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I Love October

This is a good week. My university is on spring break, and this means I don’t have to be around people (other than the family I obviously live with).  I can play in the snow, cycle, study, write, submit conference papers, clean house, and relax. My western social skills were set back after not socializing …
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progressive missions

I have often written that because I was homeschooled, specifically without TV or other cultural media, I am literally clueless about things other people consider common knowledge. I think sometimes people think I’m making it up though. So here’s a good a recent example. I saw this quiz, “What State Do You Belong In?” floating …
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Eyes On Me

When I write about cultural disconnect or socialization problems, I am not just talking about some short painful period after high school, where I went to college, experienced intense culture shock, and then got over myself and became a regular adult. If only, if only, that were true. I am bombarded weekly with mainstream cultural …
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Homeschool Group Learning

As a homeschool student I never really learned the concept of group work, group learning, or group living. It’s odd because, looking back, I thought I was the master at those skills simply because we did so much as a family. For example, I dissected a frog with a total of eight hands (well, technically, …
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teen girl squad

I found this comment on HSLDA’s FB page, presumably by some homeschool mom who has been trained to laugh at the socialization question. And it made me angry.  See, its fine if homeschool parents want to tell their stories about how they were socially awkward as public school kids, or how they are a social …
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Eye Don't Cry

Sophelia made a good comment on her guest post on homeschool socialization, a point I’ve been chewing on for a while. Here’s what she wrote. An articulate, self-confident child who converses easily with adults is not necessarily well socialised! And the belief that they are will make it all the harder for that child to …
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homeschool girl

This is a three-part series on being born to be a world-changer in the religious homeschool community, and how setting ourselves apart from the crowd involved unhealthy fears of the outside.  Yesterday I talked about the fear of any outside knowledge, including fear of scholarly and academic studies. Today I want to talk about the fear of …
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learning5

This post is for a homeschool blog carnival. Karen, an atheist homeschool mom, asked me to participate. So I agreed. I was homeschooled for 12 years, so I blog about homeschooling from the perspective of the homeschool graduate. When I graduated from high school, I was forging a new path my parents had never experienced …
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No Teenagers Allowed

March 29th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Homeschool - (13 Comments)

So I wasn’t allowed to be a teenager. Like ever. And that sounds great – but its insane. First, I never got the opportunity to detach myself from my parents. I was always a member of the family, but not a separate person. For my 18th birthday, I had a bunch of 4 year-old kids …
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homeschool girl

Recently I gave a presentation on SE Asia for some girls at a local church. I rang the door bell of our host, and then she rang the doorbell too. She was 15, dressed neatly, and wore a T-shirt She gravitated to me.  She came over hungry, excited, and asking questions. I knew she was …
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