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Welcome to Homeschool Web Host. Please create a new blog and help test drive this new adventure. Whether you homeschool independently or are just thinking about homeschooling, you are welcome to start blogging here.

At this time we only allow blogs published in the English language, since I must be able to read the blog in order to determine the suitability of the blog.

We ask that all blogs be educational in nature and appropriate for children. This is a family oriented website, content deemed inappropriate by the owners will be removed.

I can’t wait to start reading your blog posts. I’m still in the process of moving all of our blogs over to Homeschool Web Host, WordPress makes it easy.

New Homeschooling Blogs

Welcome to Homeschool Web Host your gateway into the homeschool community. Find homeschool friends, stylos 3D, resources and so much more… You can get started right now.

A blog is a terrific way to keep a running record of educational projects, field trips, science experiments and having your own blog makes it easy to share your interests with friends and family members. Who knows you might even find the kids enjoying posting about their latest interests and passions.

Kids Deserve A World with Bees!

As a homeschooler I’m concerned not only about my child’s mind but his body. I’ve tried to keep my topics separated but this time I just can’t. Our kids are worth our efforts. They should be entitled to the same kind of life I had growing up. Sadly, the bees are dying, the butterflies are dying and we are dying.

World GMO production

So, I wrote a letter to the FDA, not asking but demanding they use the power we gave them or I’ll concentrate all my will on closing them down. Can’t is not in my vocabulary.

We have not begun to fight! My letter…

To whom it may concern,

Food is a basic necessity, we have a right to know what is in the food that we eat. You have not been doing your job. Other products are labeled. I happen to know the FDA came down on Sea Silver** for labeling, they came down on chiropractor and the Class IV laser*. Why are you so resistant to come down on genetically engineered food?

I know: it’s the money.

You are either going to do your job or we are going to work to dump the FDA altogether. It’s as simple as that. We want GMO products labeled — all of them from meat to eggs and produce…

If something has even a smidgen of genetic modification, we want to know. We have a right to know. In the meantime, I’ve stopped buying my groceries from the grocery store. It’s organic & GM-free or nothing. I cook from scratch and while I’ve become accustomed to eating and buying convenience foods, not any more.

Oh, and that goes for restaurant food, too. Hell, you went so far as to make sure the calorie counts*** are on the signage when someone ORDERS fast food, making the board totally unreadable — but you won’t label GMO. Give me a break. I don’t care about calorie count, I care about genetically modified foods. They are making me sick. They are making everyone sick.

Label it!

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM

Who knows if it will do any good but it sure made me feel better. We really do have the right to know what we are eating. It’s back to the basics. You are what you eat. Never forget that.

** I used to take Sea Silver, and it worked. I still use it only it’s now called SeaAloe. It really does so many things. Try it.

*** Menu Board Labeling to Inform Customer Choices

“At McDonald’s, we recognize customers want to know more about the nutrition content of the food and beverages they order,” said Fields. “As a company that has provided nutrition information for more than 30 years, we are pleased to add to the ways we make nutrition information available to our customers and employees.”

Homeschooling preppers?

As homeschoolers we have gone through many changes over the years. We have changed and grown as individuals and expanded our thinking. Things are changing at such a rapid pace, we really felt that we better pay attention.


Traditional bullock-powered coconut oil mill. Dried coconuts are crushed and oil is squeezed out.

The Monsanto protest being held tomorrow, we support, not because we’re so much against Monsanto but because I can remember my grandmother doctoring me with things like liniment, ginger, chicken soup and I realize that people do know that they have the power to heal themselves.

I decided I would start with the homeschooling community since of all the different type of people I know, homeschoolers really are a self-reliant bunch, especially independent homeschoolers like us.

One book that I find indispensable is Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements but as some reviews have pointed out, it’s not entirely accurate any more. One of the reviews doesn’t mince words.

