Tossed by the Fates is a blogged book for homeschooling parents with the American military. At this time it is still a work in progress, with new entries added as time goes by. This post is the table of contents to the book.
Notes to a blog:
- Because of the structure of blogs in general (first entries are at the bottom of the heap), and because of the structure of the particular WordPress blog format (categories don’t seem to be in plain sight),
- To make it easier to find specific information, or to see the structure of the blog, I’ve put this ‘table of contents’ as the permanent first page of the blog.
- Chapters (categories) are listed in bold, and the subparagraphs of the chapters (the blog posts) are the pages that are linked. Some of the individual pages stand better on their own than others. The book was written in the normal fashion with all the subparagraphs following each other on the same page. When published as blog posts, the continuity is not as obvious.
- Please note that any “automatically generated” links to allegedly “related” posts are cooked up by this particular WordPress system, and are not added by me. I looked for a way to disable the function, but if there is a way to disable the seemingly random links, it is not readily apparent.
History of homeschooling
About this site
- Military Homeschooling in Europe
- Homeschooling through DoDDS in ‘remote’ areas
- Homeschooling in CONUS
- Military life from the perspective of family members
In the chapters on family life with one parent ‘in the military,’ the generic family will be that of an active duty husband, and a civilian wife. This is for my convenience as a writer since all of the parents I’ve met from homeschooling families have fit this model. I do not mean for this structure to exclude stay-at-home homeschool dads, or active duty homeschool moms, it is just that the ‘he/she/them’ constructions in sentences are just too bulky. Also, after reading texts in which the subject seems to be the victim of back-to-back sex-change surgeries – in one paragraph the subject is male, yet in the next paragraph, the subject is female – I feel as if I have mental whiplash. I use the word “spouse” only occasionally. As a matter of personal taste, it is just too close in sound and spelling to the word “souse,” and I think the word clangs rather than rings. C’est la vie.
Coping with deployment
How to start homeschooling
- The purpose of education
- The purpose of education II
- Ages of compulsory attendance
- Underground homeschooling
- Advice on starting
- Opinions are like noses — and you’ve got your own
- Mothering and fathering compared to standardized instruction
- Homeschooling a child who has never been to school
- Homeschooling a child you’ve withdrawn from a school
- Beginning homeschooling in ‘high school’
- Testing your views of testing
Making the homeschooling decision
- Who is the decider?
- What schooling is best for the children?
- Homeschool or not?
- Is survival enough?
- Does homeschooling really work?
- What are your expectations for your child?
- A risk/benefit chart
Reasons for homeschooling
- School in conjunction with family
- Homeschooling and family bonding
- Political reasons for homeschooling
- Curricular reasons for homeschooling
- Homeschooling for continuity
- Homeschooling because of special needs
- Philosophical reasons for homeschooling
- Homeschooling for health reasons
- Homeschooling because of school problems
- Homeschooling for individuality
- Homeschooling in a remote area
- Keeping some of the culture at bay
- Homeschooling just because you can
Socialization — the S-word
- ‘Common-sense’ view of socialization
- Do researchers find that homeschooled kids are maladapted?
- The new kid
- The summer PCS
- Ways to make friends
- Dependent children?
- The ‘real’ world
- Integrating on your own terms
- Peer socialization
- Should children be sheltered?
- A safe corner of our minds
- Worry about homeschooled children not developing into autonomous adults
- Homeschoolers value autonomy
Styles and methods of homeschooling
- Finding the best kind of homeschooling
- Charlotte Mason
- Correspondence schools/distance learning
- Delayed instruction
- ‘Independent’ homeschooling
- Montessori schooling
- Umbrella school
- Unit Study
- Waldorf schooling
- Beyond homeschooling: what to do after graduation
- Beyond homeschooling: joining the military
- Flowchart of ways for homeschooled grads to either earn a commission or enlist
- 28 Jun 2012: DoD updates enlistment priority for certain education credentials
- Homeschool-specific excerpts from military regulations concerning enlistment
- Military jurisdictions and families
- Homeschooling and military life
- Homeschooling in the American states and possessions
- Homeschooling overseas
- Legal concerns about homeschooling
- Record keeping
- Support groups