More Homeschool Curriculum Ideas

How to Use the Guttenberg Project (online site) as a Free Homeschool Curriculum
How to Use BrainPop as your Low Cost Homeschool Curriculum
How to Use the Internet for Homeschooling Curriculum

How to Use the Library for a Homeschooling Curriculum

Introduction

Who needs money to homeschool when you have access to the public library? Every city big and small has a public library system with multiple locations and an endless amount of information you can consume.  Read more

How to Use Time4Learning as Your Low Cost Homeschool Curriculum

Introduction

Time4learning is the website I used to homeschool my kids for several years. Time4learning provides an interactive online curriculum for children in grades pre-school through 8th grade. I found it extremely useful and well organized. Still, you need a little organization to use it. Here are my tips for using Time4learning as your Low Cost Homeschool Curriculum. read more

How to Start a Homeschool Blog

Introduction

Starting a homeschool blog is a great way to share your homeschooling journey with other people. It allows other homeschoolers to know they are not alone and homeschoolers to share information with each other. If you want to start a homeschooling blog, here is what you need to do. read more

How to Find Homeschool Electives for Your Kids

Introduction

Homeschool opponents like to point out that homeschoolers have limited access to extracurricular activities and elective classes. The truth, however, is that with a bit of work and creativity a homeschooler's options for electives are endless. Here are some ways you can find homeschool electives for your kids.  read more

Guttenberg Project book source for Homeshoolers

If you homeschool you should be aware of the Guttenberg Project eBook website. The purpose of The Guttenberg project eBook website is to provide all public domain works free to the public as soon as ...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Making the Most Out of Tiny Bedrooms

In most new construction, to balance out the size of the huge master suites and you will find that the other bedrooms are quite diminutive. Here are some ideas you can use to make the most out of ti...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

How to Add Color to Your Rental Apartment Without Painting

Since painting is generally out of the question, and plain walls are boring, renters are always looking for ways to add color to their home. Here are some ways to add color to your rental apartment wi...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Why Homeschoolers Will Not Take the GED

There are many people under the impression that a homeschoolers should take the GED exam to prove they know enough to graduate from homeschooling. Homeschoolers disagree.

Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight?

Everyone knows that eating too much makes you gain weight. But are you aware that eating too little can prevent weight loss? This is why crash diets don't work for many people.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

Budget Redecorating Trends for 2008

You are happy with your furniture. Your flooring is just fine. But your home still needs a little updating. It is time to redecorate! Here some 2008 decorating trend ideas you can use.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)  

How to Keep the Fun in Homeschooling

If you are too caught up in creating a school environment at home, you will suck all of the fun right out of homeschooling. Here are some things you can do to keep the fun in homeschooling.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Ear Stapling for Weight Loss: Does it Work?

When the ear is stapled, a small surgical steel 'staple' is used to pierce the inner ear (instead of the lobe). The location of the staple is a pressure point believed to control appetite.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

Ideas for Creating Furniture from Recycled Items

Whether you are in need of furniture in a pinch, or want to exercise your creativity to make your furniture from recycled items, here are some ideas you can try.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Window Treatments Where There Aren't Windows

While window treatments are of course made for windows, there are other places you can use them too. Here are some ideas for window treatments without windows.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Online Flexible Learning Programs (Unschooling with a Diploma)

Flexible learning programs are programs that will facilitate an unschooler to get a diploma. Here are a few online schools that offer online flexible learning programs.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)  

Quick and Easy Decorating Ideas for Your Bedroom

Bedrooms are often the most neglected room in the house when it comes to decorating. Either homeowners run out of time or energy by the time the living room, dining room and kitchen are completed.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

The Days of the Crash Diet Are Over

Popular belief over the years was that you would just suddenly start your new diet plan, which meant, eating healthy, cold turkey. This was usually after a period of binging knowing what was to come. ...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

Even more money savings tips

 
One reliable way to save money on cleaning products is to clip coupons. Still, this is not my preferred way to save money on cleaning.
 
