Apr 18 2016

Great List of Alternatives to Traditional Schooling

Tag:Cyn @ 15:41

33 Ways to Learn That Are Way Better Than Traditional Schooling

Nowadays, I am inclined to think, as Clark Aldrich writes, that “What a person learns in a classroom is how to be a person in a classroom.”

And, frankly, being a part of the broken, immoral education-industrial complex, the monolithic monopoly forever, futilely trying to reform itself isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The current school system is so f***ed up, it isn’t workable.


Jan 19 2008

Homeschooling High School in College?

It’s be SO long since I updated things here! Not that I think anybody really missed me, but still, I should have kept it up a bit better.

Katie tried attending a good high school near us, and loved it. She got great grades, was chosen to work on the yearbook (it’s a very competitive process there), and was even made the chief photographer right away! She was also getting involved in other activities, and she made some good friends. She really loved the art classes, in particular.

Unfortunately, her health suffered. She has severe restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia (which causes sleep problems), and truly horrific migraines in addition to being allergic to all kinds of things. The migraines aren’t well-managed any more, so that she has a migraine almost every day despite taking Trileptal as a preventive. She’s had to use her rescue medicine so much that it’s no longer very helpful, either. She just can’t get any decent sleep, thanks to the RLS and fibro, which means that she needs a minimum of ten to twelve hours every night, and still wakes up unrested. And our insurance has gone stupid, repeatedly refusing to cover her allergy medications, in particular. 1 Right now, they’re refusing to cover Provigil, which was the only thing keeping her awake enough to even consider attending school. She’s under doctor’s orders to stop driving until the sleep situation is ameliorated, and has been for some time, so she’s been delayed in learning to drive and getting her license.

So she’s back at home, which is a real disappointment to her. We’ve decided to try making the best of it, and focus on the good things. For instance, she’s no longer held back to anyone else’s learning pace, and she doesn’t have to jump through bureaucratic hoops. She can learn whenever she is awake, honoring her body’s need for more sleep than most people.

She wants to take college classes online, which is how I’m managing to continue my education despite health problems. I think it’s a good idea, so now we’re considering schools and money. While the University system schools here in Georgia technically have all their core classes online, the reality when I attended Southern Poly was that the entire school usually had only one or two seats for any particular course, and of course those seats were taken immediately.

We’d love to hear about the experiences of any other homeschooled teens who are finishing high school in college, particularly those who are taking classes online.

Her eventual goal is art school, and while there is a local school that has an online program, I just don’t see how it’s possible to learn some things through the internet. Neither does she. So we’re also looking for good art classes to supplement whatever she does online. We’re in Decatur, and since neither she nor I are driving, close is good. MARTA accessibility is absolutely necessary!


1 hey insist that everybody should be just fine with Claritin, which is available over-the-counter. Not so!


Nov 05 2006

The “S” Word

Tag:Tag , Cyn @ 16:19

I just wanted to post a link to an interesting but very basic article about socialization, since it continues to be something idiots bring up regarding homeschooling.


Oct 29 2006

Will we regret homeschooling later?

Tag:Tag Cyn @ 22:01

I don’t think so, honestly. And, if she’s anything like those who participated in a recent survey, I don’t think Katie will, either.

…according to “Homeschooling Grows Up,” a research study on adults who were homeschooled, 74 percent of those who were homeschooled are currently homeschooling their own children.…The “Homeschooling Grows Up” survey said that out of the more than 5,000 surveyed, 95 percent say they are glad they were homeschooled and 92 percent say having been homeschooled is an advantage to them as adults.

From Are homeschoolers prepared for the real world?


Sep 17 2006

Learning by Doing

An awesome article by Seed magazine (my current favorite magazine!) about learning by doing. Apparently that’s how we learn best. When we learn by doing, we retain the information we’ve learned much better than if it’s presented to us in an abstract way.

How We Know: What do an algebra teacher, Toyota and a classical musician have in common?


Aug 29 2006

Katie and high school

Tag:Tag , , , Cyn @ 11:26

Katie is absolutely loving school.

Well, she loves the social aspect, and the challenge of interacting with new instructors. She isn’t happy about living by a bell, and of course all of us are adjusting to living on the school’s timetable in general.

