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WikiProject Homeschooling (Rated Project-class)
This page is within the scope of WikiProject Homeschooling, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of homeschooling-related topics on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
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Semi-active?/ReviveEdit

Is there anyone here who would be interested in trying to update and revive this project? I'm willing to join and help. PrincessofLlyr royal court 20:45, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

I'll second this. I'm willing to help out. BejinhanTalk 12:23, 31 May 2010 (UTC)
Well, if there are two of us, I'm willing to get started. The first thing would be a roll call to decide active/inactive members. At the same time, I would like to update all the project pages and update/cleanup major articles under this project. We could also start up the newsletter, but only after the aforementioned activities. Also, I would like to post a notice at the Signpost. Sound good? PrincessofLlyr royal court 14:20, 31 May 2010 (UTC)
Yes, it sounds great. I've been spearheading the WikiProject Malaysia revamp and those were the steps I took. To deliver the messages, you might want to try a bot, like ChzzBot so that you won't have to deliver them manually. It's pretty tedious. :) BejinhanTalk 06:44, 1 June 2010 (UTC)
Okay, draft of message in the bottom section of my sandbox. Ideas on the appropriate period of time for roll call to last? 2 weeks, month, whatever. Any other changes or ideas are welcome! PrincessofLlyr royal court 00:48, 4 June 2010 (UTC)
  • The "Hi USERNAMEHERE" might be possible if you're planning to deliver it manually, but if by bot, I doubt that a bot can pick up usernames based on user talk pages. It might be more practical to have it as "Hi! You are receiving this message because you are in WikiProject Homeschooling's member list(link to member list here)." That's just a thought... putting "Hi USERNAMEHERE" is also possible because it'll be more personal then.
  • I think that 2 weeks should be sufficient. A month is a bit too long.
BejinhanTalk 03:43, 4 June 2010 (UTC)
Okay...the BASEPAGENAME is supposed to pick up for the page it's posted on. For instance, I used that tag and because the sandbox is in my userspace, it added my name. You think it wouldn't do that with a bot? I'll set the time for two weeks and will add the sentence about being listed as members. PrincessofLlyr royal court 12:20, 4 June 2010 (UTC)
Okay, if that's the case, then I think it should be fine. It might also help if you post a notice(re-phrased from your user talk messages) on the different projects' talk pages like the education portal talk page and others. BejinhanTalk 12:26, 4 June 2010 (UTC)
All right, news so far. Roll call delivered. Other projects notified. Newsletter draft begun for July. Collaboration page of July posted. Section for assessment requests added. Signpost notified. What else? PrincessofLlyr royal court 20:11, 5 June 2010 (UTC)
I think that's about all. You'll have to give them the 2-week duration... Later, you might want to notify the confirmed active members about the Collaboration and Newsletter. I can help with the newsletter. I'll just need to get a hang of it and a list of things to be included in it. BejinhanTalk 06:27, 6 June 2010 (UTC)
I hate waiting. As far as that newsletter goes, it appears to fairly uncomplicated. The archives show just a short list of news. So I figured an announcement about the revival (or attempt at), general note about number of active contributors, update about collaboration of July (or request for input into that), and maybe a note about open tasks, places where members could contribute. That sort of stuff should pretty much cover it. PrincessofLlyr royal court 12:16, 6 June 2010 (UTC)
Be patient. I'm interested. Maybe you should start up the project page. It looks dead. AirplanePro 03:52, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
Ok, sounds good. I'll start working on it. Feel free to make any changes. BejinhanTalk 06:15, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
I'm in. Some of the editors here will probably know me as the webmaster of a site on homeschooling. I watch these articles more than actively edit them, to make sure to keep well within the bounds of the Wikipedia conflict of interest policy, but I'm glad to be part of the project and have several of the main homeschooling articles on my watchlist. How can I help? -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk) 14:07, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
Great! The most pressing matters are publicity for the project to attract more active members and working on our various articles. Alternative education is our collaboration for this month. You can add the userbox or ad to your userpage to help publicize and please invite any other users you think would be interested. PrincessofLlyr royal court 16:24, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

Recruiting usersEdit

I've placed a general invite on AirplanePro2000's page. AirplaneProRadioChecklist 02:15, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Great! Inviting new users is a good way to get the project started again. PrincessofLlyr royal court 03:05, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

Newsletter-updateEdit

I'm working on finalizing the newsletter for July as time is running out. I've put in the roll call and revamp news. Am waiting for the July Collaboration of the Month, which seems to be Alternative education. The newsletter would be ready for delivery by 29th. No later than that. BejinhanTalk 02:36, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

