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.

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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”

Born with Music

Some homeschoolers totally feel this too. That’s why private music lessons and group classes are so popular among them. Here are some local recommendations:

* Paul Finley – http://www.paulfinleymusic.com

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* Mark Ramsey – http://onedayacademy.com/faculty/humanities/mark-ramsey/

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* Kathy Blair – http://www.ccsa.info/  (Christian Choral Society of Austin)

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Mobile Mic

“I was born with music inside me. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me- like food or water”. – Ray Charles

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Announcement: CFE 2014 Convention

Announcement: CFE 2014 Convention

The Catholic Family Educators of Central Texas presents their 2014 Homeschool Convention, Saturday July 12, 8am-5pm.Sessions will cover:

  • Homeschooling in Extra-Challenging Times
  • Brace Yourself-You’ve Chosen to Homeschool…Again!
  • Homeschooling to the Glorious (or Not-So-Glorious) End
  • Children Helping Children
  • Keynote Speaker: Karen Edmisten
  • Organization in the Home
  • What is New in Catechesis?
  • Conquering Writing Fears
  • Preparing for College

Come on down to St. Ignatius Martyr in Austin, Texas! Click here for Google map.