August 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
I tried this day boxes system, based on the system called, “work boxes,” which I did not like, as I am an Alfie Kohn fan, and it worked well. It works well as long as I have time to get the day boxes ready that morning early, or the night before.
I found that the kids like new and different things in there. They despise having very similar things, day after day. I found that even a toddler has to have things, because he wants to be like the others and have something made for him to do, so he can work, too. He did get bored fast, so I must have always had very boring things in there for him. I tried to get something from each subject we were doing that day. I also put the book they are currently reading for fun, in there.
I also put the ruler, the scissors, the glue stick, the markers, the pencil and the paper they needed for that day’s stuff, in their box. This makes it so nobody has to go look for something they need, giving them about a 100% chance of getting distracted and not coming back for quite some time!
They really liked them and they made my job much easier during the homeschool day! One thing I did not like was that the boxes took up so much space on the table that it does not give them much space to work. I solved that by getting out a card table, but then they fought over which table they wanted to sit at. Oh, my! That’s the way kids are!
October 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
My son used to have major behavioral and psychological issues when in public school. In a week, I noticed slight changes. In a month, I noticed more changes. After 3 months, his issues had been cut to 60% what they were when he had been in public school. After one year of homeschooling, I think the behavior issues were about 40% what they had been in public school. Now it has been almost 3 years. He is older, so, granted, that could make a difference, too, BUT I think homeschooling has made a bigger difference than age. He has behavior issues still, but they are down to about 20% what they were when he was in public school.
I wonder so often, whether they would even exist, had he never been in public school, but that does not solve anything, so I shouldn’t.
I will tell you some things that I think made a difference for my son. They are important to me. I cannot guarantee they will work for you. Every family will do different things. I am sure something here could help someone, though, so here it is.
When I began, I had already read about 6 books written by amazing author Alfie Kohn, including “Unconditional Parenting” and “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” which I recommend you start with. His books are very thick because of solid references which are in the back of the books. These take up about one third of the book. I looked at the references and used them to decide which books to read next. These were also very helpful.
I love “The NDD Book,” about how your child getting enough sleep, exercise and the right nutrition, will spfor sure affect his or her behavior. My child does get more sleep out of public school, because if, for example, we happen to stay up late on a Thursday night, visiting relatives or something, the he sleeps in the next morning (Friday). When we do an exhausting field trip, project, co-op or gathering, he eats and naps. He naps whenever he needs it and I let him, because he does not do it very often, and I have talked with him about how his body will tell him when he needs it. Usually when he has a meltdown, we feed him (that helps) and then he will go lie down for a one hour nap. When he gets up again, he is cheerful, kind, helpful, obedient, etcetera.
We have discussed what works best for him, with him. He likes this. When we forget to do this for a while, things do not work as well. He also needs regular one on one love and individual attention. Before he really “got into” reading, I used to get up in the morning and, first thing, read to him sitting in a chair in his room, to help him wake up. I read for half an hour. This helped him get out of bed cheerfully. It also helped him feel loved and helped us bond. I cannot deny that it made him love books, as well.
I teach my kids via eclectic homeschooling, and one thing included in 60 to 90% of our homeschool, depending in the day, week and month, and what is going on, is letting him learn however he wants, and whatever he wants, as long as it is within our religious standards. A lot of people call this unschooling, but I prefer to just describe it, as the “un” has such negative connotations. He learns a ton this way, and the freedom of this approach takes away a lot of behavior issues.
We also use an LDS curriculum called “L.I.F.E. School.” “L.I.F.E. Stands for Life Integrated Family Education.” The kids all get the same lesson. Then they do their work, which is similar, so they can help one another, but it is different for each grade level. I love it. It makes things so much easier for me. I do not have to do as much work to out things together for my kids to learn. The gospel is woven into every lesson. It teaches art, geography, history, science, literature, poetry, theater, reading, grammar, paleography, spelling, and many types of writing. It teaches dictionary work and research, essay
The only subject not included in this curriculum is Math. I am fine with that. I work hard at math teaching, most of the time. When I do not, I have to make up for it later.
