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The Truth About Homeschooling

Thinking about homeschooling? Need help getting started? Here is how you can do it!

Probably the #1 homeschooling question I get asked is, “how do I get started?” But the answer to that question is never simple. It depends on many things, including your reason for choosing to…


Added by Heather Martinson on May 14, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

Schools of the Future Challenge the Status Quo!

Most schools are stuck with pretty much the same pedagogy that has been used for hundreds of years. The world has changed so much. Why hasn't education?

Visit the…


Added by Heather Martinson on May 7, 2020 at 1:26pm — No Comments

A Message to "Temporary" Homeschoolers

Temporary homeschoolers: There IS a way to escape the STRESS, BOREDOM, AND TEDIUM of the public school learning packets!

Celebration Education is shipping their fun in-person classes out to families to experience DYNAMIC, HANDS-ON LEARNING AT HOME! It's not just a packet of papers - it's packed with materials for PROJECTS, CRAFTS, AND…


Added by Heather Martinson on March 27, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments


Celebration Education uses themes to organize all the learning for the year. Each year is a different theme, as chosen by families. Each week is a different topic based on the theme. Weekly classes integrate several school subjects such as math, reading, social studies, science, language arts, etc. The weekly topic can be enjoyed in workshop classes, at field trips, in theme parks, and on Minecraft!…


Added by Heather Martinson on June 11, 2018 at 9:48am — No Comments

Force Vs. Choice

Force kills the spirit, dampens passion and destroys the zest and love of learning. Force trains followers, not leaders.

If you feel like you need to force your children to learn, you have not yet realized the amazing leaner…


Added by Heather Martinson on April 16, 2018 at 7:52am — No Comments

Helping Your Children Find Their Genius

Every child is a genius.

There are no standard children. If you believe this statement, then you can also realize that state and national education standards are irrelevant because they seek to standardize the students.…


Added by Heather Martinson on February 10, 2018 at 10:57am — No Comments

Learning to Read

Books, Books, Books!!…


Added by Heather Martinson on May 27, 2017 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Why You Should Get Rid of Your Textbooks




Added by Heather Martinson on May 8, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Is Your Child Behind or Ahead?

Do you worry about your child falling behind? Do you wish your child were ahead? I would like to help you change your thought process.


What is it your child would be behind or ahead of? All the other children? You are judging your child based on a standard that some people very far away decided is best for your child – without even knowing him!



Added by Heather Martinson on February 27, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Harrison's Summer Curriculum: Elements and Creativity

The Princeton Website has two definitions for student:…


Added by Heather Martinson on August 21, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

25% Educator Discounts at Borders

Here's an email I got from Borders:


This past September, Borders updated its Teacher Discount to include Homeschoolers and uped the discount to 25% most items. It would be great if let all the Homeschoolers know about that, the ones I run into have no idea they could be saving money.

I'm also available to find odd items or do research, I handle teacher and education sales in Orange County. Homeschoolers can reach me at (949)… Continue

Added by Heather Martinson on November 28, 2009 at 4:53pm — No Comments

OC Homeschoolers in the Register

OC Register article: YMCA offers gym class for home schooled kids

View the article at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/wilson-schooling-home-2605752-one-week

Added by Heather Martinson on October 16, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

OC Homeschoolers Win National Video Contest!

Here's the article from the OC Register:


Added by Heather Martinson on July 13, 2009 at 6:57am — No Comments

Starr Ranch Summer Junior Biologists

A message from Starr Ranch Sanctuary:

Dear Home School Families and Groups,

Starr Ranch would like to remind you that we still have spaces for our summer Junior Biologists program, especially our June sessions reserved for homeschoolers. Attached is a PDF flyer with more details, and a text version appears below my signature. Please help us spread the word and pass this announcement on to other groups and families whom you think may be interested!

Please feel… Continue

Added by Heather Martinson on May 19, 2009 at 3:25pm — No Comments

OC Homeschoolers in National Video Contest

My friend's daughter and other homeschoolers made a video that is now in the top three of the national finals.

Take a look & vote:


Hers is Entry #3.

-Heather Martinson

Added by Heather Martinson on May 15, 2009 at 4:17pm — 2 Comments


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- Add your homeschool-specific events. If you post classes on the events page, please only put the date the class starts.

- Add classes you enjoy taking

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