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A Week's Worth of Reading - Many things home educational!
September 04, 2011
Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful home educating dads across Australia and beyond! Today's blog is simply an eclectic collection of links I've picked up over the past week - take your pick of and enjoy! Thanks to all my friends who send these links my way. Every day I learn something new, revisit old lessons and grow some more!
Teaching Empathy at Home and School - Can Schools Teach Empathy was the impetus for my last blog post and started me thinking about the benefits of home education yet again. So many benefits!
Free Homeschooling Ideas, Activities and Resources: Inspiring ideas for creative home educating - free activities, resources, worksheets and information.
My friend Wendy has been busy blogging on different subjects:
I enjoy dropping by at Parent at the Helm: Linda's articles are usually either reassuring or thought-provoking but always informative. This one is a favourite: Homeschooling Doesn't TAKE Time, It MAKES Time
And I participated in an online conversation about how adults talk - or should talk - to girls and boys in relation to gender stereotyping provoked by Don't Dumb Girls Down in the Sydney Morning Herald and my friend Jo's excellent blog on how to talk to boys: http://unboundedocean.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/sunday-unschool-how-to-talk-to-little-boys/#comment-368.
I am great fan of Ken Robinson, have been for a long time. It came as no surprise to me that he is a passionate advocate of personalised learning based on the way students (of any age!) learn: visit his website to see all of his videos, articles and resources.
Thank you Kate Fridkis for this excellent article. Another convert to home educating life! Why we switched to Home School.
Don't forget to look into the annual Premier's Reading Challenge - this link came up for the SA Challenge but there is one held in every state.
Alternative Learning Centers is a group for anyone interested in alternative learning centers as a choice for those who want a choice of learning environments outside of traditional school options.
Eclectic Homeschooling is a new FaceBook page by Joanne, a Californian homeschooling mom.
Unschoolers' Arts Gallery is an online art gallery for unschooled youth of all ages from around the world - well worth a visit!
There is so many excellent things to share with my home educating friends, which translates into the wonderful fact that the times really are a'changing! There are so many of us working hard to shift the education paradigm from school-centric to student-centric. Well done everyone!
All the best,
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