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    Seven Quick Takes: Future Homeless Guy, Homeschool Planning, and More!

    June 27, 2014 by Brandy Vencel

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    First, I think you should know that this is how my week started off:

    This was emblematic of how things were going to go.

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    And since I’m posting Facebook statuses, here’s another:

    Good thing I believe a liberal education is for everybody.

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    This week, I worked on writing some stuff for Scholé Sisters. Yes, I said “stuff.” It doesn’t exactly have the romantic ring I was looking for, but I’m sticking with it.

    I wrote an eBook chapter, for starters. Plus I worked on some ideas for posts. It’s been fun, so far, and I can tell you that Scholé Sisters is going to be fantastic. I’m so grateful to be a part of it.

    Of course, who wouldn’t have fun working with an awesome team like Sarah, Mystie, and Pam?

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    Today is the last week of swimming lessons. Last year, it felt so long, and I was completely ready for it to be over when we finished. This year, I feel I could do another two weeks, no problem.

    But we’re done. Another year finished. Such is life.

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    And speaking of planning parties, Sarah and Mystie and I are throwing one the week after Fourth of July, so don’t miss out.

    Mystie’s going first and talking about having a time for everything and everything in its time — she’s going to dovetail nicely with last week’s knockout post from Christy on Planning for Peace, is my guess.

    Then, there’s me. We’ll chat together about a full and complete life — basically why the “3 R’s” are not enough, and how to plan to include a lot more riches than that.

    Sarah will wrap us up with a post on scheduling with an open hand. The schedule serves us — it doesn’t enslave us.

    It’s gonna be great!

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    Did you hear the latest about the Ambleside Online science changes? This is another something I’m oh so excited about. The science team has done some amazing work, and will continue to do so as they roll out a CM science curriculum that goes all the way through twelfth grade. Let’s face it: most children will not be scientists when they grow up. But they can and ought to love science, and understand what they read about it. When I look at what AO is doing with science, I see the sort of curriculum that made my father love science in his own generation.

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    By the way, Pam finally released her homeschool planning eBook. This was a good move, being that it is planning season and all. Of course, all you super planners are freaking me out a bit. How about enjoying yourselves some summer, people?!

    I might be waxing eloquent about planning in that upcoming series, but my version of planning takes place after the conference. Before, it looks suspiciously like Book Hoarding … and that’s about it.

    Anyhow, Pam’s book has it all. I really thought that, after six years of planning, I didn’t need any more advice or tips, but her videos were really helpful for me, and turns out old dogs can learn new tricks!

    Anyhow, her “book” is more than a book and includes over 40 beautiful printable planning forms, audio interview with two of my favorite bloggers, and more. If you need some planning help, this is the place to go. Pam kindly gave me a free copy and I’m enjoying looking at it.

    While not planning until after the conference, of course.

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