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Information on Speech and Debate

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Wanted to share information on Speech and Debate.  You can see my entire post by clicking the link above.

Many times I get asked what is required for High School.  If your child/student is in 8th or 9th grade, you want to have a general idea of what they want to do.  Will they go to college?  Into what interest/degree area are they leaning?  Do they have a college they want to go to?  Are they interested in Dual Credit college courses?

study.groups.tips_.from_.college.studentsAll of these answers are important so that you can plan their High School education.  In general, the state education agency has a list of required classes needed for graduation.  The state may also have a list of requirements for homeschool families.  Once you have a list of these courses, you can start to investigate your student’s college and major interests, and their corresponding degree plans.  For example, my son is interested in a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics at University of Texas at Dallas.  In order to plan his dual credit courses at the community college, I printed the required courses for the degree plan.  Believe it or not, English credit was not required.  So I can plan to have him complete his last credit (of 4 total) of English either at home or through the college.

One credit that is required for High School is a semester credit of Speech.  For UT-D, they require a Rhetoric credit, which appears to be a step above a Speech credit.  As my son is not a confident public speaker, I have been researching options for completing this credit at home or through co-op.  If you have a student that might excel in this area, you may be interested in Speech and Debate clubs.

To help with this topic, there is a great article through Great Homeschool Conventions on the 8 Benefits of Speech and Debate/Why Speech and Debate by Suzanne in 2015.

  1.  If you would like to complete a Speech curriculum at home, I recommend starting with Rick Green‘s Power of Purposeful Communication.  You can get the Combo Pack as well which includes his Living with Purpose. (I do not receive any commission for this recommendation.)
  2. Check your local homeschool group for Speech co-op classes and/or clubs.  In North Texas, we have DFW Speech and Debate that offers Summer Camps and Clubs It is important to investigate what is available in your area, as they have early registration deadlines in order to participate in the next year.
  3. In addition, the NMA (the Leadership Development Organization) produces a Leadership Speech Contest every year with monetary prizes.  The NMA has local Chapters and Councils that can assist you in getting connected.  They have their local contests in early Spring, so usually deadlines to participate are in January or early February.  Winners can then go on to compete nationally, fully supported by the NMA.  In North Texas, you can e-mail our local contacts: Jean Christopher or the Nokia Speech Contest Chair Peter Burns.
  4. Check out your local homeschool convention (This Crazy Homeschool Life 2018 List).  Many times, they have a Leadership or Speech and Debate group for the weekend that works with high school students.  It’s a great opportunity to discover talents and skills, as well as looking great on the high school resume!
  5. As mentioned above, registering for the Speech course through the local community college, is a great way to get High School and College credit simultaneously.

Sound Speech Student Text

I would like to recommend Bob Jones Sound Speech.  This text has been successfully used in our co-op for a Speech class.  They currently do not have it available on a streaming class.

A Beka Books also has a Speech for Today (Amazon Associate link to used titles) course that is available on their streaming list.

 

 

If you have suggestions for Speech and Debate opportunities, please feel free make recommendations in the Comments section.  Thanks so much!

 

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Columbus Day

It’s Columbus Day!

Are you excited?  Or are you uninspired?  Did it sneak up on you, and now you wonder what can you possibly do at this point?  Well, I’ve gathered together a few books we have on hand at the CERC Bookstore, and a few more quick and easy resources.  Your local homeschool bookstore and/or library should have some of these books on-hand.

Depending on your current homeschool history curriculum, you can choose how in-depth you wish to tackle the subject of Christopher Columbus and the Exploration of the New World.

Resources

Many of the books and resources I will be listing come from Nothing New Press’ All through the Ages: History through Literature Guide by Christine Miller.  For today’s purposes, I will share a couple of recommended titles, but you can check out this great resource on the Nothing New Press site for future studies. ($30.95 paperback; $20.95 ebook).

