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If at first you don't succeed; test, test again!

If at first you don't succeed; test, test again!
Eva asks:  In the situation of a poorly completed test where it is clear either the student misunderstood the instructions or was truly ill, is it acceptable to ask for a "re-do" and record the score only on the second attempt? (9th grade spelling)

I absolutely encourage you to allow your daughter to retake tests.  The goal in homeschooling is completely different than the goal in other schools.  In a classroom setting, tests and quizzes are their only way to really assess kids.  In contrast, our goal is LEARNING.  Retaking a test or quiz can really help students learn. That's why I believe it's OK to provide solution manuals and teacher manuals during the learning process.  My own son learned upper level math without my help by using the solution manual on a daily basis.  I only took it away when he was ready for a test.  I know the strategy worked, because he has a great grade point average in electrical engineering.



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"Latest and Greatest" vs. "Tried and True"

"Latest and Greatest" vs. "Tried and True"
I'm going to write a short article about this in my next newsletter, but I can't resist mentioning it here as well.  Here is an example on how to save money on curriculum.

Latest and Greatest:

Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd Edition Full Course on CD-ROM
For $50 you can buy the latest and greatest version of this popular curriculum.

Tried and True:

Exploring Creation With Biology - 1st Edition
For only $8, you can buy the original Exploring Creation with Biology textbook.  When it first came out, it was considered one of the best homeschool curriculum out there.  Although there is a newer version, with brighter pictures, it is still good material.  If you really need to save money, you can use older additions of great curriculum.

When you are searching for ways to save money, look for "tried and true" instead of "latest and greatest" and you can save a bundle!



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Some Foreign Language Strategies

Some Foreign Language Strategies
We used Power Glide and loved it.  Rosetta Stone is often available through the library system (i.e., free.)  Foreign languages are available at co-ops.  Some people wait until Running Start or dual enrollment in community college, and take foreign language there.  It only takes 2 college quarters or semesters to meet the requirements for foreign language if you do it that way.



What are some of your favorite foreign language strategies?
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