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Vacation with a Vision

No matter when you go, or how you go, or even where you go, vacations are a great way to rest and recharge with family. They can mean even more if you endow them with vision. This year, get the most bang for your buck by asking the question: What could we do that would change us?

VISION STATEMENTS

A Vacation Vision gives your vacation purpose. And it works even if you’re not leaving town. For example:

This year, we’ll focus on others.

Go on a family missions trip. Spend the week helping build a Habitat Home. Volunteer to cook or clean at a camp. Help family friends pack up and move. Spend your vacation shopping, cleaning, babysitting, and cooking for someone experiencing illness or loss.

Staycation: Camp in your backyard, flag down the ice cream truck for a treat, have a treasure hunt, or play flashlight tag

This year, we’ll learn something new.

Pair new adventures with learning. Try a new Chinese restaurant after everyone can use chopsticks. Take a trip to the mountains that includes white water rafting. Learn sign language before visiting in a deaf community. Tour a factory or a local market.

 

Staycation: Learn what it’s like to visit old spots at new times. A trip to your favorite lake is good. A sunrise breakfast there—even better! A drive-thru for shakes and fries is good. Drive-thru with kids in their pjs—even better!

This year, spontaneity is our watchword.

Choose spur-of-the-moment activities like roadside museums or the scenic highway. RoadsideAmerica.com lists locations for everything from the world’s largest peanut to a Cadillac ranch. Select state favorites or map a particular city to find unique attractions. These apps may also help: Hotel Tonight (last-minute reservations) and Travel Zoo (map-based locations).

 

Staycation: Camp in your backyard, chase the ice cream truck, have a treasure hunt, or play flashlight tag.

 

When choosing to vacation with vision, you won’t just see a change in the scenery. You might also see a change in your family!

 

Note: This blog post is a reprint from the summer 2017 issue of Abekamazing. Subscribe here and never miss an issue.

 

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Homeschoolers teach children themselves for a variety of reasons.  One thing we all have in common is that parents can be the best educators for their own children. No other teacher loves your children as much and knows your children’s unique learning needs. So we teach our own children…sometimes at home, in the car, at the library, at the museum. We homeschool at home, but that doesn’t mean we have to homeschool alone.  Community is the secret sauce.  A Parent Practicum can show you the way.

Two people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. —Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT)

Parent Practicum is a FREE, 3-Day Parent Conference on Classical, Christian Homeschooling. You’ll find a community of local families, eager to explore the classical model of education and tools that make learning all subjects with all their children satisfying. At Practicum you will practice the skills of learning and get your hands dirty becoming students. Student Camps are available for students of all ages at a nominal fee. For both adults and students, advance online registration is required. Hundreds of Parent Practicums are offered around the globe from May to early August. Find a Practicum near you!

Students and parents learn best together in community

After summer Practicum, families gather together during the school year in communities, meeting once a week and creating a safe place for practicing speaking skills, encouraging one another and discussing big ideas. Trained parent-tutors model skills and facilitate. Young children enjoy learning in a group setting. They get to play games with the memory work and cooperate on science projects. A CC community provides parents and students with encouragement, fellowship and accountability.  Practicum trains Parents, Tutors and Directors.  Everyone grows through encouragement, leadership, and training. Hear from Sean about why he loves community.

Community helps teens build strong, positive friendships

Our Challenge program for teens is designed for students to build lasting relationships with their peers. They go through mock trial, debates, presentations, and other challenging activities together, sharpening their presentation and debate skills against each other—something they just can’t do on their own.

Visit Classical Conversations to begin the journey and find a Practicum near youGet expert advice and resources from our knowledgeable Product Sales Specialists at Practicum.  Listen to parents talk about their why for going to Practicum here.

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Every day, you give your all to enrich the lives of your children and educate them because that’s your calling. They will always be your first priority. But it can be easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you’re using a parent-led approach to homeschooling – there’s a lot to think about. “Am I doing enough?” easily creeps up when you’re laying your head down to fall asleep.  Our first priority is to make the Abeka curriculum effective so that you can lead your child’s education with absolute confidence and zero stress.

You Don’t Have To Be a Trained Teacher To Be a Great Teacher

No matter what subject or grade you’re teaching or what level of education you’ve received, Abeka Curriculum Lesson Plans are designed with a proven step-by-step method to help walk you through each piece of our traditional, parent-led approach. You will succeed! We even give you the exact words to say if you need them. Or, if you want to, you can get creative. It’s up to you.

