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Earthschooling – Earthschooling is a secular Waldorf curriculum that is a complete but flexible educational curriculum based on learning from nature, real-life experience, natural rhythms, hands-on activities, storytelling, painting and handwork with natural fibers. You can use online, or you can choose to download and print materials. Once a week meetings with a certified teacher are included. You can learn more about the program here, and download a brochure here.
Easy Grammar – Author Dr. Wanda Phillips is recognized for her expertise in teaching grammar and writing. Her texts, Easy Grammar series,Daily GRAMSseries,and Easy Grammar Ultimate Series, are known for easy—yet thorough—explanations. Dr. Phillips introduces concepts in a building-block paradigm and incorporates a cyclical approach that promotes mastery.
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Spelling City – VocabularySpellingCity provides spelling, vocabulary, writing and language arts activities for K-12 cross-curricular word study. VocabularySpellingCity automates spelling tests, give students immediate feedback, and saves parents and teachers the time it takes to administer, grade and record the tests. We aspire to provide students with engaging games to motivate study and promote academic success.
Swurfer – Swurfer reinvents the tree swing with its handcrafted Swingboards™ engineered for surfing the air. Swurfer’s unique curved shape allows you to sit or stand – providing more moves, more range of motion, and more fun. Here is a great video of the product – https://vimeo.com/169859065. Great for a homeschooling PE activity – or misc. breaks throughout the day.
TJED.org – This Week in History brings your home school to life. Whatever you want to learn, whatever there is to teach, it starts with history. TWIH is keyword-searchable and the whole year’s archive is available at any time. Plus, Mentoring in theClassics helps to light YOUR fire, so you have excellence and inspiration to pass on to those you teach and mentor.
Time4Learning.com – Time4Learningis an online, interactive curriculum for PreK-12th. Their automated system teaches and grades lessons, tracks progress, and works with a variety of learning styles. Their student-paced curriculum is available 24/7 and all year long. Time4Learning combines the technology kids love with the education they need to make learning fun.
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College Prep Genius – College Prep Geniusprovides an eCourse on how to ace the SAT. The course is 12 lessons and it can be used as an elective on your student’s high school transcript. Each lesson is 45-60 minutes with a complete step by step homework guide. Students have raised their test scores as much as 600 points, become National Merit Scholars and gone to Ivy-League colleges for free.
Conceptual Academy – Conceptual Academyoffers self-study courses for high school in physics, chemistry, and other sciences, created by college textbook authors featuring video lessons, reading assignments, activities, unit exams, quizzes, worksheets, chapter summaries, a grade book, and, most notably, detailed guidance from the authors about the content being covered for each class.
Connections Academy – Connections Academy is an accredited provider of high-quality online schooling for grades K–12. Through tuition-free online public schools and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers individualized, flexible education so your students can learn from anywhere.
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The AceReader Family Edition is a powerful web application designed to assess, improve and monitor reading speed, fluency and comprehension for the your family and your homeschooling needs.
This version of AceReader is based on the Education Edition used by schools, but streamlined and focused to support 2 to 8 people. This gives you and your family the opportunity to train with the same features offered to schools, including a simple to use administrative parent account to manage and monitor your family’s progress.
AceReader is not a “how to read” program, rather a “how to read better” program.
It includes a wide variety of leveled and themed reading comprehension tests, eye pacing drills and fun eye exercise games.
Who Needs AceReader?
Anyone at any age who wants to improve their reading skills, including children, adults and professionals.
AceReader helps you break two major bad habits:
Subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind while you read).
Re-Reading/Regression (letting your eyes wander back to re-read text).
AceReader will also help you:
Reduce Your Eye Fixation Time (time spent when your eyes are focused on a single point).
Expand Your Eye Fixation Zone (ability to read a wider text width when your eyes are focused on a single point).
Increase Your Re-Fixation Speed (ability to reposition your eyes at a rapid rate).
Ultimately, AceReader helps you read faster with greater comprehension.
What can you expect?
You will participate in reading activities consisting of timed reading comprehension tests, eye pacing drills and a variety of eye exercise games. Automated self-adjusting courses make the program very simple to use. Typically you will spend 15 minutes using the program two to three times per week.
