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By Heather Idoni

Added Friday, August 10, 2007

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 8 No 63 August 10, 2007
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2007 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

Welcome to the Homeschooler's Notebook!

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Notes from Heather

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Do you have an idea, experience, or tip to share? Please write!
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As the name suggests, this site focuses on the foundational concepts
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clicks on a topic and then is taken to a list of example problems.
The learner selects a problem and then watches and listens while an
instructor walks them step by step through the example. This is not
a complete course, but it is a useful resource for any student who
is struggling with concepts or needs a refresher.

-- Cindy Prechtel, www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com

Last Issue's Reader Question

"Recently my mother was diagnosed with cancer and it has spread
throughout her body. She's been given 6 months to 1 year to live
and I am the primary caregiver living an hour away. This will be
my 5th year homeschooling and at the end of the school year we
decided we did not want to continue with Bob Jones satellite courses.
I will be working part-time, taking care of mom, and teaching my 5th
grader. I'm looking for something inexpensive to use for my 8th
grade daughter. I would like something that she can work on her own
a lot (that's what she prefers) yet I want something with a little
more meat than Alpha Omega. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you." -- Patty H.

Our Readers' Responses

"Might I suggest the Far Above Rubies unit study? It is meant to be
a totally student-led, self-instructing curriculum. She will be able
to choose the activities that she wants to do in each subject area.
Most can be done with books from the library or inter-library loan.
Record keeping is very simple; just a check-off sheet where you list
the activities done and the points earned." -- Jenny S.


"Have you looked at Time4Learning.com? We're using it as our core
curriculum and supplementing with some journaling and extra reading
assignments. I have not used the 8th grade curriculum - but I'm very
pleased with what they offer for 4th graders!" -- Sonja


"For this situation, I highly recommend Switched-On Schoolhouse. It
is less expensive than BJU satellite. With the traveling and other
demands on your time and energy, having a program that does the lesson
planning and most of the grading for you will be just the thing. Yes,
initially you will have to spend some time to get it set up and play
around with it to learn the program (at most a couple of weeks, depend-
ing on how in-depth you choose to be in setting it up). You can change
the lesson plan easily if you have to take time off for other needs, or
not use the lesson plan option at all if you so choose. SOS is very
interactive and interesting for the student. My daughter who did 5th
grade last year spent no more than 3 hours per day, but there is no
'busy-work' in the program to make it take extra time like there is
with some others. You can customize it to suit your needs. We use
four of the five subjects in the set, and use Saxon math separately.
Contrary to myth, SOS is an advanced Christian curriculum, just as
advanced as BJU and ABeka.

I do recommend that you make sure you buy SOS published within the last
3 years. There have been many upgrades to the program that an older
version will not reflect.

I also highly recommend Home School Tracker for keeping your records.
Their basic program is fully functional, free, and doesn't expire.
Home School Tracker Plus has more bells and whistles but is still very
reasonable (about $40 I think). Both versions have wonderful tech
support, and free upgrades." -- Sarah N.

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