Whichever route you choose, lesson plans serve as a helpful, comprehensive guide, whether you’re brand new to teaching or an experienced veteran.

What’s Available For K4–12th Grade Planning

We take the guesswork out of lesson planning and give you the confidence to stay on track every day. For K4–6th grade, Curriculum Lesson Plans include a detailed, easy-to-follow daily guide, formatted in conveniently bound booklets. Similarly, lesson plans are included in the Teacher Edition of each textbook for 7th–12th grade.  You can sleep soundly at night knowing that tomorrow’s lessons are ready to go, because every day when you wake up, you’re already set up for success.

Included in every subject guide:
  • Quizzes & test timelines (suggested)
  • What to teach when (suggested)
  • Teaching advice
  • Grading guides
  • Tips for when & how to use teaching aids
  • Engagement activities
  • Learning games
  • Discussion questions
  • Step-by-step instructions for teaching compositions, including research papers

But Do Lesson Plans Really Help That Much?

Absolutely. Whether you teach eclectically or use solely Abeka’s curriculum, our teacher support materials will work to keep you organized and on track. If you’re using Abeka across subjects, you’ll start to notice that the subjects all interrelate. A spelling word that your child is learning will also relate to the scientific terms in another lesson, helping them to review those terms in a new way. That’s what we refer to as cross-subject integration, and it’s a big part of why Abeka’s curriculum works. Then, we layer the spiral review approach into our discussion questions, games and activities, which means that integral pieces of each lesson will continuously come back again. As themes continue to circle back around, important concepts will be cemented in your child’s mind.

 

We believe that learning is not about regurgitating answers, it’s about nurturing your child into becoming a well-rounded young adult. And that’s what our teacher support materials are designed to do – educate your children for life, not just for test-taking. Meanwhile, having a plan gives you peace of mind that you are doing enough.

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Test out our teacher support material for yourself. With a daily plan in place, we guarantee that your homeschool experience will drastically improve. That’s why we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on new materials. If you don’t think they’re making your life easier, just send them back. We’ll happily refund you.

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With the end of the school year around the corner for many homeschoolers, the folks at Alpha Omega Publications put together an end-of-year checklist to help you navigate this busy season. Work through this checklist to make sure your school year wraps up smoothly, and you can pick up again in the fall with ease.

 

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Finalize record keeping.

Depending on where you live, you will have different legal requirements for record keeping. No matter what your state requires, we recommend keeping documentation of the following: attendance records, details of the curriculum your child used (publisher, grade level, etc), samples of your child’s work, any correspondence with school officials, portfolios, and test scores.

 

Before wrapping up your school year, be sure all your record keeping is up to date and filed away for safe keeping. Whether you’ve chosen to organize in a three-ringed binder, file folders, or computer files, make sure things are clearly labeled by school year and your child’s name.

 

Give yourself a year-end review.

This is especially important if you’re taking a summer break. Review what you did this year, including what you liked, what you didn’t, what worked especially well for each child, and what has room for improvement. By writing your future self notes about how things went this year, you ensure that you won’t accidentally repeat things that didn’t work next year. Come August or September, your year-end review will be a leg up when you jump back into your homeschool routine.

 

Handout final grades (or your equivalent).

Once your children have completed their last assignment, give them a report card, progress report, or other form of yearly assessment. Even if you don’t use traditional grades in your homeschool, it’s important for young learners to be able to track their progress.

 

Celebrate progress!

At the end of the year, be intentional to take time to celebrate! Celebrate what you accomplished by staying true to your call to homeschool and celebrate what each of your children accomplished. Show your children you noticed what they did and acknowledge the hard work it required, perhaps with an end-of-year certificate of achievement. Another year accomplished is absolutely worth celebrating!

 

AOP Homeschooling LogoFounded in 1977, Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to homeschool families worldwide. AOP follows its mission every day by creating and providing quality Christian educational materials to thousands of students through curriculum, support services, and an accredited online academy. Visit Alpha Omega Publications online or call 800-622-3070 to learn more.

 

 

 

 

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There’s so much to learn from the past—and even more to explore in the world. Why not make your history and geography studies a culinary adventure!

Here are three ways to do that based on actual topics covered in the Abeka History and Geography program.

1. Cowboy Pockets

As children learn about the people who made America great in our 2nd grade textbook, Our America, they’ll discover patriots, explorers, native Americans, and cowboys. This treat imagines the kind of meal a group of caballeros might have put together around an open campfire.