Did you know that if you were not careful, you could lose hundreds of dollars a month before you even take your money out of the bank?
 
Whenever I purchase a new item that relies on batteries, I also purchase a new set of rechargeable batteries as well. Here are some reasons you should consider purchasing rechargeable batteries.

Do it Yourself Home Staging

Staging a home means preparing a home to sell by removing items that distract buyers while visually maximizing the desirability of the home. Here are some quick home-staging ideas that you can use.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

Super Nanny Exposes Bad Homeschooling ... Or Does It?

The internet is abuzz over a recent episode of Super Nanny. While it is clear that these "homeschooling" girls were being neglected educationally and emotionally abused, I am not so sure that this sa...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

What's the Deal with Carbs?

According to the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “Carbohydrates are part of a healthful diet.â€ï¿½ In fact, they say that 45-65 percent of our diet should co...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Decorating with Personal Photographs

A wall full of school pictures may be boring, but artistic photographs of family members make a house a home. Here are some ideas you can use to fill your home with personal photographs in a fun and s...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Homeschooling and Educational Neglect

Educational neglect occurs when a child is allowed to be repeatedly truant from school, or is of mandatory school age and not participating in any kind of educational program.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

How Much Do Calories Really Count?

Eat more protein. Eat less carbs. Don't forget your good fats. Follow the food pyramid. Don't eat at night. According to all the weight loss knowledge and tricks, you would think that calories do...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

Online Tools for Home Decorating

There are now tools that will help you get professional results on your own. Check out these free (or mostly free) online tools that will assist you in decorating your home.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

What You Can Teach Your Homeschoolers Using the Discovery Channel

For homeschooled children, science and history come to life on the Discovery Channel.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

How to Measure and Interpret Body Mass Index

According to the centers for disease control, the "Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height." This will indicate your chance of developing weight related health ...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

More money savings ideas

In my 17 years as cat owner, I have spent a lot of money. These days, I have learned my lesson and spend quite a deal less. Here are some ways to save money on cat care.
 
Previously, I have discussed a few items that you can get or make free or do without. In this article, I will discuss items for the bathroom that you should not pay for. They are as follows:
 
In addition to baby food, baby wipes and diaper bags, there are some larger items that I would also not be inclined to purchase.
 
In my series on Cheap Rules for the 21st century, I have listed my basic cheap rules as well as things I will not do to save money. Here is a list of bay items, you may think you need to buy, but you...

Reclaiming the Formal Living Room

Traditionally, living rooms were the considered the jewel of the home. Perhaps the usefulness of the formal living room waned as people stopped visiting each other.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

Do You Think You Need a Homeschool Consultant?

Homeschool consultants will offer to help you do everything from handling your paperwork to overseeing your child's education. Before you hire one, there are things you should be aware of.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Considering Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss?

Bariatric surgery is performed on people who have tried and failed to lose weight by regular means. It involves decreasing the size of the stomach or how much food can enter the stomach at one time.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

High End Kitchen Trends You Can Copy for Less

Today's kitchen trends include large open spaces that mimic the look of a living room and give the kitchen a lived in feeling. However, these new trends do not come cheaply.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Take Time to Visit a Homeschool Conference or Two

One of the best things that I did my first year of homeschooling was to attend several homeschool conferences. I met authors of homeschooling books I had read. I heard from homeschool experts of who...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

money savings tips

 
In addition to my hard-fast rules, and my list thrifty of no-no's; I also have a list of items I would never pay for. The first thing I would never pay for are aprons.
 
ATM users have grown accustomed to the numerous fees they have to pay to access their own money. I do not feel this is something we need to get used to. Here are my tips for avoiding ATM Fees.
 
In my last article, Cheap Rules for the 21st Century, I gave my basic rules for being cheap. The following list details things I will not do to save money.
 
I am cheap, and proud of it. There are many rules that I could not break, no matter what. Here are my basic rules of cheap.

