Posts Tagged ‘ curriculum ’

Supplements are the Key!

Supplements are the Key!

I admit it. When I began homeschooling my seventh grade daughter just this year, I was overwhelmed. As a first time homeschooler, I had ordered a curriculum, but workbook after workbook is boring for any child, let alone an adolescent. I can’t count the amount of times I pleaded, begged and cajoled Ashley into...
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Unschool Learning

Unschool Learning

By September, every homeschooler in our state has outlined her proposed curriculum and sent it off to the local school district. I never found the forms our school district sent us particularly useful. They provided a planning sheet divided into small boxes, each about two inches by three inches, into which I was supposed...
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Necessary Knowledge

Necessary Knowledge

When we first began, I did what most do. I sort of tried to recreate school at home. I went to the district’s website to see what the standards were for the year we were entering. What are they setting as the goals for math, language, social studies, etc.? Right away I hit a...
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The Meaning of Literacy

The Meaning of Literacy

I stand before a shelving system that I built years ago just for paperbacks. Over a thousand titles dance before my eyes: fiction and non-fiction, the past, the present and the future, authors old and new, all of which I have read or studied. Shakespeare, Twain and Homer nestle with King, Crichton and Tyler....
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Learning to Love Math

Learning to Love Math

Although young girls generally score better on math tests than do boys, as they get closer to adolescence they tend to fall farther and farther behind. This discomfort, disinterest, or just plain difficulty (technically called “math anxiety,” and also seen in boys) is often reinforced by parents (especially mothers) making comments to their children...
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