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Episode 82: Homeschool Assessment
May 2 2024
Episode 82: Homeschool Assessment
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | PANDORA For some homeschoolers, homeschool assessment can be confusing and even challenging. Join Jamie, homeschool mom of 6, as she shares how you can make it simple and easy. Once upon a time, in the quiet corners of suburban homes, families embarked on a unique educational journey: homeschooling. As they navigated this path, they encountered various forms of assessment to gauge their children’s progress. Let’s delve into the world of homeschool grading and assessment and explore the different ways homeschoolers evaluate their young scholars. Types of Homeschool Assessment  Daily Homeschool Grades The Morning Routine: Every day, homeschooling parents don their teacher hats, armed with pencils and grade books. Their mission? To assess their child’s progress through daily grades or observations. These grades and observations weren’t just numbers; they were windows into understanding. Formal or Informal? Formal assessment is the giving and taking of quizzes and tests while informal assessment is the observation that we conduct every day as we homeschool our children! Flexibility and Freedom: Unlike traditional schools, homeschooling allows flexibility. Parents can choose when to grade, how to grade, and whether to grade at all. Some days, they skip the grading altogether, opting for experiential learning—a trip to the local museum or a nature walk. Placement Tests The Quest for the Right Level: Imagine a treasure map with an “X” marking the spot. Placement tests served as those “X” marks for homeschoolers. Parents use them to determine the appropriate grade level or mastery level within the grade for their child. Was little Timmy ready for third-grade math or perhaps a leap into fourth-grade beginning algebra?   Portfolio Assessment The Chronicles of Progress: Portfolio assessment was homeschooling’s grand epic—a saga chronicling a student’s journey. Imagine a thick leather-bound book filled with pages of achievement. Each entry told a tale: a poem penned, a science experiment documented, a painting captured. We’ll use Timmy as an example. Showcase Portfolios: In the portfolio, showcase sections sparkled. Timmy’s best work—his eloquent essay on ancient civilizations, the watercolor masterpiece of a sunflower—found their place. These were the gems he’d proudly share with visiting grandparents. Progress Portfolios: Progress portfolios whispered secrets of growth. Timmy’s early attempts at cursive writing, shaky and uncertain, now flowed like a babbling brook. His science notes evolved from scribbles to structured hypotheses. Working Portfolios: Working portfolios held drafts—the raw clay of creativity. Timmy’s short stories, revised and polished, nestled here. His math scratch paper revealed the journey from confusion to clarity. Virtual Portfolios: In the digital age, virtual portfolios emerged. Timmy’s blog chronicled his adventures—virtual field trips, coding projects, and book reviews. The internet became his canvas, and the world his audience. Visit this podcast for a cool app that let’s you create Virtual Portfolios with a snap. State Requirements: Some states demand these portfolios for evaluation. Parents meticulously curate them, ensuring a balanced representation of the child’s learning odyssey. Get this
Episode 81: Homeschooling the Gifted or High Performing Learner
Mar 28 2024
Episode 81: Homeschooling the Gifted or High Performing Learner
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | PANDORA Join Jamie as she interviews Kimberly Langen, a highly educated and gifted educator who started Spirit of Math in 1994 to challenge learners to think differently! Kimberly has developed an alternative way to helping gifted and high performing learners stay motivated and learn mathematics in ways that align with their particular style of thinking. This podcast was very enlightening and if you have a gifted or high-performing learner you’ll want to listen in. Kim shares a great many practical tips on how to homeschool and keep your learners motivated. One of my key takeaways was that mathematics needs to be taught in 4 steps: 1 Drill to build automaticity 2 Core Content including topics and spiral learning for younger children 3 Problem Solving in real world application that allows students to use reasoning and logic 4 Collaborative Group Work that elevated thinking, let them talk about it out loud it will stretch them to new reasoning   And something else I learned, in case you were wondering what the difference was between a gifted learner and a high performing learner: 1 Gifted Learner is a student classified as gifted by demonstrating a high level of intellectual ability. 2 High Performing learner is a learner that is simply very motivated to learn! Don’t forget that it is also important for these learners to learn from failure. Learning from failure often brings about a new level of logical reasoning that wasn’t accessible before. If you have a gifted or high performing learner and are feeling challenged on how to homeschool them reach out to Spirit of Math. They have regional classes as well as online options for homeschool students. Listen to More Helping Your Students Pursue Their ExcellenceThe post Episode 81: Homeschooling the Gifted or High Performing Learner first appeared on Homeschool .com.
