Homeschooling Help

Feeling Bogged Down? Refuse It!

The school year is whipping by and worries about progress sometimes cloud homeschooling skies at this point. It does not need to be that way. As home educators, we are accountable for our children’s education, but we must never forget, education is not all about the books. We teach children, not lessons. The academics of home education include a step-by-step process that requires discipline and diligence, but much more is learned along the way. Learning to persevere when a subject is hard (or just plain boring!) is a vital character lesson. While our children may argue that they will never use what they are learning (we said it, didn’t we?), we know they will encounter things in their future that will seem pointless too. Completing the task at hand is a valuable skill for life!

Better Ways to Choose Homeschool Materials

Great Homeschool Video

Have you ever thought of lap booking to increase your homeschooling fun and education?  Here is a video of a great Cells Lap book.  Search You Tube to see how homeschoolers do lap books.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvqjHiNKu2M&feature=related

Website Recommendations II and Books

Randi’s Recommendation List – Randi St. Denis – Homeschool Mom

Choosing Textbooks and Websites

  1. Strike a balance between independent and tutored materials.
  2. The weight of the textbook does not determine the quality of the textbook.  Textbook publishers count on you thinking otherwise.  Match the content with the reader’s abilities.
  3. Good textbooks have full tables of contents, indexes, and glossaries.
  4. A Ready Reference or other laminated card helps determine the scope of the textbook
  5. Some textbooks are more conceptual and others are more detail and data oriented.
  6. Pictures and graphics teach too, and are not merely there for filler. ie.  Usborne books or pictures of cells that illustrate the details being learned
  7. Math – both Computations and Word Problems.  Choose at least one textbook that focuses on graphing calculators.  Solution manuals are more important than answer keys and teacher guides.
  8. Support the textbooks with Videos. YouTube.com (With Caution) TeachersTube.com, The Teaching Company – Videos
  9. The best organized textbooks outline and group the information – tell you what you will learn in the chapter and have a condensed review at the end of the chapter
  10. Great Literature Books zero in on a complete picture including Biography of the author.
  11. Great Books! It’s all about the great content.
  12. Younger  Students: Books that are clearly written with great vocabulary.  Don’t read abridged classics.
  13. Mathematics: Computations of the 4 basic operators, Memorization of  facts, Concepts (includes word problems)
  14. Students love hands on:  Think  – Unit Studies
  15. Prepare for your unit studies in advance.  A little planning brings a lot of enjoyment.
  16. Consider lap booking.
  17. Children love books with photographs
  18. Older Students:
    1. Correspondence Schools

    State Practice States for All Ages Students

    1. http://quizhub.com/quiz/quizhub.cfm

    Government, Civics, Economics, History

    1. God and Government by Gary DeMar  American Vision
    2. Western Civilization Textbook: Understanding the Modern Culture Wars by Paul A. Cleveland
    3. The Law by Frederic Bastiat
    4. Quest of a Hemisphere by Donzella Boyle Western Islands
    5. Understanding the Times by David Noebel
    6. The Politics of Guilt and Pity by RJ Rushdoony
    7. The Economic Way of Thinking  by Paul Heyne Prentice Hall
    8. Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? By Richard Maybury and other books in the series
    9. How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff
    10. How to Lie With Charts by Gerald Everett Jones.
    11. Economics – and anything else by Ludwig Von Mises
    12. Animal Farm by George Orwell
    13. **Our American Government – Online Book http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin
      /getdoc.cgi?dbname=106_cong_documents&docid=f:hd216.pdf
    14. **American Government and other Online Courses and Course Notes: http://www.course-notes.org/US_Gov_and_Politics/Outlines/
    15. American Citizenship Tests:  http://www.twyman-whitney.com/americancitizen/tests.htm
    16. Real Time Economics by Wall Street Journal  http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/category/credit-crisis/
    17. Historical Movies in Chronological Order passed along without endorsement:  http://www.vernonjohns.org/snuffy1186/movies.html#VIII-1

    Science

    1. Life:  The Science of Biology William Purves W.H. Freeman Company
    2. Geography and Environmental Science: Exploring Our World by Tony Hare
    3. Exploring Creation with Biology Jay Wile Apologia
    4. Chemistry published by Bob Jones
    5. **Harcourt Brace College Outline Series: Chemistry or Physics and all other subjects
    6. Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt
    7. Biology Made Simple
    8. ** http://kineticbooks.com/ Physics CD’s
    9. Many, Many Science, Math and Test Prep Websites
      1. https://education.ti.com/en/resources/test-preparation-tools
      2. http://www.smartscholar.com/sat-prep-guide/
      Best Cell Biology Website:  http://cellsalive.com/ Fabulous Cell Videos, hard to get! http://www.molbiolcell.org/misc/video1.shtml Best Physics: http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class By far the Best Chemistry Site with many interactive tutorials in each chapter: http://www.wwnorton.com/chemistry/ Chemistry Games: http://www.mansfieldct.org/schools/mms/staff/hand/chemgames.htm **Dynamic Periodic Table of Elements: http://www.dayah.com/periodic/ Fabulous List of Online Science and Math Materials http://spot.colorado.edu/~dubin/bookmarks/b/1240.html The Professor’s Links Page: http://spot.colorado.edu/~dubin/bookmarks/index.html Anti Drug Abuse for Teaching Teens – http://teens.drugabuse.gov/about.php

      Games

Websites

Education

http://kidinfo.com/ The Web’s best student homework and teacher, parent reference resource: an educational card catalogue and web directory to the best Pre K-12…

http://www.jumpstart.com/ JumpStart is an award-winning adventure-based 3D virtual world that is super-personalized, wildly imaginative and really fun, but don’t let that fool you…

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