This Month in History – October

I have a huge book on one of our bookshelves with the title “20th Century Day by Day.” It has over 1500 pages! This is a book with news stories from the 20th century. I was considering scouring the internet for some history for October and then remembered this book.

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What do we know about October? My first thought is that it should be the eighth month because doesn’t “octo” mean eight? {It does! I looked it up *wink*} As with our previous months, this is another one that was bumped down the line. It is now the tenth month because January and February were added in at some point.

What happened in October? Here are some events from the 20th century, ordered by year:

  • U.S. population reached 76 million! {October 30, 1900}
  • A dirigible, or airship, was flown for 29 minutes and 30 seconds by Alberto Santos-Dumont in France. {October 19, 1901}
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an advocate for female suffrage, died at the age of 87 in New York City. {October 26, 1902}
  • First World Series played in Boston, Massachusetts; Boston won 3-0 against Pittsburgh. {October 13, 1903}
  • New York City subway formally opened, give thousands of citizens a ride on the first day. {October 27, 1904}
  • Wright Flyer III, piloted by Orville Wright, flew over Huffman Prairie in Dayton, Ohio. It was the first flight over 30 minutes. {October 4 & 5, 1905}
  • American troops landed in Cuba to intervene between rebel and government forces; self-appointed Provisional Governor William Howard Taft promised to keep Cuba a republic. {October 6, 1906}
  • Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey merged into one company after a year of negotiations. The two  continued to travel separate until 1919. The circus would become one of the largest in the world. {October 22, 1907}
  • Wilbur Wright sets two more flight records in a matter of days. The first record was for being aloft for 55 minutes and 37 seconds with a passenger; the second was over an hour with a passenger. {October 3 & 6, 1908}
  • Harvard Law School denied admission to female because of “prejudice against men and women studying together,” and, as the woman, Inez Milholland, is reported to have been told, one trustee was “opposed to all change, including railroads and telephones.” {October 22, 1909}
  • America, a dirigible, broke a record of being in non-stop flight for 71 1/2 hours and farthest distance of 1,008 miles. {October 18, 1910}

Wow! That is only 10 years. {Did you notice a theme this month? It was unintentional!}

Something I noticed while reading the news stories in my book: The facts didn’t always line up. With the internet today it is so easy to double-check our facts. For example, on the 5th of October the book stated that Orville Wright flew his Wright Flyer III in Daytona, Florida. As I live in Ohio, I’m pretty aware of where the flights the Wright Brothers took place. Daytona…Dayton… ? That’s pretty important!

Okay, how about some celebrations for the month? Of course there is Halloween, observed the last day of the month. What others do you know about? Here are some:

  • World Teacher’s Day {October 5, 2015}
  • Columbus Day {October 12, 2015}
  • National Day of Spain (Spain) {October 12, 2015}
  • Sweetest Day {October 17, 2015}
  • Alaska Day {October 19, 2015}
  • Nevada Day {October 27-November 1, 2015}
  • Halloween {October 31, 2015}

There are also month long observances in October:

  • National Arts and Humanities Month
  • Filipino American Heritage Month
  • Polish American Heritage Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • American Cheese Month

As I was compiling this post, I found quite a few entries for November. Be watching for more This Month in History here at The Homeschool Post!

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A Look Inside Life of Fred Language Arts


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  • Language Arts concepts are weaved throughout a fictional narrative about Fred, the 5-year-old math prodigy. The books read like storybooks, but have meaningful lessons embedded within the stories.
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I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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A Comparison of Homeschooling Styles for Kids on the Autism Spectrum


Guest post by Kerry Jones.

It’s one of a homeschooling parent’s favorite questions for each other: “What is your homeschooling style?” If the question is new to you, then you are likely new to homeschooling! Don’t worry, it won’t be long before you are approached with it. And it won’t be long, either, before you have an answer!

When you are homeschooling a child on the spectrum, though, the question takes on a particular importance. While parents of neurotypical kiddos may be able to simply “choose” to be unschoolers, or literature-based homeschoolers, or virtual schoolers, we parents of ASD kiddos have specific considerations to take in. So, let’s look at some of the most popular homeschooling styles out there, and talk about them spectrum parent to spectrum parent, shall we?

