Once Upon a Time: The Magical Power of Reading-Aloud

I remember the sun beating down upon our moist heads as we were ushered in from another scorching recess. We walked into the  chilled portables as we slogged in lazily  and melted upon our desks. Mrs. Schwemer, without any deliberation would soothingly begin reading from our read-aloud. With our eyes closed, heads rested upon the desks, we were transported. Some days we were transported to a barn among talking animals and an intelligent, sympathetic spider trying to spare a young runt pig’s life from his eventual slaughter. Other days we…

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Don’t Study Hard, Study Smart

I personally do not prefer listening to audiobooks as I feel that I can go through the book faster by reading than listening to it. However, during one mindless browsing on Hoopla, I stumbled upon the audiobook Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner. It was a great stumble, for I latched on to it with increasing interest. So fascinating was the concept of Spaced Repetition System, and his organic ideas of learning a foreign language, that I went ahead and got hold of the physical book from the library. Yes, I…

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Scholarships for College

A dear friend inquired about scholarships and grants for college. This is what I responded to him. Main resources for scholarships: Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): This is a must. Ace the National Standardized Tests such as SAT and ACT: Universities put weights on these scores. This is especially important for homeschoolers to know where their homeschool grades really compare to regular schools. PSAT/NMSQT: Usually taken as a junior. Many don’t take this exam, which is a huge oversight. ACT & SAT: For all these exams, we may…

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A Different Kind of ‘Homework’: The Value of Incorporating Chores Into the Homeschooler’s Life

Cleanliness is half of faith Prophet Muhammad (SAW) [Sahih Muslim] If you ask a homeschooling mother about the struggles and challenges of home education, chances are she will express the constant struggle to keep up with the messes that come along with it. Homeschooling is a fulfilling, enriching, and explorative journey that the family embarks on together, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. However, the journey is messy, sticky, and can be dreadfully disorganized. When we turn our learning loose, and we trade in our lengthy, dull, drawn out curriculum…

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Are You On The Verge Of Homeschooling?

Are you thinking of homeschooling but unsure of where, when, and how to start? Do you often ask yourself if you are ready to add this extra unique occupation to your motherhood title? It’s natural to go into that thinking mode. Most, if not all homeschooling families, have their own story of how they finally came to making a huge decision to dive into homeschooling. I am very proud to say I am one of those homeschooling parents. For me, it involved some really deep thinking, thorough discussion with my…

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