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  • hated history during school. I was terrible at remembering dates and names. But I'm determined not to pass along this distaste for history to my own children.

    I’ve always thought that literature was the best way to help my children understand the past. Over the years I’ve checked out lots of historical fiction and nonfiction historical picture books, but as we’ve added children to our homeschool mix, I don’t have time to curate long lists of holds at the library anymore. Enter BookShark Reading with History.

    This is our first year using BookShark materials for history. We chose Level G: World History Year 1 of 2, and I’ve already found lots to love with this program.

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  • We all suffer from information overload at times. When there is too much detail or too much to digest, we tend to shut down and not assimilate any of it in a meaningful way.

    The same is true for students. Some learning tools are overwhelming. For example, traditional maps and atlases that have hundreds of labels can be hard to digest. There’s just so much information, students may not know what to zero in on and consequently remember little of what they see.

    That's why the Markable Map sold in the Required Resources of every BookShark Reading with History program (or All-Subjects Package) is such an amazing—yet simple—tool.

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  • Most homeschooling parents can agree that spending time reading aloud as a family is a worthwhile endeavor. Who doesn't love snuggling with little ones while reading stories that open up imaginations and fill minds with wonderful tales? For many, it's a peaceful, almost magical time, one that ends too quickly as kids get older, outgrowing family reading time.

    But does family reading time have to end? No. In fact, reading aloud together is just as important for teens as it is for elementary aged children.

    Bonding Time

    Sure, your kids probably won't be sitting on your lap as you read, but that doesn't mean you're not connecting with each other. When you are together reading, there's a sense of closeness. It continues the warm, pleasant feelings related to both family and reading that they had when they were younger.

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  • Whether he’s just taking a vacation day to catch up on a house project or has a random day off from work, I love having my husband home. Don’t even get me started on that wonderful family cocoon we cuddle up in during the slow and confusing time between Christmas and New Year’s. Having my husband home in the middle of the day is a treat equivalent to when I’d be on a field trip and realize that I’d normally be in math class, but was watching a show or taking in zoo animals. It’s out of the norm and always a surprise.

    Well, it was.

    Like millions of others, my husband has been working from home for the last few months as a result of the coronavirus. I was excited at first. Why wouldn’t I be? All of my favorite people under one roof, all day, with nowhere to go and all of our plans cancelled? Sounds like heaven to me! 

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  • How to Teach Language Arts to a Reluctant LearnerIf your son tends to dawdle instead of completing a page of grammar exercises…

    If your daughter draws pictures instead of working on writing assignments...

    If you’ve seen your child’s shoulders slump when asked to read...

    Then you might have a reluctant learner when it comes to language arts. From making excuses to complaining to avoiding the work, these behaviors point to a problem. But there’s good news! Your children can learn the skills they need and even enjoy the process, too!

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  • As parents, we face many challenges. Just when we think we have figured it all out, everything gets flipped upside down. Almost overnight our babies turn into toddlers, our toddlers into preschoolers, and preschoolers into high schoolers. That last one may seem like a huge jump, but that is seriously how fast that change seemed to happen in my house. This year my oldest son reached a big milestone—high school. This newest milestone was an eye-opener for me. In just a few short years my son will be an adult and begin a life on his own. If I expect him to be a capable adult when that time comes, he needs the opportunity to grow into one. By allowing my homeschooled teen to have a voice now, he is learning important skills to take with him into adulthood.Read More

  • No matter how much we parents would like to deny the existence of bullying in the school system, we can’t. Public schools can be fraught with social issues which children are easily caught up in. If you are concerned for the safety of your child, then homeschooling is a good option to keep them safe.

    But even more than that, homeschooling is also a way to encourage them to be the best people that they can be. It’s a way to turn differences into superpowers!

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  • Homeschooling high school seems like a long list of to-dos. You spend hours each day chugging away at math, English, social studies, science, foreign languages, fine arts, and electives. You've got to earn those credits for graduation while also thinking towards future plans of college, vocational training, or military service. There’s little time left for anything else!

    Once you reach the high school stage, most parents have abandoned the four-day homeschool week in an effort to cram in all the necessary academics. After all, when kids were little the school day was short. Seriously, how long does it take to run through math and language arts with a first grader?

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  • Take the mystery and fear out of homeschooling high school by understanding the lingo. Here are a few acronyms and some jargon that you need to understand when you start educating your high school freshman at home.

    CLEP – College Level Examination Program

    Instead of attending college, a teen studies independently at home. After thoroughly preparing for a course, he takes a multiple-choice exam (called a CLEP test) at a local college or testing center. If he passes the exam, he receives college credit for the course just as if he had attended college. Each college handles CLEP credits differently. Inquire with the particular institution in question if you want the credits to count for college.

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  • Throw out the four-year high school plan! Abandoning that popular notion is the first step to pondering the possibilities of homeschooling high school.

    How to Swim Against the Current

    For example, some teens are ready by eighth grade or earlier to tackle high school level courses. Allowing your teen to cover academic subjects they excel at like science or math or electives they have a passion for like photography or web design gives them ample time to master them. Look at these 4 benefits of allowing a teen to cover high school level subjects earlier than high school.

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