October 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
October 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment
“This land is your land. This land is my land, from the red wood forest, to the gulf stream waters. This land is your land. This land is my land. This land was made for you and me!” I really wish this song went like this: “This land is my land. It is not your land, in California, and on Native tribe lands. This is not your land, but it is their land. Eminent Domain is a bad law. This land is their land. It is not your land. Obama, you are a dictator!”
My son said, “We have to tell President Obama to be a good guy. We have to be good. We have to be good always.” He is hoping President Obama doesn’t know where our city is. This is why:
I am of the opinion that they merely want to control all of us, eventually. They are taking bit by bit, so that eventually, they will own and control all of the land. Emanent domain says the City, State and National government can take whatever land they want, from any of us. We must get rid of the emanent domain rights of government. There is also much propoganda of late, going around, about how the Native aamericans had said, that the Great Spirit is who the land belongs to, and it cannot belong to a person. This is government propoganda for us to let the government have the land, so that nobody owns it. The problem is, an entity will own it, and it is, an Oligarchy. The second problem is, the Oligarchy is not the Great Spirit, but is an evil form of government, which we must fight off, as it wants to replace our Constitutional Republic.
September 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Leccion 2: La Familia
Relatives boring http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/spanish-vocabulary-basic-family-member-terms.html#lesson
Familia para escolar inicial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESapCgjMq7s
Mi Familia es la gente que me quieren https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odI6zy0xPPQ
Cinco Monitos Saltando en la Cama https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z1uz_V8mdI&list=TLKoVO129MkUMe3z9s9MadRXOqV4c2fIPs
Historia para niños (pájaros) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7RqBvH5Zhk
El Patito Feo Historia Animada con palabras (Disney) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zkXYl0bLgs
September 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Originally posted on Marine Vet For Freedom:
I was asked recently by one of the people interested in my campaign to illustrate the differences between myself and Congressman Bishop, essentially why the people of Utah’s 1st District should vote for me. I do believe that is something important, and I will outline what some of our key differences are as well as areas we are similar.
First, I would like to address that I do applaud Congressman Bishop for many of the things he has done for America and the state of Utah. I do not look at Congressman Bishop as an enemy, and that should be made clear. He has championed many causes that do benefit our country and our state, especially in the area of Utah lands. He has been right at the forefront of ensuring Utah gets to decide what to do with the lands within our borders. That is important, because the people…
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September 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Have you wanted to homechool High School, but are wanting instead to take advantage of the Early College programs at the High School near you?
Homeschooled Kids can do Early College from Home! You could also find like-minded homeschool families in your area and start a Homeschool Early College Co-op or Study group! I do not have one of these in my area. I would love to have enough interest to start one, though!
There is help on InstantCert.com for studying. There are also books to buy, about CLEP and Dantes (DSST) tests. These books usually have 3 sample tests to take after studying. When your Early College Homeschooler passes the practice exams, he or she can sign up for the exam and go take it at their local University, or some College or University of choice. Your homeschooled child can earn College Credits Early by Exam! Many kids have done it. Many adults have, too. You can do it! Just take it one course at a time, instead of seeing the whole long list of courses. Just say, we are only going to focus on one at a time.
Your child, with you, can start by taking a course from their local University about early college. While there, focus on what they have for homeschoolers, what tests are accepted, and which classes are required. Universities have policies regarding exams for credit. Find out what they are.
Keep in mind, your child can get an Associates from one place, their next degree from another, and their next from yet another. Do not feel that since they have a certain University in mind, they must go only to that University! Find out about transfer credits, etcetera.
They can continue by finding out which classes are required for their associates and for their bachelors degrees at each school. They can oick a test, get on InstantCert, get test prep books from Amazon.com, and beging working or studying from home. When they are passing practice tests, they can sign up online for the test. On test day, they can go to their local University’s or College’s testing center to take the test.
