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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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"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
This month at The Homeschool Post, I wrote about perspective and Your Greatest Work. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Raising Autodidacts
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Please take the time to read this entire 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
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
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
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
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
Love this quote from Frank Zappa...feel free to copy and share. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
The Homeschool Conference - Homeschooling, Unschooling, and Free/Democratic/Alternative Learning begins in just a bit, and there are some exciting key noters and topics listed for today and tomorrow. Here's the link to participate, and below is today's schedule of speakers. I know Jerry Mintz from AERO and I piloted a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
If you're like me and I'm guessing lots of other homeschool parents, the idea of unschooling (not following a formalized approach to learning) may fill you with both intrigue and panic -- it sounds great, but do I really trust the process, and if it's my responsibility to educate this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
A few interesting statistics for you on this fine Sunday morning... If you're concerned about homeschoolers performing well on standardized testing, I wouldn't be. If you're worried that without accredited high school classes my kid won't be able to get into college, don't stress. If you feel sorry for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts
This post is first in a series on educational field trips and activities in the Houston, Texas area (and beyond). Feel free to add ideas for additional trips in the comment section and we'll try to cover and report back on those, too. First up is the Houston Museum of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at Raising Autodidacts