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November 2014

Volume 1, Issue 7

HIGHLIGHTS: The news is brief this month so that we can enjoy all the homeschooler's Halloween costumes from around the country. Thank you so much for everyone who participated! What an awesome "Student Spotlight" edition.

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A Homeschooler's Halloween

For this newsletter I invited our readers to submit their homeschooler's Halloween costume photos. I think they show how fun and creative homeschoolers can be. Thank you for everyone who contributed! Here they are in the order I received them:
Marin Homeschoolers of Marin County, California had a fun Halloween party!
Charlotte as a little brown bat and Paulie as a cow in Nashua, New Hampshire.   
Homemade candy costumes worn Gracie and Olivia of Bedford, New Hampshire. Shared by Michelle Morrison.
       Ella and Drew Levy                                                              Calum and Oliver Levy
Home/school/life blogger Tracy Million Simmons' family. Love Captain America!
Ami from Arizona sent in her homeschooling family's Halloween portrait!
"Elsa" in New Hampshire. Shared by Stephanie Roberts-Shaw.
Our Curriculum Junkie columnist Rebecca Pickens shared these awesome images of her family with us. They live on a small farm near the Adirondacks.
Jack, a black cat, and Olivia, a rock star. From Athens, Georgia. Shared by Beth Gulley.
The whole gang in Athens, Georgia. From left to right: rock star, witch, Obi Wan, danger duck and black cat. Shared by Diana Werling.
These boys belong to home/school/life's magazine's senior editor, Shelli Pabis: Obi Wan Kenobi and I-refuse-to-wear-a-costume boy. ;)
Black belt Sensei Simon and Princess Mononoke Sophia. Sent in by Samantha Stott.
Julie Schiffman and her sons, Jacob and Eli (ages 8 & 5).
Left: Diana, age 11, steampunk vampire -- "Inspired back in August when she participated in a jewelry making class and constructed the metalwork pendant she's wearing"

Right: Ander, age 7, Captain America

Shared by Dawn Haptonstahl of Reston, Virginia
The Petty Family by Tiffany Petty. Bellingham, WA. "My girls requested 'Super Ear-Os', I delivered."
These are home/school/life magazine's editor-in-chief Amy Sharony's Minecraft Creepers!
"This is my boy trying to look very stern and scary as Hades, God of the
Underworld. He is loving the Percy Jacson books and couldn't wait to dress
up as Hades this Halloween." Submitted by Debbie Brammall.
These cutie pies belong to Jennifer Martin-Lopez.
Kelly Hogaboom made this very cool bride and groom costume for her daughter Phoenix (the bride) and her friend Allison. The bride's garments were made and crafted from scratch; the groom, distressed thrift store finds. Read more about how she made it on Kelly's website.
Fionna (age 11) and her brother Dylan (age 8) of Nova Scotia. Shared by Dawn Smith.
"This is my 5 year old, as a vampire. This is the first year I really let him do it all. He was really proud." - Roisin Weintraub

This was so much fun! Let's plan to do it again next year!

We can also get creative with our next two newsletters. If I get enough submissions, I'll put them in the newsletter. 

December - Send me your favorite holiday recipes. (Cookbook recipes are okay with proper citation.)
January - Our favorite 2014 homeschool moments. Send me photos of your best projects, events or any proud homeschooling moment from 2014.

E-mail submissions to Shelli.

What you may have missed on our social media this month...


Make Time for Mom Friends by Tracy 

How to Talk About Homeschooling (So That People Will Listen) by Idzie

Welcome to My Salon by Lisa

Fall Favorites

Mindful Homeschooling: What Children Have Taught Me About Pursuing My Personal Goals by Shelli

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