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What’s in the Fall Issue of HSL?

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The fall issue is out! And in addition to our updated-for-2017 list of best cities for homeschoolers (which I know some of you have been counting down the months for), we’ve got some great stuff that you might want to check up. (You can view the full table of contents here.) Here’s a little roundup of some of the things we love in the fall issue:

  • I loved digging into Native American history to put together a high school reading list for U.S. History. (In fact, I got a little carried away on the research end of this, so you can expect to see an elementary and a middle school reading list on the blog in November.) 
  • Blair’s tips for vetting science curriculum are excellent and (sadly) essential as curriculum publishers continue to vague up what “secular” means when it comes to curricula. With her expert guidance, you can make sure that you’re getting peer-reviewed, facts-based science for your homeschool.
  • Thurgood Marshall is so awesome that I spent most of August interjecting “You know another amazing thing about Thurgood Marshall?” into conversations, and people weren’t even that annoyed because he really is that amazing.
  • Writing personalized book lists is one of my favorite things, so I was delighted when Nicky asked me to put together a list of books about bugs for her homeschool. (She also gave me an excuse to finally read Wicked Bugs, which I kind of loved.)
  • Amy’s DIY stamp art project feels like an art project that I can actually do, and I am excited to use it to try to make holiday wrapping paper this year.
  • I always enjoy stories that let me check in with real homeschoolers, so it was a pleasure working on our feature about ways to bust through a homeschool plateau—you know, when everything is fine, but it’s just fine, and you’d like it break through to the next level. I talked to several different homeschoolers about the little and big epiphanies that changed their homeschools for the better, and I’m excited to test-drive some of the strategies that worked for them in my own homeschool.
  • I was glad a reader wrote in asking how to help kids recognize fake news because I think that’s a particularly relevant, important question in these days of instant-access information. Being able to assess and analyze information feels more important than being able to memorize it, and there are some specific skills you need to build in order to be able to do that.

If you’re a subscriber, you can download your copy of the fall issue right now. If you aren’t a subscriber, maybe you’d like to be? home/school/life is a quarterly magazine for secular homeschoolers, and we pack every issue full of ideas to make your homeschool more entertaining, richer, and happier for everyone involved. Many issues are completely ad-free, and we never include more than five advertisements (from carefully screened, totally secular companies) in any issue so you always know you're getting tons of relevant content in every issue.