(Of course, they might have used a cut of beef or wild game, but our recipe calls for ground beef.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef, shaped into patties
  • Onion, peeled and sliced
  • Potatoes, sliced thin
  • Carrots, sliced thin
  • One 12” x 12” sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil per serving
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

 

Place first four ingredients on foil sheet.

Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Fold foil into a pouch until sealed.

Bake at 350º for 45 minutes.

Serves 3-4

 

(For the complete pioneer experience, make this meal next time you camp or have an open fire. Rake aside some hot coals and set pouches directly on them at the edge of the fire for around 30 minutes.)

Our America can be purchased individually or as part of a full-grade or subject kit.

 

 

2. Chocolate Mousse

The Eastern Hemisphere is the focus of history and geography studies for 7th graders. In World Atlas and Geography Studies of the Eastern Hemisphere (which works in conjunction with History of the World and other texts), they’ll identify and label important cities, countries, rivers, mountain ranges, and deserts. And with this recipe, they’ll also get a taste of a traditional French dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10 oz. dark (bittersweet) chocolate, crushed into tiny pieces
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish

 

In a double boiler, slowly heat chocolate pieces.

While chocolate is melting, beat heavy cream until peaks just begin to form.

Fold melted chocolate into cream without overmixing.

Divide equally into serving cups and chill at least one hour.

Sprinkle shavings onto mousse just before serving.

Serves 4

 

World Atlas and Geography Studies of the Eastern Hemisphere can be purchased individually or as part of a full-grade kit.

 

3. Orange Kumara Chips

Fifth graders learn about international lands and cultures through Old World History and Geography. This yummy side dish from New Zealand can go with lots of meals. And don’t let the name throw you off – kumarais Maori for sweet potato.

Ingredients:

  • 2 kumara (sweet potatoes), medium and unpeeled
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1/8 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

Place kumara in a pot of water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

Drain and let cool.

While kumara is cooling (about 15 minutes), preheat oven to 375 degrees and combine salt, lime zest, chili powder, paprika, red pepper, and black pepper.

Slice kumara into wedges and place on rimmed baking sheet.

Brush with oil and sprinkle spice mix.

Bake for 20 minutes or golden brown.

Sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

Serves 4

 

Old World History and Geography can be purchased individually or as part of a full-grade or subject kit.

 

 

 

 

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Homeschooling comes in many shapes and sizes to fit all the different types of families who homeschool. For busy families with fast-paced lives, online curriculum is emerging as a game-changing homeschool option. Here are five reasons why more and more homeschool families are making the switch:

Online curriculum offers automated grading that frees up parents.

Choosing an online curriculum means freeing up your day to focus on what matters. Rather than grading multiplication questions, you can spend quality time with your child. Rather than painstakingly grading spelling words, you can spend time looking for engaging ways to incorporate topics that have sparked your young learner’s interest.

Online curriculum allows for shorter homeschooling days.

Because there is no set up or tear down time with an online curriculum, all you need to do is log in and begin! This freed-up time can be used for creative play, extracurriculars, or, as your child gets older, real-world career experience.

Online learning takes “work at your own pace” to the next level.

With any homeschooling program, you have some flexibility when it comes to completing curriculum at your own pace, but what about kids who work at a significantly faster pace than normal? With traditional print curriculum, you need to buy new products each time your child advances, even if it means buying years of curriculum in only one school year!

However, with a monthly or yearly subscription plan like the one offered by Monarch, students have access to all main subjects from 3rd grade all the way up to 12th. Even if you finish a course in record time, you can begin the next course without any additional purchases.

Parents can also mix and match the grade level of courses to accommodate subject areas where a child may be struggling or excelling. For example, parents can easily assign 3rd grade or 5th grade math while their child completes 4th grade lessons for all other subjects.

Online curriculum is an organizational dream.

With typical homeschooling, you are on your own to keep track of which subjects you’ve covered in each year for your children. Saving examples of work can be a tedious task, often resulting in mountains of messy paperwork or overflowing file cabinets.

With an online curriculum like Monarch, organization becomes a breeze. You can view and print daily, weekly, quarterly, and yearly grade reports. Monarch also stores all records for 7 years after a child finishes the program, so samples of work and past grades are effortlessly accessible.

Online curriculum is designed for busy, beautiful lives.

If online curriculum sounds like a perfect fit, we don’t want you to miss another moment! Visit discovermonarch.com and use promo code MON30TTD to unlock your free Monarch account today.

