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Raising Autodidacts
Join me on my journey to develop the self-taught, the self-directed, and the self-motivated. Warning: this blog may contain material that will cause you to re-think everything you know about educating children.
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The Fall 2014 schedule for homeschool writing classes is up at Gathering Ink. Teen Short Story Writing Circle - $60 for six weeks Teen Poet's Corner - $60 for six weeks Interpreting Literature (Grades 8-10) - $72 per six week session Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Raising Autodidacts
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Time is running out to see an original copy of the 1217 Magna Carta at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. See some of our personal photos and thoughts at the Facebook link below. Homeschool Houston will return to Raising Autodidacts next month. For the rest of our series of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Raising Autodidacts
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Welcome to the Homeschool Houston series! This is our fifth post on fun and educational things to do in and around the Greater Houston Area. This winter, I found out from a fellow homeschooler about Saturday Morning Physics at Texas A&M University in College Station. The program is funded by... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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Posted May 16, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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Today at The Homeschool Post I soliloquize about my love affair with Will (and give you some great resources to check out!). Happy 450th birthday, William Shakespeare! Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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"Angela shares some great ideas for the practical real-life homeschooling method in Apprenticeship in Your Homeschool. She also shares an insightful look into unschooling and learning styles in Letting Unschooling In." See more Method Madness from The Homeschool Post HERE! Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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This month at The Homeschool Post, I wrote about perspective and Your Greatest Work. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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I've been reading a lot lately. A potentially dangerous enterprise if your mind is closed and unwilling to embrace new ideas. Thankfully I rarely shrink from having my views challenged. I don't profess to have all the answers and I am eternally optimistic -- I think better ideas and answers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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In honor of President's Day, I made up an Internet Scavenger Hunt for The Homeschool Post. We hope you enjoy it! Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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We've been studying all things Middle Ages this school year, and are at the half-way point. Hop on over to The Homeschool Post for a list of our favorite resources -- videos, books, and projects... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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This post is one in a series of educational things to see and do in the greater Houston area. Visit Homeschool Houston for more ideas! This past fall, we signed up for a couple of homeschool classes at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. For our review on the museum... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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The folks over at Let's Homeschool High School are giving away two free copies of Brave Writer's Help for High School writing curriculum. According to the Let's Homeschool High School web-site, Help for High School is a study guide for teens, written to teens, that prepares them for the challenges... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
If little green men came down to earth and asked us to define government, this is what the conversation might sound like: Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
In this 19-minute TED Talk delivered by the ever-brilliant Sir Ken Robinson, he argues that we have a culture of compliance, not curiosity. And further, he states, "I just don't believe it's (ADHD) an epidemic...if you sit kids down hour after hour doing low-grade clerical work, don't be surprised if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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An interesting infographic put together by KnowledgeWorks forecasts, in part, that "Learning will no longer be defined by time and place..." and that "...radical personalization will become the norm." The time frame? The next few years... Click for full infographic. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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In the fall of 2012, I piloted a math circle curriculum for young children developed by the founders of the Art of Inquiry. You can read my review HERE. (Here is more information on what a math circle is and why they provide a better basis for understanding mathematics over... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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On October 19, we attended our first Texian Heritage Festival in Montgomery. What an event! At the bargain rate of a $1 per person donation, it was one of the best living history presentations I have ever witnessed (and I've witnessed a few!). Highlights of the festival included: Texas Independence... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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Want to make a real difference? Vote in the only meaningful election this fall...the 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards! :>) Don't forget to read the rules now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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OWS: September 25, 2011 In the early days of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we took our kids down to Zuccotti Park. No, we aren't crazy and no, we weren't offered any drugs or harassed by half-naked protesters. Were there communists and socialists there? Yes. Were there anarchists? Yes. Were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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Please take the time to read this entire article...it is powerful and applies to homeschoolers, as well. "That’s why a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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Spectacular ideas for fall field tripping (complete with lesson plans!) over at The Post today...check it out! Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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Not far outside the classic Texas town of Navasota, across the Brazos River, sits Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park -- the birthplace of the Texas Republic. In 1836, 59 elected delegates met to declare Texas's independence. They met in an unfinished building in the town of Washington on the morning of March... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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This post is the second in our series of reviews of educational field trips and things to do in and around the Houston area. For our review of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, CLICK HERE. In early August, we took advantage of a free community outreach program sponsored by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
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Yesterday, I caught an article published on August 30, 2013, on The Blaze, entitled: ‘WHAT IS GOVERNMENT?’ ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TAUGHT IT’S YOUR ‘FAMILY’ I hope that you can read the questions on the worksheet below. Perhaps you'd like to mull over what your answers would be -- I'm going to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts