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Homeschool English and Grammar Every Year!?

Homeschool English and Grammar Every Year!?
>>>Do you think it is necessary to teach English and Grammar every year?? <<< No, I don't think it's important every year. We taught grammar one time, in 7th grade, with Winston Grammar and that was that. My kids did great on their SATs, so it was obviously plenty for them. We did do foreign languages in high school, so that was another way we got grammar without "teaching grammar" if you know what I mean....
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Homeschool Art Without the Mess!

Homeschool Art Without the Mess!
>>>Did you plan the art studies or let them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study.<<<Art is really, REALLY my weak area, so I actually set aside time for art study, otherwise we would never do it! We never had a problem getting math or science done, just art, LOL! I scheduled it for 2-3 times a week, 1-1/2 or 2 hours at...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Let's Talk Latin!

Homeschooling Curriculum - Let's Talk Latin!
How is Latin even possible? I printed samples from Latina Christiana, and I'm feeling overwhelmed. Declensions? Conjugations? Possum? Sum? Help! Be brave, little Piglet! (Quote from Winnie the Pooh, from all who are wondering - my brain also stuffed with fluff!) I remember having those EXACT same fears when we started Latin! I would look at the book and, well, it was all Greek to me!As you take it one step at a time, it begins...
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Guest — Lisa Smith
This year my kids and I used Latin for Children Primer A from Classical Academic Press. My kids are in 4th, 7th and 8/9th grade. ... Read More
Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:07
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Our Love/Hate Relationship with Saxon Math

Homeschooling Curriculum - Our Love/Hate Relationship with Saxon Math
>>>>One mom's co-op uses Saxon Math and it makes her want to cry<<<<I hated Saxon, too. But when I "lost it" in math, I told Kevin to choose his own math book, and he chose Saxon! I couldn't believe it! No pretty pictures, no NUTHIN! He just wanted to use Saxon - and he succeeded with it.Can you let your daughter make the decision about math books or coop classes? She may know how she learns...
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So glad you found us! Blessings, Laura
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:15
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Homeschool English - The Write Stuff - Homeschool Journal Writing

Homeschool English - The Write Stuff - Homeschool Journal Writing
>>>>What did you require for journal writing? Did you have any assigned topics or insist on a certain length per entry?<<<< What is your purpose for journal writing? Perhaps it's different than mine. My goal was to get my children to write quickly on any subject, in their own handwriting. That's what they have to do for the SAT essay question. In high school, my children wrote a longer paper every week, and they practiced essay...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Art Instruction for the Artistically Challenged Homeschool

Homeschooling Curriculum - Art Instruction for the Artistically Challenged Homeschool
>>>Did you plan the art studies or let them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study.<<< Bridget,Art was really, REALLY my weak area, so I actually set aside time for art study, otherwise we would never do it! We never had a problem getting math or science done, just art, LOL! I scheduled it for 2-3 times a week, 1-1/2 or 2 hours...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - HELP! It's my First Year Homeschooling!!

Homeschooling Curriculum - HELP! It's my First Year Homeschooling!!
>>>This is my first yr to hs. I think I get a handle on what needs to be done for a 4th grader and then I find something else out. On top of trying to weed through all the curriculum choices. I am about to give up. I am so frustrated and overwhelmed. I just want it spelled out for me.<<<All the choices are so overwhelming! And many of the choices are wonderful, which makes it...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - How do I "do" Current Events?

Homeschooling Curriculum - How do I "do" Current Events?
>>>>How do I incorporate current events into our homeschool?<<<<Hi Michele,In 7th grade we were doing Apologia Biology, Sonlight 100, French, Algebra, SAT prep, and piano. For current events, I bought World Magazine, but that's because my kids are very *into* current events. I think the easiest and most fun way is just to get the newspaper daily. The last two years, I have used a yellow highlighter to circle any articles that they are "required" to...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Upper Level Math

Homeschooling Curriculum - Upper Level Math
>>>>Karen asked me what my family used for upper math. Every family is different, of course, but I described what worked for us.<<<<Karen,We used Saxon Advanced Math with DIVE CDs and it was very successful. Advanced Math is supposed to be a 1-1/2 year program that includes Pre-Calc and the bulk of formal geometry, but since my son had already had Geometry before switching to Saxon, we figured he could skip those lessons. He did it...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - How valuable is a formal literature program for my homeschooler?

Homeschooling Curriculum - How valuable is a formal literature program for my homeschooler?
>>>>A reader asks: I am considering doing some sort of formal literature with my 7th and 8th grader. We have never done any formal literature.......Or should I just assign them some reading and have them write about it?<<<<I vote for just reading good books :-) I always felt guilty that we didn't do a "literature program". We just read lots and lots of books. I rarely thought to do intensive discussion. I did read ahead all...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Is there such a thing as too much homeschooling?

Homeschooling Curriculum - Is there such a thing as too much homeschooling?
A homeschool parents asked me how much is TOO much. Here is our email conversation.>>> Here's her schedule, tell me what would you do? At co-op she takes volleyball, speech, creative writing, newsletter, Peacemakers (the teacher is going through the book sort of like a Bible Study). She has a speech due at least every 2 weeks and for creative writing she is working on a novel and she has to critique everyone else's writing every...
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Home School Education - Homeschooling Grandmothers Unite!

Home School Education - Homeschooling Grandmothers Unite!
Joyce in Maine wrote to me today:"Thank you!! we are late to homeschooling. I am a grandparent of an 11th grader who is now raising her. Our decision to home was just made this week and we are doing ok, but floundering around at times. My daughter (her aunt) homeschools her kids and has been an enormous help. I have found your letter to have some really great stuff in it. We want her to go...
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Joyce,You won't regret your decision! I am also homeschooling my two teen grandkids. We started when each one was in the middle of... Read More
Thursday, 25 October 2007 06:18
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Tips for Homeschooling Teens

Tips for Homeschooling Teens
Children learn all the time, even when we aren't looking - and even over summer! You might want to "pre-test" your children in some subject areas before you start school next year. For example, Spelling Power offers a placement test for their program, and you can check their spelling level at the beginning of each year, to make sure they are learning something new. In most math books, the first chapter or two is review. You...
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High School Testing - Are CLEP Exams Graded?

High School Testing - Are CLEP Exams Graded?
Lee, I read with interest your article on CLEP exams and have a question. How does taking the exams affect your GPA in college? I understand that in some instances you can get college credit for passing the exams, but are you assigned a grade that factors into your GPA? Thank you, Maureen   Hi Maureen,   I'm glad you found the article useful to you! Every college has its own unique policy about CLEP exams,...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Why is Math Important?

Homeschooling Curriculum - Why is Math Important?
Marcia asks: "Can someone tell me if most colleges require students to take a math class higher than Algebra 2 for admission? Is math the only indication of how a student will do in college? Isn't writing important at all?" I considered this question, and decided to ask an authority. I interviewed a college professor, to get his opinion. This is his response: "Math requirements vary by school. You don't necessarily have to have extra math...
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