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I have always incorporated flash cards whenever necessary to help my boys recall vocabulary words, solidify math facts, or memorize verses. My meager 3×5 index cards hastily penned with sloppy handwriting are no match for Lone Star Learning’s quality, thoughtfully conceptualized Targeted Vocabulary Pictures cards.
I tried Set 1 with my sixth grader. Although he is a classic auditory learner, he has an eye for good design and art. He loved the presentation of the target word blending into a animated pictorial definition. He has difficulty with memorization, but we saw improvement with his long term recall after using this set. This type of visual mnemonic is a fantastic tool - see the word being used as what it means helps spark connections. If my short attention span auditory learner likes these cards, that is my proof that any type of learner can use these successfully. Though these cards are geared toward the grade 3-8 range, you can creatively incorporate them with other grades.
Target Vocabulary Pictures can be purchased in 2 sizes with 50-56 cards in each set. Large 11″ x 8.5″ = $34.99
Small 5.5″ x 4.25 = $29.99
The cards are glossy print on sturdy card stock. They are excellent quality, and will pass down nicely to younger grades as they move up the ranks.
Why use flash cards? Why wouldn’t you use them is a better question. I used them throughout my college years. Babies, K-12, and higher level learning students can all increase their ability to learn and improve their recall proficiency with them. Here’s a few suggestions from Lone Star on how to use their cards:
Read the words and discuss the definition. Look at the pictures hidden within the word and discuss why those pictures demonstrate the meaning. Students can write and illustrate the words themselves in a dictionary that they create. Use the words to make acrostic poetry. Show one word a day and have your student use it in a sentence. Find places to post the cards once they have been introduced and revisit them often.
Here’s another take on the power of using cards specifically in adult learners.
Glad to recommend Lone Star’s products for your educational needs. Refer to their website to see the different card themes they have to offer. From my own experience, I’d much rather buy well made thoughtfully designed cards than invest the time to make my own. Oh, for your techies-they also have digital options. Check out what the rest of the crew review has to say about this fantastic product here.
The Internet has opened the floodgates of knowledge and history to the world. Prior to its introduction into modern day households, textbooks, biographies, and VHS tapes were the ticket to knowledge. Now, a couple of clicks and you can be roving around Mars or gazing at the Mona Lisa. In Abraham’s Journey, by Robert and Kathleen Basmadjian, the economy is in a recession and a boy (Abraham) learns his parents can’t afford Christmas presents. When he uses his smartphone to look for ways to earn money, a wise old man pops out of the screen and tells Abraham he can help. The elder uses a little Internet magic to whisk Abraham away on a cyber-journey with the intent to help the kid discover his talents and experience first hand the American Dream.
The duo make several stops along the 20th century timeline and meet up with Martin Luther King Jr and Norman Rockwell and then zip on to present day Icons Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. Abraham learns on his travels he has a special talent and gets to hear first hand the wisdom for success these great Americans have to share.
Abraham’s Journey is a unique way of introducing primary grades to how social media can be used to network and promote a business. With the “wise old man” as a guide, Abraham was able to discover he had a talent, and through social media he was able to connect with someone he would never had reached otherwise.
The book geared toward the 7-12 age group is a quick read – at forty pages it can be read in one sitting. It only took me ten minutes to finish, but a student who is reading easy chapter books might need a half hour. It is colorfully and plentifully illustrated, and my twelve year old thought the art was inviting and the best part of the book. I do agree, without the page wide illustrations the story would fall short. The narrative is simple, and though an index of definitions is included in the back, there was no challenging vocabulary. A short biography of each historical (past and modern day) accompanies the definitions.
The principles the book conveys: hard work and innovation combined with digital platforms can result in a modern fulfillment of the American dream are true; but I thought the book lacked a “wow” factor. Kids who are young and haven’t had much exposure to the Internet will likely be intrigued. Kids (like mine) who are digitally engaged and plugged into networks may not be as excited, but will still enjoy learning a few things about these fascinating people. It sells for $14.99 at the Inspiring the American Dream website.
Read what other members of the TOS crew review have to say about Abraham’s Journey.
The thought of homeschooling high school terrified me and the whole college prep process confused me. Now that I have accomplished them both successfully I can pass on what I’ve learned to you so your passage through these years will be painless and enjoyable. The one important caveat I’ve learned is it is never too early to plan for college. High school creeps up so fast that it can feel like you’ve zipped through a small town – blink and it’s over. Plan now=peace of mind later.
