It’s that time of the season, the time when homeschool parents begin researching homeschool curriculum in order to prepare for the next school year. Are you one of those parents? I am. Researching curriculum is one of my favorite things to do as a homeschool parent. I love the excitement of discovering a new book, software, etc. That is how I felt when I learned about Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids, a program used to teach Spanish to students as young as preschool through upper elementary age. Adults and older students can also benefit from this program.
Friday, April 01, 2016
Saturday, January 09, 2016
One of the best ways to learn a foreign language is by being immersed in that language. I remember when my nephew was a young boy of about 4 or 5 years old, the only language he knew was English. After spending a year or two in Puerto Rico, I was amazed at how well he could speak Spanish. I hope that someday my children will have the opportunity to spend some time in a Spanish-speaking country where they, too, can be immersed in the Spanish language. In the meantime, I am happy to have found a program, Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids, which teaches Spanish using an immersion approach.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I have read several blog posts or articles in the past in which the authors have suggested various methods to use in helping children accomplish their schoolwork successfully. I have used some of their advice with both of my children. For example, if my children (when younger) became frustrated over their math, I would have them stop and either take a break, or leave it until the next day to complete. I still believe that this method is great to use with younger children, but at what age should this method no longer be used?
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The word chemistry has a way of sending cold chills down my spine, or at least it used to until I found Friendly Chemistry.
I spent a good portion of my summer researching through various chemistry curriculum. Friendly Chemistry stood out to me because of its title. I wondered how chemistry could ever be "friendly". I was so intrigued that I read the two volume Teacher's Edition from cover to cover in just a handful of weeks. Below, I'd like to share with you my review of this high school chemistry course which can be used by both Christian and Secular families alike.
The Authors' Background (From Their Website):
This book was written by Joey and Lisa Hajda. Joey has a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine and a master's degree in secondary and higher education, curriculum, and instruction. He has taught science courses at the middle and high school levels for over 20 years, as well as at the local community college level.
Lisa has a bachelor's degree in veterinary science, a master's degree in elementary curriculum and instruction, and completed her coursework towards her doctorate in education.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
A question that people who are unfamiliar with homeschooling often ask is if there is really much of a distinction between holidays and school days if you are being homeschooled. Doesn’t every day feel like a holiday? After all, study plans are not as rigid and structured as they are at regular schools. The answer is that the way children are homeschooled varies and yes, they are more flexible. But to completely slack off from studies during summer holidays will be as much of a step back for children being homeschooled as it is to children who attend regular school.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Learn Math Fast System Review - How It Was Able to Teach My High School Student What Other Math Curricula Couldn't
In the fall of 2014, we switched my high school son’s math program. As we were finishing up the school year, he told me that he was struggling with math. My son who had previously received A type grades in math had not only dropped his grade by two levels, but his confidence in his math skills as well.
Since I had experience using Volume I of the Learn Math Fast System curriculum with my youngest (you can read my review about it here), and having been really impressed with it, I decided to try it with my oldest. Because my son hopes to get into the mechanical engineering field someday, I wanted a math program that would help him understand math, in this case Algebra.
Monday, May 04, 2015
This fall I will be offering a Spanish Level I course for students in Grades 8 – 12 (Students in 7th grade may also participate if they have taken a prior Spanish course.)
This course will be taught online in a group setting using Google+ Hangouts. In order to participate, students must have a Google+ account and a scanner. Students will be required to scan their homework assignments and email them to me. All tests and quizzes will be emailed to the students. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion award at the completion of the full course.