Entries for month: May 2014

Start entrepreneurship education this summer

Homeschooling , Homeschool , Money , Curriculum , Classes , Groups , Home School , Education , Encouragement , High School No Comments »

by Andrew Pudewa
AHEAD Conference Speaker

Soon it will be summer. Although there are a few hard-core homeschool families who go year-round with their formal studies, and others, who in an effort to “finish” the curriculum for the year, end up working until late July, many families take the summer “off.” And while there may still be a few that need their children working on the farm to feed the family, for many summer is a season of less structure, more leisure (sometimes too much?), and an opportunity to do special things that require time not easy to find during the school year.

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Have a produce market in your backyard

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by Susan K. Stewart
AHEAD Blog Content Manager

Each morning, just at first light, I go out to tend my garden. Since I live on eight and one-half acres, you might get the false impression that I have an acre or two planted in nice neat rows. No, my plot is six feet by twelve feet. This size is enough to supplement the grocery budget, even when five people lived in our home.

I learned to garden when we lived on a 60-foot by 90-foot lot, barely room for our three-bedroom house. I could have used the entire backyard, but then where would the kids play and conduct science experiments. It is possible to have a vegetable garden no matter where you live.

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Mistakes Writing Teachers Make

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by Andrew Pudewa
AHEAD Conference Speaker

We’ve all suffered it at one time or another: frustration about writing assignments.

Either on the receiving end, or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include:

  • What to correct and how to give a grade?
  • How much help is too much?
  • Isn’t the assignment clear enough?
  • Why don’t students find their own errors?

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Summer Fun Doesn't Need To Be Expensive

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by Joyce Herzog
Speaker at Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators Convention

Joyce Herzog shares some ideas for your family to have fun this summer on a budget.

Fireworks. Do outdoors or on a protected surface. Use food color or any liquid paint. Make 3 to 5 small puddles on paper. Blow through a straw into the puddles. The paint will explode onto the paper looking like fireworks. Try it with different colors of paint and paper.

Eat outdoors. Have a picnic in the backyard or the park. Make it simple (peanut butter sandwiches and an apple) or fancy (fried chicken and the “fixins”) or even cook out (hot dogs on a stick and “s’mores”). For added fun eat watermelon and have a seed-spitting contest.

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