Going to College and Paying for it Online Video and Workbook is a resource College Common Sense designed to help you make the best possible college decisions. The program consists of a series of video instructions, newsletters, and a good deal of lesson plans and jumpstarts for learning about potential careers. Denise Ames, the developer and author, has 10 years experience in the college industry and delivers her “inside” tips with confidence, clarity, and a calm mannerism. She walks you through the college process using a sensible time line and gives you the best advice for winning ideal scholarships and avoiding the scams. When is FAFSA due? Is it necessary? How many colleges to choose? How do you choose one? For this review, my husband and I watched the videos on filling out the FAFSA form, the application process, and the scholarship hunt. We were pleased with how she cleared up our misunderstandings. Right after our viewing we finished the FAFSA and our son applied to his first college, and he’s now finishing up his second application. Denise came through for us and gave us the motivation and encouragement to take the next step even when we thought we had waited too long.
You can start this program in the elementary grades. If you are still early in your homeschool journey, you will reap considerable benefit from her newsletter and lesson plans. Prior to high school, do the lessons once a month (high schoolers will want to use it more frequently). Your students will be introduced to various industries – this month is environment and food sources, and will be guided to write reflections in a permanent notebook. Though ideally this program should be started by freshman year, I can attest even a first use in senior year will be extremely helpful. The scholarship/free money help alone makes this a worthy purchase.
Going to College and Paying for it online video & workbook costs $25.00 for 12 month log-in access.
And, you get the College Common Sense newsletter and lesson plans free anytime, even without a purchase. What a generous, gracious offer!
I would have loved to have had access to this when I was doing my three year high school plan for my eldest son. College and career training are perhaps the biggest investments a person will ever make. A big financial decision requires wise, strategic planning. Sure, I’ve ended up where I should be, but I took the long way to get here. College Common sense has done the research and can serve as your homeschool guidance counselor. Whether your kids are still in elementary education or nearing graduation, you will be smart to tap into the goldmine of information this program has to offer.
Read what other members of the TOS review crew has to say about College Common Sense here.
OregonLive.com has a story posted: Home schooling transforms the city into a classroom:
Home schooling was never in the cards for Mona Rentz, or so she thought. But when the all-day special education class for Rentz’ son Stephen ended — who is of normal intelligence but has a severe learning disability — the choice to send him into a regular middle school classroom didn’t sit well with her. So Rentz did what she never thought she would do. She opted to home-school both Stephen and her younger son Alex. For the last year and a half, each day has been a new opportunity for Rentz to turn her home and the city into a classroom. And she’s not alone. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1999 the number of home-schoolers in the U.S. has increased by 74 percent. To reach these kids, a number of local community organizations are designing programs and events specifically for home schooling families.
I just read the post What Can Minecraft Teach Us About Leadership? at Break The Frame. This is good to know as I sometimes wonder if my youngest is simply wasting endless hours away. One part really rings true to me as I think about my own experiences in the world. Creativity vs. Survivial:
When leaders work in survival mode they can truly feel like they are under attack. Leaders with a survival mentality are constantly reacting to what’s happening without really moving forward. Reactive mode causes leaders to either try to control the situation or rely on self-protection. It’s impossible for the team and organization to flourish in survival mode.
In creative mode, leaders not only take responsibility for the vision, but also engage, inspire and connect with true authenticity and self-awareness. Leaders that embrace creativity are willing to take risks and support the team on the road to innovation.
In honor of Valentines Day, we celebrate the big hearts of homeschooling families. After all, love is the reason we homeschool and home is where we learn to love.
The first love of all children are their parents. I remember making valentines each year for my Mom as a child. I would still be sending her one if she was still with us. Collected below are the posts of some loving homeschoolers as they share their wisdom with us all.
Kelly posts On Respect at The Accidental Homeschooler This post takes into consideration the impact that our attitudes toward ourselves and our bodies have on our children and our own ability to lead them.
Mystie shares Read-aloud Cop Out: Audio Books in the Homeschool and a follow-up post Free or Cheap Audible Audio Books! via Simply Convivial: How and why I use audio books for our homeschool day. A list of free and cheap audio books Amazon and Audible have partnered to offer.
Jay3fer presents Three Reasons People Think Homeschooled Kids are Geniuses posted at Adventures in Mama-Land. Three reasons why people think our kids are geniuses… and who the real geniuses are!
This is the second in a three part series of affording homeschooling to college.
- Part 1: Lowering the cost without lowering standards
- Part 2: Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Part 3: Alternatives to traditional college (coming soon)
Among the myriad emotions as we graduate our first son from high school, we are shocked by college costs and possibility for long-term debt. But we learned a few things about how a middle class family can afford the cost of college.
