Author: Blair Lee

The 10 Most Banned Books of the 20th Century: Can You Guess the Author and the Book?

In honor of banned book week 2016, I wrote a quiz. See if you can guess the titles of the top 10 banned books of all time. This quiz is rather difficult because almost all the clues are about the author. You will have to figure out who the author is, and then which book of theirs was most likely to be banned. Not surprisingly, the authors of banned book are interesting characters. Post your answers in the comments. I will add a list of the sites I gathered these facts from and the quiz answers in a week....

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“unschool when you can, teach when you must”

Review of Homeschool Teacher by Kate Laird November Book Review When Kate Laird contacted me to ask if I would review her book Homeschool Teacher, her email said, “of all the homeschooling communities I’ve seen online and in real life, SEA Homeschoolers is the one that most closely resembles my approach and where I feel I’ve found my “tribe.” I’m sure there are going to be elements of the book that you disagree with, but I hope you find it a book you wished you’d read when you began homeschooling. Like you, I read the Well Trained Mind early...

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A Handcrafted Education: The High School Years

Oh No! The dreaded “H” word (and I don’t mean handcrafted)! If there is one thing that causes homeschooling parents to panic it is the thought of homeschooling through high school. What if we get it wrong? What if somehow we fail our children, and they cannot … cannot … cannot … wait, cannot what exactly? How is it that we as homeschoolers fall into this trap so common to traditional school parents?!? Why I sometimes wonder, even though I do it myself, did we all drink the Kool-Aid and continue to perpetuate the myth that there is one...

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Handcrafting History: Our Year Studying Politics: This Week in School, Day 1 through 3

This Week in School, Day 1 The next series of posts shares  part of our journey while studying politics. It is political, because we studied politics. We are using the eclectic methodology called Project-Based Learning to study politics. Here is an article I wrote, Project-Based Learning: through the Lens of Politics and Activism. This project will not be finished until November, 2016. The planning for this week began over a year ago. Like many areas of study in a handcrafted education, the pre-planning was thoughtful and intense. The implementation and actual time spent learning, however, is free-flowing. What will...

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The Definitions for What Constitutes Secular Academic Materials

Science Secular science curricula and programs should present the accepted facts, principles, models, and theories explaining how the natural and physical world works as recommended by a majority of practicing experts in that area of science. Science curricula and programs should not exclude or misrepresent scientific facts, principles, models, or theories that are considered core ideas in the field. Science curricula and programs should not: • minimize, misrepresent, or omit accepted scientific facts, principles, models, or theories • incorporate religious philosophy into the curriculum or program • politicize science issues in a way that misrepresents the issues History Secular...

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The Benefit of Homeschooling, It’s Innovative, It’s Eclectic, It’s Organic, It’s Academic

By Blair Lee, A Voice from the Middle There is a revolution going on right now in education. It’s called homeschooling. I am part of a fringe group in this revolution. You don’t hear a lot from us, but there is a group of homeschoolers who consider our style of homeschooling as both eclectic and academic. You don’t hear from us because on the one hand we are the unloved mongrels of the homeschooling community so we keep a low profile, and on the other hand we are too busy figuring out how to best facilitate our children’s education....

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There are 11 ways to connect with SEA Homeschoolers on Facebook

Written by Kat Hutcheson Building a secular, eclectic, academic community is an important part of SEA Homeschoolers. It started with our main academic group, Secular Eclectic Academic (SEA) Homeschoolers, and has now grown to include 8 subgroups. SEA Homeschoolers Main Group is where we share ideas, resources, interesting articles from around the web, have conversations about eclectic academics, ask questions about homeschooling, and discuss curriculum and learning. This group is gregarious, and friendly. We stay strictly on academic issues in this group. SEA Homeschoolers main group is exclusively secular and inclusively welcoming. You must be a member of the main...

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A Real World Application of the Scientific Method: the Theory of Evolution

How the Scientific Theory of Evolution Was Developed, and How and Why It Continues to Evolve (As All Good Scientific Theories Should) For all the controversy surrounding evolution, you would be justified in thinking the theory of evolution stands on shaky ground as far as the scientific method goes. In fact it was through standard, rigorous applications of the scientific method that scientists came to their current understanding of the evolutionary process. Science investigations begin with one or more questions about phenomena observed in the natural or physical world. The theory of evolution attempts to answer three basic questions:...

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The Scientific Method: Defined, Applied, Understood, Learned

How did you learn the scientific method? If I were to ask you what the scientific method was, would you rattle off a series of terms? Would you say to me hypothesis, procedure, observations, data and calculations, results, and conclusion? What does this series of terms mean? Why is the scientific method so significant it is a component of all well done scientific studies? More importantly for you as a homeschooling parent, how can you make sure your children are learning the scientific method in a meaningful way? The Scientific Method: Defined The scientific method is an investigative method...

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Fisher Hart Academy Review

Fisher Hart Academy provides virtual, live-streaming Spanish, French, and Portuguese foreign language courses to homeschooling students. Fisher Hart Academy is a new company using what many would consider an innovative approach to language learning. They have a small class size, with grade levels ranging from 7th through 12th. Updated Review: 1/4/2017 Brynne and Sean finished their semester. Both parents and teens agree this was the best foreign language program they have ever taken, “When I hang out with my Spanish speaking friends, and they speak in Spanish, I can understand what they are saying.” Sean Lee “French is my favorite...

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