Author: Blair Lee

Unschool When You Can, Teach When You Must with Kate Laird

Kate is the author of Homeschool Teacher, a manual for homeschooling families for kindergarten through eighth grade and available on her website. Kate graduated from Harvard with a degree in history, a good set of study skills, and a 100-ton captain’s license. Her first teaching job began seven days after graduation, tutoring three children on a sailboat crossing the Pacific. For the last 12 years, she’s homeschooled her own children as the family worked and traveled on the edges of civilization from Greenland to Antarctica and now in Alaska. You can follow her blog here. She’ll be discussing how...

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Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschooling with Blair Lee

Meet Blair and other secular, eclectic, academic homeschoolers at the SEA Homeschoolers 2017 Conference. Blair is a homeschooling mom, the author of the secular science textbooks REAL Science Odyssey Chemistry 1 and Biology 2, and founder of Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschoolers. Eclectic homeschooling is the most common type of homeschooling. Every child is unique with a different set of academic strengths, challenges, and passions. Eclectic homeschoolers  take those into account as they handcraft a unique journey through learning for their child. Creating a unique education might seem scary and intimidating, but it is easier than you think. Blair will be...

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How to Put Together the Best Science Field Trip Ever

  Field trips aren’t just fun; they are also educational! Field trips give kids opportunities for hands-on learning, allow for new experiences, and lead to a better understanding of topics. By taking science field trips, kids can experience things that expense and expertise put out of most people’s reach. By following a few simple tips, you can ensure the science field trips this year are the best ever. When planning what your children will study in science during the coming year, start thinking of when and where field trips would make sense. Include these in your overall homeschool plan...

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Letter From the Editor, January 2017

Greetings my fellow SEA Homeschoolers, Happy New Year 2017, and thank you for subscribing to our newsletter! SEA Homeschoolers began humbly. I was looking for a community of homeschoolers to talk to. Homeschoolers who, like me, consider their style secular, academic, and eclectic. I wanted a community where we recognized, valued, and in fact celebrated each other’s differences. A group where it felt comfortable discussing how we were homeschooling our unique children uniquely, but also where we shared the innovative things we were doing in our homeschools. At the time, I was hoping there were at least a handful...

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Know Yourself Review: A Seriously Good Line of Science Materials

Let me start this review by telling you that I love all the products I have seen from Know Yourself. The quality, presentation and content are excellent. I first saw the Know Yourself series of books at a homeschool conference in the summer of 2016. I was impressed enough by what I saw to tell Know Yourself I would review their products. I called a fellow homeschooler whose children I thought would like to help me with the review. Her kids loved the products as much as I did! Every part of the Know Yourself product line is engaging,...

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Nature

The lake is blue, the clouds are white. The lake shimmers in the sun. The trees blow in the wind, and the wind blows on me. And we are one.   By, Violet Thomas   Violet is 7-years-old and lives with her parents and younger sister in the beautiful state of Maine. She enjoys playing piano, yoga class, sketching, and running around outside with her dog, Gus. “Writing poems makes me feel so happy. It’s one of my favorite activities!” If your child would like to be considered for publication, please send his or her submission to SEA Homeschoolers. You...

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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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