How to Get a Driver’s License for Homeschoolers

Getting a driver’s license can be one of the most exciting moments for students during their high school career. Like carrying around gold, excited students will carry around their new found freedom in the form of a plastic card showing everyone. “I’ve got my driver’s license!”

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What is STEM?

What is STEM?

What is STEM?

The term has grown in prominence in the news and in articles across the United States, but not everyone knows what STEM is, what the acronym stands for, or what its purpose is. As a teacher, I have tried to follow the development and implementation of STEM topics when instructing my students. In this article, we will look at what STEM is and why it is important.

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Some Thoughts About Plagiarism Part 1: An Open Letter to Students Dispelling Myths About Plagiarism

Some Thoughts About Plagiarism Part 1: An Open Letter to Students Dispelling Myths About Plagiarism

Dear Students,

Most of you don’t have cause to know this, because most of you do your best not to plagiarize, but I am very strict about plagiarism. I take plagiarism seriously because I believe that as a teacher it is my job to prepare students for their futures, and I know that academic dishonesty, and really any deceptive behavior, can create huge problems for students in school, in college and in the workplace.

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The Importance of Studying a Foreign Language

The Importance of Studying a Foreign Language

Being born into a bilingual family, I have never thought about how beneficial it could be to speak another language. My parents did a great job creating an environment that helped me learn two languages easily. At the age of five I started learning my third language, and by the age of eight I could read, write, and speak in three languages: Ukrainian, Russian and English. During my university years I started learning two more foreign languages (French and German), and I faced the reality that learning complex languages can be very challenging. It can be difficult to comprehend varying verb conjugation, genders, and bizarre numeric systems. I’m still trying to understand why seventy-five is pronounced as “sixty and fifteen” in French.

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6 Unexpected Benefits of Taking a French Class

6 Unexpected Benefits of Taking a French Class

Bon jour. Comment allez-vous? In case you were wondering, this means “Hello, how are you?” in French. It seems like forever since I took my first French class in high school, but one thing is for sure: I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I signed up for it. To be honest, I learned much more than how to say a few phrases in a foreign language. In fact, there were quite a few unexpected benefits I received from my French class that you stand to gain too, when you sign up for a French class.

 

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10 Encouraging Bible Verses for Teens to Memorize

10 Encouraging Bible Verses for Teens to Memorize

The teenage years can be hard. Body changes, new friends and even taking on new responsibilities can stress a teen and become burdensome. The media and peers both have influence on teens and how they should behave in today’s culture. Many teens often feel that they are not good enough. Teens can use any encouragement and praise that we can give them. The ultimate comforter and ‘cheerleader’ is Christ. He has given us a game plan of how to encourage teens with the Bible. The following list includes ten Bible verses for teens that they can memorize to keep tucked away in their hearts for when times get tough.

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How to Positively Handle Negative Peer Pressure

How to Positively Handle Negative Peer Pressure

Everyone, young and old, has experienced peer pressure. It's not always negative, there is positive peer pressure, too. Peer pressure is when a person’s friend tries to get them to do something, and since some teens and adults want to fit in, they succumb to it. Sometimes it's because they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, but most times, it’s because they don’t know how to say “NO!”

According to the Kids Health Organization, these are some of the main topics that come from discussions about positive and negative peer pressure.

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How To Create A Way Cool Algebra Interactive Notebook

How To Create A Way Cool Algebra Interactive Notebook

When I worked in an actual classroom, I used way cool Algebra interactive notebooks all the time.  They collaborated the majority of students’ learning styles by letting students work independently on an assignment after coming from a large group discussion.  It also lets students organize their thoughts, which is teaching them skills without actually “teaching” them.  This is something to use at home, even if the teacher isn’t using them.  The students would just include notes and applications that they got from the lesson that day.  Below, are three tips that will help your student create a way cool Algebra interactive notebook on their own.

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Make the Most of Learning at Home by Having a School Dog

Make the Most of Learning at Home by Having a School Dog

If you are educated at home, you can learn in whatever way your parents will allow! The key is getting them on board in creating the learning environment that will help you truly thrive. This might mean having an animal by your side as you work: a school dog.  While the benefits of a school dog may seem apparent to you, you may have to spell things out for your parents. A dog can improve your learning environment and help you become more complete physically, mentally, and spiritually. These are all things that your parents want for you. Below are 10 points that can help you make the case for getting a school dog.

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The Home School Student’s Guide to College Admissions

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As your home school high school career comes to a close, it is pivotal that you plan ahead to prepare and apply for college. Well-prepared home school students start the process early. The first step is deciding which type of college works for you.

There are two types of schools to choose from:

  1. Traditional College. Perhaps you’ve grown a lot on your own, but you’re ready to enter into the classroom and interact with your peers and professors.

  2. Distance Learning Higher Education Institutes. If you love working independently and want to continue—or maybe you don’t want to move and there aren’t programs that interest you locally—then distance learning might be a good option for your higher education, too. These institutes allow you to attend classes and complete assignments from your home.

No matter which you choose, it is crucial that you begin the process early, learning which schools you’re interested in and what they require of their applicants. Because you’re coming from home school, the requirements may vary greatly from school to school.

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Why Music is Important for Young Christian Artists

Why Music is Important for Young Christian Artists

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (Psalm 100:1, KJV).

Music holds an important place in the lives of most people, whether they are musicians or music appreciators. Many consider music to be an integral part of their identity. This is by design—God’s design. In Psalm 139:14 King David reminds us that our gifts are unique and intentional, saying, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” David himself was a musician and used his talent to sing praises to God. Each person has been given unique talents by God.

