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Monday
Sep032012

Homeschool Webinar Series 777 sponsored by CHEAofCa and CollegePlus

Welcome to Homeschool Webinar Series 777 Sponsored by The Christian Home Educators Association of California and CollegePlus

Join us Tuesday, September 18th and September 25th for two Free webinars!! Heck Yeah! I wouldn't miss it! (Click Here)

Join us as CHEA partners with College Plus to bring you two exciting webinars, How Combing High School and College Will Pave the Way for Success and How to Use the Curriculum You Already Have to Inspire a Love of Learning." Kelly Negvesky is a curriculum expert with College Plus. She is a veteran homeschooler with a passion to share what she knows.
  
P.S. Can't join us on the 18th or 25th? Register anyway. A replay will be made available for a short period of time. We're cool like that. But you MUST pre-register!
 

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Monday
Sep032012

5 things Public School Can Learn From Home School Teachers

There are many things home school parents would love to just change about the current public school system. There are many things that even public school teachers would love to change about the current education system. Sometimes it’s healthy to vent, so here are a few things that public schools should learn from the current home school system:
 
 
1.  Public school students aren’t fully engaging in educational technologies like home school students.  The world around us has incredible new educational technologies that are being dodged. There are more efficient cognitive online learning programs, reading comprehension programs, study programs, and all sorts of educational software that can really increase a student’s intelligence and love for knowledge.  Teachers and schools should have a higher budget set aside for technology. Public school students aren’t being exposed to great learning technology until they’re in college and that shouldn’t be the case. With technology students can increase their knowledge at a quicker pace. It’s so important that we keep learning with technology.
  
2.  Every student is different, so every student learns in their own way. Students are all unique in their own way and every child is at a different point. They all have their own desires and they mentally process information in their own way at their own speed. Some students will learn by doing while others will learn by watching. With homeschooling a parent or private tutor can adopt and customize lessons so the child can comprehend it more efficiently. In a classroom of 30 it’s very difficult to do that. Private or charter schools that have smaller classrooms are picking up on this. Teachers just mainly need to understand each student at a deeper level to be a better teacher.
 
3.  Students aren’t being pushed academically. Students need to be challenged. It’s difficult to do in a classroom setting but if you work one on one with a student you can challenge them more and see more results. Certain students will be at a second grade reading level when they’re in first grade, and they will be forced to slow down when they should be speeding up. Students are willing to work hard; you just have to work hard with them. Then the results will come.
 
4.  Students need to believe in themselves. Belief produces action which converts into results. If a student is told positive things about who they are, they will have more drive and desire to accomplish great things. A child’s self esteem has a huge impact on their academic grades. Children need to learn by experience that they can do anything if they put their mind to it. That takes time and hard work but it will build a long lasting self esteem which will help the child the rest of their life.
 
5.  Students need to fall in love with learning. Sadly, field trips come only so often in public schools. With home schooling it’s fun getting out and showing your child the world. Family vacations even turn into deep fun learning experiences that stick with the student forever. Students really do love to learn about the world that they live in. Learning is fun, and it’s so vital a child falls in love with it early on. Teachers have the power to help children fall in love with learning, they really do.
 
Now, home schooling is not perfect, there are many improvements every teacher can make in each home. However,  home schooling is working, the numbers nationwide are showing great results and it’s important to understand why.
 
 
Author bio: Allison Watkins has been involved in kids reading programs curriculum for over 15 years. She loves history, arts, and sports. She found a love for helping children learn how to read and grow educationally with Studydog.com
 
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Thursday
Aug092012

65 The Homeschooling Buzz - Alert Academy - Equipping Men to Serve Nations

 

 

In this episode we talk with Carl Rowe and Bonnie Horn about a unique training and service organization called the Alert Academy. This organization trains young men who desire to achieve maturity and fruitfulness in service as Christian men. Carl is a recruiter who works with Alert Academy and Bonnie (See her personal testimony here) is a satisfied parent here to share her experiences with Alert Academy. 

 

Show Notes:

Episode 65: Alert Academy - Equipping Men to Serve Nations

 

Topics Discussed:

A brief intro to the Alert Academy. www.alertacademy.com

They offer occupation training too?!