AceReader comes with over 900 themed and leveled reading comprehension tests. You will read interesting educational material and learn new vocabulary as you improve your reading speeds, comprehension and fluency. The company understands that it’s not about reading speed, but instead it’s about reading comprehension, so that’s why all the training activities are tied to how well you perform in the timed and leveled reading comprehension tests.
Develop a love for reading.
Join the ranks of many customers who have more than doubled their reading speeds with good comprehension. Even if you improve just a small fraction, you can easily save 10 to 20 minutes per hour of reading, which can quickly add up to saving you hours each week. That’s realistic, exciting and well worth your time and effort.
Your success with AceReader goes beyond just good reading skills, since you will also become a better and more efficient learner. Our aim is not only to improve your reading skills, but to teach you to “enjoy” the process of reading and learning.
AceReader runs in any modern browser, such as Chrome, Edge, IE11+, FireFox 40+, Safari or Amazon Silk.
You can use AceReader on Windows and Macintosh computers, as well as iPads, Android tablets, Amazon Kindle Fire (OS 5) tables, and a growing variety of mobile devices.
AceReader is in the cloud.
AceReader is a cloud service, accessible from anywhere on any device.
There is no software or app to install and it can be accessed from any desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device over the web using a browser.
Simply login to perform automated self-adjusting courses, or manually select from a wide variety of reading assessment and improvement activities.
Free updates and support via email and toll-free phone.
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Get AceReader Family Edition, the same product chosen by hundreds of schools to improve your family’s reading skills.
Starting at only $59 per year for 2 users, your family can begin using AceReader today.
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C8 Sciences –The Activate program by C8 Sciences helps children increase focus, self-control, and memory, leading to improved math and reading achievement. The program utilizes neuroscience-based computer games along with physical exercises the whole family can enjoy. The program measures and improves working memory, self-control, sustained attention and other Executive Function skills needed for daily life and to succeed in academics.
Carole P. Roman, author –35+ books, 100+ awards, and 3,000+ online reviews of her works! Carole is the author of the Captain No Beard series and the If You Were Me And Lived In…..Country series, in addition to other fine books (Can A Princess Be A Firefighter, Whaley’s Big Adventure, and more). Captain No Beard tackles problems on the high seas and dispenses a gentle lesson at the same time. Her non-fiction series is an introduction to customs and culture all over the world for children ages 4-8, and her newest series If You Were Me And Lived In….History brings history alive for students ages 8-14. The purpose of the books are to demystify history and people around the world.
CK-12 Foundation – CK-12 is a nonprofit organization that provides FREE, high-quality K-12 STEM education materials, all aligned to state standards. These resources include digital textbooks, videos, concept-based learning resources, simulations, adaptive practice and more. They can be ported to any device, anytime, anywhere. Again, it’s 100% FREE.
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Reading Kingdom – Reading Kingdom is an online program that teaches children 4-10 to read and write with comprehension at a 3rd grade level. It is the only program available that uses the Six Skill Integrated Method. They offer a 30 day free trial and you can visit their store here.
Science4Us – Science4Us is a complete, web-based K-2 science curriculum that teaches science using a fun, interactive approach. In addition to digital games and online activities, there are tons of offline experiments and hands-on projects. Parents have access to detailed lesson plans, automated student reports and session guides to help you prepare and plan.
sofatutor.com – sofatutor provides Algebra 1 video lessons. The lessons explain complex topics in an easy-to-understand way, using storytelling to keep students engaged. Each video lesson is accompanied by interactive practice problems and comprehensive worksheets, and teachers answer questions via Homework Chat. sofatutor empowers students by providing them tools to take control of their own learning.Launched in Spring 2016, sofatutor.com will soon expand to include a full curriculum.
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More excerpts from Tips for Teaching Your Struggling Student
(from a homeschool mom who has survived to tell it!)
Do you have a child like this?
