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Archives for December 2005

Interesting article by HSLDA

http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/washingtontimes/20051220.asp

I read an article by Michael Smith, president of HSLDA, suggesting that a large number of formerly homeschooled families are turning to government charter schools. Why? It’s so attractive to have curriculum materials (and oftentimes computers) provided. Charter schools often provide support teachers who can advise Mom when the going gets tough.

Update on Test Scores

Well, a few days ago, I talked about homeschooling test scores, and I’ve been wanting to revisit the subject. My Internet research below is by no means official, but here is my best stab:

  • HSLDA has a great article on the encouraging statistics of homeschoolers.

How can a homeschooled child do homework???

My oldest son is 10, and he’s in fourth grade. He’s always been homeschooled, so you’d think his mother would have it all down pat by now. If only! The last few years have seen us trying this curriculum or that, making our own, reading more books than you can imagine, and spending too much money, all in the hopes of finding the perfect method that truly justifies our homeschooling venture.

A Daily Routine for Real Moms

One of the hardest parts of “school at home” for me is knowing when to start school in the morning. You see, I’m not just a school teacher who shows up at school at 7:30 a.m. with an ample amount of time to prepare my brain, my room, and my supplies.

Test Scores for Homeschoolers Lower Than Private School Students

Homeschool students scored an average of 1093.1 on the SATs, compared to 1012.6 for public school students and 1123.8 for private-independent schools. (Homeschool Fact from http://www.percipion.com)

Interesting? I think so! At first, I was a little irritated that private school students scored higher on average.

I've been decorating our school room…

Our schoolroom is in the basement, and the ceiling is very short here. It’s only about one inch taller than I am, so I guess there will be no tip-toe teaching for me! 🙂 I’ve been working on making our room look cozier, and it looks so much better already.