Carl tells how he became a part of Alert Academy.

A day in the life of a candidate

How Parents see the Alert Academy.

Bonnie shares her testimony about Alert Academy

Advanced Training Institute (http://ati.iblp.org/ati/)

Young men being changed for the better

Bonnie shares her tesimony with mom's using the charter school vehicle. (http://www.schoolandstate.org/Knowledge/Faith/Horn-Caesar.htm)

We haven't forgotten the young ladies

Wrapping it up.

 

Related Links:

Buying a cell phone for your teen

5 Ways To Homeschool For Free

How Stress Affects Reading

  

Sponsors and Affiliates: 

Christian Home Educators Association of California (Resources for Homeschool)

Total Transcript Solution (Get your kids into college)

 

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Tuesday
Jul242012

64 The Homeschooling Buzz - Interview with Homeschool Curriculum Expert - Cathy Duffy

 

 

In this episode we talk with homeschool curriculum expert, Cathy Duffy (Cathy Duffy Reviews). She shares with us her start in homeschooling and how she was inspired to create 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum,which has aided thousands of homeschoolers on their journey through the curriculum selection process, and now her new book 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum which is sure to be a perennial favorite as well. 

 

Show Notes:

Episode 64: Interview with Homeschool Curriculum Expert - Cathy Duffy

 

Topics Discussed:

Quick summary of the CHEA Homeschool Convention

How Cathy Duffy got started in homeschooling

One day at a time, one step at a time.

Transitioning to homeschool curriculum expert.

Perennial Favorite 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

"Perenni-ennial" Favorite 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

Uh Oh! Technical Difficulties... Was that Satan?

Around the podcast and back again.

Wrapping things up with Cathy Duffy.

 

 

Related Links:

Buying a cell phone for your teen

5 Ways To Homeschool For Free

How Stress Affects Reading

  

Sponsors and Affiliates: 

Christian Home Educators Association of California (Resources for Homeschool)

Total Transcript Solution (Get your kids into college)

 

Audio:  

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Mind on my Mommy and My Mommy on my Mind

Dang! this one had me dying. Of course it is esoteric humor but it's still funny even if you don't get the reference. This kid owns his neighborhood. Thanks for posting this one Meagan (sunshineandsippycups.com) it took me back. Anyway, keep your heads up mommies. Your kids are thinking about you.

 

Thursday
Jul052012

63 The Homeschooling Buzz - Buying a cell phone for your teen

 

 

In this episode we say farewell to Lesha Myers, talk about the reasons why we have not broadcasted over the past few weeks and share with you our journey into purchasing cell phones for our teens.

 

Show Notes:

Episode 63: Buying a cell phone for your Teen

 

Topics Discussed:

Saying farewell to Lesha Myers

What have we been doing over the past few weeks.

What I did after my computer crashed

Join us at the Homeschool Convention

How to buy a cell phone for your teen

Here is the one we purchased: At&t Go Phone (Affiliate)

 

Related Links:

Farewell to Lesha Myers

5 Ways To Homeschool For Free

  

Sponsors and Affiliates: 

Christian Home Educators Association of California (Resources for Homeschool)

Total Transcript Solution (Get your kids into college)

 

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Saturday
Jun302012

Lesha Myers has Made the Grade and Bids us Farewell


On June 29, 2012 we bid a farewell to Lesha Myers who was called home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as reported by Amber, Lesha's daughter, on Facebook today. Lesha Myers on Facebook . From many of Lesha's talks and prayer requests we knew that she was battling cancer. According to one of Lesha's Prayer request letters, included below, the cancer that Lesha battled had spread through much of her body eventually reaching the brain and attacking the cerebellum; which controls motor functions, language and attention. Lesha said, "I’ve been spacier than normal... and many people have told me that my Minnesota accent is back..." Throughout the battle Lesha maintained her relationship with her Lord and saviour Jesus Christ and her sense of humor as outlined in her prayer request document below.

I believe that the poise she showed through the battle not only prolonged her life a little more, but showed others that observed her through this crisis what true faith really meant. Reading her prayer request letter below certainly did so for me.