He (or she) sits down with a page of problems or questions in front of him. Two hours later he has done only three of them (and two of them are wrong!) You have tried everything to get him to do his work. Rewards work only for a day or two, and now all you know to do is punish him and take away privileges—and you find you must do that daily, if not hourly. People have suggested that he has a “learning deficiency,” but you can see that he is very smart and that he has a very logical mind—in fact, he often shows a great deal of common sense. You know there is no problem with his brain. So you conclude that he must be either lazy or rebellious. Yet when you talk to him, he really seems like he wants to try, and you are certain that he wants to please you.
I had a child like this! In my last blog post I listed a few guidelines for teaching and motivating your student. Below are a few specific suggestions. You can view and print the entire document free at www.statehistory.net.
Break assignments down into small parts. For example, if he has trouble copying a paragraph, you may have to say, “Copy this sentence, and I will be back in five minutes to check it.” Then do the same with the next sentence, and the next, until the paragraph is copied. Then praise him profusely for having copied the whole paragraph and remind him that by copying it one sentence at a time he was able to accomplish what seemed like an impossible goal. In time you can assign a whole paragraph and give him twenty minutes, etc.
Use a reduction in quantity as a motivation for increased quality. If he has a page of problems or sentences to do, give him the whole page but tell him to start by doing every other problem, or every third problem. Give him a reasonable time limit, and tell him that if he finishes within that time and gets them all correct, he won’t have to do the rest of the problems. If he misses problems, have him do the rest—but make sure he understands this is not punishment. It is just to help him learn the concept.
If sloppy penmanship is a problem, cut down on the amount to be copied as a reward for careful penmanship. You may start by requiring only one word or one sentence if you like—but don’t let him stop until he turns in the minimum assignment in acceptable penmanship! You may end up with a showdown the first time, but don’t give in! Gradually increase the amount of work, building up your student’s confidence and skill, so that he can write a composition or an essay question on a test using good penmanship.
Avoid busywork. Busywork can be defined as assigning more work than is necessary to learn a skill. Some students actually like busywork. Not yours, though—he hates busywork! In some situations, such as a classroom, where a certain amount of time has to be spent and students don’t all finish at the same time, there is almost no way to avoid busywork. But you have a choice. You will have greater success and a better attitude if you whittle away the busywork—and for once your student will see you as “the good guy”! The determination as to what is busywork and what is necessary for learning is very individual and will require some thought and evaluation on your part. It is very much related to age and educational level, as well as to your student’s progress in independent study habits. For example, your child needs to know how to answer a question using a complete sentence. If your child cannot do that, then by all means make him do it on everything he writes until he can. But if you are sure that whenever he is asked to do so he is able to answer a question using a complete sentence, you may help him to focus on and finish history or science homework better by allowing him to use short answers instead of complete sentences. Just be sure you don’t let the skill of answering in complete sentences be lost—make him do it on tests, or on random days, enough to reinforce the skill and to satisfy you that he has not forgotten it.
VISIT www.statehistory.net for curriculum by this author for age 4 through grade 12, including hands-on state history project studies available for all 50 states as well as US History and US Geography workbooks that cover all 50 states in order of statehood.
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7 Generation Gamescreates video games that combine math, history and adventure gaming. Students can play adventure games and improve test scores. The company also provides supplemental resources on both math and Native American culture for educators, which include movies, PowerPoint presentations, vetted links, curated historical photos, clip art and more.
Your children (and your entire family) can improve your reading (and your overall general knowledge) with AceReader. The program helps students break the barrier of reading one word at a time so they can get through more material in less time with good comprehension. Students often discover after using AceReader that reading no longer feels like work – that reading can be fun. With 13 levels to choose from, it’s ideal for everyone in the family. AceReader has been used by K12 schools, community colleges, the military, and homeschools for over a decade. You can try the AceReader FamilyEdition and save 10% with promo code HS0716.
AmericanLearningLibrary is the Elementary and Middle School division of Atlantic Europe Publishing. They have produced and published highly illustrated, full-color text books and reference books for schools and libraries throughout the world for nearly 30 years. There are a ton of homeschooling resources including 800+ Elementary/Middle School information and (text)books, 1000’s of teacher’s resources and multimedia/video options as well as a special dedicated section with books and resources on every state. You can see sample booksand download their brochureon the home page. You can use the search information for free (you simply have to register), and move on to a subscription for 10¢ a day if and when you are ready.
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