• Curriculum

    Published on 08-05-2013 08:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Curriculum,
    3. Homeschooling with Technology

    by Theresa Heary (http://www.s-h-i-n-e.org/)

    You have certainly seen online courses advertised by national curriculum companies. They offer your children a “certified” teacher, and a standard, status-quo, brainwashing right from the comfort of their own home.

    I have something else to offer to the conversation about online home-schooling. I have a vision of lots of moms, like me, offering courses, where they get to help other’s children learn.

    In my vision, we would work together to create the sort of world that we want to live in, and we would use online classes and networking to help make it possible.

    I am a kind, hardworking, chaotic single mom. I spent ten years running a home-school coop, mostly for middle school children. I have my master’s in education, and I know what amazing things middle school students are capable of.

    I wholeheartedly believe that there are important ideas that kids need to ...
    Published on 06-17-2013 10:43 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Curriculum,
    3. Parenting
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    While some dads are the key home educators, many homeschooling parents are moms. That doesn’t mean Dad isn’t — or can’t be — involved. Dads play a vital role in the education of their children. And fathers can be especially helpful for struggling readers. For children who are dyslexic or who struggle with reading, writing or spelling, Verticy Learning offers a comprehensive academic homeschool curriculum designed for struggling readers. The core curriculum is based on the time-tested Calvert homeschool program, which has guided children toward excellence and achievement for over a century.


    Top 5 Ways for Homeschooling Fathers to Help Struggling Readers


    5. Fathers Can Read to the Kids
    The benefits of reading to young children are numerous and well-documented. There are even more advantages of dads reading to a struggling reader:
    • It shows that Dad thinks reading is just as important as Mom. Learning doesn’t stop when Dad gets home.
    • It sets up a routine at night. Kids look forward to reading because they get to spend special time with Dad.
    • Following along
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    Published on 06-08-2013 11:04 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Curriculum
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    A Lot of Drama To Liven Up The Summer!

    “We’re learning and we’re not even in school!” That’s my favorite quote from last summer’s “focus group” of local kids that were happy to spend hours each week performing dramatic readings from our Dramaterials™ line of plays & musicals that teach curriculum and character. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your children this summer to keep them reading, learning and evolving, See The Wish has just the (admission) ticket!

    Kids are born entertainers and love to act out parts and venture into other worlds. (Who doesn’t remember putting on childhood skits for good-natured family members lined up on the couch?) When children step into a character’s shoes, they are building their capacity for empathy. Plays build reading fluency, effective listening, language fluency, speaking confidence, patience, self-awareness, memorization and character creation. Plays provide practice at pushing through fear, ...
    by Published on 04-17-2013 08:17 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Curriculum,
    3. General Homeschooling
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    Well, I did it! I just ordered the Latin book for my youngest son!I talked about it a bit in my changing curriculum for career article on the Home page!
    He has dreams of being a paleontologist and since Latin is scientific, he chose to learn that!
    Luckily, I found what I hope is a great book on Amazon! Has 5 stars and great reviews from other homeschoolers, so we will see!
    I took French in High School, wanted to do German but it was not offered at my school! I loved it and hated it at the same time!LOL
    We started Spanish in our homeschool using the My Coach game for the Nintendo DS and it was going well until someone lost their game cartridge.....hmmm, deliberate?! We will never know, though Mom has a good idea!
    I have bought another and we are starting Spanish AGAIN in the Fall as I believe it a good one to know.
    This leads to this week's poll!
    Are you teaching a foreign language in your homeschool? If so, which one(s)?
    Do you like it? Best curriculum you have found for that language? Worst? And why?!?!
    Let us know in the comment section below!
    Once we get into this Latin book, I will definitely give updates on it! Like I said, it was highly recommended all over internet. Had 5 solid stars out of 5! 107 reviews, 100 were 5 stars.....so I am hoping!
    Click here to tell us.....
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    by Published on 04-10-2013 04:01 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Curriculum,
    3. Secular Homeschooling,
    4. General Homeschooling,
    5. Homeschooling High School,
    6. Parenting
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    Well, as we are winding up the first year of 2 high schoolers being homeschooled(it feels SO crazy to say that....they were just in 5th and 6th grade-honest!).....the topic has turned towards what they want to be when they graduate! I want to buff up our homeschool day with what they need but tailor it for each of them!

    I know for my older son, as he has said this since he was 7-8 years old that he wanted to be a video game designer! He is now 16+ and has held onto that, never waivered! He has been into video games since birth, I swear! And can do things on the computer that I do not understand! I remember when he was 2 and would rearrange the files on my Mom's IMac. Then giggle when Grandma couldn't find anything and go click, click, click and they were all back! Nobody showed him, he just knew! CRAZY! As an adult who has used computers since 1988....I still cannot find stuff I download! He did not get that gene from ME!LOL

    My younger son is leaning towards being a paleontologist. No surprise there as he has always been into rocks, fossils, dinosaurs! I cannot remember a birthday or Christmas, that he didn't get a dinosaur something....book, fossil, excavation kit, etc. I guess that is a better choice than Monster Truck driver which WAS his choice at 5-6 when he was obsessed with Gravedigger!! Though that WOULD have been cool, IMHO!LOL

    So, what to do.....what to do!


    We have enjoyed almost 2 weeks off for Spring break but now that I am at the end of the week....I need to finish procrastinating and get the last part of the school year schedule together! I already had a few ideas of things I wanted to change or add BUT now that we are going to start focusing on adding some things to help our career choices.....I need to do my research! ...
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