Our website has a whole new look! Soon when you log on to https://www.homeschoolinflorida.com you will be redirected to our new and improved site http://ourhappymedium.com
Our new site has all of the homeschool information that you are used to here, plus lots more!
We decided to make our new site a family affair where we post about not only our homeschooling lifestyle, but also our homesteading, natural-living, gluten-free, dairy-free eating lifestyle and much more.
We hope that you will come on over and spend time with us. Comment, share and feel free to ask questions.
Also, please like our new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ourhappymedium/
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As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email us here!
Taken from the Florida Shines website:
The three-day event will provide high school counselors, students, and parents with a wide variety of live webinars, featuring experts in the areas of college and university admissions, scholarships, financial aid and career planning. The event speakers also represent a wide variety of institutions from the Florida College System, the State University System and the Florida Department of Education.
Looks like a ton of useful information! Sign up for this free, online event today!
Hurricane Harvey victims who use Seton Homeschool materials or Our Father's World materials can contact these companies for free replacement materials. Our Father's World will send free curriculum to anyone who lost ANY curriculum, from ANY publisher!
Please share this with anyone you know who needs this information.
If you would like to donate any of your used curriculum to help hurricane victims, you can also contact the Home School Foundation here.
When I was in college and graduate school I wrote articles for our city newspaper, had pieces published in trade magazines, and had some of my poetry published as well. I have always loved to write, and the first time I saw my own writing in print was when I was eleven years old. I had written a piece about bicycle safety and my local newspaper published it.
After my babies were born, I blogged about children's nutrition for bellaonline.com. It was a fun way for me to share some knowledge, and keep my creative juices flowing over the mommy brain fog of those days. I did not get paid for it, but I enjoyed doing it. During that time I also wrote short articles for another company and did earn royalties from that (and still do!)
I miss writing. I miss having the mind-space to think about the world in less-than-practical ways all the time. I yearn for the freedom, the breeziness of thought that I once had when my only care in the world was how little money I was making as a temp, and when would I ever find a teaching job?
If you have a longing to write, whether it is a new desire, or one long-buried, I would love to have you be a guest blogger here! If you are reading this, I am assuming you are a homeschooler, but even if you're not and are only thinking about it, I encourage you to contact me.
Here's What You Are:
* passionate about children
* concerned about education
* a veteran homeschooler, a beginning homeschooler or a wannabe homeschooler
* a homeschooled high school student
* always seeking to learn
* able to write concise blog posts no longer than a few paragraphs without a whole lot of editing
* excited about this opportunity to get your name (and website, if you have one) out there
Here's What You're Not:
* the perfect parent
* the perfect homeschooler
* judgmental about the methods or ways other families homeschool
* looking to make money doing this
* someone who believes that there is only one way to homeschool
* wanting to use this platform to promote your own political or social ideas
Why You Want Work With Us:
* you love to write
* homeschoolinflorida.com is a high-traffic website that has been around since 2008
* you want to share your experience, strength and hope with others who are (or want to) walk our path
* you have a website or blog of your own and would like the exposure here
* blogging with a community is really fun!
Contact me and we'll talk some more!
Diane from the HECOA puts this on every year and it is fantastic! It is an online summit which includes speakers on topics such as teaching fractions, finding scholarships for your college-bound students and much more. Plus it's FREE! The dates this year are September 6-20.
Go here to sign up.
One of the top concerns that I hear from families is regarding their young students reversing their letters. This is an intriguing article by Physicist Mariano Sigman which explains why.
I've been getting emails from companies who want to sell me solar eclipse viewing glasses for months now, so we've been geared up and ready for quite a while. I remember seeing a solar eclipse in 1991 from my front porch in Albany, NY and it feels like yesterday. Unlike today, all of us made pinhole glasses from paper towel rolls or shoe boxes and didn't worry about retinal damage, or approved lenses or any other such thing.
There has been a lot of talk on Facebook this week about Amazon pulling glasses, and panic about which glasses are okay and which aren't. I bought some from Lowe's several weeks ago. They were about two dollars a piece and thankfully, when I looked up the company, they are on on the approved list.
Here's everything you need to know to have a safe, and memorable homeschooling day!
You can find an approved list of viewing glasses here.
How to make your own solar eclipse viewer using a shoe box.
The 2017 Solar Eclipse: When, where and how to see it.
Teaching Students About the Solar Eclipse - a link to an informative video.
Free downloads and printables from NASA including maps, posters, fact sheet, safety bulletin and other materials.
Cool "make and take" activities - also from NASA. We love the edible model of the sun!
I had heard of Matt Walsh before, but I really don't know how or why. Perhaps because I am Catholic and he is too. I did not know anything about his blog, nor was I aware of the blog called "The Blaze" until I saw this article of Matt's in my Facebook feed the other day. I have a lot to say about this article, and so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts with Matt and with you, dear readers. Feel free to comment, but please, let's keep it charitable.
Dear Matt Walsh,
I want to talk to you about failure as it relates to educators and our public-school system.
I, too, am critical of the public-school system. I agree with you that kids need to be “saved” from it. I homeschool my own children, so that they do not have to be a part of the system, but I am also an educator and have been for almost thirty years. I have spent time in many different public-school classrooms in two different states in both rural and urban areas, at all levels from elementary school to high school. I have also taught in a state-funded college.
Over the years, witnessing so much brokenness caused me to consider briefly getting into educational leadership. I always dismissed this idea, because I know that adding another degree or title to my name isn’t going to help me change what needs changing. I do have respect for those who go into educational leadership. I think that they, just like teachers today, live a slave’s life, who have had their autonomy, their perceptions, and their actual cognizance seized by the very system that they labor for each day.
Let’s consider that some school systems actually do allow teachers, and principals and other educational leaders to lead and do what they were trained to do. Even then, isn’t the term “educational expert” an oxymoron? I don’t ask this with sarcasm. Let’s think about it: Much like parenting, educating is organic, a constantly flowing and changing activity because there are human people involved.
Anyone planning on taking the SAT, ACT or PSAT this year? Check out Kaplan's free practice opportunities here.
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