Homeschool Highlights from CLA’s Facebook Page! (10/28/12)

It’s easy to miss Facebook updates! I also know that not all of you use Facebook, so I plan to begin compiling some of my posts from my Cedar Life Academy “Homeschool News” Facebook page.  I hope this will make it easier to find some helpful links. For convenience, you can sign up to receive an email whenever this blog is updated by clicking on the envelope in the upper right corner.   ~Karen

The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling by Leo Babauta

I think this is worth reading for all homeschoolers, even if you don’t want to unschool. You’ll probably find something that inspires you, and you may find that this explanation resonates, and that perhaps you’ve been doing a bit of unschooling all along and never realized it.

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Childhood happens once.  Change your perspective. 

“Children are built for motion, not desk work. Sitting upright with your feet on the floor, your eyes forward, and your hands at your sides gets boring. Kids need to flip and flop and spin and skip and hang and hop and run and wriggle and turn and twist and shimmy and shake and wiggle and jiggle. Constant motion and ever changing perspective helps them build muscle strength and control, learn situational awareness, understand how their body exists in space, develop social skills, create confidence, and much more.”   from Explorations Early Learning, LLC

If you’re considering homeschooling, please take the leap if your child is in a school that doesn’t understand this and thinks drugs are the answer. And if you are homeschooling, remember that it’s not only ok, but very good if your kids don’t sit quietly at the table all day long waiting to learn from you. Here’s another link: http://www.cedarlifeacademy.com/blog/2012/pay-attention-are-you-listening-to-me/

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Alternatives to Standardized Tests for Homeschooling Families 

This is such excellent information about testing, including alternate ways to tell if your child is learning and also the hidden lesson (damage) of testing. Before the year is out, someone is going to ask if you are testing, and if not, why not. Or maybe you’ll be asking yourself!

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50 top sources of free elearning courses

The number of free online courses continues to grow, and this is a very extensive list. If you have teens (or if you want to learn about something!) check them out.

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Moms Who Are Protesting Testing

CA homeschoolers don’t have to test (unless they are in a charter school). I’m not a fan of testing, and it’s nice to see that there’s a bit of a parental revolt in Texas over the excess testing. It’s also good to see the testing company and business interests being exposed. Today’s excess testing is money driven, and it needs to stop. One of many great quotes in this article: “You don’t get better pork by weighing your pig every day.”

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Common myths about homeschooled kids 

Homeschooling myths can be so insulting and frustrating. They just don’t seem to go away!

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Childhood happens once – climb the slide

“A round of applause for all the parents, caregivers, and early learning advocates who see value in supporting children in their efforts to build new skills–even when it means using equipment “wrong” or breaking a rule now and then.”  from Explorations Early Learning, LLC

 I’ve never thought of a slide as a lesson in conveyor belt compliance, but perhaps it is if there is only one right way to play. Perhaps a better approach is that when it’s your turn, you can play on it as you want to. One of the advantages of homeschooling is that we can often visit parks when they aren’t as crowded, and we can also supervise more closely, so fully exploring a slide and challenging oneself physically becomes a possibility while still respecting the needs of others who also want to play.

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Kindergarten Exams Gain Steam, Putting 5-Year-Olds To The Test

Convincing schools that they need to test 5-year-olds sounds like the latest way for some companies to make money. It’s a waste of money, a waste of a child’s time, and if anyone believes the results, it’s potentially damaging.

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An observation from me:

Homeschooled children are awesome. I know, because their parents talk to me daily and they describe their wonderful children, and often use the word “awesome”. They admire their kids, even those with problems. It just doesn’t matter what might be “wrong” with a child, they see the good, the potential. Having faith in your child, sometimes when no one else does, is huge. And that makes me think homeschool moms and dads are awesome too!

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 Science Museum Program

This is a good site to bookmark. If you get a membership in a participating science museum, you can visit other participating museums for free. We took advantage of this when our son was young. We had membership in a local museum, and then when we traveled, we would visit local museums for free. What a money saver!

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Early Education – Are we doing it wrong?

Interesting. “The studies also showed that children asked more questions of their parents than of their preschool teachers and also that kids tended to trust their parents’ answers to questions over answers from other adults, including teachers.” I also agree about not starting formal education early for gifted kids.

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I Will Survive – Homeschool Version

I love the music to “I Will Survive” so it always makes me feel good to watch this video. I like that it shows the moms supporting each other. We know that homeschooled kids will make friends, but I think it’s important for the homeschooling parent (usually the mom, but sometimes the dad) to be connected with others. Park day is a great way to do it. Have you found a park day yet? I have 3 good resources listed at http://www.cedarlifeacademy.com/resources.html

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Print some dot-to-dot puzzles!

New dot to dot puzzles have been added to this website. If you print them on the backside of paper you no longer need, your child will learn that there are times when a fresh piece of paper isn’t needed, and that’s a great habit for everyone!

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Education Outrage. Back to School: A message to high school students who hate high school; Here is why you hate it.

I doubt this message would help public school kids, but it may give homeschool parents something to think about. Be sure to read the last three paragraphs. Bottom line is that you should be able to question what you teach/learn and not assume that there is only one right way.

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Unpreschooling Experiences:  My September thoughts, published by UniversalPreschool.com

 

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