Bloglikes - Homeschooling en-US Thu, 15 Apr 2021 18:00:35 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Students do better when parents have more choices  In Free to choose -- and learn, Joanne Jacobs reports on a study which found that:

"The more a state provides parents with the freedom to choose their child’s school the better the state’s students score on the National Assessment of Education Outcomes (NAEP)," writes Patrick Wolf on Project Forever Free.

Hat tip: Instapundit

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The Power of Being Winsome today at (in)courage One spring before I began tutoring high school students in our local Classical Conversations homeschool program, I sat in on another tutor’s class to observe for a day. Latin, British literature, art and music history, logic, biology — the discussions fascinated me as I imagined someday guiding my own students in their study of these subjects.

But the most memorable lesson came during debate when the tutor challenged the class — and subsequently, me — to think about what it means to be winsome. I’m sure I sneaked a peek at the dictionary app on my phone as I analyzed this word that was unfamiliar to me at the time and which the tutor had stressed when she mentioned being “above winning” as the primary objective of the debate. defines winsome as sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging. I’ve never forgotten the lesson shared by the other tutor or the power of this word over the past eleven years as I’ve guided classes of tenth graders.

Often, my students don’t know whether they’ll need to argue to defend the affirmative or negative side of an issue until the day of the debate. It forces them to be fully prepared, to research until they understand both sides of the issue, and to be able to defend either one. This is a skill which serves them well not only in debate, but also in life.  

Although they may not agree with the position they’re ultimately asked to support, they know it inside out, both pros and cons. It’s their job to come to class prepared to affirm or reject either side. Can you imagine how that level of understanding could benefit us day-to-day with people whose opinions differ from our own?

Please join me today at (in)courage as we explore the power of being winsome!

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8 Free Homeschooling Resources You’ll Love 8 Free Homeschooling Resources You’ll Love is a post originally published on: Everything Finance - Everything Finance - Its all about Money!

I started homeschooling my son for the 2020 – 2021 year and I’ve learned so much over these past few months including free homeschooling resources. Homeschooling requires a lot of work and planning, but I learned the following things thus far:

  • Your school day doesn’t have to be 6+ hours long like with traditional school.
  • As a parent, you are qualified to teach your child and mix in academic guidelines from your state with subjects and electives you also want to teach them
  • Homeschooling doesn’t have to cost a ton of money and there are plenty of free homeschooling resources out there

I choose to pay $40 per month for my son’s online homeschool curriculum but there are still tons of free homeschool resources and options out there to consider.

If you are thinking about homeschooling your child or children, here are 8 free homeschool resources you’ll love.

1. Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that provides free education for students from Pre-K through college. The platform is founded on the belief that education is a human right and you can find access to different instructional videos, worksheets, test prep courses, and more. Teachers and school districts also use Khan Academy to supplement academic lessons in class. A recent study even indicated that students were over twice as likely to meet grade-level standards with Khan Academy.

To get started, create a profile then look for a relevant course based on your child’s grade. My son finds math instruction videos to be very helpful so we use the math lessons to supplement his existing curriculum.

RELATED: How to Make Homeschooling More Affordable

2. Easy-Peasy All-in-One Homeschool

Easy-Peasy is a free online-homeschool curriculum created by homeschooling parents. Educational class material go up to 8th grade and cover material such as reading, writing, and math. Easy-Peasy is planned out by day so once you select your child’s grade level and classes, you’ll be able to see specific lessons and assignments for each day so you can follow the directions. You can also order additional workbooks if you wish or print out worksheets on your computer at home to enhance your child’s learning experience.

3. Ambleside Online

Ambleside is a free Christian-based homeschool curriculum that uses the popular Charlotte Mason teaching style. The curriculum is split up into 3 terms or semesters and provides a list of books families can obtain along with links to places to find most books for free. With Ambleside Online, the curriculum for each week is laid out in a calendar format and you can easily print off the PDF form and use it to guide you throughout the school year.

There’s a list of daily work, weekly work, as well as electives depending on your child’s grade. If you plan on giving your child exams based on what they’re learning over time, these are provided for free as well. Ambleside’s curriculum goes up to 12th grade.

RELATED: Best Budget-Friendly Virtual Learning School Supply List

4. K12 Reader Have enough free homeschooling resources yet? K12 Reader is one of the best free homeschooling resources if you’re looking to teach your kids to read, improve their reading or learn certain spelling and vocabulary words. I download their free spelling lists all the time for my son and there’s also tons of worksheets for grammar and vocab games and activities. If you’re looking to homeschool but limit screen time, you will need to either invest in print textbooks or workbooks or download worksheets online. With K12 Reader, you can get free worksheets and instructions for topics like:
  • Reading comprehension and finding the main idea of a passage
  • Grammar including word usage, parts of a sentence, and punctuation
  • Vocabulary including homophones, prefixes, synonyms and antonyms
  • Writing skills like editing and proofreading
  • Cursive worksheets
  • And more!

Reading resources and worksheets are available from students in kindergarten through 12th grade


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5. Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors is a virtual tutoring platform that also offers some virtual classes for free. Last summer, they launched their free virtual summer camp classes with courses ranging from art, reading and English, to math, coding, and foreign language. They also offer a few different enrichment classes like cooking, karate, gaming, fitness, and more. Some classes charge a small fee but the larger classes are free to register for.

RELATED: How to Balance Working From Home With Kids

6. FunBrain

Another website is FunBrain which provides free educational interactive games starting at kindergarten and up. If your child enjoys learning through play and games, they’ll love the digital games on this site. Choose from games like math baseball, learning about the human body, and more. Just click on your child’s grade to find relevant games and activities for them to play. I also love how this site includes popular age-appropriate free e-books for students to enjoy. My son loves the Diary of a Whimpy Kid book series so I was surprised to find the free e-books on this site.

RELATED: Why Homeschooling Your Children Might be a Great Idea

7. 123 Homeschool For Me

123 Homeschool For Me is a homeschool advice and education site that provides links to hundreds of free homeschool resources. You’ll find something for every student when you check out their free resources page to search for homeschool worksheets ranging from preschool through high school. These academic worksheets can help your child practice what they’re learning through your existing curriculum and also help you keep class time fun and exciting with new activities. There are ideas for holiday art projects, crafts, and more.

8. Smithsonian Learning Lab

Can’t make it to the Smithsonian museum? Experience it at home through the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Gain access to millions of digital images, texts, historical videos and view current collections in the museum. There are collections covering language arts, science, social studies, science and dozens of additional subjects for curious and creative learners.

Summary – Free Homeschooling Resources If you’re looking to homeschool your kids or want to provide educational activities over the summer, don’t let money deter you from furthering their education. These 8 free homeschooling resources represent just a few of the options available that might pique your child’s interest. Continue trying out different resources, games and worksheets to see what works best for you. What home school programs do you use for your child? 


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How big will the parent revolt be against teacher unions?   It will be interesting to see where the parent backlash against the teacher unions goes.

Parents are pushing harder to have their children taught while teachers claim special privileges.

It is not clear to me why teachers think it is OK for hospital and grocery store workers to go to work, but some how schools are a death trap.

David Catron's column The Coming Parent Revolt Over School Reopening reviews several issues on opening of public schools and concludes with:
The parents are experiencing this callous attitude first hand. As Liesl Hickey reports in USA Today, some are preparing to sue teachers unions in Arizona, California, Illinois, and Virginia. If teachers don’t go back to work, there will be many more such lawsuits. If that fails, it’s time to start firing teachers. In the end, the inflexibility of the teachers unions is a function of its individual members. There is no significant risk associated with in-person instruction. The teachers know it, and the science proves it. Most importantly, the parents know it. If teachers remain intransigent and the Democrats acquiesce in their obstinance, parents will certainly revolt at the ballot box.

