Top Ten of 2010

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Are you tired of people doing the “Top Ten [fill-in-the-blank’] of 2010 yet?  I know I’m tired of it where the news shows are concerned.  I like to hear what’s happening now, not rehash last year.  It’s kind of fun on blogs, though, to see what people’s top posts of last year were, so I thought I’d share with you my top ten posts from last year.

1.  The Public School Parents’ Guide to Homeschool Parents.  This was the first post I’ve ever had that’s gone viral.  In less than a week it became my top post of all time.  That was fun and it was fun to write.  I enjoyed tackling the common misconceptions in a humorous, non-confrontational manner.

2.  Our Curriculum.  It just goes to show that we homeschooling families enjoy a peek into each other’s school shelves.  You never know when someone might introduce you to something new that’s a great fit for your own family.

3.  Step-by-step: Making a Salt Dough Map.  I always enjoy when I post a tutorial for something that my family and I have enjoyed and discover that others find it useful as well.  Salt dough is so versatile and the maps make such a great, hands-on learning tool.


4.  Chore Charts.  We’ve used our chore chart system for years now.  I love that it’s grown and changed with my kids.  Even at 15, 11, and 9, the chore system still works for my kids.

chore charts

5.  Step-by-step: Model of Earth’s LayersThis post features a simple construction paper model of Earth’s layers, easy for all ages to assemble.

construction paper model of earth's layers

6.  Step-by-step: Making a Paper Mâchè EarthDo you ever have one of those projects that actually turns out exactly as you’d envisioned?  Our paper Mâchè Earth was one such project.  It was such fun to build – especially since the end result was just what we had in mind.

earth model

7.  Why Are Homeschoolers so Weird and UnsocializedAnother stereotype addressed based on my years of experience with a wide variety of homeschool family.

8.  A Peek Into Our SchoolroomSee?  We like a peek into each other’s homeschools.  Whether it’s books or where or how we homeschool, we homeschooling families always enjoy an opportunity to pick up tips and ideas from each other.  I just love the openness of the homeschool community.

9.  Easy Grammar vs. First Language Lessons.  In this post, I compared and contrasted two very popular grammar programs.  If you’ve been around for awhile, you know which one is my top choice, but looking at what differentiates the two may help you decide which would be the best fit for your family.

10.  Works for Me Wednesday: Mom BinderLike our chore chart, I have used my “mom binder” almost since the beginning of our homeschool journey.  The particular contents have changed over the years, but the basic concept has remained a tried-and-true organizational solution for me.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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