Part 2: Financial Aid and Scholarships
Very few people pay full “sticker” price for college. Aid can come from savings, government programs (usually need-based), college grants (both need and grade based) outside scholarships and loans. I suppose aid can also come from wealthy relatives if you happen to have them. If not, read on.
Educational Savings accounts
This first one requires some advanced planning. If you are starting college, it’s too late. But if parents start young, this is the best way to go.
Educational Savings Accounts and 529 plans (which differ by state) are 2 ways to save and invest money without incurring additional tax. As long as the money is used for educational purposes, you do not pay tax on the return on the investment.
It’s never too early to save. In fact, the earlier, the better as your investment has a chance to grow. Most investment sites offer helpful tools to determine how much to save based on age.
Colleges like to recruit kids with good grades. Among the reasons for this preference: good students often maintain those good grades in college, graduate, and get good jobs – increasing that schools reputation.
In order to provide incentives to students applying, they almost always offer some kind of “grant” to entice you to come. It’s important to understand that the same people who are charging these outrageous prices are now pretending to help you by giving you some money to pay back to them. You can think of this as funny money. Regrettably, it’s a lot like buying a car or mattress. Bottom line: it’s part of the game of college finance. Take it if you can get it.
You usually need to actually apply to the college to see what they will offer you and the real cost of attendance. First apply to the college. If accepted, apply for aid. (see FAFSA below.)
Federal grants are from the US government. Though based on need, the Pell grant reaches well into the middle class and is based on how many siblings you have, the cost of the college and other factors.
- Federal Pell Grants – currently limited to $5,500/yr., does not need to be repaid, is partly based on family size, the cost of the college and other factors
- Federal Work Study – Yes, you can work you way through college, the old fashioned way. This program provides funds to the college itself or nearby institutions so they will hire students in part time jobs. It’s not much different from a regular job (also an option) but the understanding going in is that you are a student and likely more flexibility.
- TEACH Grant – up to $4,000 a year to students plan to begin a career in teaching. There are course requirements involved.
- FSEOG: Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants – The FSEOG is much more based on need than the Pell grant.
- State grants (and scholarships) –
Some states have their own set of grants, loans and other programs to encourage college attendance. But surprisingly, other states seem to only offer helpful advice and links. Here’s a list I compiled linking each state to it’s programs (if you have a link for Hawaii, Ohio or Oregon, leave it in the comments):
Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii (no link?) | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio (no link?) | Oklahoma | Oregon (no link?) | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin
FAFSA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid) is a standard form that you fill out once; But it can be accessed by any college to which you apply for aid. It needs to be completed close to January of the year you are a high-school senior. Each state has it’s specific deadlines but the earlier you complete this the better.
The form asks a lot of financial questions and requires the student and parent’s electronic or physical signature to attest you are being truthful.
Important note: you need to re-apply for FAFSA every new school year you are seeking aid.
Almost all colleges use this for to grant student aid, grants, work-study and loans.
- FAFSA – is the Free Application for Student Financial Aid required by most colleges.
While it’s true many scholarships are based on financial need, there are some offered for specific talents, groups and fields of study. Here are some categories you may fit into from Scholarships.com (this should give you ideas but the links do not list every scholarship):
- Academic Scholarships and Merit Scholarships
- Acting Scholarships
- Agnostic/Atheist Scholarships
- Athletic Scholarships
- Aviation Scholarships
- Bible Scholarships
- Cancer Scholarships
- Celebrity Scholarships
- College Scholarships and Grants for Single Mothers
- Community Service Scholarships
- Corporate Scholarships
- Dance Scholarships
- Disability Scholarships
- Distance Learning Scholarships
- Easy Scholarships
- Essay Scholarships
- Federal Scholarships
- Full Tuition Scholarships
- Green Scholarships
- International Student/Study Abroad Scholarships
- Largest Dollar Amount Scholarships
- Last Dollar Scholarship
- Legacy Scholarships
- Local Scholarships
- Military Scholarships
- Minority Scholarships
- Non-Academic College Scholarships: (not just for “A Students”)
- Online Scholarships
- Prestigious Scholarships
- Religious Scholarships
- Scholarship Contests & Sweepstakes
- Scholarship Essay Contests
- Scholarship Poetry Contests
- Scholarships for Adult Students
- Scholarships for Average Students
- Scholarships for Returning Students
- Scholarships for Summer
- Scholarships for Women
- September 11th Scholarships
- Study Abroad Scholarships
- Technology Scholarships
- Transfer Scholarships
- University Scholarships
- Unusual Scholarships
- Video Contest Scholarships
- Weird Scholarships
- Women’s College Scholarships, Grants & Fellowships
- Writing Scholarships
Most colleges have a helpful page of scholarship that fit their school programs. Here are a few independent sites to search for scholarships:
- Scholarships.com – search for scholarships by category
- Fastweb.com – will email you scholarships that match your criteria
- 800headstart.com – a private sector scholarship database
- freshinfo.com – search sources of scholarships fellowships and grants
- theoldschool.com – Financial aid resource center
- salliemae.com – a for-profit site but it has helpful info about college planning
- Federal Trade Commission – maintains a list of scholarship scams you should avoid
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a useful tool for financing an education. With nominal interest rates, it’s foolish not to take advantage of a small loan if you need it. However, the cost of college has increased steadily, recently rising 15% in just two years. This may tempt one to take a much larger loan.