Hat tip: Instapundit

[Author: Henry Cate]

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The Peace Found in Decluttering and Simplifying Our Lives at (in)courage The week after my mother passed away, a professional organizer spoke to my homeschool group at an evening moms’ meeting. I had a heavy heart and a busy life, with seven children ranging in age from six months up to eighteen years. I was overwhelmed in every possible way.

Although my mother, who had been in poor health for years, was much better off, I hadn’t quite figured out how I was going to make it without her. Other than my husband, she had been my best friend. I never thought about clutter and organization from a biblical perspective until I heard that speaker, but I desperately needed something solid to hold onto and a focus beyond my grief.

I left the meeting with a signed copy of her book and a plan to tackle the clutter in my home, which has frequently been a struggle for me. Those action steps kept me grounded and productive at a time when I could easily have slipped into deep depression and despondency.

When we moved the following year, I transferred the systems I’d created to organize the contents of our kitchen and bathroom drawers to our next home where I lived for fifteen years, with mostly organized drawers and unorganized surfaces.

This past December, we moved again, and I’m determined to get our stuff in order. I want our new home to be a welcoming place to minister to a friend, to practice hospitality, and to host my new neighborhood’s book club — even if it’s imperfectly.

I once heard a speaker say, “Clutter is postponed decisions.” We leave things where we don’t want them to be because we haven’t decided where they actually belong (which might be the trash). Everything needs a home, and it isn’t on your bathroom counter or piled in front of the books on your bookshelves (two of my personal hotspots).

Please visit me today at (in)courage to discuss how our relationship with stuff affects the simplicity of our lives.

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Fun School Supplies From Scented Erasers to Glittery Notebooks!

Shopping for school supplies is a rite of passage for most students. Everyone has memories of painstakingly choosing the pencils, notebooks, and folders they will use for the entire school year.

Whether your child is going to an in-person school, homeschooling, or studying online, choosing fun and unique items can lighten the mood and add some fun to your child’s education. Consider adding a few whimsical items like scented erasers to surprise your young scholar and brighten the upcoming school days. 

Scented Erasers

Gone are the days when every pupil had the same boring eraser. While the flat pink staple certainly did the job, it was mundane and uninspiring. Luckily, today’s students have fun alternatives. For example, scented erasers are the latest craze, with adorable varieties including:

•         Pastel-colored macaron erasers with a vanilla scent

•         Fruit-scented icy pop puzzle erasers that children can mix and match

•         Strawberry-scented erasers housed in whimsical glittery barrels that work like mechanical pencils

•         A package of strawberry-scented unicorns that come with their own giant rainbow

•         Matching pink and purple unicorns that smell like cotton candy

•         Unicorns masquerading as donuts (both in looks and scent) that students can mix and match 

With so many available options, you can have fun buying an eraser (or two or three) customized to your child’s particular interest!

Creative Notebooks

While many schools have shifted away from paper and pen to a computer and keyboard. However, research shows that students who physically take notes generally internalize the information better and retain the facts longer .

To help encourage your young scholar to embrace the note-taking process, consider giving them a fun and creative notebook. One option is to choose a notebook with bling, such as one covered in glitter or fun and inspiring designs. A fun or flashy choice allows your little scholar to make a bold and personal statement! Your child might also enjoy other options, such as an ombre notebook featuring graduated colors and interesting geometric designs, one featuring a favorite animal or character, or even one personalized with your child’s name and favorite photo!

Inspirational Pencils

Pencils have come a long way since their invention in 1795 . There are now mechanical pencils that never need sharpening; graphite drawing pencils in all different shades; colored pencils in oil-based, watercolor, and pastel varieties; and whimsical pencils that allow students to express themselves. 

One unique option is a set of pencils with inspirational quotes on them. There are pencils available in a variety of colors and styles that provide students with a gentle reminder and confidence boost with inspirational words such as:

•         Focus on the positive

•         Follow your dreams

•         Believe in yourself

•         Build a powerful mind

•         Enjoy every moment

•         Savor the simple things

•         Feel inspired every day

Because children spend a large portion of their childhood in school, selecting the right school supplies can make a real difference in your young one’s life. By choosing a few whimsical and creative items, such as scented erasers or notebooks with bling, you can help your child feel relaxed and excited about each school day!

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4 Simple Ways to Look & Feel Better in 2021

If the stress of the last 12 months has left you looking and feeling like a shadow of your former self, then you are far from alone. Whether you have gradually let the pounds pile on, you have neglected your skincare routine, or you have forgotten what a fresh vegetable tastes like, it is never too late to make changes for the better. 

Keep reading to discover four simple ways that you can turn yourself from merely surviving into thriving in 2021 and beyond. 

1. Decide What You Want To Change

You are more likely to achieve your goals if you actually know what they are first. For example, rather than simply saying “I want to feel better,” try and be more specific in what you want to achieve. 

Do you want to lose weight?

Do you want to have more energy?

Do you want to make more time for yourself?

Once you have established what it is that will make you look and feel better this year, you are already one step closer to a new and improved you. 

2. Improve From Within 

If you want your outward appearance to improve, you first need to work on what’s going on inside your body. 

Bad skin is often the result of a poor diet. Feeling depressed can be caused by a lack of essential vitamins and minerals within the body, and being overweight is mostly linked with bad food choices. Therefore, if you want to change both your physical and mental state, you need to look at what you are putting into your body. 

According to Vinay Amin, CEO of leading health supplement brand EU Natural, unrefined and chemical-free ingredients are the key to good health. 

“The human body thrives on a diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. The simplest way to achieve this is through a combination of clean eating and natural supplements.”  

3. Say “NO” More

Many found themselves stretched too thin in 2020, with constant struggles of balancing work and home-schooling. Although you may think that you need to be strong for your family and continue to prove your worth at work, taking on too much can cause a whole host of physical and mental health problems.

This is why you need to embrace the power of saying no. This is a very simple, two-letter word but one that allows you to take back control of your life and prioritize what is most important. 

4. Do Things That Bring You Joy

This may seem obvious, but you will be surprised at just how many people don’t take the time to engage in activities that actually bring them joy. 

Think back over the last year. How many moments in the last year can you remember where you did something that was purely to make yourself happy? 

Not anyone else. Just you.

If it is fewer times than you care to admit, then this year that you need to focus more on yourself and less on the people around you. Although this may sound selfish, self-care is essential for your overall wellbeing, and without it, you won’t be able to do your job of caring for others properly. 

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Radical Unschooling, deeper levels, "just" Improvements, expansions, images added to:

New page, and directory to other in-depth radical unschooling thoughts:

"Just" (when "just..." can be a problem)
The page isn't brand new, but has been improved, and wasn't announced before.

photo (a link to Janine's "Accesible Enlightenment") by Sandra

[Author: Sandra Dodd]

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Siblings, sharing, what if? Siblings page, new sound file, general clean-up

Sharing, new images and links

Added photos and links to page on considering "What would happen if..." photo (a link) by Karen James

[Author: Sandra Dodd]

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Reflections on My Relationship with Stuff today at (in)courage My mother liked to say that stuff is a good Bible word. Although it sounds casual and not-very-biblical, stuff is found in thirteen verses in the King James Version, such as 1 Samuel 25:13 which says, “. . . and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.” When my family sold our home of fifteen years and bought another at the end of November, it revealed a lot about my relationship with stuff, not only the areas where my relationship with it is healthy but also the ways I’ve allowed stuff to become an idol to people or times past.

