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  1. Hi. First off let me tell you why I'm here. I have 2 sisters that homeschool their kids. While they do that, I teach Art in public schools. One day they mentioned to me that they couldn't find any art classes for their girls to take. They didn't want to teach the art lessons to them, they wanted someone else to teach the girls art. They also didn't want the girls to just do crafts. They thought that this wasn't educational for them. They looked everywhere for the girls and came up empty. There were places they could drive to, but they were over 60 miles away. That's where I came in. I mentioned that I could teach the girls the same lessons that I teach my classes. (Kindergarten to 8th grade) They jumped at the opportunity. They knew that I didn't teach the kids to create crafts, but actual art projects. They also knew that I love to incorporate other subjects into my lesson. One such example was when I was having my 1st graders draw Nesting Dolls and arrange them to show perspective, details, patterns and proportion. To introduce the project, I had a book that I read to them, then I brought out 2 actual Nesting Dolls from Russia. They gathered around one of the tables, so that they could all see. Then I showed them how the dolls worked and why they are called nesting dolls. It also so happened that the dolls from the story was painted in the same style as one of my nesting dolls. The kids were so excited about getting started and drawing their nesting dolls. They kept that excitement throughout the project, which was about 3 weeks long. I only get 40 minutes a week with the kids. So, after I taught them, they wanted more classes like that. They also told other homeschool friends about my art class. So that go the juices rolling. I could help other homeschool students experience educational art classes from their own home. I could record the projects and they could watch and follow along with me to create the projects on their own time. So I came up with Smart Art Club to do just that. And here I am sharing my art classes with other homeschool students and families. Right now the classes haven't be open yet and so we have a waiting list to join. I hate SPAM so I would never SPAM you. I am offering some discounts for those whom sign up. The classes will open in July. Sign up form Thanks for letting me rant. Ms. Cutler your future Art Teacher Smart Art Club
  2. Hi. I'm Kris Langman, author of the Logic to the Rescue series. I'm currently writing the fourth book in the series and I'm taking suggestions for topics to cover, both in this book and in the rest of the books in the series. (I'm planning six to seven books in total). For example, a reader asked me to include some info about the Linnean system of classification, so I added info about this to the the third book, The Bard of Biology. Suggestions can be about logic, math, physics, chemistry, and biology. I'll try to include as many suggestions as possible as long as they work with the story and plot. Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Kris Langman
  3. Registration for Summer, Fall, and Full-Year 2017-18 courses is now open! New courses include: • Summer Reading Club for Logic Stage Students • Counting and Probability & AoPS Pre-Calculus • Latin I, French II, & German II • Physics for the Logic Stage • Kinesiology & Nutrition I • Science of Writing Grammar Series, from Foundational to Advanced Grammar • Socratic Discussion for the Rhetoric Stage Our unmatched refund policy is very simple and aims to benefit our students and families. If a student withdraws from a course before the end of the withdrawal period (listed below), he will receive a full course tuition refund. Fall and Full-year courses - September 30th Spring courses and Full-year transfers only - February 28th Summer courses - June 30th In addition, because our primary goal is the successful education of our students, we do not charge any fees for section or course changes. The Well-Trained Mind Academy Handbook offers guidance on course planning and placement for both logic-stage (middle) and rhetoric-stage (high school) students. And of course, you can contact us for help! See our website for our full course offerings and to register: www.wtmacademy.com We can’t wait to see you in class! Contact us with questions.