Homeschoolers Can Start College Before They Are Done with Homeschooling

I think one of the most interesting things about homeschooling is the fact that students can excel at amazing rates. Highschoolers in particular can finish high school and start high school at the s...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Eliminating Belly Fat

As a person with a reasonable amount of belly fat, I am always looking for ways to slim down my middle. Here are some solutions I have found through my research.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)  

The Charlotte Mason Approach to Homeschooling

There are numerous ways to homeschool a child. One of the many approaches to homeschooling is the Charlotte Mason Approach.

Homeschool Supplements on CD-ROM

 Homeschool Supplements on CD-ROM

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
When I started homeschooling, my kids I wanted to make it as much fun as possible. Of course, I wanted them to learn at the same time. Here are some of our favorite CD Rom educational Supplements: Read more»

What is the Problem with Being a Christian Homeschooler?

 What is the Problem with Being a Christian Homeschooler?

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
I get many questions asking for questions that assume all homeschoolers are conservative Christians. The questions are often accusatory and stereotypical. Read more»

Homeschool Camps for 2008

 Homeschool Camps for 2008

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
If you and your homeschooled kids are itching for some serious homeschool socialization, perhaps you should consider visiting a homeschool camp. There are homeschool camps all over the United States. Read more»

Homeschool Bloggers Are Never Lonely

 Homeschool Bloggers Are Never Lonely

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
With the sheer magnitude of the number of homeschooling blogs online, I would argue that homeschoolers manage to keep themselves very well connected. Read more»

Hidden Benefits of Homeschooling

 Hidden Benefits of Homeschooling

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
A great many homeschooling benefits are evident even to those who oppose homeschooling. In addition to these homeschooling benefits are rewards that are happening behind the scenes. Read more»

Autistic Parents Having Great Success in Homeschooling

 Autistic Parents Having Great Success in Homeschooling

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
In reading messages from various homeschooling boards I noticed a great deal of the homeschoolers on the boards have autistic kids. It worried me until I found out how successful autistic homeschoolers are. Read more»

What is Afrocentric Homeschooling

 What is Afrocentric Homeschooling
By dreahwrites, Dec 21, 2007
 
Did you know there was such thing as afrocentric homeschooling? Afrocentric homeschoolers are families who incorporate black positive or pro black curriculum into their educational approach. Read more»

Don't Expect Every Homeschooler to Be a Homeschooling Advocate or Spokesperson

 Don't Expect Every Homeschooler to Be a Homeschooling Advocate or Spokesperson
By dreahwrites, Dec 21, 2007
 
A homeschool advocate is one who speaks out on behalf of homeschoolers. One does not have to be a homeschooler to be a homeschool advocate, and being a homeschooler does not make you a homeschool advocate. Read more»

Web Based Instruction Could Improve Public Schooling

 Web Based Instruction Could Improve Public Schooling

By dreahwrites, Dec 20, 2007
 

Web based instruction has shown itself to be quite effective. People receive college degrees online each year. High school students complete classes and make up courses, get their GED, and high school diplomas. Read more»

Unschoolers, Crazy like a Fox

 Unschoolers, Crazy like a Fox

By dreahwrites, Dec 20, 2007
 

Public educators think they're crazy. Classical homeschoolers call them lazy at best. Unschoolers call themselves free. But there just might be some genius in unschooling. Read more»

Ideas for Teaching US History

 Ideas for Teaching US History
By dreahwrites, Dec 20, 2007
 
US History is taught in Elementary, Middle, and High School. If you stopped a person on the street and asked them questions about US history they will not be able to answer you. US history is taught ineffectively. Read more»

Recognizing Signs of Underachievement in Schools

 Recognizing Signs of Underachievement in Schools
By dreahwrites, Dec 20, 2007
 
There is an epidemic of underachievement in schools. To tackle the problem of underachievement in schools, parents and teachers must first realize that a child is not reaching his or her full potential. Read more»

Raising Twice Special (Twice Exceptional) Children

 Raising Twice Special (Twice Exceptional) Children
By dreahwrites, Dec 19, 2007
 
According to the twice-exceptional website, "Children who are gifted in intelligence account for three to five percent of all children. Read more»

Why Are We Still Testing Children?