When my mother, grandmother, and great-aunts all passed away within a short span of years, it felt like the guardians of my family history were gone. I couldn’t rely on my memories alone, so I turned stuff into shrines. Quilts that the women in my family meticulously stitched by hand were put away and preserved as relics of the past. The heavy green crystal goblets my mother used every day of my childhood were carefully boxed and stored in our basement.

I treated family heirlooms as sacred objects instead of enjoying them the way they were intended. The women they represented were no longer physically present in my life and I preserved these objects in honor of their memory. In my desire to ensure no harm would come to my family’s treasures, I guaranteed they could no longer perform the everyday functions for which they were designed.

In addition to stuff with obvious value, I also kept things — for sentimental reasons — that I’m sure the original owners would have already discarded. These objects do not embody my family and compiling junk does not honor them. In our new house, we no longer have a basement, so it quickly became clear that finding a place to store them would be overwhelming (if not impossible) if we want to keep a neat, uncluttered home.

I’ve finally had to face the uncomfortable truth: my shrine of stuff wasn’t a space issue, it was a heart issue. I no longer have room to spare for objects that serve no purpose in our lives. I over-invested in untouchable, earthly treasures for too long.

Visit me today at (in)courage for the rest of the post — feel free to discuss your personal relationship with stuff in the comments section!

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6 Common Subjects Tutors Can Help You With

Performing excellently in school is the goal of many students and their parents. As students, there are several things you can do to help you achieve the desired results. Apart from attending classes and buying textbooks and other materials, one of the things you can invest in is getting extra help from professional tutors to teach you privately on various subjects. 

Tutoring can help to improve the academic performance of students and boost confidence. The need for private tutors for specific subjects can’t be overemphasized. Professional tutors understand each student’s capacity and have more leeway for adjusting methods compared with a school teacher.  

What Are The Common Subjects Tutors Can Help You With?

There are major subjects students usually need help with. Private tutors help with homework, homeschooling, and preparing for exams. They can also help you stay ahead of the class or catch up, depending on your needs. Here are the most common subjects tutors can help you with:

1. Math: For many students across all levels, math could pose difficulties. This depends on their skill level. Getting a private tutor could be the solution to the problem your math exercises have been giving you. With a tutor, explanations are made to suit your level and rate of comprehension. 

Math is an integral subject for all students across all levels. Math principles and calculations are generally complex, especially as students advance in level. Many math topics are considered abstract and might not be easy to comprehend. Math is undoubtedly one of the subjects a lot of students are scared of taking up. Your confidence and performance in math can be improved by getting a private tutor. The personal sessions and drills would definitely produce the desired results. 

Professional Tutors can help with these branches of mathematics: 

  • Early Math: This includes Basic Arithmetic, Basic Geometry, and Counting. 
  • Middle School Math: This includes Algebra, Measurements, and Geometry
  •  High School Math: Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Trigonometry
  • College and Advanced Math: Logic and Number Theory, Statistics, and more 

2. English: With English as a lingua franca for many countries and being one of the widest spoken languages globally, the knowledge of English is essential for students across all levels to aid their communication.  

After learning the basics and foundational levels of English, it’s also important to study the advanced levels and structure of the English language.  

English tutors would help you break down the learning process to understand and comprehend the concepts more quickly. The English language should be learned very well at an early stage. 

Tutors can help with these English subjects:

  • Reading: This includes critical reading, elementary reading, research methods, and comprehension.
  • Writing: This includes essay writing, creative writing, narrative writing, note-taking, and writing of research papers.
  • Additional Topics: This includes subjects like vocabulary, grammar, and poetry 

3. Chemistry: Chemistry is fundamental, particularly to students in the field of science. Chemistry is also referred to as a central science because it connects physical science with applied science. Success in chemistry is very important for students who want to study medicine, chemistry, basic medical sciences, chemical engineering, and other science-related fields.

 A tutor will help you understand the subject’s nitty-gritty, prepare for examinations, and understand complex concepts. 

Tutors can help with these branches of chemistry:

  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

4. Physics: Physics is considered very challenging at all levels for students because of its many principles and calculations. It’s often believed that the higher you go, the more challenging it becomes. This makes parents go for private tutors to help their children as it is very necessary for a desirable academic performance in tests, examinations, projects, and homework. 

A physics tutor will provide one-on-one sessions with you to explain complex topics and concepts that are difficult to understand. Physics is essential for students, especially those in the field of science and technology, as it will help them gain valuable skills in logic and reasoning, problem-solving, critical analysis, and theoretical thought.

Tutors can help with these physics topics:

  • Heat and Energy
  • Motion and forces
  • Physical Math
  • Gravity and relativity

5. Biology: Biology is a broad subject that helps students understand the basics and complexities of life. Biology deals with studying organisms like humans, animals, and plants, including lower organisms that can’t be seen with the naked eyes. 

Biology involves many branches, terminologies, and concepts that may be considered difficult for students to memorize and recollect. This is why the help of a tutor may be necessary for such students. A biology tutor would help you understand the mechanisms and principles through which processes and life, in general, operate. A tutor helps with the memorization of essential things in ways that are easy to recollect. 

Biology is needed by students, particularly those who are interested in pure sciences like zoology and in medical sciences like medicine or nursing. 

6. Foreign Languages: Foreign language education is compulsory in many schools to aid international communications. Students get to learn essential skills, such as cognitive skills and better problem-solving skills even. The understanding of foreign languages helps in improving businesses by aiding communication among international business partners. It helps to embrace cultural differences and improve memory and creativity. The role of a private tutor in this subject can’t be underestimated. 

Tutors can help in the following aspects:

  • Vocabulary: This includes introductory and advanced vocabulary.
  • Grammar: This includes spoken and written grammar, contextual grammatical use, and conjugations.
  • Interaction: This includes group discussions, written and spoken communication.
  • Reading and Writing: This includes essay writing, research, novel reading, and basic sentence structure. 

Most certainly, there are tutors for most other subjects as well. No subject will be left unturned because there’s a tutor for each one.


The perfect tutor cannot be underestimated in the academic pursuit of excellence of every student. Although the cost of a professional tutor might be on the high side, getting a tutor for these subjects and more would do you more good than whatever price you’re paying for it. 

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Teaching your children to pass the Marshmallow test  I like John Stossel's video on Parenting: Delayed Gratification:

If you haven't heard of the Marshmallow test, we wrote about it years ago, and a few more times.

[Author: Henry Cate]

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More evidence that higher education is suffering Colleges Have Shed 550,000 Employees Since The Pandemic Began has a nice chart showing a huge drop.  

This line is fascinating:  Colleges Have Shed 10% Of Their Employees Since The Pandemic Began

Hat tip: Instapundit

[Author: Henry Cate]

Tue, 05 Jan 2021 23:11:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Homeschooling Instapundit Henry Cate
My Homemade 2021 Planner + Free Printables! IMG_3444

Hello my friends and Happy New Year! I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well. :-)

As I announced yesterday on my Instagram and Facebook, I have posted links to all my 2021 planning sheets - at long last! I have them all pinned at the top of this page - which, you might have noticed, has gotten a bit of a makeover ...

New year, new design!

Anyhoo - my apologies for getting my planning sheets up so very late this year. My hope was to post the PDFs last weekend, but computer issues bogged me down ... and then Thursday morning, as I was chugging along getting very close to the finish line, Earlybird became suddenly quite ill. We ended up taking him to the emergency room and then staying overnight at the hospital. Not quite the way we wanted to spend New Year's Eve, but perhaps rather fitting for the infamous year that was 2020!