  4. Dear Forum Folk, Note: WTMA Fall registration has closed, so subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to receive announcements for spring registration! Did you know that our Well-Educated Minds program offers courses for adult learners year-round as an Independent Learning Module? This provides the opportunity for independent learning at your own pace. The Well-Trained Mind has been in the classical education business for over 15 years, providing homeschooling families with high-quality, ground-breaking resources that combine the best of the classical tradition with innovative teaching methods. In fact, more than half a million parents have successfully used the curricula, book lists, and methods of The Well-Trained Mind to teach their children at home. We’re excited to bring you the third year of the Well-Trained Mind Academy, with experienced instructors to further your ability to homeschool your children at middle school and high school levels of learning. We offer small class sizes, with live and delayed-recording courses to meet any schedule - including those seeking additional courses to augment a private, charter, or public school education. Full-year courses include writing (based on our successful "Writing With Skill" workbook series), math, science, music, history, literature, and now foreign languages. We also offer one-semester courses, including Study Skills, Socratic Seminar Discussion, Geography, Grammar, SAT exam preparation, physical education, and several levels of creative writing. Here's what our parents have to say: "My daughter is in the WTMA Algebra 1 class this year. She was so nervous... math was her least favorite subject. Oh, the anxiety it would produce! I have heard her exclaim that she loves math this year and her WTMA teacher is one of her favorites. (And I am wiping sweat off of my brow.)" "...in the past two weeks, our child has actually proclaimed that she is enjoying writing. Awesome!! She is much more focused, diligent and enthusiastic about tackling the assignments." "I've used other online schools. I can honestly say, WTMA has been the best experience!" Preview our courses to see how classical online learning works, then register soon. Classes began September 6th (recordings are available for any missed lectures) and are filling quickly! www.wtmacademy.com
  5. Hi everyone! I'm new to homeschooling, and I was looking for a good math curriculum (I have a 3yo and a 5yo). Any other homeschoolers out there? I read that Math Mammoth is good, Life of Fred, Learn Math Fast, but I'm a little lost, and I'm not sure what to buy. Plus, during Black Friday/Cyber Monday companies make everything seem the best product ever :( Any recommendation for a good and affordable math curriculum? Thanks so much! Melly
  6. Hi all, Happy breast cancer awareness month! I must share to you all that I was a victim of breast cancer in 2010 and happy to say I survived it BUT what I have struggled with is finding the correct ways to explain the importance of this month to my children so when my fellow homeschool friend suggested this math activity I thought this would be a good opportunity to celebrate the month and bring awareness into our home, plus it's a free printable, hassle free! http://www.educents.com/think-pink-math-and-literacy-activities.html What ways are you doing to bring awareness into your homes?
  7. Hey'all, I have a really close friend of mine that shared this incredible post on Engaging Math Idea for HS Students. I have 2 children in HS so once I read through these I started downloading some of their items and so far my kiddos love them all! Check it out of you are looking for fun ways to engage your HS kids this year =) http://blog.educents.com/2015/09/08/engaging-math-ideas-for-high-school-students/
  8. Ok, I may have just hit the jackpot here, or at least this is how I'm feeling! Check out this MEGA bundle of printables that are all FREE! http://www.educents.com/educents-k-2-freebie.html Worth $78 but for free for a limited time only (and counting!) so claim it quick! So far so good, my kiddos are loving it! I hope you do too!!
  9. I know I'm still on the Math trend (my kids hate it so I'm constantly finding new and fun ways to get them engaged and KEEP them engaged!) Check out these FREE Minecraft themed Math printables for ages 5 - 12 - http://www.educents.com/minecraft-themed-addition-worksheets.html Here's the description "Simple addition worksheets. Single digit to double digit addition. Your students will have a blast while working on their addition skills. Perfect for ages 5-12." I hope you and your kiddos benefit from this freebie!
  10. Dear Forum Folk, Summer is almost over, but it’s not too late to sign up for classes! Reserve your student’s seat in class and take advantage of our multiple course discounts. Hurry - registration ends soon!
  11. Forum folks, Our Spring Registration for year-long courses has formally ended, but we are extending registration through the end of this week for three of our 1-semester electives: Creative Writing 2 (High School) SAT Prep Course (High School) Geography (Middle School) Registration for these Elective Classes ends Thursday, January 22nd. Elective classes start on Friday, January 23rd. Questions? Post a question here or.... See Elective Courses available. Contact Us: 844-986-9862
  12. My muse, my creativity, my imagination has been rejuvenated after a long block. I pulled out a first draft of a story I wrote a few years back and fell back in love with my characters and the story line. So, now I need to write a synopsis, outline, get to know my characters a bit better, edit and fill in plot holes. To help me with that I signed up for an online creative writing course through Writers Village University called F2k. The first task is have one of your characters introduce you which is what I'm working on now. Ever since I finished my Bachelor's Degree, it has been in the back of my head to pursue a Master in Creative Writing. But didn't want to commit so much time and money until Iam completely serious about this writing love of mine and not until writing becomes as necessary as breathing. Reading is as necessary as breathing to me and I get grumpy without a read in hand. I want more than the accountability someone else gives me. I want to be accountable to myself which all goes towards motivation, perseverance and need. I let stress get in the way and bottle up the emotions, which only serves to crater my creativity. I've discovered writing is a very emotional process, so I need to learn to deal with all that comes my way and keep writing. I've been following a writer who started a site about DIY MFA's and how to go about it. Now she's taken all the material and then some and put together a new 6 month course (still open for registration)which I signed up for immediately. Already watched the first video and learned so much. Lot of common sense stuff but some not which got me to thinking, which is great. The first part is all about motivation, focus, scheduling time and training your brain. So worth it. Then, Momofonefunone told me about International Correspondence Writing Month which I decided to jump in with both feet, signed up on their forum and went out an bought some new fountain pens and writing paper. All this is making me want to revamp my blog and get it back up and running and posting more than once a month. So the writing bug has hit, which makes me very happy. What do you do to stimulate your creativity and what are you working on?
