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MasterBooks Applied Engineering Review

When in your homeschool do you teach engineering, anyway? How about junior high? With the right curriculum and engaging material, young students can build an appreciation of God’s creation and it’s application to modern design. Applied Engineering: Studies of God’s Design in Nature MasterBooks provides a unique curriculum for junior high science. This simple course offers a wealth of information students will enjoy. The complete curriculum comes in four books: a consumable Parent Lesson Planner, Discovery of Design, Made in Heaven, and Champions of Invention. The Parent Lesson Planner is the heart of the course. It begins with a brief instruction on how to use the full-year program. Next follows the planner, which gives daily assignments with a box for the student to check completion and a place for grades. The bulk of the Parent Lesson Planner, however, is actually a consumable student workbook. Each lesson includes 5-10 brief questions on the day’s reading. The questions are straightforward, and even my writing-adverse student had no problem completing each assignment quickly. After the worksheets come the quizzes and …

Jensen's Vocabulary offers students lessons in word roots and usage.

MasterBooks Jensen’s Vocabulary Review

Homeschoolers often view vocabulary as an afterthought . . . until the college entrance tests loom large. While good literature reading and healthy writing training greatly improve a student’s command of English, that usually isn’t enough. Students need training in the building blocks of English words. Jensen’s Vocabulary Vocabulary by Frode Jensen teaches students to recognize common Latin and Greek word parts to decipher for themselves new words they meet. Instead of looking up words in a dictionary or even memorizing definitions, students are trained to identify the Latin or Greek root of a word to discern the meaning, memorize the root, determine the word’s prefix or suffix, then use the word in a sentence. The course is divided into three parts: 18 lessons of Latin I, 18 lessons of Latin II, and 18 lessons of Greek. Each group of lessons focuses on that language and a specific list of root words, so as the course progresses, students become increasingly confident identifying word meanings. Each lesson contains four parts, with an extra day for review or testing: Match …

Rediscovering the Most Important Subjects

When I first started homeschooling, mumble-mumble years ago, I went all-out on all the subjects. I was one of those homeschoolers who purchased the mega-ultimate-deluxe package of curriculum, covering every single subject in depth with extra workbooks and posters and teaching aids. For preschool. After the mega-ultimate-deluxe bill for that order, we had to eat ramen noodles for several weeks, but we had flannelgraphs, so that was all that mattered. Right? I grew up and gradually learned how to do without and pare down the excess. By the time I was ready to add younger siblings to the homeschool group, I was prioritizing our subjects as well as our expenditures. Our homeschool elementary studies no longer majored on laboratory sciences, extensive book reports, research projects, and flannelgraph presentations. We were honed in on reading, writing, and arithmetic with laser focus. But something was missing. Cutting the fat out of my homeschool budget and daily schedule helped save (some of) my sanity and reignite my children’s love for learning (or at least of finishing really fast …

7 Surprising Lessons I learned teaching my children to read

7 Surprising Lessons I Learned From Teaching My Children to Read

I have warm, fuzzy memories of teaching each of my four children to read. I can remember holding up flash cards for my oldest when he was three years old, drilling those phonics until we were both exhausted. I remember how he struggled to blend consonants and vowels together, so I taped letters to the cars of his Thomas the Tank Engine set to visualize how you connect the sounds to make one sound, exaggerating my pronunciation as he looked at me like I was crazy. I realize now that I was, indeed, crazy. I remember my four-year-old daughter standing beside my desk, sounding out sentences I had printed for her to read. She was proud of her accomplishments, though she couldn’t tell you what she had read by the time she got to the last word. Again, I was crazy. Then there was the little Sweetie Pooh who just wanted to cuddle. He’s the one who finally got it through to me that reading takes time, for there was no rushing the love bug …

The Secret to Homeschooling High School | Homeschool High School Made Easy 31

This post concludes my thirty-one-day series on “Homeschool High School Made Easy.” Like last year’s Homeschool Made Easy, (now available on kindle), this series is designed to give you the information and encouragement you need to simplify your homeschool efforts and regain your family’s love for learning. You can homeschool high school, and it can be easy! My purpose in writing Homeschool High School Made Easy was not just to add yet another homeschool book on the Amazon list. I wanted more than just yet another guide to creating transcripts and planning high school courses. Because, quite frankly, you can get all of that with a quick google search. Homeschoolers have been passing ACTs and SATs for years, submitting transcripts to colleges for a couple generations, and successfully graduating into adulthood by the millions. Simply getting you over the finish line was not the purpose. Find the Purpose in YOUR Homeschooling Instead, it is my goal to help you reframe your questions entirely. I want to shake up your view of homeschooling high school and cause you to question …