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U.S. Election for Kids:  10 Fun Activities to Teach the Election Process {in less than 30 minutes a day}

By Diane Lockman | Oct 12, 2016

Teaching the Elections Process to Kids:  3 Things You Need to Cover SKILL:  Critical Thinking Voting season has begun, so what better way to introduce your homeschool kids to the U.S. presidential and gubernatorial process than to host your own mock election?  Whether you want to replicate the actual candidates and issues, or make up your own imaginative…

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Why Narrating from Notes (in Middle & High School) Is a Such Good Idea

By Diane Lockman | Oct 9, 2016

Who Says Narration Is Only for Little Kids? Written and oral narration are perfect study tools for improving understanding for homeschool preteens and teens, too; however, you have to reverse the process for those kids doing high school level work. For the 13-18 year old home school scholar, written narration usually comes before oral narration,…

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speaking with style

10 Questions to Ask When Stylizing a Homeschool Speech or Essay

By Diane Lockman | Oct 2, 2016

Writing and Speaking with Style is Like Painting Word Pictures In the old days of classical rhetoric, style was known as elocutio from the Latin loqui which means “to speak.”  Breathtaking style is one of those nebulous things that is challenging to describe, but you know it when you see it!  In this regard, brilliant style is…

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My Favorite Bible Study Tips for Families Doing a Classical Christian Education

By Diane Lockman | Sep 25, 2016

Family Bible Studies:  The Cornerstone of Our Homeschool Curriculum In our classical Christian homeschool, studying Scripture took priority over all other subjects or activities. First place.  Why is that? Are we “Bible-thumpers” who learn Scripture so that they can correct others? No, we want to drink deeply of Scripture because we find that the Lord regularly reveals His character through His Word,…

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STEM Homeschool: Math Assignments Are Better When they Solve Real-World Problems

By Diane Lockman | Sep 17, 2016

STEM Math Activities Replace Hypotheticals with Relevant Problem-Solving Granted every kid needs a serious homeschool math curriculum that will carry him from elementary school through high school graduation…one that is serial in nature, circling back around every now and then to review math concepts that have already been learned…a homeschool math curriculum that will adequately prepare…

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STEM Education: Engineering Activities Are More Valuable When Your Kid Builds a 3-D Model

By Diane Lockman | Sep 16, 2016

Engineering Mustn’t Wait ‘Til College or Career; Homeschoolers Should Tinker Now with STEM Nearly forty years ago, my husband David got an electrical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University back when computers were in their infancy.  After ten years as a software engineer, he went to law school, and for the last thirty years, he’s secured patents and worked directly with inventors…

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STEM Technology Lessons Are Best When they Reframe Failure as a Necessary Part of Learning

By Diane Lockman | Sep 15, 2016

STEM (or STEAM) Learning Naturally Allows for Multiple Right Answers Especially in Technology Ask any 21st century homeschool kid what you mean by the word technology, and I’ll bet you get answers like ‘smartphone, video games, or virtual reality goggles.” True, these are relevant examples of technology which would be a perfect connection to the broader meaning…

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STEM Education: Science Fair Projects Are Most Effective When Questions Are Open-Ended

By Diane Lockman | Sep 14, 2016

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math (STEAM) Education Encourages Exploration STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) curricula was a new concept ten years ago when I took my middle school kids to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition which was hosted at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Meandering through the rows…

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Homeschool High School Writing Tip #1: Assign Firm Writing Deadlines

By Diane Lockman | Sep 8, 2016

Homeschool Writing Success Strategy Tip # 1: Synthesize Reading skills are essential to perfecting writing skills, but knowing “how to read” is not enough.  To be a true classical scholar, your homeschool high school student needs to learn how to synthesize multiple evidentiary sources. To synthesize sources means to read a broad variety of books, articles, or other media…

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