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Videos to Explain Mortgage Crisis, Math Help for Teen Son

By Heather Idoni

Added Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 10 No 20 March 12, 2009
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2009 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather

Economics in Current Events - The Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis


A member of our HomeschoolingBOYS.com email group recently found
2 videos online that do a tremendous job explaining the current
U.S. mortgage foreclosure crisis and why it affects everyone --
whether you stand to lose your home or not. There is one video
for younger children (or a simpler version, if you desire to
teach just the economics of it) and then a longer video which is
filled with interviews and is rather emotion-filled, probably more
appropriate for older children, teens and adults. I previewed
both videos and was amazed at how much I didn't understand! You
will be shocked to find out there was a lot that Alan Greenspan
didn't even understand.

If you take the time to prepare, perhaps with some visual aids
(preview the first video and see what I mean) -- you could really
make an incredible unit study from it. One idea would be to cut
out construction paper houses, money, mortgages, etc. It could
become very involved and very fun to role-play the different
components -- and you may spark an new interest in economics with
one or more children.

Here is Jen's email, which includes the links to the videos:


"I found this short video clip that explains the mortgage crisis
in a very simple way. I thought it would be good for middle school
and up to help them understand how this works. It's 11 minutes long.


I also have a clip for teens and adults that you may have already seen.
This was aired on NBC last week and I thought it was very good at
explaining things clearly. It's an hour and a half so you have to plan
time to watch it.


My family watched this together and learned some things we didn't
know." -- Jen


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Last Issue's Reader Question

"I have a 15 year old son that I recently started homeschooling. He is
a slow learner and I'm not real sure where I should start with him; he can
read and spell very well, but he only knows how to add and subtract single
digits and very few double digits. Can someone please give me some advice
on where to start? Thank you." -- Jeanie

Our Readers' Responses

"Hi Jeanie -- First of all, God bless you for deciding to homeschool.

We have had great success with Math U See. It is great for all levels
and types of learners because you focus on one concept at a time before
moving on. The manipulatives really help the student SEE the concepts
presented. Even I am 'getting' concepts I missed in school, so it has
really helped my confidence in teaching math." -- Robin in Colorado


"Jeanie -- From what you stated, I believe the best place to start is
at the very beginning, at least with math. By this I mean numeracy;
making sure he understands number concepts, place value, etc. before,
or while working on actual arithmetic facts. I would exhort you to
continue to work on his language arts skills, at the level he currently
is on, maybe by using language arts to reinforce math. You might even
consider using history to reinforce math. It is possible to structure
all your classes around math as the core. This approach is not tradi-
tional, but it may help you son. The Living Math website (developed
by a homeschool mom) would be a great resource for you to explore.

Don’t forget that through games a lot of learning can take place. The
Quarter Mile Math CD is a great resource and motivator for some boys,
plus it will save a lot of time on drilling facts.

This is the official website where you can evaluate if this is a good
fit for you and your son. If you decide you want to go this route,
I recommend you make your purchase through Timberdoodle."

-- Judy Arroyo


"I just purchased a math curriculum called Math on the Level. This
is a maturation level program that goes from shapes up to pre-algebra.
The child reviews each concept daily, then every other day, then weekly
on up to every 3 weeks. As they review it, it 'sticks' better and
they need to review less often. You can take as long as you need for
them to 'get it'. This curriculum can be used for any age group.

I purchased this for my 10 year old daughter. She HATED to do math
before; sitting and doing the workbook page was murder on her day, as
well as mine. This curriculum goes back and forth from doing the page
-- 5 problems a day (each problem might have several concepts that are
covered) -- to doing hands-on sorts of things to introduce a new
concept, then to doing the 5-a-day papers again the next day.

I encourage you togo to the website and look it over and ask the
author any questions you might have.

We are very happy with this." -- Kathy in CO

Answer our NEW Question

"Hello! I am wondering how much is enough for my soon-to-be 7 year
old (April) who has been in '2nd grade' since Fall of 2008 (beginning
of last school year). She is reading very well, her handwriting is
improving, she can do 3-digit addition and some basic multiplication,
and we are learning about grammar and parts of speech. For science
we read textbooks, encyclopedias, internet articles and play games,
and she plays outdoors and finds new flowers or a leaf and we look
it up. We have crafts, painting, drawing and coloring every week and
journaling and Bible every day. (She knows the books of the Bible to
Lamentations.) Is there anything I am missing -- and should I be doing
anything else to make sure she is learning everything she needs to know?
She has a very hard time sitting still and doesn't like workbooks. We
don't have a packaged curriculum. She gets frustrated and bored with
the way we do things now. Any suggestions would be most helpful!
Thank you!" -- Heather in AR


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