Posted by: dianne | on March 11, 2015
Tired of getting asked how you "socialize" your kiddos? The team over at HECOA put together a (satirical) list of tips on how to "fit in with the real world". Read More…
Posted by: dianne | on February 4, 2015
Parents who are seeking better academic opportunities for their children are growing ever-weary of waiting for the states to clean up and repair the broken public school system. The recent addition of Common Core and all the dumbing down of curriculum has added mountains of concern. So it is no doubt that home education is a rapidly growing movement in the United States.
There are three main points to understand in order to get started with homeschooling Read More…
Posted by: dianne | on November 6, 2014
Puzzle Me a Picture!
What would happen if you take two things that people love, photos and jigsaw puzzles, and mix them together?
You would get an invitation, gift, or party game that no one could resist and everyone will love. Photo jigsaw puzzles are easy to create and will leave a lasting memory time and time again. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Read More…
Posted by: dianne | on September 30, 2014
Family Simulations: Learning by Doing –
Education at home is not just about teaching children. It’s about the whole family learning, changing and experiencing life in a new way. Simulations are more than “pretend play” and are for the whole family. Instead of just reading about things why not experience it as a family? Read More…
Posted by: dianne | on September 27, 2014
High School to College –
*If you have a child entering middle school this year or higher (6th grade or higher), this workshop will have important college preparation information you will not want to miss!! Does preparing your children for college absolutely terrify you? Are you wondering how you are going to get your kid ready for college? Can your homeschooled child even go to college? What are you going to do about transcripts? What is a transcript and how do you make one? Read More…
Posted by: dianne | on September 27, 2014
Posted by: dianne | on September 24, 2014
Scheduling and Lesson Planning – How to Have Fridays Off –
How do parents find time to attend park days and field trips without sacrificing the academics? How do you still do these things when one or more of your kids doesn’t want to do their assignments? Are your kids doing lessons until late at night with no end in sight? Do you want to be able to visit the library a couple of times a month without feeling guilty that you have sacrificed important academic lessons? Have you ever wondered about block scheduling, teaching multiple ages, or even having time to get household chores done? In this presentation, I’m going to show you how I was able to get in a very full, enriching curriculum, accomplish great things in just four days a week, and still have time for Friday park day, Friday field trips, and library days, and do co-ops, travel around and speak with other group leaders, and have plenty of time for developing my own interests, which we all know is very important. Note: This presentation is specifically helpful for parents who are utilizing a virtual charter school or virtual online academy where they are required to adhere to a particular curriculum.
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Here is the replay of the September 24th session with Dianne McLean- Note: the special offer has expired.
Here are the two schedules used as examples in this presentation – remember to keep it FLEXIBLE – they are not rigid schedules (they are both on one document – this is the only copy I have of them):
Dianne McLean has been homeschooling since 2003. She has worked with thousands of homeschoolers and hundreds of homeschool groups to pioneer social activities, help form group policies with leaders, and participated in issues which affect the homeschool community as a whole. Her approach is always practical and effective. She also specializes in working with middle to high school level groups to help prepare for college entry and is familiar with the latest developments of Common Core and how it is affecting future college students. She directs a national support organization, Home Education Council of America; and has developed numerous other websites to help home educators in their efforts. Dianne has been leading seminars, webinars, and classes in an innovative online setting to offer live interaction no matter where you live in the world.