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Conversations: The Currency of Homeschooling

Overwhelmed by all the materials available to help your child succeed at homeschooling? Items that promise to help your child learn better, faster and more? If I were just starting to homeschool today, the sheer volume of products would confuse me. Iíd be panicking because my budget couldnít cover the cost of all thatís available and Iíd be worried that Iíd make the wrong choices and jeopardize my childrenís future.
It is so easy to get bogged down when you homeschool. Itís similar to how you felt when you had a new baby and you felt like you never accomplished anything because you did the same things day after day. But, when you look back you realize that you accomplished quite a lot.


The Best Things about Homeschooling
*Time to sit and read to your children out loud
*Time to stay in your pajamas all day and play
*Time to watch your children as they put on plays
*Time to listen to your children
*Time to look at spiders
*Time to go for a walk when the sun is shining,
or the rain has just started to fall...

Castor Oil - a great remedy for bumps and bruises

A few days ago, I opened a window and smashed my finger in the process.  It hurt!!! It throbbed and began to get more and more painful.  I went to the bathroom, put some castor oil on a piece of cotton and wrapped it around my finger, holding it in place with a piece of Scotch tape.  Within a minute, the pain stopped although it continued to throb a little bit.  Ah relief!!

I worked in the garden for the next few hours, wearing a glove over my bandaged finger.  When I came in I removed the cotton and castor oil to wash my hands.  I thought the pain had stopped.  Within a few minutes of washing my hands, it started to hurt again, so I re-bandaged it with the cotton and castor oil and a new piece of tape.  At bedtime, I removed the cotton, and it had stopped hurting.  I was so pleased to be reminded again of what amazing pain relief castor oil applied to the outside of the body can bring.
When my children were little, we used it all the time.   In fact, I carried a bottle of castor oil, cotton batting, and ace bandages to wrap around the cotton in my first aide kit in the car.  I still do.  Now instead of scraped knees or elbows, dance injuries cause me to bring the bottle of castor oil out of the kit.
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Christmas Read Alouds
    The months of Nov. and Dec. bring holidays that celebrate the importance of love, family, and the re- birth of light. When my children were small, a big part of our holiday tradition was to read Christmas stories out loud. The magic, the warmth, and the re-affirmation of love that fill these seasonal stories were part of our celebration of the birth of new hope in the midst of darkness. The ritual of reading these stories at the same time each year added a sense of predictability and comfort to the holiday season.


Interview With Marty Layne  by Home Education Magazine Helen Hegener 1999
When did you first hear about homeschooling, and did it seem like a good idea at the time, or was it something you needed to think about, to grow into?
Let me start by saying that I am 50 years old. That means that I was a teenager from June 1961 to June 1968. Those were times when the United States was faced with two large issues involving freedom. These political issues of the times - civil rights and the war in Vietnam - were part of the air I breathed.  


Playing with Little Ones

Play is one of the joys of parenting. Itís fun and itís also a vital part of your babyís development. More and more research proves what grandmothers throughout time have observed, a baby that is sung to, talked to, played with and held is a happier baby, toddler, child.

So just how do you play with little ones? One of the ways is with song. You may not remember many songs from your own childhood. One song that you may remember is Row, Row,Row Your Boat. This song has a lot of possibilities.

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