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  • Teaching Techniques & Tips Maturity & The Real Child, Part II: Strategies for the Age-Grade Mismatch If your child’s maturity level doesn’t happen to coincide with the (artificial) grade level that matches his age, what strategies can you use? First, do your best to separate out the different “subjects” that make up the child’s curriculum and think of each of them separately. On the most basic...

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  • Teaching Techniques & Tips Maturity & The Real Child, Part I: The Problem With Ages and Grades On my Virginia farm, I raise livestock; lambs and kids born on the same date rarely clock in at the same size, wean themselves, or eat the same amount of hay and grain on any given day. Daffodils bloom, baby birds fly, and puppies stop chewing on chair rungs when...

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  • Teaching Techniques & Tips Why Do Six-Year-Olds Go to First Grade? In contemporary education, “What grade are you in?” has become synonymous with “How old are you?”  But the age grading system that shoves six-year-olds into first grade, seven-year-olds into second, and so on up isn’t remotely natural. Nor is it based on sound educational principles.  It dates, in the U.S.,...

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  • Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition The Newest Edition of a Homeschool Classic The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home has gone into its fourth edition! Here’s a list of the major differences in this most recent revision. Each chapter has been separated into two sections: first, how to teach a subject (methods, goals, expectations, etc.); and second, what resources to use...

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  • Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition Spelling Power Subject: Spelling Grade level: 3-12 Publisher: Castlemoyle Books Website: http://www.spellingpower.com/ Description:  This one-volume spelling resource, recommended in earlier editions of The Well-Trained Mind, is designed for use in any grade (third and after). Rather than taking a workbook approach to spelling, Spelling Power is list-focused; it divides a list of 5,000 words (“most frequently used...

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  • Keyboarding Typing.com Subject: Keyboarding Grade level: Grades 5-12 Publisher: Teaching.com Website: http://www.typing.com/ Description: A free, comprehensive keyboarding system, designed for middle and upper grades.
  • Programming Resources GameMaker Like Scratch, GameMaker is an introduction to programming; the difference is that Scratch is a free educational language, while GameMaker is proprietary and for-profit (the company’s home site is http://www.yoyogames.com/). GameMaker can be a powerful teaching tool, though, because it allows students to create computer games while learning basic programming techniques....

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  • Online Classes Java The programming language Java can be learned through online courses or free online tutorials. Java is widely used, and there are many resources available; these are just a few. Java for the Absolute Beginner tutorials on Youtube, from The Java Hub: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJavaHub Code Academy offers a free introduction to Java (among...

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  • Programming Resources Edhesive (Computer Science) Subject: Computer science Grade level: High school Publisher: Edhesive (previously “Amplify”) Website: https://edhesive.com/ Description: Introductory and AP computer science courses, developed in association with the University of Texas-Austin, offered as live, online, instructor-led classes.
  • Programming Resources Python Students can study the programming language Python in several different ways: Michael Dawson’s book Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 3rd edition (Course Technology, 2010) is a self-teaching guide for high school students and (possibly) highly motivated upper middle schoolers.  An online companion can be purchased and downloaded at Delmar Cengage Learning. Hello,...

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