Most importantly though, Earlybird is home now and doing much better. He'd been diagnosed with a sinus infection Tuesday at the pediatrician's, but by Thursday morning his face had swelled up and he'd developed a high fever. At the hospital he was diagnosed with "facial cellulitis" and immediately put on intravenous antibiotics. As you can imagine, this experience was incredibly difficult and frightening for Earlybird (as well as his parents). Thankfully the hospital staff was excellent - sensitive and supportive - and EB was so brave, a real trooper! Unfortunately, his fear of needles made it impossible to continue the IV treatment on Friday once the first portal became corrupted, so we were sent home with oral medication and instructions to monitor his recovery closely. So far, (two days post-discharge), he has improved quite a bit. I have been begging prayers all around my social media platforms and I will ask them of you all too, if I may. If you could think of my EB and send him positive thoughts and healing energy, and any prayers if you can spare them - that he continues to heal fully and without any further complications ... I would be so very grateful!

Ok, now - enough of all that, let's take look at my planner, shall we? 

This is the fourth or fifth year I've made up a homemade planner like this, and I must say I am especially pleased with the results this time around! And I know I say this every year, but I really do hope to make this planner available for purchase sometime in the near future. I think I've really got the hang of making it now, I just need to figure out the "logistics" of setting up shop! (Watch for a planner mailing list later this winter for interested folks!)

In the meantime however, please feel free to use these sheets any way you wish, as long as it's for personal use. And if you post about them online, please give me a tag!

Ok, so let me walk you through how I put this planner together ...

First of all, I use a higher quality printer paper for printing out my planning sheets. This year I used Xerox "Bold Professional Premium Quality Printer Paper" (24 lb., 98 bright). I purchased it at CVS. I find that if I use a lower quality, "copy" paper, the planner pages are somewhat see-through, a little rougher to the feel and don't take my pen-ink well.

I use this paper to print out the 12 monthly PDFs plus the Front Section PDF and stack them in order.


I then choose a pretty piece of scrapbooking card-stock weight paper for my cover. I decided to go with a soft bluish-green plaid paper this year ...


... and I used some glittery, soft-aqua letter stickers as well. :-)

Ok, next!

I then create 12 monthly divider pages using thicker card-stock paper. This is not strictly necessary - you could edge the monthly title pages with washi paper to make them stand out - but I like the extra strength and stability those thicker dividers lend to my planners.

For these divider pages, I like to use vintage-style scrapbooking papers I found on Amazon years ago. The particular designs I used have gone out of print, but Graphic 45 always has lovely collections to choose from! As an example, here is the January divider:


(Note: as these collections come in 12"x12" sheets, I cut them down to fit my 8.5"x11" planner.)

I also use a sturdy piece of chipboard for the back cover of my planner.


Just for fun, I made a cozy little date-stamp for the back cover:


(I can't remember exactly where I purchased that nest sticker but it might have been at Paper Source.)

Once I have all the pages of my planner in order, I bring my planner to Staples to have it spiral-bound . This costs about $5 and is usually a pretty quick service. I was happy to have a choice between black and blue coil-binding this year - and I went with the blue!


(Note: I have also used these sheets in a 3-ring binder. I love that option for the flexibility, but I find writing in a spiral-bound book much easier than writing in - and carrying around - a binder.)

Ok, here is a look-see through my planner!


Title Page


New Year Thoughts Page


January Cover Page

(Note: I search Pinterest for *vintage "month" images* to use in my planners. As long as I'm not profiting from these planning sheets I believe the images are free to use for personal use.)


Two-page monthly calendar spread (right side).


January Notes Calendar

(This was my original month-at-a-glance calendar before I figured out how to make a two-page spread! I've used this in different ways over the years - for dinner menus, nature notes and even as a habit tracker.)


January Overview: To-dos, Home & Garden Goals, Budget and Seasonal Ideas.

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The weekly spread, left side (overview) ...


The weekly spread, right side (agenda and notes).
(Beginning with the coming week (1/4-1/10), there is a spread like this for each week of the year. In addition to the monthly pages shown above, there is also a monthly review page as well as a couple of extra lined planning pages for each month.)

In a follow-up post I will show you some of my completed planner pages to give you an idea how I actually USE this planner! But for now I will wrap up, and bid you all a fond farewell on this dark, snowy Sunday night. Please let me know if you have any troubles with the links for my planning sheets - I should mention that sometimes the files can be slow to load. But I do hope you enjoy them and I will look forward to talking "planners and planning" again here with you all very soon!
Take care, my friends! Be well and at peace.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas  We wish you all a Merry Christmas.

[Author: Henry Cate]

Fri, 25 Dec 2020 23:09:51 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Homeschooling Henry Cate
Around 9% of children are now being homeschooled! Reason's column on Public Schools Are Losing Their Captive Audience of Children reports that:

Homeschooling, in particular, is booming. Once regarded as a fringe choice for hippies and religious families, various approaches to DIY education pushed into the mainstream in recent decades and reached critical mass this year. An estimated 3.3 percent of children were homeschooled in 2016, up from 1.7 percent in 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That share roughly tripled this year to nine percent, in an Education Week survey. Gallup agrees, finding that 10 percent of children are now being homeschooled.

I never guessed that we'd experience a 3X jump in just a couple years.

Hat tip: Instapundit

[Author: Henry Cate]

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Yuletide Tea at Dawn's ❤ IMG_2758

Hello, my friends and welcome to another spot of Tea at Dawn's! I am so happy you are joining me today, even if it's just virtually. As crazy as it seems, virtual is more a "reality" than ever these days, isn't it?

Coronavirus and other global stresses aside, I'm greeting you on this last Sunday of Advent with a feeling of hope in my heart that better days are ahead. I hope, too, that this post finds you, and your loved ones, all well and safe. How are you faring as this year comes to a close? Are you hanging in there? Are your holiday plans (like mine) very much altered in light of the pandemic?

Well, today I have a few things to share with you, including some festive holiday tea pictures, a peek at a few of our recent Advent activities AND ... the name of the winner of my homemade planner giveaway! I will make my announcement a little further along in this post, but first, let's take a look at today's Tea ...

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Now, if you were coming to my house on an afternoon such as this, I would invite you in out of the cold New England weather to take a seat at my breakfast nook table. I have set it with our favorite "homeschool tea" china - a charming little pinecone set I bought when my boys were very young ...


(Before you ask - I found these dishes at a local "Christmas Tree Shoppe" many years ago, and it was not only *just* my style, but also, incredibly inexpensive! In hindsight I wish I had bought more than I did because it is very hard to find such woodland-themed china in a reasonable price range!)

On my table is a "colonial blue" woven tablecloth that originally belonged to my maternal grandmother, as well as a barn red braided pad, a gift from a dear friend who knows I adore braided rugs! There is also a pair of blue and cream spongeware mixing bowls holding an assortment of fruits. I just love all these soft cozy colors - the way the blues and soft reds complement the pale gray-green of my kitchen. :-)

And in our little pinecone pot I have a spicy warming brew awaiting us ...


Trader Joe's Winter Wake Up Tea!

As yummy and seasonally on-point as this tea is, truth be told, I am sticking with a plainer tea these days. (Spice gives me heartburn, alas!) So I also have plenty of that sort available for those who would prefer it, as well as mulled cider on the stovetop - and between the beverages and the baked goodies fresh out of my oven - boy does it smell good in here!

