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New Homeschooling HELP: What Records Do I Keep?!

As I began to homeschool my first grader over the last few months, I felt encouraged by the local homeschooling groups I joined on social media. Just today, one of the other new homeschool moms posted a question I continue to try and figure out “what records do we...

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5 Facts about Online High School

Some people say that when you attend high school online "the world is your oyster." That you can attend classes in your jammies or that you'll never have to deal with teachers again and you won't ever have to attend a boring health studies class again.  Some of these...

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Enroll early for your Online Virtual Back-to-School Goodies

Global Student Network (GSN) has a lots of “freebies” with your name on it! When you enroll your student for a full year curriculum program with Global Student Network between June 1, 2019 and July 15, 2019, you will receive: Link to free DIY homeschool portfolio kit...

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Homeschool Government 101

Just as dissecting a real frog or making a real solar powered toy car provides hands-on learning for our kids, so participating in real life government teaches our kids about how things actually work. Additionally, visiting local historic sites (or even historic...

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Photo Contest – Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Hello! GSN is inviting all of our families to participate in our End of Year Homeschool Photo contest!  As the "school year" comes to a close, we would love to see how your year went!  To participate, please send a picture of your student to...

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Values in Homeschooling

There are a multitude of subjects to cover in homeschooling, then add into that the list of extracurricular activities you want your kids to experience. It is overwhelming to contemplate everything you want to impart to your kids not only as their teacher but also as...

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The Future of Digital Education

Did you know that tech historians are already referring to current times as the "Fourth Industrial Revolution?"  In fact, Bernard Marr, writing for Forbes in August 2018 said "We’re on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0.  It’s...

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3 States and Their Approach to Online Learning

According to data collected during the 2010 U.S. Census, the number of school age children (age 5 to 17) in the U.S. during 2016-17 was 58,212,462.  37% of those children live in California, Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.  In an effort to offer more...

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The Great Planner Debate

The Great Planner Debate: Teaching Homeschoolers the Art of Independent Planning I remember the first planner I used. I was in the sixth grade and my school issued everyone the same planner, complete with dates important to our school already printed in the correct...

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Homeschool Hacks

Regardless of what your career or occupation is, you are sure to have to developed a few tricks of the trade to make your job easier. These days the term “lifehack” is used loosely to describe those uniquely personal ideas that increase efficiency in daily life. Let’s...

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Why I Homeschool

We were recently at a birthday party and my son happily shared with the guests sitting across the table that he was in kindergarten. Later in the conversation it came up we were homeschooling. The eyebrows were raised and the questions started. “Here we go,” I...

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BLENDED LEARNING BENEFITS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING? Since 1999, the use of digital and online instructional approaches known generically as 'blended learning" and "hybrid learning" have become increasingly popular as a way to convert the brick-and-mortar classroom to a model that combines...

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Historic Homeschoolers

You know that feeling you get when you meet a new family in the community while you’re out and about during school hours? It’s usually fairly easy to spot a new homeschooling family and, for us, it’s pretty exciting to introduce ourselves to potential friends! My kids...

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BLENDED LEARNING AS “DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION”

Ten years ago, three education researchers noted that "online learning is sweeping across America." They estimated that, in 2009, more than 3 million K to 12 students would take an online course, resulting in a nearly 70-fold increase over the year 2000 when an...

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Quick Organizational Tips for Kids

As homeschoolers, we do a lot of living in our homes. Moms can’t do everything so how can we teach our kids a few basic organizational skills? Here are a few quick ways to get your kids on the path to keeping better organized around the house. Easy to Remember If you...

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Saying Yes

As with all areas of life, there are many options to fill our homeschool day. We have endless amount of curriculum and textbook options to pick from. The methodologies available from which to select are numerous. We have loads of choices of online coursework and...

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Learning Math Can Be a Creative Experience

Professor Jo Boaler teaches at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education and is the CEO and co-founder of www.YouCubed.com , a site that offers a wide variety of math-education resources and tools for teachers, parents, and students.  Professor Boaler, who...

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Foreign Languages for Homeschool Students

If you were to ask the average American high school student if he or she needs to learn a foreign language they would probably respond with “No, everybody speaks English these days.” Really? Why Homeschool Students Should Study Foreign Languages Exposure to Other...

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Pros and Cons of Homeschool Conventions

Whether you are new to homeschooling or you’ve been doing it for years, you have probably considered attending a homeschool convention. Should you go or not go? Will it be worth it for you to invest the time and energy to join the thousands of other homeschoolers at a...

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