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Make Your Own Crane.

This week we are sharing this fantastic idea for a study of physics or inventions. Who says Math is boring when you can think ways to spice things up? 🙂

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Cool science experiments to do for the homeschool!

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6 Tips for Inspiring Your Child to Write

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Why Homeschool?

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Why Homeschool? Homeschool education is perhaps one of the biggest and most monumental reforms in our education system since mass public schooling took effect about a hundred years ago.  As the practice of homeschooling children gains more support from families, many have become increasingly disappointed at the decline in quality of public and private school education in the U.S.  And who can blame them?  Think about it for a second.  Why is it that when our kids take those aptitude tests that measure our rank—in terms of intelligence—in the world, they always score near the bottom?  If our public and private schools systems work, how come our kids never score better than an average Asian or European kid in math, science or literature?

For those who ask “Why Homeschool?” I say “Why not homeschool?” Let me give you two most important reasons why homeschooling children may be a better choice for your family:

Reason #1: Homeschooling encourages children to learn from their mistakes. One of the problems with traditional schools is that they tend to emphasize how it’s ultimately wrong to make mistakes.  The more errors your children incur in their exams, the lower their final grades become.  Everything is quantified by numbers, and if theirs don’t meet the school’s standards, there are serious consequences.  The homeschool movement, on the other hand, teaches children that mistakes can lead people to discoveries.  This foundation then is able to hone a culture that isn’t scared to make mistakes and create a generation that recognizes opportunities amidst problems.

Reason #2:  Homeschooling turns the world into one big classroom. It encourages curiosity and inspires creativity.  Learning is facilitated by different people, like an artist your child meets at the museum, the doctor at the hospital, or the baker at the store.  While day school system forces children to sit in class for 6 to 8 hours, 5 days a week, homeschool education teaches them to explore and discover at their own pace.  The world becomes their classroom, boundless and never-ending, exactly the way learning and education should be.

There are many more reasons why homeschool is preferred by a growing number of families in the U.S. today.  And it varies, depending on the parents’ priorities when it comes to educating their children.

Tell us your story.  Why does your family prefer homeschooling your children?  What do you think are its benefits?  Would you recommend homeschooling to other families?

Homeschooled Kids Rank Above of Average

Homeschooled Kids

Homeschooled Kids

Growing up, I remember a really good friend of mine getting pulled out of school to start getting home-schooled. I remember how all of our friends talked about how sorry we felt for him and how he was going to miss out on so much. What about prom, sports, talent shows, or even more important friendships and a great education? It was not until I met up with him later that I realized a lot of my perceptions were false.

These days there are all sorts of ways homeschoolers get with other home-schooled kids and they do get to experience prom, sports, and more! And then I read the following studies written by a newspaper columnist out of the Seattle Times newspaper.

According to a study of 7,000 homeschooled young adults by Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute, “74 percent had attained some college courses, compared with just 46 percent of other young adults — and 82 percent said they would home-school their own kids. On the social front, almost twice as many home-schooled adults as those in the general population were active in their community (71 percent to 37 percent) and “very happy” with life (59 percent to 28 percent).”

In 1998, a Home School Legal Defense Association’s study of 20,760 home-school students found that: “In every subject and at every grade level (on standardized tests), home-school students scored significantly higher than their public and private school counterparts.” Younger home-schoolers performed one grade level higher than their public and private school counterparts, and by eighth grade, “the average home-school student performs four grade levels above the national average.”

Homeschooling is not for everyone, but who is to say that home-schooled children actually miss out? My friend had a great personality and wonderful manners unlike anyone of his age and was very thankful for being home-schooled.

Let us know your experiences!!

Obama Student Loan Bill Helps More Stay Out of Debt

Obama promoting new education loan

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What does Obama signing a new student loan bill mean for you and your kids? And what are the positive and negative effects?

On a positive note, the bill could possibly mean the difference in you paying on a ridiculous loan for the rest of your life or having college almost fully funded for you. According to the White House,

— Pell Grants will rise from $5,550 for the coming school year to $5,975 by 2017.

— More eligible students will be able to get a full Pell Grant. Currently, most grants only go to students with family income below $20,000, but students with family income of up to $50,000 will also be eligible.

— Some college graduates will have an easier time repaying loans. The government will essentially guarantee that workers in low-paying jobs will be able to reduce their payments. Current law caps monthly payments at 15 percent of these workers’ incomes; the new law will lower the cap to 10 percent.

A White House press release spells it out this way, “All new federal student loans will be direct loans, delivered and collected by private companies under performance-based contracts with the Department of Education. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, ending these wasteful subsidies will free up nearly $68 billion for college affordability and deficit reduction over the next 11 years.”

On a negative note, some officials are angry over this bill. Why?

Free market analysts estimate that the bill will kill around 35,000 private-sector jobs – work that would be assumed by federal employees. Republican lawmakers said that, the plan will make the government charge other  students more for the loans to help pay for the nearly $1-trillion health care bill, which was signed into law on Tuesday, Mar. 23.

What are your opinions?