Speaking of those goodies, the treats I baked up for today's gathering are some of my very favorite holiday pastries ...


Mincemeat-filled, buttery, orangey tarts! Here is a peek at the preparation ...


The pastry dough is a blend of flour, cinnamon and orange zest ...


Using a kitchen glass I cut out 3-inch circles of dough, and set each circle inside a greased muffin tin well, gently pressing on the bottom and along the sides. I then spooned a tablespoon of prepared mincemeat filling into each well. (For those who are not familiar with "mincemeat" there is actually no meat at all in most modern blends. The brand I use (Nonesuch) has raisins, apples and spices - plus a wee bit of brandy and rum flavoring.)

Next I used a small star-shaped cookie cutter to make little pastry stars ...


And then I topped each tart with a star!


Last step - a light egg wash and they were ready for the oven.


About 15 minutes later:


All done and ready for a light coating of "winter snow" - aka powdered sugar!


The perfect Yuletide confection, these would also be lovely at New Year's or on The Epiphany.

The full recipe can be found here. (Baker's note: this dough also makes a wonderful jam-filled turnover, wonderful for Christmas breakfast!)

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Ok, now for the lovely photos sent to me by my dear readers! I was thrilled to get a peek at your favorite special drinks ...

From Jennifer:

The mug is from a homeschool field trip about six years ago to New Melleray Abbey just outside of Dubuque, Iowa. The Trappist monks were so kind and I loved the peacefulness of the Abbey. This mug reminds me of that peace : )  I had to go caffeine-free about 6 months ago and am really liking peppermint herbal tea for the winter (I like something fruity for the warmer months).


From Shelly:

Here is a picture of my current favorite mug! In the morning it is usually filled with tea, Oolong or Eggnogg’n. Sometimes in the afternoon I squeeze in a cup of Tazo’s Glazed Lemon Loaf tea. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it! In the evening, after dinner, you’ll find it filled with warm and creamy cocoa.


From Mary:

My favorite Christmas beverage is - Bonfire Mulled Honey Wine! I tried it for the for the first time last year.  Produced and bottled by Spirit Hills Ltd, in Millarville, Alberta, Canada this wine is delicious! This is what the the blurb says: "Christmas in your mouth! A warm blanket around your heart!" I have never like mulled anything before, but this is really, really good!! And it sure makes it easy to support local, when their product is absolutely delicious! And even though I am gushing about this product, really, the only time I drink wine, is when someone brings us wine for a dinner party gift!
0-25 From Penelope:

Black coffee in my lovely mug made by Annie Quigley (you can find her easily on IG), sitting on my desk with books reflected ... The text reads, “Trust in God & do the next thing.” 


From Stacey:

I am attaching a photo of one of my favorite mugs for this season. When I am sitting down with a book, reflecting or planning, I often have coffee. This time of year, I love to have a peppermint coffee with a dash of cocoa. Our oldest, age 11, is on the spectrum and he loves penguins. I have learned so much from him when he shares his knowledge about his interests. Seeing this little penguin brings me joy each time I use it.    I often find seasonal mugs or fancy teacups & saucers secondhand and switch them out, which all of my kids enjoy. We homeschool and often have poetry teatime, so using "fancy" cups make it extra special for them. Our older daughter, age 8, is my crafty one & loves to set a pretty table! In the last year, our little lady (2.5 years) doesn't want to miss out, so we even have a little teacup set for her to use. She's mostly there for the treats and sugar cubes in her tea!
0-25   From @makefeast on Instagram:  
"A warm cuppa hot cinnamon sunset (from Harney & Sons Tea) and some festive, inspirational fare to browse by the twinkle lights . . ."


And this cozy scene comes from @blessedandbusy also on Instagram!


And last but certainly not least, from Holly:

Now my favorite tea ... It is hands down without a doubt Russian tea. When I was little we lived in Houston and all of our grandparents were in Alabama. During Christmas we would drive to Alabama to spend the holidays. Often times my sister and I would have a night with my Mamacite (grand mom) and our Aunt Susan. Mamacite would always make us Russian tea. Now when I make a cup and get that first smell of it, oh the memories flood back. It immediately takes me to those nights drinking Russian tea and listening to Jingle Bell Rock by Brenda Lee on my Mamacite’s record player, tree lights sparkling and my sister and I feeling oh so mature to have a girls night without mom and dad there! I've since introduced it to my two little ones and they love it just as much. I am now making sweet memories having tea with them and reading a good book or some poems.


There were also several thoughtful comments shared in my most recent blog post - pop on over to read them there! :-)

But now, without further ado, here is the randomly selected winner of my homemade planner giveaway ...


Congratulations Mary! I am very happy for you and will be in touch soon to arrange mailing details. Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway - it was so lovely to "have tea" with you all in this virtual way. To all my friends who are interested in my homemade planner, I will be posting the edited 2021 sheets here for everyone to print just as soon as I have them all finished! (Hoping, fingers crossed, that will be next Sunday!) I will also have a post coming next month about further plans for my planner - but we'll leave all of that for 2021. ;-)

For now, let's get back to Advent and a peek at some of our recent activities!

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Today we added the last bit of creation to our Advent Garden - a tiny tin cabin. Just to recap, the first week of Advent we added the first layer which was stones and shells placed on the bottom of the bowl. The following week we covered those stones and shells with some soft moss from our backyard, as well as planted a couple of pinecone "trees," also from the backyard. Last week, an assortment of wooden animals gathered along the outside of the bowl to wait along with us ... and now finally as we head into this last week of Advent, we focus on the highest of all the natural kingdoms, that of humankind. (I have the candle turned on for the picture, but it won't be lit in reality until Christmas Eve.)

In the meantime, our windowsill Advent journey is progressing along nicely ...


Every day of Advent, our figures move forward (towards the creche in the far right corner) and a stone is replaced with a star!


We had some lovely nature experiences these past couple of weeks - including a beautiful blizzard!




I love watching the birds in the snow, but the absolute highlight for me was getting to feed our own backyard chickadees by hand!


The kids and I have done this at our local Audubon sanctuary, but the birds there are practically tame. They need no coaxing to hand-feed! Here at home however, our chickadees are much more cautious, but on this snowy afternoon, they decided to trust me ... what a gift! ❤

How I love this quiet, cold and candle-lit late autumn season. With the Winter Solstice (aka Yule) arriving tomorrow, we are seeing the shortest and darkest of days ...

I just feel this is such a special time of year ... a time to really hunker down and turn homeward ... to respect our natural human instinct to rest and hibernate. To reflect on the rituals of our ancestors as one season blended into the next.

But as the sun finally "returns" tomorrow - growing stronger every day until June - we are reminded to wait patiently for brighter days. To fire up our own inner lights by caring for ourselves and each other ... and of course, as well, the magnificent creation we are surrounded and inspired by every day!


Ahhh ... this is my little Narnia spot. :-)

And now here a few pictures from our Audubon homeschool nature program this past Friday. We took a wintry seaside trek on a blustery dark day!






Little Bear and I just love our Audubon adventures ... the one "outside the home" activity we participate in, we look forward to it each week!

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Now of course we got up to some nature crafting which is absolutely my favorite Advent activity! 


These are ornaments we made using natural materials we found in our backyard (and in our spice cabinet). It was fun to turn personal treasures into meaningful mementos!

I started with tiny grapevine craft wreaths as a base, and found some plain twine for hanging, then sorted through the materials for inspiration ...


