Category Archives: Secular Homeschooling Magazine

The Secular Eclectic Academic Magazine is a free publication of SEA Homeschoolers. It is a secular homeschooling magazine that features articles written for secular academic homeschoolers by secular academic homeschoolers. Each issue has advice, information, book recommendations, homeschool projects, recipes, and travel notes.

June 30th, 2018 by 
Filled with vendor coupons, articles from speakers, and clickable links, this Free Magazine is like a virtual trip to the convention, through the vendor hall, and so much more. Issue 1 of the new SEA Homeschoolers Magazine. secular homeschool convention, secular homeschool, homeschool magazine You can check out vendor websites, speaker bios, get more information about convention talks, sessions, and events, and learn about places to visit in Atlanta. There are several new endeavors starting at SEA Homeschoolers this year. This biannual magazine is one of them. Each magazine will be chock full of articles and information about products and …
May 28th, 2018 by 
Letter from the Editor May 2018: Happy Almost Summer Everyone! I have a story I want to share with you. My 18 year-old son, homeschooled since first grade, wanted a summer job. He gave it some thought, looked at what was out there for an 18 year-old and decided he wanted to apply for a job as a sous chef. “What?” I asked in shock. “You have never shown even the slightest inclination to learn how to cook, despite me trying everything I could think of to change your mind.” “Well,” he replied, “If I get this job, your desire to …
May 28th, 2018 by 
The latest product from Build Your Library is the Family Reading Crate. It is a literary subscription box. Each month subscribers get a box with four books, a unit-study booklet, and one or two non-book items. All items tie in around a monthly theme. There is a picture book for younger children, a middle grade family read-aloud, a book for older readers, and a book for you, the parent! I received the May 2018 Crate – Woof Woof! Yeah, Bark Bark! I loved it! I loved getting it, unpacking, it, looking at all the selections. I couldn’t wait to read …
May 24th, 2018 by 
By Kathy Oaks author of Homeschoolers Are Not Hermits While some people flock to homeschool conventions, others wonder if they are really worth the time and expense. As homeschoolers sometimes it seems like we’re barely staying ahead of the game, and trying to fit in one more thing can feel impossible. Here’s why making the effort to go to at least one homeschool convention a year is really worth your time. At Homeschool Conventions You Will Meet Awesome People First and foremost, conventions are about people. They’re organized by people, attended by people, and have workshops led by people. When …
May 19th, 2018 by 
It’s finally happened. Your baby has moved past ABC and 123 and on to Trigonometry and Ancient history. This is such a proud moment for us as homeschool parents. We bask in the moment and congratulate ourselves on raising a miniature Albert Einstein or Marie Curie. That’s when it hits you. I’d like to say it comes upon you gently but for me, it went something like this… Me (to myself): Oh look, my baby is going to study Biology. He’s so smart. My tiny Einstein: Mom, what is this word? Me: Mit... Mito... Mitochondria My little conduit for anxiety …
April 5th, 2018 by 
Serious Learning, Serious Fun How Brainteasers, Games, and Puzzles Help Kids Learn Building an engaging lesson that will capture a child’s attention and fight off boredom is a constant struggle for every educator. The solution to this problem may be found nestled at the intersection between play and learning: Puzzles. Kathleen Donahue, homeschool parent and owner of Labyrinth Games and Puzzles in Washington, D.C., facilitates after-school strategic game classes in 13 elementary schools, and knows firsthand the power of puzzles in children’s education. Donahue says that puzzles are “less intimidating than a lot of other educational instruments,” so kids have …
April 1st, 2018 by 
By Hannah Thelen Building an engaging lesson that will capture a child’s attention and fight off boredom is a constant struggle for every educator. The solution to this problem may be found nestled at the intersection between play and learning: Puzzles. Puzzles come in many forms. Traditional jigsaw puzzles and other physical assembly puzzles, word puzzles, math puzzles, and logic puzzles have been enjoyed for generations, and exist all over the world. Regardless of what form they come in, puzzles and other thinking games offer extensive cognitive benefits while keeping kids of all ages active, engaged, and motivated to learn. …
March 31st, 2018 by 
Clever STEM books for secular homeschooling families. Are you looking for a fresh new addition to your secular homeschool toolbox? Look no further than Science, Naturally! With award-winning, National Science Teacher Association recommended books for preschool through middle school, available in multiple languages (and bilingual books too), Science, Naturally! connects kids with STEM education through brainteasers, puzzles, fiction, and nonfiction by merging facts and fun. Though written for elementary students, my preschooler loves If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers by Dia Michels. It’s filled with information about how 14 different mammals are born, how they …
March 27th, 2018 by 
By Allison Zaleski “Why do we have to learn this?” is a common lament when you try to get kids to focus on math lessons. Dreading a math class is almost a rite of passage for many young learners. Helping children connect with math, understand it is important, and, even, enjoy learning it can give them more confidence and open doors. Math is often seen as a stand-alone subject that doesn’t have much to do with other subjects. However, math is all around us. Helping a child connect math lessons with other lessons in art, literature, science, and more can …
March 27th, 2018 by 
Bilingual STEM Resources Learning a new language is hard. Trying to learn complicated math and science concepts in a new language is even harder. With almost five million English Language Learners (ELLs) in U.S. public schools facing this near-impossible challenge, it is difficult to believe that bilingual STEM resources are still not readily available. The rate of high school graduation for ELLs is only 63 percent, almost 20 percent lower than the national average. These students often fall behind in basic subjects due to insufficient language accommodations. Wendi Pillars, an experienced ESL teacher from Chatham County Schools in North Carolina, …
March 6th, 2018 by 
I believe in the complexity of the human story, and that there’s no way you can tell that story in one way and say, “this is it.” Always there will be someone who can tell it differently depending on where they are standing . . . this is the way I think the world’s stories should be told: from many different perspectives. secular homeschool history —“Chinua Achebe: The Art of Fiction CXXXVIV,” interview by Jerome Brooks in The Paris Review, Issue #133 (Winter 1994-5) History is traditionally taught through use of a single textbook. This method presents history as a linear, …
March 4th, 2018 by 
An Astronomy Unit Study presented in the guise of a Stargazing Unit Study: The Stargazer's Notebook When I was writing R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Astronomy 2 the idea for The Stargazer's Notebook came to me. The Stargazer's Notebook focuses on learning about the universe by observing the night sky. It is an astronomy unit study presented in the guise of a stargazing unit study. I didn’t want kids to just learn the science of astronomy from a book. My hope was that kids would get an understanding of the universe by making direct observations. I felt this would greatly enhance students’ passion for and …
November 20th, 2017 by 

Secular Homeschool Conferences hosted by Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers In this issue we are celebrating the 3 annual conferences Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers hosts! Two of our secular homeschool conferences are online 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 …

November 14th, 2017 by 

Julianna Speers : Service-Oriented Nature Lover and Secular Homeschooler I had the pleasure of meeting secular homeschooler Julianna at the Secular Eclectic Homeschoolers Conference in West Virginia 2017. She did a lot of volunteering at the conference. Secular homeschooler Julianna and her mother, Karen, have already signed up to volunteer at the 2018 conference!  She is the type of person who sees a need and jumps in to help. Secular Eclectic Homeschoolers is lucky to have such a committed and caring teen as a part of our community. How long have you been homeschooling? Ever since I was born. What is …

October 10th, 2017 by 

[button link=”https://seahomeschoolers.com/sea-events/2017-online-conference/schedule-october-2017-online-conference/” type=”big” newwindow=”yes”] Schedule: October 2017, Online Conference[/button] 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 …