Quick Tips for Getting Started in Home Schooling

If have decided that home schooling really is right for you and your kids, you will likely want to know what to do next. Here are some quick points for getting started with home schooling:

  • Locate your state’s home school group. You can do this online easily by typing in your state and the keyword “home schooling” at your favorite search engine. Then go to your state listing.
  • Locate your local support group for parents of home schooled kids. These groups will help you to get good tips from other parents and is a great place to find like-minded people to share your troubles etc.
  • Know the laws in your state about home schooling. If you have questions, arrange for an evaluation with your local school board so that you can verify that your child is approved for home schooling...
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Is Home Schooling Right For You?

Many parents believe that it is necessary to have a teaching credential to be qualified for teaching their child what they need to learn to become productive and successful adults. Although it is a tremendous responsibility to teach your own child the rewards can be priceless.

The pros and cons of homeschooling are many, but do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

With total control over your child’s homeschooling needs you have the flexibility to teach your child values that cannot be taught in a public classroom. On the other hand your time will not be as free as it used to be.

The education a child can gain from a loving and concerned parent will be much greater than is possible to receive in a public school system...

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10 Ways You Can Change the World!

So you want to help the planet but swimming in the ocean after an oil spill just isn’t your thing? Well, start saving the planet one less carbon footprint at a time. There are very simple, easy, cost effective ways to reduce your personal impact on the world. You can also help force others to reduce theirs by changing your habits.

Here are some Green tips that will help you reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Go solar in every way you can and you will reduce your energy based carbon footprint in an amazing ways. It may cost a bit more in start up costs but over all you will be saving money as well. The sun’s energy is free and does not hurt the environment when used. If you do a massive system, you may even earn money from the utility company in your area.

There are many types of solar produc...

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The Benefits Of Home Schooling

In these present times, getting the best education for your children is of the utmost importance. The topic of student education is a controversial one as there are more than a few options available for the parent to plan the educational development of their children. It does not help that the public educational setting is often full of issue and debate over allocation of school funding, curricula choices and external influences. These things and others end up affecting a student’s education, personal development and belief system.

As time has past, it has been taken for granted that getting a good education and nurturing the academic and interest path of many children is successfully accomplished by the institutionalized school systems of our states and cities.

For many, the public school...

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Head Lice; Natural Remedies

Natural remedies for head lice

Are you the parent of a preschooler or an elementary school aged child?  If you are, there will likely come a point in time when your child develops head lice.  As frustrating as head lice can be, it is actually a common occurrence for most children between the ages of three to ten.  This is because children are often close to each other during daycare or school.

When it comes to treating head lice, many parents head right on down to their local drug stores to stock up on lice killing supplies, such as head lice combs, lice killing shampoo, and other sprays.  Unfortunately, some of these products may not only be ineffective for your child, but they may also put them at risk.  Parents are always encouraged to avoid exposing their children to unnatural chemicals whenever possible...

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The Future of Solar

The Future of Solar PV (Photovoltaic) Energy
1. The Problem
2. The Solution
3. The Results
4. The Benefits
5. An Investment in the Future

1. The Problem:

Traditional sources of electrical power generation are running out as production will peak in the next decade but demand will continue to rise. Energy prices will continue to rise at a higher rate as well as the number of outages during peak hours.  There is the obvious problem of the pollution we are causing to our environment.

From my perspective, the world’s energy needs vary greatly; there is no clear single solution to the problem of supplying the world’s energy.

All forms of energy production have issues associated with them, i. e. –

1. Coal – Pollution/Strip Mining
2. Natural Gas – Cost and Lack of Infrastructure
3...

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Firemaking – How to Make a Fire

Who doesn’t love sitting around a fire on a cool fall night, or a crackling fireplace? But what if you needed to start a fire for survival? Do you have the firemaking skills required for your survival?

First thing is to know the basics of fire safety and fire starting:

  • Always light your fire from the upwind side.
  • Make sure to lay your tinder, kindling, and fuel so that your fire will burn as long as you need it.
  • Igniters provide the initial heat required to start the tinder burning.

Firemaking skills fall into two categories: modern methods and primitive methods.

Modern Methods for Firemaking

Modem igniters use modem devices–items we normally think of to start a fire.

  • Matches: Make sure these matches are waterproof...
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Split Pea Soup with Ham Hocks -Homestyled cooking & a hearty meal!

Ham Hocks and Split Pea Soup

Here’s a cool weather soup that hits the spot. I grew up with pork and beans, and split pea soup, so I created my own recipe using a combination of both flavors to make this soup. It’s thick, delicious and filling and will serve 4-6 bowls of soup, depending on the size of your soup bowl.

Even better it reheats wonderfully and like most soups or stews, the flavors will infuse overnight making the next day’s serving better than the first! I like this alone, with just some bread. There are a couple of variations that I’ve tried depending on my cravings that day.

When you find a basic combination that you like, enjoy experimenting with the dish by adding in different flavors that change the texture and enhance the flavors...

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Possibilities With Pumpkins: The Life Cycle of a Squash Enhances the Family Circle

Picking a pumpkin is one of the joys of childhood. In autumn pumpkins are ubiquitous at grocery stores, garden centers, and farmers markets. The most fun place is the pumpkin patch where children can see the fruit as part of the life cycle of a living vine.

Within the life cycle of the seasons in a garden the pumpkin goes full circle. Seeds sown in spring produce a flowering vine throughout the summer. Fruits harvested in autumn become decorations, food for wildlife and humans, residence for rodents, and seeds for snacks and next year’s garden. Winter remnants of the plant become organic nutrients in soil supporting seeds sown in spring.

Pumpkins prompt possibilities which link generations together in the family circle...

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Super Simple Kosher Homemade Applesauce: Made Easy With No Special Equipment or Complicated Procedures

Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is a favorite among children and adults alike. Some homemade applesauce recipes require special equipment, complicated and time consuming procedures and seem to be more of a hassle then it is worth. However, fresh homemade applesauce can be made very easily in small batches with no special equipment and in less than half an hour. And the best part? It’s Super Simple and Kosher Too!

There are many benefits to making your own applesauce. You can have fresh applesauce any time of the year; however it is best when apples are in season. Applesauce can be made with any apple variety as each variety has its own unique flavor. Making fresh applesauce ensures a fresh product without any unnecessary additives. Important nutrients are retained due to the minimal processing required.

How ...

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