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When Homeschooling Isn't Fun

When Homeschooling Isn't Fun

Deb: Hope, what question are we looking at today? Hope: Well, the question we’re looking at today is one that probably every homeschooling family encounters. It is, “What do I do when my child doesn’t want to do the school work? Deb: Actually, I don’t think you see this much now [at the beginning of the year] because we’re all in the honeymoon stage, but probably around Christmas time, and certainly when you start up again, it’s like, “Oh, do we have to do this?” What are some of the reasons kids balk at doing their school work? Hope: Well, there’s a lot of...

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High School Transcripts and Diplomas

High School Transcripts and Diplomas

If you have the privilege of homeschooling a high school student, you’ve probably wondered about transcripts and diplomas, particularly if your child is college-bound. Hope: Our question for today is regarding high school transcripts. And you guys have asked us “I don’t know how to classify what schoolwork my child has done this year, how to classify that onto the transcript!” and “I don’t know how to make a transcript!” What can you tell us about that? Pearl: Sure. So we get that question a lot and our favorite answer is to go to HSLDA, which is the Home School Legal Defense Association....

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Timberdoodle Kits for Hands-On Learners

Timberdoodle Kits for Hands-On Learners

Are Timberdoodle Kits suitable for kinesthetic learners? What makes them such a good fit? Deb: Welcome to Timberdoodle! Today we’re going to tackle the question of whether our curriculum is suitable for a kinesthetic child. Why would that be important, Hope? Hope: Mainly because your kinesthetic child is the hardest type of learner to tailor a curriculum for. A visual learner is probably the easiest child to teach. An auditory learner is not far behind because you can read most of the stuff to them and that’s how they learn best. Typically, it is hardest to find a curriculum that will suit a kinesthetic...

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How Do I Help My 11th Grader Catch Up in Language Arts?

How Do I Help My 11th Grader Catch Up in Language Arts?

Today’s Q & A addresses our favorite assessments, courses, and questions to utilize in helping a student come up to speed on language arts. What would you add? Hope: Someone wrote in and said,  “We kind of dropped the ball with my 11th grader on his spelling, writing, and reading skills. What do we do? How do we help bring him up to grade level on that?” What are your thoughts? Deb: Well, it’s unfortunate we’re not dialoguing back and forth because it would be very helpful for me to know some of the background. Have you used anything? Have you tried...

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How Do You Teach Multiple Grade Levels At the Same Time?

How Do You Teach Multiple Grade Levels At the Same Time?

Do you want to combine grades to save some costs? Or are you striving for sanity while juggling multiple students? We have some tips for you in today’s FAQ! Hope: Our question for today is, “If I have a 5th grader, a 3rd grader, and a 1st grader, how can I combine my teaching? Is there any way to teach them all from the same curriculum or how can I do that?” Deb: We’re not just talking about those particular grades. We’re talking about what to do if you’re combining multiple children and multiple grades. What does that look like? And of...

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