homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart
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homeschool girlfriends: advice from Julie Bogart

I’ve got a homeschool mentor who has spoken more into my life than any other. She’s parented five. They’re all grown up now. She’s been through years and years of curriculum planning, and even years of unschooling, learning to do it right and letting go of that notion: that you can ‘do it right’. She’s … Continue reading

homeschool: performance opportunities
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homeschool: performance opportunities

When I was about six, I had the chance to be part of the sunday school Christmas presentation. I was the M of “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. But I wasn’t getting on stage to wish Jesus a happy birthday if my salvation depended on it. I had a bout of serious shyness (hard to believe when you … Continue reading

stats on the ‘s’ word: homeschool socialization quantified
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stats on the ‘s’ word: homeschool socialization quantified

People question whether¬†home educating is at least a little inappropriate for the mere disadvantage of its socialization issues. How could a child not survive without a cloister of twenty five same-aged people surrounding them eight hours a day? I know I can’t survive without them…oh wait, I can totally survive, actually thrive, without that. I … Continue reading

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altruistic socialization

“Positive or altruistic and principled sociability is firmly linked with the family, and with the quantity and quality of self-worth. This is, in turn, dependant largely on the track of values and experience provided by the family at least until the child can reason consistently. In other words, the child who works and eats and … Continue reading

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the “S” word and other social unpleasantries I learned by grade 6

She passed me a note at her Art class: “you’re embarassing me”. When did I get to the age of embarassing my kids? What had I done anyway? I introduced myself to the new and uncomfortable¬†seven year old girl sitting next to my daughter. I was trying to put her at ease. Curiously, just before … Continue reading