Table of contents

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

Site Booklets

Military Homeschooling

Military Life

  • 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

Making the homeschooling decision

Reasons for homeschooling


Socialization — the S-word

Sheltered children

Styles and methods of homeschooling

Public school at home

Corporate Homeschooling


Homeschooling over the holidays

After Graduation


Future topics:

  • 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
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