Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Learning Games

I just added some learning games to my Homeschool Web site.

You'll also find recipes for learning, art & craft projects, lesson plans and other freebies on this page. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

YouTube Now Has Safety Mode

Safety Mode gives you the option to filter potentially offensive videos - perfect for those using YouTube videos for education.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Homeschool High School? Yes, I Did it!

Why should I homeschool high school? I don’t have a college degree – how can I teach high school subjects? What about social activities, diplomas and graduation? Will my teen get in to college? My teen doesn’t want to go to college – now what?
If these are some of the questions you have about homeschooling high school, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to attend “Homeschool High School? Yes, I Did It,” seminar by veteran homeschool mom and author, Cindy Downes.
Cindy has been involved in homeschooling since 1981. She taught her two children at home from PreK through 12th grade with only a high school diploma. In 2007, both Cindy and her homeschooled daughter, returned to college as adults. Cindy graduated in 2009 with a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University. Her daughter is a junior at NSU and plans on getting her Masters Degree in English. Her son owns his own computer graphics business and lives in Hollywood, CA.
Cindy will share her family’s adventures from both high school and college. Her goal is to encourage you that, with God, you can homeschool high school, too!

Time and Date: 7-9 pm. March 25, 2010
Place: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 NW 164th, Edmond, OK. 
Contact: Andrea Pflughoft. Email: pflughoft@sbcglobal.net 

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us

Finally, a homeschool book for the rest of us! So many homeschool books picture the homeschool family with all the kids going to Harvard, kids that are polite and spiritual giants, and homes that are spotless. Sonya Haskins explodes the myth of the perfect homeschool family in her book, Homeschooling for the Rest of Us.

In the 30+ years I’ve been involved in homeschooling, the perfect homeschool family is MOST unusual. Instead, just like traditional schools, there are good days and bad days. Some of our kids turn out to be auto mechanics; others become college professors. Some of our kids live to please their parents and others keep us on our knees. And most of our houses are far from spotless!

Haskins’ book gives a realistic picture of the typical homeschool from academics to housekeeping and from socialization to budgets. She shows you how you can succeed in homeschooling and not be picture perfect. She shows you how to focus on relationships with God, family and others in the community. She explains the variety of routines that homeschoolers have and how you can find one that works for you. She clarifies how to choose extracurricular activities and academics based on your child’s individual gifts and goals. Most of all, she helps you relax so you can homeschool your family knowing this is what God called you to do. It’s not your job to be perfect, just obedient.

5 STARS for a book we can read and be encouraged to do what God called us to do! Thanks, Sonya.