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Homeschool Grades - This Mom is a Genius!

Homeschool Grades - This Mom is a Genius!
I was talking with a mom the other day about grading.  She told me about her grading system for elementary and middle school.  Here is her grading scale:My grading system was:  if they did what I asked them to do, I gave them an A.  If they did what I asked them to do, but it was like pulling hair to get them to do it, they got a B.  We didn't use C's, because we...
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Guest — J W
That is a great system :-) So an out-and-out temper tantrum about an assignment would earn an "F?" Lord help us artsy folk who h... Read More
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 09:17
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You Came to Visit Me....

You Came to Visit Me....
Are you looking for fun, new ideas for charitable giving and volunteer opportunities?  Here are some great ideas that are only 2,000+ years old!Matthew 25:34-36 about the Sheep and the Goats34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty...
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Guest — Lee
Jody, It can be such a hard balance between caring for family, and providing new people! I struggle with that sometimes, anyway. ... Read More
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 15:53
Guest — Jody V.
Dear Lee and Matt, The Lord has placed it on my heart to invite an elderly friend to dinner this Thanksgiving. I have felt overwh... Read More
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 10:09
Guest — J W
Here's two we like: http://www.worldvision.org/get-involved-world-vision and http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/ Not... Read More
Monday, 24 November 2008 07:21
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Homeschool Foreign Language Program

Homeschool Foreign Language Program
Cindy asked, "Is there a particular Latin American Spanish curriculum that you recommend above others?  My children are 16,14,13 and 8.  We've been homeschooling for 10 years and I used to have a hard time learning a foreign language in school myself."Dear Cindy,Thank you for your question about Foreign Languages and Latin American Spanish!  The most common homeschool curriculum choices are Rosetta Stone, Power-Glide, and Aurolog.  You have a great opportunity with 4 students to have...
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Guest — Lee
My husband teaches French and Russian through Currclick.com. I have free Spanish on my homeschool site, Easy Peasy All-in-One Home... Read More
Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:10
Guest — Julieanne
MangoLanguages.com is another great option that we're going to use for our family this next school year.
Monday, 24 June 2013 11:21
Guest — Kris
We are using Pimsleur. It is the one used by the federal government when they quickly need to train an employee to work in a Fren... Read More
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 10:32
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Is your 7th grader doing high school work?

Is your 7th grader doing high school work?
Any high school level work can be put on a transcript.  If your Junior High student is using a high school textbook, then consider beginning their high school transcript.  Frequently a foreign language or math course will be given high school credits.  Algebra 1 or French 1 would be a perfect addition to a high school transcript, as long as you used a high school level textbook.  Any curriculum that says "for grades 9 through 12"...
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Guest — J W
Well now this begs the question - if at the CAT test my 5th grade child scores at high school graduate level in just about every s... Read More
Monday, 21 July 2008 19:37
Guest — My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving
Thanks-- that helps alot! ~Leslie
Sunday, 20 July 2008 16:03
Guest — Lee
Leslie, Yes, I would list the classes by completion date. It's easier that way! You can just say "Algebra 1" under 8th grade. Y... Read More
Saturday, 19 July 2008 18:35
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Talk Radio for Homeschool Current Events

Talk Radio for Homeschool Current Events
You want to cover current events, but you don't have the money for yet another curriculum purchase.  Have you considered talk radio?When my kids were in Junior High, we started to listen to talk radio when we were having lunch, and discussing the events they brought up.  It may depend on your local radio station, of course.  When I was considering the radio host, I was much more concerned with them being POLITE rather than having...
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Guest — jessica
What is great about Boortz, even though he is inflammatory and rude, is what good humor he uses when disagreeing with his friends/... Read More
Friday, 18 July 2008 10:53
Guest — christy
That it exactly what we do. We don't have TV, no satellite, no reception otherwise, so the radio is it. Our oldest loves Borts an... Read More
Friday, 18 July 2008 05:31
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When Is an SAT not an SAT?

When Is an SAT not an SAT?
When it's the Stanford Achievement Test!If you are used to giving assessments each year while homeschooling, you may be familiar with the Stanford Achievement Tests.  It measures ability level in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  It is absolutely, positively NOT the college admission examination called the SAT.  The college admission test is just for high school students, and it's just for college admission.  It used to be called the "Scholastic Aptitude Test" but now the acronym doesn't...
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High School - Think Early, Think Often!

