Happy Independence Day, Homeschoolers!

Most homeschooling families will celebrate the same as everyone else. For the more patriotic-minded, some will explore the historical background of July 4th, while some will actually get to go to museums within their city or historical sites in the nation that relate to our country’s beginnings. Above all these, we hope that all homeschoolers have learned why July 4, 1776 is called “Independence Day” and which day the Declaration of Independence was really signed. Come read the document that set our country free – here and take the Declaration Quiz.

Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence

This weekend is a great time to get out and have some fun with family, friends, neighbors, and even acquaintances such as your town’s immigrants and international students. These people, as well as new citizens and refugees, are usually quite curious about American traditions and holidays. Ask them how their country’s independence is celebrated and what the colors and symbols on their flag mean. And while you’re at it, why don’t you give them a reason to enjoy their stay while being away from their homeland? Invite them to watch the parade, go to a cookout, and especially to watch the fireworks – Almost every town in America will have them!

Naturalization Cake
Naturalization Cake

For the outgoing homeschoolers, we might also be more involved in this holiday than most students. We enjoy soaking up the knowledge, organizing events, performing in front of hundreds, and creating new ways to have fun. Did your home school co-op get together this weekend? Did you lead a game, recreate an ancestor’s special recipe, or visit some place new? Here’s some trivia: Did you know that one of Austin’s homeschool families not only owns a fireworks business but specially makes each firework and sets up shows? Visit Starlight Fireworks and give ’em a try!

Fireworks in Austin
Fireworks in Austin

Here in the Austin Metro, there will be LOTS of 4th of July parades. Some start the day before, but there are still plenty to be experienced on the 4th. There will also be tons of Fourth of July fun – some will be of the more traditional type, horseshoe tossing, 3-legged racing, and eating contests, while others will be more modern like the bouncy houses, splash pads, and movies. All of the festivities include loads of both traditionally American and separately Texan food, as well as plenty of patriotic music! Can you name the three most popular Independence Day songs you’ll hear this weekend? What are three other traditional patriotic songs?

Remember, our forefathers and military went through a lot of hullaballoo to gain our country’s freedom, so thank a military service person, thank a veteran! Be thankful today, have fun, and be safe. Check out the day’s line-up here: Austin 4th of July Events.

Note: Not all links used in this article are the views of atxhomeschool.com, but rather are used as means to research the topics indicated.

ROT week in Austin!

Here come the bikes! I mean the Motorbikes.

No need to worry, maybe gather earplugs due to the increase in the Vva-Vroom volume and a blindfold if you see them while sight-seeing through the town at night. These peeps are just here for the fun. Once a year, motorcyclists from all over Texas and beyond come to Austin to celebrate the ROT Bikers Rally. R.O.T. stands for Republic of Texas.

ROT cycles at Austin capital

In spite of hundreds of thousands of bikers, we definitely get the benefit of increased business sales, but have you actually sat down to get to know what these bikers do? Maybe this is as far as your feet want to travel – just to the computer staging area, but at least you’ll have done yourself the favor of learning a little more about ROT, bikers, and bikes. That’s what good homeschoolers do, right? – Learn!ROT bikers Parade
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A Prom for Someone Like Me

Homeschoolers participate in the same activities as public-schooled students, such as the Prom. They’re just a little different. 😉

Yes, even Homeschoolers get to have a Prom! Some are called “Spring Formal”, but they’re Proms nonetheless. They have a theme, music, dancing, dresses, suits, decorations, photos, and food. Of course since the home school culture is vastly different from that of the other schooling choices, there are plenty of differences from the one the local ISD or private school is sponsoring. The biggest differences are that it’s truly fun to be with everyone there and it’s safe.

Gathering of Homeschooled Girls in Prom Dresses
Group of young homeschooled women dressed for the Prom. Photo courtesy of Munchins On The Path Blogspot.

You’ll notice right away that the whole atmosphere is light and jovial. These kids want to be there and they know most of the other students already, as well as the parents and siblings. Not only will you see young adults enjoying their evening (you know a real smile when you see it) and making sure each guest gets to dance, but chaperones who happen to be some of the students’ parents (since they’re the teachers too) are actually appreciated and sometimes drawn into the soirée. Continue reading “A Prom for Someone Like Me”

You Might be at a Homeschool Wedding if…

Wonderfully said! Many joys are yet to be had in our home.

Pahlow's English: Global Classroom

alex & josh pic Tomorrow best friends Alexandra Garcia and Joshua Germenis, two former English 5 students, exchange their vows. Bless you both for your commitment to the LORD and His plan for marriage. To your peers, you are an example; to us moms, you are our hope.

The only thing better than a homeschool graduation is a homeschool wedding. For those just starting their homeschool journey, these should be attended as often as possible. For us moms already in the trenches, these are nothing less than a kiss on the cheek from Jesus Himself.

For the uninitiated, however, these events are bound to be odd. It would certainly be helpful to know what you are getting into ahead of time, so you can mentally prepare. Without any further ado, you might be at a homeschool wedding if:

  • The decorations, while elegant and thoughtful, are always homemade. Envision an assembly line of moms and…

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The Rodeo’s Coming! – “Where Weird meets Western”

Have you ever been to the Austin Rodeo? Did any of you brave the cold to attend the Cowboy Breakfast this morning?

It’s full of events to fit everyone’s style: music, contests, ranch animals galore, not to mention the good ol’ hometown carnival an’ cookin’! This year it’ll be March 14-28, 2015 at the Travis County Expo Center, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin, TX 78724. It’s even gonna be on t.v., well, YouTube that is, on “RA TV” – Rodeo Austin TV, so you don’t have to miss a thing. There are videos there to check out from last too.

Willie Nelson & Family perform for Rodeo Austin 2015.
Willie Nelson & Family perform for Rodeo Austin 2015.

Since we’re in the Live Music Capital of the World, let’s start with the Live Music, in order of appearance. Austin Rodeo will have main stage performances by:

Willie Nelson & Family, Dwight Yoakam, Eli Young Band, Panic!At the Disco, The Beach Boys, Randy Rogers Band, Joe Nichols, Turnpike Troubadours, Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis, Tyler Farr, Boyz II Men, Sublime with Rome, Martina McBride, Lee Brice, and Kevin Fowler.

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Kids: Create Your Own App!

Girl at Computer
Your teenager will smile too while creating their own app using their own laptop or other media device.

Have you ever wanted to do something on your media device only to learn that hasn’t been invented yet or worse yet, that it just isn’t in your budget?

Well now you’ll have the opportunity to have an expert walk you through the steps of simple coding to get one on your own computer or device – FREE! One of the best things about this is that you can say that you made it yourself, well maybe your computer nerd son or daughter will help you ;-). This is the beauty of it all – getting to spend time with your child, soaking up the awesomeness of using an open-standard platform called Bluemix, and exploring your child’s potential as an up-and-coming Programmer or Developer.   Continue reading “Kids: Create Your Own App!”

Enjoy the Summer, FREE!

Everybody loves something fun to do, especially homeschoolers! 

Catch the latest list of what’s fun to do for FREE this weekend in the Free Fun in Austin site:
This weekend you can make a free sundae, watch a pooch parade, catch the Formula Sun Grand Prix and more!Weekend Top 10 FREE Events –>

Afterwards, tell me in which event you participated.

Which one was worth repeating?