Sunday, November 20, 2011

Resources for teaching Math

I love to teach math...that has been my profession for many years. I feel like I have made a difference in the lives of many young people. I am so thankful for that, in reality, I feel like I am paying forward what someone had done for me.

When I was in 8th grade math, I had a teacher who really didn't care. I began to fail the course miserably. My father was greatly concerned and transferred me to a different school. Here I had the same textbook that I had previously, but a different teacher. This teacher made all the difference in the world. Instead of looking at teaching as a job, she really cared about whether or not the individual understood. She took time to explain it to me, and by Finals my average was an A-. What am I trying to say?

Simply this, that often the text doesn't make a difference but simply how it is presented to the student. Other times, the text does affect how the student grasps the concepts, but still ultimately how it is presented is the underlying force behind comprehension. That said, when looking for a good homeschool curriculum, be sure to remember how it comes across to the student is the determining factor for success!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

8th grade history resources

History is one of those wonderful subjects that can be transformed from dusty old facts into a living and breathing study. To make that transformation, we simply need to find the right information and tools. It isn't always easy to just purchase a new homeschool curriculum. Sure we would love to, right? But sometimes, for one reason or another, the money just isn't there. What do we do?

Well, don't despair making your own curriculum isn't all that difficult, it just takes a bit more extra time. Start with an outline of what material you want to cover during the interval of the course. Once you have a chronological sequence to your outline, you can begin to put bones on it. Depending, of course, on what materials you already have at home, you can pull a lot of your resources for free off of the web.

Here are a few examples.
Geography Games
Learning History online
Online History course
History Timelines
The History Channel
Literature Based History