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Decorate Your July Desktop!

I had the marketing call for my new book It All Began in a Garden last week and I was a little nervous. {You’re going to FLIP over the pre-order bonuses!!} COVID threw life into a tailspin—we all get that—but I imagined I’d done everything all wrong already. (Is this more of an Enneagram 3 thing or does everyone put this much pressure on themselves?)? I grabbed my camera and walked around the yard photographing flowers, and then I grabbed my macro lens and did it all over again. I ne...
Tags: Garden, Wallpaper, Homeschooling, Desktopcalendar, Dawn Camp, Desktopwallpaper, Artificial Intelligence Luminar

How many colleges and universities will survive?

NYU prof: 'Hundreds, if not thousands' of universities will soon be 'walking dead' is a discussion about a point we've talked about several times, that colleges are over priced, and so students will find other ways to get an education.I did find this thought very sobering:Approximating that a thousand to two thousand of the country's 4,500 universities could go out of business in the next 5-10 years, Galloway concludes, “what department stores were to retail, tier-two higher tuition universities...
Tags: Homeschooling, Nyu, Galloway, Instapundit, Henry Cate

Regaining Your Sense of Peace at (in)courage

I’m almost embarrassed to admit what prompted me to set foot in a grocery store again after two months of home delivery. It wasn’t increased feelings of security about entering public places or statistics about a decrease in COVID-19 cases in my area.  It was queso — pure and simple.  The queso my family loves doesn’t appear on Costco’s site for home delivery, and believe me, I check every time I place an order. It was when my desire for queso overwhelmed my fear of going into the sto...
Tags: Faith, Costco, Homeschooling, INcourage, In)courage, Dawn Camp, Covid19, Faithoverfear

Pressure, Politics, Late-Night Learning

Addition and clean-up on page about what can happen if parents pressure children: of an obscure page on politics (might be a good season, if you're reading this in Spring 2020)It's about problems for children, if parental focus is elsewhere. up, additions of photos and links, to Late-Night Learning Comments (several people's stories) ELSE:In the past sever...
Tags: Homeschooling, Sandra Dodd, Vlad Gurdiga, Chelsea Thurman Artisan

Think about where you spend your ounce

Several years ago I came across this quote:"You say the little efforts that I make will do no good; that they never will prevail to tip the hovering scale where justice hangs in the balance. I don't think I ever thought they would. But I am prejudiced beyond debate in favor of my right to choose which side shall feel the stubborn ounces of my weight."- Bonaro Overstreet I love this quote.  I try to be involved in the political process.  For decades I've written letters to various state and feder...
Tags: United States, United, Homeschooling, Trump, United States of America, Henry Cate, Bonaro Overstreet

June’s Desktop Calendar & Thoughts on the Golden Rule

A few years ago we planted two magnolia trees, one on each side of our front yard. I remember the large magnolia whose branches hung low over the wooden fence of my childhood home and how people sometimes knocked at our door and asked to cut a few blooms for a wedding. I wanted some of that lemon-sweet southern comfort at this home too, where we’ve lived for almost 15 years. The tree on the east side of our yard has grown tall and fair, with fragrant blooms from top to bottom. The one on...
Tags: Wallpaper, Jesus, Homeschooling, Magnolia, Desktop Calendar, Mercy, Mount, Desktop Wallpaper, Dawn Camp, Love Mercy

5 Things To Consider Before Choosing a Tutor for your Child

Almost every kid will go through periods in which they struggle with school. Whether it is an overall issue or problems with a specific subject, tutoring is always a good option to help, even if you’re homeschooling. But choosing the perfect tutor is not an easy task. It means that a stranger will be entering your home and be in direct contact with your child, so you have to be careful. While there are online directories that vet candidates, they may be more expensive. If you have decided ...
Tags: Fashion, Education, Back To School, Tutoring, Homeschooling, Tutor, Private Tutor, Professional Tutor

DIY Insect Repellant

Spring has arrived but unfortunately so have the insects! If you’d like to enjoy the outdoors with fewer pests, try this DIY insect repellent using natural, plant-based ingredients. No DEET! When I made individual spray bottles for my teens to take to camp one summer, they said girls asked to borrow it to wear as a perfume. It smells that good! DIY Insect Repellant 6 drops Young Living Citronella oil1 drop Young Living Rosemary oil1 drop Young Living Geranium oil1 drop Young Li...
Tags: Diy, Homeschooling, Rosemary, Essential Oils, Bug Spray, Dawn Camp, YLEO, Insect Repellant

My daughter will not be returning to school this fall

We learned yesterday that the university my youngest daughter has been at the last two years will not be having students on campus this fall.  The whole world is still in flux and I think there is a good chance things will change at least once in the next couple months, and maybe a couple times.There are a number of movements or changes in our society which seem kind of sudden, but in looking back you can see hints leading up to the change.  Little changes keep adding up until there is a tipping...
Tags: Homeschooling, Henry Cate

More evidence of seismic shift in higher education - huge decline in enrollment

Colleges Face 15%-20% Drop In Enrollment; S&P Lowers Credit Rating Of 25% Of Colleges shares details from a Wall Street Journal article:"Schools should expect a 15% decline in enrollment next fall and a $45 billion decline in revenue from tuition, room and board and other services, according to the American Council on Education, the nation’s largest advocacy group for colleges and universities. Some administrators say those projections are too rosy."Colleges Could Lose 20% of Students reports on...
Tags: Wall Street Journal, Homeschooling, Instapundit, American Council on Education, Henry Cate

How are you handling the Quarantine?

