Worthy Reads


**My condolences to the marathon runners and the people of Boston for this tragic event.**


My Worthy Reads are slim on articles about homeschooling in the media. Part of the reason is that all the articles I’m finding mostly have to do with the Romeike case, but I’m washing my hands of that. Thanks to everyone who commented on my  post about that case. If you haven’t read those comments, I suggest you do. It’ll give you a different perspective on that case than has been portrayed in the media.


A definition of study – FIMBY – I like this post because it explains what I’d like to tell a lot of people: Parents can homeschool their children, and homeschooling will look different because homeschooling a small group of your own kids is much different than trying to control a large classroom.

18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children – Children’s MD

Project-Based Homeschooling Q&A: Getting Started – Raising Cajuns – Michelle has been writing a great series on PBH that you won’t want to miss!

Amy Hood ArtsThis isn’t a specific post. I just wanted to give a shout out for Amy’s blog because it’s chock full of good ideas for making art in your homeschool more intentional.

Second Year Anniversary – Luminous Fire – I love to hear good, honest news from homeschoolers who have children older than mine!

“How to Start a Project Group” + Friday Link Round-Up – Camp Creek Blog – Lori always gives the best quotes from articles that I’d like to be reading and sharing with you, but I just don’t have the time, so I’m glad she’s doing it! Plus, her guide on how to start a project group sounds great!

Homeschooled Kids, Now Grown, Blog Against the Past – The Daily Beast – This kind of stuff is upsetting. Not sure how to digest it.

“We were told that suffering is a good thing”: Former homeschool students blog about abuse – Daily Mail


High School teacher brings history to life – CNN Schools of Thought – An inspiring teacher!

Some types of TV might improve behavior in kids – CNN Schools of Thought

Raising and Educating Boys

Why I Want My Boys to be Just Like Pa – Bloggin’ ‘Bout Boys – We love Little House too! I agree with Jennifer about male role models in this post.

A Bit of News & Worthy Reads

boys at harris homestead

My Own Worthy Read

I’m excited to share with you the news that I have an article and photographs published in the Spring 2013 issue of Georgia Backroads magazine.  If you’re a local Georgia homeschooler, you may be interested in picking up a copy because my article is a good lesson in Georgia and American history.  Titled “Rogues Road Landmark:  The William Harris Homestead,” I give readers a glimpse into the history of the beautiful William Harris Homestead (pictured above) in Monroe, Georgia.  If you haven’t visited the homestead and you want to, don’t hesitate to e-mail me and ask about it!


My worthy reads are rather skimpy because we’ve had some illnesses in the house, and I’m plum tired of reading about homeschooling in the media. It’s so much of the same stuff. But I have found some great blog posts and a few other worthy reads to share with you.


Psychology: Homeschooling offers viable option for many – CapitalGazzette.com – Happy to see this positive and detailed article about homeschooling.

Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution – The Atlantic

Ask The Taxgirl: Do Homeschooling Expenses Qualify As An Educator Expense – Forbes – Short answer, no.

Homeschool Writing with Patricia Zaballos – FIMBY – Two of my favorite homeschooling bloggers bundled together in one post! Seriously, this is a good overview of Patricia’s advice about writing, and if you like it, you may want to see her new series on her blog, Become a Writing Mentor to Your Child, Part 1

Science and Inquiry – Avant Parenting

German Homeschoolers fight for asylum in U.S. – Aljazeera

Homeschooling Resource

Mazes, Free Printables, Easy to Hard – krazydad – My boys have been into mazes lately, and my husband found this great resource for finding mazes for all levels.


My daughter realized I’m going to die – The Cultivated Mother – Kimberly is a homeschooling mom, but I felt this very moving post fit under parenting.