 Why Are We Still Testing Children?
By dreahwrites, Dec 19, 2007
 
Students today would rather their teacher get hit by a car, than to have to take a test. Some would rather be hit by the car themselves. Kids hate tests. Yet, every new effort to approve schooling involves more testing. Read more»

Turning Your Formal Living Room into a Home Office

 Turning Your Formal Living Room into a Home Office

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
Home offices have become very popular in the last decade. If you have found that you have little use for your formal living room, and would like a home office instead, here are some tips you can use: Read more»

Dealing with Sexual Harassment in Schools

 Dealing with Sexual Harassment in Schools
 

Sexual harassment isn't just for the workplace anymore. For as long as I can remember, and probably long before that it has been a problem in the schools. Read more» of this associated content article

Is Private Education Any Better Then Public Schools

 Is Private Education Any Better Then Public Schools
 

Parents send their children to public schools for various reasons. Some children go to private schools for religious reasons. Some go because parents feel private schools provide a safer environment. Read more»

The Fallacy of Self Esteem Programs in School

 The Fallacy of Self Esteem Programs in School
By dreahwrites, Dec 18, 2007
 
The second biggest movement in schools next to No Child Left Behind is Self Esteem Programs. Self-esteem programs in schools are designed to make children feel good about themselves. Read more»

Tips for Decorating Your Downsized Home


By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
You are moving into a smaller home and your current home fully furnished. How do you decide what to take, and what to leave behind? This guide will help you decorate your new home with the furniture and accessories from the larger home that you are leaving. Read more»

Why Teachers Should Visit the Home

I learned about parent-teacher relationships early in my child's preschools career. I was shocked to find that we were seriously mis-communicating over the subject of my child's abilities. Read more» of this article I wrote for associated content

What is School Choice?

 What is School Choice?
By dreahwrites, Dec 18, 2007
 
School choice allows students to attend any public or private school they wish within a district. Some oppose school choice vehemently, and others support it. Read more» of this article I wrote for Associated Content

The Importance of School Recess

 The Importance of School Recess
 

New schools all over the country are being built without playgrounds. Older schools are leaving the playground abandoned. School administrators feel that time is better spent improving academic performance. Read more»

New Faux Painting Tips for 2008 and Beyond

 New Faux Painting Tips for 2008 and Beyond

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
Faux painting has been huge for the last decade or so. These bold faux styles however are becoming less and less popular. Read more»

Why it is Important for Parents to Be Active in Schools

There was a time when parents were integral parts of the schools. Each student knew each other's parent by sight and teachers and administration knew them almost intimately. Read more» of this article I wrote for associated content.

Are 'No Talking' in School Rules Unreasonable?

 Are 'No Talking' in School Rules Unreasonable?
 

The first thing most people say to homeschoolers is that they will not get enough socialization if they are not in school. That argument point never made sense to me because I just do not see how schools allow socialization at all with all of the No Talking Rules. Read more»

If Physical Education Should Impact a Child for Life, It's Time to Make Some Changes

If Physical Education Should Impact a Child for Life, It's Time to Make Some Changes

Physical education programs in schools are meant to develop a student by giving them knowledge, skills, and capabilities to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Read more»

Articles on NCLB

 No Child Left Behind... What it Really Means
By dreahwrites, Dec 18, 2007
 
Besides being bogged down in legal lingo, the NCLB law is also bogged down with things like too much testing that does not allow for true learning. Read more»

 
What Does No Child Left Behind Mean?
By dreahwrites, Dec 18, 2007
 
No Child Left Behind is a buzzword created to mean schools should be improved, especially the worst schools. But what does it really mean? Read more»

Using Expensive Designer Fabric Sparingly

 Using Expensive Designer Fabric Sparingly

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
If you have been in a fabric store lately, you realize just how expensive designer Fabric it has become. Still decorating would not be the same without a bit of Designer fabric here and there. Read more»

What is the Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

 Through the varying levels of each of the intelligences that we have, each person has a unique cognitive profile. Read more» of this article I wrote for associated content

The Role of Motivation in Education

Few things are more important in educating a child than motivation. Parents and teachers must find ways to keep students engaged in the learning process. Read more» of this article I wrote for Associated Content

What Exactly Does Eclectic Style Mean?