Student loans (if large enough) could saddle your newly minted graduate with regular payments that will prevent him or her from moving out of the proverbial parents basement for quite some time. To begin adulthood under such a terrible burden would be unfortunate.
The worst part of student loans currently is, unlike most loans, even bankruptcy cannot provide relief. So if the burden of debt and the slow job market conspire against you, there is no way out.
Loans should always be a last resort. Student loans even more so.
Participate in the Carnival of Homeschooling
Do you write great blog posts about homeschooling and want more people to see them? Send a link to the carnival of homeschooling and reach a new audience.
The carnival of homeschooling is a mainstay in the homeschooling blogosphere for more than seven years. Every week the carnival has brought posts from a diverse group of homeschoolers together in one place and helped introduce new readers to new blogs.
Each week the carnival is hosted by a different blogger. The next carnival is hosted by Homeschoolbuzz.com.
It’s easy to do. To submit your blog post, send the following info to email@example.com
Title of post:
URL of post:
Name of blog:
URL of blog:
Brief summary of the post:
Submissions are due by 6:00 PM (PST) on the Monday evening of the week. It will be greatly appreciated if the submissions come in earlier.
- Part 1: Lowering the cost without lowering standards
- Part 2: Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Part 3: Alternatives to traditional college (coming soon)
We are at a milestone in life of graduating our oldest from high-school. He is planning on college. While we are not experts in this, we have a few things to share.
The cost of college today is much higher than 20 years ago. Even with financial-aid offers, a 4-year degree can seem out of reach for many and could potentially bury a graduate with mountainous debt. It’s important to know, today’s government-backed student loans are not normally forgivable, even after bankruptcy. This is potentially crippling debt – a bad way to start adult-life.
Hopefully, this collection of strategies and facts we learned will be helpful to your family as you prepare for college.
Part 1: Lowering the cost without lowering standards
Before you tap savings, scholarships and financial aid, there are some things you can do first to lower the cost of a degree.
Take college classes in high school
A good way to reduce the cost of college is to reduce the time you spend in college. If you can get a 4 year degree in 2 or 3 years, you save the tuition, room and board cost while entering the workforce and earning earlier. We had our son take a few low cost, dual credit classes at a local community college while in high-school. These classes were in English 101 or other subjects required for most 4 year degrees. Not only did this remove that requirement, time and expense from his first year of college, but each one-semester class counted as two semesters for high-school (in our state) and allowed him to graduate early. This head-start continues into college and should allow him to get a four year degree with fewer semesters and dollars. One caveat: check with the eventually intended college and make sure you can transfer the credits.
CLEP are college level exams in many subjects like English, history and math. The student learns the material on their own and if they pass the test it is counted as college credit. It’s another approach to reduce cost by reducing time in college.
A few things we learned about CLEP: Some colleges will not accept CLEP credits toward a degree. Schools may also limit the amount of CLEP credit they will take. Also, if you are planning on the 2+2 approach, even if the Community College accepts CLEP, the school you plan to transfer to may disqualify those credits later, forcing your student to take these classes again at the more expensive college. CLEP might be a good option depending on your college choice. Be careful to check first.
Consider a range of schools
A degree from a selective private university may be a nice dream but the cost may be out of your league financially. (Don’t let that prevent you from applying, they do offer need and merit-based aid.) But the degree itself may matter more than where it came from.
A study by Princeton economists Dale & Krueger suggests that motivated students (not the schools they choose) accounts for financial success.
“…students who attended more selective colleges do not earn more than other students who were accepted and rejected by comparable schools but attended less selective colleges.”
Most States have a very good system of state and community colleges with reduced rates for residents. Make sure you compare placement rates for graduates and other issues. (See also 2+2 below.) These aren’t your father’s community colleges either. They have also changed in the last few decades from glorified high-schools to well equipped learning centers.