Enlightium Academy student and musician Emma Segnini is a singer-songwriter currently living in New York. Segnini says, “My family and I have always believed that God puts you in this world for a reason and that everyone has a mission in this world.” Asked how music plays a role in her faith, she says, “I believe that God sent me to this world to learn from others and to help people with their problems and just with simple things like opening a door for someone, and to touch people with music, to say things through melody and music that people are afraid to say. My goal is to one day be able to inspire people the way that other singers and composers (like my mom) inspire me.”

 

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Better Course Notes. Better Grades. 5 Strategies that Work.

Better Course Notes. Better Grades. 5 Strategies that Work.

If you’re a student, you’ve been told that note-taking is a valuable and important skill. Also if you’re a student, you may not have received much instruction on how to take notes, beyond basic outlining.

 

Unfortunately, in education there is a tendency for teachers to give instructions without explaining why something is important or how to do whatever it is well. It’s not surprising that some students fail to see the value in taking course notes.

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High School Fashion Essentials - What Your Closet Says About You

High School Fashion Essentials - What Your Closet Says About You

As a teenager, you know that fashion is more than just the clothes you wear - it is a form of self-expression. Whether you prefer jeans, leather, floral print, neon, lace, spandex, or sweats, we can all agree that what you wear should be your choice, and not subject to an arbitrary set of rules. You choose your clothes carefully and you know when they are on point. The last thing you need is a teacher or administrator pulling you into the office to tell you the logo on your bag is distracting, your pants need a belt, your skirt doesn’t quite reach your knees, or your shirt needs sleeves. At some point it just gets ridiculous, or completely unfair.

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17 High School Teacher Archetypes Every Student Will Recognize

17 High School Teacher Archetypes Every Student Will Recognize

You’ve seen them - waiting in the hallways in the mornings, clustering together around doorways, weirdly cheerful when greeting students, a little too excited to welcome you into their classrooms. They’ve just come back from a training session, and are eager (overeager, if we’re being honest) to mold young minds. Never mind what the young minds think about that!

Yes, the high school teacher is a strange animal and in the zoo that is high school, they often seem like the most dangerous one. You’ve learned to navigate the complicated social structure and found your niche in the system, but navigating teachers and their bizarre habits is a whole different ballgame. Teachers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, and judging by their widely different teaching styles, it’s pretty clear they’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a student. Maybe if they were predictable, that would be one thing, but it seems like as soon as you’ve figured one out, a new species of high school teacher crops up.

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4 Ways to Create Homeschool Connections for Online Students

4 Ways to Create Homeschool Connections for Online Students

One of the challenges for online students can be maintaining a healthy social life and finding homeschool connections with their peers. I remember struggling to find a social arena when I was homeschooled, and I hear my students echo this difficulty in their essays and assignments.

 

Home-based learning can present a unique challenge, because it can be difficult for online and homeschool students to find the right spaces to connect with their peers. It is difficult to find a balance, because some homeschool students are choosing to learn at home because they have had difficulties with their peers in the past. At the same time, we know that it is important for online students to connect with their peers, to have the opportunity to make and maintain friendships and to talk with other students their age. With this goal in mind, I would like to suggest four ways for online students to connect with their peers.

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Become A Grammar Ninja Today

Become A Grammar Ninja Today

As a teacher, I know that students hate studying grammar. While I can’t say I don’t understand this attitude (after all, I remember being a student and thinking it was the most tedious and complicated thing ever), I believe that this hatred is based on a misunderstanding of the purpose of grammar.

 

Grammar was not, counter to popular belief, invented to torture and confuse students. Rather, the purpose of grammar is to provide a common set of standards for communication and for the organization of words. Quite simply, grammar is the rules for the game that is language. Being a grammar ninja means that you have become a master of those rules.

 

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4 Questions Students Should Ask When Choosing Essay Topics

4 Questions Students Should Ask When Choosing Essay Topics

Deciding on essay topics is daunting. I remember sitting in front of my computer staring at a blank page, just wondering where to start. Even a fairly specific prompt usually leaves plenty of room for personal choices. So what happens if you are waiting for inspiration to strike, and it never does? The essay will still be due, that’s what.

As a student, I have come to realize that some of my best essay topics had to be dragged out of the compost at the bottom of my brain, rather than springing fully formed into existence, like crocuses in springtime.  As a teacher, I see it as my task to guide students toward essay topics that are interesting to them, that they can learn from, and that result in essays that they can feel proud of.

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8 Things To Keep In Mind Throughout The New School Year

8 Things To Keep In Mind Throughout The New School Year

Part 2: How to prepare for a successful online school year

I promised to return with some more things to keep in might throughout the new school year.

Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

This Bible verse says it all. The most important thing to remember this school year is Who you are working for. Here are some helpful thoughts.

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10 Tips On Preparing For A Successful Online School Year

10 Tips On Preparing For A Successful Online School Year

Part 1: How to prepare for a successful online school year

At the beginning of each school year many parents and students are asking many “how to”questions. How to get a good grade? How to write a good essay? How to prepare for a quiz or test? And the big one: how should I prepare for a successful online school year?

Instructions for how to prepare for the school year are often read then quickly forgotten. As the weeks go by the enthusiasm of starting a new school year fades in and out. This year will be the same, but I would like to emphasize some tips for preparing for a successful school year that are especially relevant to online students: 

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3 Back to School Bible Verses to Remember

3 Back to School Bible Verses to Remember

As a new school year draws near, many of us seek inspiring back to school Bible verses. As with all of life’s endeavors, as graciously granted by the Father, Son, and Spirit, it is of the upmost importance to start off on the right foot in order to procure a successful and fruitful finish.

One way of entering the 2015-2016 school year in good form as parents, students, and teachers, is to begin with a biblical perspective. We have the wonderful privilege of fulfilling our end goal of glorifying God through bearing His image rightly wherein academic pursuits find their most glorious and rightful place.

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