This is an interesting article about the fastest growing type of education today!
This is an interesting article about the fastest growing type of education today!
I thought this was hysterical. We need a homeschooling mom version too!
I’m partial to Stanford University for a couple of reasons. First, my girls participate in Stanford University’s EPGY program, and secondly, my grandmother’s relatives both worked for the University; one as Dean of something-or-another and the other as head librarian. Note to self: start working on documenting these things so that your girls know their history.
Sign up here for EDUC115N: How to Learn Math taught by Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education.
Maybe I’ll “see” you there!
I strive to encourage and support all of you, however, I am no longer able to return every phone call I receive. I DO try my best to return general inquiries via email, so PLEASE email me first. That is your best chance of getting a response.
I’m happy to help and encourage as much as I can, however, my phone time is extremely limited. If you are inquiring about an evaluation, I will return your call, however, the quickest way to receive a response is to reach out to me by email.
Thanks for understanding!
If you are technologially challenged, and have done face-to-face evaluations wtih me in the past, this post is for you.
As you may know, my schedule no longer allows me to do face-to-face evaluations. It was my hope that I’d find a local evaluator and post their contact information here on my site. Unfortunately, try as I might, I haven’t been able to find anyone locally to refer you to.
Most of my clients will switch over to the online evaluation which is easy to do, however, if you would rather meet with someone in person, you can contact Jan Zeiger (Seminole County), who may have some openings. Jan and I have known each other for years and you will be in good hands with her. You can contact her at Janzeiger.com.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer!
On April 21st my email stopped working. I was communicating with current clients via my personal email which I don’t like to do because I get a LOT of junk there and wading through it for important emails is sometimes frustrating. But not as frustrating as tryingt to figure out WHY my email wasn’t working and then on top of it finding out that my site was down.
In all fairness, it was totally my fault. I have a GREAT hosting company and I’ve been pleased with them for almost 5 years. Turns out I never got the email reminding me that my site needed to be renewed, not because it got buried in the junk mail, but because I never updated my address. Note to self: you do not NEED 4 or 5 email accounts.
After talking with my terrific hosting company and logging back into my cpanel and fixing things, all is well again. Unfortunately, I cannot retrieve any messages that were sent between March 21st and April 1st, so if you tried to contact me through email during that time, please try again!
Many apologizies for the inconvenience! Now that everything is fixed and good to go again, I’m considering updating the site and adding a better graphic to the homepage. If you are versed in photography and can size an image just right and want to graciously send me an image to use, I’ll be happy to give you credit. Just send me an email and I’ll be sure to get it and respond!
Why does the mention of the FCAT strike so many intense emotions in people? Could it be because the media hype has gotten to all of us? Are we downright tired of hearing about it? Saddened by the fact that teachers and students have to spend so much time thinking about it (and worrying about) it? Are some of us frightened? Angry? Lukewarm about it? Could care less because your kids don’t have to take it? Nearly everyone has some kind of an opionion on the FCAT.
Here’s what I think. I am glad that my homeschooled children are not judged academically on the basis of one test alone. Sure, I might be curious one day and send my girls to a public school so that they can take the test, who knows? Some people like to do that. When homeschooling parents ask my opinion of having their child take the test, I simply say, IF your child wanted to go to the school evironment, and sit in the classroom for the test, be sure that they understood how the testing environment will be: silent, sparse and tense. IF your child can handle this then go for it. BUT, when the test results come in, don’t take too much stock in the results. Do it for the experience and/or the curiosity only.
My county mails out registration forms to homeschoolers each year in case we want to sign our kids up to take the test. This often incites fear in people because they think it might be a passive-agressive way for “the government” to try to get your kids to take the test. Nothing could be further from the truth. Personally, although I won’t be filling out those forms any time soon, I really appreciate our county homeschool office reaching out to us. It doesn’t happen everywhere.
So, the next time you read about this year’s FCAT results or listen to it on the local news, be glad that you have the opportunity to participate in all the hoopla, and if you choose not to, rejoyce in that instead!
If you homeschool in Florida, you’ll want to bookmark this information!
Many of you are familiar with Homeschool Buyers Co-op, because of the terrific group deals that are offered for homeschoolers, and for their free identification card, but did you know that they also have a fabulous list of places to take field trips?
Click here to see this outstanding list! If you see something not listed, you can add your own!
Today I am so thrilled to bring you a paper written about homeschooling by a homeschooled student! This paper was written by Derek Begnaud, a 13 year old student who has been homeschooled since the first grade. I had the pleasure of meeting him and reviewing his portfolio this year and when I asked permission to reprint this paper he had written for one of his assignments he and his parents graciously agreed. I hope you enjoy reading about homeschooling from a student’s perspective!
Imagine waking up and doing school in your pajamas. I do this every day! There are a few great reasons why I like homeschooling. One reason is I can learn at my own pace. Homeschooling lets me have time with my family. Learning from my home is definitely awesome.
Homeschooling allows me to have a flexible schedule. I have plenty of time for extracurricular activities. “Setting aside time for chores, meals and personal hygiene, homeschooled teenagers have from for to ten discretionary hours each day- a great deal more than there schooled peers.” (Cafi, 28) I take breaks as I need them which helps me to better focus on school. Together with my parents, I have some say in my schedule. If I feel like having a day off, I can make up for it that evening. Field trips are easier because there are less children around and I can take things at my own pace and learn more.
“Brothers and sisters who spend time together as homeschooling siblings do form special bonds, especially when freedom from a school calendar means big brother or sister is there from the very beginning.”(Dobson, 52) I enjoy the time I spend with my family. “That warm, family feeling naturally supports social and emotional development so that it doesn’t need to be artificially enhanced.”(Dobson, 13) I like helping my younger siblings learn. I help them with their school work and we play together. Sometimes we even learn together! “Homeschooling builds and strengthens family bonds.” (Dobson, 51)
Learning from home creates less distractions. I can choose to work from the couch or I can work outside in my yard or even from the lake. The refrigerator is only feet away. No cafeteria food for me! I can wear whatever comfortable clothes I want. Having the comfort of home is definitely nice.
“The most critical area of education essentials: Teaching children to be good human beings.” (Gold and Zielinski, 146) Homeschooling is what we do and we like doing it. It is definitely nice learning at my own pace, being home with my family and learning from the comfort of my own home. I would recommend homeschooling to anyone.
Dobson, Linda.Book of Homeschooling.New York:Three Rivers Press, 2002. Print.