Episode 77: Tips for Homeschool Record Keeping with Corrina from Modify
Aug 3 2023
Episode 77: Tips for Homeschool Record Keeping with Corrina from Modify
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER With the growing popularity of homeschooling and the wide selection of materials and resources that are now available, we know that it can be difficult for homeschoolers to find what they need and the basics of what they need to do to organize and keep records in their homeschool. In fact, over the years I’ve often had many questions about what records I needed to keep. Today Corrina and I are going to discuss homeschool record keeping – – I know this is often a worrisome topic for many homeschool parents. Sometimes we are just not sure what is needed to keep good homeschooling records. It’s our goal today to help clarify just what the homeschooled family needs to be doing to maintain good records. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand. For some families, the state in which they live will dictate what records are needed. Some states require details while other states require nothing at all. Modify has developed an app that makes homeschool record-keeping simple. It’s perfect for those families that are more hands-on learning and less formal learning. Students can record and track learning moments independently as well as typical parental tracking. In fact, unschooling families love the Modify app. Discover all the amazing things that Modify can help you with your homeschool. Click here to learn more about their app! Listen to apple podcasts? Could you give us a review? The post Episode 77: Tips for Homeschool Record Keeping with Corrina from Modify first appeared on Homeschool .com.
Episode 75: Understanding Money with Phil Denniston & InflationEducation.net
May 4 2023
Episode 75: Understanding Money with Phil Denniston & InflationEducation.net
Let me introduce you to Phil. Phil Denniston is founder and CEO of InflationEducation.net, better bedtime stories revealing the secrets of the debt-based fiat money system using the pricnipals of liberty, sound money, Austrian Economics, and Natural Law. Phil holds a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado. With InflationEducation.net Phil was able to marry his two passions: Understanding the history and mechanics of our monetary system AND using story-time with his four children (ages 5-14) to reveal the wizard behind the curtain, preparing them for the debt-based fiat money system that awaits. It’s common knowledge that our country is in financial trouble. And most of us, as parents realize that we need to a step back and begin educating our children – and sometimes ourselves -about money and  for financial stability. But  I noticed when I was reading your bio, that you mentioned the “debt-based fiat money system”  These are terms that not all of our parents will be familiar with can you take a minute to help us better understand? (read more below) FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Listen to apple podcasts? Could you give us a review? Phil’s Response: One challenge for parents’ intent on preparing kids for the world that awaits is finding materials or curriculum revealing how the money system works. By that we mean not just the basics of finance – saving, spending, investing, compound interest, and borrowing – but the essence of money: What is money, what works in the role, what are its historical properties, and how is money created? Most parents (and school systems) cannot touch the subject because they don’t even know themselves. All of us were raised to believe today’s money is just what it should be, and the only way it could be. Instead, we’re living – right now – in a historical aberration, using unbacked, debt-based fiat money. Debt growth (both public and private) has exceeded economic growth (or our ability to repay) for decades, and the inflation that is now accelerating – $7 dollars for a dozen eggs? – is the signal that the money system itself is breaking down, unraveling in plain sight, as ‘fiat’ money always does. Taking a step back, fiat means ‘by decree’. Thus, fiat money like the US Dollar bill, means ‘money because the government says so’, not money that’s backed by anything real or has been chosen to be in the role by the free market. For 5,000 years, what’s worked best as money is gold or silver. Paper notes or digital representations are fine, if exchangeable at fixed rates. This is called a “gold standard”. Article 1, Section 10 of the US Constitution calls for just that- “No State shall… make anything but gold or silver coin a legal tender”. America’s founders understood the importance of money backed by a measured weight of gold or silver. This is unlike today’s money that can be conjured from thin air by banks and bureaucrats. At InflationEducation.net, we use ‘better bedtime stories’ to help prepare your family, revealing the secrets of debt-based money using the principles of America’s founding – liberty, sound money, Austrian Economics, and Natural Law. These delightful, full color hardcovers bring it all to light, creating indelible memories for your kids as you mix them in with all the classics during that nightly ritual. Our customers like to be prepared, thus lean heavily homeschooled. We back it with an unconditional Alliance Guarantee. Buy the bundle, save 40% now and forever, and if you don’t like them, we’ll refund 100% of
Episode 74: Help for Homeschool Burnout
Jan 30 2023
Episode 74: Help for Homeschool Burnout
Over the years in speaking with homeschooling parents, I’ve heard the phrase, “Homeschooling is making me depressed,” more than once from a discouraged homeschool mom. And yet, the majority of those homeschooling parents felt a lack of energy and inspiration specifically during the winter months! Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a harsh reality for many people during the long, dark winter, and adding the responsibility of homeschooling can make it more difficult. Even for people who don’t necessarily struggle with SAD, homeschooling in February is enough to make the most determined and inspired people feel like quitting. By the time this month rolls around, the fun holidays have passed, and spring break is still far away. You have devoted hours of effort into grading, teaching, planning, organizing, and driving your children to lessons and classes. Homeschool mom burnout is highest at this time of the year, and you’re likely tired enough to feel it in your bones. We’ve been there! I think it’s the most difficult month to stay strong, power through, and continue homeschooling. We want to help inject fun and encouragement once again in your family before the February blues become homeschool burnout depression. Join Jamie as she shares how she deals with burnout and keeps her perspective fresh. FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Listen on apple podcasts? Could you give us a review? The post Episode 74: Help for Homeschool Burnout first appeared on Homeschool .com.