- USA Today Best colleges – search by category, cost and other criteria to find the perfect college
A simple strategy for reducing college cost is to take the first 2 years at a lower cost Community or State College, then transfer to the more expensive private university to gain your degree a this prestigious institution. In theory, that’s a good way to reduce cost. Again, check with the two colleges involved to make sure credits transfer and you don’t end up spending 5 years for the 4-year degree. Many universities work closely with local community colleges to enable this approach. If not, it’s up to you to sort out the requirements.
Live at home
I did this back in the day, when I was in college. We had a good university in my town, so I commuted to and from campus each day. I’m not going to say this was ideal because it quickly got to the point where I only went home to sleep (when I wasn’t doing all-nighters). It saved me room and board but was it worth it?
You have to decide for yourself but you can always try the first year at home and change later.
Side note: A friend’s daughter was eligible for needs-based aid to attend a very good local college in our town. Although they live nearby, she was required to live on campus in order to get the funding. Odd but true bureaucratic rules.
We have some homeschooling friends who had their oldest son go directly from homeschool to home-study through an online college. He did this for a variety of reasons including cost. But his most compelling reason was so he could watch his little brothers grow up. An added bonus, he could still go with the family on their off-season vacations (as long as he could get internet access). He didn’t get a taste of campus life, but some may consider that a plus.
Of course you save the added cost of room and board. But because these schools do not need to expand their campus to accommodate more students, the tuition is often much less.
Make sure the online college is properly accredited and has a good job placement record.
Books for Homeschoolers on Affording College
Homeschoolers’ College Admissions Handbook: Preparing Your 12- to 18-Year-Old for a Smooth Transition
The transition from homeschooling children to preparing them for success in college deserves both planning and preparation. As the parent of a homeschooler, you have many issues to consider besides academic excellence: fulfilling other people’s expectations and standards, tackling standardized tests and application essays, and introducing your homeschooler to the atmosphere of a college campus.
High school can be boring. High school curriculum can be frustrating and out of touch. So what is the answer for young people whose creativity, bright ideas, and boundless energy are being stifled in that over-scheduled and grade-driven environment? What would you do if you could go to college without going to high school? Would you travel abroad, spend late nights writing a novel, volunteer in an emergency room, or build your own company?
Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents
These days, most people assume you need to pay a boatload of money for a quality college education. As a result, students and their parents are willing to go into years of debt and potentially sabotage their entire financial futures just to get a fancy name on their diploma.
But Zac Bissonnette is walking proof that this assumption is not only false, but dangerous-a class con game designed to rip you off and doom your student to a post-graduation life of near poverty .
At some point, all of us will find ourselves facing the challenge of understanding and navigating the labyrinth of college financing. It’s a topic that is not very well understood by most people, unfamiliar to many and intimidating for almost all. “Cracking College Affordability” attempts to demystify this complex topic and make it easier to understand by starting from the fundamental building blocks, explaining each one of them and laying out how all of them fit together.
As the price of college tuition steadily increases, paying for it requires strategies to maximize financial aid and minimize costs. Paying for College Without Going Broke, 2010 Edition is thoroughly revised and updated to reflect current economic uncertainties and to take the stress, confusion, and guess-work out of applying for financial aid.
Every year, thousands of students are forced to postpone their education due to household finances. As overwhelming as the college experience can be, its anxiety intensifies for the single parent looking to send their child to college on an annual salary of $50,000 or less. Even on Your Salary is designed to reduce the stress associated with both the financial burden as well as the entire college experience.
I thought I understood unschooling. Although our homeschool is very laid back, I was sure unschooling was not for us. Too unstructured, too chaotic, too messy. Then it slowly dawned on me as our youngest child rebelled against structure, hated routine and couldn’t stand the idea of someone trying to teach him… we had an unschooler in our midst!
Our son isn’t motivated by rewards or threats. He didn’t like being told what to learn or when to learn it. Instead, he taught himself about computers, started to master 3D modeling programs like Blender and dabbled in video and audio editing – all before the age of 12. We didn’t each him any of this. In fact, we couldn’t teach much of this without learning it ourselves.
At the start of this school year, I was struggling again to get him interested in subjects and fielding questions about “Why do I need to learn this?” Sometimes, the best answer I could give was “It’s on the standardized tests.” Bad answer. Reminds me of things I read on unschooling blogs.
I am trying to become an unschooler. Old habits die hard. I worry about those standardized tests. I have questions about my home state’s ridiculous requirements for homeschoolers. And so many worries about how this all works.
