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Gina is a home educating mom since 2007, when her daughter was in 5th grade and could no longer deal with the ridiculous public school system. You can find out more about their journey on their blog – Home Learning Family Going Sane - fairiemom78.blogspot.com .

Some Points of Contention— Response to a recent article on Children’s MD

I am writing this in response to an article written by Kathleen Berchelmann titled 18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children. Now you might think, “How could she possibly have a problem with a list that is promoting homeschooling?”, but the thing is as I was reading this list many of the responses simply [...]

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An Incredible New Experiment – The Puzzle School – Official UM Review

An Incredible New Experiment – The Puzzle School – Official UM Review

Despite the fact that I try to stay as far away from anything with the word “school” in it, here is a site you NEED to check out!!!    Our Mission:The Puzzle School was started with the mission of creating educational environments that will inspire a greater love of learning. We strongly believe that learning is something [...]

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IEW – Student Intensive Writing Course – Official UM Review

IEW – Student Intensive Writing Course – Official UM Review

I recently borrowed the IEW – Student Intensive Writing Course Level C, from a very dear friend of mine to try to help KM prepare for the writing portion of the GED. My friend’s children, whom KM is very close with, enjoyed the program and highly recommended it. I also have heard many rave reviews on [...]

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Living Their Life – Home Educating Teens

There are very few home educating parents who do not cringe when they think about the “high school” years. Many become so intimidated that they spend tons of money on accredited programs, pay “homeschool gurus” to tell them they are doing the right thing and very often still end up enrolling their children in school [...]

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Professor Noggin’s Card Games – An Incredibly Fun Resource! – Official UM Review

Our family has been using these games for years and they are a fun, entertaining and exciting way to learn a number of subjects in numerous categories from Science to History to Art to Geography. These fun games can take your family to the far corners of Outer Space and deep into the Ocean. You can [...]

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WatchKnowLearn – Free Educational Videos, Organized and Prescreened – Official UM Review

I have posted this site before, but as I have been utilizing it more over the last few weeks, I wanted to take a few minutes to pass it on again with some of my thoughts.  There are so many resources available online and it can be quite difficult to wade your way through to [...]

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Janice VanCleave’s Presents Science Projects that Really WORK!!! – Official UM Review

Science was always my worry area. I didn’t enjoy it in school and feared having to take the responsibility of ensuring that my VERY science minded daughter was going to get all that she wanted out of our science education at home. I bought all sorts of kits and checked out every project book I could find [...]

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Is the trivium schooled out of us? – My Own Education Story

As I learn more about the trivium by listening to various podcasts, reading articles and suggestions of how to implement the practices, I have come to the realization that this is how I have always learned. It is was never taught to me though, so I have to wonder if this “process” is innately coded [...]

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The Well-Educated Mind ~ A Road Map to Learning Enlightenment – Offical UM Review

For years we have used and loved The Story of the World series and The Well-Trained Mind was one of the first books on classical education that I read, but it was Laurette’s interview with Susan Wise Bauer that led me to my library to reserve a copy of The Well-Educated Mind and I am [...]

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Ko’s Journey – Revisited, Updated and a Chance for a Free One-Year Subscription

I originally reviewed this product in May of 2010 and we loved it – my original review is listed below. Since then it has had a bit of a face lift and some interesting features added to it, so they asked me to take another look and let you all know about the incredible new [...]

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The Core – The Perfect Name For This Incredible Book – Official Review

The Core – The Perfect Name For This Incredible Book – Official Review

This book sets a high bar in the first three chapters and then brings the learning process back to earth. The grammar of a classical education is naturally divided into small attainable steps so that all forms of literacy can be restored to every student no matter what their situation in life may be. The [...]

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My Memories Scrapbook Software Review and Coupon Code

I would like to preface this review by disclosing that I am NOT a scrapbooker!!! I have tried it in the past, I made them for friends and family members, but no matter how I tried I just could not get into it. I am however a photographer – in case you haven’t seen the [...]

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The Unschooling Unmanual – Official Review of The Natural Child Project’s Cumulative Work

The Unschooling Unmanual – Official Review of The Natural Child Project’s Cumulative Work

The Unschooling Unmanual first came out right about the same time that we began our journey of home education and although I have heard of it several times, have met one of the contributors and had online discussions with some of the others, I had never actually read the book. We are far from “homeschoolers”, but I [...]

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They don’t need socialization! They need FRIENDSHIP!

They don’t need socialization! They need FRIENDSHIP!

As my daughter has gotten older, I have seen more and more of her acquaintances heading off to the halls of high schools and have sat bewildered by the number of veteran home educators giving up at this late stage of the game. The number one reason for teenagers and kids to head back to school [...]

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Immense Praise for Joy Hakim’s A History of US

Immense Praise for Joy Hakim’s A History of US

I have previously reviewed Joy Hakim’s Story of Science series and since I was so enamored by her writing, I bit the bullet and bought the 11 volume set A History of US for Kali to use for her U.S. History studies. AM I EVER GLAD I DID!!! I had planned on glossing over the [...]

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