When students are very young, the emphasis is on learning how to understand math. Once those concepts are understood, and the student is working in pre-algebra or algebra, calculator use is important.
If you are teaching your high school aged kids advanced math, sophisticated computation tools like graphing calculators make the concepts so much more real and understandable. And you can't compute values of transcendental functions by hand anyway, so when you get to the Algebra II and pre-calc levels, your students will need calculators.
I know the Texas Instruments graphing calculators are pretty pricey, so I linked to a list of free online graphers and scientific calculators. My husband and I (before I homeschooled) are engineers, so we also introduced our kids to the program Mathematica (also pricey, but there are discounts for educators)
My husband and I were just discussing this a few days ago. We decided to introduce it around 5th grade. Maybe we should consider it sooner. We will have to review our plans again.
A homeschool transcript is part of your child's educational background that you will have to provide when you help them go through the college admissions process. When you homeschool, part of what you are signing up for is documenting your child's educational experiences. It's all part and parcel of the whole genie gig, as they say on Aladdin.
The June Gold Care Club update is here! Find out what new classes are available for you to use in your homeschool.
New for this month for the Gold Care Club update:
"How To" Training Courses:
Quick Start: Homeschool High School Excellence
Beginner: Preparing to Homeschool High School - Live Convention Part 2/3
Intermediate: Junior Year
Advanced: Admission Policies Demystified
Should you put your social security number on a college application? That is a very common question that I hear from parents.
Filling out college applications can be stressful for students and parents alike. One thing you don't need to stress about though, is whether or not you need to include your child's social security number. You are not legally required
When you choose to homeschool, there are, what seems like, mountains of things to choose to set up your homeschool. Not the least of which, is a homeschool grading scale. The grading scale can seem difficult when you first think about it, but with the tips that follow, I'll have you feeling more confident in no time.
While your student is in