Welcome! I do still post occasionally to my old blog, but after hanging up my bookbag in 2010 after 21 years of homeschooling, I see that the posts have less and less to do with homeschooling and more to do with other topics that may or may not be of interest to homeschoolers.
I am still involved in the homeschool community and am a passionate advocate for parental rights and homeschooling freedom. This ScoopIt! blog is an attempt to help you stay abreast of trends in homeschooling and give you helpful information for your journey, whether you are a veteran or just considering homeschooling.
The title of each article here is the link to the original source article(including this one, should you want to visit my other blog!). This is a "curated" blog - which means that I am just acting as a tour guide for great content about homeschooling that I find around the Web. But you can still count on me - always! - to add my own two cents to each article.
Be sure to check out the list of TAGS above that will help you narrow your focus and get the most out of your visit.
"Online education is a $34 billion business. Here's how it grew so fast -- and why it's so vital for modern-day students."
Here is a great infographic from Mashable about online education. Homeschoolers have been incorporating online learning ever since it has been available. This photo is of my son in 1995. We had been on AOL for about a year.
Check out this CHEA convention playback audio from the Homeschool Netcast Network of Ryan Yamane's presentation called "College the Smart Way." He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management after 14 months.
Homeschooling apps? Why not? And this from a mom who taught my firstborn about the card catalog, Dewey Decimal System, how to operate a microfiche reader, and the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature. There was no internet, no instant access to information. We were early users of educational software and the internet, but we also learned plenty of these old school techiques.
Well, one day people are going to say "remember apps?" THESE are the "old school" techniques of the future. I realize that many homeschool families limit access to technology, and I respect their reasons. But in general, whatever technological advances can facilitate a love of learning without exposing our children to unnecessary risks, I say let's embrace them!
Good summary of structured vs. non-structured homeschooling, and why either path may work for your child depending on what he or she wants to do with her life - studies demonstrating the "superiority" of structured programs notwithstanding.
"KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Ketchikan School District is becoming more flexible and effective in reaching every student's needs with its burgeoning distance learning, homeschool and summer school programs, officials say."
I found myself distracted by the phenomenon of a Houston TX publication with a banner trumpeting the current temperature of 91 degrees under scattered clouds containing an article about schools in Ketchikan, Alaska.
But when I got past that part, I was pretty impressed with the level of "school choice" that was available to Ketchikan students that is not as readily available to students elsewhere in the US. There is an alternative school that has offered traditional homeschooling programs for K-12 for almost 40 years! But there is also distance learning, home study + classes at district schools, or the use of school resources such as science labs. There is a FastTrack program, remedial programs, summer school, and an explosion in online learning.
Other states could learn a thing or two from Alaska.
Kelli of "Homeschooling on the Cheap" is another curator, but her site allows you to submit your best homeschooling posts for each edition. It's a magazine style carnival, and it also has coupons and homeschooling deals - coupons, discounts, and other sundries of interest to homeschooling families.
Seems like she has some sources of articles that are a little different from some of the other carnivals - enjoy!
If you are in California - or you love LEGOs enough to travel to California for LEGOLAND Homeschool Days, this page is for you. LEGOLAND California offers discounted admission and self guided instructional lessions on various Homeschool Days throughout the school year.
Homeschooled children, when following a structured education plan, tend to test higher than their publicly-schooled counterparts and fellow homeschoolers whose time is unstructured, research shows.
"Though research tends to show only positive outcomes associated with homeschooling America’s children, some critics of homeschooling claim that there is very little research that shows anything significant about the academic achievements and the social benefits of home education. "
Michelle Bachmann homeschooled her children. So did Rick Santorum. Herman Cain appeared at a Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators conference with Paul and Bachmann this March. Mitt Romney is on the record as a supporter.
Does this mean that homeschooling is finally going to get the education-policy attention it deserves? I hope it does.
RARITAN TWP. NJ— While other students return to school in September, Mechele Pron’s five children will stay home, as they have for the past 10 years.
While this article is primarily about Mechele Pron's five homeschooled children, there is a list of resources and activities in an around Hunterdon County in the right sidebar that will be of interest to any homeschooling family in Central New Jersey.
Homeschooling has been around for most of recorded history, but hybrid homeschooling is a fairly new phenomenon. For hybrid homeschoolers, education takes on multiple dimensions, combining elements of both homeschooling and traditional schooling to take advantage of the best aspects of both. That means many hybrid homeschooling families study at home, with tutors, take classes with certified teachers, and even pursue outside educational activities to complete their curriculum. It’s a fun and enriching approach to education that is picking up steam, and we’ve noted several telling trends that say a lot about where hybrid homeschooling is today, and where it’s going.