It's done and ready for delivery. I'm sorry to say that I won't be on much for the next few months, so this is probably the last item from me for WikiProject Homeschooling for a while. BejinhanTalk 11:45, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
Looks terrific. Should we just deliver to the active members? If so, I can distribute. Thanks for your work and sorry I kind of disappeared in the middle of all of it. PrincessofLlyr royal court 13:39, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I think that should work fine. Projects deliver newsletters to the active members only. If you're going to deliver it manually, don't forget to change the {{{Delivered by}}}. :) Sorry I can't be on more often nowadays... I'm having some RL issues that need to be iron out first. I'll try to check in whenever I can, though. BejinhanTalk 09:45, 30 June 2010 (UTC)
That's fine. Newsletter delivered and member list and collab sections updated. PrincessofLlyr royal court 17:52, 2 July 2010 (UTC)
No August newsletter was prepared. Seeing that not much work is being done on Alternative education, why not extend the Collab to 2 months and have a bi-monthly newsletter? That means, the next newsletter will be in September. Also, don't forget that the nom of the collab has to play his/her role in working on the article. It's his/her responsibility per nom. Bejinhan talks 04:45, 30 July 2010 (UTC)
Bimonthly sounds great. There really wasn't any news for a newsletter, so I hate taking the time just to clutter up people's talk pages. Also support extending the collab. I've definitely been behind about working on that. Although, unless I'm remembering wrong, AirplanePro nominated alt. ed. PrincessofLlyr royal court 01:56, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Ok, cool. Something I've been thinking about is ways of expanding the member list. We need more active members.... Any ideas about that? Bejinhan talks 05:06, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Believe me, I've been wracking (racking?) my brain about that one. No more creative ideas yet. I've plastered it all over my userpage, invited every user I think might be remotely interested, contacted the Signpost....I'm just out of ideas at this point. PrincessofLlyr royal court 13:39, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

───────────────────────── Signpost did not work for me too. :p You could have a competition where the user with the highest referrals and the user with the most successful referrals get awarded. I don't know if this will work for this, so far I've not implemented it for WikiProject Malaysia yet. Bejinhan talks 14:26, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

Hmm, that's a thought. Or I could post something at the reward board. I'll think that one over. I'm actually leaving later today and probably won't be back on until Wednesday, so I don't want to start anything today and then leave. PrincessofLlyr royal court 14:48, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Do any of you frequent any of the big homeschooling forums, like Vegsource? I wonder if going the other way around and finding homeschoolers who edit Wikipedia instead of Wikipedians who are also homeschoolers might bear any fruit. (Personally, I spend most of my online forum time on Ravelry, whose only homeschooling forum is rather inactive, so I'm not of particular help there.) Princess Lirin (talk) 20:23, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
@PrincessofLlyr That's a good idea, but I was at the Reward Board page recently, and saw some stagnant requests. It's possible and we can give it a try... but it has got to be someone interested in homeschooling.
@Princess Lirin Nope, I do the Sonlight forums because that was the curriculum I was using when homeschooling, but as far as I know, most of them there aren't interested in editing Wikipedia. :) Maybe we could recruit new homeschooling users... that's another idea. But we'll have to teach them the hooks of Wikipedia. Bejinhan talks 03:04, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Homeschooling articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 releaseEdit

Version 0.8 is a collection of Wikipedia articles selected by the Wikipedia 1.0 team for offline release on USB key, DVD and mobile phone. Articles were selected based on their assessed importance and quality, then article versions (revisionIDs) were chosen for trustworthiness (freedom from vandalism) using an adaptation of the WikiTrust algorithm.

We would like to ask you to review the Homeschooling articles and revisionIDs we have chosen. Selected articles are marked with a diamond symbol (♦) to the right of each article, and this symbol links to the selected version of each article. If you believe we have included or excluded articles inappropriately, please contact us at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8 with the details. You may wish to look at your WikiProject's articles with cleanup tags and try to improve any that need work; if you do, please give us the new revisionID at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8. We would like to complete this consultation period by midnight UTC on Monday, October 11th.

We have greatly streamlined the process since the Version 0.7 release, so we aim to have the collection ready for distribution by the end of October, 2010. As a result, we are planning to distribute the collection much more widely, while continuing to work with groups such as One Laptop per Child and Wikipedia for Schools to extend the reach of Wikipedia worldwide. Please help us, with your WikiProject's feedback!

For the Wikipedia 1.0 editorial team, SelectionBot 23:08, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Existing Curriculum/Education Wiki?Edit

Is there an existing wiki that presents an organized curriculum for home schooling. What I have in mind is a complete curriculum, going from beginning to high school, built as a wiki, with options along the way for various approaches.

