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    Published on 09-01-2014 07:20 AM
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    Technology is with us all day long, so it makes sense to include it as part of your homeschool approach. In fact, it's a necessity! Time4Learning's award-winning online curriculum is technology-based and easy for both students and parents to use, making it perfect for both tech savvy and novice users! With technology already incorporated into our daily lives, it only makes sense to include it in our children's education.

    Did you know that Time4Learning includes over 1500 multimedia lessons provided in an interactive learning environment? This automated learning system both teaches concepts and promotes computer literacy through entertaining and engaging tools. Students love the "outside the box" combination of animated activities, instructional videos, and interactive lessons that present their materials at their own pace.

    Did you know that Time4Learning also offers an award-winning preschool curriculum?
    With Time4Learning, preschoolers won't just sit and watch. They'll laugh, learn, participate and explore while building pre-reading literacy, a solid math foundation, and more:
    • They'll sing along with Ed Mouse on the farm and get up and exercise with a group of kids.
    • They'll yell out numbers to an octopus under the sea and politely help a mountain climber scale Manners Mountain.
    • They'll learn how to spell their names while decorating their virtual school supplies box.
    • They'll learn about colors, shapes, sizes, numbers, letters and more... all under cover of play-based and experiential activities.

    Want to try Time4Learning out for yourself? Explore the customized Time4Learning lesson demos to see if this curriculum is right for you an your family.

    This month, Time4Learning is offering TWO terrific prizes to the members of SecularHomeschool.com. A one year subscription for one student to Time4Learning's interactive multimedia curriculum for grades K-8 AND a one-year subscription for one student to the Time4Learning preschool program.

    To enter this giveaway, comment below and let us know which prize you would like to win - - the Time4Learning preschool subscription, OR the Time4Learning K-8 subscription. (NOTE: Members may only enter in ONE prize category.) You may earn up to five additional entries for this giveaway by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and coming back and commenting to let us know, by sharing this giveaway on Twitter and coming back and commenting to let us know (with your Twitter ID), by sharing this giveaway on your Google+ profile and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL link of your share), by sharing this giveaway on Pinterest and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL of your pin) or by sharing this giveaway on your personal blog or website and coming back and leaving a comment with a link to your post. (Each additional entry must be entered via a separate comment)

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    by Published on 09-01-2014 12:01 PM
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    Happy September and Back to Homeschool!

    As public school kids head off to their institutions, many homeschoolers are also starting their school year! Bring on the PJ's, comfy couches, snuggly blankets, corner of pillows or dining room tables! Reading to the dog, laying upside down on the bed while practicing spelling words, listening to music while learning calculus, chilling in front of the computer or watching a science experiment on YouTube in the car...

    No matter how you do it, what works for you is one of the greatest joys of homeschooling!

    And then you have the meltdowns.

    The "I HATE SPELLING" or "I can't think of what to write" or "WHY does a+b=c because I think this Math is STUPID". The tears, the storming off or the collapsing at the table because something isn't working! And insert Mom or Dad rolling their eyes as they sip coffee and think 'here we go again!'

    We are bringing back Instagram this month at Secular Homeschool.

    We want those 1st day of school pics! ...
    Published on 08-27-2014 01:55 PM
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    2. Curriculum,
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    Your child proudly hands you his or her latest piece of writing. Maybe it's a short, choppy paragraph about his obsession, Minecraft. Maybe it's her rambling horse essay that plods on and on and on. Or maybe it's a poignant, well-thought out anecdote about a recent swimming meet, but it's filled with spelling and punctuation errors.

    After you smile and say, "Good job, sweetie! Thanks for sharing that with me," you ask yourself: How do I grade this? Should I even grade it at all?

    The truth is, whether or not to grade your student's writing depends on a number of factors. But, before we look at times when grading might be appropriate, let's expel some common myths:

    MYTH #1 - Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar equal good writing

    Writing is about the Mind Life. Punctuation, spelling, and grammar are the mechanics of writing and cannot lead to quality writing no matter how well they are mastered. No one ever finished a novel and said, "The comma placement was exquisite. The use of periods moved me. The utter care to spell every word correctly changed my life."

    Mechanics support the ability to convey the mind life in writing which is why we work on them. However, if someone amputated my hands and gouged out my eyes,

    Published on 08-19-2014 08:08 PM
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    by Published on 08-29-2014 12:38 AM
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    So, we just wrapped up our 2nd week of school!
    And I have to say, so far....not too shabby!

    Well, other than I seem to have lost 1 sons folder after the first week.....and older son didn't get the memo that he was to start his emails to Grandma this week.
    We are using Time4Learning high school level plus a few side things Mom came up with.
    Now, this is not to say that next week will be major meltdown or the schedule will go missing or ?

    We were able to start early for our school year this year and spread it out into 38 weeks so we have less to do per day on T4L and I can add a few extra things and my boys still have time to play video games with friends, etc.

    So, have you started your school year yet?

    If yes, how is it going?

    If no, when are you starting?

    Click here to tell us! ...

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