  • Ship by David Macaulay (RA/IR: all ages K+) – You can not go wrong with David Macaulay books.
  • Voyages of Columbus by John D. Clare (RA: K+; IR: 6th+) – Living History book.  Well written.  Great Series.
  • Christopher Columbus by Stephen Krensky (Step into Reading Step 2 Gr. 1-3)
  • Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad (RA: K+; IR: 4th+) – Loved this as a read aloud.
  • I, Columbus: My Journal by Connie Roop (RA: K+; IR: 3rd+) – Easy read with pictures.
  • A Book of Discovery by M.B. Synge (Yesterday’s Classics)(IR: 7th+) – check your local homeschool bookstore.
CurrClick
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If you are a first time visitor, you are about to find out that one of my favorite sites for a quick and easy Unit Study is CurrClick.com.  You can type in any subject or idea, and there is at least one resource or unit study available to download and print.  For today’s purposes, you can find multiple resources for “Columbus Day” or “Columbus”.  They have resources and crafts for all ages.

  • History Pockets: Explorers of North America from Evan-Moor (EMC 3708) is a fun project based resource if you want to spend more time on Explorers.  Graded for 4-6th, it’s a great hands-on supplement to any text on Explorers, while providing educational text which can stand alone.  You can find this resource at most teacher or homeschool stores, as well as in whole or in part at CurrClick.com.
  • Notebooking Nook – great printables.  Love their images – you will find Columbus Day in their October Notebook.
  • M.K. Harllee produces a variety of materials.
  • Hands of a Child produces a variety of materials for LapBooks – recommend for 4th+.

Additional Texts:

  • Exploration of North America Coloring Book from Dover
  • Explorers Who Got Lost by Diane Dreher
  • The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster

As always, have some fun!  There can be joy in the learning!

  • Shop Local! – As a bookstore manager myself, I highly recommend shopping your local homeschool resource store.  They work really hard to be there for their homeschool families year round!  (our Store Locator List is growing – if your local homeschool bookstore is not listed here, please recommend them!)
  • For quick access for Columbus Day, check out your Local Library!
  • Shop the publishers directly!
  • For the out-of-print, and hard to find pieces, I’m including Amazon pictures and linksBy clicking links into Amazon Marketplace, I do earn a small commission based on your purchase.  It doesn’t change the listed price, it just supports my glorious book addiction.
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Homeschooling for High School: PSAT

“What do you recommend?” is a question I get all the time. And my standard response will always be, “It depends on your family lifestyle, learning styles of your students, and your homeschool goals.” As per my Full Disclosure, the following is based on my own personal experiences and will not always produce the same results. I highly recommend you seek your local support group as well to assist you.

 

In my previous post “Homeschooling for High School: Preparing,” (here) I encouraged parents to begin planning and preparing for High School at the 7th and 8th grades.  College Exams like the PSAT, SAT, AP and CLEP should also be a part of the plan.

October is PSAT Test-taking time.  Although considered the precursor to the SAT, the PSAT is extremely important, and not to be missed.  As it is offered only ONCE A YEAR, this test can easily be missed.  2017 dates are October 11 (Primary) and October 14 (Saturday).

PSAT Options

Taking the PSAT helps to prepare students for taking the SAT.  Although developed in similar manners, the PSAT has been adjusted for grade-level.  In the last couple of years, two (2) additional PSAT options were introduced.

  • PSAT 8/9 – the PSAT 8/9 now has testing dates in the Fall and Spring.

The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.

Source: PSAT 8/9 Educator Overview | SAT Suite of Assessments – The College Board

  • PSAT 10 – the PSAT 10 is similar to the PSAT 8/9, but has adjusted for tenth graders.  By providing additional practice, and relevant scores, the PSAT 10 can help students prepare for taking the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT.
  • PSAT/NMSQT – I’ve always been told the PSAT/NMSQT is most relevant for 11th graders to be eligible for the National Merit Scholar awards.  It is critical to be prepared to take this test, many scholarships come from the performance of this test.
    • Who: 11th- and 10th-graders
    • Where: At school (public or private)
    • When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Other options are Saturday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 25. (view PSAT/NMSQT calendar)
    • Scholarships: Used by scholarship programs, including the National Merit® Scholarship Program, to look for eligible students.

