Archives for November 2017

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Montana Geography Worksheet

Montana Geography WorksheetMontana is one of the largest states in the U.S.  Learn about the geography of Montana in this free worksheet.  You will identify Montana on the U.S. map, draw and label the major rivers such as the Yellowstone River, draw and label Granite Peak and more.

You might also like the free Montana flag and symbols worksheet.
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Missouri Geography Worksheet

Missouri Geography Worksheet

Learn about the geography of Missouri in this free Missouri geography worksheet.  You will draw and label the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, draw the major lakes, locate Jefferson City and identify as the capital as well as locate Missouri on the United States map.

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What Classes Should My High Schooler Take?

What Classes Should My HIgh Schooler Take?

What Classes Should My High Schooler Take?

Most likely, if you are making time in your life to homeschool your children, you are doing so because you want them to have the best possible education.  But, the challenges of providing that education seem to increase dramatically as they enter into their high school years.  How can you know what classes they should take and what subjects are important; subjects that not only satisfy current interests but to also pave the way for a better future?

I don’t believe every child should go to college.  There are many career opportunities out there that don’t require a college degree.  Your child’s interests and life goals should guide that decision.  As you probably can guess, many high schoolers don’t have a firm grasp of what they want in life. Because of this uncertainty, I have tried to give my homeschooled children an education that would allow them to enter college if they choose to do so at some point in their life. But I also incorporated subject materials that would help them if they chose not to enter college.

In order to choose what classes I needed to include in the high school years, I had to do some research.  First, I researched our state’s department of education graduation requirements and made a list of what was required for high school graduation from my state.  The laws in my state don’t require homeschoolers to follow that list, but I didn’t want that to be a stumbling block for them at any point down the road; our state’s list isn’t too difficult to accomplish. This completed the minimum list of classes for the child that doesn’t think he/she wants to go to college. But additional classes may be added depending on the child’s interests. For the college-bound child, the list of basic classes may be longer.

My research for the college-bound was the admissions section of college websites.  I chose several local state colleges and a few private schools to research.  It is easy to find the admission requirements on most of their websites.  I wrote down what was required by them to be admitted and added that to the state list and had a good starting point for what classes our school would require.  I also added to this list a few classes I thought were important, such as accounting.

After that, our class choices have been interest-based.  I have one child that loves animals and biology, so a lot of her electives were science-based.  She took Marine Biology, Advanced Biology, and Genetics.  Early on in her high school years, another of mine was especially interested in the arts.  She took watercolor painting and photography before deciding her interests were also more science-based.

Homeschooling high school is a bit of a challenge, but class selection doesn’t need to be complicated.  If you follow your state’s guidelines, college admissions requirements, and your student’s interests, it can be easy to choose their classes. It is just four years. You will share in the joy of the accomplishment at graduation.

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Mississippi Geography Worksheet

Mississippi Geography Worksheet

In this free Mississippi geography worksheet, you will locate Mississippi on the United States map, draw and label a compass rose, draw and label the Mississippi, Big Black, Pearl, and Yazoo Rivers as well as labeling the major lakes in Mississippi.

You might also like the free Mississippi flag and symbols worksheet.
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Minnesota Geography Worksheet

Minnesota Geography WorksheetYou will learn about Minnesota’s many lakes with this free Minnesota geography worksheet.  You will label 10 different lakes including Lake Pepin and Lake Superior.  You will also locate and label the major cities and capital as well as important rivers such as the St. Croix and Mississippi River.

You might also like the free Minnesota flag and symbols worksheet.
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Michigan Geography Worksheet

Michigan Geography WorksheetIn this free Michigan geography worksheet, you will draw and label Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake St. Clair.  You will also draw and major rivers such as the St. Marys River and Detroit River.  Major cities and the capital are also located and labeled in this free worksheet.

You might also like the free Michigan flag and symbols worksheet.
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Massachusetts Geography Worksheet

Massachusetts Geography WorksheetIn this free Massachusetts geography worksheet, you will learn to use a map key while drawing and labeling the Taconic mountain range.  You will also draw and label the capital of Massachusetts and some major cities as well as drawing the Merrimack and Housatonic Rivers and Quabbin Reservoir.

You might also like the free Massachusetts flag and symbols worksheet.
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