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Pretty shiny space

In our house THIS is about as fun as fun can be. As you can imagine, homeschooling astronomy geeks are sqeaking with glee. At least at my house. Not to mention how it gives the writers imagination a injection of Super Creativity Juice.

Worldwide Telescope

Stellarium

Where I will be buying most of the Christmas Presents for Hatchling #3

If none of that makes you lose hours of your day Kristen’s Letter to her Cat cracked me up. Go say Hi!

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I should have named this post For Sela

Homeschooling No Longer Carries Stigma I have to say most people still look at me like I have four heads to go along with my seven kids when I say that I homeschool. Or they assume I’m a fundamentalist, especially with the amount of children I have. (Not. Have you read any of my stories? Fundamentalist? Moi? *snort*)

Here’s Another Excellent, but older article from the Stanford Alumni Mag I read that one when I want to reassure myself that walking to the beat of this different drummer CAN lead to wonderful places.

“But conviction, more than convenience, is the reason Baruch kept her children at home. At age 16, she vowed that if she ever had kids, their education would differ from hers. Baruch attended a traditional Hebrew yeshiva in Brooklyn. “I was very much excited about learning, but there was not time to just learn for the love of learning,” she says. “There was an hour [for each subject], and when it was up, the bell rang. That was it. Interested, not interested, awake, asleep–you moved on to the next thing.”

Butler, in contrast, has followed his fancy, learning mainly by experience. His mother seized upon daily activities like cooking and gardening as educational opportunities. Butler and his siblings practiced math by dividing recipes in the kitchen; they devoured books on dinosaurs and mammals. Through an afternoon class offered at a local school, Butler got hooked on beekeeping. “

That pretty much sums up the Why and Way we do it here, and it’s a wonderful, smooth stress free way of living.

Which is why I can write. Because I’m not super stressed or over scheduled. Granted, I’ve had to learn to not squander my time, but none of that was because of the kids. (They don’t have access to my e-mail accounts, forums, or get lost on the web and in books in the name of research. Nope. That’s all ME, baby.)

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So this month I had to wade though all of the historical kids fiction for Jamestown/Pilgrim/Thanksgiving. You know what? There’s a lot of crap out there. Pocahontas did not lie her head upon John Smith’s head to save him. K? So stop using that. Pilgrims did not wear big hats and buckles to the feast. I know, you are all so smart and know this already, but fiction doesn’t.

What I want more of are books like This One. It’s actually non fict. Nice.

There are more and more homeschoolers every year. They are a vast diverse population of people who will spend $ on good books (over $100 just this month on schooling books-which is not counting my own fiction addiction). My problem is-yes, there are a lot of historical fiction for kids but they are either dumbed down, historically inaccurate, or written with a specific doctrinal slant. Heads Up. There are many secular homeschoolers. I’m not one of them, but I actually don’t like letting my kids read books with a Christian slant. I’ll teach the faith, thank you. I want my children’s historical fiction to be well written, historically accurate and engaging. Many fantastic books were written years ago, but since new discoveries have been made and they’ve become outdated. Some fantastic picture books are out there for little guys but my 13 year old is not thrilled about reading them.

My husband tells me I should fill this gap. Maybe one day, but not now.

This site is a good start, but finding some of those books to purchase is hard, sometimes impossible.

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But first I have to learn this new writing curriculum I bought for The Oldest Girl Hatchling. Classical Writing. Man, is it incredible. Brilliant, top notch, and written by two Ph.D’s. It uses Harvey’s English Grammar (the best as far as I’m concerned).

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