I’d love some advice (or sympathy will do) in the comments. I’d also love suggestions for helpful unschooling blogs for a future post.
I am searching the web for helpful sites and have read or will read many books. Here are a few I found that might be helpful.
The unschooling movement is founded on the principle that children learn best when they pursue their own natural curiosities and interests. Without bells, schedules, and rules about what to do and when, the knowledge they gain through mindful living and exploration is absorbed more easily and enthusiastically. Learning is a natural, inborn impulse, and the world is rich with lessons to be learned and puzzles to be solved.
The most powerful new ideas in education are coming from the families that have given up on schools. Clark Aldrich distills a revolutionary manifesto of 55 core ”rules” that reboots our vision of childhood education and the role of schools.
See his blog: Unschooling Rules
Through humor, trial and error, the Hogan’s have learned how to scale back, live frugally and have fun in the process. Between homeschooling, owning their own businesses and working at jobs they love, while on their Vermont farm, they learned how to stay debt-free and feed their family fresh organic foods for less than $400 a month.
Learn more at mishahogan.com.
Unschooling isn’t a technique – it’s living and learning naturally, lovingly, and respectfully together.The Unschooling Unmanual features 11 essays by 8 writers. Through engaging personal stories, examples, and essays, the writers offer inspiration and encouragement for seasoned and prospective unschoolers alike.
Education and parenting are explored from a holistic point of view, including how all adults can play a conscious role in creating environments that promote inner peace and compassion. A visionary book that will change the way we think about education, what we are creating for the next generation and the future of our children.
This book utilizes the essays of Christian, unschooling parents from across the United States and Canada to reveal a new way of homeschooling – one that is respectful of the child, the parents and the way God created children to be.
I am so blessed to be hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling here at The NerdFamily Blog!!! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Carnival of Homeschooling here is the deal. Once a week there is a Carnival of Homeschooling which is a collection of homeschooling posts. There isn’t a theme other than it somehow related to homeschooling. Since homeschooling is a lifestyle, that is a wide net. This is the 367th edition (I believe) anyone can submit a blog piece to it. Every week it hosted at a different blog so next week it will be held at over at Golden Grasses! You can get all the details over at Why Homeschool and I invite you to join the fun!!! The Carnival is once again full of great entries so lets jump right in!
We have three boys. The first two were a relative breeze to teach. Then came along our third. He marches to the beat of his own drummer, not content to fit into the methods or curricula of his older brothers. He s a very smart kid. He just doesn’t do school.
I have to confess we have thought about, even threatened to, send him to a government school. As we step back and think for a moment, we realize that we, his parents, are his best hope. Despite the “trained professionals” in the school system, schools simply aren’t able to tailor instruction to the individual.
We consulted many sites, books and experts in trying to understand our son. We are still learning. Here are some books on various learning challenges that might be particularly helpful to homeschoolers.
See our review of this book back in 2011. This book has been a great resource to us.
Kathy Kuhl homeschooled her struggling learner for 4th-12th grades. After he graduated, she interviewed 64 homeschoolers with children with different learning problems, including autism, learning disabilities, AD/HD, and other conditions. She distills their wisdom while conveying her own experience and insights. See www.learndifferently.com
Homeschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences
More and more parents are realizing that homeschooling is a great option for children with ADD, ADHD, and other special needs, Homeschooling parents can tailor the learning experience to precisely fit their child’s requirements, a critical neccessity in the develpment of special-needs children.
There is an entire series of Miracle in Reading at-home reading tutoring by Valerie Arredondo. This book (Green Level) contains the parent manual and all of the student consumables for level A, B, C and D. These books can also be purchased separately. This program was designed to be used by parents to give their children high-quality remedial reading instruction such as you would typically find in an expensive tutoring center, but at a fraction of the cost. This program can be used by any child, but will be especially helpful for children who have a reading disability or dyslexia, children who struggle with traditional workbook, pencil or writing approaches to learning.
Choosing Home will take you into the homes of Asperger families as they journey from survival of the playground bully to making it work at home. Hartnett embraces those pertinent questions raised by parents: Will I be limiting my child’s emotional and social development? How will I know if my teaching is good enough? What if I can’t cope? These questions and many more are answered in this touching and insightful narrative. This is a book of hope and encouragement to all parents with an interest in home schooling.
FIVE EASY STEPS FOR LEARNING TO READ ~~ With Activities and Stories for Beginning Readers of All Ages (Programmed Learning)
Follow the five steps in this book and help a non-reader to learn to read. Just spend a few minutes daily with your wishful reader of any age and work through the steps.
