Thinking About Homeschooling on the Road

As we wind down our 12 day trip in Los Angeles, I have to admit wanting to stay longer or to at least explore other cities. Sure I would miss my pets, and my own bed, and my family and my friends, but I finally understand why some homeschoolers take off for a year or two of learning adventures. Looking at all of the work I had to do to leave home for less than 2 weeks, I know that to leave home for months or even a year would be alot more difficult. I not only have a home … Continue reading

Family Game Night: 10 Days in the USA

GAME: 10 Days in the USA MADE BY: Out of the Box AGE RECOMMENDATION: 10 to Adult TIME OF PLAY: 30 minutes PRICE: $27.99 RATING: 4 out of 4 stars What is 10 Days in the USA? Start your engines and another destination in the 10-Days Travel Series… You have 10 Days in the USA – travel the country by jet, car, and on foot. Plan your trip from start to finish using destination and transportation tiles. With a little luck and clever planning, you just might outwit your fellow travelers. The first traveler to make connections for their ten … Continue reading

Family Game Night: Zero

Game: Zero Made by: University Games Ages: 12+ Game Synopsis: If you have always wondered what it feels like to be a complete Zero, then Zero Game is for you! Zero is the exciting family game that asks players to search their minds for the “least popular” aspects of pop culture. More than 450 people were surveyed in the US, UK, Australia and Mexico and University Games tabulated their answers to hundreds of questions. Now, you and your friends can match wits with them to see who comes up with the “least” likely answer. Each Card lists all of the … Continue reading

Family Game Night: Say Anything Family

Say Anything Family is a great addition to your family game night. If you do not have a family game night then this is the perfect time to start and the perfect game to start with. Basics of the Game: * Each player is given a dry erase marker, answer board and 2 player tokens. * Choose a score keeper to write down all the scores after each round. * The youngest player goes first and is given the SELECT-O-MATIC 6000. This player is the judge for the first round. The player will select a card and read one of … Continue reading

Who Was Charlotte Mason?

You can’t hang around homeschoolers for very long without hearing the name “Charlotte Mason.” She is considered one of the most influential people in homeschooling’s history, and I thought it would be interesting to learn more about her. She was born in 1842, and she herself was educated at home by her parents. She obtained her teaching certificate and taught for ten years, and began to seek after a way to provide a broader educational experience for her students. She disliked the class ranks that often dictated how well a child was educated, and she desired a way for every … Continue reading

Interview: John Hauserman on Retirement Planning

This morning I had the chance to chat with my friend John Hauserman of I’m a little ways down the road from retirement, but that’s the perfect time to start thinking about it—when it’s not an urgent, pressing need. By then it’s too late. I asked John a couple of questions that have been on my mind. John, I’m not a risk-taker, and I love it when people can give me a heads-up so I don’t make a huge mistake. What do you consider the single biggest mistake people make when it comes to planning for retirement? The single … Continue reading

Short Answer

Once again my students are preparing for an exam and once again I am preparing to write up the exam they will be given. It is a complex course I teach. The students have three subjects, three instructors, three tests and a combination of in-class work, lecture, guest speakers and guest artists. One has trouble blaming them for asking what they should focus on while preparing for the exam. As such, they are given access to review materials in order to assist them in their studies. In truth, these review materials are often nothing more than the slides and notes … Continue reading

Maestro Classics Presents The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare is a well known and beloved story. Now that it is coupled with Maestro Classics your child will not only learn about this Aesop Fable but classical music. The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Stephen Simon and narrated by Yadu will delight you and your children with this classic tale. I was so excited to receive my review copy in the mail. The year before my children studied ancient history and many of Aesop’s Fables. Of course a study of Aesop’s Fable is not complete without The Tortoise and the Hare. Not only does this … Continue reading

Michael Jackson’s Kids will Continue to Homeschool

The latest news from the Jackson clan is that Micheal Jackson’s kids will continue to homeschool. Based on words by Joe Jackson shortly after Micheal’s death, I was concerned that the kids would be thrown unprepared into yet another new environment, a public school. He said the children needed to have “normal lives” and be with other children and would be enrolled in schools. Micheal Jackson’s mother, however, in her wisdom has decided that the children will continue to homeschool with the help of the private tutors they have always had. Thank goodness for some level of consistency in their … Continue reading

Alaska Homeschool Groups and Resources I-Z

To succeed in homeschooling, it is in your best interest to get involved with other homeschoolers. You should join a homeschool network or group near you. For this reason, I have decided to give a full listing of homeschooling groups throughout each state. Yes, there are other sites that list homeschool networks and support groups but none of are comprehensive. Some of them only list Christian, others only list those affiliated with them. This list covers of Homeschooling groups in Alaska I-Z, also see (A-H). IDEA International IDEA International is an accredited K-12 correspondence school for homeschooling families worldwide. The … Continue reading