily.Send 2nd grader off to a break (finish Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle) while I correct 8th graderís Math Minute, finish the history reading (French and Indian War), and correct his math (proportions) and science (work).Quiz 2nd grader on his spelling words (100%!) and introduce the new composition assignment (compare/contrast essay about audiobooks
    by Published on 10-01-2015 12:49 PM
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    Did you know that October is Anti-Bullying Month or Bullying Prevention Month!

    I know many homeschoolers started homeschooling because of a bullying issue in public school. The boards and groups are full of kids who have had a bullying issue at school. It makes me so sad to read about them.

    My own son was no exception. We became accidental homeschoolers in Fall 2008 due to him being jumped from behind at school by 2 kids. He is a tall, big kid and at the time....only 1 teacher in the whole school was as tall as him. He defended himself, all kids were sent to the principal's office. The 2 kids who started it got off without punishment. My son was suspended for defending himself. It was the last straw and we became homeschoolers! Never looked back!

    Bullying has become such an issue, though I do think it was ALWAYS an issue. Think back to when we were growing up. There was always 1 kid who was the one to avoid, he or she was the school bully. Picking on the younger and weaker or different kids.

    Now, we have cyber bullies, physical bullies, hazing, and pretty much any kind of bullying you can imagine.
    Nobody should be bullied, EVER. ...
    by Published on 10-04-2015 12:27 AM
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    So, once we started homeschooling my boys forgot what grade they were in.
    Went to public school K-5th/6th and knew grades then. We started 5th/6th grades for homeschooling and advanced each year.

    Then they would go out in public, someone would ask what school they went to... we said we homeschool and then if they were a positive person about it, they usually asked the boys what grade they were in.....

    Insert white noise, crickets and or a flat line here.......


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