This publication is designed to offer comprehensive information and guidance to parents and other adults that are in the process of cultivating a homeschool curriculum for a child that has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
While appropriate for K-2 emergent readers, this award-winning book has also been used successfully with adolescent and adult learners, as well as second language learners and students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
Is your child taught by the very best teachers available in your district? Are the best educational practices known to date utilized in teaching your child? Is your gifted child limited to flying just under the clouds because your school district doesn’t have the advanced classes he needs? Worse, yet, is your special child in an educational free fall to be delivered to you, uneducated or undereducated, as a young adult? Catch your child now (before it’s years too late) and save the future of your entire family. Learn how to teach your child almost anything…today!
The Cate’s of Why Homeschool is hosting the 7 year anniverary edition of the Carnival of Homeschool – The Hope edition. Henry and Janine Cate started this carnival seven years ago and it is probably the longest continuing runnning carnival out there. Henry is a great example of what it takes to be a successful blogger. I know he has made a huge impact on the homeschooling “blogiverse”.
Welcome to the seventh anniversary of the Carnival of Homeschooling. This is the 366th edition! Seven years ago we published the first edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. The carnival was born with a number of hopes. We hoped to provide a forum for homeschool bloggers to get to know and support each other. We hoped the carnival will provide our blog and other homeschooling blogs a little more visibility. Largely I think the carnival has been successful in meeting these goals. I had a few additional goals. I hoped that maybe the Carnival of Homeschooling would provide a tipping point for a few families. That maybe the carnival would provide the encouragement needed for a few more families give homeschooling a try. And that maybe a few discouraged families would stay with homeschooling than if the carnival had not existed. I don’t know if the carnival was a tipping point, but I like to hope it made a difference for at least a few children.
The Carnival of Homeschoolig is hosted this week by No Fighting, No Biting!: carnival of homeschooling # 365
Welcome to the last homeschool carnival of 2012! The season of Christmas is a time of kindness, love, joy, and being grateful. One of the gifts that makes us the most grateful is homeschooling, because it helps increase kindness, love, and joy. Our family wishes yours peace and much success in the coming year.
Kathy found this great post on Edudemic: 30 Surprising (And Controversial) Ways Students Learn. If you have been homeschooling for a while you probably are aware of many of these. Some are new to me and some I’m not so sure I buy into. However, I still run across people who believe old, outdated myths about learning. Worth a read.
Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door? People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Video games, e-books, playtime, and music are all a part of an educator’s repertoire. Read on, and be prepared to put your traditional beliefs aside as science points to innovative methods that indicate future success.
Last minute gift giving? Or are you looking to read something on that new Kindle you received? Here is a roundup of education and learning titles that would interest any homeschooler.
Go beyond test scores and into character skills such as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.
Learn concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change.
Salman Khan of the Khan Academy is not a homeschooler but his criticisms of the school system should ring true to homeschoolers. It’s interesting to see this re-imagining of school not so far off from what you may already know.
Don’t teach your child a subject, teach him/her how to learn the subject. The tools we need are more available in the age of the internet that ever before.
All homeschoolers need to teach reading, but not all who are homeschooled like to read. This book gives parents of kids ages three to ten engaging, playful, out-of-the box ideas for growing a reader, assisting kids who are learning to read, and gently encouraging reluctant readers.
Read our review from way back in 2008. This book on brain health is now available for kindle.
Have an older student who is the next great American (or insert your nationality) novelist? This book teaches a sure-fire system for defining and outlining your plot scene by scene.
Written for students geared toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – Mathematical thinking is valuable to everyone, and can be mastered in about six weeks by anyone who has completed high school mathematics.
If you are into learning (or required to learn) long lists of facts, figures, names, titles or dates, this book will help you master the techniques to remember anything.
If we have one great advantage as homeschoolers, we can teach our children emotional skills as well as academic skills. Meeting these needs in childhood provides the foundation for success in life.
Education: Keep it in the family via The Economist
Every morning five-year-old Tristan starts his school day by reading in bed with his mother. He especially likes Enid Blyton. And even though he often doesn’t bother to get out of his pyjamas in time for his first class of the day, at the age of five he has a reading age of between seven and eight. He is also ahead of his peers in a variety of subjects—all, his mother reckons, thanks to home schooling. Three decades ago home schooling was illegal in 30 states. It was considered a fringe phenomenon, pursued by cranks, and parents who tried it were often persecuted and sometimes jailed. Today it is legal everywhere, and is probably the fastest-growing form of education in America. According to a new book, “Home Schooling in America”, by Joseph Murphy, a professor at Vanderbilt University, in 1975 10,000-15,000 children were taught at home. Today around 2m are—about the same number as attend charter schools.