Susan Critelli's insight:
It’s estimated that there are between 1.7 and 2.1 million children homeschooled in the U.S. today, and that number is in an upward swing, with a growth rate of 7 to 15% each year, particularly over the last two decades. Much of this may be thanks to the proliferation of hybrid homeschooling, allowing families many more options when it comes to customized home education as they bring in a combination of private tutoring, educational programs, group classes, and even online courses.
The mainstream education community has strong concerns about quality control, and homeschool families contend with lingering stereotypes in the public mindset.
A WONDERFUL, balanced article for anyone who now has or has ever had any doubts about homeschooling. Filled with wonderful stories, success and otherwise, of homeschool families who made the choice that was right for them.
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"Have you ever felt discouraged by one of those? Have you ever laid awake and worried about who is doing what in their homeschool and if you should or shouldn’t be, too?" Good questions! But Misha doesn't leave you without answers - this article has a list of 7 ways to "slay those inner giants."
The Famous Homeschoolers' Guide To Self-directed Excellence...
MUST READ if you are not much of a picture taker. In the days when we were homeschooling we did take pictures of some field trips and other things. But somehow a lot of those have been lost.
Don't miss the opportunity to chronicle your homeschool years in photos. If you are a scrapbooker, you can combine these passions. You can even do digital scrapbooking these days to keep all your homeschool memories in one place. Trust me, you will NOT remember those great moments unless you have the pictures or videos. Back in the day, photo processing was very expensive, but there is no excuse anymore to keep an amazing log of your homeschool adventure.
Smart homeschoolers pay attention to the state and support of their educational freedoms.
I have written many times about how homeschoolers tend to be more engaged citizens, being more familiar with issues, candidates and the political process in general.
This article mentions that there are several presidential candidates who "appear to support homeschooling," and offers a summary where available, of any official statements they have made in this regard.
Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren of Illinois has introduced a bill that would give greater protection to the education records of home schoolers. Many states require parents to file records with public education officials but these records are not covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. This bill would address that problem, and would be written in such a way that it would be narrowly applied and not do unintended damage to the privacy of any other students.
Here's a new site for teacher supplies for homeschooling families, or anyone teaching children.
Here's the skinny from "Steven" the site owner: My Goal for Educational Teachers Supplies is to provide assistance to those who are educating our children today by providing them with options where they can purchase needed materials and curriculum for their every day teaching experience. Please take some time browsing my web site and if you have any questions or needs please Email me at email@example.com
** Disclaimer: Educational Teachers Supplies does not necessarily endorse everything found on these websites. These websites are offer as convenience of shopping for those that are searching for educational products and supplies. **
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I learned about the movie "IndoctriNation" from the Homeschool Netcast Network (visit their website at http://www.homeschoolnetcast.com/) and decided just to scoop the YouTubeChannel because it has a number of other clips about education besides the movie trailer, including interviews with well known public educators as well as homeschooling advocates.
Sounds like a very interesting and controversial film. It will be available in October. Christian parents, have a look at the film clips and let me know if you think you would want to see it.
Famous homeschoolers are everywhere. You just may not know that they homeschool. Find out which notable people, famous athletes and celebrities homeschool.
I did a post on my own blog about famous homeschoolers, but some of the ones on this list are eye popping. I knew, for instance, that Tim Tebow, Jordin Sparks, The Jonas Brothers and Hanson were homeschooled, but was surprised to learn of Dakota Fanning, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake. I guess it depends on what you want to "prove" about homeschooling whether you will consider the latter group to be ringing endorsements for homeschooling.
I love these "Carnival of Homeschooling" posts because they pull together some of the best posts from around the internet, and resources you might not otherwise ever stumble across.
This carnival is notable because she includes some free Kindle books along the side of the posts - including The World Set Free, by HG Wells, and Kipling's "The Man Who Would be King". You can read these with Kindle apps, and apparently do not need to own a Kindle to benefit.
It is widely speculated that the Tim Tebow Bill will be reintroduced in the next regular session of the Alabama.
Tim Tebow, the former University of Fla quarterback, was homeschooled. Under Fla. law he was allowed to play football at a local high school. He has become an advocate for allowing homeschoolers to play sports at public schools.
What do you think about allowing homeschoolers to play on public school teams? Is this a good or bad idea?
Therese shared how her family uses their tablecloth as a patchwork quilt with mementos of their school year.
What a fun idea! We had a timeline one year that included our own family history on the same line as other notable historical events. That is about as close as we came to having a unique memento of a school year.
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