“there is a ton of information in this book about remedies for various ailments, which is why i was tempted to keep it. however, every time i turned a page, i stumbled on more outdated, cringe-inducing, food-pyramid-era misinformation, such as, saturated fats like coconut oil increase your risk of heart attack, and you should have corn oil or canola oil instead. (seriously?!) it doesn’t recommend sucralose (splenda), but says it’s “metabolically inert” and would work well for diabetics. no mention of the fact that this stuff was originally meant to be a pesticide. oh, and go ahead and eat that plastic “food” — margarine in a tub — because we wouldn’t want to get fat on butter…and while you’re at it, stock up on low-fat dairy products (made by those nice food manufacturers), which have had all the nutrients sucked out of them. if the author had taken the time to look into the latest nutritional research, she would realize all of this “common knowledge” was basically propaganda that is now being debunked. coconut oil, for example, is one of the best foods you can give your body, but the corn oil industry was responsible for vilifying it to beef up their own profits. all the research is out there, but despite the fact that this is the “updated” 2010 edition, you’re not going to get anything cutting-edge here.”

Perhaps, someone can recommend a good book that explains the types of foods and what they’re good for. Don’t depend on the Internet, any important information should be in print because electric grids may fail… for whatever reason you may not have power. Various US governments have been involved in disabling the Internet within certain locations in order to help silence dissent or prevent communication or news releases, and several times over the years different foreign nations have disable access to the entire Internet within their borders. It happens. And when it does, you want to have a hard copy.


Chicken soup!

You can heal yourself but the medical industry is not going to tell you how. They are only selling products that will make them money. They won’t tell you that if you are having leg cramps to eat a banana, and I guess I can’t even say that. Eat an organic banana, because just like you have to specify raw milk… remember when you went to the store and all milk was raw? I do. We made our own butter and it was heaven.

I’m going to starting writing more of what we’re doing. It’s the 60′s all over again but unfortunately I’m afraid this is no drill. Can you see where food prices are going? Start now, if you haven’t already, and get busy. Put in a garden, get a chicken or two (two hens per person is ideal), just don’t wait! You need to get started now. Things are only going to get worse.

Get to know your neighbors or attend a homeschool group and get to know others in your area you share interests with. You will want to band together, to help each other out, barter, buy and sell locally. Stop buying the crap and make your food yourself. If you can learn to do with less now, then when less is the norm it won’t hurt nearly as much — and you’ll be a better person for it, too. We are loving becoming more self-sufficient, some of it is more fun than others, but it has created a bond among family members that’s strong and brought the family together like never before.

Everyone is struggling now, and it’s only going to get worse. The best thing we can do is spend our time and money wisely, support each other and learn to heal our bodies. If you need help finding something — ask in the comments — I’ll do my best to help find an answer.

What are you doing as a family to prepare for the coming storm?

May Flowers

We have been doing “current events.” My son is actually starting to get interested in politics, I hope it’s something that stays with him. We have to stay involved and it’s going to take all of us, if we are going to stop the spread of government. It’s good for our children to be exposed to politics and civics.

What are you doing? Will you keep homeschooling all year-long or will you take a break for the summer?

We tend to live our summer the way we live our lives. We don’t “do” school. We just live our lives and teach as we go. We did anatomy last week, when we butchered a chicken. When you grow your own food, it gives you a new respect for life. This week it’s politics; who knows what we’ll be doing next week.

If you get a chance, this is the month for flowers. Head up to Yosemite, be sure to take Highway 140 – it’s beautiful this time of year. Be sure to get out, have a picnic or take a walk. Stop and smell the flowers, it’s May!

Sour Dough Challenge

You know you haven’t visited a site in a while, when it takes you 15 minutes to find it. I knew I had a new blog, I just couldn’t seem to remember where I left it.

Yeast bread dough after proving for 40 minutes
I’m discouraged. I swear it’s the weather that’s doing it but I try and fail and try again. On Monday it was cold and it felt like it was going to rain, but it didn’t. I felt ambitious and decided to make three or four loaves of bread. I made two loaves of honey white — they felt right. The dough gets this feel that’s just like heaven and I know it’s going to be perfect but it fell while it was cooking, making it dense.