“I bought curriculum for the year, but my son hates it…I can’t afford the hundreds of dollars for all the texts and workbooks I need…I feel ill-equipped to teach high school chemistry and writing…just the thought of college prep makes my stomach churn.”
We can all relate to any or all of the above statments. Rather than mosey along with something that’s not working, or surrender to panic and give up, you can find help at SchoolhouseTeachers.com, an online educational hub that offers a vast array of courses, activities, and lesson plans from experts and well known homeschool leaders.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine first introduced this website as the “teacher’s tool-kit”. Though this new and improved upgrade is way beyond a toolkit – it is more like a garage full of state of the art equipment, hydraulics, and mechanics who know how to use the right tools for the job. You can use this site for your schooling needs for all grades pre-K through 12 and there are lessons for 14 subjects, including math, history, grammar, writing, science, french, music, and more. This site can serve as a foundation, or as a supplement to fill in gaps. Some may just be looking to add some variety, access a reading list, or to find ideas for teaching elementary art. Point-click-teach is the motto for SchoolhouseTeachers.com – once you find your desired subject (for me it was writing), you select your grade level, and click to go to that month’s lesson. Then simply follow the step by step instructions to teach the lesson. And any of the teachers are just an email away if you have a question. My 16-year-old is still trying to decide what he wants to “be” so he is taking the career exploration class taught by Carol Topp. He says, “The website is easy to use, I like the click and learn format, and I’m looking forward to exploring it more.”
If you get easily overwhelmed by too much information, then step back and try focusing on just one subject. That’s how I plan to use it. I’m set with my base curriculum, but I like the idea of having a team of experts available to me as a need arises. The best surprise for me was to learn how outrageously affordable the monthly subscription is – $5.95 per month per family no matter how many children you have, and there are no commitments – hop out any time you like. Members will also get a subscription to the TOS digital magazine, free e-books every month, and digital planners. I would suggest September as the best time to join if you want to use the site for a full course, but if you join mid year there is access to previous months lessons. This is a great site to use to find fresh ideas, and learn from some of the well known homeschool rock stars!
TOS has been a blessing to me over the years, and I am so pleased with what they have made available to the homeschooling community at SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Head over there now and take a peak, or see what other crew review members have to say here. I think you too will be pleased with what you find.
Disclaimer: I received a free subscription of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick
by Gene Stone
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to never get sick – no more bronchitis, stomach bug, or other nasty viruses? Close to $40 billion a year is spent treating the common cold. But what if there was a simple solution to avoid sickness? Imagine how much more you could do and the money you’d save if you never got sick.
In his book The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, Gene Stone found a sampling of everyday people who claimed to never get ill. 25 healthy living “secrets”, some unique, others well known. Would they work for anyone? He tried them all and gives his readers a candid appraisal of his findings.
Meet Patricia, a native New Yorker who eats dirt. She washes her hands no more than 3x’s a day, and barely rinses her garden vegetables.“That way she feels she is dosing herself with all the microorganisms that can cause disease.” Patricia adds, “I think exposing myself to a little bit of sick allows my body to create its own defense against passing germs, dirt, viruses, or whatever.”
Then there’s Phil, a teacher who claims detoxification cured his cancer. “The fattier, more processed and more adulterated our diet, the greater amount of it is retained in our bodies. Organs are stressed by their efforts to eliminate the toxic molecules. The less concentrated the diet, the more efficiently this elimination takes place…so the toxics aren’t retained in the cells.”
What a fresh, insightful book. It’s not peddling snake oils or giving a podium for eccentric people to ballyhoo their strange habits. Rather, it is a peek into the lives of regular people, who do a little something extra – eat fresh garlic, consume only plant based foods, take probiotics, make a habit of napping and balance their PH. They all swear their routine keeps them healthy. The author examines each habit, and shares any science or truth that backs up the validity of their choices.
I prefer prevention to cure, defense, to offense, and am game for any common sense practice that doesn’t require more money or time than I can afford. I have a couple of my own “secrets” for staying healthy, but I believe the common thread that is found in all robust people is a commitment to healthy living – a balanced diet rich in vegetables, good sleep, positive thoughts, no smoking, regular exercise, faith and love, and a sense of purpose. Still, I love to hear the testimonies of others, and save all the golden nuggets I learn. I got a good bucket of nuggets from this book and am sure you will too. And, if you want your bucket to overflow, head over to http://secretsofpeople.com/ to read the discussion or add your own secret.
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