• Teaching Methods

    How To Set Homeschool Goals

    Make Your Purpose Clear Setting goals makes homeschool personal. Your homeschool goals identify you and your children as unique individuals. They influence what curriculum you choose, what topics you study, and what field trips you take. Copying what you have seen others do will only take you so far. You must create your own reasons for doing what you do. Make sure your homeschool goals consist of what you and your children want to learn. This will ensure your long term success. Homeschool Goals for You Start with yourself. What do you want from life? Is there something you have always wanted to learn or do? What are your big dreams and aspirations? You…

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    How to Write A Homeschool Mission Statement

    Your Reasons Why Your Mission Statement is your homeschool contract. It is your written agreement to do what you have felt inspired to do. It includes your reasons, your vision, and your conviction. A homeschool mission statement starts with the end in mind. It is a record of your long term goals of growth for yourself, your children, and your family. What to include in your Homeschool Mission Statement Your Homeschool Mission Statement should include your personal answers to the following statements. Homeschool offers my family and I… We hope to gain ________ from choosing to homeschool. ________ makes homeschool worth while, despite its challenges. I want to be… I  want…

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    3 Tips for Creating a Homeschool Schedule

    What Schedule Do You Want To Live By? One of the things I love about homeschool is the freedom to create my own schedule. I love being free from another institution’s dictation of our time. We choose how to use it and what to fill it with. We are free to live by our own beliefs, choices and values instead being expected to live those of some other group or system. At the same time creating your own schedule can be a daunting task. So here are three tips to help you as you create your own homeschool schedule. 1 – Determine What’s Important to You What interested me about homeschool in the beginning was the thought…

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    Product Review: Highlights Magazines

    Liza Says About Highlights Magazines… CONTENT: Excellent PICTURES: Excellent EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL: Excellent 5 Stars! I love Highlights magazines!  They have a wide variety of excellent educational material that is fun for kids and useful for parents. Content Highlights magazines are pack loaded with excellent content; historical fiction stories, scientific discoveries, crafts, hidden pictures, crosswords, Sudoku, mazes, matching, find the differences, jokes, poems, biographies, and so much more!  They truly live up to their tag line, “Fun with a Purpose“. Highlights covers all subjects from science to art to creative writing.  They have magazines and puzzle books dedicated to young children, babies, youth, puzzles, mathematics, the 50 united states, countries of the world, and…

  • Teaching Principles

    How To Influence Your Child’s Motivation

    Motivation is the Secret to Successful Homeschooling. Have you ever found yourself in a power struggle with your child? Ever hear your kids say, “I’m bored”, “this isn’t fun”, or “I don’t want to…“? Understanding the principles of motivation will help you, and your child, get what you both want without either one of you having to give up, or give in.   The following chart shows the cycle of motivation. This chart was designed by my husband Ken Trent based on his masters degree research. He discovered this pattern of motivation in the people that he interviewed. The principles of motivation can be applied in any aspect of life. I…

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    Product Review: Bob Books

    What Liza Says About Bob Books… STORY QUALITY: Fair PICTURE QUALITY: Fair VOCABULARY: Good 3 Stars! Bob Books are a good educational tool.  They are not my first choice, although I have used them with my children when I needed some additional material. Story Quality Each set of Bob Books has a specific literary focus such as “long vowel sounds” or “complex words”.  This provides very good vocabulary and phonetic learning approach although it also limits the story in variety and development.  What these stories lack is engagement.  For the most part the story is as simplistic as the pictures.  Not a lot of depth or development. Picture Quality The drawings in these…

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    Product Review: Brain Quest Workbooks

    What Liza Says About Brain Quest Workbooks… SUBJECT CONTENT:  Excellent STUDENT APPEAL:  Excellent 5 Stars! I love Brain Quest workbooks!  This is my favorite brand for multiple subject workbooks by grade.  Brain Quest workbooks offer the right combination of curriculum subjects and a clear guide on what my child should be learning at what age/grade level. Subject Content Brain Quest workbooks cover an average of nine educational subjects.  Each section contains timely and appropriate material for each grade level/age range.  For example the 2nd Grade Brain Quest workbook includes an introductory section to cursive writing, the Kindergarten Brain Quest workbook has a section on time and money, and the 6th Grade Brain Quest workbook has a section…

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    Product Review: Biscuit Phonics Fun

     What Liza Says About Biscuit Phonics Fun…  STORY QUALITY: Good    PICTURE QUALITY: Excellent  VOCABULARY: Excellent I like the Biscuit Phonics Fun books.  They are a helpful tool for teaching your child how to read the English vowels correctly.   Story Quality Because these books are focused on vowel sound repetition the story lines are very simple.  For example in Book 6: Biscuit and the Box, the story is as follows; Biscuit saw a box. A Bunny was in the box. Hop, hop, hop. Biscuit got in the box. Hop, hop, hop.  PLOP! Woof!  A dog can not hop! Picture Quality The pictures in Biscuit Phonics Fun are colorful and well drawn. They are…

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    Product Review: Brand New Readers

    What Liza Says About Brand New Readers…  STORY QUALITY: Excellent PICTURE QUALITY: Excellent VOCABULARY: Excellent 5 Stars! I love these books! This is my favorite easy reader brand. Brand New Readers are engaging, fun, and an awesome tool for beginning readers. Story Quality  There are a variety of characters within the Brand New Reader series and each one has their own personality. Sometimes the ending is predictable, sometimes it’s unpredictable.  Each story in this series of books has a well developed plot that is easy to understand and follow. Picture Quality  The illustrations in these books truly tell the story, they also add to the character’s personality and the story development.…

  • Teaching Methods

    Teaching Your Child to Read Step 3: Three Letter Words

    Step 3: Building Three Letter Words In Step 1 you helped your child learn how to identify the capital and lowercase letters by name. Then in Step 2 you helped your child learn what sound each letter makes. Now in Step 3 you will teach your child how to build and sound out three letter words. In this step they will be replacing letters one at a time from a 3 letter group to make and read new words. Hint: Find a letter tool that allows your child to see and touch each letter individually such as letter tiles, flash cards or puzzle pieces. 1 – Pick Two Letters Choose a vowel to be…