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Homeschool Blog and Tell #HSBAT: Homeschool Blogging

 

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Welcome to the November Edition of the Homeschool Blog and Tell Linkup!

This is our monthly link-up that allows you to show off what is going on in your homeschool!

Each month has a different theme.

#Homeschool Blog and Tell #hsbat

November’s theme is HOMESCHOOL BLOGGING, so link up and show us your posts about blogging tips and tricks, how you started blogging, why you blog, or anything related to homeschool blogging!

Through the end of this month, link up your post and we’ll share it with our readers.

So, show us what you got!

Now for a few guidelines: (I know…no one likes a lot of rules, so there are not many.)

  • Please direct your link to a certain post NOT your home page. We have the right to delete your link if this is not followed.
  • Use a least one photo in your post. We want to SEE what you have done!
  • Link your specific post to The Homeschool Post. (Again, we have the right to delete your link if this is not followed.)
  • These can be OLDER posts. We are okay with that – we want to bring new readers to your blog!

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to ask! We are here for ALL homeschoolers and truly want to bless you guys!

If you are on Twitter, Google+, or even Instagram please use the hashtag: #HSBAT.


Sara (37 Posts)

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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5 Reasons You Should Write a Homeschool Blog

Since you’re reading here, you already know the purpose behind homeschool blogs.  They can entertain, inform, encourage, and inspire.  We’re glad you stop by The Homeschool Post for a healthy dose of all of those things.

But why should you personally start your own blog?  You might feel that the blogosphere is already a very big place and you have nothing to contribute.  It’s true there are many blogs out there, but it’s not true that you don’t have your own personal contribution to make.  I have found new blogs to read and enjoy every year through the HSBA Awards.  Each blogger brings their own unique perspective to the topic of homeschooling.

5 Reasons to Write a #Homeschool Blog @hsbapost
Here are 5 good reasons why you should start blogging about your homeschool experience (or continue blogging when you feel discouraged):
  1. It’s free!  You have nothing to lose by starting a blog on Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, or other free blogging platform.  The design doesn’t have to be fancy.  You can get started immediately, too.
  2. Accountability and record keeping.  For those who live in regulated states, a blog can help keep track of those projects you might forget when filling out your paperwork.  It can provide a timeline of learning and help you assemble a portfolio for review.  If you’re like me and get easily distracted by the urgent to-do lists, it also keeps you accountable to actually finish some projects that get put aside from time to time.
  3. It can become a family keepsake, like a homeschool yearbook.  Having a blog can help you remember to take more pictures, get them uploaded, and put them together in an online/digital yearbook format for your kids.  The archive is automatically kept for you through the years and can be really fun to look back through.  There are also options to actually print your blog in book format if you choose.
  4. Blogging provides a way to actively participate in the online homeschool community, especially for those who don’t have local options available to them.  There are groups on Facebook, blog hops, , carnivals, curriculum reviews, and more to provide interaction with fellow homeschoolers.  We can all learn from each other!
  5. Validation.  Ever feel alone in your homeschool journey?  Overwhelmed by all the pressures and expectations as wife, mom, teacher, housekeeper, cook, and so on?  Blogging about it and reading about on other blogs can help put things in perspective and make you feel less alone.  When someone leaves a blog comment to let you know you struck a chord with them or they like your ideas and are going to try them in their homeschool, it’s often like a virtual hug or high-five.  That’s not something homeschool moms get on a regular basis for doing what we do.

Do any of these reasons resonate with you?

 

Still not sure how or where to begin?  There are popular and affordable online courses offered by Blogelina and Blog Clarity to get you started.  You can also read e-books like Simple Blogging, Blog at Home Mom, and iBlog for tips and tricks.

 

Sara (37 Posts)

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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Doomed to Repeat It? Learning from History’s Stories

Guest post by Jaron Pak.

How many of us have crammed for a test in the past? We might have aced it, or maybe we passed it by the skin of our teeth. But who remembered all of the information a week later? How about a month? A year? I think we all know cramming information into our heads is not a genuine way to learn something. And yet when it comes to teaching history, memorizing dates, names, and facts in order to pass tests has been the standard practice for a long time. Far too long, if you ask me. The time has come to break the mold! We need to stop teaching plain facts and start teaching real history! The focus needs to be moved from the facts to the life lessons, the choices, and the consequences. We need to do more than just learn the history, we need to learn from history. History isn’t just another school subject, it is a unique way that we can learn from the past in order to improve our future – both individually and collectively.

Doomed to Repeat It? Learning from History's Stories @hsbapost

 

How often do we, as human beings, make mistakes, learn from them, and then improve our behavior? The way we can adapt and improve ourselves is one of our greatest attributes. But learning that the stove is hot by getting burnt is very different from oh, say learning that violence is bad by fighting a war. The former involves a brief period of pain and healing, while the latter involves months or years of destructive and deadly behavior. It’s O.K. to learn that the stove is hot by touching it a couple of times. It is not O.K. to learn about the horrors of war by fighting a couple first. Learning our history is a vital way to avoid many of the more serious poor decisions and accompanying consequences in life. It allows us to see how those in the past faired when they were faced with similar choices.

Many of us living in the modern world – this small, technological, instant-gratification world – are always charging forward trying to get to “the next thing.” The call needs to be made to slow down and look backwards for a minute. I’m not saying let’s all become Luddites, but if we don’t take the time to slow down and learn from those who have lived full, meaningful lives in the past and have made similar choices that we’re faced with, we are going to find ourselves making the same mistakes in the future. I think we’ve all heard the classic saying by Edmund Burke, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

And this idea of learning from history includes recent and local history as well as the big picture stuff. I can’t tell you how many times I watched my elders as I grew up and decided to learn from their decisions and consequences, particularly the negative ones. I didn’t feel like I needed to go out and make the same mistakes they did myself before I could learn the lessons. It was right there in front of me, if I chose to learn from it. And I do realize that some things simply need to be experienced to be learned, but I think that mindset unchecked often leads us into more trouble than good. Sometimes we can take a look at the past and say, “Yeah, if that’s what happens then I’m just not going to go there.”

So consider this the call. We need to do more than learn the names and dates. We can recite the facts until we’re blue in the face, but if we don’t take the time to learn from the choices – and the mistakes – of the past, we are most certainly doomed to repeat them. Not only that, but of course we are often inspired by the good choices and decisions throughout history. Some of my best role models, inspirations, and heroes are rooted in the past. History, recent, ancient, and everything in between, is simply a massive compilation of the most important decisions and consequences that human kind has ever made.

So, if possible, try to stop worrying about making sure your children are ready to pass all the tests. The real job of an educator, when it comes to teaching history, is to teach the stories, and create that spark of interest in the past that will grow over time. It’s time to make history-time story-time!

 

 

Jaron Pak - Home School in the WoodsJaron Pak is the chief researcher and writer at Home School in the Woods. He is also heavily involved in marketing and sales for the company. He has a passion to bring history to life for young students, and considers history to be one of the most vital subjects we can teach our children. You can contact him at jaronpak@homeschoolinthewoods.com.

 

 

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