Friday, May 20, 2011

Basic Requirements for Seventh Grade

It is often difficult for homeschooling parents to keep track of the state standards that are present for each grade level. Some parents just school their children without worrying about their grade level or where the state thinks they should be at particular stages.

However you view this - go for it. However, if you are concerned about where your student needs to be at or above public school students - there are a few things to know.

1) Seventh grade should be able to read at grade level.
2) Students should be able to write a cohesive paper of considerable length, using prewriting, drafting, rewriting, and final writing.
3) In mathematics, number and operations, geometry, algebra, data analysis and probability is covered.
4) For seventh grade science, students should study cells and genetics, biology, and beginnings.
5) Seventh graders should be able to study geography, government/civics, economics, and general history.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Learning Styles

Have you ever wondered what all the hype about learning styles is? Well, to be really isn't just hype. Learning styles are the way our children learn. The amazing thing is that each child learns differently, and has different learning styles. No two children are! They were each created to be individuals. This is why home education works so well. The individual needs of each child can be met!

Learning styles are the key in determining what type of homeschool curriculum to use, and how to teach your children. It is the key that unlocks the door of frustration! So, if you are facing a brick wall - take time to figure out what type of learner your child is. You can easily do this by watching them study, work, and play. But don't just watch - take notes. Putting it on paper will help you see just exactly what you may have been missing. Once you've discovered the way your child prefers to learn and do things, then search for a curriculum that will encourage this particular learning style. Finding this key has truly unlocked many families' frustration in this area.