  13. I've been thinking a lot lately about the influence of movies in our lives, and especially our children. We watch fictitious representations of reality and expect not to be subliminally influenced. We see how love is a matter of seeing a beautiful women and don't see the investment it takes to make a marriage work. We see violent, deadly CIA agents as heroes, and hear how these people talk and think. Doesn't all this effect the way we perceive the world? And are these influences positive? What do think? Are movies positively influencing our children? Or negatively? Both? Can we regulate which movies our kids see to limit them to ones that will make our children better or more conscientious citizens? Any ideas?
  14. How many generations do you think it takes the average lower middle class family to go from their typical PS education to a grade 12 TWTM education? It seems to take many moms YEARS to figure out books like WRTR, all the while the children are getting older. Most moms abandon it, to use on grade level materials, and give up on phonics mastery. Rigorous book after book gets dropped, until by 10th grade almost everyone has switched over to a PS style curriculum and then by 12 grade abandoned that too. I seldom see anyone dig in their heels and plan on only COMPLETING the logic age curriculum (or less) by grade 12 and then wait for the next generation to go further. Yes, I have memory loss issues and brain damage to remediate...but still...as I'm working my way through some 2nd and 3rd grade texts right now, I know I never mastered some of this stuff with my "gifted" child, and he graduated having not mastered some basics that he will struggle to teach his 1st graders, if he chooses to homeschool. Yeh, he knows some Greek and calculus, but he doesn't know basic phonics and can't spell his way out of a paper bag. What do you all think about families digging in their heels and building just the foundation in the first generation, because like immigrants they are long sighted? Completing TWTM grade 8 is enough to get into a junior college. What would you think about watching a family build the foundation and then learn a trade, or enter retail management or something similar, and plan to prepare to take the next generation further. To skip all high school science and anything past 1st semester basic algebra, and all AP literature, ect, but cement the basics listed in the major classical homeschooling texts.
  15. I have my own views and objections about this. I went to a classroom where the test criteria was on the board in my son's potential ps. Why do you think teachers "teaching to test" is so detrimental?
  16. I was just wondering if I'd be able to share my copy of Rosetta Stone with my friend. Would he be able to use it without a hitch?
  17. I've read it some time ago and it is very helpful to come back to it again and again. For those who don't know, father John Bosco (don Bosco) was a Catholic priest who gave himself to educating poor and orphans. HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR STUDIES has the whole text, below I post only short points: 1. The first means for studying well is to have fear of God. 2. The second means for studying advantageously consists in not losing even a second of time. 3. The third means for success in studies consists in getting used to not going on in any subject, be it one grammar rule to another or one argument to another, without knowing the previous material well. 4. The fourth means for studying advantageously consists of eating in an orderly and timely fashion. 5. The fifth means for getting ahead in studies is to keep company with studious young men. 6. The sixth means is an orderly recreation. 7. The seventh means for studying profitably is this: attack and overcome all difficulties you encounter in your subjects of study. 8. The eighth means to study beneficially consists of dedicating yourself exclusively to studying the subjects of your course.
  18. Where does shrinking education budgets, increasing class sizes, reducing teacher – student ratio, expensive private school tuitions (if thats an option) leave our kids? Add to it the recession, layoffs, unemployment and an ever increasing competition - in a flat connected world this competition comes from around the world". The situation is undoubtedly challenging and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. With this background many questions creep up: - As parents what can we do to help, support our kids to get ahead in class and beyond? - Does supplemental education over and above the school education help? - Are there subjects that are more amenable to supplemental education than others? - What form should this supplemental education come in? - What matters the most - cost, accessibilty, quality, continuous interaction matter or something else...? I will love to have a discussion on this topic with parents and teachers alike and get different opinions on the topic. Regards, Amit
  19. I thought this article on education had a different angle to it. I found it to be a short, but interesting read.
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