How a Homeschool Mom Grades a High School Essay and more...


{Newsletter dated 6.15.2015}

We have been in a history sort of mood. Wait! We are always in a history and geography sort of mood.

So this past week, I created the third set of history cards in my series, which is history cards for the French and Indian War

The first free set of history cards are Westward Ho and then I made Titanic history cards.  I will be plodding along and creating cards for all my unit studies. I am hoping you can use them like I do too.

I started this series because having taught several unit studies already with my older two boys, sometimes I want Tiny to look over the units and learn a few facts at a glance. 

Tiny may or may not do the unit studies and lapbooks that I did with the other two boys. I want to do unit studies he wants to do, but with the history fact cards, we can put them on an O ring and he can learn a few facts interactively about other topics.

Also, I created a new curriculum planning form, which I am totally crazy about because I feel I have been needing it for a while. 

It is the pre-homeschool year planning checklist.

Like any momentous event (and homeschooling a new year in my house is momentous every year), I needed some sort of countdown so that I could plan what I wanted to accomplish while we took a break from school.

One place or form that I could look at and use as a check off type of list before my year starts is what I was missing.

After I took my notes off my journal pages, my objectives page and my year at a glance page, I needed to put all those hand written thoughts and to-dos on one page.  Also, I needed to plan them by weeks ahead of time to get them done before we start our year.

Hope you like the newest baby in my 7 Step Homeschool Planner forms. Check it out.

Also, I know that many middle and high school kids tout they are hands-off learners.

I know, I have one kid that would prefer to read a book and rolls his eyes at the mere mention of hands-on learning. But check out my argument article on 3 Reasons Hands-on Geography is Important in Middle and High School.

And for goodness sake, what is the rush on homeschooling? Why the hectic pace? I have some thoughts to save your sanity through the years.

Don't forget to check out all the articles below I have for you today. I always have something for the new bee homeschoolers too.

More than anything, thanks for following each day, each month and now each year! It means a lot..

Hugs and you know I love ya,

How a Homeschool Mom Grades a High School Essay

When the boys were in younger grades, I felt so confident grading their writing papers. Confidence is suppose to soar with use, right? But when it came time to grade my first highschooler’s essay, confidence lacked.  Like anything else, inexperience makes you feel less prepared. On the other hand, having homeschooled my first high schooler […]
          

First Grade Homeschool Curriculum for History and Geography

Out of all the grades to begin choosing homeschool curriculum, first grade is really overwhelming. Not from the point that it will necessarily be hard to teach, but it is the first formal grade. You want to kick off your formal years right. The first of anything can be tough just because of inexperience. Add […]
          

Should My Homeschooled Kid Repeat a Grade?

Should my homeschooled kid repeat a grade is a tough subject to try to condense to one article because at the elementary level it may not be such a huge setback as it might be for a kid in high school. Then again, if repeating a grade in homeschool is a blow at a young […]
          

I Am Homeschooling Because I Want My Kids Socialized

I am homeschooling because I want my kids socialized. That was the only answer I could think of to tell the lady in the checkout line at the store.  Hopefully, that would nip in the bud any further questioning of the new lifestyle my husband and I had embraced. I got so tired of answering […]
          

Homeschool Confession – My Homeschool Mistakes

Homeschool confession time. Do you want to hear about some of my blunders? If I share just three of my mistakes maybe they can save you some grief. Not leaving the public school mentality. Isn’t that hard to do? Especially because I was the product of public school. For example, I never questioned why I […]
          

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Check out these other posts:

Planning a High School Graduation this year? Check out my series.

What is a Lapbook Video.

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Anatomy of a Well Laid Out High School Geography Curriculum

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