The Importance of Homeschool Record Keeping

Homeschool Record Keeping

Homeschool Record Keeping

It’s every homeschooler’s nightmare. A local school district official knocks on the door and asks to see your homeschool record keeping. However, after a brief moment of panic, the realization dawns that this isn’t a nightmare after all. You’ve done your homework and are prepared for such a visit. After spending a few minutes looking over your records, the impressed official heads for the door, satisfied you are in compliance with the law.

It rarely happens, but what if it would happen to you? Would you be prepared? Record keeping is a critically important part of a homeschooling parent’s job. However, the importance of homeschool record keeping goes way beyond being prepared for an unexpected visit from a school official.

Why?

Why is record keeping so important? The documentation of your children’s Christian homeschool education can serve many purposes beyond simply proving compliance with the law. Children applying for scholarships or other honors may need school records in order to satisfy eligibility requirements. The college application and admission process depends heavily on the existence of detailed homeschool record keeping. In addition, a child entering or re-entering a public or private school can be placed more easily and appropriately if adequate records have been kept. Homeschool records also help provide the opportunity for personal and/or professional evaluation of student progress and planning for future academic pursuits. Finally, some families may elect to keep records for nostalgic reasons or for the purpose of providing a way to showcase a child’s homeschool experience for family and friends.

Still, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Since no two homeschool experiences are the same, it’s impossible to design a record keeping plan that works for every family. This guide is intended to provide the information you need to assist you in developing a record keeping system that meet your specific needs.

Who and When?

Whether you’re a first-time home educator or a veteran who has never made homeschool record keeping a
priority, every homeschooler should start keeping detailed records now! While you may never need to use some of what you collect, the benefit of having comprehensive records far outweighs the time invested to create them. Besides, it doesn’t require much time in the first place? While the time required will vary from family to family, most homeschoolers must invest relatively little time in order to create and maintain a well-designed record keeping system.

What?

Now that you’ve decided you should keep records of your family’s homeschool, what should you maintain? The
answer to this question is determined to a large extent by the consideration of several important factors

  • Where do you live?
  • With what laws must you comply?
  • How old is your child?
  • Will your child be entering a public or private school in the future?
  • Is your child college-bound?

Where you live plays a significant role in answering the question of “what,” In the United States, state laws
govern the education of all children, including children who are schooled at home. Since failure to comply with
the laws of your state can result in the loss of your right to homeschool, knowing and understanding your state’s laws is vitally important in determining what records you need to keep for your children. An online search for your state’s homeschool laws can help you determine records you are required to keep.

Another important factor to consider when determining what records to keep is the age of your children. While it is strongly recommended to keep records for all children, it is especially important to keep meticulous records for high school aged children. These records can significantly impact the college and/or job application process of your teenage child. In addition, if it’s likely your children will eventually be placed in a public or private school, detailed records will make the transfer process much easier, potentially eliminating the need for extensive placement testing.

Though some families have very few requirements to satisfy, they still choose to keep records of their children’s homeschool experience solely for personal and/or sentimental reasons. So, even if all you want to do is show off your child’s academic abilities to family and friends, homeschool record keeping is a great idea!

How?

There are as many different ways to keep homeschool records as there are reasons to keep them! Exactly how you keep your student records should be determined by many of the same factors considered above and may change as your homeschool journey progresses. Factors like location, age of children, academic goals, and others also affect how you should keep your records.

While there are many possible record keeping methods, one of the most effective and efficient ways to compile academic records for children of all ages is to create a portfolio, a collection of documentation intended to demonstrate a homeschool child’s academic progress. The contents of a homeschool portfolio will vary from family to family according to specific legal requirements, as well as personal preference. However, a comprehensive portfolio always contains some variation of many of the following items:

• Student data page: General student information, such as name, birth date, address, etc.
• Medical records required by law, such as immunizations
• Documentation of compliance with state requirements that may or may not include the following items:

– List of specific goals and objectives for each academic subject
– Documentation of communication with local school district officials
– List of educational materials utilized, including author and publishing information for all books,
curriculum, DVDs/videos, and software
– Sampling of student work in all subject areas, particularly those required by law like math and
science: Samples should be representative of both type (workbook pages, written compositions,
quizzes, and tests) and quality of work completed by the student.
– Documentation of required and/or voluntary assessment: Assessment can be measured and reported
through a variety of means, including report cards, standardized testing, professional evaluations,
grade reports, and transcripts.

• Report of extracurricular activities, such as field trips, homeschool group or church activities, sports, music, drama, etc. These can be presented in journal format and may include photographs and student assignments specific to the activity.
• Documentation of special awards, honors, accomplishments, and achievements earned.

A portfolio can be compiled completely from scratch or can be created using packaged record keeping programs available in a variety of formats. Electronic curriculum options, such as online or computer-based curriculum can provide easy access to much of the documentation needed to put together a complete record of your children’s home education.

So, why are you waiting? Wherever you are on your homeschool journey, don’t wait for a knock on the door to begin your homeschool record keeping. Start creating a record of your children’s homeschool experience today!

Summary
Record keeping is a critically important part of a homeschooling parent’s job. However, the importance of
homeschool record keeping goes way beyond being prepared for an unexpected visit from a school official.
Wherever you are on your homeschool journey, learn how you can begin your homeschool record keeping and start creating a record of your children’s homeschool experience today!

Source: Alpha Omega Publications

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