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SEA Homeschoolers October Booklist, 2017: 25 Frequently Recommended Books From Our Online Community

On any given day you will find multiple conversations focused on books in our online community. Rich discussions of authors and subject matter, innovative ideas for related lessons, and always a plethora of recommendations for more books. Reading back through hundreds of threads in various SEA Homeschoolers Facebook groups these 25 books have been recommended time and time again. Having read nearly every book on this list I can certainly understand why.   Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall – A funny, insightful, and colorful story about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite...

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The Importance of Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to your children is so important. I cannot stress that enough. It may be one of the most important things you do for them, educationally speaking. Most parents can find the time to read a picture book or two with their infants and toddlers, but once a child learns to read, that snuggly read aloud time usually ends. But, I think it’s actually more important to continue that read aloud time, well into their school years. But my child is fully capable of reading their own books. Why should I read aloud to him? There are a number of reasons, but I’ll list my top 5 (plus one): 5. Reading aloud creates a family bond, especially if there are siblings listening as well. Your children will fondly look back on their memories of listening to you read aloud, giggle over how you did “all the voices,” and fondly recall favorites stories heard at your knee. Just because a book is considered “children’s” literature, doesn’t mean it’s childish. Many of my favorite books are written for children! A good story is a good story, and you may find that you enjoy many great books just as much as your children (if not more!). Some of my favorite memories are of reading aloud to my children.  Getting to share my favorite stories with them means I get to enjoy those...

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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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Sean Lee: Working His Passion

Sean Lee is a 17-year-old homeschooler. He likes movies, video games, and hanging out with family and friends. How long have you been homeschooling? I have been homeschooled since first grade. What is your favorite part of being homeschooled? The freedom to do whatever I want academically What are your passions? Skiing, cars, and videography How has homeschooling affected your ability to work on those? Homeschooling has allowed me to change my schedule so I can ski five days a week all winter, learn everything I want to about cars, and take classes on film making. Can you tell us about your pet? I...

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Learning through Making – in a Nutshell

Throughout our evolution as humans, we have always learned best by doing. While our current public education model has veered away from developmental science, as home educators we have the opportunity to embrace this curiosity and experimentation in our daily lives. Making and Hacking supports learners and can be integrated into every method or philosophy of homeschooling, and into every subject. Kinesthetic moments are the keystones to lifelong learning because they embody the essence of a skill or topic, not just the knowledge we are trying to impart. This flexibility and adaptability around skills and concepts is essential to...

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Book List: SEA Homeschoolers Teen Book Club 2017/2018

The 2017-2018 SEA Homeschoolers Teen Book Club is starting. This year in lit class, the main focus is on egalitarianism. In addition to the social issues discussed, there will be an ongoing discussion about how the variety of techniques, genre, and structure each author chooses affects the story and the way readers access it. I think there are real benefits to be gained for one’s own writing from studying the writing of others. If your child just wants to read the books without the discussion, that’s okay too. I write discussion questions and occasionally give links to ancillary material for...

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Colin Harden: Magic Loving Musician with an Entrepreneurial Spirit

Colin Harden owns Real World Science Supplies. He is a homeschooled 14-year-old who enjoys Magic the Gathering, music, and school work (much less so than the other two). His science supply kits are available for sale on the SEA Homeschoolers website and on the website Secular Eclectic Academic. How long have you been homeschooling? 6 years What is your favorite part of being homeschooled? Learning at my own pace. What are your passions? Musical Theatre and card games How has homeschooling affected your ability to work on those? It has increased my options and ability to enjoy both.  I don’t...

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Review of R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Astronomy 2

R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Astronomy 2 from Pandia Press brings top quality secular science into your home or classroom in an engaging hands-on manner. Scientist and author, Blair Lee, has a conversational writing style that opens up serious science topics to students in a way that invites them on a journey through learning. The combination of thorough science education, fun labs and activities, and the author’s ability to share vast amounts of information without overwhelming a novice makes RSO Astronomy 2 an excellent course for both students who love science, and those who do not. The writing style, uncommon for...

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When Experiments Don’t Work, That’s When the Science Really Gets Fun!

We have all been there, even me. It is the situation where your child and you set up and perform a science experiment only to have it fail. For most people this is frustrating. When this happens parents often wonder if their children are learning from it. As a scientist, I find it interesting that our response is frustration and doubt instead of delight. R. Buckminster Fuller said it best when he said, There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes. Unexpected outcomes should be treated with a sense of wonder. You have...

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