Treasures from nature included: acorn caps of various sizes, hemlock cones (which look just like roses when open), dried lavender buds from the garden, anise stars, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves from the pantry, bumblebees (expired but intact, found on cold early autumn mornings), feathers found beneath the feeders, rose hips, pine branches, and a few wooden snowflakes I had in my craft stash!


The first ornament is made with an assortment of feathers we've found this year (Oriole, Cardinal, Hawk, Mourning Dove, Owl). I glued an anise star at the bottom and then added Little Bear's picture ...


For the reindeer ...


... I just used cinnamon sticks for the face shape, and hemlock cones for the eyes ... a rosehip for the nose (must be Rudolph!) and added evergreen branches for the antlers!

Next I created a "summer memories" ornament ...


I spread glue on the wreath first and then shook dried lavender buds all over ...

(I used the hot glue gun for all of these crafts, by the way!)


I added two of our preserved bumblebees to the sides ...


And finally, a picture of the monarch butterfly who "hung out" with us one lovely August afternoon. :-)

This next ornament was made up very simply with bunches of clove buds ...


... plus an anise star and a tiny sprig of evergreen topped with a "rosebud" hemlock cone.

To the back of this ornaments we added a picture of the beautiful barred owl who calls our woods home!


Now this next ornament was actually the one I made first - so inspired was I by the hemlock cones natural rose shape!


And to this lovely "frame" I added an old photo of my maternal grandparents when they were first married:


And the next ornament was almost an afterthought - I just had one more wreath to use!


And lastly, this wreath was adorned with two acorn "bells" made with a double cap, rose hips and evergreen sprigs.


And this could only be fitted with a precious photo of Little Bear and his cousin strolling along our road hand-in-hand. This photo was taken one day this past summer - the last time we visited as it happens. Boy do I miss seeing our loved ones!


Here's a glimpse of a craft I'm working on this weekend, little gifts for a couple of special little girls in my life:


During our second week of Advent, the younger boys listened to a story about an evergreen farm and then painted pinecones for the tree ...


There was a little bit of glitter involved, too!


Another day we made woodland candleholders with materials we harvested ourselves and slices of a birch log we had on hand (felled in a storm a few years ago). And whil e the boys worked on this craft I read aloud another favorite Yuletide story ...



There was cookie-making one chilly morning ...


... and on a sunny Sunday afternoon we made a yummy cake for a couple of special fellas' special day!



Finally, before I go, I would like to share the images from our family's 2020 Christmas card:

Here you see our tree:


(Plus my goofy husband, lol.)

And here's the picture on the front of our Christmas card ...


Can you believe how big these kids are getting?!

(Bookworm (25), Crackerjack (21), Earlybird (19) and Little Bear (7))

And not to be forgotten - our cats, Archie and Ollie (9) are on the back of the card!


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Well my friends, at long last I will finally wrap up this rather long post ... but before I go I would like to wish you all a wonder-full winter, the merriest of holidays, and a peaceful and joyous new year ...

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones and I will see you here again very soon!

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Advent Plans in my Bullet Journal + 2021 Planner News! IMG_1686

Hello my friends, how are you?! I hope you are all staying healthy and safe. My family and I are all doing fine - though I cannot believe it has been more than two months since my last post!

Time certainly flew by this fall ... but I'm happy to say that the eye strain, headaches and neck pain that kept me from spending long periods of time on my computer or working in my planners, these past several months seems to be finally subsiding. I just wrapped up about 8 weeks of physical therapy and that seems to have made such a difference! Home exercises plus postural changes -  as well as an awareness of when I'm overdoing it - will hopefully keep this condition under control and in the new year I hope to be a more consistent blogger! :-)

Now, something else that's hard to believe? The Advent season is upon us! And of course Christmas is just around the corner ...

As some of  you might remember, a few years back I made up a multi-page printable Advent planner and I'd like to share the link (updated for 2020) today with you all:

Preparing for Christmas (a Dawn@Home Planner)

As for my own seasonal planning this year, I have been working a lot in my little bullet journals lately. Goodness, but I missed them this summer! I was able to get back to bullet journaling a couple of months ago and I'm happy to say I completed a whole journal for September and October. These two months together I call the season of "early autumn," and so I am now currently working on a new journal for Late Autumn (November-December). And this is where I've been doing most of my Advent planning! Would you like to see a few of my pages?

First, here is a spread I made for two special seasonal countdowns - Gratitude Month (November) and Advent (December):


And here is a peek at my December monthly calendar:


Next, and as seen in my top photo, here is our main Advent themes overview:


As I've discussed through the years, we follow a nature-based, Waldorf-inspired Advent tradition. Each week leading up to Christmas, we explore and wait alongside creation - moving from one natural realm to another.

I found these lovely images on Pinterest:


And the Advent verse is from the Winter Kindergarten book from Wynstones Press.

On the right-hand page I jotted down my ideas for each week:


And here is this week's planning spread, reflecting our seasonal theme: "Sticks, Stones & Garden Bones."



The page shown above is meant for weekly "seasonskeeping" notes as well as any nature observations and photos I'd like to save. I fold it in half so I can still see the right-hand page of my weekly spread.

And speaking of that right-hand page!


In my next post I'll share pictures of our Advent activities and decorations, but here is a quick peek at some of my crafting materials:

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Ok, now for that planner news I mentioned in my title!

So ... the bad news is ... I had hoped (really, really hoped) I would have a little shop (of some sort) open this autumn which would allow me to sell my homemade planners. Alas, the aforementioned health issues pushed that goal somewhere way, way off-track. I am absolutely not giving up however, and will shoot for a "dawn at home" planner product to sell sometime mid-next year.

There are a lot of variables to figure out - and I could certainly use advice if anyone has any! - but I will keep you all posted! In fact, in early January I will start a mail-list for those who are interested in purchasing a planner once they are available. So - and I know I say this A LOT - please stay tuned!

But ... all that said ... I WILL have 2021 planning sheets to share with you all, as usual, and they will be printable and free for your personal use! I will post those PDFs just as soon as I'm able along with a post on how to make up your own homemade planner, as I do, using these sheets in either a binder or by having them spiral-bound at the copy shop.

And that my friends, is all I have time for today, but I thank you sincerely for joining me! And I thank you, as always, for your patience and kind support and encouragement. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and happy - please be well and take care of each other!

Peace & Light,

~ Dawn

drhanigan AT gmail DOT com

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Happy Thanksgiving  I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving.

[Author: Henry Cate]

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 05:09:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Homeschooling Henry Cate
A fun way to take care of litter

[Author: Henry Cate]

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:08:50 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Homeschooling Henry Cate
I felt a disturbance in the force - Colleges Have Shed 10% Of Their Employees Since The Pandemic Began This is a pretty big shift in higher education.

Colleges Have Shed 10% Of Their Employees Since The Pandemic Began links to: Chronicle of Higher Education, Colleges Have Shed a Tenth of Their Employees Since the Pandemic Began which reports:

September, the traditional start of the fall semester, saw the continuation of historic job losses at America’s colleges just as they sought some return to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Preliminary estimates suggest that a net 152,000 fewer workers were employed by America’s private (nonprofit and for-profit) and state-controlled institutions of higher education in September, compared with August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which calculates industry-specific employee figures. The net number of workers who left the industry from February to September now sits at around 484,000.

It took ten months to lose 10% of the employees.  To put this in perspective, it took about 11 years for the same number of employees to be hired.

It will be interesting to see how the next couple years ago.  I think there is a decent chance higher education could lose another 10%, especially since people are starting to look for new ways to get an education.