 What Exactly Does Eclectic Style Mean? 

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
Most people, when asked their decorating style say they are eclectic, meaning they like a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. No one actually knows what they mean. Read more»

All About Montessori Schools

To most people, Montessori is an educational buzzword that means the classroom is less structured allowing children more freedom. Read more» of this article I wrote for Associated Content.

The Power of Consistency in School

When a teacher follows a class through consecutive grades, it is called looping. Students benefit from looping because of reduced anxiety about meeting and working with new teachers each year. Read more» of this article I wrote for Associated Content

Left Brained Teaching and Its Effect on Right Brained Students

While both sides of the brain look the same, they serve different functions. If you are right brained your thinking would be more logical, sequential and rational, as opposed to taking a more creative approach like most left brained people. Read more»

Women, Men, and Color Trends

Women, Men, and Color Trends

By dreahwrites, Dec 21, 2007
These days there is no such thing as male and feminine colors. Men feel comfortable in pink (though they might call it warm beige), and women love brown, as long as you call it chocolate. Read more»

All About Magnet Schools

The term magnet in magnet schools comes from the fact that they draw students from outside of the normal district zones that regular schools set up. Read more»

Are Learning Disabilities Used as Excuses?

While I would never argue that a learning disability is not real, I have seen evidence that when too much emphasis is put on the learning disability, the student is given an excuse to do poorly. Read more» of this associated content article

An Argument for Self Paced Learning

I romanticize about the days of the one room schoolhouse. It was filled with children of all ages, who were taught by a single teacher and followed the same curriculum, each at his or her own pace. Read more» of this associated content article

New Decorating Trends in Children's Rooms

New Decorating Trends in Children's Rooms

By dreahwrites, Dec 21, 2007
Children these days know what they like and they know what they want. For parents who are often tasked with the job of decorating the kids' rooms, children tend to like the same design styles as their parents. Read more»

Language Arts in Elementary School

For many parents, the term language arts is quite ambiguous. We know it has something to do with reading, and writing, and maybe even sentence structure, but we really have no idea. Read more»

Is Teacher Tenure Fair to Students?

eTenure is job security for teachers who have worked a minimum number of years. Tenure was created to protect teachers from losing their jobs for reasons supposedly not associated with ability to teach. Read more»

Five Things You Can Do with Kitchen Cabinets

Five Things You Can Do with Kitchen Cabinets


By dreahwrites, Dec 21, 2007
Kitchen cabinets are not just for kitchens anymore. In fact, kitchen cabinets can solve several design dilemmas and give you fun furnishing solutions. Read more»

All About Kindergarten

Kindergarten is the name given to the first year of compulsory education. Depending on the locality, children may start kindergarten as early as age 3 or as old as age 7. Read more»

Why Children Need More Time for Independent Study

As a homeschooler, I have had the fortune to be able to experiment with giving my children time for independent study. Read more» of this associated content article

Articles about built in furniture

Including Built-Ins in Your Home Design or Remodel
By dreahwrites, Dec 21, 2007
If you are building a new home, or remodeling an old one, consider the use of built-ins to give your home a higher perceived value due to a level of uniqueness and individual style. Read more»

Low Cost Ways to Achieve a Built-In Look
By dreahwrites, Dec 21, 2007
Homes with built in furniture have sophisticated, high-end look. Of course, the price of a carpenter to add built-ins to their home is not in everyone's budget. Read more»

How Much Homework is Too Much?

Whether you believe children should have to do a lot of homework, a little homework, or none at all, you have to agree that it is a big issue in many homes. Read more»

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