Www.HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay.com

Hello!  I homeschool my daughter 13 (co teach with my mom).  I will write more about that later.

I just wanted to share a really great website.  It is the one in the title.  It is free to sign up...they have amazing things Monday thru Friday, that are free.  Some are pdf files and some are mp3 files.  All are excellent!

They don't spam your email.  I am not affiliated with this website, they are just asking members to get the word out about them this week.  I am really hoping that they are not having to close down or something.  They seem to be really nice people (I've only been subscribed a couple of weeks).  You can go to the website www.HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay.com and check it out.  If you like what you see, you can sign up.  There is also a freebie extra sent out every week for those on the mailing list and those who sign up that week.  Very good stuff.  But you do have to jump on the goodies that day, because they do take down the links after a day or two, sometimes just one day.

Anyway...just wanted to share.  Enjoy!!!

Take care!!     

SmilingSueAnn SmilingSueAnn
41-45, F
3 Responses Feb 16, 2009

Reading your answer encouraged me a great deal! Thank you

In our situation, conventional schooling was not working..... was actually very harmful for my daughter. She has some special needs and the school district was repeatedly unwilling to comply with the written directives of her physicians, psychiatrist, and therapist. The whole atmosphere became very toxic for her and was actually hindering and curbing her natural love for learning. <br />
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Without "money, guns, and lawyers" as Hank Williams, Jr. says, we were unable to make this very large school district comply with Federal laws. We tried for 7 years to make it work. Many meetings with teachers, many meetings with counselors, the school district..the district superintendent and I knew each other personally. On more than one occasion, an advocate even came with me to meetings with the school for my daughter to try and work out things. It just was not meant to be. My daughter is unable to fit into the cookie cutter mold that was "required" by the district, and the district would not "cowboy up" and do the right thing legally to take care of her educational needs.<br />
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Oh and no, a degree is not required to homeschool your child. There are so many wonderful resources out there.. curriculums, support groups....associations, it makes your head spin (in a good way!).<br />
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And on the social interaction aspect....my daughter associates and learns from a host of people on field trips, that can teach her many things (curators, animal specialists, authors, etc). Plus, the other children in our area that homeschool get together and have many activities. There is truly not enough time to participate in all the wonderful things organized for the kids .. sports, music, art, theatre, scientific competitions..really just about anything you can think of. Also, in our church, there are many children in her age group that are active.<br />
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Homeschool is truly a blessing for us. She is learning a whole rainbow of curriculum, and if she wants to spend all day building an ocean sandbox project with handmade ocean creatures and a written report--she can!! 8) rather than have to move along in lockstep with 24 other children. <br />
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We also read living books... books that are written very often from the person that actually lived in that time period ...studying from their own pen, the culture, thoughts, often even the daily habits and clothing of the people that lived in that country. My daughter is not being taught by me per se, I am just the guide that lights the spark in her, to spark her curiosity in subjects, to instill in her a love and passion for learning that will hopefully last her entire life. I am her helper that guides her to different resources, putting out a tasty new tidbit of an entree or side dish to tempt her, to pique her interest or stretch her thought pattern in a way that it hasn't been stretched before. Preparing the "dish", if you will, in such a way, that it catches her eye...like a glimmer off to the side. So that it is so attractive to her, it makes her so "hungry" for the knowledge, that she herself is combing the library shelves looking for answers on her own quest. She is dragging me to the bookstore to get a book that she found on the internet that describes a certain drawing technique, or a certain style of poetry. <br />
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My answer is very long!! It is just I am passionate about my daughter and her education! We really adore homeschooling! It is a wonderful fit for us. <br />
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I have had to make many MAJOR life adjustments in order to do this for her. But I know that it is what I am supposed to be doing right now...it is what we (my daughter and I) are supposed to be doing right now.<br />
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Thank you so very much for your question, MzDivine! There are many people who wonder the same thing. I didn't understand, myself, completely the choice of "why to homeschool" and "the socialization aspect" until we found ourselves at that juncture in our lives. <br />
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I made the commitment to educate my daughter "off the grid", jumped off the cliff, and learned to fly, so to speak, on the way down, with the help of many who have been there before me, and by listening to that still small voice inside of myself.<br />
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Thank you, again, for your question.<br />
Take care! <br />
SueAnne

Why Home School?...What is wrong with conventional<br />
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schooling!...Wouldn't you need a degree to teach!<br />
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A child needs more than Educational, Surely social <br />
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interaction is important too?