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Making the Decision to Homeschool

To some, this may be a bit of a surprise considering what I do in the homeschool community these days… but I never wanted to homeschool. For a variety of reasons, but things changed and so did my opinion of homeschooling. It’s fraught with questions, concerns, fears and more. But it’s full of joy – more […]

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Common Core: Dangers and Threats to American Liberty and Education

Dr. Duke Pesta has been touring the country, giving a presentation on the Common Core State Standards (Common Core), “You cannot do Common Core in bullet points,” he says. He’s right, Common Core is too complicated. On this fall evening, he was speaking to a group of about 65 parents and grandparents, some were seasoned […]

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Thank You, Common Core, for Giving Us Freedom

Yes, it sounds odd to say this, but the basic truth is that without Common Core, we would not be homeschooling. We would still be locked in the cycle of pushing our twins towards shutting down educationally … if they weren’t already shut down. Without Common Core, we would never have known just how frustrated […]

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Common Ground on Common Core – Review

When I saw there was a book coming out called Common Ground on Common Core, I was intrigued. While the issue certainly has opponents (and supporters) on both ends of the political spectrum, this seemed like a unique take on the topic, so I reached out to one of the people involved in the project, […]

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Building the Machine – Review

It was my husband who brought Common Core to my attention a little over a year ago. He asked that I look at it, see what I thought. I did, and we are now homeschooling, but that’s another story for another time! Throughout the course of the year, we have watched and studied the issues surrounding […]

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CCSS – Aligned or Not?

Whether you are just starting or need to change something, the choices in curricula are overwhelming. There are some companies that seem to be very popular, Saxon, Life of Fred, Abeka, and the list goes on. In fact, there are so many that it’s hard to decide! Our family’s biggest challenge was finding curricula that […]