Overview of Apologia Human Body Science Curriculum

Students take on college level studies with this Christian perspective science curriculum. The Human Body, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, from Apologia Educational Media, is for serious 11th or 12th grade students, who have completed both first year biology and first year chemistry. The 16 module format from Apologia science is designed to be flexible and homeschool friendly. The optional labs do require dissection and a microscope, but it is highly recommended a student take the complete course with labs.

A student who completes both Exploring Creation with Biology and Human Body Fearfully and Wonderfully Made will have completed the equivalent of a college level AP biology class. He should be well prepared to pass AP exams should he desire to … Read the rest of this post…

Ideas for Spelling Activities

For teachers looking for a little extra support to help students remember their spelling, or just some fresh new ideas that will help integrate all learning styles, here are a few ideas for spelling activities:

One way to remember things is through humor or novelty.  So try to get students laughing by saying words in funny exaggerated ways that help inculcate the correct spelling.  For instance, many students find it difficult to remember that there is an ‘a’ not an ‘e’ in the middle of separate.  Instead of the typical pronunciation (“SEP-uh-rit or SEP-uh-rate”), lead students to pronounce it with a silly exaggerated accent as “sep-AY-rate”.

Another way to help students remember things is by using all the five senses … Read the rest of this post…

Bob Jones K4 Foundations Preschool Curriculum Review

Bob Jones K4 Preschool Kit is a curriculum for preschool children to learn the basics needed before entering Kindergarten.  It includes student worksheets, a teacher manual, cut out materials, and a cassette tape.  The curriculum also includes biblical teaching geared toward your new preschool students.

Strengths:
I used this preschool curriculum with my child.  She is a student that will do well in most settings, so this curriculum was great for her.  She loves worksheets, coloring, learning the months of the year, and learning how to write.  It was such a great curriculum for her.  It has valuable biblical lessons throughout the curriculum as well.  As the homeschool parent, it was easy for me to prepare and teach.  If you … Read the rest of this post…

Overview of Scott Foresman Math

Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley Mathematics incorporates multiple elements of learning to produce a curriculum that will enable children to succeed in math. Each chapter begins with the Instant Check System: Diagnosing Readiness section that will determine the student’s readiness for the material that will be introduced, and several Diagnostic Checkpoints throughout the chapter help gauge your student’s progress. Cumulative Reviews and Test Prep ensure that each child has fully grasped the material. Reading practice is also incorporated with math lessons through problem solving exercises. With the help of Discovery Channel School, students are invited to discover the world around them, such as the Colosseum in Rome, Italy or Komodo dragons, with each interesting explanation reinforced with math exercises. Your students … Read the rest of this post…

Safety Guide for Using a Chemistry Set Science Kit

For scientists, safety is always a critical concern. Safety is especially vital in a chemistry lab, whether that lab is your kitchen and a chemistry set, or it is a state-of-the-art laboratory at school. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and it means wearing proper attire, knowing the chemicals you are working with, and following proper procedures and techniques. Here is a partial list of some important safety reminders that will help you to avoid any hazards when working with your chemistry set or science kit.

1. Wear the proper attire. This includes safety goggles, gloves, a lab coat, and closed toe shoes (leather upper, not cloth or woven). Sometimes a face mask may be required. Always tie back long hair.… Read the rest of this post…

Reviews for Singapore Primary Math 5 Books

STRENGTHS:
The Primary Mathematics series from Singapore math is remarkable in its results. Kids perform mental computations, solve interesting math challenges, and by the time they reach sixth grade, are studying early geometry and pre-algebra concepts. Singapore has produced a stunningly successful methodology, noted worldwide for its excellence when students from this small country scored highest for several years running on international standardized tests.

The Singapore approach has proven itself remarkably versatile, achieving success with average or bright students. In fact, even special-education kids benefit. Even though the math books are considered somewhat accelerated, apparently the presentation is so good that it actually has been known to raise the abilities of one group of special-education kids to a skill level … Read the rest of this post…

Wordly Wise 3000 3rd Grade Vocabulary Review

STRENGTHS:
In its 3rd grade vocabulary instruction, the Wordly Wise 3000 program has done a great job adapting the tried and true Wordly Wise vocabulary program for younger students. The overall Wordly Wise 3000 vocabulary curriculum is an impressive endeavor. Students who begin in kindergarten will go on to learn an incredible 3000 words total by the end of the 12th grade book.

The 3rd grade vocabulary exercises are carefully designed so that they aid students not only in remembering the meaning of the words but also actively using them in sentences. Through these exercises, students encounter the vocabulary words in multiple ways. The variety of exposures helps with retention and develops a sense of familiarity.

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Alpha Omega Lifepac Course in American Literature

The Alpha Omega Lifepac series provides excellent consumable courses. In our advanced technological age, many people prefer to employ computer-based learning for their home educated students, however, Alpha Omega Publications Lifepac series provides an excellent alternative when a computer is unavailable or impractical. Additionally, your student will gain practice in penmanship with handwritten work! The Alpha Omega Lifepac  Course in American Literature is designed as a one semester course for advanced middle school or high school students. It is easily incorporated as an upper level course in the junior or senior year of high school. Since the Lifepac American Literature course is designed to be completed in one semester, it is divided into five Lifepac booklets. Each booklet can be … Read the rest of this post…

Maryland Homeschooling Laws and Requirements

In The Old Line state, compulsory attendance age is from five to sixteen, and parents may fulfill this by choosing home instruction to their children, but must choose one of three supervision options for accountability. Maryland homeschooling laws give some recognition of the rights of parents to educate their own children at home. The three supervision options are supervision by the public school superintendent, by a church, or by a private school.

In the first option under Maryland homeschooling laws, known as the portfolio option, parents are accountable to the local superintendent. Parents must maintain a portfolio of instructional materials and the child’s work. The superintendent meets with the parents no more than three times per year to review it. … Read the rest of this post…

Fun Science Projects With Gerbils

Gerbils are a small creature the size of a hamster, with a long tail with a tuft on the end like a lion and the habit of jumping straight up like a kangaroo.  Dubbed “gentle gerbils” by the scientists who used them as lab animals, they soon became beloved pets.  Children have great fun playing with the little creatures and can even turn some of their games into a learning opportunity with the following safe and fun science projects to do with their lovable furry “gentle gerbils.”

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For these fun science projects, you will need an empty cardboard box with sides high enough that the gerbil cannot jump out, a pencil, a notebook, and three foods to test, … Read the rest of this post…