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  • Fourth Step: Investigate Further Well-Trained Mind Academy The Well-Trained Mind Academy is based on the classical model described in The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (first published in 1999 by W.W. Norton and now in its fourth edition). Offering a full range of middle school (logic stage) and high school (rhetoric stage) classes across the...

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  • Subjects Online Science Courses The Well-Trained Mind Academy offers a variety of courses in Science. Our small class sizes allow for plenty of interaction with instructors and other students, and our experienced instructors combine passion for their subjects with classical rigor.
  • Science Courses: Text/Online Support Packages Gizmos Subject: Science and Mathematics Grade level: 5-12 Publisher: Explore Learning Website: https://www.explorelearning.com/ Description: Online simulations and online labs to accompany an entire range of standard science and upper-level math texts, including many of those recommended in The Well-Trained Mind. From the home page, click on “Explore the Library” and then open the “Gizmos by Textbook” menu for...

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  • Science Courses: Text/Online Support Packages Conceptual Academy Subject: Science Grade level: High school Publisher: Conceptual Academy (in association with Prentice-Hall) Website: http://conceptualacademy.com/ Description: Tutorials, videos, self-directed courses, and instructor-led classes based on the Conceptual… series from Prentice-Hall, recommended in The Well-Trained Mind.
  • Apps, Learning Games, and Online Enrichment Activities Enchanted Learning Subject: Across the curriculum Grade level: K-12, but the majority of resources intended for K-5 Publisher: Enchanted Learning, LLC Website: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/ Description: Zillions (well, hundreds) of supplementary printouts, worksheets, and project pages covering almost all areas of the curriculum.
  • Apps, Learning Games, and Online Enrichment Activities Primary Games Subject: Math, science, phonics, American history, and geography. Grade level: Elementary, with a strong focus on kindergarten and the earliest grades. Publisher: PrimaryGames, Inc. Website: http://www.primarygames.com/ Description: A collection of colorful online games, reinforcing basic skills in math (http://www.primarygames.com/math.php), phonics (http://www.primarygames.com/reading.php), science (http://www.primarygames.com/science.php), and American history and geography (http://www.primarygames.com/social_studies.php). Among many others, you’ll find drills...

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  • Second Step: Core Subjects Core Subjects: What Are They? If you’re just starting to plan your home school journey, your first step should be to plan out your core subjects. A core subject is a necessity: something your child has to learn in order to be educated. The good news is that the core subjects are relatively straightforward. There...

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  • Forms, Regulations, & Record-Keeping How to Assign High School Credits For grades 9 through 12, home educating parents must fill out a transcript form that records subjects studied, years of study, units of credit, and final grades. Transcripts ought to be kept on permanent file. Although some colleges are happy to accept portfolios for homeschool applications, most insist on a regular...

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  • Science Goals for Each Stage of Science Learning In ancient times, science wasn’t part of the classical curriculum—because human investigation of the natural world was in its infancy. But in the twenty-first century, the well-educated student needs to be scientifically literate. How does the study of science (biology, astronomy and earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology) fit into...

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