Then the sour dough, it never really rose. The dough was pitted on the top and it just didn’t look right. I know I should have recorded the data, but it just wasn’t convenient. The sour dough tasted good, it just wasn’t quite right. I’ll try again in a few days. In the meantime, here are some tips and recipes to try.

An Old Fashioned Education

As a parent who homeschooled his youngest child I was involved in teaching our American Heritage to him. What I found in the way of reference material was usually dry, uninteresting, and just plain boring. Why is it that history, especially American History, has to be this way? When history is dry, it dies.


Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, leader of the British forces at the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

And then I went to my first Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic. I went for the simple reason that I wanted to sharpen my marksmanship skills. While I did read on their website that they also taught a story called the Three Strikes of the Match, I really wasn’t very interested in that part of Appleseed.

During the first morning of the two-day event we were taught excellent ways of improving our marksmanship. I learned about things I’d never even heard of, such as Natural Point of Aim, how to build a stable shooting platform using a sling, and many other immediately useful and
effective Rifleman’s skills. Needless to say I was very impressed, especially since I thought I was already a hot-shot shooter. How was it that I was never taught these things during the course of my life?

Then we broke for lunch. As we gathered in a circle under a shade tree one of the instructors stepped forth and began the story of the Three Strikes of the Match. A story about the day the Shot was Heard around the World. April 19, 1775. Lexington and Concord. What a passionate, inspiring, and touching story is was too! Gone was the boredom of American History! This story stirred feelings of just what it is to be an American, the toils and troubles our forefathers went through to give us freedom, and the ultimate price many paid to ensure our posterity. As during the marksmanship phase I wondered again “How was it that I was never taught these things during the course of my life?”

Why was I told that Paul Revere rode the countryside calling out “The British are Coming!” We were all British at that time. That would have made as much sense as yelling “The Americans are coming.” Why wasn’t I told about the role marksmanship played on that day, the day a bunch of farmers and shopkeepers, civilians all, took on, and vanquished, the strongest, best-trained military in the world?

I would urge you to bring your family and friends out to an Appleseed, to hear about the true story of what happened that day. And also learn a bit about marksmanship. You’ll become a better American, and a better marksman, in the process

The events are free for those under 21, women, and active duty military and law enforcement. There is a small registration fee, $10 for women and $5 for kids under 21. Some of the ranges do charge a fee for the use of the property however that is not standard across each location.

There are Appleseed events scheduled all across the United States. If you go to the schedule for a particular state and find an event please click on ‘Information’ in order to obtain the details.

If you are unable to attend an Appleseed the volunteers also have something called a Library Seed. This is where a volunteer will work with homeschool groups to schedule an event to tell the story of the Three Strikes of the Match.

Project Appleseed: A Different Classroom

The Appleseed Project was founded by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, which is “committed to renewing civic virtue - prioritizing civic responsibility over personal interests and indulgence. We are wholly composed of volunteers who commit time, resources and passion toward achieving the RWVA mission. As a 501©3 organization, we promote civic responsibility through the teaching of colonial history and the American tradition of rifle marksmanship in a safe, non-partisan environment.”

RWVA
POB 765
Ramseur, NC 27316

New Domains Available

Progress has been slow putting this new project together, but rest assured, we are continuing to add new features and updates to this new homeschool network.

When you sign up for your new blog on Homeschool Web Host, you will now be given the option of selecting from the following domains.

Our network is small and closely monitored. You can post images, videos and share your current homeschooling activities, as well as find fun, educational and entertaining posts of interest to homeschoolers. The kids are welcome to start their own blog too.

College, Work, Balance

The current trend appears to be education, and let’s face it, you can’t really fault people for trying to better themselves, or can you?