Finding the true path to happiness – Project Based Homeschooling

Educating and Raising Boys

How to Help Boys – Blogging ‘Bout Boys

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I’m going through my photo archives, and I came across this old favorite. “Playing with (throwing) leaves and dirt”


The Importance of Realigning Priorities – Interest-Led Learning

Highly Inappropriate, then and now – Avant Parenting

It’s not enough to be smart – Project-based Homeschooling

German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom – HSLDA – Worth being aware of. Ever since the HSLDA posted this, there has been many spin-off articles.  I’m just posting a couple of extra below:

Mainstream television features kids growing up without school – Innovative Educator

Waco: As Texas Weighs School Safety Options, Local Couple Advocates Home Schooling – Our Town Texas

Homeschooling, community college aided high-achieving Moorestown family – philly.com


How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next? – Mindshift – Excellent article!

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble – Mindshift

Has Kindergarten Become Too Academic? – Anne Murphy Paul

A warning to college profs from a high school teacher – The Washington Post – Someone posted this on a local homeschool list. Thank you!

Best Paying College Majors Are Mostly In Engineering – Huffington Post

A 15-year-old student’s ed reform plan: Self-directed learning – The Washington Post

Why introverts shouldn’t be forced to talk in class – The Washington Post

Obama touts preschools in Georgia: ‘This isn’t baby-sitting’ – CNN.com – I have mixed feelings about this.  I do think good free preschool should be available to all families who need it. It does seem to be beneficial in certain cases, especially when parents don’t have the time to devote to their children because of economic hardship, but ideally, children should be at home bonding with their parents, playing, exploring, learning for fun, and being kids!  They don’t need more school.  They need good parents.

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success – Mindshift

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Why Homeschooling is Becoming Hipster – townhall.com

School Choice Week: Why Homeschool Is the Best School – patheos.com

Happier Homeschooling – About.com – I thought this was a good, succinct article about making homeschooling less stressful. I definitely agree it should make your life easier, not harder!

Take me to Your Dungeon Master – FIMBY – A must read for anyone who is doing interest-led learning. What happens when your children want to learn about something you’re not interested in?

Stress and Learning – Avant Parenting – Excellent information for homeschoolers about brain research and how we learn.


Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Curriculum – Mindshift – I saw Patricia Zaballos tweet this, and I agree with her when she said, “Homeschoolers, we’re so far ahead of the game!”


8 Mindful Practices for Parents – Mindful

Tear Down the Swing Sets – Slate – Thanks to Jennifer L.W. Fink for sharing this on Twitter!

Raising and Educating Boys (Don’t forget I add all of these to my comprehensive page Worthy Reads about Raising and Educating Boys.)

Building Strong Boys – Not Just Cute – This looks to be a promising series about boys, risk factors and the positive things they need.

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*NOTE GEORGIA HOMESCHOOLERS: New bills affecting homeschooling in Georgia – Atlanta Homeschooling Examiner

How home schooling threatens monopoly education – USA Today

Homeschooling — Another Name for Helicopter Parenting? – Huffpost Students

The Microcosm of Homeschooling – Huffpost Teen

A Home-Schooling Pioneer Looks to the Future – NYTimes.com

The Messy Side of Interest-Led Learning – Interest-Led Learning

Learning to use the time you have – Project-Based Homeschooling

Homeschool Reflection: I’m Ambivalent – Patheos


Online courses need human element to educate – CNN Schools of Thought

Raising and Educating Boys

Guns don’t kill people – our sons do – USA Today – Very provocative column, and I have to agree with it.

Boys, Bullying & Guns – Blogging ‘Bout Boys

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7 Reasons to Homeschool Through High School – TheHomeSchoolMom.com

Using YouTube for homeschooling – Simple Homeschool – I LOVE YouTube for homeschooling, but I didn’t know you could sign up for YouTube for Schools, which offers more controls over what you can view as stated in this post.  Yay!

Education: Keep it in the family – The Economist

The Itchy Sweater – Creekside Learning – This blogger is writing about her daughter’s difficulty wearing clothes and how she learned that she had Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

A Homeschooling Guide To Doing Chemistry – science 2.0

Double income potential for college grads: Homeschoolers lead the ranks – Phoenix Homeschooling Examiner.com

Books featuring homeschoolers – Avant Parenting

Stealth educational choice? – Educating Ourselves : Deseret News

Sorting out the truth and myth in home schooling – The Oregonian


Why Daydreaming Isn’t a Waste of Time – Mindshift

Beyond Strategy and Winning, How Games Teach Kids Empathy – Mindshift

What’s a teacher to do? – The Innovator Educator – “As Papert predicted in 1980, the time has come when some of our students have figured out they don’t need to come to school to learn. They see what is happening in the class as disconnected to what is happening in their world and the carrot of passing the test is no longer enough.”