It would be free, complete, professional, open to the best education minds to contribute, and available to EVERY child and parent who can get an internet connection. Given that there is no one best way to educate every child, it would have options and alternatives, but still be guided and organized.

Much of what I have found so far lacks any organization or road map.

Any ideas?

Wikipedia would be a WONDERFUL place to put such a thing, given that it has a brand name and a presence on the net.

Never mind, found WikiVersity —Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.77.161.22 (talk) 18:50, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

18:09, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

—Preceding unsigned comment added by Dmfarb (talkcontribs) 16:28, 5 October 2010 (UTC) 

Please review seriousness v. proposed deletion as parody of new article Names of small numbers at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Names of small numbersEdit

especially from the point of view of its usefulness as an article used in home schooling, now and as it may grow.

Homeschooling WikiProject members, this is being discussed at:

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Names of small numbers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Names_of_small_numbers#Names_of_small_numbers

Please also consider what additional sections from binary and other numbering systems and from educationally, historically, linguistically and epistemologically significant concepts and works, including fractions and parts of wholes other than simple number-base exponential systems, including terms from currencies, agriculture, art media, and pre-modern English language names of small portions should be made to this topic as a kept article, especially subtopics which may not be generally known by Wikipedian editors in other particular fields. Etymology for SI and Metric terms is included in their respective articles to which this one is linked; please consider what portions and extents of etymological information from those sources and what other sources are appropriate to add to this article as well.

Thank you. Pandelver (talk) 05:04, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

BrainPOP educational websitesEdit

There are persistent IPs who add unreferenced trivia and errors to the BrainPOP article. See, for example, these edits. Can someone help please and watchlist this article? I feel rather alone in patrolling this article. Thanks! -- Ssilvers (talk) 18:35, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Watchlisted. PrincessofLlyr royal court 19:18, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! -- Ssilvers (talk) 19:55, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

New MemberEdit

Hi, I'am Hamham31, may I join this Wikiproject? I'am willing to be a part of this group and also share my ideas about anything. Thanks. Hamham31 (talk) 01:37, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Absolutely! Just add your name to the list of members. Welcome aboard! PrincessofLlyr royal court 03:17, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks PrincessofLlyr.Hamham31 (talk) 03:30, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

WikiWomen's History MonthEdit

Hi everyone. March is Women's History Month and I'm hoping a few folks here at WP:Homeschooling will have interest in putting on events (on and off wiki) related to women's roles in homeschooling. We've created an event page on English Wikipedia (please translate!) and I hope you'll find the inspiration to participate. These events can take place off wiki, like edit-a-thons, or on wiki, such as themes and translations. Please visit the page here: WikiWomen's History Month. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to seeing events take place! SarahStierch (talk) 20:54, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia:HighBeamEdit

Wikipedia:HighBeam describes a limited opportunity for Wikipedia editors to have access to HighBeam Research.
Wavelength (talk) 18:04, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Seton Is Amazing!Edit

I am a 7th grader in Seton, and I have been here since 2nd, it is Ah-mazing! Thank You for being the best School there is! ;) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.253.240.54 (talk) 19:06, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

Notability concernEdit

Hi. When editing at random I stumbled across Mother of Divine Grace School, which looked more like an ad than a factual article. After editing it, I decided to take a look at similar articles, as articles on schools generally tend to be deleted for lack of notability. I've had a look at the list of articles below, but would like additional help on digging up references on them if possible, if not the alternative is deletion for lack of notability and/or verifiability. I've added a few notes on the various articles where I had any additional comments (in italics). All the articles have also been tagged with various maintenance templates as needed.

  1. Calvert_School - Probably notable due to the age, has one book referenced which I assume helps, but need at least one more to establish notability.
  2. Growing Without Schooling - Possibly notable, but haven't been able to verify. There is at least one book[1] published, but it appears to only contain original texts from the magazine
  3. Mother of Divine Grace School - Possibly non-notable; appears to have mostly self-published references, blogs or reviews. Also a lot smaller than some of the others (if by 'schools' they mean home-schooled families)
  4. Raymond S. and Dorothy N. Moore Foundation - Might be notable for Dorothy N. Moore (described as a pioneer in the homeschooling movement), but lacks any references independent of the subject. Could not find any books (that didn't contain articles from WP) on google, and couldn't find any sites that appeared to be useful during a quick search either.
  5. Regina Coeli Academy - Unreferenced, had problems finding anything useful. Doesn't appear to be notable.
  6. Secular Homeschooling (magazine) - Has references, but none of them is about the mag. Appears to be non-notable.
  7. Seton Home Study School - Same problem as the others with a dead link, no refs that establish notability. Might be notable though, if the claim that they serve people in all US states and more than 50 countries.
  8. Stoa USA - Tons of refs; mostly to their own websites, rankings and debate result pages. Probably non-notable.
  9. Upattinas School and Resource Center - Only references their own site, and a government site listing "Diploma-granting Organizations". The other external links appear to be reviews, blogs and top n sites listing the best schools (or similar).

