Archives for May 2016

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How Many Homeschoolers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

How Many Homeschoolers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? - Homeschool Helper Online

Three.

It takes three homeschoolers to change a light bulb. 

One to realize the light bulb, while not actually burned out, isn’t serving the needs anymore.

One to research all the available light bulbs to determine which bulb would better serve our needs for lighting.

And one to actually unscrew the old bulb and put in the new, more applicable light bulb.

I think that curriculum can be like a light bulb that has become dim.  Sometimes it takes someone else – our children, perhaps – to point out that the bulb is dim – to point out the curriculum isn’t working.  It might have been the perfect fit for our oldest, but it is drudgery for our second child.  We had that problem with our spelling curriculum.  It worked fine for our two oldest, but it just wasn’t clicking for the youngest.  After much struggling, we decided we needed to change directions.

Then comes the research!  There are countless sites in which you can look for reviews, curriculum fairs to attend for browsing books, and friends to ask about which program they prefer.  If you let it, this can consume many days (weeks) of your summer. In the end, we did find a new spelling curriculum.  We chose one that was more of a workbook style than what we had been using.

Last, is the hardest part – you have to pull out the wallet and actually purchase the newly chosen curriculum.  But wait, you might find it cheaper on Ebay or a Facebook swap group!  OK, after you have determined the cheapest place to purchase it, you will have to throw out the old, ineffective curriculum (or re-sell it) and let your child use the shiny, new curriculum.

So, if you find yourself with curriculum that needs changing, don’t be afraid to try something new.  It just might turn out to be a great way to help your students see the light!

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World War II Memorial Notebooking Page

World War II Memorial Notebooking PageUse this free notebooking page while studying Washington, D.C. and its memorials in your homeschool.  The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served during World War II.

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Washington Monument Notebooking Page

Washington Monument Notebooking PageUse this free notebooking page while studying Washington, D.C. and its memorials in your homeschool.  The Washington Monument sits on the National Mall and commemorates the United States’ first President, George Washington.

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Lincoln Memorial Notebooking Page

Lincoln Memorial Notebooking PageUse this free notebooking page while studying Washington, D.C. and its memorials in your homeschool.  The Lincoln Memorial honors President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.

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Korean War Memorial Notebooking Page

Korean War Memorial Notebooking PageUse this free notebooking page while studying Washington, D.C. and its memorials in your homeschool.  The Korean War Memorial is a memorial to those who served in the Korean War.

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Ansel Adams Notebooking Page

Ansel Adams Notebooking PageUse this Ansel Adams notebooking page while studying Ansel Adams and his photography.

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Arlington National Cemetery Notebooking Page

Arlington National Cemetery Notebooking PageUse this free notebooking page while studying Washington, D.C. and its memorials in your homeschool.  Arlington National Cemetery  is a United States military cemetery which is home to The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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United States Capitol Notebooking Page

United States Capitol Notebooking PageUse this free notebooking page while studying Washington, D.C. and its memorials in your homeschool.  The Capitol Building is the home to the United States Congress.

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United States Pentagon Notebooking Page

United States Pentagon Notebooking PageUse this free notebooking page while studying Washington, D.C. and its memorials in your homeschool.  The United States Pentagon is the home to the U.S. Department of Defense.  It is thus named because of the shape of the building.

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Jefferson Memorial Notebooking Page

Jefferson Memorial Notebooking PageUse this free notebooking page while studying Washington, D.C. and its memorials in your homeschool.  Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial honoring the third president of the United States.  Thomas Jefferson was also one of the writers of the Declaration of Independence.

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