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    Published on 08-01-2014 08:00 AM
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    Just in time for the new homeschool year, we're thrilled to let you know that Moving Beyond the Page is giving away one full year curriculum package of your choice.

    Moving Beyond the Page is a complete homeschool curriculum that covers science, social studies, and language arts. Your children will grow in their love of learning through our literature-based curriculum that encourages critical and creative thinking, provides challenging and engaging projects, and supports different learning styles. All children can benefit from this unique approach to education. This is especially true for hands-on, creative, and gifted children who need more than a traditional approach to ignite their love of learning.

    If you have an elementary or middle school aged child that is bored doing one worksheet after another, don't miss this opportunity to give him something better. Moving Beyond the Page is how your children want to learn.

    Moving Beyond the Page has nine different curriculum packages for preschool, elementary, and middle school children. This month's featured giveaway is one (1) full year package of your choice from Moving Beyond the Page. (Retail Value between $465 - $975) You get to choose the age level and whether you want hard-copy or online curriculum. AND, if you purchase a full year curriculum package in August and then find out you are the winner, MBTP will refund the purchase price or send you another level - - your choice!!




    To enter this giveaway, simply comment below about why you would like to win this package from Moving Beyond the Page. 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 posting a review of Moving Beyond the Page on your personal blog or website (including a link back to the MBTB 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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    Published on 08-27-2014 01:55 PM
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    2. Curriculum,
    3. General Homeschooling
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    Your child proudly hands you his or her latest piece of writing. Maybe it's a short, choppy paragraph about his obsession, Minecraft. Maybe it's her rambling horse essay that plods on and on and on. Or maybe it's a poignant, well-thought out anecdote about a recent swimming meet, but it's filled with spelling and punctuation errors.

    After you smile and say, "Good job, sweetie! Thanks for sharing that with me," you ask yourself: How do I grade this? Should I even grade it at all?

    The truth is, whether or not to grade your student's writing depends on a number of factors. But, before we look at times when grading might be appropriate, let's expel some common myths:

    MYTH #1 - Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar equal good writing

    Writing is about the Mind Life. Punctuation, spelling, and grammar are the mechanics of writing and cannot lead to quality writing no matter how well they are mastered. No one ever finished a novel and said, "The comma placement was exquisite. The use of periods moved me. The utter care to spell every word correctly changed my life."

    Mechanics support the ability to convey the mind life in writing which is why we work on them. However, if someone amputated my hands and gouged out my eyes,

    ...
    by Published on 08-06-2014 07:45 AM
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    The Dark Ages of Secular Homeschooling

    I started homeschooling back in the Dark Ages. Don’t laugh! There was really and truly a time when finding another homeschooler who wasn’t homeschooling for religious or moral reasons was akin to finding a cactus growing in the ocean. No wait...let me clarify. Living here in North Carolina, it was more like finding a cactus growing in your bathtub.

    Now you’re curious to know what the Dark Ages of Homeschooling was like, aren’t you? I’d like to give you a full account, but my therapist has said that regression treatment isn’t the right protocol for my post-traumatic-denim-skirt-disorder. But there are occasional flashbacks of fibbing on support-group statements of faith, condemnations of our sons’ card-game hobbies, and marked looks of disapproval when it was my turn to teach the science co-op class.



    My Attempts to Reach Enlightenment

    In 2009, after trying everything from putting up flyers in the local library seeking other secular homeschoolers to scheduling Sunday morning field trips in order to “out” any other closeted families in our support group, I gave up looking for local support and turned my attention to the web. Surely there were some organized online gathering places for homeschoolers like myself who had chosen this educational path simply because it was the right option for my kiddos.

    Sadly, though, even the secular homeschooling networks on the internet were few and far between. But having recently watched “Field of Dreams” for the umpteenth time, I became convinced that there really were other homeschoolers like myself somewhere out there, and if I could just create a welcoming and inclusive place - - a place where people who homeschooled for health reasons, poor school/child fit reasons, family bonding ...
    Published on 08-19-2014 08:08 PM
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    3. Secular Slideshows



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    by Published on 08-29-2014 12:38 AM
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    So, we just wrapped up our 2nd week of school!
    And I have to say, so far....not too shabby!

    Well, other than I seem to have lost 1 sons folder after the first week.....and older son didn't get the memo that he was to start his emails to Grandma this week.
    We are using Time4Learning high school level plus a few side things Mom came up with.
    Now, this is not to say that next week will be major meltdown or the schedule will go missing or ?

    We were able to start early for our school year this year and spread it out into 38 weeks so we have less to do per day on T4L and I can add a few extra things and my boys still have time to play video games with friends, etc.

    So, have you started your school year yet?

    If yes, how is it going?

    If no, when are you starting?

    Click here to tell us! ...

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