September 22, 2014


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Book Review Blogging: Free Books

Most home educators love to read and love to own their own books. What are some ways that we can build our own libraries?

I have written a few articles on books and reading:

Reading Aloud

The Art of Buying Used Books

Learning to Read & Reading to Learn

Parental Reading

Choosing What to Read

In one of the links above I talk about the art of buying used books. The link below suggests a way to get new books by doing book reviews.

How to Become a Book Review Blogger

My Book Review Blog

“…Then I discovered book review blogging as the ideal solution to my novel-reading problem.

Today, even with regular culling, my novels are now crammed onto twenty-seven feet of shelf space. (I am currently saving to buy bigger bookcases.) I received ninety percent of those book for free from various book review programs.

What is Book Review Blogging?

Book Review Blogging is an exchange of free books for blog reviews. If you have a blog and love to read, these programs may be perfect for you.

How does it work?

  1. You need a blog. Some programs require your blog to have a small following.
  2. Sign up for a book review program. At the end of this post you’ll find links to seven Christian fiction review programs.
  3. After you’re accepted into the program, select titles you’d like to review (either print copies or digital). Many programs allow you to review only one or two titles at a time.
  4. Read the book in its entirety.
  5. Write a 200-word (or so) review on your blog. Be careful not to share spoilers. Many programs also encourage you to post a review on a consumer website.
  6. Provide the link to your review. Often, there is a form to fill out online.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 as often as you’d like.

Where to sign up:

To read the whole article and to find out the places to sign up for this then please go to: http://whenreaderswrite.com/?p=1282#comments

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The above articles on reading and buying books first appeared in Keystone magazine and are reprinted in this book: Training Our Children

 

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 22 April 2014:  Two years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

A Home Schooler’s library

This is an Australian home educator’s library

What To Do With The Picture Books?

“Last week I finally tackled the toppling piles of books in our library which had been accumulating for months. Once I accepted I couldn’t fit all those books onto the shelves, I began a ruthless cull, tossing books that I had considered treasures yet no-one else did. Thirteen boxes of books departed the house making one friend extremely happy and liberating me to enjoy actually having space on my shelves!:) The culling still didn’t enable all the books to fit onto the shelves, but pulling all the picture books out of their bookcase did…Read more here…

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 22 April 2014:  Two years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

Homeschooling In Real Life

Our good friends Andy and Kendra Fletcher answer your difficult questions about home education, the Christian life and just life in general. The archives can be found at the link below. (Craig and I are mentioned in episode 20 http://www.homeschoolingirl.com/episodes/episode-20-)

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Homeschooling In Real Life

Hosts: Andy and Kendra Fletcher
Discussing the topics that you might not find covered at your local homeschooling convention, veteran homeschooling parents and bloggers, Andy and Kendra Fletcher, use humor and honesty to pull the veil back on Christian homeschooling.

These witty podcasters like to poke sticks at the conventional and with heaps of grace they will confront a few of the sacred cows that Christian homeschoolers like to worship. Their love for the Gospel will remind their listeners on every episode of the freedom that Christ pours out in generous amounts. Grace Wins!

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

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Upcoming Episodes:

7/18/14 – Homeschooling Through Hard Times
8/1/14 – Homeschooling in New York City

- See more at: http://ultimateradioshow.com/show-hosts/homeschooling-irl/#sthash.t8U6ighe.dpuf

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Blog: Stop homeschooling and get your child socialized!

I have been asked a few questions about socialisation recently (it never goes away)  – so this blog seems timely:

Stop homeschooling and get your child socialized!

 

Stop homeschooling and get your child socialized! How many homeschooling parents have heard those sentiments? Dare I say all have? Few argue with the idea that homeschooling children perform better educationally, but there looms the idea that homeschooled children will grow up to be freaks who cannot get along with others because they are not socialized with their peers. Where does this idea come from? Let’s step back and see what the research has to say about this issue:

Larry Edward Shyers completed a thesis at the University of Florida called Comparison of Social Adjustment Between Home and Traditionally Schooled Students. This nearly 300 page thesis explored the self esteem of eight to ten year olds. He looked at 70 homeschooled children and 70 children in traditional schooling using the Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale…read more here:

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 1 May 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

My best dozen pieces of homeschooling advice

 

January '13-55Written by contributor Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home

Our support group’s annual Homeschooling 101 is coming up soon, and I’ve been putting together notes and packets in preparation for my presentation.

I love looking out at the audience and seeing so many people; and whether their faces are eager, apprehensive, confused, or even terrified, they all have this in common: they desperately want to do the best for their children. Some of them will find out that homeschooling is the absolute best choice they can make; others will pursue different avenues.

Invariably, sometime during the session, the question comes in some form:

what piece of advice would you give a newbie?

Much more important to me than choosing curriculum or having well-organized shelves or even deciding whether to keep homeschooling is the tremendous task of being a good parent.

My pieces of advice really apply to any parents, not just homeschooling ones.

1. Read aloud every single day.

Read the comments and the rest of the 12 pieces of advice here: http://simplehomeschool.net/advice/

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/