High School - Think Early, Think Often!
Humans, by nature, tend to fear the unknown. This is particularly true for parents of young students when it comes to homeschooling high school. They will often think: "How could I possibly teach high school level subjects?" They also fear that their decision to homeschool high school will jeopardize their children's future, including college plans. Sometime parents will have themselves so convinced that homeschooling high school is an impossibility that by the time they reach middle...
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Do I Need to Teach Health Every Year?

Do I Need to Teach Health Every Year?
Unless your state requires it, you don't have to teach Health every year of high school. Some states want Health to be a requirement for graduation, but colleges generally don't care about it much. Some colleges want to see students who take health as a separate course, while others assume it is included in Physical Education (PE) classes. More often, colleges don't mention it as a requirement at all. In Washington State, we are required to...
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How to Use Family Math

How to Use Family Math
My first week of homeschooling I took my one and only "class", and it was on Family Math. I learned how to play about 10 or so of the games. The basic idea is to start at the top of the directions and work your way down, and the game WILL eventually make sense. Usually my kids understood the game better than me: I'm just there to read the directions!This is how I used it: I...
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Guest — Lee
Lisa, Alex and Kevin still talk about how much fun they had with Family Math! I hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Lee -- The HomeSch... Read More
Wednesday, 26 March 2008 17:49
Guest — Lisa in ME
I love this book & I always bring it up when talking to new homeschoolers or those looking for ways to make school more fun. T... Read More
Wednesday, 26 March 2008 17:45
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Losing it in Math

Hi Lee,Thanks for the e-mail. Even though I'm a few years away from high school yet I know it will come before I know it. I don't know if you can offer any help but I thought I'd ask any way. My oldest is 11 and technically will be entering 6th grade next year which is middle school as you know, my concern is that I'm at a point where I no longer am comfortable or...
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Guest — Janice
You can also try "KAHN ACADEMY". My son used it through Saxon Advanced Math and it is online for FREE! It is a little more diffic... Read More
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 22:49
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good point, Janice! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:00
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Family Math Fun

When my children were younger, I tried to find ways to make learning fun. One of the things we did through elementary school was to play a math game a few times a week. We found great math games in Family Math. It is a $20 book that is appropriate for multiple children, kindergarten to 8th grade. You can find it at curriculum fairs, but also at regular bookstores and the library. It is a book...
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The Teaching Company for Younger Students?

I have been asked whether The Teaching Company tapes could be used for younger students. In a nutshell, if a student is INTERESTED, then they may not be too young. The Teaching Company does have some high school level courses, but I never tried them. I'm sure those would be appropriate for many younger people (junior high level). In general, if a student is interested, I recommend feeding their interests.I don't recommend The Teaching Company religion...
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Guest — Doug van Orsow
It is hard to tell a Teaching Company course by its cover! Some are more appropriate than others for different reasons. My Teach... Read More
Saturday, 12 January 2008 17:05
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When to Start Record Keeping - Part 2

>>>>More record keeping basics<<<<Another thing that you can do is have a place where you keep all your records. That might include all their work, anything they have written, math tests, any workbooks, etc. Again, you really don't NEED to keep that stuff for 6th and 8th grades, but it will train you to keep those records when it DOES matter for next year. I kept a 3-ring binder, with dividers for each subject: math, science,...
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When to Start Record Keeping - Part 1

>>>>When is the best time to start keeping homeschool records?<<<< When I was homeschooling 6th and 8th grades (my two boys are two years apart) I began by keeping a daily schedule of their lesson plans. You can see more about what I did here. You can open the sample schedule to see what I did. Anyway, having this check list for their lesson plans gave me a record of everything they did. I figured I...
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Homeschooling Teens - How in the world do you homeschool boys!?

>>>>Cindy wanted suggestions for her Junior High boys. She said "Until now, I haven't talked to anyone who has successfully homeschooled boys. I am really looking forward to it, but of course, I'm a little nervous. My son is a sports NUT!!!!!"<<<<AHA!!! A sports nut!!! Now I have all sorts of ideas for you! Listen, Cindy, with guys, you really need to wear them out, sometimes, before they will sit down and study. Keep him REALLY...
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