Learnings from Homeschool Curriculum Online Summit 2017

A month ago, I signed up for the free Homeschool Curriculum Online Summit. I was looking forward to learning more about homeschooling  since I am now homeschooling a 7th grader! The summit was accessible online and was available from May 3-10.

The summit started with a keynote session from Davis and Rachael Carman talking about preparing for a Christ-centered homeschooling. Then every day, there were several sessions tackling particular subjects like Math, Science, Language Arts, History and Finding the Right Tools for You. I wasn’t able to listen to all the sessions but was able to catch a few of the sessions.

I listened to Tom Clark as he talked about “But Algebra isn’t the same as Arithmetic! What do I do now?” I learned that math shouldn’t just be something that the children memorize but internalize. The curriculum we use should help the children understand and learn the “whys” of the different math concepts. I also learned that when the children find out what went wrong in the equation or the answer, it helps them remember the concept more than just correcting the math problem for them.

Diana Waring was such a bubbly speaker as she talked about “The Timeline of Teaching History to Your Children”. It reminded me the following truths in learning history:

  1. There are always 2 sides to a story. Even in teaching history lessons.
  2. Use various sources for history.
  3. Use wisdom when to introduce hard topics like the Holocaust
  4. Walk through the history at least two times.

I hope that the Homeschool Curriculum Online Summit will be an annual event as I really learned a lot from the few sessions that I was able to attend. I am looking forward to more homeschool conferences, as they say learning never stops!

What Can I Do To Improve My Health?

If you want to develop great health, don’t procrastinate. Instead, start implementing wellness techniques that are known to promote physical and mental well-being. Below are three strategies that can help you start improving your level of health right now:

1. Focus On Dental Health.

One great way to improve your level of wellness is by focusing on dental health. This step is important because it empowers you to decrease your susceptibility to a wide range of diseases, including gingivitis. Also note that people who practice great dental health tend to have better overall health. If you find yourself in need of Brooklyn dental implants, note that the professionals of Park Slope Dentist can assist you. Before you agree to purchase dental services from anyone, make sure that you do background research on the provider to ensure that she or he is reputable.

2. Invest In A Monthly Massage.

Another strategy you can implement to improve your health is investing in a monthly massage. Taking this step will help improve your level of wellness in many ways. First, massages are known to boost immunity and optimize weight management by improving your metabolism. Another benefit of massages is that they help release toxins from your body. Some of the other wellness benefits include clearer thinking, better sleep, and enhanced functioning of the circulatory system. To ensure that you find the ideal massage therapist, make sure that you go online and do some internet research regarding the individual’s background. You may want to read through a wide range of the therapist’s online reviews to ensure that the individual is known for offering exemplary, effective services.

3. Hire A Personal Trainer.

As many health experts know, the majority of Americans don’t obtain the recommended amount of physical activity. This sedentary mode of living has a profoundly negative impact on health. For example, failing to engage in regular physical activity can make you more susceptible to a wide range of diseases, including obesity and depression. On the other hand, exercising regularly can help you lose weight, enhance your metabolism, and improve your digestion. One way to gain the motivation necessary to exercise consistently is by hiring a personal trainer. This individual will put together a customized workout routine that will enable you to address and resolve your specific health and fitness issues!

Summing It All Up

Getting healthy doesn’t have to be hard. To make great health a reality in your life, you simply need to become systematic in your approach to wellness. You can utilize the data found in this quick reference guide to keep yourself on the path to optimal health!

Homeschool Help: Assessment Ideas

Most of us have grown up in the conventional school where we take tests to measure how much we have learned. As homeschoolers, we also want to assess how much our children has learned and we need to give them exams and quizzes as we need to give them grades to be submitted to our Homeschool Provider (if you are enrolled in one).

But did you know that there are other ways to give grades aside from the usual fill in the blanks, true or false, identify and choosing the best answers? I’m sharing with you some of the ways to assess your child’s learning:

  1. Write a personal narrative
  2. Create infomercials
  3. Draw a comic strip which uses lessons learned
  4. Create a brochure
  5. Create a bookmark
  6. Make posters about characters from the book
  7. Calculate sale discounts from stores and online shops
  8. Find patterns
  9. Write as another individual (i.e. famous artists, scientists, historical person)
  10. Create trivia games
  11. Sketch what a scene would look like
  12. Invent a toy from a specific era or historical time period
  13. Recreate historical events
  14. Research family tree
  15. Memorize speech and poems
  16. Create surveys and analyze results
  17. Compose a poem or song
  18. Use game-based assessments like Physics Playground (http://empiricalgames.org/ppunity5/demo.html)
  19. Interview someone and write about it
  20. Make a digital presentation about lesson studied

To be able to give fair grades, you may use grading rubrics.

