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Identify Theft and the FAFSA

Identify Theft and the FAFSA
Identity thieves might have access to your FAFSA information . At least that's a possibility, because the IRS has shut off their FAFSA application too...
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25 Reasons to be Careful with Teens and Technology

25 Reasons to be Careful with Teens and Technology
25 Reasons to be Careful with Teens and Technology 1. Watch this video:  reSTART Life | Not your device 2. State Senator Wants Utah to Declare Pornography a Public Health Crisis 3. Why the iPad is a far bigger threat to our children than anyone realises : Ten years ago, psychologist Sue Palmer predicted the toxic effects of social media. Now she sees a worrying new danger ... 4. Mom's Facebook Post Begs Parents to Put...
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11 Long-term Consequences of Excessive Technology Use

11 Long-term Consequences of Excessive Technology Use
In addition to short term issues, there are so many long-term consequences of excessive technology use. This is why it's important to set technology boundaries with young children, and to continue explaining, discussing, and modifying technology boundaries in your home with older children. Eventually young adults need to be able to set technology boundaries for themselves, when they become adults, so explaining the consequences of excess use is important. Read all about the long-term consequences of excessive...
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National Week of Prayer for Homeschool

National Week of Prayer for Homeschool
National Week of Prayer for Homeschoolers Monday, Jan. 27 - Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 Homeschool groups around the country have joined together to pray for homeschool families this week. Please join us in praying for the homeschool community. Prayer Schedule for this  week Monday - Pray for Homeschooling Dads Tuesday - Pray for Homeschooling Moms Wednesday - Pray for Children at Home Thursday - Pray for Graduates of All Ages Friday - Pray for Second Generation...
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Just Another Reason To Homeschool

Just Another Reason To Homeschool
5 More  Reasons to Homeschool Why are we doing this?    Have You Seen the News?! You have been homeschooling for a while now, and you may feel frustrated or overwhelmed.   Why are we working so hard at this, anyway?  Why do we do this, what do we want?  What's the point? Nobody is perfect, and no school is perfect.  On the other hand, there have been many stories in the news about the failures...
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How to Have Happy Teens

How to Have Happy Teens
Great stories in the news, providing tips on "How to Have Happy Teens." How to Have Happy Teens Study: Homeschoolers Happier, Better-Adjusted in College The authors also report that "they [homeschoolers] have achieved greater academic success and...rate their college experience more positively" than traditionally-schooled counterparts. In a telephone interview, Cohen said the study results reflect that homeschoolers' support structure - such as family relationships - is stronger and more defined. Read Heartlander Kids Who Sleep More...
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Internet Addiction and how it Relates to Homeschooling

Internet Addiction and how it Relates to Homeschooling
It used to be that parents were concerned about our children receiving  accidental exposure to pornography, or wasting time with video games. As Internet Addiction becomes a popular topic on the news, I keep thinking about how it relates to homeschoolers. Read these recent articles warning against internet addiction: Technology Companies Want Your Kids Addicted     Internet companies are learning what the tobacco industry has long known -- addiction is good for business. Much of what we do...
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10 More Reasons to Homeschool

10 More Reasons to Homeschool
    This past month, I felt shocked on a daily basis when I read the newspaper and saw the evening news.  So many stories seemed to include public schools. We all have MANY reasons to homeschool, of course.  But let's take a quick tour of the news this past month, and count 10 more reasons to homeschool. 1. School violence Ohio shootings the latest in deadly month for schools Deadly month for nation's schools 2....
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Homeschoolers in the News

Homeschoolers in the News
  My newsletter includes a section called "In the News." Check out what those wild and crazy homeschoolers are doing these days! In The News Rick Santorum: Homeschooling Dad "I'll Home-School In The White House" Read article Ron Paul and Homeschoolers Influential Homeschoolers Coalesce Behind Ron Paul TheNewAmerican.com Ron Paul is an enemy of homeschooling Michael Farris of HSLDA Tim Tebow: Homeschool High School Graduate Tim Tebow's Unusual Education Washington Post Article Kansas State Starting Quarterback...
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Homeschooling in the News

Homeschooling in the News
In the News Home-schools gaining more students in Mississippi This is a very encouraging news report about a regular homeschool family.  Brita Wren is interviewed by WLOX News in Mississippi. "I think I had higher expectations sometimes than the schools that they were in to begin with, that we expected them to do their best," said Wren. "There's no peer pressure, no bullying; there's no busy work." WLOX News New law gives homeschoolers more respect, freedom Minnesota...
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What about it? Socialization in the news.

What about it? Socialization in the news.
It was a bad day for local schools in my newspaper the other day.  In the Thursday paper I read these stories: Highline student charged with violent rape attempt By Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI.  A Highline High School student accused of attacking a teen girl with a brick has been charged with attempted rape. Des Moines teens could face pornography charges by The Associated Press Public school teens at a party shared cell phone video of...
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Homeschoolers in the News

Homeschoolers in the News
In the News Miss America was homeschooled! Read "5 Things to Know About the 17-Year-Old Miss America" and read that Teresa Scanlan was homeschooled.  People Magazine Jets' Jason Taylor was homeschooled "More years ago than he'd care to admit, Jason Taylor was just a home-schooled kid doing some outdoor chores when he met the man who would change the course of his life." Read more SMARTwheel Homeschool Invention "Tackling distracted driving is a matter of national...
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The World’s 15 Most Extraordinary Homeschoolers

The World’s 15 Most Extraordinary Homeschoolers
Recently a website posted an article on "The  World’s 15 Most Extraordinary Homeschoolers."  The people mentioned certainly aren't ordinary.  Nor are they ordinary homeschoolers. Each of the homeschoolers on this list is highly gifted, and many are described as prodigies.  Not ALL homeschoolers are highly gifted.  However, homeschooling allows children of all abilities to learn at their level. Whether advanced or behind the bell curve, children who learn at their own level will learn more and...
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Hey! I'm a Homeschool Superhero!

Hey! I'm a Homeschool Superhero!
Have you heard about these FREE homeschool interviews?   Kerry Beck is hosting interviews with some of the coolest people in the homeschool community - to get your homeschool year off to the right start! Why is she doing this? She knows what it is like to be in the trenches as a homeschool mom. Sometimes you need a little encouragement or a few fun tricks from experienced homeschoolers.  Real homeschool parents who have real experience balancing...
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America's Best High Schools?

America's Best High Schools?
The U.S. News & World Report is best known for its ever-popular college rankings list, but for the past three years, it has also ranked the top public high schools in the country. To determine the winners, a three-step process was used. In Step 1, a statewide comparison was made to determine which schools were above  average statistically. According to the report: “We started by looking at reading and math results for all students on each...
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