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory – Mindshift

Educating Boys

‘Girls’ better behaviour results in higher grades than boys’ – Education – Scotsman.com – This is an irritating article. Boys are no less well-behaved than girls. They (and some girls) have different needs, including the need for a better learning environment where they can move and do more hands-on activities! This article is from Scotland, but the expert quoted happens to be from a local university.

Please add your Worthy Reads to the comments section.

Worthy Reads or Maybe Not?

I’m holding off on my regular Worthy Reads to show you this onslaught of articles in the media about families wanting to homeschool after the massacre. I have great reservations about this, and I have a written my own response to this that will be published in the Barrow Journal on January 2, 2013.  I will also post it here on January 3rd.  On that post, I’ll ask you to share your thoughts about this, although you are more than welcome to do so now too.

I’m so very sad by everything that is happening in the wake of this tragedy.  I can barely read the news.

I stopped compiling this list on Sunday, December 23rd. I’m sure there will be more, but I’m also sure they’ll all sound similar.

Homeschooling as a knee-jerk reaction to the Connecticut school shooting – examiner.com

Which ‘Teen Mom’ star is homeschooling her child after Sandy Hook massacre? – Canada Reality TV/examiner.com

Homeschooling An Option For Fearful Parents – everythinglubbock.com

Connecticut Tragedy Feeds Homeschooling Debate – Valley News Live – Fargo/Grand Forks

Homeschool In Wake of Shooting – KOKH FOX25

Parents concerned about recent violence consider homeschooling options – click2houston.com

Post Newtown Shooting: Interest in homeschooling surges – FOX5 San Diego

Some consider homeschooling after Connecticut shooting – CBS 5 – KPHO

Get Out Now: How School Violence Led Us to Homeschooling – Wired

Families turn to homeschooling after Newtown, Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook – examiner.com

Parents consider homeschool in wake of school shooting – Bay News 9, Florida

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December & Christmas Activities with Small Children – Mama of Letters – This is the post I wrote last year about our December traditions, which is slim & stress-free, and except for a few exceptions, this year isn’t going to look much different.

So, how do you homeschool? – Simple Homeschool

Homeschooling gets good grades for pupils – Spirit Of Jefferson (West Virginia)

Home is Where the School is: An Argument for Homeschooling Children – Political Fiber


Do Students Really Have Different Learning Styles? – Mindshift

Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids? – Mindshift – Gives some good information about when and why, exactly, children might start to consider themselves not creative.  I think as homeschoolers we have a good advantage of watching our children closely and combating this.  Children need to learn that failure is okay (next article is a good one on this topic).  They don’t have to be perfect.  In fact, all artists do many “rough drafts” before they are satisfied with their work….this is what I tell my son.

STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail – US News and World Report – Yes, and ALL students need to be taught to fail.

How Design Can Get Kids On the Path to Tech Careers – Co.Design

My View: When it comes to a longer school day, something’s got to give – CNN Schools of Thought – Longer school days do not sound good to a homeschooler. We homeschool because we want our kids to have the freedom to play, explore, daydream and really be kids while they’re able to be kids.  The real school work can be done in such a shorter time.  Still, I recognize that for some kids, a longer school day might be a blessing. They may be safer at school than at home or on the street. They may need the extra time studying.  I hope, as this gentleman writes, that schools use the time wisely and not simply to push more drill and memorization on kids.

The looming crisis of student loan debt – CNN Schools of Thought


Attachment and Success – Avant Parenting

Why You’re Never Failing as a Mother – Pregnant Chicken

An Awesome Way to Make Kids Less Self-Absorbed – Greater Good

Please add your worthy reads in the comments.