Exams run approximately $80 to $95, and there is usually a $10 proxy fee for the testing center. This beats the $1,000 each it would cost for the same course if taken at the University or College (Even if you add InstantCert cost and exam study guide from Amazon, your cost will still beat the $1,000! If you do love math,
Tests for College Credits
Here below are lists from the web sites of the Coolege Board, the military and other places, of exams which award college credits. You can get an account on InstantCert.com and begin studying for one test at a time, right now.
Recommended for easiest to begin with:
If your child loves to read, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature should be one of the first. aif your child loves Art, I recomment A.P. Studio Art, which I can guide you through, as I am working with my daughter on it now, graduated with BA in Art, and took and passed the Exam myself, when in High school. If your child loves science, I recommend starting with the Natural sciences test first. If your child loves computers, many computer gurus on InstantCert.com recommend as easy, the computer test, “Information Systems and Computer Applications.” Weber State also has a series of computer tests you can take which give you general computer credits for Weber State only. If your child loves math, your child can get the math exam done first. You get the idea, so I will not name every oossibility. You know your child. Look on InstantCert.com and google the tests, to find out, based on your child’s knowledge and interests, which will be the easiest to work toward passing, first. After the first, you and your child will feel a lot more confidence about this.
Note: Each Institution has certain tests they allow to work toward a degree. Weber State University has a list, plus it requires 20% of credit hours be from their classes toward Associates Degrees, with their tuition.
I recommend you join this group on facebook if you are really serious about doing this: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1415292548729439/?ref=br_tf
Credits per exam (scroll down for table)
Composition and Literature
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
History and Social Sciences
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Educational Psychology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Social Sciences and History
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
Science and Mathematics
Information Systems and Computer Applications
Introductory Business Law
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
Business Law II
Human Resource Management
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Computing
Management Information Systems
Money and Banking
Principles of Finance
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Supervision
Ethics in America
Introduction to World Religions
Principles of Public Speaking
Fundamentals of College Algebra
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet
Here’s to Your Health
Principles of Physical Science I
Principles of Statistics
A History of the Vietnam War
An Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Art of the Western World
Western Europe: Since 1945
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Foundations of Education
Fundamentals of Counseling
Human Cultural Geography
Introduction to Law Enforcement
Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
The Civil War and Reconstruction
AP Art History
AP Music Theory
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
AP Studio Art: Drawing
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
History & Social Science
AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP European History
AP Human Geography
AP United States Government and Politics
AP United States History
AP World History
Math & Computer Science
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science A
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics B
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
World Languages & Cultures
AP Chinese Language and Culture
AP French Language and Culture
AP German Language and Culture
AP Italian Language and Culture
AP Japanese Language and Culture
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Spanish Literature and Culture
English Composition I (ENC-101-TE)
English Composition II (ENC-102-TE)
Public Relations Thought & Practice (COM-210-TE)
Technical Writing (ENG-201-TE)
Environmental Ethics (ETH-210-TE)
Introduction to News Reporting (JOU-110-TE)
Music History II (MUS-221-TE)
World History from 1600 to Present (HIS-126-TE)
Introduction to Political Science (POS-101-TE)
Introduction to Comparative Politics (POS-282-TE)
Psychology of Women (PSY-270-TE)
Abnormal Psychology (PSY-350-TE)
Marriage and the Family (SOC-210-TE)
The Science of Nutrition (BIO-208-TE)
Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics (MAT-105-TE)
College Algebra (MAT-121-TE)
Principles of Statistics (STA-201-TE)
Business and Management
Principles of Financial Accounting (ACC-101-TE)
Principles of Managerial Accounting (ACC-102-TE)
Federal Income Taxation (ACC-421-TE)
Business in Society (BUS-311-TE)
Strategic Management (BUS-421-TE)
Computer Concepts and Applications (CIS-107-TE)
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (FIN-321-TE)
Financial Institutions and Markets (FIN-331-TE)
Marketing Communications (MAR-321-TE)
Sales Management (MAR-322-TE)
Negotiations and Conflict Management (NEG-401-TE)
Operations Management (OPM-301-TE)
Computer Science Technology
Network Technology (CMP-354-TE)
Applied Science and Technology
Medical Terminology (APS-100-TE)
Radiation Safety Officer (APS-289-TE)