Have you checked out my Facebook Page?

I have been posting fascinating things I find (homeschool related) over on my Facebook Page for some time now…pretty regularly. So if you’ve not checked that out yet, you should!

It’s just occurred to me also that there’s a LOT of great resources over there that should also be here on this blog. So I’m trying to figure out the best way to gather all that info and post it here. And trying to find a new way to post…here first, then it posts automatically over there would be ideal. But it’s a habit hard to create! :). Well we’ll see how things evolve.

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    My blog post was featured on SecularHomeschool.com!

    How cool is this? http://www.secularhomeschool.com/content/1136-blog-reprint-i-am-secular-homeschooler/

    They liked my article and asked for permission to reprint it on SecularHomeschool.com! What an honor!

    And since I’ve added HomeschoolRealm.com to their blogroll, now, I realize I need to get my butt in gear to add more content here more regularly! I’m inspired!

    I’m going to start with working on getting all the fabulous links that I post on the Homeschool Realm Facebook page over here on this site. I should have been doing this all along! If you’re not yet following that FB page, I highly recommend it, since it’s the first place I go when I have great content to share! Which is pretty regularly. That will hopefully change soon so that stuff will post here first and then there, but for now, there’s a LOT of great info over there! Keep going back in the FB posts, it goes on for years! :)

    I am a secular homeschooler

    I am a minority amongst a group of minorities.
    (Using the word “minority” to mean literally “a number that is less than the whole number”, not in any way saying I have ANY idea what it means to be a racial minority.)

     

    One cannot assume nowadays that homeschooler=Christian. BUT, truth be told….religious homeschoolers still very much outnumber the nonreligious. That fact appears to be changing, and changing quickly, as I see larger and larger groups of secular homeschoolers all over the net and locally as well. And I have a hope that someday we will be equally proportioned, simply so things will be easier for us secular homeschoolers that get really tired of having to wade through all the religious content on the web for homeschoolers. Time will tell.

     

    Moving quote

    I was just looking for info on nature journaling a la Charlotte Mason, and was reading the science chapter in Catherine Levison’s book “A Charlotte Mason Education”, when I read the quote below and had to post it here so I don’t forget it.

    “Take them to places where they will find things worth observing. Charlotte wanted children to have beautiful memories of their childhood stored for their old age and thought too many of us have blurry memories due to the fact we did not slow down and really look at things. “

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      Prime numbers activity

      Here’s a great video illustrating how to teach children about prime numbers. I’m thinking we could draw a similar (smaller) chart on our driveway and use paper or pieces of cardboard to cover the numbers. Neat idea!

      I can’t seem to access the video code from my phone or I’d embed the video here. Have to come back and do that later.

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        Our last 2 weeks in pictures

        So I’m going to try to take pictures of more of what we do during the week. I didn’t actually make a conscious effort to do this yet, so this is just a scattering of what we did the past 2 weeks…Next week I’ll try harder to make sure to get an image of most things. (Probably still won’t succeed, but I can try!)

        What a cool idea!

        So I never did finish blogging about my summer purge…but I did keep doing it! I’ll see if I can find time to post more pics when I get a chance…but right now I’m working on prep for the new school year and researching the work box system. Found this neat video that shows a really creative way to use a dish rack! LOVE IT!!!

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          The 2013 Great Summer Purge and Clean, Week 2: Living Room

          Living Room Day 1: Entertainment Center and Picture Books bookshelf

           

          OK, entertainment center…I didn’t remember to take a “before” pic until after I had started working on it…so here’s what I have in the midst of the reorganizing:

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          We had TOO MANY videos and dvds! I purged a bunch of them and donated to our homeschool charter all the kid friendly ones!

           

          The 2013 Great Summer Purge and Clean, HomeschoolRealm.com

           

           

           

           

           

          Here’s what the entertainment center looks like now:

          Lots of room still to shuffle other things in, as I work on the rest of the room.

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          And here’s what I started with on the picture bookshelf:

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          Week 2 of The 2013 Great Summer Purge and Clean, The Living Room

          So this week I’m tackling my living room. Oh what a MESS! But by looking only at one small section at a time, I have learned that I can really get down to business and not feel overwhelmed!

           

          So here’s my schedule for this week:

          Day 1: Entertainment Center and picture bookshelf
          Day 2: Desk/Desk area
          Day 3: Hutch
          Day 4: Piano/tall bookshelf
          Day 5: Window/sliding door/fireplace/hearth
          Day 6: Couches/tv/coffee table
          Day 7:  Floor/walls/ceiling

           

          With a bunch of things on my schedule this week to also deal with outside of the house…We’ll see how it goes!

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            The Great Summer Purge and Clean, Kitchen Day 5-7

            Week 1: Kitchen
            Day 5: Counters/W. Cupboards
            Day 6: Walls/Ceiling/Window/Sill
            Day 7: Floor/Table/Chairs

            I’m compiling the last 3 days into one post because I didn’t take very many pics. :(

             

            So in Day 4‘s post, you can see the “Before” pics of what the counters looked like prior to Day 5.  Well, some of the counters. I didn’t take a before of the counter that is to the right of my sink. Too embarrassing. But here’s the “after” pic:

            The 2013 Great Summer Purge and Clean, HomeschoolRealm.com

             

            And I didn’t take pics of the walls…that would just look like more of the same…but I did a lot of wiping and cleaning of the walls and ceiling and window and such…here’s the finished table and surrounding area:

            The 2013 Great Summer Purge and Clean, Homeschool Realm.com

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