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Homeschooling & Education

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Transgender Issues to Cause Homeschool Boom?

I received a text today from a friend concerned about local high schools going transgender in their restrooms and locker rooms. If this legislation is aimed at engendering greater understanding, it’s doing exactly the opposite, this mom reports. Apparently, a huge number of parents are considering homeschooling. They’ve had enough. And they’re all starting to…

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Monday Mottoes – #138

Amazing individuals who lived long ago yet speak into our lives. One of the things that makes many of them great is their ability to impart wisdom across the centuries. Not only did they accomplish much and make a name for themselves; they are willing to share insights with us. Today, we turn to another…

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A Stop at Campaign Headquarters

A funny thing happened on our way to our power walk. Petya and I got started a little later, and by nine o’clock in the morning, we found ourselves near the campaign headquarters of a certain candidate. “Let’s go inside,” I suggested. “Pick up some bumper stickers or something.” “Bumper stickers?” he laughed. “You would…

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Are You Swamped, Too, or Is It Just Me?

I am over-involved. My “Just Say No” button has broken. I have no off switch. I am swamped. Some would say slammed. I don’t like slammed. “I was so slammed at work.” No, too uncultured for me. Sounds like somebody’s hitting you. I was swamped, inundated, overwrought, if you must. In essence, too much to…

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Special Ed Help… But Only If You Ask Correctly

(Continued from “Spets Shkola” and “Genius Mode” blog posts from a few days ago.) So I wrote an e-mail asking our Individualized Education Plan team to reopen our case. How we even had an IEP team without an actual IEP was anyone’s guess…. I basically requested that the team gather their own data on our…

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Genius Mode: Learning the Language of Learning Disabilities

As homeschoolers, we apparently have very few rights. We pay taxes and ask nothing of the government, but when, for the past seven years, we sought some type of evaluation of our second son Pasha’s needs, one would think we had come down with leprosy to dare to ask for such a thing. Our family…

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Spets Shkola and Special Ed

Other than our oldest, who had not yet been shipped off to orphanage boarding school (the Internat, not to be confused with the internet), our other three kids experienced the Russian spets shkola. This would be similar to a special ed school where mentally-challenged and some physically-challenged children were gathered. However, in the Russian orphanage…

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Concrete -versus- Abstract Thinkers

Our second son, Pasha, may have some brain issues that affect the way he thinks. These could stem from fetal alcohol exposure and one of the areas it impacts has to do with concrete versus abstract thinking. Literal as opposed to theoretical. A figure of speech or else meaning exactly what is said. He generally…

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Monday Mottoes – #132

With a house full of mid-to-late teens, we discuss their futures a lot.  How to choose a career. Finding a direction in life.  Not saying that it does any discernible good for now, but we try. As parents, our goal remains getting them excited about something, anything, attempting to start that proverbial ship moving so…

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Today is the Day – Gulp

What was I thinking? Why did I agree to bring a lecture before this august crowd? The preparation alone has been eating up my time over the last month. Papers are fine, but accompanying slides are something else…. According to my calculations, the talk might last ten hours. Had to whittle down the material. Had…