Source: Taking the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 | SAT Suite of Assessments – The College Board

Sign-Up

As the CollegeBoard.com site says, “To sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 just get in touch with a local school.”  Most public schools will be offering the test for their students, and usually, they will have a handful of spots for taking the test.  I also recommend contacting your local Private Schools.

To find a school near you, use the College Board’s School Search form.

Practice and Prepare – and Practice again

Practice, Practice, Practice!  Practice tests and preparation materials are available from the schools and CollegeBoard.com.  While there, take the time to create a Log-In for College Board.  You will be using this log-in to register for the SAT tests, have scores sent to schools, and to view scores.  Another perk of registering, you can use the Khan Academy SAT app.  Your student can sign up to review a question each day, take a practice SAT test, scan it, and receive immediate feedback.

If additional practice is needed, Kaplan and Princeton Review have test centers in and around metropolis areas.  They offer test preparation classes, as well as SAT practice tests.

*I believe any of the SAT practice tests will help to prepare for the PSAT as well.

Recommendations:

  • Shop Local! – As a bookstore manager myself, I highly recommend shopping your local homeschool resource store.  They work really hard to be there for their homeschool families year round!  They may be connected to a local co-op or support group that can provide SAT and PSAT preparatory classes and seminars
  • Shop the publishers directly!  College Prep Genius has a great study program for mastering the SAT.
  • For the out-of-print, and hard to find pieces, I’m including Amazon pictures and linksBy clicking links into Amazon Marketplace, I do earn a small commission based on your purchase.  It doesn’t change the listed price, it just supports my glorious book addiction.

*Not all materials are the same, and there are no guarantees of high scores or scholarships.  Again I say, Practice, Practice, Practice.

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What do we do with math? | texashach4homeschool

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Math, math, and more math.  Every time I turn around, there’s a new article on math.  How to choose the curriculum, how to teach the math, and why it’s important.  Let’s face it, …

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  • Shop Local! – As a bookstore manager myself, I highly recommend shopping your local homeschool resource store.  They work really hard to be there for their homeschool families year round!  They can help you find the best curriculum for each of your children.   If you have trouble finding one in your area, let me know!
  • Shop the publishers directly!  These publishers put much energy into creating great homeschool resources,  so I recommend shopping their web-sites:
  • BJU Press is also available through Home Educators Resource Distribution (use coupon code texashach4freeship, to receive free shipping on any order until the end of the year):      
  • For this particular post, just for fun, I’m including Amazon pictures and links, which may or may not be relatedBy clicking links into Amazon Marketplace, I do earn a small commission based on your purchase.  It doesn’t change the listed price, it just supports my glorious book addiction.Came across the Kim Sutton series recently through our homeschool bookstore.  I find them interesting!  And who doesn’t love double dice or math manipulatives:

 

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I call a “Do-Over”! | texashach4homeschool

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I call a “Do-Over”! My kids are getting too old to do the “fun” stuff!

It’s August of 2017.  My oldest is a Junior in High School now, and my youngest is a Seventh grader!  Where has the time gone?  There are still so many things I want to do with them!

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Shopping Recommendations:

  • Shop Local! – As a bookstore manager myself, I highly recommend shopping your local homeschool resource store.  They work really hard to be there for their homeschool families! If you have trouble finding one in your area, let me know!
  • Shop the publishers directly!  These publishers put much energy into creating great homeschool resources,  so I recommend shopping their web-sites:
  • For the out-of-print, and hard to find pieces, I’m including Amazon pictures and linksBy clicking links into Amazon Marketplace, I do earn a small commission based on your purchase.  It doesn’t change the listed price, it just supports my glorious book addiction.
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Homeschooling for High School: Preparing

“What do you recommend?” is a question I get all the time. And my standard response will always be, “It depends on your family lifestyle, learning styles of your students, and your homeschool goals.” As per my Full Disclosure, the following is based on my own personal experiences and will not always produce the same results. I highly recommend you seek your local support group as well to assist you.

