The Great Summer Purge and Clean 2015 has started!!

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Because it takes so long for me to write stuff up sometimes and to edit pics with “before” and “after” captions…so much that I don’t post as often as I could…I’m going to try something new…I’m going to throw up pics as they are happening. Then maybe I’ll tie it all up in an end of the week post with all the fancy stuff. Maybe.

So, if you’re not familiar with my purge and clean, check out this page.

This summer I decided to start my Purge and Clean in our “Big Room” (garage conversion), which is where our art area/school area is. 

Here’s how bad it looked before:        

I’d like to say the mess was because I had already started the job…but only a little of that is from the fact that I was already in the midst of working on it. Most of it was already trashed from months of neglect. I just haven’t been able to even think about what to do with it until recently.

Education is a mindset

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Not sure where this train of thought will take me…but I woke up today and immediately got on Facebook, as I always do, and got into a conversation on Facebook that made me think…

The conversation content isn’t entirely relevant because my thinking went into a different direction, as often happens, and got me thinking about why I have the opinions that I have about education. I have been exposed to a fair bit of “alternative” education…first in college at the child development programs on campus where our classes were combined with actual preschool programs to put our learning right into action…then at Harmony Day School, a private preK-3 child-centered learning program (seriously the BEST school that ever existed! I was devastated when it had to shut down.) and finally at SCICON Outdoor School where I taught hands-on trails out in nature about all sorts of science topics, and locally at The Discovery Center, where I taught more science classes and worked on some neat programs off and on for years. 

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And now, introducing: NOODLE HOMESCHOOL!!!

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I mentioned in the last post that I created a whole new online learning experience and named it “Moodle Homeschool” (see that post for all the details)…..After the fact, I thought of the use of that name and had a feeling that I might be getting myself into trouble down the line with that name, so I emailed Moodle…..

Got word from the powers-that-be at Moodle that I cannot use their name in my project name like that. WOOPS! I should have known that! I actually am well aware of this from what I’ve read about WordPress businesses….Not sure why it didn’t occur to me until several weeks in that using that name was probably a bad idea.

So….
I’ve changed the name to NOODLE HOMESCHOOL!!

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Introducing…Moodle Homeschool!!!

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Update: I just got word that I cannot use the name “Moodle” in my biz name, so I’ve changed “Moodle Homeschool” to “Noodle Homeschool”! I think I actually like it better!  The url is the same, but the name and logo has just changed.

 

Soooooo exciting!!

If you follow me on the Homeschool Realm Facebook page or on the Experience-Based Learning FB group, or listen to the Savvy Homeschool Moms podcast, you’ve seen/heard me talking about Moodle.

I am seriously in love with this program!!

It just occurred to me that I never talked about it here on my blog! Woops! This thing is all-consuming lately,  which is probably why I haven’t found time to blog about it yet!

Ok, so here it is. I’ll start from the beginning.

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Experience-Based Learning is now a “Thing”!!

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A(null) lot has happened since I posted about my Experience-Based Learning (“EBL”) idea…The biggest being that I had so much interest that I decided to create a Facebook group! So here it is:

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Check it out! We now have 190 members, as of the writing of this! And new members trickling in every day!

The most exciting part, though, has been how active this group is! I’ve started, and run, many online groups…it’s often a struggle to get conversations going and continuing regularly. Not on this group! These moms are excited about this new idea and are RUNNING with it!!

Not only that, but they are tweaking the idea to fit their needs! Which is fantastic!!! I love seeing this little idea of mine taken by others and run with!! It’s how homeschooling should be! Take what you like and leave and tweak the rest! Make it fit YOUR family!