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Review of Emily Cook’s A Literary Education: Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling

Throughout my seven years homeschooling, I have not often been inspired when reading a book about homeschooling. I’ve researched the plethora of approaches to educate my children at home: classical, unschooling, child-led, traditional, Waldorf, and Charlotte Mason. Overall, my family’s approach has been an eclectic blend of several of those. My kids would love to be complete unschoolers reveling in opportunities their minds concoct, while I would love to check all the boxes everyday from a beautifully organized schedule which would soothe my anxieties. Neither strategy seems to work well for us. However, a few months ago I read...

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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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Sarah Cook: Blogging, Youtubing, Bibliophile!

Sarah Cook is homeschooling teen who is a talented Youtuber and Blogger. She is the perfect homeschooler to feature this month, because she is also a serious bibliophile! (I do not think IT is too long for you, Sarah.) I met her at the SEA Conference this year, and, yes, she is as charming in person as she is when she writes. I cannot wait to read a novel written by you Sarah. How long have you been homeschooling? I’ve been homeschooled since preschool! What is your favorite part of being homeschooled? Sleeping in! Also, being able to stay...

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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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A Peek Inside the Vendor Hall at the 2017 Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschoolers Conference

Over the last year I had the opportunity to get to know some incredible people and awesome companies as we organized our inaugural conference. The companies represented in the vendor hall at the SEA Homeschoolers Conference offer great secular products and truly have a passion for education. These videos will give you a peek inside the 2017 vendor hall, while we work to make 2018 even bigger and better.   Amanda McClure talks about the engaging multi-discipline classes offered by Groovy Kids Online. Meet Amir Nathoo, Co-Founder of Outschool. Offering thousands of live online classes from independent teachers for...

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August 2017 Letter From the Editor

Whew. What a busy year it has been for me so far! I have been so busy; I have barely found time to breathe! It has all been exciting and fun though. I am a person who thrives with a lot going on in my life. A fellow author commented recently that I must be crazy to have four books coming out in a three month span. I will admit that sometimes it does feel a bit crazy, but I like it that way. Things have been busy with SEA too. THE CONFERENCE WAS AWESOME! The first SEA Conference...

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Letter from the Editor, February 2017

For the shortest month of the year, February has a lot going on in it. It is Black History Month, and Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Days are in February. It is a busy month for us at SEA Homeschoolers too. We have a sweepstakes that will begin February 15th, and it is less than four months until our first annual SEA Homeschoolers Conference. From its inception, SEA Homeschoolers has been a support community and an advocacy group. SEA Homeschoolers advocates for the use of innovative, eclectic academics that are handcrafted for the unique learning style of the individual. This sort...

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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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