Thursday, October 20, 2011

Resources for Science

Finding the right resources to make your science curriculum come alive is not an easy task. Yet, over the past few years homeschool curriculums has made amazing strides. Learning science and having fun is reality today!

There are a few things to keep in mind when you are trying to find your science curriculum:
1. Be aware of the needs of your family.
2. Be aware of the needs of the individual student that will be using it. Not every curriculum works for everyone.
3. Find a homeschool curriculum that is engaging and interesting.
4. Find a homeschool curriculum that is user friendly and helps you - not one that is time consuming and a real bother.
5. Find a curriculum that incorporated the senses. Remember that the more senses that you involve in education the more the student will remember!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Junior High Language Arts

Teaching language arts is surely not the easiest homeschooling task, but it definitely may be one of the most important. You see, language arts is simply not one subject but many incorporated into this one subject. When we teach language arts, we incorporate a study of grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling, literature, and writing.

Each of the parts of language arts prepares and builds the students ability to be successful in the final aspect of language arts - WRITING. We teach our students grammar so that they can punctuate and word sentences correctly. We teach our students spelling and vocabulary so that they can spell and understand the meaning of words and use them correctly in sentences. We teach our students out of high quality literature so that they can learn by example. Finally, after they have absorbed enough of those we attempt to teach them how to assimilate all of that into writing interesting and creative works.

Language arts prepares the student for high school study as well as for college. Understanding our language in a comprehensive way, opens the doors for the students future success in many areas. Language arts is truly the foundation of education!