Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. Winston Churchill – Nov. 4, 1952, House of Commons Ready to learn. These words can strike fear in the hearts of parents of preschoolers. What in the world does it mean to be “ready to learn?” Not only that, how can parents be sure that their child is ready to learn? I’m not the only one who questions what “readiness” is in this context. Since President George H. W. Bush stated the first goal for education was “by the year 2000, all children in America will […]
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“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.” Dorothy Day As all busy homeschool moms know, it can be difficult to juggle schooling with the many responsibilities of modern life. Cooking is just one of the many tasks to attend to during the day, and, admittedly, it can be hard to find the time—especially when there is homeschool teaching to be done. Typically, cooking is a rushed task with an express goal: getting food on the table. Rarely do we pause to savor the flavors, cultures, and histories that distinguish the
It’s official – our summer is gone and school has started. Next thing you know, it will be Christmas – or at least all the stores will have the decorations out! Along with school starting, we are trying to decide if the kids will be joining swim team again and if we are ready for another year of crazy schedules. In the meantime, it helps me to have a plan in place using my yearly planner – meal ideas, running lists of what needs to be remembered and done…you get the idea. To help you get your days and
When I first began purchasing digital homeschool curriculum, I was thrilled that I could store everything on my computer until I was ready to use it in our homeschool. I made a special folder for all of it and planned to use it for the next homeschool year. Sadly, I forgot about most of it and by the time I remembered the rest we were almost done with the school year and this cycle kept repeating itself year after year. I was determined to use the digital homeschool curriculum that I have this year, after all I loved it
As the new SAT makes its way to colleges and universities across the U.S., students and educators are scrambling to ensure they are prepared for what promises to be a substantially different test than the previous iteration of the College Board’s gateway to higher education. Written to align with the Common Core Standards being taught to many American students, the new SAT creates a dilemma for many educators. They must try to find a balance between instilling in students the virtue and knowledge necessary to form a well rounded student and lifelong learner, and conforming their teaching to the rigid body of knowledge required to succeed on the SAT. But what if there was another option? Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) in Annapolis, Md., has created the Classic Learning Test (CLT), the first new college admissions exam to be offered since the debut of the ACT in 1959. The founders of CLI recognize that the SAT, while not without merit, leaves out crucial aspects of a true education. Texts featured on the SAT don’t reflect the values that are most cherished by home and private educators. CLI believes that within each child is a capacity and thirst for unlocking the good, the true, and the beautiful. Put simply, the texts featured on the SAT, and ultimately in many classrooms, fail to connect students to the goodness, truth, and beauty they inherently desire. By contrast, the CLT features works from the Western tradition by authors such as Plato, C.S. Lewis, and Martin Luther King Jr. By doing so, the CLT hopes not only to espouse a love of deep analytical thought in students, but also to be accessible to students from all educational backgrounds. The CLT hopes to be a more user friendly exam as well. The exam is taken online on a student’s computer or tablet, and, at two hours in length, is significantly shorter than either the SAT or the ACT. Students are also free to move between the exam’s three sections (reading comprehension, writing, and quantitative reasoning), as well. With its premiere June 11th administration, the CLT has proven itself to be a more comfortable and accessible exam for students to complete. Students are also given their score soon after submitting their exams, eliminating the anxious wait to receive test scores! The CLT is a new, and the fastest growing college admissions exam in the country! For more information and to register, please visit cltexam.com. The creators of the CLT, Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) also offer individualized college counseling! Please visit their website at ccc.classiclearninginitiatives.com!”, We would appreciate it! As of August 2016, the CLT is accepted as an SAT/ACT alternative by nearly twenty colleges, including St. John’s College, The King’s College, and University of Dallas. The exam is the fastestgrowing standardized test in the nation, and CLI plans to offer many other personalized services as well. Most notable is CLI’s College Counseling Center, featuring individualized and comprehensive college counseling. For more information about the CLT or CLI, please visit our website at CLTexam.com. Registration is currently open for the five CLT administration dates during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours! Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup. Happy Fall Banner As you collect leaves
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I am excited to start a new year of homeschooling with my lovely kiddos. How are you doing? Already started? Waiting until after Labor Day? Just going with the flow? Guess what, it’s ALL GOOD! OH OH OH!!! My oldest has started a small business resaling items she finds at second hand stores. Her shopping buddy is my hubby Chris. I don’t mind one bit when they bring me home a find like this! 2 chalkboards (one with music staffs) all for under $30! Now the down side to this wonderful find is I am packing 5 kids, a chocolate lab, […]
Finishing Strong is a place for families who are homeschooling middle & high school kids to meet up in order to share tips, encouragement, advice, and more. We know it can be stressful homeschooling teens, which is why we’ve built this community! Topics of Note from Starts At Eight Welcome back to Finishing Strong. We are glad you’re joining us! Finishing Strong is brought to you each Wednesday by the ladies at Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, and Starts at Eight. We hope you’ll take some time to check out the amazing posts that have been shared
Back to School? This year we are doing something different. We are not having a “first day of school.” Whaaat? Yup. No traditional “first-day” picture. No big to-do for the “first day.” Instead, we are sort of just transitioning out of summer and into a school routine. Life is sort of just blending together more naturally, and I am fine with that. We also had our homeschool “orientation” yesterday. It was a great way for me to go over with the kids all their books and resources for the year and what is expected. (You can read about our
This year we have some familiar programs coming back to the desk and have one new (fresh off the presses) program as well. Zachary’s going to have a little more responsibility on his plate. Last year was stretching for him, and when I asked him what he wanted most this year, the answer was focus. (I’ll amen that.) We had great intentions of geography last year, so this year we are definitely targeting that area together with his younger brother. Friends of ours are also studying US History, as well as Laurianna our 10th grader, and our intent in history