High School planning should begin about the 7th or 8th grade.  As requirements for graduation are varied for each state, and college admissions are as varied as the colleges themselves, research and planning should begin early.

When your student is in the 7th or 8th grade, you will want to make decisions regarding whether your student will be going to Dual Credit classes, what classes you want to complete before graduation, and look at the pre-requisites and requirements for accomplishing your High School goals.

Source 1 –

A great place to start is high school seminars through your local homeschool groups in your area.  To find one, begin with your State Homeschool Support Association.  Generally, they will have a list of homeschool groups by area.  I highly recommend joining your state organization, as they are one line in defending your home school rights.  Home School Legal Defense Association is the first line of defense, and you can learn about them at HSLDA.org.

Our local homeschool group, Christian Educators Resource Center, provides a Homeschooling? How? Seminar, followed by a Homeschool High School DNA workshop.  We offer these free at our facility, and sometimes through the local library.

Source 2 –

Homeschool Bookfairs are a great place to gather tons of information on homeschooling, dual credit, SAT/PSAT test taking, and many other topics.  Although they only come around once a year, the homeschool bookfair can help you decide which planning products will help you get organized for high school homeschool.

Source 3 –

My favorite thing in the whole world is a Planner.  Something to keep my crazy, chaotic world organized.  Planning and organizing for homeschooling a high school student, as well as preparing for college, requires tools.  I have two (2) favorites right now, Jean and Judah Burk’s Home School Prep Genius (College Prep Genius); and Glenda Durano’s The Christian’s Guide to College Admissions (Junior and Senior Editions).  Each of them provide guidance and steps for preparing for College.

A good planner will not only help you keep ahead of all that needs to be done, but will also provide a place to keep your high school records.  A simple search for “home school high school transcript” will provide you with many different links to tools for creating report cards, high school transcripts, and high school resumes.

  • donnayoung.org has been one of my favorite sites for documents.
  • Currclick.com has a variety of downloadable documents and planning tools.
  • HSLDA.org has transcript templates, as a variety of other homeschool documents.

 

Recommendations:

  • Shop Local! – As a bookstore manager myself, I highly recommend shopping your local homeschool resource store.  They work really hard to be there for their homeschool families year round!  They can help you find the best curriculum for each of your children.   If you have trouble finding one in your area, let me know!
  • Shop the publishers directly!  These publishers put much energy into creating great homeschool resources,  so I recommend shopping their web-sites:
  • For the out-of-print, and hard to find pieces, I’m including Amazon pictures and linksBy clicking links into Amazon Marketplace, I do earn a small commission based on your purchase.  It doesn’t change the listed price, it just supports my glorious book addiction.
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What do you like to read for business?

During the busy season, do you find time to read?  And if so, what do you read?  With this new venture, I’m making time to read a variety of business books.  I’ve read a few over the years.  Some I have read, and some I have skimmed.  From May through September, finding time to read is difficult.  If I have the time, I’m too exhausted to read a business tome (even when they are short!)

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I love this picture, so I left it on the post. I love to read in a open, quiet place.

Currently, I’m reading Business Boutique by Christy Wright.  Having attended Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership One-Day, I thoroughly enjoyed Christy Wright’s presentation, so I purchased the book at the conference.  It has encouraged and guided me in such a way that previous reading has not.

Whether you have a new business or have been running a business like I have for 13 or more years, Christy Wright encourages you to evaluate your “why”s, strengths, and values, as these are the foundational pieces to your business.  Many of the quotes I’ve published on the site come from her book, or books she has recommended.

 

Thanks for reading!

Liz

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