Finding the Language Arts Curriculum That’s Right for You

Language Arts CurriculumWhether you are in a PSP that provides curriculum or you are choosing your own textbooks, it is important to know what to look for in a language arts curriculum. No matter what your child’s reading level, the right curriculum can enhance and challenge your child’s reading development, comprehension, and fluency. It can be quite tempting to simply go with a curriculum that has been recommended by someone you trust, but how do you know it will work well for your child? Sometimes we don’t know until we try it. Clouding the issue even further are the numerous language arts options available, each claiming innovative learning strategies. Some are purely workbook studies, while others use a hands-on approach.  A number of language arts curriculum uses traditional pedagogy, while others are designed with classical education in mind. How does one process all of this in order to make the best choice? Read more

The (homeschooling) day belongs to the Lord!

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This is the 10 year anniversary of The Eastman Academy.

It is hard to believe we have been homeschooling for a decade, but it is true! And I LOVE it! I never thought I would feel so passionately and strongly about homeschooling, but I find the Lord increasing my resolve with each passing year. I remember the day He planted the thought in my mind, and I am so glad He never gave up nudging me in this direction, even when I resisted, or refused to trust Him for the wisdom, finances, discipline, and skills to accomplish what He was asking me to do. How blessed we are to serve a God who knows what we need before we do – and then directs our steps until we are walking in the same direction as His own.
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Preparation Tips for the New Homeschooler

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If you are new to homeschooling and are now second-guessing yourself, you are not alone. I am a veteran homeschooler of 23 years and sometimes still wonder if I did the right thing. Looking back, however, knowing I depended upon the Lord for answers, I have no regrets. When I ask my adult children how they feel about having been homeschooled, they reply that they are grateful for the relationships they share with each other, the trips we were able to take as a family, and the emphasis of study on topics of their choosing. None of them would change a thing. Now it wasn’t always so easy on the road to getting where we are today. There were definitely trying times (once I even called the local high school and asked how I could enroll my ninth grader the next day!).  Here are some things that I hope will be helpful as you prepare for your new journey into the exciting and often chaotic adventure of homeschooling. Read more

I Can trust Him for the Future!

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This stack of books is a lovely sight to my eyes because it means it is almost time to open the doors of The Eastman Academy for the 2014-2015 school year!
Our 10th year of homeschooling! WooHoo!

We are going back to a completely pure homeschooling model this year. No classes, no outsourcing – just me and my children day by day as we pursue the course of study and character training the Lord has called us to … for such a time as this. Read more

A Formula and a Solution: Why Homeschool Works

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As a home educating parent, I am sure we have all experienced at one time or another, tongue clicking, head shaking, eyebrow raising, skeptics as they condescendingly offer the following comments—What about friends? You don’t have a teaching degree. What about college?  Fortunately for us, there has been a surge in home education in the past several decades, and there is research to support this “whim” of ours. Read more

Laying the Foundation: Homeschool in History

 

Laying the Foundation: Homeschool in History

Just when did this novel idea of teaching your own children at home become such a fad? Did it evolve with the hippie movement of the 60s? I am sure you have heard the list of prominent homeschoolers over time; George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Dwight Moody, Benjamin Franklin, John Philip Sousa, and C.S. Lewis, to name a few. Since it appears that home education has been around for some time, let’s take a look at how the foundation was laid. Read more

When “Knowing Better” Isn’t

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We were all told as children that we “knew better than that” if we persisted in acting upon a belief that ran contrary to reality.  Children learn about gravity and know better than to try to fly by jumping off the roof.  Children learn that monsters aren’t real, and they should know better than to be afraid of what might be under the bed. Many keep using the phrase as a way to explain how much they think they know about the world, often with a derisive connotation.  Indeed, some who do not profess the Christian faith use this language when describing why they do not believe in Jesus; they “know better” than to think a man born in the Middle East two thousand years ago is actually God. Read more

Online Learning Management Systems

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What is a Learning Management System?

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a web-based learning portal, where students and instructors can exchange resources, assignments, announcements, information and course contents.  For online education, the functionality and design of the LMS is critical and can dramatically influence the learning outcomes1 as well as user satisfaction2, because the LMS not only serves as a portal for classroom resources (as it often does for on-campus classes), it should also serve as an active environment where learning activities and interactions occur. Read more

Cross it Off, Smile, Repeat: The Art of Goal Setting

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Almost everyone enjoys the satisfaction of setting and meeting a goal. Whether it is getting to the gym three times a week, making sure your children meet the required P.E. hours, or knocking out the “to do” list, every time you scratch a task off of your list, you have to admit it just feels good! Experiencing that good feeling is not at all surprising to those who study psychology. According to Psychology Today, when goals are made and met, there is a release of dopamine, which does two things. First, it gives the feeling of pleasure, and secondly, it gives a desire to want to meet another challenge. Perhaps you have felt this after you have sorted through your schoolroom and gotten rid of old materials, or cleaned out the kids’ closets. Those who set goals have a higher level of productivity and commitment.  There is so much more to setting goals than simply getting tasks done. Achieving goals can teach us valuable lessons about ourselves, as well as keep us on track. Read more

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