I hope everyone is doing OK.We are doing fine.  It is a little weird finally living Ground Hog Day.I enjoy how some people are dealing with the quarantine, like: [Author: Henry Cate]
Tags: Homeschooling, Henry Cate

May’s Desktop Calendar & Why You Don’t Have to be Ashamed of How You Feel Right Now

Chances are, some of you feel guilty about how you feel at this point in this global pandemic. We couldn’t have predicted it, we weren’t prepared for it, and it can feel like we’re winging it day by day. We know the stakes are high, but much of the information is contradictory. Our collective reaction has varied. We’ve shared homeschooling tips, virtual museum tours, sourdough bread recipes, and the best shows to binge. But as time goes on, we’re thinking about next steps and what to do in both...
Tags: Wallpaper, Costco, Homeschooling, Pat, Dawn Camp, Mona Utah

Should You Give 'Unschooling' a Try?

Most of us have been home with our kids for at least a month. My kids have been home since March 6 (but who’s counting?), and although we are happy to keep our distance as long as necessary, I desperately long for the days when I could drop my girls off with their patient and qualified professional educators instead…Read more...
Tags: School, Lifehacks, Homeschooling, Pandemic Parenting

Interesting article about homeschooling and the coronavirus

I found Harvard Law Prof Calls for Ban on Homeschooling, Saying It's 'Dangerous' to Leave Children with Their Parents 24/7 interesting. Paula Bolyard writes about how some in government are worried that having 56 million students being homeschooled and may be moving to try to outlaw homeschooling.I think she is right to be worried.  [Author: Henry Cate]
Tags: Harvard, Homeschooling, Henry Cate, Paula Bolyard

Is this how your conference calls are going?

All of at home are doing video conference calls.  If you are, you might find this funny: [Author: Henry Cate]
Tags: Homeschooling, Henry Cate

Will the Coronavirus pop the Higher Education bubble?

Early in our blog we often talked about a possible seismic change in higher education.  This was heavily driven by the fact that the cost of higher education has been climbing twice as fast as inflation, for decades.  This can not continue forever.  As Instapundit often points out: something that can't go on forever, won't.In a 2009 post I started with: "I have  blogged  in  the past   about  the  problem  of  rising cost  of a  college   education . In a nut shell the cost of college education ...
Tags: Homeschooling, Instapundit, Michael Barone, Henry Cate, Heather Mac Donald

Don't Call This 'Homeschooling'

The emails are arriving fast and furious in my inbox: Public relations folks offering up this commentary from a homeschooling expert or that homeschool curriculum to parents who now find themselves doubling as full-time teachers, navigating the new online learning world we’re living in.Read more...
Tags: Learning, Education, Lifehacks, Homeschooling, Don

University, Young Children, (avoiding) Indignation

Story of me (at 18) getting my younger sister into a state university, added up top.Additional update on Pam Sorooshian's daughters, all of whom have masters' degrees now, at the bottom. and clean-up of the page on young children: moved the list of ideas from a sidebar to the top of the page,but they came out of the chat below that. In between I collected some resources and links people mentioned or set afte...
Tags: Homeschooling, Harvey, Sandra Dodd, Pam Sorooshian, University Young Children, Nicole Kenyon

Easter Dogwood Images for You

I photographed some dogwood blooms on at a local park on our last day before Georgia’s shelter-at-home took effect. When I uploaded the images to Lightroom at home, I rediscovered a batch of dogwood images I took in 2014 and added text for Easter. Honestly, I don’t remember what I did with them then, but I want to make them available to you now to use as a screensaver this week to remember what it represents. Dogwood blooms represent a beautiful, visual reminder of the crucifixion. Many of us a...
Tags: Photography, Holidays, Wallpaper, Georgia, Faith, Homeschooling, Dogwood

5 Ways To Stay Busy At Home During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the Coronavirus outbreak has forced even the most powerful countries of the world to implement quarantine throughout. While under quarantine, many are struggling to adjust to the new ‘boring’ life safe at home. Considering the fast era of today, many of us are not even accustomed to asking for leaves from work. From leading such spontaneous lives at work and school, people are apparently baffled worldwide on how to survive at home.  ...
Tags: Fashion, Education, World Health Organization, Homeschooling, Lowe, Home Life, Stay At Home Moms, At Home Workouts, Coronavirus, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, P.volve, Coursera Harvard Edx

