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Monday, August 06, 2012

Gabby Douglas, Hair, and Homeschooling

Gabby Douglas, the athlete who just won multiple gold medals in the Olympics is a buzzing topic right now... because of the state of her hair. Wow. This makes me angry because too many of use are out of shape and unhealthy because we are worried about our hair. This young athlete has her priorities in order. Yes, her hair doesn't look like she just came from the salon, but have you seen how far that child can fly!

Friday, August 03, 2012

Homeschooler wins the gold

To be truly dedicated to Olympic training, young people need to be able to put all of their time and effort into training. Homeschooling allows them to do this as they can schedule their learning around their training.  Here is a list of current Olympic athletes who were homeschooled. 

Congratulations to Gabrielle Douglas who is homeschooled and says it that homeschooling  helps to build self- discipline and time management



 Other prominent Olympians who are or where homeschoolers are:

Danell Leyva- Homeschooled from 2nd grade and self taught since seventh grade
David Boudia- Homeschooled since 2nd semester of his Jr. year

Haley Ishimatsu-Homeschooled and felt that "high school social life is really just over rated"
Thomas Finchum-Homeschooled to have a more flexible schedule
Kelci Bryant- Homeschooled for the last year
Anna James- Homeschooled

There are a couple of others who have been listed as homeschoolers, but I could not find proof.  If you know of another athlete who was homeschooled and have a link to back it up, please add it in the comments section.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yes, we wear our pajamas

I had to share this homeschool video.  This cool homeschooled kid sums it up pretty well.


Oh, and yeah, we wear our pajamas too. I try to buy pajamas that look as much like street clothes as possible in case I want to make a quick run and don't want to bother getting dressed. i.e. yoga pants....

I tried yoga once.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Homeschoolers and The Arts

 We returned from North Carolina last night after attending the CITA (Christians in the Theatre Arts) Secondary School Theatre Festival.  Our homeschool program (Artios) and four or five others theater and musical performances of all types.  There was so much talent there, I could hardly contain myself.  All of the kids in our group got excellent or superior ratings in one or more of their performances including my daughter who got excellent ratings in both her musical solo and her group scene.  One girl in our group got a best of her category award.  Of course, I am very proud. My daughter has done performances and been in plays before, but this is the first time she has been up against such as huge number of other talented performers!  I am very proud of her performances.  ...And she is already looking for theater pieces to perform next year. 

While the school we visited over the weekend (where the event was held) had a tremendous drama and arts departments with probably 1000 costumes, 50 wigs, and hundreds of instruments, I have to say that I think that our homeschoolers have the advantage of being able to follow and focus on their passions and make the arts a large part of their homeschooling experience.

Think about it.  The kids at the festival certainly blew our minds with their level of skill and their talents.  Our students however, held their own even though and were able to compete at the same level even though they don't get daily attention from directors and teachers as the other students do.   Our kids' talents are truly driven by their own passion for the arts and lots of independent study.  While they may only have a few hours a week to hone their skills with an expert in their field, their results are still up to par with those who have an instructor 5 days a week, plus the access to all the instruments, costumes, and venues for performing that they desire.
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Friday, December 19, 2008

My daughters goals

Yesterday my daughter and I had a conversation about her homeschooling goals. We started out discussing college and looked at her favorite choice online to see if it really measured up to her goals. She's 12.

If you think that is a bit much for a 12 year old to discuss, read this story about a 14 year old homeschool grad who has received two degrees. Story found at NC Homeschool News

Full story at Star News online


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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cool Homeschooled Kid gets an Early Start in Business

I have been trying to impress on my kids for some while the importance of starting businesses at very young ages. In fact, it is my desire for my kids to have businesses started and running before they graduate from homeschool high.

Here is the story of one kid who is well on her way:




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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

From the mouth of babes... err... teens

Read this very eloquent article by a "homeschooled" kid that speaks to some of the misconceptions homeschoolers have to face.

I used the "quotes" because she actually does a school at home program and is officially a public school student.



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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Kool Homeschooled Kid

The Connecticut Newspaper Courant.com profiled homeshooled teen Erin O' Launaigh of Cheshire. She started homeschooling after becoming very sick with a form of hemophilia. REad more of her story here:

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Cool Homeschooled Kids

A team of home-schooled students from the East Valley won the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge Friday, employing teamwork, dedicated research and confidence in their abilities...By winning first place in the competition, the Kosmos team won a VIP trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston for a behind-the-scenes look at the NASA facilities. The team also will be recognized on the field at the 37th annual Fiesta Bowl Wednesday. full story here

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cute Homeschooled Kid

I am generally not very impressed by homeschooled preschoolers. (hold that rock, don't throw it yet) It is just that there are alot, alot, alot, more preschool homeschoolers than Kindergarten homeschoolers, and alot more kindergarten homeschoolers than first grade homeschoolers, and alot more first grade homeschoolers than second grade homeschoolers, and so on, and so forth.

Show me a homeschooled high schooled kid that started at the beginning... then you've caught my eye. Show me one that's kicking (academic) butt, and my attention is full and undivided. But this time, unabashedly cute caught my eye and stole my heart.

Check at What does that spell at The Wired for Noise homeschool blog.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Kool homeschooled kid: Stephen Stafford

Channel 2 news (Atlanta) just profiles a 12 year old boy who attended Morehouse college for a summer course in advanced calculus.

His mother Michelle said he was very bored in elementary school, so they decided to homeschool him, he shot through the curriculum so fast he was in the 10th grade by age 11. Last summer after the caluclus class was over, he received and award for best student. He tutored his older peers.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

What Happens after Homeschooling?

Here are some recent homeschooling articles I wrote.

After Homeschooling: Successful Recent Homeschool GraduatesBy dreahwrites, Oct 29, 2007
It is easy to point out that people like Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin were home schooled. Just about every person alive before 1850 was homeschooling in some capacity. Read more»

After Homeschooling: Preparing to Enter the WorkforceBy dreahwrites, Oct 29, 2007
Not all people who home school have the goal of going to college. Just like many students who attend traditional schools, many home schooled students go directly into the work force. Read more»

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Monday, September 24, 2007

"I was homeschooled, so what?"

Read this post from a young lady:

When I tell people, mostly teens my age, that I've been homeschooled they usually say "I'm sorry". Why? Because they believe that I've been sheltered, protected, and treated with kid gloves my entire life, that my parents never let me make mistakes and that my education and socialization has to be sub par to what they had in public schools. Then I spend the next 20 minutes explaining how great homeschooling is, at least for me.

read the entire story here:



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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Kool Homeschool Kid





Isn't it wonderful that a kid can have such great success by working her education around her tennis
career.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Check out this Homeschooled Kid

I first noticed Morgan Harper about 4 months ago on Youtube when I was looking for videos of other homeschoolers. Here is a funny/cool video of her and her little sister. (Don't be alarmed, they were acting a crazy at first because they are trying to make a point about being "homeskooled")



Now today, she was profiled on the local news... she is the hottest new thing in folk music. Too cool!


This encourages me because my kids are both artistic.