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5 Library Tips Every Homeschool Mom Should Try

Your local public library has a huge amount of resources available to both you and your kids that will make your homeschool life so much easier! Here are 5 library tips every homeschool mom should try.

When you are getting ready to grab a book for your homeschool classroom, the first place you might go is either Amazon or a local book store, not your local library. Your local public library has a huge amount of resources available to both you and your kids that will make your homeschool life so much easier! Some of these tips may even help you save a little bit of money! Here are 5 library tips every homeschool mom should try.

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How to Teach Language Arts Using Real Books

How to teach language arts using real books

Have you ever found yourself thinking “I think I’ll go back and reread that textbook again?” I didn’t think so either. When it comes to homeschooling, there are usually two areas that stress homeschool parents out the most. The first is math and the second is language arts. When you think back to your childhood school days, what do you remember from your language arts classroom? I guarantee one of the items that will always make the list are the books you read! You can use REAL books to teach language arts in your homeschool classroom instead of relying on a textbook. Here’s how to teach language arts using real books.

Use books to teach your children about different time periods

One of the greatest parts of living in our world today is that we have access to works of literature that were written hundreds and even thousands of years ago! Beowulf and other early pieces can still be found at your local library and even some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The style of these books compared to the young adult literature of today are very different. You can use books to teach your children about different time periods and even how words were written and spoken.

Use books to give your lessons meaning

What Do Colleges Look For in Homeschoolers?

If you are homeschooling a high school student, you are probably thinking about college. You may be wondering what do colleges look for in homeschoolers?

If you are homeschooling a high school student, you are probably thinking about college. You may be wondering what do colleges look for in homeschoolers, and what you need to do to prepare your homeschooler for the college application process.

Colleges are recruiting homeschoolers at very high rates. Many colleges consider homeschoolers to be academically successful. Why? Homeschoolers tend to score higher on standardized college admissions tests. The homeschool average for the ACT was 22.5 in 2003, compared with the national average of 20.8. SAT scores were similar with a homeschool average of 1092 in 2002, and a national average of 1020. Homeschoolers tend to earn higher GPA’s in college than those who are not homeschooled. Homeschoolers are also typically used to working independently rather than in a group setting. So, how can you prepare your homeschooler for the college admission process?

Have a balanced curriculum. What does this mean? Simply put, make sure all subjects are covered. Look at the colleges your child may be interested in. Do they require credits in a foreign language? Chemistry? Look and see what is needed, and make sure you are covering it.

Keep impeccable records. Include grades, high school credits, AP courses, standardized test scores, etc. Make sure you have proof that your child has completed his high school education. You can do this by having a portfolio, and transcripts. For more information on these areas check out HSLDA’s website.

Does your child participate in extracurricular activities? If so, what kind? Colleges will look at this information because they want to make sure your child is well rounded, and one that will fit into their university. Extracurricular activities do not have to be just sports, but can include 4-H, homeschool groups, church activities, volunteering, music classes, and much more.

So, what do colleges look for in homeschoolers? Colleges want to make sure that the students attending have developed their talents in whatever environment they were in. Whether or not they are homeschooled is of little interest as long as they have good academic records, are well rounded, and ready for higher academic learning.

If you are homeschooling a high school student, you are probably thinking about college. You may be wondering what do colleges look for in homeschoolers?

 

 

5 Learning Sites for Elementary Ages

Learning online is going to be a natural part of our children’s education. These are some of the best learning sites for elementary ages out there.

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