 

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Making the transition into homeschooling can be a tough one. In the midst of a decision that will affect your child’s future, it’s natural to experience a flood of questions concerning your child’s well-being. If you’re on the fence about deciding whether to homeschool your child or keep them in a public or private school system, we are here to help. We’ve worked to create a curriculum that allows your child to get the most out of his or her homeschool educational experience.

1. Positive Environment

No more noisy classrooms, rambunctious classmates or other unnecessary distractions that can easily lead a formative mind away from an important lesson. You are now in complete control of what your child will be exposed to, and there will be no question about what’s going on at school. Is there a more stable way to educate a child than within the comfort and security of your home?

2. Teachers Who Care

Parents understand God’s love for His children in a special way. For parents, nothing is more important than the well-being of their children. In a homeschool environment, every student has the most dedicated teacher on the planet: their parents. Since the moment you brought your children home from the hospital, you’ve been watching them learn about themselves and develop their own incredible, unique personalities. And that makes you the most dedicated and qualified teacher they could have.

3. Individualized Education

Everybody learns differently. It’s true no matter a person’s age – we each interpret and retain information in our own unique way. And this is even more valid when we talk about the young mind trying to comprehend important lessons in the classroom and the outside world. Let’s say a child in a public or private school classroom of 25 is excelling in English but struggling with geometry. This young student is a poetic and masterful writer, but math has never been his forte. The teacher, who can’t slow the rest of the class down for one student, has to push on with her predetermined lesson plans.

This would be much easier to control in a homeschool environment. When you have the capability to move at a speed tailored to your child’s understanding, he is going to learn more efficiently. Plus, you can dive deeper into specific interests to further develop his strengths.

4. A Solution To A Problem

Although many families choose to homeschool their children long-term with great success, there is a wide range of reasons a family might choose to homeschool a child. The Abeka community is diverse, with families who use a variety of methods to teach their children at home – some are parent-led, some eclectic, and others use our streaming lessons called Abeka Academy. But for many other families, homeschool is simply a solution to a temporary problem. For instance, if the environment at school is rough for your fifth-grader, but there is only one year left until a change of scenery in middle school, your child may only need to homeschool for one year. Or, if your child needs to be held back because a certain subject is challenging him or her, a single year of one-on-one time with that challenging subject might do the trick. Homeschool can be a solution to a problem and is not always a permanent landing pad for every child’s educational journey.

5. Better Teaching Materials

According to recent studies from the National Home Education Research Institute, homeschool students continue to outperform their public and private school counterparts, scoring above average on achievement tests. Regardless of the parent’s level of formal education, options like Abeka Academy and parent-led teaching provide the support system you need as a homeschool teacher. And any additional help you may require is just a click or a phone call away.

6. Build a Relationship With God

Homeschool parents have the freedom to incorporate Bible study into their daily lesson plans. There are no barriers or restrictions preventing your child from gaining spiritual knowledge and a traditional education. Abeka’s curriculum is founded on Biblical principles and includes scripture throughout. You’ll have opportunities to instill God’s truth and love into their hearts and minds seven days a week.

The unique opportunity to spend time with your child every day and enjoy watching their minds grow is not one that everyone has, and it’s not the right solution for every family. But for moms like Ruth Tinsley, it’s been a blessing. To learn more about how to decide if homeschool is the right path for your family, please reach out to us. We’d love to help.

 

 

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High school students have a lot of options to consider when choosing a college major, and it is more important that they get it right than get it fast. It is essential to start early and take this decision seriously.

Surveys indicate that 66% of college students change their majors more than once, and on the day of graduation, 40% of college graduates wish they had chosen a different major. In addition, the average freshman entering college only knows 60% of their options. This means they are making major life decisions without even knowing 40% of their options. Students often make decisions without much thought and with limited information. They will frequently choose a major based on a lifestyle and not their life work. Some people could sit in a cubical 40 hours a week for 40 years and love it. Others would be crawling the walls in 40 minutes!

During their high school years, students are often asked what their plans are after graduation.  The next question has to do with their choice of college and then their choice of a major. If they don’t know yet, they feel pressure to have an answer. To counteract these questions, they claim a major — not because they know what God wants them to do or even what they want to do with that major, but because they feel the pressure to have an answer when people ask.

Students should prayerfully consider all their options. Examine their interests, passions, and talents. Ask God to direct their path and submit to Him. Ultimately, it is not about a title, prestige, or money. It’s about being where God wants them, and using the gifts and interests that He has given them in order to have influence in the workplace and glorify His name.

Written by Jeff Reep, M.Ed., CPCC, Director of Career Services, Cedarville University

 

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Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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