Homeschool Grading: Don’t spend too much time grading your kids’ papers!

Homeschool grading should not take all evening. Don’t spend too much time grading your kids papers! Honestly, I can hardly believe I’m writing this but it is true. If you are trying to get your 6th grader to write a perfect essay and so you correct every.single.thing. that you can find, re-write all the sentences, and re-arrange the content YOU ARE DOING TOO MUCH.
 
The curriculum we use (BJU Press Homeschool) comes with rubriks* to help us grade each writing assignment. There are points for content (Did the students get the point across in the essay? Did the ideas have logical progression?) and points for technical skills (Capitalization and punctuation, etc.) Those 2 scores are combined and a grade is assigned. This way both the student and the teacher know what is expected!
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I Look Ridiculous When I Exercise! Meeting your Fitness and Health Goals

I am quite sure that I look absolutely ridiculous when I exercise, which is only done in the privacy of my home when no one is watching.  I sometimes walk on the treadmill. I sometimes follow along with some uber-fit personal trainer on the internet (Fitness Blender.) Via the internet, I have tried beginning clogging lessons, dance videos, kickboxing videos and even a fitness workout for the elderly.   I can hear my kids laughing their heads off about now (quiet down out there.) Continue reading “I Look Ridiculous When I Exercise! Meeting your Fitness and Health Goals”

Broken Foot: My Experience and What Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor

My Experience with a Broken Foot

Note: I had a broken foot. I am not a doctor. This was my experience. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. This article is NOT medical advice. It is a blog post.

Diagnosis: Clumsy! I mean, the Emergency Room report didn’t say that, but that’s what I felt like it should say. I missed the last step and fell. The diagnosis really said, Closed avulsion fracture navicular right foot. Continue reading “Broken Foot: My Experience and What Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor”

Work, Home School and Keeping Your Sanity

Can you work, home school and still keep your sanity? Sure you can but it is going to take some planning and a schedule to make it happen!

Your Schedule and Managing Expectations

If you have suddenly been thrust into homeschooling, you may imagine that your kids will happily sit down at the kitchen table every morning after breakfast and work quietly and busily at the worksheets their teacher has sent until lunchtime. I have not ever found this scenario to be true! Children need almost constant supervision and reminders. They need your presence standing over them to get them to do their work.

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