Engage Your 5th Grade Traveler!


You’ve been talking about this vacation for years. You’ve saved the money and hoarded your days off from work. Your fifth grader is even, finally, old enough to savor the sights. It’s a dream! There’s just one teeny problem: about five hundred miles in the car, each way. Of course, it’s wonderful to think about the overflowing photo albums you’ll enjoy for years to come. But in the meantime, you can be sure you’ll hear a nagging soundtrack, too, with refrains like “Do we have to hear that song again?” “Do you really believe that joke was funny?” and, of course, the perennial favorite, “Are we there yet?” Try as we might, we parents can’t make those questions go away, but here is a suggestion that may help: Call on your fifth grader to be a Trip Guide. Try the following activity and you have a good shot at engaging your kid…and reinforcing valuable multiplication skills as well.

What You Need:

  • Road map
  • Highlighter
  • Ruler
  • Paper and pen/pencil

What You Do:

  1. For this activity, be sure to choose a big map with a clear key showing scale and types of road. (Rand McNally makes good ones, as does AAA).
  2. Before your trip, spread your map out on a table and talk about it. By the end of fourth grade, your child should be able to read and apply all parts of a standard map key. Check for understanding by asking your child to identify landmarks, roads, boundaries, and so forth.
  3. Start by having your child find your starting point and destination, and mark each one with a highlighter; then ask your fledgling travel buff to recommend an itinerary. When he or she has made a decision you can live with too, invite your kid to trace it with a highlighter.
  4. If your fifth grader is on track in math, he or she should be ready for the next stage: calculating distance, rate, and travel time—but do expect this part to be challenging, and be ready to help! Have your child use a ruler to estimate the miles between junctions and intersections; for speed, estimate 15 miles per hour in crowded downtown areas; 20 on suburban roads; 40 on “scenic” country roads; 60 on major freeways. On a piece of plain lined paper, create a chart like this:

    To figure out how much time each section of the trip takes, your child will have to use not only addition estimation skills (generally covered in second and third grades), but fourth and fifth grade division, fractions, and decimals. For time, your child will need to divide distance by rate. In the example above, that means that if you go five miles from home to Route 95, you’d divide 5 by the speed—20—to come up with .25 of an hour.
  5. Here’s a great chance to show how math really IS a practical skill in life. When you’re driving, put your child in charge of checking off each leg of the trip. How accurate were your time estimates? What conditions helped you beat those estimations, and which ones held you back? How should you adjust your itinerary on the way back? Of course, in our techno-savvy era, your fifth grader may very well point out that you can get the answers to these questions by clicking a MapQuest button. But what you won’t get is the chance to dream up your own, original routes, or to test your personal calculations against the challenges of the real open road. Your child’s teacher will love the fact that you’re reinforcing social studies and math skills that are crucial foundations for the future. And finally, if you’ve ever weathered one of those long family road trips, you can also be sure: if you can lessen that incessant wail of “How Much Longer?” you’re already halfway there.

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His Own YouTube Channel

My son loves to watch YouTube videos of Minecraft for some time now. I noticed that he is very interested in it and thought that he would be interested to make his own YouTube channel. It turns out, he actually wants to make his own videos. He just feels shy and clueless about the whole process.  I myself don’t know how it works but because I know that this will be something that will help my son achieve his goals, I researched around the net and informed him of the steps.

After a few days, my son was able to create his own YouTube channel and started recording his Minecraft games and editing them. Eventually, we uploaded the videos and he has now uploaded 5 videos already!

It was priceless – to see him  achieve his goals and be successful at what he wants to do. It was outside of our curriculum but I truly wanted him to achieve his goals so I allowed him to spend time pursuing his interests. I know that this achievement will give him confidence to pursue his dreams and goals in the future.

Just in case you want to check it out, this is his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuJX7ZUv5b2UYjNW3r1dYxg