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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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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Homeschooling Teenagers

Homeschooling Teenagers I miss the “good old days” when children played outside until sunset and argued because it was time to come inside.  Children were fit and healthy and never suffered from conditions like ADD, ADHD, Autism, Asthma, Eczema, and an array of food allergies.  However, it has come full circle.  Nowadays, we have to argue with them to go outside and almost every family has a child with one or more of the aforementioned conditions or a food allergy of some sort.  Since when did childhood become so rife…

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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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