A comparison of homeschool methods or styles for kids on the autism spectrum

Homeschooling Styles for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Classical Homeschooling

The classical approach has the worthy overall goal of teaching children to think for themselves. Using the “trivium” model, children move through three main stages of learning: concrete learning, critical learning, and abstract learning. It’s a language-focused, literature-focused homeschooling style that has become increasingly popular in many private schools.



  • it focuses heavily on finding connections between math, science, history, and literature – – something that kids on the spectrum seem to have a natural affinity for

  • with it’s forward-focus, it reminds parents to look to what their child can accomplish instead of what they can’t


  • If you have a child who has difficulty focusing on books or printed materials, this homeschooling style can be especially challenging

  • Most all published classical homeschooling curriculum would need to be overhauled when using with a child on the spectrumChild Reading Outside


Charlotte Mason Homeschooling


This whole-child approach to homeschooling is based on the teachings of 19th century writer and educator Charlotte Mason.
A Charlotte Mason homeschool day might consist of nature walks, journaling, dictation, handicrafts, and reading of living books.



  • While it’s difficult to think of too many pros for this copywork/dictation-heavy style of learning, I’ve definitely read narratives by parents who’ve had success with a “gentle CM” approach

  • CM advises a lesson length of no more than 15 minutes at a stretch for younger learners, which is always good advice when working with children on the spectrum


  • With books and journaling at the center of this style of learning, a child with a disinterest in reading and writing would likely be frustrated with this approach

  • Another key focus of the CM method is narration (telling back in your own words what you just heard or read). Need I say more?


The unschooling, or child-led homeschooling style gets a lot of press time, doesn’t it? As you are probably aware, an unschooler usually has no formal curriculum, but is allowed to learn according to his or her own interests, time-table, and motivation. Does this sound like a recipe for disaster for an ASD child? Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages to this approach:


  • Children who have finely honed interests can explore those passions unencumbered by the restrictions of a curriculum

  • Can help keep parents focused less on what a child “should be doing by a specific age”, and focused more on the joy of learning


  • Radical unschooling without any schedule or structure can be unsettling to some children on the spectrum

  • Unschooling depends heavily on a child’s inner motivation to explore the outside world, while many children with autism are content to be occupied with their inner world


Online schooling

Virtual Schooling

As more and more states open virtual schools, it has become a popular option – – particularly among new homeschoolers who worry about completely taking their child’s education into their own hands. A virtual school (technically considered a public charter school in most states) offers parents the ability to school a child at home on the computer while still being under the umbrella of the public school system.



  • For new homeschool parents, it can be a good gateway into homeschooling and can relieve some of the stress of full educational responsibility

  • Scheduled and set up like a public school classroom, which can be comforting to some ASD students who are transitioning to schooling at home


  • Curriculum cannot be easily customized to meet individual student needs

  • Much like a public school classroom, scheduled deadlines for work mean less flexibility in amount of work and time required


Eclectic Homeschooling

Eclectic homeschooling is a bit of a “catch all” phrase to describe a style of homeschooling where parents mix and match curriculum and teaching styles to fit each student. They may go to a weekly homeschool cooperative for science, study history with living books, study math using an online curriculum, and integrate notebooking into language arts. This style of homeschool would look different not only in each homeschool, but for each homeschool student.


  • Students receive a completely customized education for their needs and learning style

  • Because of the flexibility of this style, if one approach or curriculum isn’t working, parents simply try something else


  • Requires significant parental time to research and find resources that will work for each student

  • Can be somewhat expensive to purchase materials for each child unless parents seek out free resources



In my experience, I find that all homeschoolers who have a child on the autism spectrum tend to be at least somewhat in the final category of “Eclectic Homeschooler” even if we see ourselves primarily as another style. That’s because no one homeschooling style is going to fit our kids every day and in every situation. Just as we have to be in every other aspect of our life, our approach to homeschooling has to be flexible. The more we force a style that just isn’t working, the more frustrating homeschool becomes for our kids and us.  And the truth is, learning is fun. So the true homeschool style that will work best for you is simple. It’s the one that reminds you how incredibly fortunate you are to be learning together.


Kerry of Secular Homeschooling




Author Bio: Kerry Jones has been homeschooling since 1999, and has authored multiple homeschooling sites including, and Her newest pet project is creating a social community for parents homeschooling a child on the autism spectrum on Facebook and Twitter.




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