Hat tip: Instapundit

[Author: Henry Cate]

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 23:08:30 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs America Homeschooling Instapundit U S Bureau of Labor Statistics Henry Cate
Our Desire for a Redemption Story today at (in)courage Because my husband spends two to three hours a day driving to and from work, we’re selling our home of fifteen years to move closer to his office and many of our friends, family, and activities. We last moved when our youngest daughter was six weeks old, the year after my mother passed away. For multiple reasons, that period was a mix of joy and sorrow blurred by sleep deprivation and the exhaustion of caring for and moving a family of ten.

After months of painting everything in sight (that’s me), carrying away a million boxes to storage or Goodwill (that’s my husband), and searching houses on Zillow like it’s our job, we finally put a “Coming Soon” sign in the yard and started scheduling appointments to visit available homes in earnest.  

I liked to imagine the other sellers, busily preparing our future home for us, just as we painted, cleaned, and polished ours for its new owners. The outcome was a mystery to us all but firmly in God’s control. He would know which house would become our home and the family that would live in ours.

Please join me today at (in)courage for the rest of the post!

Update: we sold our house yesterday but won’t close on our new one until either the day before Thanksgiving or the following Monday (yes, we still don’t know). I apologize for missing a November desktop calendar; the computer I use and the drives with my photos are in storage!

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Spirituality, phrases, struggle Spirituality page, new quote and photo

To the collection of phrases to hear and avoid, added "walked all over me" and comment by Tara F:

Stop struggling! Added a section and five links, near the bottom of "Struggle"

photo (a link) by Amber Ivey

[Author: Sandra Dodd]

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 23:09:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Homeschooling Sandra Dodd Tara
Screwing up; video games; rebellion Two new pages, not completely new:

How to Screw it Up—talk given in California in 2010
Full page dedicated to that talk, with plans (hopes) for a transcript

Effects of Video Games—mostly about Grand Theft Auto; mostly humor (with truth)

New by Karen James, about a third of the way down:

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

[Author: Sandra Dodd]

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Davis Joint Unified School District Enrollment Down, Pandemic Partially To Blame DAVIS (CBS13) – Fewer schools in person inadvertently may mean fewer students sticking around. Schools in Davis are reporting an enrollment drop since last year, with the pandemic partially to blame.

“This is the biggest topic in our lives right now,” said Davis mom Kimberly, who’s passionate about her children’s education.

For her, schools are a priority. She’s one of several parents across the area who made the decision to leave public schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Opting out of online for a home-school environment.

“We feel like we’re in a better situation than our other friends who stayed in the public schools and are doing Zoom all day long with their kids,” Kimberly said.

Districts have already noticed. Kimberly’s former district, Davis Joint Unified School District, said they’ve already seen more than 300 kids drop the district since last year. Most of them at the elementary level. Nearly a hundred of those students moved to home or private school, where in-person learning is more likely to be found.

More from CBS Sacramento:

“It’s really unfortunate that schools can’t or aren’t meeting their needs right now,” said Dianna Strommel, president of the Davis Teachers Association. “None of us think this is ideal but it’s the best we can do given our circumstances.”

Strommel said teachers are working towards reopening plans, and the district hopes they’re able to bring back the students who left once the pandemic finally ends.

But for Kimberly and her friend, she’s not sure if a return to the classroom may ever be the right fit, now that they have a newfound appreciation for home-schooling.

“We’re actually both considering doing it next year, maybe doing it forever,” she said.

The Davis School District did report an increase in enrollment in one area, though. The district says their independent study program has reportedly increased by 80%, explaining that parents wanted a ‘district-supported’ home school experience.

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Freshmen Enrollment Is Down 16% This Fall Freshmen Enrollment Is Down 16% This Fall links to a post at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center which reports:

Enrollment picture worsens, with more colleges reporting data. Roughly one month into the fall semester, undergraduate enrollment is running 4.0 percent below last year’s level, and the upward trend for graduate enrollment has slipped to 2.7 percent. Overall postsecondary enrollment is down 3.0 percent as of September 24. Most strikingly, first-time students are by far the biggest decline of any student group from last year (-16.1% nationwide and -22.7% at community colleges).

That is amazing.  

There was a chart with some details, breaking down the decline in enrollment by type of college and age group.  Those ages 21 to 24 entering public four year colleges declined by a whopping 40%.

Hat tip: Instapundit

[Author: Henry Cate]

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 23:09:39 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Homeschooling Instapundit Henry Cate National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
11 real-life skills you can teach your kids at home during the pandemic If you're spending more time with your kids during the pandemic, use it as an opportunity to teach them life skills.

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  • If you find yourself struggling to keep your kids busy if their schools or extracurriculars are shut down due to the pandemic, writer and mother of two Erinne Magee recommends creating an at-home learning routine for them.
  • The schedule doesn't have to be hours of math and science homework — instead, she recommends focusing on more enjoyable and practical life lessons that your children can't get in school.
  • Magee suggests teaching basic first aid, knife safety, and how to use different tools, as well as things like laundry, cooking, and ironing that will prove useful to your children once they're older.
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Parents around the world are doing their best to navigate some semblance of a school routine at home.

Whether equipped with a curriculum or not, there are some skills you can teach your kids that don't require a textbook or Google classroom. In fact, these life skills can be naturally woven into your already existing day-to-day routine.

We talked with experts to address these 11 real-life skills you can teach your child, no teaching degree required:

1. Basic first aid first aid kit Teach your child what each item is used for.

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While stocking your first aid kit, ask your child if they know what each item is for and how to use it.

"With their brains rapidly developing until age 25, kids are like sponges, ready to soak in information and learn. Research shows that when parents are actively engaged in a child's exploration of something new, they can enhance what a child learns," said Dr. Neha Chaudhary, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and cofounder of Brainstorm, Stanford's Lab for Mental Health Innovation.

2. Budgeting money kid piggy bank Teach them the importance of savings.

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It's never too early for a child to learn to be financially responsible, even if the child doesn't have a real bank account.  "Since most teenagers get most of their money from the Mom and Dad, parents can require their kids to keep track of credits and debits in a checkbook," said Tangela Walker-Craft, a family and parenting blogger and high school teacher in Florida.  "Parents can give their child a set amount of money that they can spend each day, week, or month. If the child observes their mock bank account balance going up and down, it becomes a reality check for how they spend their money."

3. Doing laundry Laundry Teach your kids to help you with their laundry.

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At last, teach children that the clean-clothes fairy is a myth. "Naturally, there are certain life skills that every child needs to become a well-functioning, independent human being — cooking, cleaning, and organization," said Marie Heath, assistant professor of education at Loyola University Maryland. "I highly recommend these skills be taught, especially during a time when Mom and Dad have extra loads of dishes and laundry piling up."

4. Ironing ironing Ironing is another important home and safety skill.

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No, the wrinkled look is not in. At least it shouldn't be.

"Even if a child is not yet old enough to use an iron, for example, they might be old enough to explore how such things work, storing the information away for later while actively engaging their minds in the process," said Chaudhary.

5. Cooking cooking dad family child Take time to teach your child about healthy cooking.

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Bonding over food is an activity that all ages can enjoy together.

"In our home, we're doing a rotation where our kids take turns helping me cook dinner," said Heath. "This gives kids the opportunity to put effort into a tangible goal and see it through — in this case, in the form of a nutritious meal. It also teaches them how to take ownership. By assigning them tasks such as defrosting an item or collecting the ingredients from the pantry, they're learning personal responsibility."