Good Ole Uncle Sam has deep pockets and he supports education. Our Uncle Sam cares for us so much that he will guarantee a loan that covers everything left after the Pell Grant runs out. Uncle Sam really believes in our education, so he will cover our books, lab fees, internet access, with enough left over to catch up on the rent.

Uncle Sam will continue to shell out the dough, so long as you attend school. Many students are discovering even attending school isn’t mandatory.

Patti Mills reports:

Are You Earning Your F?
Posted on September 30, 2011 by Patti Mills

Some students are not stressing over the upcoming midterms or worried about the cost of textbooks.

That is because they never showed up to class in the first place.

It is called the fake student scam: apply to college, get the loans, and never go to class. Billions of dollars are stolen every year in student loan frauds.

North Georgia has an average of 30-50 students per semester with a 0.0 GPA, which is a strong indication of financial aid fraud.

These “students” are taking seats from those who really need them and want to go to class. They are also part of the reason our financial aid refunds are so delayed in getting to us. [Continue Reading…]

I remember how rough things were when I was just starting out as young adult, jobs were scarce, those who hoped to become employed often became very creative in obtaining those jobs. I would often find work in fields that wanted training for.

I received on-the-job-training as a:

My very first job was sorting potatoes and onions for $1.65 an hour. I wasn’t getting rich quick but I earned a living doing many types of work throughout my life. When the economy is bad, the goal is to find a job (or create or own). Once you have a job, you keep looking for work, on a daily basis, until you get to the place you want to be.

More often than not a better job will find you. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found a new job, while working my current one. As an employer and manager for 25 plus years, I can tell you that good people are hard to find. You can never be sure just who is watching you on the job.

The point is, you don’t have to go in debt or have a college degree to be educated. There are many free educational opportunities, if you know where to look, and what to look for.

For instance…

Learn and teach an inside view of Columbia’s heritage
By BERTRAM RANTIN

Historic Columbia Foundation’s latest volunteer training sessions have begun, and residents are being sought to lead historic house museum tours and walking tours as well as help with such things as gardening and administrative duties.

Education volunteers help with school groups, leading craft sessions for students as well as other special family events.

Volunteers are asked to donate at least six hours a month. They must attend 10 training sessions. Training begins at either the Oct. 17, Oct. 24, or Oct. 31 sessions and can make up the earlier classes in February when the next volunteer training begins.

Volunteers receive complimentary entrance into the historic house museums for themselves and immediate family members. [Continue Reading…]

Many public schools, libraries, museums and other such public facilities often offer free training course, internships and accept volunteers. You should also consider connecting with legislators, political campaign staff, local law offices, anywhere that would offer you a welcome educational opportunity.

What do you do if you can’t find a job? Volunteer in your neighborhood. The reasons for this are several. If you are out in the community, you will have a reason to get up and shower in the morning (hey, go ahead and laugh, but that’s important). You will also have more of an opportunity to network, if you are out in the world, instead of sitting on your gluteous maximus.

If you volunteer doing something you enjoy, you will be a happier person for it. Be sure not to stray too far from home. Yes, you need the training but coming up with gas money when you aren’t working gets a little tricky.

There are lots of options for the creative individual. Why would anyone want to burden themselves down with students loans if they don’t have to? Explore your options, there are jobs out there, its knowing where to look for them that makes all the difference in the world.

Progress Update

We’ve managed to move most of our blogs and Word Press sites over to our new homeschool blogging center at Homeschool Web Host. There is still a great deal of work to be done on the site but it’s coming along slowly but surely. Feel free to play around as we continue to work the bugs out.

I’m sorry that I don’t have an FAQ for the site yet and we are still making changes daily to make certain everything is functioning properly.

If you have any issues or need help, I’ll do my best to provide any assistance I can. You can visit other blogs by visiting the Homeschool Web Host Blogs Directory, we’d love to hear your feedback. I know I’ve invited people to start blogging but I didn’t realize the blogging feature has been disable until the site is fully functional. Currently, guest may only leave comments. Check back soon for more progress updates.