Middle School

Build Your Child's Creativity

It was a great brainstorming session for young elementary kids. After lunch, we opened a few cans of Play-Doh, and began to twirl and knead a few colors as we discussed some ideas on how to best reach out to our new neighbors. After that interchange, we challenged ourselves to name as many varieties of birds that we could think of in forty seconds. And after that, we settled in for a history lesson and our own made-up "globe game" for geography... 

Autism Expressed Curriculum

I came across a digital curriculum called, Autism Expressed. It was created by Michele McKeone who wanted a way to help her students who had autism, transition from high school into the real world. Although there are numerous computer applications ‘out there’ designed to teach a specific skill, Michele filled the need of using technology to teach the basics and beyond of technology in a way that could be easily processed by students who have autism.

Options for Curriculum for the Next School Year

 

When I was homeschooling my two teens many years ago, there were not nearly the number and variety of curriculum choices as there are now. Making curriculum decisions can be overwhelming! Here are some fantastic resources for you...

 

Today Is The National Day of Prayer

Have you ever considered that prayer is one of the most beautiful blessings of homeschooling? I can't think of anything more precious than hearing our own children talk to God in prayer―to have the opportunity to pray throughout the day about all the issues of life, however big or small―well, that is a wonderful thing...

Take A Field Trip This Spring

When I was in elementary school, I dreaded field trips. The lines. The buddy-system. The crowded, rowdy bus ride. I preferred to go into the city with my family. For one thing, my dad knew just the right place to park, just the sights to see, and exactly what to highlight and what to skip. Plus, we took our time to linger in front of that perfectly preserved elephant at the Natural History museum's entrance, instead of immediately being whisked around the entire museum, worksheets in hand!

Building the Machine - Sending Out a Charge to Parents and Educators Worldwide

 

Have you seen the long anticipated documentary on the Common Core: Building the Machine? It's been a little over a week and it has already received over 132k views (although the number is steadily growing as you're reading this). Whether you've seen it yet or not, we've got a charge for you!

 

The Pep Talk - Keeping Your Eyes on Your Own Homeschool

It felt like I was on that four-foot-high, four-inch-wide balance beam for days, when really it was only about fifty minutes..."I'll never be ready for this (gymnastics) meet," I mumbled to myself with the trepidation of a wobbly sixteen-year-old high school gymnast.

You may be wondering how this relates to homeschooling. Well, as moms and teachers, it's easy to focus on what other homeschoolers are doing—to compare ourselves with others. And that can be a discouraging thing!

Speech and Language Resources

 

Do you have a child who has some speech/language difficulties such as articulation problems, receptive or expressive language difficulties, or even using appropriate social skills and language within social settings? It is not uncommon!

Common Core: It's the Biggest Reform You Know Nothing About

March 31 is the launch date of Building the Machine, the first investigative documentary about the Common Core. Building the Machine will introduce the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary, created by HSLDA, compiles interviews from principle educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee.

What Does It Take To Homeschool? Part II

If you and I sat next to each other to enjoy a cup of coffee together, and you were to ask me what it takes to homeschool, I'd say, "Perseverance." In What Does It Take, Pt. 1, we talked about the commitment that it takes on the part of the parents. Yes, homeschooling is a huge commitment.

To teach day in, day out, week in, week out takes tenacity and an attitude that says, "I'm going to stick to this!" And that's hard—especially when we don't always see immediate results or fruit. 

In The Moment

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, engaged in small talk, discussed one or two different topics, and shared a few ideas only to notice that they constantly look down at their phone, tablet, or gadget? As those fingers fidget, they fully disengage as they launch into a (better?) brand new conversation, leaving you standing there like a second fiddle... 

National Number Knockout “N2K”

HSLDA is a sponsor of the National Number Knockout (N2K) a competition that encourages the improvement of calculating speed and accuracy and enables said improvement in young students. It is a fast-paced game where students roll three dice, use those three numbers to form equations, and ‘knock’ numbers off a board. It is just as simple as Wheel of Fortune, has an iconic board like Jeopardy, and is just as fun as Family Feud.

Memory Strategies to Remember!

We often hear from moms who are frustrated because their child is having difficulty recalling information from day to day. They say, “He knew his multiplication facts (long division steps, science definitions, etc.) yesterday, but today, it’s as if everything is brand new.” There are many specific strategies that can be used to help students hold onto information. Today, I thought I’d describe just a few. 

Victory!

The homeschooling community and proponents of school choice all over the world are still rejoicing over the wonderful news that the Romeike family is allowed to stay in the United States. After seeking asylum because of Germany's persecution of homeschoolers, all of us watched and hoped and prayed that they wouldn't be sent back ...

When the Supreme Court declined the Romeike case, I couldn't help but think of how I'd feel if this was our family. What if we were going through this?

What Does It Take To Homeschool? Part I

The house was unusually silent. She poured her morning coffee, and strode from the kitchen to the little school room upstairs, the carpet muffling the sound of her footsteps. She sat at her desk, took a sip of steaming coffee, and glanced around the room. A tall bookshelf in the corner, three desks, and some fluffy pillows on the floor. On the walls next her were NASA pictures, reminding her of those visits to Cape Canaveral.

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