In general all of these fall under WP:ORG as there doesn't exist a specific notability guideline for schools, and most of them fail the criteria set there. Before taking any of them through an AFD, I'd like to hear with people associated with this Wikiproject, as you're more likely to know where to look for good sources. Please add anything you can find, and help me clean them up. Bjelleklang - talk 21:07, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

Leaflet for Wikiproject Homeschooling at Wikimania 2014Edit

Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

This is particularly aimed at highlighting less discoverable but successful projects, e.g:

• Active Wikiprojects: Wikiproject Medicine, WikiProject Video Games, Wikiproject Film

• Tech projects/Tools, which may be looking for either users or developers.

• Less known major projects: Wikinews, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, etc.

• Wiki Loves Parliaments, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves ____

• Wikimedia thematic organisations, Wikiwomen’s Collaborative, The Signpost

The deadline for submissions is 1st July 2014

For more information or to sign up for one for your project, go to:

Project leaflets
Adikhajuria (talk) 13:17, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposalEdit

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live!Edit

Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Note: To receive additional notifications about WikiProject X on this talk page, please add this page to Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Newsletter. Otherwise, this will be the last notification sent about WikiProject X.

Harej (talk) 16:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Proposal: Merging this project into WikiProject HomeschoolingEdit

I believe that this project, WikiProject Homeschooling should be merged into Wikipedia:WikiProject Alternative Education as this project is inactive and shares many of the same goals. Thoughts?

Daylen (talk) 03:13, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

  • Support; there seems to have been very little (if any) activity here after 2011. No point keeping it as a separate project if WP:ALTED is more active. Bjelleklang - talk 07:37, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

Creative Mind through Art of MathematicsEdit

I think, many of our high schools do not provide an adequate level of knowledge in such an important subject as Mathematics. I am sure, many young students, especially those who study math at home and appreciate rigorousness, logic and creativity, would welcome an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of this subject, while inquisitive teachers might be benefited from a course concentrated on rigorous presentation of mathematical ideas, logic and methods.

I'd like to introduce you to an educational site UNIZOR.COM and the course "Math4Teens" presented there, which is created with an idea to redirect studying Mathematics from simple memorization of facts, usually forgotten immediately after passing an exam, towards development of intelligence, creativity and analytical thinking, which I consider the real purpose to study Mathematics and important throughout the whole life, regardless of profession.

Students have to think about Math for their minds as they think about gym for their muscles. Inasmuch as the latter is needed for physical development, the former is needed for development of their creativity, analytical thinking and ability to solve real life problems that needed new, previously unknown solutions. In real life people rarely lift weights, but they do it in a gym to improve their health, develop their strength and stamina to do whatever real life expects them to do. Similarly, in real life people don't have to prove theorems of Geometry, but doing it will greatly improve their ability to solve real life problems. Mathematics is a tool to develop the mind, inasmuch as weights in the gym are tools to develop muscles.

Unizor is free and has no advertising. Its sole purpose is to distribute knowledge in its purest form. I, as its author, have no financial benefits from it and continue developing this Web site as my contribution to a society, hoping that it will help some young students to reach higher goals in their lives.

At this time (January, 2018) the course is complete, but requires a few more exams that are being added to it. After this I plan to start a new course, Physics4Teens, a relatively comprehensive course of classical Physics on a solid mathematical foundation of the course of Mathematics described above.

Recently, realizing the deficiency in our Civics education, Jesse Brogan, a retired specialist in performance engineering and law, have contributed a course "Law4Teens" to UNIZOR.COM - a comprehensive course of lectures about our Constitution, Civil Law, Criminal Law and Business Law, specifically directed to young students.

Zshekhtm (talk) 13:09, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

InvitationEdit

 

Hello, WikiProject Homeschooling!

We would be delighted if would like to participate in WikiProject Parenting. This is an effort to improve the coverage of topics relating to parenting and children on the English Wikipedia. We hope you will be interested in becoming part of the project! Please add your name to our project page and look at the talk page to find out what we're up to. Thank you!

Mvolz (talk) 14:31, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

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