How to Homeschool Kids With Special Needs During the Pandemic

Teaching children at home is proving to be a struggle for nearly all involved during the coronavirus pandemic, but this new educational reality is extra tough on one particular population: students who require special education—and their parents.Read more...
Tags: Learning, Special Needs, Lifehacks, Homeschooling

The Importance of Education for At-Risk Youth

Youth development and education is a critical part of equipping young people with the tools they need as they transition into adulthood. At the same time, the solid foundation of a focused education will help them reach their potential. Sadly, for at-risk youths the path is not always quite so simple and whilst there are many organizations supporting education for this group, there are many reasons to continue to focus on and improve educational opportunities. In this article, we take a lo...
Tags: Fashion, Education, Back To School, United States, Youth Development, Homeschooling, Educational, Home Education, Low Income, College Course, Childhood Education

Download April’s Desktop Calendar!

This virus may keep us home, but it can’t stop the spring! I took a walk through my neighborhood recently to enjoy the freshness and color of the season, if not the pollen count. Unfortunately you can’t have one without the other. As of Friday evening, we are under a statewide shelter-in-place order. The kids and I went out Thursday afternoon and climbed a local mountain. A lot of other people did too, enjoying our last full day to do so, although our family has stayed home since mid-March; it...
Tags: Amazon, Wallpaper, Kansas, Costco, Homeschooling, Kroger, Harvest House, Desktopcalendar, Dawn Camp, Desktopwallpaper, Daniel Craig Bond

Shake Up Your Kids' Academic Routine with 'Activity Bingo'

Now that many of us are (checks watch) a week and a half into physical distancing—i.e., cooped up in the house with the kids—it’s time for a welfare check. How’s everyone’s academic scheduling going? Have you morphed into a homeschool-teacher extraordinaire yet? Or have your kids been playing video games nonstop for…Read more...
Tags: Learning, Lifehacks, Homeschooling, Academics, Coronavirus

Seasonal Learning, Spring Week 1: "Sleepy Seeds"

(A free printable!) Hello, my friends ... I hope this post finds you well. And, my .... what a few weeks it's been. I hope and pray you are all safe at home with your loved ones and that you're all feeling well. We are all ok here - just taking things day by day and trying to be as careful as we can be. Massachusetts, like many other states and countries around the world, is now under a stay-at-home advisory, so aside from going out for groceries and essential supplies (medications a...
Tags: Pinterest, Massachusetts, Nature, Spring, Aba, Homeschooling, Printables, Lesson Planning, Renee, Living in Season, Seasonal Planning, Magic of Nature, Nature-Based Learning, Home Education, Themes & Plans, Little Nature Stories

Unschooling works; Antagonism; What?

"Unschooling works," an article from 2002, and a bit of update, with links to other older writings. Antagonism (Us vs. Them), and avoid accepting or believing things in batches. does this have to do with unschooling? A poop question and less poopy answers: photo (a link) by Nina Haley [Author: Sandra Dodd]
Tags: Homeschooling, Sandra Dodd, Nina Haley

Structure, connections, unschooling is...,

Text of the first page of the book Moving a Puddle, about the structure of unschooling days. to connections, writing by Jen Keefe, right under the Pacman dots. and purpose, while looking at what unschooling is: photo (a link) by Janine Davies [Author: Sandra Dodd]
Tags: Homeschooling, Sandra Dodd, Jen Keefe, Janine Davies

50/50; Happiness Inside and Out; Stages

Why 50/50 is a problem (new page)"Happiness Inside and Out"—addition of some indicators of where things are in the recording, and link to a partial transcript of Unschooling—directory page, with an excerpt from The Big Book of Unschooling photo (a link) by Lydia Koltai [Author: Sandra Dodd]
Tags: Homeschooling, Sandra Dodd, Lydia Koltai

My Printable Lesson Planning Spreadsheet ❤

Good morning, my friends. I hope you are all feeling well and safe. ❤ I'm popping in today to share a printable lesson planning sheet I created a few years ago, in case it might be helpful to anyone currently or suddenly homeschooling: Seasonal Journey: A Lesson Planning Worksheet You could use this form to sketch out your weekly plans, or use the "theme" column for the days of the week (M-S/S). Please see this pos t in which I share a few other forms and describe my thoughts b...
Tags: Facebook, Homeschooling, Printables, Lesson Planning, Living in Season, Seasonal Planning, Home Education

Five Thoughts for Mothers of Teens at (in)courage

When a topic pops up continually in conversation or often catches my attention online, I wonder if it’s the Holy Spirit nudging me to write about it for others who are in the same place. Many of my friends and I are parenting teens, with fewer years of children living in our homes ahead of us than behind. We’re looking closely at how we parented our older children, what did and didn’t work, and what we’ve learned along the way. I hope the ideas my friends and I chew over and insight from th...
Tags: Motherhood, Homeschooling, In)courage, Dawn Camp