Author: Blair Lee

November 2017, Letter from the Editor

In this issue we are celebrating the 3 annual conferences Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers hosts! Two are online conferences and one is an in-person conference. Each of the online conferences has a themed focus. These conferences are an important part of our commitment to providing support for the secular homeschool community. I have been involved in education, both traditional and non-traditional, for many years. The only things I miss about being involved in the traditional school setting are the insight, connections, and conversations with other educators. The many Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers Facebook groups provide much of this type...

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Laura Kazan: Preparing for College – Homeschool Style

This session will discuss the college preparation process for homeschool students. While each college has different requirements there are general trends and understanding these trends can help parents maximize opportunities. An early understanding of college types, testing, rigor, record keeping, and other factors will help reduce stress and allow parents to spend more time proving an education and less time worrying about doing it right. As a member of the homeschool community, she is dedicated to helping homeschool students access colleges that are both a personal and financial fit. Today she does workshops aimed at helping families understand the vast...

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Blair Lee: A Science Lab in Your Home? It Really Isn’t that Hard. Trust Me, I’m a Chemist.

I am always caught off guard when homeschoolers worriedly ask me about setting up for and performing labs at home. It makes me think of how I came to write my first book, R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Chemistry 1. I asked a good friend of mine, who was also homeschooling, what 3rd grade chemistry looked like. She told me it was terrible. She couldn’t find any good resources and was struggling with labs and how to structure the topics. I started rattling off how I would do it. Her response, “That’s easy for you to say. You are a chemist who taught...

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The Bibliophile Issue Brought to you by Build Your Library

Schedule: October 2017, Online Conference Letter from the Editor: October 2017 SEA Homeschoolers started because I wanted a community where I could talk about how to provide an innovative, academically rich journey through learning for my son, something that was eclectic, profound, and meaningful. That is what I aspire to, but like most journeys there have been highs and lows, and we do not always get there smoothly. Almost every high point came with a great deal of help, much of it from my fellow secular, eclectic, academic homeschoolers (even before there was a SEA Homeschoolers.)… Read More Subscriber-Only Giveaway:...

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Review of Build You Library (BYL) Grade 5, American History using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey (RSO) Biology 2

It will not surprise any of you to learn that when I heard the news that Emily Cook was rewriting Build You Library (BYL) Grade 5, American History to use R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey (RSO) Biology 2 for the science I asked to review it. What would the biology course look like when using a Charlotte Mason approach? I am glad I had the opportunity to check out Cook’s updated course. I was impressed with the detail and amount of breadth in the course. I like how Cook structured the BYL course. It is written to make it easy to...

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October 2017, Letter from the Editor

SEA Homeschoolers started because I wanted a community where I could talk about how to provide an innovative, academically rich journey through learning for my son, something that was eclectic, profound, and meaningful. That is what I aspire to, but like most journeys there have been highs and lows, and we do not always get there smoothly. Almost every high point came with a great deal of help, much of it from my fellow secular, eclectic, academic homeschoolers (even before there was a SEA Homeschoolers.) My son is 17-years-old, so I am coming to the end of my homeschooling...

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The Science of Climate Change Explained

The world is in the middle of an environmental crisis. The first step to solving this crisis is to understand the science explaining it. Climate change, Global warming, The greenhouse effect: You hear these terms a lot, but what do they mean? Are they the same thing? Do they somehow relate to each other? If you are wondering about this, you are not alone. And you might be surprised to learn that the science is actually fairly simple. The real issue is there are several pieces that need to be brought together. Understanding global warming and climate change starts...

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September 2017 Newsletter: The Tech Issue

Subscriber-Only Giveaway – Enter Here to Win The Science of Climate Change Letter from the Editor, September 2017 How is school going so far? Things are going fairly well here. LOL, there hasn’t been enough time for anything to get too out of kilter. We are in the transition stage, where the focus is on academics, making sure Sean has the skills he will need in college (time management is not his super power), and deciding where Sean wants to go to college. I am loving where we are right now (most days, 17 year-olds do have their moments), and missing...

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September 2017, Letter from the Editor

How is school going so far? Things are going fairly well here. LOL, there hasn’t been enough time for anything to get too out of kilter. We are in the transition stage, where the focus is on academics, making sure Sean has the skills he will need in college (time management is not his super power), and deciding where Sean wants to go to college. I am loving where we are right now (most days, 17 year-olds do have their moments), and missing where we have been. That is what it is probably like for most homeschooling parents as...

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