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Teaching Vs. Assigning

You will need to remind yourself that even a robot can "bark out" assignments: "Work page 32 in math book. Do page 25 in your language workbook. Reading textbook: Read the story beginning on page 40 and answer the questions at the end of that story." In that sort of setup, you would simply function as a study hall monitor who would peek in occasionally to see if your child appeared to be on task. 

Teaching, however, is in stark contrast to that kind of arrangement. As one homeschool mom quipped, "Teaching is not just checking off pages and clocking in time."

Recordkeeping for High School

By now, most of you have begun another school year and I hope you are off to a wonderful start.  The beginning of each school year is a great time to take a few minutes and lay out a plan for recordkeeping that will save you valuable time in future years when these records will come in handy.  What records do you need to keep?

The answer to this question will vary depending on the state in which you live, so be sure to check out the HSLDA legal analysis for your state and note any recordkeeping requirements such as attendance, hours of instruction, testing requirements, and so on.

Reading Aloud

   I'll never forget being in Mrs. Clark's third grade class. I was in one of the lowest reading groups ---the Sparrows. Who were they trying to kid? All the students knew that the best readers were the Blue Jays and Cardinals! It was embarrassing seeing the other kids try to keep from giggling as I mispronounced words and got tongue- tied.  I needed patience, time and encouragement -- something Mrs. Clark didn't provide -- but something we can give to our kids as homeschooling moms!

Lessons from The A-Team

Our children loved to watch re-runs of the 80’s TV series The A-Team. You may remember the band of misfits led by Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith. Even though the team was in hiding while waiting for amnesty from a false indictment, they went around helping people out of trouble. They always faced overwhelming odds with no way out, yet they always came through with a creative solution by putting their heads together and never giving up.

Is Your Teen Ready for the SAT/ACT?

Parents are always interested to know when their teens should begin taking these tests. There is not a hard and fast rule. Often you can gauge when your teens are ready to tackle them. Since the math section covers material from basic math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and some Trig, your teen will need to realize that these scores may be lower if he/she has fewer math courses completed when starting to take the tests. In light of that, it may be wise to consider completing at least Algebra 1 and Geometry before taking the tests.

Making Connections

  

   I enjoy the challenge of being an HSLDA Special Needs Consultant. At the end of a work day, my brain feels stretched~like I've had a terrific mental workout. I receive a wide variety of questions from our members. Anything from 'What's a good math program for a child who has dyscalculia?' to 'Can you tell me why I may need an IEP?'. 

Helping Your Teen to Balance His Schedule

I remember my children’s teen years, and sometimes I wonder how we lived through them. Someone always had to be somewhere, and as much as I tried to keep a rein on activities, many times I felt like screaming, “WHOA!”

   How do you help your teen to bring balance into his schedule? How do you train her in time management skills that will be useful now and the rest of her life? We’ve found some helpful resources for you.

Have Fun Homeschooling - 3 Tips For A Wonderful Year

Right now I'm sitting at my desk in the room upstairs that used to be our "homeschool room" --- a small guest room that we converted into a cozy school room. I remember during our early days of home teaching when the morning sun would pour in the windows, warming the carpet, making it comfortable to prop a few fluffy pillows on the floor for reading. I would read aloud; then I'd have Austin and Justin take turns reading aloud too. 

Studying the Scriptures

As a child, I loved reading and listening to Bible stories. This led to memorizing Scripture. I did not realize that children memorize the easiest when young until my own children came along. I took the opportunity to continue memorizing verses with my children as we studied the Bible. These are the verses the Lord often has brought back to my mind and heart over the years to encourage and speak to me.

  

Introducing an Exciting Opportunity for Young Musicians

Seeking instumentalists ages 16-19 for a tuition-free experience of a lifetime

   Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute will to bring together the brightest young players from across the country in the summer of 2013 to form the National Youth Ochestra of the United States of America.

   Following a comprehensive audition process and a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on an international tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, led by a different conductor each year.

Helping Teens Look Ahead to Careers

 

During the high school years, you may want to carve out some time to guide your teen in thinking about his/her future career.  What would be helpful and where do you start?

In order to help your teen narrow down the choices, consider designing and offering your teen a Career Development elective course...

Encouragement As You Take Off To A Brand New Year

I'm here to encourage you as you take off to a whole new homeschooling year! Part of the fun of any journey is anticipating what's ahead -- what you will see, where you will go and what you will experience. It's the same with homeschooling. Think of all the new things your family will learn, places you will discover and the knowledge that will be gained in the upcoming days!

As I grew up as a little girl in the Maryland suburbs, we spent many Saturdays flying with my dad, a seasoned pilot. The five of us kids always knew that we were in good hands with my dad in the left seat

The One Who Learns The Most Might Be You

When we first started homeschooling, one of the exciting aspects for me was anticipating all the wonderful things that the twins would learn. I thought about teaching them to read confidently, spell correctly and speak clearly. I imagined them being able to do lengthy math calculations in their heads without reaching for a single piece of paper, something I hoped to eventually do as well. 

How wrong I was -- not about the twins learning to read, write and calculate, but about who would learn the most. I was the one who would learn the most in that God was teaching me and growing me in different ways that I hadn't imagined.   

Exposing Our Kids to Beautiful Melodies & Great Hymns

 If there's one thing that students learn when studying music it's that timing is everything. Yes, technique is important, but if the timing is off --- it's major. And so it goes with homeschooling -- our time is limited when it comes to exposing our children to the great hymns of the faith, so my advice is to do it now while they're young.

     Music ministers to the soul and is so moving! And great hymns are not only inspiring --- but they'll be remembered for a lifetime ---making it important to allow kids to learn them while they're young. 

In Favor of Legos

Any LEGO fans out there? I love LEGOS! With their countless opportunities to inspire children and adults all over the world, I think LEGOS are great for homeschoolers. Whether it's summer or winter -- we can't go wrong in having our kids play with LEGOs.

    Everywhere I go, moms tell me that they think that LEGOS are worthwhile. Come to find out that many moms have helped get kids started with their first LEGO sets, then enjoyed seeing kids create towns, forts, castles and more.

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