Entries Tagged as 'Classes'

What's the problem with math? - Part 1

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by Penny Ross
AHEAD Partner Blogger

What’s the problem with math?  The students in our homeschooling group struggle in this area. Standardized test scores confirm it in the elementary grades, and it is further validated as our students tackle algebra and higher math in the upper grades. Furthermore, I get many questions from other homeschooling moms concerning math. And recently, when I spoke to another homeschool group, one of their leaders mentioned math as a struggle for many in their group as well.

What causes this math problem?


Help your children connect the information skeleton

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by Susan August

I've read a lot of homeschool magazines and books over the last several years. A lot of the things I've read have long been forgotten. There is one idea, however that has stuck with me. I would even venture to say that it has become somewhat central in a lot of my homeschooling decisions. I don't remember where I read it, but it was in an article by Mary Pride. She said that her blueprint for homeschooling was to create a sort of information "skeleton" and then keep adding on to it until it was a living thing instead of just bare bones. In other words, link new material to things your kids already know.


Start entrepreneurship education this summer

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by Andrew Pudewa
AHEAD Conference Speaker

Soon it will be summer. Although there are a few hard-core homeschool families who go year-round with their formal studies, and others, who in an effort to “finish” the curriculum for the year, end up working until late July, many families take the summer “off.” And while there may still be a few that need their children working on the farm to feed the family, for many summer is a season of less structure, more leisure (sometimes too much?), and an opportunity to do special things that require time not easy to find during the school year.


Mistakes Writing Teachers Make

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by Andrew Pudewa
AHEAD Conference Speaker

We’ve all suffered it at one time or another: frustration about writing assignments.

Either on the receiving end, or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include:

  • What to correct and how to give a grade?
  • How much help is too much?
  • Isn’t the assignment clear enough?
  • Why don’t students find their own errors?


Handwriting practice can be fun

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by Denise Eide
Speaker at MassHOPE Convention
April 24-26

Letter Dictationgirl writing in the sandProvide students with a whiteboard, chalkboard, sensory box, or paper. Say the sounds of one of the letters. Direct the students to write the letter.

Blind Writing
Direct the students to close their eyes and write the letter five to ten times without looking. Without visual cues, the students must rely on muscle memory. Instruct the students to open their eyes and choose the letter which is written the most legibly.


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