At the end of the very first day, she called and asked if she could go hang out with her new friends at a nearby coffee shop. That’s my girl, the extrovert. She’d already made friends and continues to do so. So much for any worries (which we didn’t have) about her social skills.

She’s doing well academically, too. We talk about her school work and she asks for input at times, so I know what she’s doing. It isn’t nearly the same as the level of involvement required for homeschooling, but it’s something.

She isn’t accustomed to the adversarial relationship some teachers and staff members automatically assume towards students, and it isn’t something I ever want her to accept as right or normal. Expected at this level, maybe. But not right.

I’m still having some “empty nest” feelings, but seeing her thrive certainly helps deal with them. Homeschooling was definitely the right thing for us for the past few years, and did prepare her well for high school. We have no regrets at all there!


Aug 06 2006

In transition

Tag:Tag , , , , TechnoMom @ 14:02

Katie is going to high school in a few weeks, a 10th grader. The school is much larger than the one she attended last fall – approximately the same population as my own alma mater when I was there.

I, at least, will continue to write here, as I’ve been interested in homeschooling and education much longer than I’ve had a child at home officially being homeschooled. In fact, I first heard of homeschooling as a modern reality right after I graduated in the mid-1980s, and was immediately intrigued. I read everything I could find about it, and have kept up that connection since then.

Katie is all excited, of course. I’m excited for her. I fear she may be dampening that excitement down a little because she knows that I’ll miss her, but she shouldn’t. That’s just a normal part of being Mommy. Letting go is in the job description.Trying new things is in hers.


Aug 05 2006

Online Writing Labs

So anyway, I meant to post about those Online Writing Labs (OWLs) that many colleges have put online.

Their contents and quality vary widely from one college to the next. They’re intended to help students write their papers at whatever time they get around to doing them, wherever they happen to be. Good ones include online access to reference tools such as dictionaries, thesauruses, and grammar usage guides, a link to the school’s library, any formatting standards established by his school in particular, and sometimes more specific material depending on the type of student expected to be using the OWL.

Unfortunately, some schools have slapped a list of links up on a set and called it an OWL. I won’t be recommending any of those pitiful little things.

Yes, it’s perfectly fine for others to use these sites. They aren’t behind the school’s firewalls, so they are a resource that has been generously shared with the public. If you find one especially helpful, consider sending an email to the site’s authors/editors, thanking them for their efforts


Aug 05 2006

Neat resource!

I was browsing through a magazine about writing today and came across an article about online writing labs (OWLs), suggesting that writers make use of them as reference tools.

I was distracted, though, by this: Ink, “A Free, Multiplayer, Online Game for Writing & Community.”

Imagine that you’re surfing the Web and you discover a site called Ink…You click Enter, and your browser loads a chat window and the image of a cityscape. A caption informs you that you are in the City Center. Almost immediately, someone notices that you’ve arrived and begins talking with you in the chat window. “Welcome to Ink,” the stranger says. “This is a great place. But we have a problem right now, and I’m hoping you can help. Our neighborhood isn’t doing well. We need to get a group of people together to address this problem. Can you help us? We need to design a flier that will motivate people to come to a meeting where we can talk about this problem. We need to draft a resolution that we can circulate to those who show up. We also need a brochure that explains why other citizens should vote for our proposal. And we’re going to need a white paper to explain to City Council the principles that inform our proposal. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Can you help us?”
The public beta opens on August 15, and they’re doing this as a Creative Commons project. I need to put that date on the calendar!

Jun 06 2006

Driving Lessons

Tag:ChatOmbre @ 11:06

So, for the past week or so, I’ve been taking driving lessons. First I had 30 hours (spread out over a week, of course) of in-class study, most of which was about the law. Then, yesterday I started on my 10 hours of behind-the-wheel lessons.

Both of my teachers (one in classroom, one in the car) have been very good. I think I’ve learned a lot already. I’ve finished all of my in-class hours, and 3 of my behind-the-wheel hours. Yesterday I went on the expressway! I was nervous when I started driving, but then by the time I’d gotten there I was calm, so it wasn’t that scary. I felt all zoomy afterwards.


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