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XBox Education?

XBox Education?
One of my greatest discoveries was using DVDs to teach my children French.  Simply by using the "French" option on Nemo, we were able to review our French vocabulary in an incredibly fun way.  Now I hear that there is ANOTHER great way to study French!  Read this article in my local paper.When John Nordlinger, senior research manager for Microsoft Research's gaming efforts, wanted a refresher on his French, he started playing "Everquest" -- the multiplayer...
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Guest — Andrea
My daughters (11 and 9) have Webkinz, and they sometimes use the Spanish version of the website. I also require my high school age... Read More
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 04:27
Guest — J W
By the way, Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is FABULOUS in French.
Thursday, 09 October 2008 09:22
Guest — J W
There are only three of us, and we're the same gender. To make up for the variety we'd get with other classmates, we use teddy be... Read More
Thursday, 09 October 2008 09:19
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College Hope for Dyslexics

College Hope for Dyslexics
A mother wrote to ask me about suggestions for dyslexia.Most of my work is focused on helping parents homeschool through high school and working toward college preparation, so I don't have specific recommendations about dyslexia.  I can give you some GREAT news though!  I go to college fairs all the time with my business, and I can tell you that there are colleges who love and value dyslexic students.  Colleges that have great scholarships available to...
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Is Finishing the Book Important for Homeschoolers?

Is Finishing the Book Important for Homeschoolers?
Many "accredited" programs will say that you only have to finish 3/4 of a textbook to say you finished a course.  I know there were times when my kids were in public school that they didn't even finish that much!  I'm sure you've noticed that for many textbooks, the first chapter (or two or three!) is simply review.  If you absolutely can't finish a book, or if you decide it's not worth the hassle, then I...
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Guest — Lee
Wow, Joelle! That sounds like what I was talking about in my "What IF? Homeschool High School Without Fear" article! Here is the... Read More
Saturday, 19 July 2008 06:21
Guest — J W
I made up a curriculum that was "supposed to" take 2 years. Our first year, we got a good bit accomplished - Creation to the Macc... Read More
Saturday, 19 July 2008 06:10
Guest — Vicki
On the few occasions we used textbooks, if we didn't finish the text during 'the school year', we just picked up where we left of... Read More
Thursday, 17 July 2008 19:10
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On Vocabulary and Values

On Vocabulary and Values
When my kids were younger, we used Wordly Wise to study vocabulary.  One of my greatest frustrations was that even after spending an entire week studying a word, I wouldn't hear the words come out of my child's mouth!  One year I heard a speaker discuss the problem.  She said there was a time delay with vocabulary.  She said that it took a long time for vocabulary words to sink in, and that it wasn't uncommon...
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Letting Go of Teaching

Letting Go of Teaching
High school is a good time to let go of the idea of "teaching" everything. What's important is that the students "learn". Sometimes that will mean finding self-teaching curriculum and allowing them to learn without your help. But sometimes "not teaching" really means letting go!If your child loves something, and you see that it is your child's area of specialization, then you don't have to have control over it. Let your child experience and enjoy learning...
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Guest — Yvonne
Lee, you take the homeschool guilt out of my life. I appreciate you!
Sunday, 01 June 2008 04:26
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