According to many bio's of Lesha Myers found online, her Christian faith has been with her for more than 30 years and she has been a teacher for 25 years. Miss Myers served at Cameron Academy, a private school satellite program, for over 15 years as the schools administrator. In 2004 after she graduated her last child from her homeschool high school, she moved into her next phase of life which was teaching high school english at a local Christian school. As an accomplished author Miss Myers has written two history books, His California Story and Continuing the Journey, along with other helpful resources which include The Elegant EssayWindows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis and Making the Grade.

We know that Lesha Myers has contributed much to the Homeschool community through her time and talents and as a result we are sure that she has "Made the Grade" in heaven, receiving the accolade from the Lord "Well done, good and faithful servant..."

Farewell Lesha, We will miss you...

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Read one of Lesha's prayer request letters below to hear her voice one last time.

One of Lesha's Prayer Request Letters:

 

Dear Prayer Partners,
 
I have a decorated box near my chair in my living room in which I keep inspirational notes and letters that I sometimes receive from students and friends. It’s bulging with new additions because of the outpouring of love you’ve sent my way. (One friend sent lots of “positive light.” That’s a new one for me because I didn’t realize light could be negative.) Add to this my equally bulging Facebook and email accounts. And the flowers! I think flowers are one of God’s richest decorations on the planet, and it’s wonderful to experience the spring flood both in my classroom and at home.
 
Needless to say, I am humbled and overwhelmed with your encouragement. Thank you so, so much for your thoughtfulness.
 
I want to give you a quick update because three things have happened since the last time I talked to you.
 
First, I discovered that the cancer has attacked my brain. It’s in my cerebellum, which mostly controls motor functions, but also affects attention and language. I’ve been spacier than normal, having a little issue with equilibrium for a while, and many people have told me that my Minnesota accent is back, so maybe that’s a result of the new brain lesions. I’m on a steroid to prevent brain swelling, and it’s not without its side effects (of course).
 
Second, I’ve entered the hospice program at my HMO. I know that sounds terrible, but it really isn’t. Before this, the focus was on the disease. Hospice transfers the focus to the person, and in the two weeks since I’ve started, I feel so much better. I’m really glad I made this decision.
 
Third, I have my retirement date from school. It’s Friday, May 18. If any of you former students want to visit, you will either need to come before then or drive out to Concord. Don’t come 5/16 or 5/17, I’m not staying those days, and 5/9 is iffy because block days are not only in the middle of the week, they are long and hard. But like I said, I’m doing better, so we’ll see.
 
After I retire, some of you who have offered to help can if you like. One of my friends is going to set up or help me set up a Web site with “stuff” (technical term) on it. Probably meals and errands (I’m no longer driving.) and maybe other ideas. I’ll let you know when it’s up, and you can take a look if you like. For those of you who are close to Concord, come visit! I crave your company. Two weeks ago, a group of friends brought over tea—yes the whole Victorian tea. It was lovely to tea and talk. Yesterday some friends came over for dinner. Yes it was takeout, but so what. We took it out of the plastic containers and put it on nice plates and it tasted just fine. We could “do lunch” as long as we “did” it here (getting out is harder), but a visit with no food would be just as good. In fact, if you sign up to bring dinner later, please plan on staying for at least a half hour. As much as I think I’m going to enjoy being home, and maybe catching up on some of my writing, I still covet your visits.
 
Prayer Requests
 
In the meantime, if the Lord brings me to mind, would you please pray for the following for me?
 
1. Stamina and energy to get through each day to complete what the Lord has for me that day.
 
2. Comfort for my family. They are bearing up well, but it’s still hard.
 
3. That I would live each day in the center of the Lord’s will and in the strength He provides.
 
4. That my AP Language students would do well on their exam (May 16th).
 
5. Sleep. This steroid doesn’t like me to sleep.
 
6. Pain equalization. So far, so good.
 
 
Please feel free to share this message with anyone who might be interested.
 
Thank you, thank you for all you do to encourage me.
 
Blessings,
Lesha
 
Farewell Lesha, We will miss you...