6. Knife safety Cook knife Explain what different knives in the kitchen are used for and how to handle them.

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Former elementary school teacher, Allison Carver says after a few weeks of practice, kids over the age of five should be able to make breakfast on their own. "There are a bunch of kid safe knives you can buy online that actually cut food," Carver said. "Practice cutting different types of foods and textures, teaching kids proper knife handling skills and safety. Have your kids make you a fruit salad for dinner at the end of the week."

7. Using the fire extinguisher fire extinguisher Watch videos on how to use it in case of emergency.


For this, you can enlist the help of YouTube to present a fun, educational video to kids while pointing out the extinguishers in your home.

"Parents should think about and ask themselves 'what are all the things I wish I knew when I was on my own in college, had my first apartment, had my first job,' then work backwards and make a list to go over with their kid,"  said Robin F. Goodman, PhD, a clinical psychologist and art therapist in New York City.

8. Learning how tools work TOOL KIT shutterstock_225342757 Teach them the basics.

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Knowing how to do basic repairs will foster independence and later on, save your child money when encountering something that needs fixing.

"There's a huge opportunity here for parents to ensure their kids are still learning without ever opening a textbook. Children have the opportunity to learn life skills from their parents — the kinds of things many people don't get the chance to learn until they are much older," said Chaudhary.

9. Sew (at least) a button sewing machine Sewing is a long lost but helpful life skill.

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Not only is basic sewing easy to learn but younger kids love this activity. 

"Learning such life skills are important because they equip your child with beneficial tools- which in turn produces self-confidence, knowledge, independence, assuming responsibility, and well-rounded human beings that contribute to the world around them," said Dr. Melanie Ross Mills.

10. Engage in small talk kids talking communication Social interaction is important in your child's early stages.


Your kids may do well talking to friends and family, but become shy around new people. How can you help teach the art of conversation?

"Out in the world on their own, our kids will encounter many strangers — professors, coaches, advisors, landlords, store clerks, hairdressers, waiters, managers, and coworkers," said Nancy Baker, managing editor of Childmode. "Our adult kids need to know how to look to these people in the eyes, clearly communicate with them, and possibly even advocate for themselves if need be."

11. Time management kids Time management takes practice.


Teens and kids thrive on structure but time management takes practice. "When many young people head to college or leave their home for the first time, they often have very little idea about how to manage their time responsibly," said Bethany Raab, a social worker in Colorado. "Homework gets forgotten, classes get missed, work shifts get missed (or they are late!) and oversleeping can be a problem, too. It is hard to manage all of these things with little or no prior practice. I suggest that parents allow their children and teens to actively help design their daily schedule for this unusual time away from school."

Erinne Magee is a Maine-based journalist whose work also appears in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and more. Follow her on Twitter or visit her website at

This article was originally published on Business Insider April 6, 2020. 

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A few years ago, I took my daughter Chloe on a three-day trip to Mobile, Alabama, for a combined birthday/high school graduation trip. She knew we were going but not the destination until minutes before we hopped on a bus in downtown Atlanta. The biggest treat in store for her — for both of us, really — was concert tickets to see one of our favorite bands at the historic Saenger Theatre.

I didn’t tell Chloe about the concert immediately. I love surprises and couldn’t wait to see her face when she discovered this one. We strolled around town the evening before the show and I even walked up to the front of the theater, thinking that might give it away, but she didn’t notice the poster.

Just hours before the show, I told her where I was taking her, and she was as excited as I’d hoped she’d be. We arrived early, bought our souvenirs, found our seats, and then walked around the beautiful old theater. We sat down and pulled out our phones, eager to notify the world where we were and what we were doing.

I noticed a couple in front of us trying to take a selfie, and I smiled at how happy they seemed to be there, just as we were. But when the concert began and we jumped to our feet, I realized how big the man in front of me was. I envisioned a night of shifting and straining to peek through the gaps and get glimpses of the stage.

I knew right then I could fixate on the challenge before me (literally) or decide to wring every drop of joy from a night I’d anticipated for four months.

I chose joy.

Please join me for the rest of the story! How can we choose joy in circumstances when anger or frustration comes easier?

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The constraints of the global pandemic removed so many options that men and women alike were forced to focus solely on what they could do, which has not only led to meaningful business outcomes, it's improved their personal life going forward.

Through these stories, you'll find inspiration and tactic level advice on how you can do the same for yourself and your business.

Oh, and the above resulted from a recent report by Morning Consult, which highlights an unfair division of labor between couples when it comes to household work and homeschooling, even when both parents are working remotely. 

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Fashion design covers the processes of developing new collections, producing and advertising clothes, and the purpose of new products can vary significantly (from clothing for industrial workers to handmade works of art haute couture). The fashion industry requires non-standard thinking, creativity, and professionalism.

Students of fashion faculties receive general educational introduction and understanding of the process of designing clothes, and at the same time, show their own creative individual style. Fashion is an area with a very high level of competition, so many design faculties offer internship opportunities or full employment, as well as regular visits to leading design companies. We offer you the list of the best fashion colleges in the United States that prepare real sharks of the fashion industry. Of course, in addition to high scores, you will also need to have a good idea for essay that you will have to submit when you apply. If such a task seems too challenging for you, you can always pay for college essays that will be constructed by an experienced professional. 

If you love fashion and want to go to college to get yourself a college degree in fashion design, take a look at the best fashion colleges below!

Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design was founded in 1896, and it offers its students an innovative approach to education. Today it is the only American art and design school working under the New School educational project.

The school develops programs for students that allow them to learn theory as effectively as possible, participate in practical classes, and elaborate collaborative projects. Thanks to curricula developed by renowned teachers, the students receive high-quality education and preparation for further work in prominent companies.

Parsons is the first school in the United States to offer its students programs in clothing design, advertising, graphic design, and interior design. Famous school graduates include Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and others. 

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Fashion Institute of Technology is internationally known as the FIT College of Art, Business, and Technology in the fashion industry. Founded in 1944, the Fashion Institute today ranks among the top five best fashion schools in the world. The School of Art and Design offers training in 17 specialties in fashion, art, and various areas of design. The Institute actively participates in the development of fashion, design, visual arts, product packaging design, and computer animation in addition to academic contributions in marketing, advertising, merchandising, and manufacturing. At present, it trains more than 10,000 students. The college has educated designers such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Rucci, and Michael Kors in the past. 

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

The college trains students who are committed to fashion, design, media, and visual arts. You can study seventeen undergraduate and nine graduate programs. Classes in the education establishment are mostly studio-based, which means you will study in small groups with predominant hands-on activities. The teachers at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design are among the best in their fields. They have created clothing for the best fashion houses, won Emmy Awards, and exhibited their art in the great museums of the world. As part of your studies in Drexel, you will work for six months in your chosen profession. 

Pratt Institute

Founded in 1887, the Pratt Institute is one of the leading institutions of art, design, and architecture in the United States. The Brooklyn branch has 4,000 students. In total, the institution has three branches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Utica, New York. The college is known for its architectural buildings, the largest outdoor sculpture park in New York City, and the second-largest sports complex. Based on the principle of poetic pragmatism, academic programs at the school emphasize a balance between practical skills and artistic vision in the hope of improving the world. The Pratt Institute transforms academic excellence in architecture, art, design, information research, humanities, and science through its heritage and vision. Since the first class of 12 students gathered at the Pratt Brooklyn Campus in 1887, the college has become a world leader in higher education with an internationally renowned faculty of award-winning artists, designers, architects, writers, and scientists. Recognizing that solving today’s pressing problems means going beyond traditional academic thinking, Pratt’s faculty inspires its students to question the status quo to develop new solutions to real problems.

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