Episode 73 Advice for Homeschooling During the Holidays
Nov 10 2022
Episode 73 Advice for Homeschooling During the Holidays
With the holidays upon us, many of us feel more stressed than usual.  There are numerous holiday events, relatives to see, places to visit, and gift shopping and preparation to get done.  Most of us wonder about holiday homeschooling. How to homeschool amid everything? The holidays are a great time to take off from structured homeschooling. Don’t sweat the books.  They will be waiting for you when the holidays are over! This looks different for each family, but changing up your homeschool routine to be more flexible and fit your holiday preparation can be fun and exciting. I know with my half dozen kids, any kind of change always perked them up. All of a sudden they were interested in what was going on! Holiday Homeschooling Ideas So as we get started let’s talk about schedules. For many homeschooling moms and dads, planners are their lifeblood.  Whether you need to plan the week, month, or even your daily schedules, a sense of organization is key.  If you’re like me, my planner is especially vital during the holidays for any semblance of productivity, there are so many moving parts in our family if we didn’t have a schedule to let everyone know where/what/when we’d be lost! If you’re stressing over your schedule for this coming holiday season, try to step back, pause, and take a deep breath. First Steps to a Big Change One of the first things that I find particularly helpful when I’m in a stressful situation, or simply beginning each day (with potential to be stressful) is prayer. If you’re listening to this podcast then you’re looking for something. Maybe it’s wisdom or advice. One of the best places to find wisdom is in prayer. After all of these years of homeschooling during the holidays, I’ve realized that sometimes the most important thing we can do for our children is to take time with them. The holidays are all about creating wonderful memories and sweet traditions. Take some time to consider what is most important in your family this season. Once I’ve determined what my focus will be during the holidays, I turn to my schedule. Since there are so many people in our household, even when we aren’t formally doing a lot of homeschooling or any homeschooling at all – –  we still need a schedule so that everyone is on the same page. I find this especially important during the holidays. Each of us has a lot of “extra” during this time and a schedule of some sort helps everyone. Be creative, flexible, and fun. As I’ve already mentioned change always gets the kids interested… Here are a few of my creative suggestions for holiday homeschooling. Practical Ideas for Changing Things Up Focus on reading! Take time this holiday season to sit and read with your children.  Use holiday weeks to read as many books as you can!Consider a holiday unit study. Utilize the holidays as a chance to learn more about their origin and traditions!  On the other hand, you could learn more about the wintertime, change in seasons, and make a unit study out of it!Make the most out of your field trips. If you have one or two field trips scheduled this month, dig into them and learn everything you can.  Take a trip to the library for related books, dive into Google searches, and look for complimentary YouTube videos!Similarly, make holiday festivities into learning moments or field trips! You can make lots of holiday activities on educational field trips.  Of course, you want to keep them fun, though. For example, when you go Christmas tree shopping, learn about the different types of trees!  Christmas caroling: learn about the origins. Sledding: bring in science and figure out how to make your sled go even faster. There are numerous ways to incorporate learning into holiday activities!Add in craft days. Your kids will learn how to make adorable crafts w
Episode 71: Interview with Connor Boyack: Civics and Government
Sep 22 2022
Episode 71: Interview with Connor Boyack: Civics and Government
We’re excited about our guest this week. The author of the Tuttle Twin’s Book Series, Connor Boyack is here to join us for a chat on why he wrote/is writing these books and about his new history book project. The Tuttle Twins has sold over 4 million copies and is widely discussed from CNN to Fox News. Connor attempts to reveal the truth about free market, government and civics in a fictional storyline that elementary kids and even teens can easily understand and apply to current events. Connor has a great newsletter that he sends out weekly. A quote you used in your newsletter back in May really stuck with me. “The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and as a people.”  Which was from the National Commission on Excellence in Education – – from 1983. 1983 – If education was mediocre then – – what do we have now? Anyway- this quote resonated with me – first because it is one of the reasons we chose to homeschool. But you pointed out that this mediocrity is at a critical point. I agree and feel that it is especially critical to how ignorant the bulk of our young adults are when it comes to knowledge about history, economics, and government. FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Listen on apple podcasts? Could you give us a review? Other Homeschool Podcasts You May Enjoy What is Normal Anyway? Take Your Homeschool From Ordinary to Extraordinary!  The post Episode 71: Interview with Connor Boyack: Civics and Government first appeared on Homeschool .com.