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The Value in Mistakes – Interest-Led Learning

What About Socialization? – Homeschool.com

Homeschooling works – the star online

Homeschooling a better choice for some – Franklin Park Herald, Chicago Sun-Times

Nova Scotia would be ‘worst place in Canada’ for homeschoolers if gvmt heeds new report – LifeSiteNews.com

Kenya to outlaw homeschooling? – One News Now


Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts! – Innovative Educator

ECE (Preschool) is no good for 4, 5 and possibly 6 year olds, expert says – Home Education Foundation – In some ways, I agree with this.  I think children benefit more from being at home with their parents during their early years, if their parents provide them with a stimulating, loving environment.  I don’t think kids need the kind of “socialization” that many people think they need at such a young age. Forming bonds with their family and possibly a close network of extended family and friends is ideal. However, I have read that preschool does benefit children from lower income families or families who cannot provide the a loving, engaging environment.  And I think shunning preschool altogether can hurt many families who have no other choice but to put more energy into their work than in their family life in order to survive.  What we need is to get our society to walk the walk and not just talk the talk about promoting family values!

Homework: It fails our students and undermines American education – SmartBlogs – I agree!  Kids are in school all day, and they have to do homework at night. When are they supposed to play?!

Schools Are Ruining Our Kids – Vanity Fair – Perhaps a little extreme, but it’s thought-provoking.


Giving a Child Permission to Be Miserable – Motherload Blog, NYTimes.com

Four Hours of Screen Time? No Problem – Motherload Blog, NYTimes.com

Limit children’s screen time, expert urges – BBC News – I have already written about our T.V. viewing, but this makes me tempted to write a another post. I think many good parents read these kinds of articles and then freak out about their kids having any screen time.  But in reality, these articles are for the parents who aren’t involved enough in their kids’ education and individual interests.  Do you read books to your kids? Do you have conversations with them? Are your kids involved in activities outside the home? Are you doing projects together? Getting out into nature?  What kinds of programming are your kids really watching? I doubt it’s harming them.

Educating Boys

Educating Boys – ABC Sydney – Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Though this sounds like a good school, I don’t agree with the statement that boys are different because we nurture them differently. They are just different!  And we nurture each child according to his/her needs.

Why You Should Care About International Men’s Day – Blogging ‘Bout Boys


30 Storytelling Tips for Educators: How to Capture Your Student’s Attention – InformED – I was asked to share this article with you, and while I think it’s great, I also think it may overwhelm the novice storyteller!  Remember, to tell stories, all you have to do is begin… I am planning to write much more about storytelling for parents.  Trying to find the time….!  I hope you’ll bear with me.

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In Berlin, Global Homeschooling Leaders Unveil Historic Declaration – The New American

Home-school proponent (Susan Bauer) well-versed in controversy – The Norman Transcript

a few rules for homeschooling and life, the marvel edition – Wonder Farm

The Year I Went to School and Why I Left – Huffington Post Teen – a very down-to-earth commentary from a 16-year-old homeschooled student

Am I Living it Right? (is the wrong question) – FIMBY – An inspiring post for any homeschooler.


My View: Ten myths about gifted students and programs for gifted – CNN Schools of Thought

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? – Mindshift

My View: An open letter to George Lucas – we need your independent vision – CNN Schools of Thought

Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful? – Smithsonian.com

Revolt against high-stakes standardized testing spreads – Washington Post Answer Sheet

My view: Kindergarten redshirting different for each child – CNN Schools of Thought – I would have held my son back for Kindergarten if we were not homeschooling, but as this writer notes, it is not necessarily the right thing to do for every child. I am glad I’m homeschooling so that I don’t have to worry about it because surely there would be pros and cons to doing it.

Historian David McCullough: No ‘professional teacher should major in education’ – Washington Post Answer Sheet

Why ‘Googling It’ Is Not Enough – Mindshift


How Children Learn: Portraits of Classrooms Around the World – Brain Pickings – I e-mailed this to the six-year-old, and we enjoyed looking at our globe while looking at these photos.

Why Daydreaming Isn’t a Waste of Time – Mindshift