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    Published on 11-01-2014 09:00 AM
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    What better possible way to celebrate autumn than with a terrific homeschool giveaway from All About Reading?!
    Listed in Cathy Duffy’s Top 101 Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, the award-winning All About Reading program is easy to learn, easy to teach, and loved by parents and children everywhere.

    Based on the latest research, this multisensory program provides complete and comprehensive instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach. All About Reading teaches phonics, decoding, fluency, and comprehension to help your student become a fluent reader for life. Add in our one-year guarantee and lifetime support, and you’ve got a program that can’t be beat!

    All About Reading will help you take the struggle out of reading—you have their word on it!

    This month, All About Reading is offering one lucky member of SecularHomeschool.com a full set of Level 1 Reading Materials AND the Reading Interactive Kit!

    To enter this giveaway, comment below and share why you would like to win the AAR Level 1 program. 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 sharing this giveaway on Pinterest and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL of your pin) or by sharing this 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)

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    by Published on 11-04-2014 05:08 PM
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    2. Secular Homeschooling,
    3. General Homeschooling

    Who says secular homeschoolers don't get excited about Thanksgiving? I mean there is history, science (particularly if the turkey burns so badly that it becomes an instant chemistry lesson), phys ed (can anyone say flag football?!), and language arts (whose turn is it to make the place-cards this year?) potential all over the place on this traditional holiday!

    SecularHomeschool.com would like to help you out by directing you to some fun and yes...TOTALLY FREE...educational goodies in celebration of all things pilgrim-ish, poultry-ish (tofurkey counts!), and cornucopia-rific. Here are some totally secular Thanksgiving links to bookmark and explore with your kids over the next couple of weeks.

    Free Printables

    Free Activities

    Free and Fun Websites to Visit

    by Published on 11-07-2014 09:14 PM

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes started by Fairielover View original post

    My favorite thing is corn casserole. It makes too much for every day use. So I usually make it for every holiday.

    Original recipe makes 8 to 10 servings

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
    • 1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn
    • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
    • 1 (8.5 ounce) package corn bread mix


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the sour cream, butter, creamed corn, corn niblets and corn muffin mix.
    3. Pour into a 1 quart casserole dish and bake for 40 minutes.

    I usually bake it longer than this. I don't have a picture of my own so I stole a picture online.

    by Published on 11-10-2014 11:08 PM
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    2. General Homeschooling,
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    The 2014 Holiday Season is upon us! What does that mean to those of us at SHS! You, your family and/or your child can participate in the annual Holiday card exchange!
    This has become a tradition among Secular Homeschool Members!

    Whether you are a new member, old member, never exchanged before member, whatever kind of member.....as long as you are a contributing member of SHS, you can participate!!

    If you go to your Forum page, scroll down and click on the SHS Christmas/Holiday card exhange and read the rules and directions! Easy Peasy!

    To participate in this exchange,well we all know how this works right? NO? Ok it's simple, just start a new thread with your family or child's name and address in it. As others start new threads simply reply to their post to let them know that you are sending out a card to them. Then they will do the same for you!! Please put in your post how your family celebrates the Holidays (ex. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule,Winter Solstice, etc)

    Now your cards can be store bought BUT our personal favorite is handmade cards, even story cards with your family's traditions and/or recipes around the holidays or family newsletters of everything exciting you did this year.

    The sky is the limit!

    Want to know what the most important part is? To have FUN! Make connections with other members, make a friend, and have fun!!!
    Happy Holidays and Happy Exchanging!

    PS: IF you are a brand new member or longtime lurker to Secular Homeschool, please understand that since this involves names and addresses of members.... you must have at least 2 approved posts before you are allowed the password for the Holiday Card Exchange forum! One of those posts must be an INTRO post plus 1 additional post! Thanks!

    by Published on 11-16-2014 11:27 PM
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    Well, a freak arctic blast hit the Portland area this past week and brought snow, ice, sleet and public school closures.

    At our house, we really had nothing but a bunch of icy rain that stuck on roofs, windows, trees and slightly on the driveway. I had to de-ice the steps and that was it. Streets were clear.

    And public school closed. My daycare parents had kids at home, 2 out of 4 of my Thursday kids stayed home in preps for the storm. It was nuts.

    Guess what.... we still did school! No reason not to. We are home, school is at home, so therefore...we did school!
    As my boys scoffed at the lack of snow or really bad weather to have been a valid reason to close school.

    Even on an actual snow falls snow day, we still will do school but our PE will be playing outside in the snow!

    So, do you take snow days? I mean if public school closes due to weather, do you cancel your school day too?

    Click here to tell us! ...

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